Indian students worry about physical safety in US: Survey

Indian students worry about physical safety in US: Survey

Indian students worry about physical safety in US: Survey

WASHINGTON: Indian students have a “high level of concern” about a potential study in the United States and many of them worry about their physical safety and the feeling of not being, according to a new survey.

The International Education Institute (IIE) suggested that the final outcome of the June Supreme Court order that temporarily confirmed President Donald Trump’s order to restrict the entry of six mostly Muslim citizens into the United States weighs in mind.

With more than one million foreign students pursuing higher education in the United States, who contribute more than $ 36 billion to the US economy, the stakes are high, he said.

Founded in 1919, IIE is a non-profit corporation based in the United States to build peaceful and fair societies by advancing the stock market, by creating efficiency and promoting access to opportunities. It focuses on the international exchange of students and assistance, foreign relations and international peace and security.

IIE said the survey results indicate the highest level of institutional concern by the inclusion of students from the Middle East, followed by India.

Thirty-one percent of institutions are very concerned about the fact that Middle Eastern students who accepted admission offers may not reach the school in the fall and 20 percent are very concerned that Indian students do not Can reach the school, he said.
“This uncertainty raises valid concerns about whether students in the Middle East will not make up their minds about the United States study,” he said.

“Securing and maintaining a visa are presented as the main concern of these students were reported in 46 percent of institutions, while they feel welcome in the United States was almost equal concern, with 41 percent of institutions and taking note of Their conversations with students, “he added.

According to the IIE, the results of the study suggest that students in India “are very concerned about the study of potential in the US, 80% of institutions responded that physical security is the most pronounced concern for Indian students, while 31% of establishments reported that host sentiment was also a concern. ”

“Although the overall application seems to remain stable, the rate of performance and a concern for personal safety suggest the possibility that Indian students do not continue to become the second international group of higher education in the United States,” said IIE.

“Their concerns may make some Indian students accept admission offers other major host countries, particularly those issuing student visas more quickly.”

However, the IIE said that despite the widespread concern that the interest of international students in the United States could report the evidence from this study suggest that “this is not the case.”

He said that the interest of international students in the United States generally remains generally despite the current environment.
A 2 percent decrease in the expected rate of return this year compared to last year.

Prez Polls: NDA puts up united show during Ram Nath Kovind's visit, hints he will get over 200 votes from Maharashtra

Prez Polls: NDA puts up united show during Ram Nath Kovind’s visit, hints he will get over 200 votes from Maharashtra

Prez Polls: NDA puts up united show during Ram Nath Kovind’s visit, hints he will get over 200 votes from Maharashtra

The Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena and independents supporting the government of Maharashtra, presented on Saturday a show united by the victory of the NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the election of the President of India.

Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who made the presidential election that followed a question of prestige, said Kovind more than 200 lawmakers voted for him in the vote scheduled Monday in the state legislature.

Fadnavis spoke at the meeting of NDA members and independent lawmakers and organized on the occasion of Kovind’s visit in the city. Kovind was accompanied by Minister of Road and Road Union Nitin Gadkari and Minister of Madhya Pradesh Kailas Vijayvargiya.

BJP’s senior partner Shiv Sena also reiterated his support for Kovind. The leader of the main party and minister of state industries, Subhash Desai said his party cling to his word.

In his speech, Kovind declared from the outset that they will perform their functions in an impartial manner, remaining within the constitutional framework.

A senior BJP minister, who declined to be identified, told DNA, “Kovind’s list of priorities, including a focus on education, especially modern education for all, improving the health sector and accelerating the process of Development, especially in less developed or less developed regions throughout India. ”

Minister Kovind was deeply concerned about the lack of adequate education centers in several countries despite the number of programs implemented by the center and the states.

In the 288 members of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra, the BJP’s strength is 123 and Shiv Sena 63. Fadnavis has already managed to garner the support of at least 14 independent.

Some BJP leaders have suggested that some lawmakers from the opposition Congress and the NCP can support Kovind. However, Congress and the PNC have denied such a possibility.

The Congress, with 42 members and NCP with 41 members is optimistic to get support from parties sharing the same ideas, including Samajwadi party, peasants and Workers Party, Republican Party of the Indian (Kawade) and some independents for the candidate Of UPA Meira Kumar. In Maharashtra, the value of the legislature’s vote is 175.

