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COVID-19 has led to revival of technology, expertise: Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani



Nandan Nilekani wearing a suit and tie: COVID-19 has led to revival of technology, expertise: Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani


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COVID-19 has led to revival of technology, expertise: Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani



Nandan Nilekani wearing a suit and tie


© Provided by The Financial Express


The coronavirus pandemic has led to the revival of technology and expertise, and brought the realisation that for the future of the world, “deep knowledge and deep technology” are required, Infosys co- founder Nandan Nilekani said on Sunday. He said that during the ongoing crisis, digital and medical technologies stood out, which enabled people to work from home, among other things, and helped in dealing with the virus by developing better tests, drugs, and vaccines.

Nilekani also expressed happiness over the innovations in the field of vaccination, especially in India, and said that by the first half of 2021, vaccine-induced herd immunity can be achieved and things will start going back to normal.

The former Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) chairman was addressing the graduating

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Helping Connect Low-Income Students in Kirkland to the Internet

With distance learning plans rolling out across Washington state due to the coronavirus, Comcast today announced a new program for schools and nonprofits located in King County to connect low-income K-12 students to the Internet at home. The “Internet Essentials Partnership Program” is designed to help accelerate Internet adoption at a critical time.

In nearly ten years, Internet Essentials has become the nation’s largest and most successful low-income Internet adoption program and has connected millions of people to the Internet. To-date, more than 132,000 people throughout King County have benefited for the program. The program offers households low-cost, broadband Internet service for $9.95/month, the option to purchase a heavily subsidized computer, and multiple options for digital literacy training.

The Internet Essentials Partnership Program is supported through public-private collaboration and enables entire communities to work together to coordinate funding to help connect K-12 students at no cost to the customer. The

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OMNY payment system now at turnstiles in most subway stations: MTA

With the promise to eliminate the MetroCard entirely by 2023, the MTA now says it’s over two-thirds of the way to having the OMNY system rolled out across all subway stations.

The agency announced Wednesday that they had successfully made it to a benchmark of 310 of all 472 subway stations in the five boroughs, including all MTA-operated buses on Staten Island and in Manhattan, namely on Select Bus Service routes where two-door boarding is more commonplace.

“We’ve maintained laser focus on this project since the day we launched the public pilot at the end of last May,” OMNY Program Executive Al Putre said. “Not even a global pandemic can stop the OMNY express rollout. I’m eager to continue at maximum speed and complete the final third of this game-changing new fare

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