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ASIRT Announces its new Board Members and 4point Development Agenda for the Next Year




The Association of System Integrators and Retailers in Technology recently announced its new Board Members after the Annual General Meeting, held on their Tech day at The Orchid Hotel, Mumbai. The event with a two-part agenda also hosted Mr. Nitin Nayak from DIGISOL as a guest speaker for the evening.

The evening began with a detailed presentation from Mr. Nitin Nayak, National Head, Enterprise Solution Business, DIGISOL Systems Ltd., who shared the various Active Networking, Passive Networking and FTTH solutions provided by DIGISOL. These solutions included a range of wireless and broadband routers, 3G and switching solutions, specialized fiber and copper cabling solutions as well as integrated IP & CCTV surveillance solutions. Speaking about his presence at ASIRT, Mr. Nayak said, “As an end to end networking solutions provider, we work very closely with the System Integrators. Most of our products, including the ones we presented today, are relevant to the SI’s who give WiFi solutions to their clientele. This was our first presentation with ASIRT and it is a perfect audience for us as we get to connect directly to the decision makers and SI Entrepreneurs. The response today has been good and we look forward to returning to this platform again.”

The evening then progressed to a highly interactive session as the AGM commenced. With enthusiastic participation of ASIRTers, the existing Board showcased the past terms achievements and shared details on progress with ongoing initiatives. Towards the end of the event, it was time for a new Board to be selected and a key focus agenda to be presented. The newly elected Board Members presented the 4point growth agenda for ASIRT, as under:

  1. Expansion:

Addition of new Members, from Navi Mumbai, Thane District, and Rural Thane along with Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Suburbs, through Membership drive events, to be the focus of ASIRT Board for the next term.

  1. Collaborative Growth:

Facilitating Members to gain maximum business opportunities and guidance from Mentors through the Chairman’s Club initiatives and to add value to their business growth will be a key focus of for the new Board.

  1. Tax Clinics:

In order to ensure that members, who are mostly entrepreneurs and SI’s, are able to make the most of recently changed tax and policy structure, the Board to focus on holding Tax Clinics by engaging with CA’s and government officials to guide members and help solve their Tax and policy related queries.

  1. Superior Infrastructure:

Through a renewed focus on internal infrastructure, the Board to facilitate improvising existing IT processes and systems, creating a streamlined experience around  new Membership (Paperless transactions), Events, Sponsorship, Member Communications etc.

The New Board Members for ASIRT for FY 2018-19 are as under:

  1. Chairman:Mr. Jiten Mehta, Magnamious Systems Pvt. Ltd.
  2. President:Mr. Pankaj Shah, TechnoPlus Systems
  3. Treasurer:Mr. Hitten Shah, Zeta Infotech
  4. Secretary:Mr. Sujit Uchil, D’Horizon Digital Solutions
  5. Vice Chairman:Mr. Pravin Rege, Durga Computers
  6. Vice President:Mr. Tushar Shah, Paths Enterprise
  7. Vice President:Mr. Jayesh Sompura, Active Computers
  8. Vice President:Mr. Nilesh Kadakia, Neotech Infocom
  9. Vice President:Mr. Manish Kapasi, Avion Electronics Pvt. Ltd.
  10. Joint Secretary:Mr. Sanjay Ruparel, Ruparel Computers Pvt. Ltd
  11. Co-Opted Member:Mr. Kaustubh Kulkarni, Fusion Softwares & Systems Pvt Ltd.
  12. Co-Opted Member:Mr. Shirish Marathe, COMPetc

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Central Government Initiated Consultation Process for New Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP)





The Indian government has initiated a consultation process for the formulation of a new national Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP 2020).

As per the statement, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (Office of PSA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have jointly initiated a decentralized, bottom-up, and inclusive process.

The fifth S&T policy of India is being formulated at a crucial juncture when India and the world are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. This is only the latest among the many important changes in the past decade that have necessitated formulation of a new outlook and strategy for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).

As the crisis changes the world, the new policy with its decentralized manner of formation will reorient STI in terms of priorities, sectoral focus, the way research is done, and technologies are developed and deployed for larger socio-economic welfare.

According to the statement, The STIP 2020 formulation process is organised into 4 highly interlinked tracks.

Track I involves an extensive public and expert consultation process through Science Policy Forum – a dedicated platform for soliciting inputs from larger public and expert pool during and after the policy drafting process.

Track II comprises experts-driven thematic consultations to feed evidence-informed recommendations into the policy drafting process. Twenty-one (21) focused thematic groups have been constituted for this purpose.

Track III involves consultations with Ministries and States, while Track IV constitutes apex level multi-stakeholder consultation.

For Track III nodal officers are being nominated in States and in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government of India for extensive intra-state and intra-department consultation.

For Track IV consultation with institutional leadership, industry bodies, global partners and inter-ministerial and inter-state consultations represented at the highest levels are being carried out.