Meanwhile, Kovind skipped to visit Matoshree, the official residence of the president of Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray. However, Kovind, in the interest of Shiv Sena in a good mood, approached Uddhav Thackeray by telephone before traveling to Goa.

Ravi Shastri's appointment approved but no decision on Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan

Ravi Shastri’s appointment approved but no decision on Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan

Ravi Shastri’s appointment approved but no decision on Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan

NEW DELHI: The Steering Committee (CoA) said Saturday that support staff of the Indian cricket team will be named after consulting with head coach Ravi Shastri on July 22, they recognize the validity Zaheer Khan and the Designation of Rahul Dravid.

At a meeting attended by members of CoA Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri, the CoA approved the appointment of Shastri. However, the committee did not specify whether Dravid and Khan were implicitly on board as consultants for specific trips abroad, as requested by BCCI.

According to the minutes of the meeting, “other appointments consultants will be decided by the Committee in consultation with the coach.”

The CoA has formed a four-member group, including board chairman CK Khanna and CEO, Rahul Johri, to decide the remuneration of new trainer Shastri and other support staff members.

Edulji and Acting Secretary of the BCCI Amitabh Choudhary are the other members of the commission that will meet on July 19. This was decided after a CoA meeting on Saturday.

The new committee will join CoA with its recommendations on July 22, three days after leaving the team for the Sri Lanka tour on July 19.

“We have taken all the recommendations of the ACC for Ravi Shastri as head coach and we will discuss with him other coaches.

We have established a committee and they speak their (ACC), communicate with them after talking to Shastri. The support staff has been decided in consultation with the coach, “he told reporters after the Rai meeting.

“Three appointments that are critical for the technical staff have been decided. But you must see each one of them, they have to check their will and we must make sure that there is no problem conflict of interest.

Three-member cricketer Advisory Committee (ACC) has appointed Shastri as coach, while Dravid and Khan were appointed, respectively, bataillers and bowlers consultants for specific trips abroad.

However, the CoA stated that they (Zaheer and Dravid) were mere recommendations.
A recommendation was made and the CoA should act on the recommendation, that the recommendation will be followed in consultation with the coach. “There is no agreement, this is only a recommendation.
India will play the first test against Sri Lanka on July 26.

He was asked about the letter of the ACC expressing “pain” to the perception that the appointments of Dravid and Zaheer were forced on Shastri, Rai said: “ACC has made many connections with the CEO and me too. Each of these things “.

An advertisement for the chief of the Indian senior team will be broadcast immediately. Likewise, it will also be broadcast in an advertisement for the A and T-19 team managers.

Doklam border stand-off: All that has happened so far

Doklam border stand-off: All that has happened so far

At a meeting held Friday at the residence of Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, the government informed opposition party leaders of the current opposition between India and China on the issue of the Doklam border.

The meeting is part of the monsoon session of Parliament that could have heat exchanges between the Center and opposition leaders. Participants in the meeting of senior officials such as Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Yadav of the JD (T), Sitaram Yechury of the PCI (M), among others.

The government is believed to have told the opposition that it had confidence to resolve the problem through diplomatic channels, a solution that has found support from most of the opposition leaders, except Mulayam Singh who asked the government to “teach China a lesson.”

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, is also likely to visit China on July 26 and 27 for the NSA BRICS meeting. BRICS is an association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Earlier, in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the framework of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, PM Modi has probably raised the issue during the debate.

The Doklam trigger, which began in mid-June, allowed the Chinese government spokesman and his media to invoke the 1962 war between the two countries. Last week, Chinese media have resorted to recalling the editorials and images for five decades before India warned of the aftermath of the war.

Lodges of China diplomatic protest accuses Indian troops of ‘Crossing the border’ in Sikkim

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, however, said Tuesday at a conference hosted by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the High Commissioner of India that he had no doubt that India could not solve the problem by consulting the recent Doklam contraction with china.

“After dealing with these kinds of border issues in the past, I do not see any reason why we can not handle this time,” he told PTI.

The Doklam stop between the Indian army and the China EPL came after the pilgrims Kailash Mansarovar denied them entry by Nathu La Pass, on the border of Sikkim.

