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Push for open source software

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2015
It has taken the government of India a decade and more to grasp a basic truth—that open source software (OSS) is the way to go. March-end, the Information Technology (IT) ministry unveiled, finally, a policy for adopting OSS as the preferred option in all e-governance systems implemented by various government organisations. The policy, which makes it mandatory to adopt OSS, is intended to lower costs and ensure strategic control of these systems. It says the aim is to ensure “efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs”. Sigh.

On wrong wavelength

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2015
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High on nectar

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2015

Don't ignore the deadly sign

Author(s): Savita Verma
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2015

News Briefs - April 16-30, 2015

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2015
India stares at 0% agriculture growth

Letters - April 16-30, 2015

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2015
Straw for green power This is with reference to the editorial "Straw in the wind" (February 16-28, 2015). I agree that surplus straw, which is a valuable resource, should be put to far better use in villages for rural development. Anaerobic digestion of crop residues produces biogas and nutrient-rich manure. The biogas can be used for power generation in areas that are not connected to the grid. This will boost economic activities in the area. The manure produced can be used in the farms.
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