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America is back with Biden

The United States is back as a cooperative leader of the free world under President Joe Biden, France’s Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday, illustrating the relief felt by many key U.S. allies that the tumult of Donald Trump’s presidency is over.

Macron’s remark echoes that of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who hailed Biden on Thursday as “a big breath of fresh air”.

Neither Macron nor Johnson drew an explicit parallel between Biden and Trump, though both praised Biden’s distinctly cooperative tone and officials said there was relief after Trump at times shocked and bewildered many European allies.

Biden, asked by a reporter if America was back, turned to Macron and gestured with his Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses towards the French president that he should answer that question.

“Yes definitely,” Macron said. “It’s great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate.”

“What you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership,” Macron told Biden as they sat on an outdoor terrace with a sweeping view of the turquoise sea behind them.

Biden agreed.

“The United States, I’ve said before, we’re back,” Biden said. “Things are going, I think, well, and we’re, as we say back in the States, we’re on the same page.”

Biden added that the United States felt very strongly about the cohesion of the NATO military alliance and expressed support for the European Union – the target of much criticism from Trump during his 2017-2021 presidency.

“I for one think that the European Union is an incredibly strong and vibrant entity, that has a lot to do with the ability of Western Europe not only to handle its economic issues but provide the backbone and support for NATO,” Biden said.

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Special COVID vaccination camps held in Shoolini University campus

SOLAN, India and CHANDIGARH, India, June 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Two special camps to vaccinate Shoolini University faculty and staff members against COVID-19 have been organised in the premises of the University at the initiative of the Solan district health authorities.

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About 400 faculty and staff members were vaccinated during the two camps.

As per a notification issued by the National Health Mission, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh had included all staff members of Shoolini University as Front Line Workers as a priority group for purposes of COVID-19 vaccination. The first camp was held last week and about 200 staff members were vaccinated.

In view of the overwhelming response, the district health authorities also organised a second camp on Tuesday in which another 200 staff member were vaccinated. All the employees falling in the age group of 18 to 45 years were eligible for vaccination, according to Director Operations Brig Sunil Mehta (retd).

The camp was led by Dr Yogita, Medical Officer incharge, Primary Health Centre, Nauni and Ms Kanta Kashyap, Health Supervisor, Community Health Centre, Dharampur. The vaccinators were Mr Ravi Kumar and Ms Anita Kashyap were the vaccinators. The team also included Ms Upasna Sood, Block Accountant/Data Entry Operator and Mr Arpit Bhatia, Data Entry Operator.

Brig Mehta said all staff members coming to the campus after its opening must be vaccinated. He said similar camps would be organised for students as and when the authorities permit the holding of special vaccination camps for them.

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China to deepen reform, opening-up, expand cooperation in new era

BEIJING, June 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — With the conviction that openness is the way to growth and wealth, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on China and the rest of the world to expand cooperation and build a community with a shared future for mankind.

While attending the APEC CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia back in November 2013, the Chinese president quoted a time-honored saying to express the country’s firm determination to reform and open up its economy and enhance cooperation with the rest of the world.

China will commit itself to building a cross-Pacific regional cooperation framework that benefits all parties. The vast Pacific is free of natural barriers, and we should not erect any man-made ones. ‘Boundless is the ocean where we sail with the wind,'” Xi said, quoting a line from a Chinese poem written 1,000 years ago.

The remarkable changes that resulted from China’s 1978 reform and opening-up policy testify to the great value of the conviction that openness is the way to growth and wealth.

Guided by the policy, the country has been transformed from a largely agricultural nation to the second largest economy in the world.

China’s total imports and exports of goods expanded 1.9 percent year on year to 32.16 trillion yuan (about 4.97 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2020.

China also joined the ranks of the world’s top 10 most improved economies for ease of doing business for the second year in a row thanks to a robust reform agenda, according to a World Bank study report for 2020.

Meanwhile, China has signed cooperation agreements with 140 countries and 31 international organizations under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), since it was initiated in 2013.

As China embarks on a new journey toward socialist modernization via the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), opening up remains crucial to the country’s new roadmap.

China now has 21 pilot free trade zones (FTZs), after unveiling three new FTZs last year. It also signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, which is set to be the world’s biggest free trade bloc.

President Xi has previously pledged that “China’s door of opening-up will not be closed and will only open even wider,” signaling the clear intent for greater global cooperation.


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Perfect World to pioneer digital culture and creative sector in joint hands with partners

WUXI, China, June 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Perfect World Investment & Holding Group (Perfect World) held a cooperation conference in Wuxi City and inked strategic cooperation agreements with seven enterprises and institutions of different fields on June 3.

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As a world’s leading entertainment group, Perfect World proposed “Creative Thinking” strategy, aiming at breaking the barrier of the real world and virtual world, and combining new types of games with traditional industries so as to empower the development of traditional industries and promote digital upgrade of traditional industries as well.

