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Old August 2nd, 2010, 08:16 PM   #1
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Cool Karnataka e-governance

This thread is for e-governance including m-governance.

Please continue posting other IT/ITES related news in "Karnataka SEZs|IT/BT Projects Thread" only. This thread is exclusively for IT/ITES in civil administration and public services. But, Rural BPO related news which include e-governance may be posted here. In addition any automation project in any domain which lead to e-governance and anything related to Karnataka on UIDAI Aadhaar may also be posted here.

Karnataka state ranking 15th in e-governance just a year back is today leading state of India in e-governance. To maintain this leadership position new ideas should be introduced in e-governance at a constant rate leading to better public services. Better service may mean fast service, less corruption or anything related this. So let us also use this thread for creating a knowledge base of new ideas in e-governance which may be small or big.

Let me start with a small suggestion. A few days back it was raining heavily in the coastal region. Government declared one particular day as a holiday. But many students and parents were not aware of this and so went to school in wet cloths to just return back. In this case if the school administration had mobile numbers of parents it could have just sent one SMS informing all the parents about holiday. The SMS may be sent by schools for informing so many things starting from simple things like early closing of school to complex things like informing about examination results.

Some important links:
http://www.karnataka.gov.in/egov.html
http://www.bangaloreone.gov.in/
http://mangaloreone.com/
http://www.karnatakavarthe.org/
http://www.ctax.kar.nic.in
https://eproc.karnataka.gov.in/
www.sakala.kar.nic.in
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till now,

World’s IT capital is India’s No 15 in e-gov December 31st, 2008
IT and BT now ‘less-paper’ departments
Fast tracking e-governance
Computerization of RTO in Karnataka
Pilot project for UID in state
Karnataka to take e-way for government procurement
Rs. 190 crore funding for e-governance projects in Karnataka
Karnataka ranks top in providing information under RTI
Karnataka the best in RTI Act implementation, finds study
Bijapur: Officials told to prepare for e-governance
Karnataka launches e-governance programme - Karnataka State Wide Area Network
Karnataka to introduce 11 e-gov initiatives - Khajane 2, Second Data Center (SDC) and the citizen hub
University Libraries in Karnataka to be interlinked
E-library for advocates soon: Suresh Kumar
E-project to eliminate land scams
Karnataka's e-Governance department to go paperless
E-governance soon in drugs control department
Centre to allot Rs 1,070 crore for e-governance
Centre's Rs 1,070 cr e-gov bonanza for State
State steps up efforts to adopt IT in governance
Karnataka to create urban property database
Urban property database for 10 more cities
MCC to consider digital mapping of Mangalore - What is the progress?
KIADB to adopt GIS to map industrial units
Process to install GPS in sand lorries gets underway
HDFC inks pact with Krishna mutt to offer e-seva

UIDAI - Aadhaar
DK, UK, Udupi citizens to get unique IDs first
UID project to be aided by e-governments - Karnataka is leading the way in the field of e-governance.

'One' projects
Mangalore One project to take shape soon
MangaloreOne opens in MCC building
Five MysoreOne centres launched

On rural front
Kalam's `PURA' vision set to be launched in Karnataka
Karnataka to set up telemetric gauging centres in gram panchayats
Pancha Tantra Panchayatha Online System for Belle Grama Panchayat
Cabinet Approves "Kalam Pura" Project in 200 Hoblis
Daily updates on MGREGA
SMART GRID: A SMART SOLUTION TO FUTURE POWER CRISES
H.D. KOTE TALUK GPS COMPUTERISED UNDER GRAM SWARAJ SCHEME
ISRO’s satellites to help out farmers
Software to track the girl child’s academic progress
MGREGA beneficiaries, pensioners to get smart cards
A new employment avenue for rural youth
Plan to computerise village ‘chavadis'
Tumkur village takes a digital leap

Here are links to rural BPOs which may or may not be carrying out back office works of e-governance.
Rural BPOs: Karnataka's latest in IT revolution
The BPOs are calling Bharat
Yeddyurappa promises 16 more rural BPOs in State
A BPO that employes only widows
RuralShores Sets up a New Center in Thirthahalli
Rural BPO: Karnataka keeps IT biggies away
Rural BPOs: State on job
Central funds for IT parks, BPOs in rural areas sought

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Beware, smartcard can catch you jumping traffic signals

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Mysore: The transport department authorities will soon go hi-tech in identifying habitual traffic rule violators in the state.

If everything goes according to plans, the department officials will start using smartcard readers by January 2011. This will help them trace the habitual traffic offenders on the spot.

Transport and road safety commissioner Bhaskar on Saturday told reporters that they have issued 15 lakh smartcards to vehicle users across the state and 80,000 in Mysore. In another six months, they will procure a smartcard reader from which they can easily record the number of traffic rule violations committed by a smartcard holder. If the person violates the rules for seven consecutive times, their driving licence will be cancelled, Bhaskar claimed.