The problem began after India accused China of trying to build a road in the Doklam area – a disputed territory in the Chumbi valley in a tri-crossing of India, Bhutan and China. China claims ownership of Doklam region of strategic importance to India, China and Bhutan.

India sees it as a dagger pointing to its so-called “chicken neck” sector in the northeast and rapid road construction in Chinese Tibet could make things difficult for India. Meanwhile, Sikkim is one of the few sectors in which India has an advantage.

In the last month since the beginning of the impasse, there was a warm exchange of words from both sides. However, the two countries said they will use official diplomatic channels to find a solution ….

Tejashwi Yadav skips government event attended by CM Nitish Kumar

Tejashwi Yadav skips government event attended by CM Nitish Kumar

Tejashwi Yadav skips government event attended by CM Nitish Kumar

NEW DELHI: The crisis has deepened into the big dominant alliance in Bihar Saturday with Deputy Chief Minister Yadav Tejashwi to skip an official role with Prime Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna.

Tejashwi, who is the youngest son of RJD Lalu Prasad Yadav, attends a program marking the first anniversary of ‘Vishwa Yuva Kaushal divas at Gyan Bhawan Patna. He was classified as a distinguished guest in a promotional brochure for the event.

According to authorities, the name of the plate Tejashwi Yadav was arranged earlier with the Nitish Kumar on a table at the event, but was covered first with a cloth and then rushed before the program officially begins.

Accused of corruption in the case of hotel land, Tejashwi has faced pressure to protect himself from allegations that he and his party have vehemently vehemently criticized him. There has also been a growing outcry from his resignation to the office of Minister Nitish Kumar.

After ICC filed a lawsuit against Yadav Tejashwi July 5, JD (T) has stepped up pressure on chief RJD, Lalu Prasad and members of his family to disclose the origin of “massive ownership” that would have him possessed.

Without removing names, JD (T) spokesman Neeraj Kumar addressed the opposition BJP allegations that members of the Lalu family had acquired Benami properties across the country, claiming it had to be explained.

A challenge, Tejashwi, said he had no intention of resigning and that the charges against him were a conspiracy described by the BJP.

To save his son, the chief RJD, Lalu Prasad, who was also investigated as part of a series of scams, has highlighted that Tejashwi was impeccable. He also reported reports of emerging faults in the great Bihar alliance.

“Tejashwi is not going to resign. There is no question of his resignation … Mahagathbandhan (Great Alliance for Management) is intact in Bihar,” Lalu said Friday after a party meeting.

Meanwhile, JD (T) leaders want the party leader, Nitish Kumar, to make the final decision on Tejashwi’s political fate over a recalcitrant RJD, who said the youngest son Yadav will not give up all costs.

“Nitish Kumar’s position on corruption is well-known. It will never endanger,” said JD (T) spokesman KC Tyagi.

Whale washed ashore on Mumbai's Rajodi Beach

Whale washed ashore on Mumbai’s Rajodi Beach

Whale washed ashore on Mumbai’s Rajodi Beach

Villagers along the beach, near Rajodi Nala Sopara, gathered to try to push a stranded whale seven feet into crisis on the beach in shallow waters Thursday.

However, their attempts were in vain because the mammal has continued to be driven ashore by strong waves and died a few hours later.

According to residents, the whale was first seen around 1:30 pm at the beach and local fishermen who saw immediately gathered and began to try to push the mammal into the water, trying to help back into the deep water.

“The waves were too strong and it was very difficult for people approaching the whale in trouble. Nothing seemed to work, although at one point it seemed to have regained its path.

But within seconds, he was pushed by the waves and it was obvious that the whale was too weak to swim back, “a witness said.

James Rodrigues, a 51-year-old resident of Rajodi village, shared this at 15 hours, the whale lay lifeless on the beach.

“Even then, some people tried to push him back into the sea, but they might feel that he did not respond and realized that nothing could be done.

We all felt pain while a beautiful creature died, “he said, adding that upon seeing the whale, hordes of people, among locals and tourists, gathered on the beach.

According to him, they quickly decided to bury the whale while many people have started taking pictures and have asked for more people on the beach.

“We called the firefighters and, with the help of local people, a well was dug and buried the whale because we do not want a complaint or bad smell of the channel to spread,” Rodrigues said.

While the coast has witnessed several streams of marine species, such as turtles, dolphins, porpoises, talking about this latest incident, marine biologists said that, looking at various images on social networks, the female whale appeared to be a dwarf or Spermace a pygmy sperm whale.

