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MEA caught in a web of errors

Website management doesn’t seem to be India’s forte. This, despite the fact that it claims to be the hub for information and technology.

delhi Updated: Jun 30, 2010 01:49 IST
HT Correspondent

Website management doesn’t seem to be India’s forte. This, despite the fact that it claims to be the hub for information and technology.

One example is the new website of the Indian embassy in Washington, www.indianembassy.org launched last weekend with added features. But whoever is in-charge doesn’t seem to know how to run a spell check, not to speak of getting facts right about Union ministers.

Ambassador is spelt as ‘Ambassdor’ on the page that has the profile of country’s envoy to US, Meera Shankar. Economic Relations header is called ‘Economics Relations’.

Then on the page that lists the “Prime Minister and Cabinet,” there is a blank space for where the name of Union Minister for Water Resources (Pawan Kumar Bansal) should come. And if the website is to be believed, Shashi Tharoor is still the minister of state for External Affairs.

Last week another portal-related goof up was seen on the Indian embassy website in Bahrain.

The website, www.indianembassy-bah.com, which was the official website of Indian mission in Bahrain had turned into a porn site. Though after some haggling between the local telecom service provider, Batelco, and Indian mission, the issue has been settled.

The mission had switched on to a new website, www.indianembassybahrain.com, middle last year, it failed to secure the old website.