The advanced equipment will be put to use within six months. With this, the officers can check details by inserting smartcard into the readers or enter the type of violation by the vehicle user in any part of the state. Initially, it will be used by RTO officials and later they will also distribute it to police officers. Karnataka will be first in the country to use this software, the commissioner claimed.
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Montek suggests PDS smart cards

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Karnataka, as frontrunner in ITES, should introduce smart card for public distribution system to tackle corruption in the scheme, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, has suggested.

Addressing an interactive session on food security organised by Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore Climate Change - Initiative and the Department of Planning, Ahluwalia said the Planning Commission would suggest smart cards for PDS all over the country.

Every beneficiary of the scheme would get a smart card. When the beneficiary swipes his card after getting food grain at subsidised rates from the fair price shop, the subside component would be credited to the supplier. “There is no scope for stealing of food grains once the smart card system is introduced. None can deny the beneficiary food grain,” Ahluwalia said.

On the proposed Food Security Act, Ahluwalia said that the planned Act would confer on the beneficaries the right to move the court if they were denied food grain.

Ahluwalia said percentage of the population living in poverty had reduced down in the last few years. However, the quantity of food grains supplied through the PDS had not been reduced. The country needed a production-oriented solution to assure food security and tackle high inflation of food prices.

He also said that besides food, providing other basic necessities - health, clean water, shelter, road - was also important. Although incomes of the people had been increasing, the quality of water had been going down. The Planning Commission set the target of agriculture growth in the 11th five year plan at 4 per cent against 2 per cent in the previous plan. “However, he added only through effective measures to increase food production could achieve the growth.
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New evaluation software to rule out manipulation

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MANGALORE: Mangalore University students from 2007-08 academic year batches onwards can now heave a huge sigh of relief. They will not only get marks list within 15-days of the completion of evaluation process, but also can rest assured that the results so given will not come under the cloud of manipulation, a stigma that has been attached to results of BBM and LLB examinations conducted by the university prior to 2007.

A Bangalore-based agency that developed examination software for Mysore University and Karnataka State Open University has also developed the examination software for Mangalore University. Under this new system, a bar coded sticker with names of the student and their registration number is affixed on the top quarter portion of the facing sheet of the answer booklets issued to them by the invigilators in examination halls.

This bar coded part is separated from answer sheet in examination registry of the university, laser-coded to generate a random number, the sticker of which is affixed in the bottom quarter portion of facing sheet of the answer booklet. After the respective answer booklets are evaluated, the examiner enters the marks on cover page of the answer sheet manually on to OMR sheets instead of earlier practice of entering it into form `A'.

The OMR sheets, which can accommodate marks of 15 students on one sheet -- six on one side, and nine on the other -- are scanned, a process, which takes two seconds. This data is then collated with internal assessment and project marks of students that are already entered and a computer ledger sheet generated. This ledger sheet is manually verified for discrepancies if any and the marks list generated after due verification.

T C Shivashankara Murthy, V-C, who made a few random checks of the BA, BSc and BCom results for the semester announced last week told `The Times of India' that computerization of the tabulation process will root out the problem of malpractice in results, and expedite their announcement. The university has adopted same process for its PG examinations where two OMR sheets are used, as there is system of double valuation.

The agency that has developed the software will run the show for next three to four years before handing it over to university to independent use. The agency in the meanwhile will train university staff to use this software. Certain aberrations noticed in use of this software while announcing BA, BSc and BCom results for the even semester would be rectified when the odd-semester results are announced in November, the V-C added.
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KSRTC project AWATAR- Mobile booking has been recognised as innovation in mobile content and application for masses and awarded “mBillionth South Asia Awards -2010 congress”. The award was presented by Sri. Savitur Prasad, Secretary( I.T), DIT, NCR of Delhi at Expo & Awards Gala, Hotel Intercontinental Eros, Nehru Place, New Delhi on July 23rd 2010. The award was received by Sri. Channabasappa, Chief Manager(Marketing & Commuter Relations).
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KSRTC's mobile service gets award

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It is the first in the country to introduce booking by cellphone

BANGALORE: The mobile initiative of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has brought to the corporation an international award – mBillionth South Asia Award 2010, recently.

The Award is jointly instituted by Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Digital Empowerment Foundation.

Successful introduction

It is given in recognition of the successful introduction and implementation of mobile ticket booking under m-governance initiative of the corporation.

KSRTC Managing Director Gaurav Gupta received the award at the mBillionth Mobile South Asia Congress and Award Gala held in New Delhi recently. Mr. Gupta was also a plenary speaker on “Expanding mobile for masses; m-Governance, Contest and Services and Citizen Services Delivery” at the event, according to a KSRTC release.

The corporation is the first State Road Transport undertaking in the country to introduce mobile booking, making easier the process of advance ticket booking.

A passenger can book the ticket by sending SMS “KSRTC” to 56767.
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E-governance assumes key role in UID implementation

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At one point, before the spread of the Internet and mobile connectivity, the database filing process in India included farm silos stacked almost to the roof with piles of paper.

