Chief Minister Naveen patnaik on Thursday launched 'She Means Business' programme of Facebook for women entrepreneurs in Odisha. Under the scheme 25, 000 women entrepreneurs and self-help group (SHG) members will be given training on digital marketing skills within next one year.
"Odisha government's partnership with Facebook aimed to reduce the digital divide and empower nearly 25,000 women entrepreneurs and SHGs. It is the job of government to empower people to aspire high with the faith that their aspirations will be turned into reality," said Naveen congratulating the MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) department, the directorate of Mission Shaktiand Facebook for this joint initiative Twenty-nine year old Neelam's has been running a Biryani stall at Sum Hospital Square in the city. Every day she prepares 200 plates of biryani and her stock finishes within a couple of hours. Now she is planning to launch her food truck Me-Ma's. "Cooking is my passion. I cook when I am happy, when I am sad, stressed or angry or anxious or excited. So I started this business and could earn my break-even in two months. Now nine persons are working under me. This training on digital marketing skills will surely help a lot to spreading my customer base and business," said Neelam.
Like Neelam around 1100 women entrepreneurs and SHG members from across Odisha attended the training session where they learnt basic nuances of digital marketing like how to start your business in Facebook, how to make it real-time business, quick response to queries and timely delivery, quality assurance and so on.
The government has asked all major social media and communication platforms to "immediately remove" any links pertaining to the Blue Whale Challenge that has led several children around the world, including India, to commit suicide as a final task in the game, and asked for proponents of the fatal and masochistic game to be reported to law enforcement agencies.
The Electronics and Information Technology Ministry in an order issued last Friday has asked the heads of Google India, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft India as well as Yahoo India to prevent the dissemination of the Blue Whale Challenge citing "instances of children committing suicide while playing the game."
“The government is concerned about the availability of such games on Internet. It is understood that an administrator of the game uses social media platform to invite/incite children to play this game, which may eventually lead the child to extreme steps for self-inflicting injuries including suicide,” senior director in the ministry Arvind Kumar noted in his order.
India and Turkmenistan reviewed the entire gamut of their bilateral relations and took stock of the progress achieved in key areas like energy, trade and security, the Ministry of External Affairs said. The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of TurkmenistanRashid Meredov led a high-level delegation comprising senior officials of the Government of Turkmenistan to New Delhi from August 13-15. During his visit, he met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. He also had a meeting with Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
The delegation participated in the 6th Session of the India-Turkmenistan Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation held on August 14, a statement by the MEA said. A Protocol of the 6th meeting of the IGC was also signed by the two co-chairs. “EAM Sushma Swaraj and DPM Meredov comprehensively reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and took stock of the progress achieved in the areas of energy, trade and economic cooperation, transport and connectivity, security cooperation, civil aviation, information technology, science and technology, cultural and educational matters,” the statement added.