Researcher Mihir Sule, a member of the Konkan Research Team for Cetaceans (KCRT) said that both species belong to the genus Kogia and should not be confused with sperm because it was a different family.

These whales are rare to see as they are extremely shy indeed, they also carry a layer of skin just behind the eye that looks like the gills of a shark.

“Although we had the information, I contacted the mangrove cell and talked to the officials and it was decided that we will visit the site on Friday to take tissue samples and we can also identify the exact species after further investigation to the Channel, “he said.

Meanwhile, Ketki Jog, who is also a researcher at KCRT, said that while acknowledging the efforts shown by people trying to push the whale into the sea, he was glad that the injured were not injured.

“The whale has clearly struggled and fortunately it accidentally hit any of the rescue crews, as such impacts could result in serious injuries.

Studies have shown that beached animals are weak and even if they are pushed back to the sea, they may soon land and die, “he said.

In Depth | Chip scam dries up: Thane Crime Branch busts a nationwide racket

In Depth | Chip scam dries up: Thane Crime Branch busts a nationwide racket

 

In Depth | Chip scam dries up: Thane Crime Branch busts a nationwide racket

In February this year, Ami Sheth, 35, has expressed concern on Facebook Live, a short supply of oil at a gas station in Charkop, she leaves or you know fuel rig could be a multi-million rupee scam With connections between several states.

On February 28, Sheth was launched on Facebook, claiming that despite asking for the full tank, the fuel gauge of his car was not so complete.

In May, a special task force of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police provoked a racquet from where fuel distribution units were falsified, resulting in reduced fuel supplies to customers. Their investigation revealed that the engineer said the fraud is based in the nearby city of Mumbai, Thane.

Thane police continued to follow the tracks provided by their UP counterparts and unearthed a racket that now faces several million rupees.

The probe revealed that the scam was in operation for 10 years, but neither clients nor government agencies have done so.

So far, Crime Directorate Thane has searched for 96 gasoline pumps in Maharashtra, of which 56 were found with software programs and 156 distribution units were sealed.

Police seized 195 Pulsar cards, sensors 22 cards, 71 cards and 61 gasoline control keypads in Maharashtra.

During the past two months, police arrested 23 people in Thane, eight of whom are owners and managers of different gasoline dispensers, 12 are technical distribution units of fuel manufacturing companies and three are engineers involved in the units Of software distribution.

According to police, the alleged brain of the scam – Vivek Shetye, 47 – was arrested in May of this year’s Dombivli in Thane crime brigade, and given that the UP Special Task Force (STF) for its alleged involvement in bombing Gasoline from the scam was stopped at the UP.

Shetye, a Master of Science (Electronic), would have provided microprocessors compatible with the software that control the fuel supply in remote control, UP, and other states. Thane police then took the Shetye Police watch to receive a further interrogation.

“For an ordinary man, or the oil companies, it is almost impossible to verify whether a unit was rigged,” said an official branch of the crime. “A common man could not evaluate that he was deceived by those involved in this racket, who are essentially technicians and engineers. Thane.

On July 12, Thane Crime Directorate arrested Prakash Nulkar, 49, Hubli, Karnataka. Nulkar is one of the defendants, who imported the original chips, fuel distribution units from China and then shipped the counterfeit chips in China, South Africa and Abu Dhabi. The police are investigating whether the racket was active in other countries as well.

After companies sell distribution units to a dealer, a private technician or employee of the company that manufactures the distribution unit approximates the dealer to help make extra money by controlling the fuel supply.

The control board connected to the distribution unit is then manipulated with an integrated circuit (IC) after connecting to a cable and a laptop, where the pirated and active program is loaded after entering a four-digit password. This program can be operated manually with a remote sensor.

Ten Tips to Avoid Failure in beauty services at home in Mumbai

Ten Tips to Avoid Failure in beauty services at home in Mumbai

There is some beauty parlour who provide beauty service at home.it is comfortable and easy for those women who don’t get time to go to a salon, traveling and taking the appointment.

 

Create a close contact with the customer: while a customer gets a good service from your reputation of beauty service will increase. They will advertise your beauty parlour by giving suggestion to other that they will go to that parlour.