Now, fledgling departments of e-governance, where information is collated electronically and databases stored and shared via the Internet, have been designated as liaisons between the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) and local officials who will be physically handling registrations.

In states that still lack a functioning e-governance department, the local governments will hand UID duties to their information technology wings. The bureaus will oversee the implementation of at least 600 million 12-digit unique identity numbers in the next four years.

“They will be the departments which hold everything together,” said R.S. Sharma, director general of UIDAI. “It’s an idea whose time has come, the idea of (digital) state data centres.”

Unique identity is one of the 27 mission mode projects—designations given by the national e-governance programme to projects that would help establish it as the efficient new way to govern in the technological age.

“UID (also known as Aadhaar) is a big part of the national e-governance plan,” Sharma said, “and a project which has the potential to transform e-governance in this country.”

The efficient gathering and storing of biometrics and personal data will play a crucial role in UID’s success.

Praveen Bhadada, a manager at Delhi-based Zinnov Management Consulting Pvt. Ltd, said the system would “enable analytics, monitoring, fraud management and de-duplication” at the state level, essential to a successful UID enrolment process.

“This will enable better efficiencies in terms of delivery of citizen services and help put in place common standards, verification process and faster rollout,” he said.

The departments will link every bit of a registrant’s information—including biometrics, permanent account numbers and personal statistics—at one location, which will then be easily accessible from any computer.

“I carry around so many different numbers,” said Sunil Chandiramani, partner and business leader of government services at Ernst and Young, who has been the audit and consulting firm’s point person on UID investment. “From an e-governance perspective, if everything was in one place, a credit card company could access it, my own company could do a background check, anyone could go online and pull up my information—it would make a big difference.”

The system’s accessibility—it will be open to anyone with an Internet or mobile connection—will make it the fastest way to reach the largest number of people. “These departments have been providing citizens with similar services. They’re strongly equipped to deal with UID issues,” Chandiramani said. “And they have the reach that’s really required.”

Essentially, a technological system will be serving as an all-purpose service centre, eliminating costly, time-consuming verification processes. “The goal that any government project would have is to have single citizen service centres,” Chandiramani said. “What makes sense is a single centre for a citizen to go and take care of all needs” related to their unique identity.

In May, Karnataka completed test runs, in which more than 25,000 residents in rural areas were enrolled in UID between April and May. It was the first crucial test for the state’s highly developed department of e-governance, a reflection of Karnataka’s technical advancement and a model for other states in the months leading to August’s national UID test run. “Karnataka is different from everyone else,” said Sharma. “It’s one of the most progressive states. In terms of e-governance, they are forerunners in the country.”
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M.N. Vidyashankar, principal e-governance secretary in Karnataka, said his department, with only 23 staffers in its Bangalore headquarters, is the smallest government department in the state. Despite its size, the efficient nature of the e-system has allowed it to complete 40 government projects, he said, including a human resource management system, which have prepared it for a heightened role with UID.
K.K. Sharma, assistant director general at Aadhaar’s regional office in Bangalore, said without the efficiency of the department his office would not have met its pre-test goal of 25,000 enrollees.

The major hurdle facing UID implementation teams on the ground will be connectivity— many areas of the country are not wired for Internet or mobile phone usage. R.S. Sharma said they would rely on traditional paper methods of filing until technology reached those parts, but added accessibility would quickly spread. “In most parts of the country, mobile connection is spreading fast—the issue should be resolved quickly,” he said.

“We’ll also be using solar panels for power in some areas. We’ve learned how to overcome the deficiencies.” Vidyashankar said his team experienced no problems during the proof-of-concept runs.

Recently, at enrolment centres in Karnataka’s Tumkur district, officials were seen taking biometric information on laptop computers and other information on pieces of paper, the data to be transported to Bangalore some 75km away and filed electronically.
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The service will be free for the first six months

BANGALORE: Launched less than a week ago, the SMS service conceived by the Karnataka High Court to help litigants and advocates know the status of their cases has met with good response.

As of Saturday, the facility developed entirely by the High Court in close association with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) has received more than 1,500 messages.

Sources in the High Court told The Hindu that the facility was free and neither the NIC nor the High Court charged any money for the enquiries received through SMS. The expenditure of the facility would be borne by the Centre for the first six months. Thereafter, it remains to be seen on whether the Centre would continue subsidising the facility or levy a minimum charge.

Sources said Karnataka had become one of the few States to go in for such a system to know the status of the case in the High Court and the Circuit Benches in Dharwad and in Gulbarga.
The SMS facility could be used for ascertaining the status of an application filed for obtaining certified copies of the orders and judgments and a case being heard in a court hall.
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For example, if a litigant wanted to know the case status, all he had to do was to message from his mobile phone: KARHCCS <Case Type > <Case No> <Case Year> <Bench> to 9212357123, a dedicated mobile number.

