Goa Govt to analyse impact of IT, startup policy
The department of information technology, electronics and communications has moved to identify the number of startups and IT firms operating in the state.
Info Tech Corporation of Goa (ITG) has been asked to appoint an agency that will carry out a study of Goa’s IT ecosystem and also prepare a research report recommending best practices that can benefit startups and IT companies.
The comprehensive report needs to analyse the effectiveness of the department’s policies and schemes, and the impact that Goa’s startups and IT firms have on the local economy.
UNSC Adopts First-ever Resolution on Myanmar
The U.N. Security Council has adopted its first ever resolution on Myanmar in 74 years todemand an end to violence and urge the military junta to release all political prisoners,including ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Ms. Kyi, 77, has been a prisoner since the armytoppled her government almost two years ago and violently cracked down on dissent.
The 15-member council has long been split on how to deal with the Myanmar crisis with Chinaand Russia arguing against strong action. They both abstained from the vote, along with India.
The remaining 12 members voted in favor.
The resolution urges the junta to immediately release all arbitrarily detained prisoners,including Suu Kyi and ex-president Win Myint.
It also demands an immediate end to all forms of violence and asks for all parties to respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
Richest state Maharashtra is also India’s top performer
India’s richest state Maharashtra is also the country’s best performer across financial and social indicators, according to state rankings released by credit rating company.
The rankings, released by CareEdge — research arm of Care Ratings — showed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat is at the second spot, with robust economic growth and fiscal management.
Meanwhile, India’s most industrialized state Tamil Nadu was ranked third with an edge in social and governance categories.
Maharashtra had a composite score of 55.7 followed by Gujarat (51.8), Tamil Nadu (51.1), Telangana (50.9) and Karnataka (50.4).
In Group B (Northeast, hilly & small states), Goa topped the overall ranking and was a front-runner in social, infrastructure, financial inclusion and fiscal categories.
Among the northeastern states, Sikkim was the best performer due to better score in economic, social, infrastructure and environment categories.
Notably, Odisha topped the rankings in the fiscal category due to better score on revenue and fiscal deficit and healthy debt management indicators (CSF & GRF).
Maharashtra topped in financial inclusion with best performance in credit/GSDP ratio, NBFC sanctions and health insurance penetration. It also fared relatively well in mutual fund penetration.
Punjab and Haryana topped in the infrastructure ranking, mainly due to high power availability, railway density and greater irrigated area. However, both lagged in terms of social infrastructure (hospital beds & schools), the report said.
On governance, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were at the top due to high Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) rank and better scores in the court conviction rate.
IISc experts detect radio signal from atomic hydrogen in distant galaxy
Astronomers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru and McGill University in Canada have used data from the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in Pune to detect a radio signal originating from atomic hydrogen in an extremely distant galaxy.
The signal was emitted when the universe was only 4.9 billion years old.
It means the look-back time for this source is 8.8 billion years. The findings have been published in the monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The astronomical distance over which such a signal has been picked up is the largest so far by a large margin. This is also the first confirmed detection of strong lensing of 21cm emission from a galaxy.
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