Under the “Creative Thinking” strategy, Perfect World has made significant achievements in its cooperation with enterprises and institutions, such as implanting scenes of the Qinhuai Lantern Fair of Nanjing Confucius Temple into its famous game “Zhuxian,” and the collaboration between its mobile game Chronicle of Infinity and the famous sports brand Peak.

Perfect World CEO Dr. Robert H. Xiao said at the conference that after all the successful cases, Perfect World has been more confident about cross-over cooperation between digital culture industry and traditional industries. He promised that Perfect World will keep exploring to establish a value chain that empowers traditional industries, and incubate more new types of culture content, products, and business models.

In its collaboration with Nianhuawan scenic spot in Wuxi, Perfect World gamified the scenic spots, and brought tourists an immersive experience by combing the scenic spot and the digital world. The move helps the scenic spot to upgrade from service-based economic to experience economy.

“Not only will we explore subdivided fields with partners, but also work as a bridge to promote cross-over cooperation among companies in various fields, so as to achieve common development,” said Dr. Xiao. “And we hope to joint hands with our partners to unlock a new track in this ‘experimental production’ of the culture industry that faces the future,” he added.

Perfect World will tailor a whole set of solutions and plans on digital upgrading partners’ products based on their requirements. For example, in its cooperation with Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Perfect World will develop a game to turn the complicated scientific knowledge into visions to help readers understand the scientific knowledge. The Group will also have an in-depth cooperation with China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association in the field of education and vocational training such as e-sports talent cultivation.

The culture department of Beijing’s Dongcheng district, People’s Cultural Tourism of People’s Daily, a cultural & creative institute affiliated to Tsinghua University, Beijing Dongsheng Bozhan Cloud Computing Technology Co., Ltd., and Nianhuawan scenic spot, also signed strategic cooperation agreements with Perfect World in the brand cooperation conference.


PM Modi held a meeting of about one and a half hours with CM Yogi Adityanath

Before the assembly elections to be held next year in Uttar Pradesh, the political movement from Lucknow to Delhi has intensified. The meeting between the two leaders lasted for about one and a half hours. UP CM Yogi Adityanath tweeted after meeting PM Modi.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday met Prime Minister Modi at his official residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. Yogi, who came out of the Prime Minister’s residence after the meeting, which lasted for about one and a half hours, went straight towards his residence to meet BJP President JP Nadda.

Yogi Adityanath, who came to Delhi on a two-day visit, met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday and discussed various issues with him for about one and a half hours.

According to information received from sources, after meeting Nadda, Yogi will meet President Ram Nath Kovind.

On Thursday, Adityanath met Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who, apart from the political situation and the saffron party’s preparedness, also discussed the BJP’s performance in the recent panchayat elections and elected its members as ‘zila panchayat presidents’. It was decided to focus on choosing.

After this, Yogi Adityanath’s sudden arrival in Delhi and these meetings are being seen as preparations for the BJP, Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Along with this, it is also being linked to the possibilities of cabinet expansion in the state.

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Tetracore, Inc. Introduces First USDA-Licensed Real-Time PCR Test for the Detection of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus in Bovine, Swine and Ovine

The Tetracore® Real-Time PCR Test was validated for use on epithelial and serum samples

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Tetracore announced today the licensing of their VetAlert™ Foot and Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) RNA Diagnostic Test Kit by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB).   It is one of the first licensed FMD diagnostic kits that can be manufactured on the U.S. mainland, critical for a rapid response in the event of an FMD outbreak.  Additionally, this diagnostic kit provides animal health first responders with a critical tool to mitigate the potentially catastrophic economic and animal welfare impacts of an FMD outbreak.

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The VetAlert FMDV RNA high-performance test kit was developed by Tetracore scientists and will be commercialized and sold by Tetracore.

Nearly two decades ago, Tetracore validated and published a real-time RT-PCR assay for FMDV, as described by Callahan et al. 2002. The primer and probe set from the publication became part of the OIE and USDA reference test methods.

“It is well-known that RNA viruses mutate and evolve, and for this reason, established PCR test designs should be periodically re-evaluated to ensure that the test designs remain fit for purpose,” says Dr. Callahan, Business Development Manager and USDA CVB liaison for Tetracore.

With this in mind, Tetracore evaluated contemporary FMD viral sequences to design a new primer-probe set that was blended with the original test to create an updated FMDV rRT-PCR, the VetAlert FMDV RNA Test Kit.

The updated test design was validated in studies with the Pirbright Institute in the UK and the National Center for Foreign Animal Diseases (NCFAD) in Winnipeg, Canada, and performed well compared to their reference test methods.

About Tetracore, Inc.

Tetracore is a biotechnology company specializing in the development and manufacture of diagnostic devices and assays for the detection of infectious diseases. Located in the Biotechnology Corridor in Rockville, Maryland. Tetracore was founded in 1998 by former United Nations Special Commission biological weapons inspectors and scientists of the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.  For more information, visit or contact us at

®Tetracore is a Registered Trademark and VetAlert is a Trademark of Tetracore, Inc.