The sender would get a response about the case.

Similarly, if a person wanted to obtain information about a certified copy, he had to message KARHCCC <Case Type> <CCA No> <CCAYear > <Bench>. Here <CCAYear> should be four digits and the Bench can be Bangalore, Dharwad or Gulbarga. However, the facility to know the status of a case was available only for the High Court in Bangalore.
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Apart from providing information via SMS, the High Court has installed four information kiosks on its premises in Bangalore and two each in Dharwad and Gulbarga respectively.

These kiosks provide information regarding the cause list, status of a case, status of application for a certified copy, judicial deposits and all other information available on the High Court website. This facility too was developed with the assistance of the NIC.
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Wipro signs deal to bring IT to policing

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Wipro Infotech, the India-focused IT arm of the Wipro group has won the contract for building a nationwide police software that will be used to track criminals across the states. The software is the most crucial piece in the effort to use information technology (IT) to catch criminals and prevent crime, under a Rs2,000 crore police computerization project.

The application will be deployed in all the 20,000 plus police stations and headquarters, connecting them with each other and the New Delhi situated National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

"The application has to be designed so that any police officer sitting in any police station across the country is able to access crime records from across the country," said Ranbir Singh, head for government products, Wipro Infotech.

With the software, not only will citizens be able to trace the status of their complaints and find details such as the number of crimes in their locality, but it will also strengthen the hand of the police.

"Till now, if someone steals a vehicle in one state and drives it across the border into another one, it is nearly impossible to track and trace him.. Under the current system, even if a stolen vehicle is recovered in a different state, it is very difficult to hand it back to the original owner," he added.

The police modernization plan is one of the 27 large-scale computerization (e-governance) projects undertaken by the government since four years ago. Around 20 of the projects have either been implemented or are in various stages of implementation.

Police modernization project will involve keeping details of crimes and investigations in the digital format. Each state will have its own database of all the crime-related details, which will also be kept on the central database at the National Crime Records Bureau.

The introduction of IT will also bring predictive and analytical techniques, currently used by companies to study their customers, into crime prevention. Along with the Financial Intelligence Unit, a software developed by Wipro for the finance ministry, the crime prevention software will put together information from different spheres, such as banking and police stations, to detect crimes like terrorist planning.

While Wipro refuses to discuss the financial details of the project, the win is expected to give the company a leg up in bidding for other similar projects. It had implemented a similar state-wide project in Karnataka four years ago, giving it an edge over competition in winning the current project.

It is also setting up the central databases of five states in India, which will store all the data of the respective state governments including land records, leases, police records etc.. A total of Rs 30,000-40,000 crore is being spent on infusing IT into government, including around Rs 10,000 spent already.

One of the biggest contracts of all, the contract for setting up and runningthe central database of the unique identification numbers of all citizens, will shortly come up for grabs. Wipro is expected to compete with other biggies such as Infosys and TCS for the contract.
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There is one Cyber Crime Police Station in Bangalore.
http://cyberpolicebangalore.nic.in/

Second Cyber lab to come up in Mangalore - What is the status?

Cyber police to launch mobile services

Some more links
http://drvsacharya.blogspot.com/2009...ber-crime.html
http://www.karnataka.com/govt/links/police-dept.html
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Tumkur, Mysore dists chosen for UIDAI’s pilot project

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Unique identification numbers for citizens in Karnataka is expected to be available by October, as the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is planning to distribute the 16-digit numbers to citizens in Tumkur and Mysore between October and December, as part of its pilot project.

The pilot project would cover 65 lakh people in both the districts, sources in the Authority told Deccan Herald.

UIDAI has asked the State to be prepared to launch the pilot project. The first UID number is expected to be issued in the first week of October, sources said.

The Karnataka government has floated a tender inviting private firms to provide infrastructure including opening of enumeration centres, undertaking enumeration of people, bringing people to UID centre, data collection and other field work, said M N Vidyashankar, Principal Secretary to E-Governance Department, Government of Karnataka.

He further mentioned the State government had hastened preparations for the launch of pilot project to ensure its completion on time.

The two districts were selected for the pilot project following Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa’s request. The chief minister in his letter to the Authority promised to extend all required infrastructure facilities for the project.

The Authority has also conducted Proof of Concept (PoC) for adults in both Mysore and Tumkur districts where it tested its system recently.

In both places, a total of 20,000 bio-metric details were collected for PoC. In Tumkur district, the PoC was conducted in Bukkapatna, Chelur, Bellavi, Dodderi and Kibbanahalli villages, while it was held in Varuna, Hadinaru, Thippur, Hammara Halli, and Gowdagere villages in Mysore.

The Authority had chosen Widia Poorna Prajna School on Tumkur Road in Bangalore to conduct the PoC for children. Officials took bio-metric details- face photo, 10 finger prints, and iris scan- of 1,000 children from LKG to 10th standard (4 to 15-year-olds).

