‘STPI efforts paid off’: IT exports zoom to Rs 4.21 trn in 2019-20


Determined efforts of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) in promoting the IT industry has boosted exports from STP-registered units to Rs 4.21 trillion in 2019-20, according to Director General Omkar Rai.

STPI, an autonomous society under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), commemorated its 29th Foundation Day on June 5.

“The exports clocked by STP-registered units stands at Rs 4,21,103 crore during 2019-20 from Rs 52 crore in 1992-93. In last 3 decades, the determined efforts of in promoting IT industry and boosting software exports essentially reflect STPI’s commitment towards economic progress of the nation,” Rai was quoted as saying in a statement.

He added that is setting up more than 21 domain-centric Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in a collaborative manner across India.

“These CoEs will enable a pan India vibrant tech start-up ecosystem in times to come,” he said.

On the occasion of STPI’s 29th Foundation Day, a day-long webinar was conducted that was attended by experts and thought leaders from government, industry, academia and industry associations.

“STPI has been our partner in implementing many

Scan to order: Paytm urges state govts to promote contactless food ordering


Digital payments major on Saturday said it has approached 10 state governments to promote contactless food ordering and payments, and to make these a part of the standard operating procedures for re-opening dine-in restaurants and takeaway joints.

In April, had said it has developed a ‘contactless in-store ordering’ solution – ‘Scan to Order’ – to help restaurants and eateries minimise physical contacts for menu, billing and cash transactions after these businesses open after the lockdown.

“With the government further easing lockdown norms and opening malls, restaurants in non-contaminated zones, the company is having advanced discussions with multiple state governments urging them to make contactless QR-based food ordering part of the standard operating procedure for opening food establishments,” said in a statement.

It added that it has reached out to 10 state governments and plans to approach all states over the next few days.

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The company had earlier stated that it aimed to onboard over one lakh restaurants for the solution in phase one.

Paytm said it has

Libya Govt Says Sirte Offensive Launched As General Backs Ceasefire


Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-recognised government said they launched an offensive Saturday to seize the strategic city of Sirte, as rival strongman Khalifa Haftar backed an Egypt-proposed ceasefire following a string of military setbacks.

Government of National Accord forces have repulsed a 14-month offensive against the capital Tripoli by eastern-based Haftar and are now poised to drive on eastwards taking advantage of stepped up military support from Turkey.

“The air force has carried out five strikes in the outskirts of Sirte,” slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi’s hometown and the last major settlement before the traditional boundary between Libya’s west and east, GNA spokesman Mohamad Gnounou said.

“Orders have been given to our forces to begin their advance and to systematically attack all rebel positions,” he added.

Sirte was taken by General Haftar’s forces virtually without a fight in January after one of Libya’s myriad local militias switched sides.

Beyond Sirte lies the prize of Libya’s main oil export ports, Haftar’s most important strategic asset.

Some 450 kilometres (280 miles) east of Tripoli, the town was where Kadhafi put up his last stand against NATO-backed rebel forces in 2011.

Libyans in the eastern port city of Benghazi watch a televised speech by

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