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IIT Bombay announces the launch of its new Centre for Digital Health, with generous support from the Koita Foundation

MUMBAI, India, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — IIT Bombay has set up the ‘Koita Centre for Digital Health’ (KCDH) with a generous contribution received from its alumni Rekha and Rizwan Koita, under the aegis of the Koita Foundation. KCDH will be the first of its kind in India, focused on driving academic programs, research and industry collaboration in Digital Health. 

Improving the quality, accessibility and affordability of healthcare is one of the world’s biggest priorities. Digital Health, including healthcare informatics, has a profound impact on the quality of care and efficiency of healthcare delivery.  Consequently, there is substantial focus globally on enhancing Digital Health and Informatics. In India too, the launch of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) in 2020 is expected to drive Digital Health adoption at a national scale.

KCDH’s academic and research focus areas include clinical applications (including electronic patient records and medical imaging), healthcare data management (including healthcare data privacy and security), healthcare analytics, healthcare AI /ML, consumer health, public health and public policy. KCDH will offer minor, dual degree, Masters and PhD programs in Healthcare Informatics.  KCDH will conduct industry / outreach programs for healthcare and industry professionals in digital health and enable them to act as force-multipliers.

Digital Health and Informatics need cross functional expertise – computer science, statistics, AI/ machine learning, bio informatics, and medicine.  KCDH will foster strong collaboration with Digital Health Partners – hospitals, medical research institutes, industry. KCDH and its Digital Health Partners will establish joint academic and research programs.  In addition, KCDH will actively collaborate with healthcare technology companies, healthcare NGOs and government organizations.

KCDH is establishing a world-class advisory board consisting of experienced healthcare professionals, academics, healthcare technology and industry veterans.  The advisory board will provide overall vision and guidance to KCDH.

“The centre will enable an ecosystem that can help address the healthcare challenges, that have been so glaringly exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Digital Health and Informatics need cross-functional expertise,” said Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay.  “At KCDH we hope to enable seamless cross-functionality across these streams. We hope this new initiative will open up exciting opportunities for our graduates, including spearheading research, launching startups, and much more.”

Koita Foundation will work closely with the Centre to help scale its operations and work with Digital Health Partners on joint digital health initiatives (e.g., internships, research programs). Koita Foundation can also provide financial support to Digital Healthcare Partners, as part of its overall commitment to Digital Health.  In addition, Koita Foundation will help the Centre establish industry relationships e.g., healthcare technology and medical device companies.

“Digital Health is critical to improve healthcare at scale. We are delighted to support IIT Bombay in establishing the Centre, which can play a pivotal role in improving healthcare in India and across the world”, added Mr. Rizwan Koita, Founder Koita Foundation. “We look forward to supporting KCDH establish and drive digital health partnerships and industry collaboration”.  Mr. Koita is also the co-founder and CEO of CitiusTech (, a global healthcare technology company.

About Koita Foundation

Koita Foundation ( is a not-for-profit organization focusing on two key areas – NGO Transformation and Digital Health. KF partners with NGOs to digitally transform their business operations using enterprise and mobile technology platforms. We also leverage data and analytics to drive organizational performance, which are key success factors for sustainable growth and impact. Koita Foundation partners with leading academic institutions, hospitals and healthcare technology companies to drive Digital Health in India.

About IIT Bombay

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the second IIT to be set up in 1958, is recognized worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research. The Institute was granted the status of ‘Institution of Eminence’ by the Ministry of Education (the then Ministry of Human Resources Development) on July 9, 2018. IIT Bombay is reputed for the quality of its faculty and the outstanding caliber of students graduating from its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The Institute has 15 academic departments, 32 centres, two schools and four interdisciplinary programmes. Over the last six decades, more than 60,000 engineers and scientists have graduated from the Institute. It is served by more than 681 faculty members considered not only amongst the best within the country but are also highly recognized in the world for achievements in the field of education and research.

The Institute is recognized as one of the top centres of academic excellence in the country. Over the years, there has been dynamic and rapid progress at IIT Bombay in both academic and research activities, with a parallel improvement in facilities and infrastructure to match with the best institutions in the world.


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Shanghai Electric Makes Significant Progress on the CSP Tower and Parabolic Trough Plant in Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

SHANGHAI, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Shanghai Electric (“Shanghai Electric” or “the Company”) (601727.SS and 02727.HK) announced that the first molten salt tank hydro test for the Parabolic Trough Plant-II (PT2) of the fourth phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park was carried out on May 9, the positive results of which laid a crucial foundation for the next phase of the molten salt system commission. The test was followed by finalized molten salt pipeline installation inside the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) tower, marking another key milestone in construction progress.