UIDAI had chosen people of all sections of the society, including manual labourers, for the adult PoC. The Authority's top brass headed by Chairman Nandan Nilekani reviewed the PoC results and had expressed satisfaction over the outcome. Results showed that it took only five minutes to issue the UID to one person.

The authority had earlier announced that it would issue the first UID number between August 2010 and February 2011, and that it plans to issue 600 million UIDs over the next four years. Apart from Karnataka, the UIDAI has also identified two more districts in south India-Medak and Krishna in Andhra Pradesh - for the pilot project. In north India the authority is in the process of finalising the places for launching the project, sources said.
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Monitoring mechanism for issuing pre-paid SIM cards crumbling?

This may not be directly linked to e-governance but some what related.
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BANGALORE: The tight security system put in place to prevent mobile phone misuse is dysfunctional, a senior police official has said. This, he said, had serious repercussions for national security. Following this, in recent weeks, the police have ferreted out mobile retailers who misuse address documents, allotting multiple connections using a single document.

Concerned with this apparently rampant practice, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has imposed penalties to the extent of Rs. 30 crore. But this has failed to be a deterrent for private service providers. They have also not bothered to pay the penalty, the official told The Hindu.

This paper a few weeks ago reported the widespread misuse of address-proof documents by mobile retailers. Following this, the police raided several retailers and found that the practice was more prevalent than originally thought.

During the raids in different parts of the State, the police found that the retailers, the service providers and Department of Telecommunication's Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring Cell have not been adhering to the norms laid down for issue of pre-paid SIM cards.

“Private service providers have been allowed to expand the reach of mobile phone networks at the cost of security. The misuse of address-proof documents for obtaining pre-paid SIM cards is rampant and is worrying,” said the senior police official overseeing the raids.

In several criminal investigations, the police have found that persons accused in various criminal activities used several SIM cards to cover up their activities. In one instance, the Bangalore police found an accused possessing 60 SIM cards. It was possible to obtain the SIM cards as retailers were handing them over using the address-proof documents of other genuine customers, the police said. Under the Indian Telegraph Act, the retailer (point of supply of SIM cards), the telecom service provider and its authorised representative, besides DoT's enforcement cell have been asked to ensure that mobile phone connections are issued only after proper verification of the applicant's address.

The police come into the picture only when the service provider or the DoT enforcement cell files a complaint accusing the person or agency of faking documents.

“Neither the service provider nor the DoT Cell has until now registered a single complaint,” the officer said.

Recently, Director-General of Police and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh held a meeting with the police officers, the representatives of the DoT and telecom service providers.

Apart from conducting joint inspections of documents, it was decided to make the retailers aware of the consequences of ignoring the verification of address.
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Police dept goes hi-tech in twin cities

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HUBLI: Sunday was a red-letter day for the people of the twin cities and the police department-the long-pending demands for police station in Ashok Nagar and a traffic management centre were fulfilled on that day.

With Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissionerate going hi-tech, the police department received the much-needed facilities to deal with law and order. One inspector, two sub-inspectors, four assistant sub-inspectors and eight head constables and 52 constables have been sanctioned for the new station which covers 1.25 to 1.5 lakh people.

The department has devised an action plan to improve the traffic scene with the help of Karnataka State Traffic and Transport Administration. Following suggestions to set up a traffic management centre, the department elicited suggestions from experts in BVB and SDM colleges and installed CCTV cameras at nine road junctions in the twin cities to monitor the traffic. The centres, set up at sub-urban police station (Hubli) and Town police station (Dharwad), began functioning on Sunday.

CCTVS, E-CHALLANS

With the help of the CCTVs, traffic police will now be able to streamline the traffic system besides making errant motorists fall in line. The staff, which watches the traffic movement/ violations from the CCTV feed, will inform the traffic police of the respective areas for further action.

This apart, the commissionerate has put to use a fleet of 14 hi-tech patrolling vehicles equipped with GPS system. It will monitor the twin cities round-the-clock.

For the first time, e-challan system has also been introduced to rein in traffic violators. This will enable the police to issue spot and court challans to errant motorists. At present, 10 PDAs (personal digital assistants) are in use.

Hubli-Dharwad police commissioner Raghavendra Auradhkar the technology would help them serve the people better. "Technology-driven policing will reduce the crime rate for sure. All GPS-fitted vehicles will be on round-the-clock service. Senior police officers can trace their location while sitting at their offices," he added.
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MANGALORE AUG 4, 2010: The new fishing season 2010-2011 has begun in the western coast with a new hope and new methods of fishing. Thanks to the efforts made by the Fisheries department starting from this season the state fisheries will go high tech. The state coastal fisheries sector will monitor fishing expeditions with the help of the Satellite. It will help the fishing boats to target their catch, rationalize it and maximize the production.

According to the director of state fisheries department Mr. Veerappa Gowda "The initiative taken by the Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC) in this regard will help the fishermen in pinpointing their fishing expedition with the help of the Satellite guided technology. About 200 fishing vessels in Karnataka coastal areas will get gadgets like fish finder, Global Positioning System and echo-sounders."

