SINGAPORE: India is using its public digital infrastructure, to take a leap into digital economy in a bid to achieve economic goals in the country and connect globally, India's High Commissioner to Singapore Jawed Ashraf has said. The envoy further noted that building digital connectivity and partnerships with Singapore and ASEAN countries, is a priority for India and highlighted how technology has been used effectively to achieve public policy goals in the country during COVID-19 disruptions. “We are using our public digital infrastructure, rated as the largest in the world, to take a leap into digital economy to achieve our public policy and economic goals at home and connect globally," Ashraf told an online Fintech forum this week. He highlighted India's several initiatives with Singapore such as interoperability of payment systems, with Singapore being the first country to see the launch of RuPAY in 2018 and BHIM QR at the Singapore Fintech Festival last year, and said … [Read more...] about India using public digital infra to achieve economic goals at home, connect globally: Jawed Ashraf
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"The demand mainly comes from bigger cities like Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur," Beh said, adding that with social distancing, people living in isolation in large cities tend to experience more mental stress compared with those living in rural areas with their families. … [Read more...] about Demand for remote digital consultations rises across Asia under lockdown
The Aarogya Setu app is used on Android phones by 98% of the registered users, and the source code for the Android app is currently available on GitHub, a collaboration platform for software developers, where code can be developed or reviewed collaboratively. Both the iOS and KaiOS source codes will be released over a period of time, starting with the iOS version, which will be available as open source within the next two weeks, according to the statement. … [Read more...] about Aarogya Setu app is now open source: what does it mean?
By Michael R. Strain Wednesday is looking like a watershed moment in history. The scheduled afternoon launch of a SpaceX Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:33 p.m. would mark the first time a privately owned vehicle takes astronauts into orbit. Elon Musk, the billionaire space entrepreneur and chief executive of Tesla Inc., founded SpaceX in 2002. If the launch succeeds — bad weather could push it to Saturday — it would be the company’s crowning achievement to date. Musk’s hope is to enable the colonization of Mars. Delivering two astronauts to the International Space Station suggests that his grand ambition might be more than a pipe dream. Even if not, it will be a breakthrough moment in the commercialization of space. All of a sudden, space tourism seems plausible. If SpaceX can fly astronauts from Florida to the orbiting laboratory, then why couldn’t it fly you and me — soon — to an orbiting restaurant … [Read more...] about The space business is about to get really serious
Recalling his return to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a bigger mandate, he said this day last year began a "golden chapter" in the history of Indian democracy, as it was after several decades that people of voted back a full-term government with a full majority. … [Read more...] about India traversing on path to ‘victory’ against COVID-19: PM in open letter to countrymen