On-site workers celebrated the completion of the first molten salt tank hydro test for the Parabolic Trough Plant-II (PT2) of the fourth phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

The fourth phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world, which uses world-leading hybrid solar energy technologies to generate 950MW of clean energy, including a 100 MW CSP tower plant, three 200 MW parabolic trough CSP plants and 250 MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity.

The solar tower, standing 260m-high at the center of the CSP tower plant site, will also be the world’s tallest structure of its kind. Upon completion, the combined thermal energy storage of the solar tower and parabolic trough plants will allow for 24/7 energy availability, with each parabolic trough CSP plant possessing an energy storage capacity of 13.5 hours and the tower boasting up to 15 hours.

Nitrate, the heat storage medium for the Parabolic Trough Plant-II, is stored in eight tanks, with each one measuring 45 meters in diameter and 25,000 cubic meters in capacity. The harsh desert environment presented a massive challenge to the test, and labor shortages during Ramadan added another layer of uncertainty to overall progress. The test was eventually completed on time with the help of water trucks which transported and unloaded the water to provisional water tanks, through which the water was pumped into the molten salt tanks.

“I extend my appreciation to all the on-site workers for their dedication and hard work to ensure the test was completed at speed and on time, despite the tremendous difficulties caused by a labor shortage and local high-temperatures,” said Zhao Hui, Project Manager of Dubai CSP Project of Shanghai Electric Power Generation Engineering Co.

“Their outstanding performance also guaranteed the smooth progress of the CSP central tower pipeline installation, which is the core and one of the most important parts of the structure. The space in the tower is extremely small, given the total length of the central tower internal pipes is over 500 meters. To make sure the work could be done on time, the project team formulated well-thought-out installation plans and overcame all unseen problems without causing any delay,” he added.

The molten salt tank system is the answer to the challenges of thermal energy storage. Thermal energy storage realized by molten salt systems enables power generation on cloudy days, or long night after sunset, with high operating efficiency and low capital costs per kilowatt-hour. During the daytime, the molten salt is circulated to a heat exchanger from a cold tank to absorb heat from the high-temperature oil. The heated molten salt can then be stored in an insulated hot tank which can later send the liquid to power steam turbines at night or during unfavourable weather conditions.

In 2018, Shanghai Electric was appointed as Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the fourth phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai after signing the agreement with DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) and ACWA Power to undertake both the 700 MW CSP and 250 MW PV projects. Financed by China’s Silk Fund and ACWA, it is a landmark project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, as well as a significant milestone of Shanghai Electric in participating in renewable energy utility construction in the Middle East and its shift of focus from coal-fired energy to renewables.

In 2021, Shanghai Electric ranks 17th in the list of top 100 international contractors, 5th in the field of electric power engineering, according to the latest evaluation released by the China International Contractors Association. In addition, the Company has also been granted “A-level international contractor”, the highest rating, by the association.

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Beyond Oil™ Kicks Off World's Largest Tokenized Green Commodities Production With Solar Oil Project

CYPRESS, Texas, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Beyond Oil™ is excited to announce the launch of revolutionary tokenization platform – The Solar Oil Project.

The technology platform aims to be the largest tokenized commodity production and exchange mechanism in the world. The platform supports local oil well operators to deploy innovative technology solutions that dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of oil production while recycling old oil wells that are abandoned or underutilized.

This ‘oil well recycling’ program accomplishes multiple goals from an economic and environmental perspective:

  • Reduce production cost and maintenance by almost 60%
  • Greatly reduce carbon production intensity (up to 90%!)
  • Eliminate the need for new oil well drilling
  • Recycle and rehab old oil wells
  • Eliminate eco-hazard of chemical leaks from abandoned oil wells

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     The Trillion Dollar Problem

In the Southern US alone, over 100,000 Low-Volume Oil Wells are either abandoned or underutilized. These wells can quickly become an ecological hazard and cost close to a Trillion Dollars in clean-up across North America. The current estimate for just the cleanup in the US state of Texas alone is over $117Bn USD.

What SOP does differently

SOP supplies Operators and Owners with the technology and the expertise to replace the old equipment with solar-powered pumps that are economically viable, efficient, and automated. With this, the wells are given a fresh breath of life into profitable production. This is particularly effective for the well sites that are older and have minimal profit margins with traditional technologies.

How the Process Works

After review by members of the Solar Oil team, selected oil well sites are equipped with eco-friendly pneumatic pumps, solar panels (where applicable), air compressors, and remote monitoring capabilities. The combination of these technologies results in a modern production mechanism that brings these abandoned wells back into active production.

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Tokenized Rewards And How To Participate

Perhaps the most attractive part of the project is how it encourages the participation of all interested users. Anyone can create a free account on SOP’s website ( and purchase the Solar Oil Access Token (SOAX). This non-speculative utility token gives the users access to the platform where they can assign the access tokens towards the work on selected oil well sites. The revenue generated from the token sales is used to then update the wells in the selected portfolios.