This was the first set of fishing vessels that will be covered in the first phase of this ambitious programme. As a result fish varieties that were unheard in these areas especially the high value consumer markets will be flooded with not just Mackerels and Sardines and Prawns but also varieties like Grouper, Yellow Finned Tuna, Marlins, giant three dotted crabs, Red rings (a variety of giant prawns that are red in colour) giant squids, Ribbon fish, Japanese oil Sardines, Anchovies, Silver fish, blue and pink perches and King fish.

These are all very meaty types of fishes and presently they cross into the pacific region from the Mediterranean and move over to into the deep seas before the fishermen could locate them. But with the new mapping devices racks of these fishes could be seen much before they arrive within Indian EEZ.

If everything goes as planned the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Department of Fisheries will tie up for satellite mapping of the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to help the Karnataka fishermen in targeting the shoals of fish in the Arabian Sea.

Karnataka will be the second state in the country after Gujarat to go high tech fishing. The ISRO is expected to provide the uplinking facility to the department of fisheries.

The department will write to the ISRO to provide the facility of unlinking as soon as all the 200 vessels get their gadgets. This high tech link will help the fishermen in the state to complete their fishing in just 3-5 hours in a day as they will be going to the target area directly from the coast after getting the satellite confirmation. This will not just save precious fuel but also minimize wastage of man hours. "But only those vessels that adhere to the Marine Fisheries Regulation Act will be provided this facility" Mr. Gowda told.

Most of the common fish varieties like Seer, Pomfret, Mackerels, Sardines, and Prawns will also improve in availability in Bangalore market. The Metro Cash and Carry which has set up a buying mechanism at Mangalore and also the large scale buyers will be the major beneficiaries in the emerging scenario.

Though the official fishing season will begin only August 10, the bigger boats have already left on August 1 and will return to the coast only on 10th August according the deputy director of Fisheries Mr. Suresh Kumar.

The electronic gadgets will be supplied to the vessels with the help of the Union ministry of agriculture department of Fisheries and animal husbandry. The government has sanctioned Rs. 2 crore for this project as the first installment. The satellite guided fisheries will minimize financial risks of the fishermen and also helps the fishermen to land the catch quickly who will enhance the value of fish in the export as well as domestic markets.
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Chelur might be Karnataka’s first village to get the unique identification number
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Villagers of Chelur, Tumkur district, may be the first to get access to their Unique Identity numbers. Sources in the regional wing of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said that the distribution of UIDs would start from the very villages where Proof of Concept (POC) studies were undertaken a few months ago.

Such studies were taken up in select districts of the state.
“Tumkur and Mysore have been chosen for the distribution of Unique IDs first in Karnataka, as priority would be given to villages where the POC was carried out,” said an official. It may be noted that on April 13, 2010, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), of which Nandan Nilekani is the chairman, began the work of enumeration of adult citizens through a POC exercise in Chelur village.

Sources in the UIDAI said that the distribution of UIDs would begin in the month of September or October 2010, once the state government had finalised enrollment agencies which would be entrusted with the task of collecting biometric data. “Once the biometric data comes, namely the finger print, iris and the photograph, the UIDAI would distribute UIDs,” said UIDAI (Karnataka) deputy director general Ashok MR Dalwai.

Sources in the e-governance department of the state government, which is also the nodal agency for the project in Karnataka, said that the department is in the process of shortlisting agencies for the enrollment of biometric data for the UID project. “We will finalise the process within a month or 90 days,” the official said.
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The evaluation of answer scripts at Visvesvaraya Technological University could soon go digital if the ongoing pilot project passes accuracy tests.

The project would be of immense benefit to both students and faculty. It proposes to ease the work load on the teaching faculty as scheme of evaluation would be made available at their finger tips.

Instead of manually evaluating answer sheets, the evaluators could compare answers of the candidates with the solutions already fed into the computer. They would be able to access the scanned copies of answer sheets.

Even answer scripts of students can be mailed respective candidates in seconds. Long days of anxious waiting for students to access answer sheets would be a thing of the past.

"We are testing the accuracy of the new mode of evaluation. If desired results are achieved during the first phase of testing, this method will be introduced for MBA, MCA and B Tech. courses," VTU Vice Chancellor Maheshappa told Deccan Herald.

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Digital evaluation would immensely benefit students as well as the teachers who are often under pressure to evaluate thousands of scripts manually.

Maheshappa said thousands of students apply for revaluation and it is a difficult task to preserve and search answer scripts. Teachers too have to evaluate multiple times. Computerisation of the process will redress all these problems.

According to the statistics available on the University’s official website, Visvesvaraya Technological Unit has 144 affiliated colleges offering under graduate courses in 27 disciplines and PG programme in 66 disciplines.

The intake at Under Graduate level is about 45,000 students and it is 7,500 for PG courses.

