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State plans centre of excellence for blockchain startups in Gurugram

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON OCT 09, 2019 09:39 PM IST

To provide mentorship and facilities for research and innovation to early-stage block-chain startups in Gurugram and beyond, a centre of excellence (CoE) has been planned at the Electronic City in Udyog Vihar.

The CoE, the first of its kind in the state, has been funded by the state government and would be managed by the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The centre aims to incubate close to a 100 startups in the next five years, according to officials involved with the project.

Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that stores information across multiple systems securely, which means the data cannot be tampered with. Startups working with this technology are in various industries such as finance, governance and supply chain. Gurugram houses around 1,544 startups out of around 7,000 startups in the national capital region (NCR), shows a recent report by TiE Delhi-NCR. It is also home to around a 100 blockchain startups and companies, according to the district industries department.

Based out of Gurugram, the centre will aim to put blockchain startups at a strategically advantageous position, officials said. “The CoE wants to use Gurugram’s startup ecosystem to mentor, fund and provide an environment for startups to grow. Many blockchain startups die early due to lack of investments and exchange of knowledge and practices,” STPI additional director Amit Bansal said.

Startups that would be nurtured by the centre are expected to be finalised in the first quarter of 2020 through a detailed process, involving hackathons and other open challenges, officials said.

Bansal pointed out that globally, large investment volumes are being directed towards blockchain technology. In the first half of 2019, global investment in blockchain was $2 billion, as per Incrypt, a network of blockchain practitioners. However, investment in India during the same period was only $5.3 million, shows the same report.

The centre, as per officials, would target global investments in the growing blockchain technology market in India.

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Ahead of boards, private schools to call students for practical sessions

By Sadia Akhtar, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:50 PM IST
Private schools in the city have started calling students of board classes (classes 10 and 12) for practical sessions and revision, following clarity on the timeline of board exams
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600 Covid-19 warriors to take vaccine jab

By Archana Mishra, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:50 PM IST
The district will kick off its Covid-19 vaccination drive with 600 front-line health care workers, who will take the jab on Saturday as part of the nationwide vaccine launch
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City air continues to remain toxic

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:49 PM IST
Air quality in the city remained in the “very poor” category of the air quality index (AQI) for the second consecutive day on Friday, with 367 on the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) AQI bulletin as against 364 the day prior
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DTCP carries out sealing drive in Sun City

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:49 PM IST
The department of town and country planning(DTCP) on Friday carried out a sealing drive in Sun City after complaints were lodged with department regarding illegal constructions
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50% of Covid-19 vaccine doses to be reserved for second shot

By Archana Mishra, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:49 PM IST
Out of the 49,150 doses of Covid-19 vaccine — including both Covishield and Covaxin — allocated to the district, the health department will reserve 50 percent stock for the second dose until the next batch of vaccine is allocated by the Central government, said senior health officials
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MCG to end practice of manual scavenging

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:49 PM IST
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has been directed to end the practice of manual scavenging and cleaning of septic tanks on an immediate basis — a release issued by the civic body on Friday stated
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GMDA shelves plan to concretise Aravalli creeks

By Prayag Arora-Desai, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:48 PM IST
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has shelved its plans to concretise four Aravalli creeks lying upstream of Golf Course Road (GCR)
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Bird samples suspected positive for avian flu, sent for further testing

By Prayag Arora-Desai, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:49 PM IST
The Regional Disease Diagnostic Lab (RDDL) in Jalandhar has sent the bird carcass samples from Gurugram to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal for additional tests, as they have been marked “suspected positive” for bird flu, officials said on Thursday
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Covid-19 vaccine doses arrive at Pataudi store

By Archana Mishra, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:48 PM IST
The first batch of over 84,630 doses of Covishield vaccine arrived at the regional vaccine storage facility in Pataudi on Thursday
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Interstate car thief arrested, stole over 200 SUVs: Police

By Leena Dhankhar, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:48 PM IST
An interstate gang of vehicle lifters from Nagaland was busted on Wednesday, said police
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Illegal shops along highways to be razed

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:48 PM IST
A subcommittee constituted under the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court and headed by senior town planner of Gurugram, issued directions on Wednesday to district town planners and executive engineers of the Public Works Department to survey all major roads and shut all unauthorised dhabas, kiosks, shops and vends from next month
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Air quality deteriorates, experts point to low temperatures, slow winds

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:48 PM IST
Air quality in the city deteriorated to the very poor category on Thursday, recording an air quality index (AQI) reading of 354, as per the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) daily air bulletin
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Mewat farmers start sit-in near Punhana

By Sadia Akhtar, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:48 PM IST
Farmers from Mewat on Thursday started a sit-in protest at Sunhera-Jurehra, near Punhana at the Rajasthan-Haryana border
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Private hospitals serving as session sites ready for Covid-19 inoculations

By Archana Mishra, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:48 PM IST
Two private hospitals of the district, designated as Covid-19 vaccination sites for January 16 drive, have trained their health staff as vaccinators and data entry operators to smoothly conduct the drive
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DC asks stakeholders to submit objections to proposed circle rates

By HT Correspondent, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 11:11 PM IST
As homebuyers and stakeholders in the real estate sector expressed concerns over the administration’s proposed circle rates, officials on Wednesday called for objections to be submitted by January 15
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