In return, users who participate in this manner receive a portion of the oil production in the form of the SOPX token – The Solar Oil Production token. SOPX distribution is in proportion to how many Access tokens a user assigned to the oil portfolio. The SOPX rewards may then be traded on the Commodity Exchange for other commodities, currencies, or crypto assets.

This elegant solution allows for equitable rewards distribution for any users that help protect the environment while resulting in profitable energy resource production.

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Digital Stallions Forum announces the launch of 'The Great Indian Marketing Awards 2021'

MUMBAI, India, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Marketing is no longer about a product or service being sold. But it is about the story a product or service tells. As new challenges evolve, marketers are working tirelessly to come up with innovative solutions. It is no longer just about reach or sales or numbers, it is so much more.

To acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of marketers across sectors, the Digital Stallions Forum has launched ‘The Great Indian Marketing Awards 2021’.

The Digital Stallions Forum has been engaging with the creme de la crème across the marketing and digital marketing space in India since 2012.

With over 75 categories of awards; 38 categories of campaign awards, 26 categories of organization awards & 10 categories of individual awards, The Great Indian Marketing Awards 2021 are looking to recognize and honour the performers as well as performance through this initiative, an initiative that rightfully states that they are here to award the rarest of rare. The award entries are now open and entries can be submitted till 15 July 2021.

The esteemed jury for The Great Indian Marketing Awards 2021 includes head honchos across marketing & digital marketing professionals from top brands and they shall be judging entries across the 75+ award categories including The Great Indian Digital Marketer of the Year, The Great Indian Social Media Campaign of the Year, The Great Indian Search Engine Marketing agency of the Year, to name a few.

Torchbearer for the initiative and founder of the Digital Stallions Forum, Paurush Sonkar, in a statement to the media said, “In the marketing / digital marketing vertical the competition has always been challenging, we want to create a platform where all of us from this field can stand back and truly appreciate each other’s efforts – across the spectrum. I am proud to be associated with The Great Indian Marketing Awards 2021 and look forward to seeing the best work from the brightest minds in marketing & digital marketing.”

To participate in The Great Indian Marketing Awards, please visit-

About The Digital Stallions Forum

The Digital Stallions Forum is a premier networking platform of choice for chief marketing officers / marketing heads & digital marketing heads across sectors in India. The forum has been engaging its members since 2012 and adding value to their efforts in multiple ways. The Forum was founded by Mr. Paurush Sonkar.

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Cloud4C Awarded the Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization

MUMBAI and HYDERABAD, India, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Cloud4C has been awarded the Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure advanced specialization. This stands as validation of Cloud4C’s deep knowledge, extensive experience and proven expertise in migrating workloads running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE virtual machines and/or utilizing MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB databases to Azure.

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According to Microsoft, only partners that meet stringent criteria around customer success and staff skilling, as well as pass a third-party audit of their migration practices, are able to earn the Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Azure advanced specialization. Cloud4C passed through rigorous validation and has earned the Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Azure advanced specialization. The company is now geared up to serve businesses across 25 countries and 52 locations worldwide through its database migration services to Azure.

Cloud4C is a global Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP), trusted by 60 of the Fortune 500 global multinationals and a leader in multi-cloud migration and managed services supporting native and hybrid cloud environments with multi availability zones, offering four-way disaster recovery architecture with zero data loss guarantee, military-grade security under single SLA.  Cloud4C takes customers through the journey of deployment services assessing readiness, scope of work and design. Cloud4C plans further infrastructure maintenance in the Azure cloud, providing support services such as monitoring, management, handling security incidents and optimizing the environment.

Cloud4C earned this advanced specialization after meeting stringent criteria around customer success, skilling, re-skilling and augmenting its staff and enhancing its Azure Center of Excellence (CoE). The company also passed a third-party audit of their migration practices vindicating the fact that Cloud4C employs a comprehensive and consistent methodology for Azure adoption aligned with expected customer outcomes, spanning across the entire cloud adoption lifecycle and also adopted robust and resilient processes to ensure customer success across all phases of deploying Linux and Open Source Databases Migration solutions, from the assessment phase to design, pilot, implementation, and post-implementation phases.

Highlighting the customer benefits as a result of the advanced specializations across service lines, Sridhar Pinnapureddy, Founder and CEO, Cloud4C said, “In a world where about 200 zettabyte’s of digital data is likely to be created by 2030, database migration is a strategic process and is fraught with risk, cost overruns (as much as 30%), varied formats of data storage, lack of integrated processes. At Cloud4C, we aim to de-risk our customers through our structured database migration to cloud through our home-grown self-healing operations platform (SHOP). Implementations of successful database migrations are an integral part of our global Azure Center of Excellence which oversees Global Service Delivery across 25 countries and 52 locations. We specialize in managing mission critical workloads of large enterprises with stringent compliances. Globally, we cater to 4000+ enterprises including 60 of the Fortune 500 companies.” He further added, “We thank Microsoft for awarded the Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization.”