New software

Close to 1,500 answer scripts of doctorate students have been evaluated using the new software during the initial phase. The score card of their four core subjects is used as a yard stick for granting sanction to their research work. The project has been outsourced to a private company whose details are yet to be disclosed.

According to the officials, the preliminary results are quite satisfactory and the details would be officially announced after successful completion of the pilot.
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MANGALORE: The advent of digital library networks in recent years has given a boost to reading, referring and publishing by teachers, researchers and students in educational institutions.

These networks provide access to scholarly journals, e-books and other databases in different disciplines, says M.K. Bhandi, Librarian of Mangalore University.

Some of the digital library networks are UGC-INFONET (University Grants Commission Information Network) of the Digital Library Consortium, the Indian National Digital Library in Engineering Sciences and Technology Consortium (INDEST), the Health Science Library and Information Network (HELINET) and Consortium and Journals'-Gate (J-Gate), he said.

The UGC-INFONET at the Mangalore University library at Mangalagangotri now provides access to more than 5,500 e-journals and over 50,000 e-books, according to Prof. Bhandi.

In addition, the university library has subscribed to J-Gate, through which the members can have access to over 18,300 e-journals. Since this network is connected to 400 computers on campus, teachers, researchers and students can read, refer and download them in their respective departments.

Prof. Bhandi says that many first-semester postgraduate students prefer logging on to the networks at the university library rather than in their departments since they need some guidance on searching for information on the network.

Ever since the university introduced UGC-INFONET in 2004, the number of articles published by its faculty members in ISSN (International Standard Book Number) journals has increased from 75 in 2004-05 to 333 in 2007-08, Prof. Bhandi says.

Of the 276 universities in the country, the ranking of the Mangalore University library in the usage of e-journals through UGC-INFONET ranged between 56 and 58 from 2005-06 to 2009-10. At present, library members can have access to it only on the university campus. HELINET

Janet Dotty Lobo, Librarian, Father Muller Charitable Medical Institutions, says that HELINET provides access to 673 e-sources, including journals, books, year books and clinical works such as Medicinal Clinics of North America.

Over 600 medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, physiotherapy, paramedical and AYUSH colleges under RGUHS in the State have subscribed to it.

“Members of our library can have access to it in their houses and places of work by using a specific user name and password,” she said. INDEST

M.P. Gowda, Librarian, National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, Surathkal, said that members of the college could access 2,000 e-journals and 203 e-books from their laptops anywhere on the campus, including hostels of students.
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* ‘It is basically a capacity-balancing tool considering the demand and supply'

MYSORE: Help is at hand for power distribution companies in the State to ensure equitable electricity supply through better supply-demand management and minimise unscheduled load shedding.

A software, conceived and designed by the faculty members of the National Institute of Engineering (NIE), has been tested vigorously and found to be effective in better grid management.

Following the recent power crisis which became unbearable during summer, the district administration sought the help of the NIE staff.

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G.L. Shekar, vice-principal of NIE and project director, constituted a team to develop the software. The team came up with a solution after having spent around 60 man-hours.

He told The Hindu that the software underwent beta testing at the college level and was found to be effective.

The end users should use the software and give more inputs about the real-world situation for maximising its utility.

The software's utility could be scaled up to provide solution at the State-level by integrating it with the SCADA network of Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL).

The SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System) helps monitor and track energy supply to different electricity supply companies, the quantum of energy consumed and interruptions, if any, in real-time situation.

Sanjeev V. Lalgudi, a lecturer in the Department of Information Science and Engineering at the NIE who was associated with the project, said the software functioned on a simple logic and was a cost-effective solution to better power distribution management. It was basically a capacity-balancing tool considering the demand and supply, he said.

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Mr. Lalgudi said the software had a database of the feeders, including information such as their capacity, receiving station feeding power to them and scheduled power cut timings.

The software displays the ‘Demand Management' screen with details of power utilisation and enables grid managers to identify and select the feeder to which power supply can be cut. “We visited the receiving stations and grid sub-stations at Hootagalli, Kadakola and other places to collect and collate the data,” he added.

“If there are four feeders and one is an emergency unit catering to institutions such as hospitals, the grid managers' choice will be limited to three feeders. But an informed decision can be made by rotating the duration of power cut for each of the three feeders rather than randomly disconnecting power supply,” Mr. Lalgudi said.

“On receiving the command, the software's ‘Demand Management' screen flashes the result and indicates from which feeder load can be reduced, when the supply to the feeder was cut during the last 24 hours and the duration of the power cut,” said Mr. Lalgudi who received guidance and inputs from K. Raghuveer, head of the Department of Information Science and Engineering, and T. Anantha Padmanabha, head of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, apart from the staff of Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Ltd.

The cost incurred in developing the software was pegged at Rs. 60,000 but the cost-benefit potential is reckoned to be immense.
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Tobacco growers favour e-auction

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Federation of Karnataka Tobacco Growers’ Association has urged the Tobacco Board and the Ministry of Commerce to implement e-auction system at all tobacco platforms in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh when the auction begins next month.

