Digital India Current Affairs - 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Bangladeshi Counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh, through video conferencing.
Development Projects Inaugurated
- Supply of buses & trucks.
- Inauguration of 36 community clinics.
- 11 water treatment plants.
- Extension of National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh.
National Knowledge Network
National Knowledge Network (NKN) is a state-of-the-art pan-Indian resource sharing network aimed at digitally connecting all national universities, colleges and research establishments to create country-wide virtual classrooms.
National Knowledge Network project was initiated in 2009 for a period of 10 years. At present, the National Knowledge Network programme is a component of the umbrella “Digital India” programme.
NKN facilitates advanced distance education in specialized fields like engineering, science, medicine etc. as well as enable an ultra-high speed e-Governance backbone. NKN will bridge the existing knowledge gap in the country and help the country evolve as a Knowledge Society and also spur economic activities in the Knowledge domain.
As part of its confidence-building measures, India had extended the NKN project to six South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member states Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, leaving out Pakistan.
Tags: Afghanistan • Bangladesh • Bhutan • Digital India • e-governance • India-Bangladesh • Maldives • National Knowledge Network • Nepal • Pakistan • SAARC • South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation • Sri Lanka
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched its own payment aggregator system, IRCTC iPay. This a step towards promoting the government’s Digital India initiative.
- IRCTC iPay is a prepaid card cum wallet.
- With IRCTC iPay IRCTC will have full control of the payment system because of its direct relationship with acquiring banks, card networks and other partners.
- This direct and full control will eventually lead to a substantial reduction in payment failures.
- Further in case of an online transaction is unsuccessful or some other error occurs, IRCTC can directly get in touch with the bank instead of relying on an intermediate source which usually delays the process.
- With IRCTC iPay passengers will not need any third-party platforms as the IRCTC iPay provides payment options like credit card, debit card, UPI – Unified Payment Interface, International Card.
The exclusive digital payment gateway will provide an improved online digital payment convenience and ease of doing business to passengers availing online travel-related services through the IRCTC website.