Rodney Clarke, Corporate Vice President, Global Channel Sales at Microsoft Corp. added, “The Linux, Open Source Databases to Microsoft Azure advanced specialization highlights the partners who can be viewed as most capable when it comes to migrating workloads running on open source technologies over to Azure. Cloud4C clearly demonstrated that they have both the competency and the experience to offer clients a path to successful migration to the cloud.”

Cloud4C will help its customers realize the benefits of database migration to Azure through reduced media and storage costs, enhancing uptime, improved return on investment (ROI), elimination of manual processes through automation, improving efficiency and productivity, scalability on-demand, advanced security, improved business agility to meet their organizational and technology needs.

About Cloud4C:

Cloud4C is World’s leading Cloud Managed Services Provider serving 4,000 customers in 25 Countries and 52 locations including 60 of the Fortune 500 Global Multinationals. The company provides cloud (public, private, hybrid) and community cloud services (Banking Community Cloud, SAP Community Cloud), cloud migration on hyperscalers, end to end cloud managed services, disaster recovery services, managed security services and helps businesses comply with stringent data sovereignty laws in respective countries.

The company plans to expand its geographical footprint to 80 countries and 160 locations worldwide in the next 48 months.

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Huawei Digital Power Looks to Build a Competent Global Partner Community for a Green and Bright Future

SHENZHEN, China, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — With a relentless focus on partner success, Huawei Digital Power has recently hosted the Ecosystem Partner Summit 2021 to explore how to build a competent partner system for a green and bright future through competitive zero-carbon all-scenario solutions, quality service and an innovative partner strategy. Due to Covid-19 the virtual event series, with Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe summits, is bringing together partners from 81 countries.  

“Carbon neutrality has become the world’s most pressing common goal, which stirs up a revolution in power generation and consumption and accelerates the industrial upgrading as well. The energy transformation brings abundant Industrial and commercial opportunities. By integrating digital and power electronics technologies, Huawei Digital Power is pushing forward the energy revolution and joining hands with our partners to build a green and bright future,” said James Li, Member of the Huawei Supervisory Board and President of Marketing, Sales & Services of Huawei Digital Power in his welcome speech.

Mr. Li added that the ecosystem strategy lies at the heart of Huawei Digital Power’s development strategy. The digital energy industry is essentially an ecosystem industry. We will be committed to doing something right to bring value to partners, share benefits with them, and improve their capabilities, and join forces with every competent and ambitious partner to build a green and bright future through the multi-level and multi-business cooperative ecosystem strategy.

The digital power industry needs an ecosystem, and that’s why Huawei Digital Power has come up with the ‘3-4-5-6’ ecosystem strategy. “We divide partner services into three domains — smart PV, data center & site facility, and Huawei-inside domain — to allow every player to focus on their strengths. When cooperating with partners, we adhere to the following four principles: profitability, simplicity, enablement, and ecosystem. With this in mind, we will implement five major measures this year — building a partner system centering on the digital power industry, optimizing the IT platforms, promoting standardization, ramping up marketing and branding, and increasing resource inputs — to help partners improve six capabilities in sales, service, marketing and so on,” Mr. Li emphasized in his speech.

The annual Ecosystem Partner Summit, designed to showcase the resources and tools that our partners need to drive profitability, comes as Huawei’s stepping up efforts in building a zero-carbon and smart society. Presented at the summit, Zhou Taoyuan, President of Products & Solutions, Huawei Digital Power, introduced Huawei’s All-Scenario Zero-carbon Solution, featuring “5 core technologies + 4 application scenarios + 1 cloud”. The solution covers Smart PV Generator FusionSolar 8.0, Green Residential Power 2.0, Green C&I Power 1.0, Off-grid (fuel removal) Power Supply Solutions, Energy Cloud, Zero-carbon Data Center, Zero-carbon Site, Smart Charging Network and Modular Power.

Ecosystem partner representatives from different corners of the world have shared their insights into marketing strategy during the pandemic, market expansion strategy, business growth, among others, at the virtual summit. 72 top-performing partners globally were selected to be awarded for their dedication to value creation in 2020. Within a few years, some of the partners have expanded their business to more than a dozen countries, thanks to the cooperation with Huawei. Just as Mr. Li said: “Huawei doesn’t place limits on our partners, so dream big and achieve bigger.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Huawei Digital Power will focus on our ecosystem strategy and join forces with our partners to build a greener, more sustainable planet that we call home. 

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Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have more than 197,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.

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CGTN: Former French PM sees more 'innovation' in China's future from Xi's book

BEIJING, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin spoke about the book “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China” He said that although many Europeans believe that ancient civilizations often lack new ideas, China, as both an ancient and modern civilization, has new ideas about the future. He believes that the promotion of “planetization” based on the Paris Consensus will help China and the U.S. reduce differences.