The consultation processes on different tracks have already started and are running in parallel. The Track-II thematic group (TG) consultation started with a series of information sessions last week.

During the information sessions, Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Head of Policy Coordination and Programme Monitoring Division of DST, made the presentations and steered the discussions. The sessions were attended by around 130 members of the 21 thematic groups along with 25 Policy Research Fellows and scientists of DST and Office of PSA.

“The STI Policy for the new India will also integrate the lessons of COVID-19 including building of an Atmanirbhar Bharat (self- reliance) through ST&I by leveraging our strengths in R&D, Design, S&T workforce and institutions, huge markets, demographic dividend, diversity and data,” said Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST

The six-month process involves broad-based consultations with all stakeholders within and beyond the scientific ecosystem of the country –including academia, industry, government, global partners, young scientists and technologists, civic bodies, and general public.

A Secretariat with in-house policy knowledge and data support unit, built with a cadre of DST-STI Policy fellows, has been set up at DST (Technology Bhavan) to coordinate the complete process and interplays between the four tracks.

Source: PIB

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Government Extended Lockdown till 17th May 2020




After a comprehensive review, and in view of the Lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India (GoI) issued an Order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of 2 weeks with effect from May 4, 2020.   MHA also issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones. The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones.

Completely Prohibited

Under the new guidelines, a limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the Zone.  These include travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road; running of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/ coaching institutions; hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants; places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes etc;  social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings; and, religious places/ places of worship for public.  However, movement of persons by air, rail and road is allowed for select purposes, and for purposes as permitted by MHA.

Movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities, shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am.  Local authorities shall issue orders under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders [curfew] under Section 144 of CrPC, for this purpose, and ensure strict compliance.  In all zones, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes. Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and Medical clinics shall be permitted to operate in Red, Orange and Green Zones, with social distancing norms and other safety precautions; however, these will not be permitted within the Containment Zones.

Red Zones

The local authority shall ensure 100% coverage of Aarogya Setu app among the residents of the Containment Zone. Strict perimeter control would need to be ensured, so that there is no movement of people in and out of these Zones, except for medical emergencies, and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services.  No other activity is permitted within the Containment Zones.

In the Red Zones, outside the Containment Zones, certain activities are allowed with restrictions –

  • Movement of individuals and vehicles with a maximum of 2 persons (besides the driver) in four-wheeler vehicles, and with no pillion rider in the case of two-wheelers.
  • Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates.
  • Manufacturing of IT hardware.
  • Print and electronic media, IT and IT enabled services.
  • Shops in urban areas, for non-essential goods (Not allowed in malls, markets and market complexes).
  • All standalone (single) shops, neighbourhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes.
  • E-Commerce activities only in respect of essential goods.
  • Private offices can operate with upto 33% strength, remaining persons working from home.
  • All health services (including AYUSH)
  • Banks, NBFCs, insurance and capital market activities.
  • Telecommunications and internet services.
  • Courier and postal services

Orange Zones

In the Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver and 2 passengers only. Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.

Green Zones

In the Green Zones, all activities are permitted except the limited number of activities which are prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the Zone. However buses can operate with upto 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with upto 50% capacity.

However, States/ UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, and with the primary objective of keeping the spread of COVID-19 in check, may allow only select activities from out of the permitted activities, with such restrictions as felt necessary.

No separate/ fresh permissions will be required from authorities for activities already permitted to operate under the guidelines on Lockdown measures up to May 3, 2020. The Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) issued by MHA will continue to operate such as transit arrangement for foreign national(s) in India; release of quarantine persons; movement of stranded labour within States/ UTs; sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers, movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons by road and rail.

State/ UT Governments are mandated to strictly enforce the lockdown guidelines and they shall not dilute these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in any manner.

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Indian Air Force Committed to The Nation in Fight Against Coronavirus





The coronavirus pandemic has affected the entire nation but we all are fighting very bravely in this toughest time of our life. Every sector has been impacted due to its impact. The central agencies are working at their extreme level to keep the situation under control. In a time when transportation of urgent materials is biggest challenge, The Indian Air Force (IAF) has come forward to serve the nation with all possible efforts. Indian Air Force continues its support against Novel Corona virus wherein medical supplies are being transported to equip the state governments and supporting agencies to combat the contagion effectively and efficiently.

During the last few days, IAF airlifted essential medical supplies and commodities from nodal points to Manipur, Nagaland and Gangtok in North Eastern region; and the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh. In addition, An-32 aircraft, on 06 Apr 2020, airlifted personnel and 3500 kg of medical equipment of ICMR from Chennai to Bhubaneshwar for setting up of testing labs and facilities in Odisha.

IAF has earmarked aircraft at nodal points to airlift medical supplies and equipment at short notice to proactively support operations against COVID-19.

News Source: PIB

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