Addressing a news conference here, Federation President B V Javaregowda said though the Board launched e-auction on a pilot basis in one platform each in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, it has been shelved.

The authorities lack any interest to implement this from next month. A delegation of Virginia Tobacco growers led by MPs of this region and Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa met Union Commerce minster and communicated to him regarding benefits of the e-auction system. It brings total transperancy in the market, he said.

The delegation also appealed to the Government to revoke the order on 15 per cent penalty and a fine of Rs two per kg of tobacco. The tobacco grown in Hunsur and Periyapatna are in demand in the western and European countries. It is a big source of foreign exchange too.

However, the Central Tobacco Research Institute(CTRI) established in Hunsur has closed its Research and Development facility.

The full-fledged research station at Sollepura which was mainly catering to producing seed for tobacco farmers is now defunct. The farmers now have to depend on outsourced seed for producing 2011 crop which a risky proposition. Also, there is a lack of interest among scientists to work for the welfare of Karnataka’s tobacco growers. The growers have not been able to realise benefits of contemporary varieties in tobacco cultivation which farmers in other Indian growth zones are getting. Moreover, the scientists are recommending indiscriminate use of pesticides in collusion with pesticide dealers. The farmers who spray high doses has resulted in low quality tobacco, affecting its export potential, he said. Federation Secretary Vikram Raje Urs was present.
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Govt med college in Mysore to go paperless

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In the first instance of its kind in the State, a government medical college which provides affordable treatment to thousands of rural residents every day is proceeding towards achieving a paperless work atmosphere.

As part of the upgradation process, Mysore Medical College and Research Centre (MMC&RI) is installing the Campus Resource Management (CRM) software, an automation tool, through which the entire administration process will be computerised within a month.

All manual work pertaining to salary, admission, fees etc is being computerised with software from the Bangalore-based VAPS Technology Private Limited.

Fifteen modules comprising Administration, Payments, Biometric (both office staff and students), Inventory management, Accounts, Fees, Calendar of events, SMS package, Examination, Alumni Association, Hostel Management, Library, Hospital management, Statistical reports are being completely computerised, Dean Venkatesh said.

Most of the work is complete and in a month, all paper work would be withdrawn, says computer programmer Chinnaswamy.

Twenty-five members from all departments are being trained to handle the software.
A parent kiosk set up at the premises can be accessed by the students round the clock. Two thousand smart cards have been distributed among the staff and students. The students can verify their internal marks, fee structure and the examination details with the help of the smart cards.

The government has approved the installation of the software at the college as a pilot project.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will launch the project during his visit to Mysore on August 12 to open a branch of the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology being set up at the K R Hospital premises.

After successful implementation of Campus Resource Management software, the government has plans to extend the facility to another 10 colleges in the State, according to sources.
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Biometric cards save grain worth Rs. 20 cr. a month

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Bangalore: Issue of biometric bar-coded ration cards to households in the last few months by the Food and Civil Supplies Department has helped eliminating nearly 8.5 lakh bogus ration cards from PDS.

Besides checking pilferage of foodgrains, the issue of such cards to 74 lakh households in the Sate has saved foodgrains worth Rs. 20 crore a month, which otherwise reaches to bogus ration card holders, according to officials in the Food and Civil Supplies Department. The Government annually spends nearly Rs. 800 crore for food subsidy.

After the Union Government began a drive to check hoarding of foodgrains and pilferage, the State Government has gone in for a tie-up with the Bangalore-based Comat Technology to overhaul the functioning of the PDS. The company's target is to issue laminated ration cards to 1.24 crore families in the State. Bar code is like a smart card, which stores information regarding the head of each family and also his/her thumb impression.

Photos of all family members are printed on the card. The biometric system was introduced to check bogus ration cards that are rampant across the State. The cards will have details such as ration shop number, residential address of the family, district and taluk offices.

Five-year project

Under the five-year project, the department has already spent Rs. 50 crore for executing the project and to issue biometric ration cards. Now, it has proposed to set up point-of-sale (POS) devices in all fair price shops in the State by inviting global tenders.

POS would be linked to electronic weighing machines, which would eliminate inaccuracy in weighing foodgrains such as rice, wheat and sugar by owners of ration shops.

“Under the system, the ration can be issued in instalments and the closing balance is automatically available,” the official said. The effort was to make sure that foodgrains reach the people without pilferage and technology would help in effective monitoring of the movement of goods. “And at the click of the mouse, we will be able to access information from all centres,” an official said.

“The scheme is designed to ensure that the right beneficiary gets the desired amount of foodgrains and other benefits,” he said.

The biometric bar-coded ration cards can be used for various purposes. The Health Department has been using it for identifying beneficiaries under the Vajpayee ArogyaSri Yojana in Gulbarga division to provide free medical treatment, including surgery, to below poverty line families.
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