CGTN: Former French PM sees more 'innovation' in China's future from Xi's book

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First Fruits of Polavaram Project to reach Godavari Delta

  • Water released through spillway to the delta
  • Godavari River diverted to 6.6 km

POLAVARAM, India, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The first step towards the realising decades’ old dream of the Polavaram Project finally took place today by initiating the water releasing through the spillway. By removing the ring bund, the Godavari River diverted to spillway through the approach channel. Under the supervision of state water resources department officials, Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited  (MEIL) engineers successfully executed this critical exercise. Mr Alla Nani, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Health and Mr Anil Kumar, Minister for Irrigation participated in the even virtually. Mr Narayana Reddy, Engineer-in-Chief, Mr Sudhakar Babu, Chief Engineer, Polavaram Project, and Mr Ranga Rajan, Associated Vice-President, MEIL, were present. The officials conducted a traditional pooja on this auspicious occasion.

Speaking on this occasion, “We have achieved an important milestone by releasing the Godavari water to the downstream through the approach channel. This is the crucial development in the construction of the Polavaram Project. By Overcoming the heavy floods and Covid crisis, we have achieved the targeted works as per schedule. To meet the government’s target to provide water to the Kharif season from June 15, we have executed the diaphragm wall at the earliest and closed the cofferdam. We constructed the approach channel, spill channel, spillway in the toughest times,” Mr Ranga Rajan, Associate Vice-President, MEIL, said.

Progressing at a Brisk Pace

The spillway, three gaps (ECRF 1,2,3), hydropower plant and the water transport works are crucial in constructing Polavaram Project. MEIL has completed the spillway at a brisk pace under the engineering principles (work manual and protocol). The approach channel, spillway gates, spill channel and pilot channel work was almost completed in the current season. Because of these constructions, the cofferdam was able to stop the Godavari River flow and the Godavari delta did not get the water from the upstream.

From now onwards, both Godavari districts, Tadipudi, Pattiseema, Pushkaram and other Godavari delta areas, will get the irrigation and drinking water through the approach channel. Until recently, these areas used to get the water through natural river flow. The Godavari River flows between June to December period and large-scale floods occur during August, September and October months. Godavari receives water from the Sileru and Machkand hydropower plants in summer and reaches the Godavari delta at a minimal level. The water diverted through the approach channel from today merges with the Godavari again through the pilot channel.

The water level in the Godavari is rising after the closure of the upper cofferdam. The submerged villages were evacuated and provided rehabilitation. The meteorology department is expecting heavy rains in the Godavari tributary Sabari River catchment area. As monsoons have already actively spread, heavy rains in Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Sabari, Pamuleru catchment areas are expected. In such a case, the water should be diverted over the spillway. Even if there is no major flood, we need to divert the water into the Godavari River through an approach channel, river sluice and pilot channel to cater for the needs of the Godavari delta.

It is inevitable to avoid water shortage for Kharif season. By removing the temporary bund at the beginning of the approach channel, the Godavari River flow diverted to the right side for 6.6 kilometers. This will release the subsequent heavy flooding to downstream by lifting the radial gates. With today’s water release, it will be easier to take up the earth cum rock-fill dam works at the Gap -2. This is the reason MEIL has sped up the upper and lower cofferdam construction works.

An Engineering Marvel: The 6.6 km River Diversion

The most volatile river Godavari’s diversion for 6.6 kilometres has completed. The second largest river in the country experiences floods ranging from 35 lakh to 50 lakh cusecs. Diversion of these massive floods for 6.6 kilometres is not an easy task. It is an engineering marvel on any parameter. The Godavari River’s natural flow, diverting to the right side, will continue even after completing the project.

Three gaps to be constructed in the middle of the river, Earth Cum Rock Fill (ECRF) dam, also called Gap-2, are the largest. This ECRF dam can withstand the pressure of the 50 lakh cusecs flood. To construct this vital structure, the upper cofferdam has become a necessity. The length of the approach channel, spill channel and pilot channel is 6.6 km. These structures are built parallel to the right side of the main river. The approach channel was built up to 2.4 km towards the spillway. The spill channel is 3.1 km from the spillway, and the pilot channel is 1.1 km from the end of the spill channel. The upper cofferdam was constructed 2480 metres long and 42.5 meters in height, and three gaps. MEIL has filled the upper cofferdam gaps as per the government decision. As a result, even 30 lakh cusec flood flows through the approach channel and the construction work will not be obstructed.

The fastest execution of works

Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) have completed the work required to divert the Godavari River flow in a record time. To turn the Godavari to the right and reach the spillway, excavating the approach channel to 2.4 kilometres was necessary. It looks like another river. Of the 1,54,8800 cubic meters of earth excavation, MEIL completed 1,04,88,00 cubic meters. Out of 5.92 crore cubic meters of earthwork, 5.24 crore cubic meters is already completed. The works are progressing round the clock.

Of the total CC blocks (spillway) of 17 lakh cubic meters, MEIL completed 15.17 lakh cubic metres. The crucial spillway can regulate 50 lakh cusecs of flood and releases to the downstream. It is larger than the Three Gorges Dam, which can regulate only 47 lakh cusecs. To withstand the flood pressure, the world’s largest gates erection and 15.17 cubic meters of concrete work was completed. To operate the gates on the hydraulic method, 22 power packs to 44 gates were fixed. 28 Radial gates were raised to release the flood in this season.

So far, 76.29 per cent of project headworks was completed. Many villages, including Polavaram, are at risk of flooding as water diversion takes place through an approach channel. Up to one lakh cusecs of floods in the spillway will not have any adverse effect.  However, flood above 12 lakh cusecs will have an impact. Flood at a minimum level will affect nine habitations. As the flood increase to 28 meters high, the flood-prone habitations will increase. If the flood reaches the spillway level (45.72meters), about 235 habitations will be flooded. Accordingly, the government is preparing a plan and rehabilitating the villages.

About MEIL

Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd. (MEIL) established in 1989, is one of the fastest growing infra companies in India. Over the years, MEIL has constructed numerous structures like large civil constructions, oil and gas pipelines, pump houses, large water treatment plants, dams, reservoirs, power transmission lines, power generation units, tunnels – and all of them have an important role to play in improving the quality of life of the common man for many years into the foreseeable future.

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Vestas secures 101 MW order to extend wind project in India

SINGAPORE, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Vestas has secured a 101 MW order from ReNew Power, one of India’s leading Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (IPP). The order is an extension of ReNew’s existing project in Kutch, Gujarat, where Vestas had previously supplied turbines totalling to 250 MW. Vestas has also supplied turbines of 100 MW to another one of ReNew’s projects in Taralkatti, Karnataka.  

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The contract includes supply and supervision of 46 V120-2.2 MW turbines as well as a 10-year Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service agreement, designed to maximise energy production for the project. With a yield-based availability guarantee, Vestas will provide ReNew Power with (long-term) business case certainty.

“We are very happy to place another order on Vestas for the extension of our existing project”, says Balram Mehta, COO, ReNew Power. “Vestas is one of the most reliable players in the wind OEM space, we hope that yield-based availability guarantee will ensure greater efficiency in operating the wind turbines and ensure that any downtime is reduced to a minimum.”

ReNew has always preferred reliable and financially strong partners, which is reflected in their successful record of accomplishing the largest fleet of operating wind turbines in India“, says Vickram Jadhav, Vice President of Sales for Vestas India. “We take this opportunity to thank ReNew for selecting Vestas as their partner in this project. This order helps Vestas to participate in the sustainable growth of the Indian wind market which is going to be one of the largest wind energy markets in the world.”

Deliveries are expected to begin in the last quarter of 2021, while commissioning is planned to take place between December 2021 and first quarter of 2022.

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Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 136 GW of wind turbines in 84 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 117 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 29,000 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.

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Viraleze registered for sale in Covid-ravaged India

MELBOURNE, Australia, June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — India’s vast population will have access from today to the Australian developed anti-COVID nasal spray Viraleze following its registration in the country.

The announcement came as the world’s second most populous country battles a devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections, with over 29 million cases and 363,000 deaths. Yesterday, India set a new global record for deaths after 6,148 people died in the previous 24 hours.

Developed by biopharmaceutical company Starpharma, Viraleze has shown to inactivate a broad-spectrum of respiratory viruses, including more than 99.9% of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). The product can be applied either before or after exposure and can be used in high-risk or crowded environments up to four times a day.

Importantly for a largely rural population like India’s, the spray can be stored at room temperature and does not require cold storage or specialised transportation.

Indian consumers can purchase the spray from and Starpharma’s discussions with commercial partners in India for distribution into both the private (consumer) and Government markets are well advanced.

India continues to record hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 cases every day. Starpharma has worked extremely hard to achieve expedited registration of Viraleze given the significant need,” said Starpharma’s CEO, Dr Jackie Fairley.  

“The active in Viraleze, astodrimer sodium, has been shown to be highly active against multiple strains and variants of SARS-CoV-2, including the problematic Alpha variant, which is the second most common variant in India and has been responsible for COVID-19 cases in about 135 countries.”

Viraleze™ first launched in the UK at LloydsPharmacy in March and was the biggest selling product ever at It launched in Europe in early May.

Starpharma has received interest from more than 30 countries since launching its webstore, including from Japan where the Olympics hosted next month, and has been in the grip of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

Viraleze™ has also been ordered by several international sporting teams, including Olympic teams. Starpharma has signed a partnership agreement for Viraleze™ with the Harlequins rugby union team in the UK which are using the product as part of its COVID-19 prevention protocols. 

Viraleze™ complements other COVID-19 prevention strategies, including vaccines. It has special relevance in areas of high population density, and where social distancing is not possible and in high-risk environments such as travel, hotel quarantine, and sporting events.