 

Give a discount to the customer in beauty packages: this will attract customer because a customer only wants a discount in everything.so thus will also increase your customer

Ask your clients what they need/want: always rely on client’s feedback when they come to altering your service and offerings.

 

Offer new service and product: you can earn more money per customer and attract new customer by constantly revising your offerings.

Charge more: there are two things you must get right in order to pull this off successfully.

1)I don’t burst your clients price bubble (there is a cap to how much they’re willing to pay)

2)don’t forget to offer service worth that you’re charging (nobody wants to feel ripped out)

Handling business expenses: every business involves cash transaction and requires excellent money and management skill to ensures smooth cash flow.

Create referral program: car dealership does it? Why not you give current customers the opportunity to earn rewards for bringing in friends, family and even strangers.

You can offer discount on service, free product or consultations-anything to get new people in the door.

Look for unique marketing opportunities: one entrepreneurial Best salon owner in Mumbai, main writes a weekly hair advice column for weekly hair advice column for a weekly newspaper within circulation of over 17000.

(that’s big bang for a minute’s worthy of work)

Upsell existing clients: your existing clients can provide the most bang for your buck. You’ve already convinced them to come in your door.

therefore, you should take full advantage of this captive audience.by upselling your client s to more, better. And higher-priced product and services, you’re mining and existing market to ea4rn more money per individual without spending any more.

 

 

An argument for Bi modal and Develops

There has always been a fine balance between doing things with stability, availability, reliability, scalability and securely, and doing things fast and innovatively. This balancing act has been massively amplified by the increasing digitization of banking products and services, says Shiv Kumar Bhasin, CTO,

State Bank of India.

He points out in this regard to Bimodal IT, which is the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery – mode one focused on traditional waterfall model of delivery and the other mode on agile and continuous delivery. The Bimodal concept is deeply entwined with the DevOps and agile development philosophies revolutionizing IT. He says business change requirements for Core Banking Systems, Product Processor Platforms, Business Support Services Systems – Origination, Collections, Treasury, Risk and Compliance Systems etc – could use mode 1. However, in order to keep this layer of systems sufficiently agile, it is necessary to publish Standard API layer of services on top of these systems so that agility needs of channel services layer do not get impacted.

AGILE/SCRUM

In order to ensure sufficient agility and collaboration (B2B, B2C), the channel services of banks need to adhere to mode 2 using Agile/Scrum methodologies and implementation of DevOps toolsets to meet the increasing digitization requirements of the bank, says he. According to him, the software development and infrastructure operations teams that work on the massive channel applications – mobile banking, internet banking, and ATM and contact center – serving the 482 million accounts of State Bank of India had a traditional environment. These teams with traditional heavy weight lifting processes for taking the code from development to production environments used to take few days to several weeks. In earlier days, business needs were met adhering to such manual, monolithic, heavy weight processes. But, in the fast changing world where customers would be accessing applications from different kinds of browsers (which have several releases in a year), different mobile OS/ browsers (again which have very agile release plans across a calendar year), the engineering teams have to face nightmares in certifying their developments across diverse set of ever changing browsers and OS environments. Customer delight requires all of these to be supported.

SILOS DIMINISHING

However, he is of the view that the silos among Software Delivery Life Cycle stages – requirements analysis, development and testing
– are diminishing due to adoption of agile development methodologies. Continuous delivery has blurred the silos by implementing Continuous Build and Continuous Integration, which has also streamlined requirements, development, code quality and building interfaces with subsystems/peripheral systems. Continuous delivery is nothing but deployment pipeline – end-to-end automation of the build, deploy, test, and release processes and these have had a number of knock-on effects, bringing some unexpected benefits. Automation results into usage of tools for DevOps across SDLC stages, eg Chef, Jenkins etc.

DEVOPS CULTURE

He maintains that the primary characteristic of DevOps culture is increased collaboration between the roles of development and operations. There are some important cultural shifts, within teams and at an organizational level, that support this collaboration.

Again, an attitude of shared responsibility is an aspect of DevOps culture that encourages closer collaboration, says he, adding it is easy for a development team to become disinterested in the operation and maintenance of a system if it is handed over to another team to look after.

One effect of a shift towards DevOps culture is that it becomes easier to put a new code in production. Bhasisn says this necessitates some further cultural changes. In order to ensure that changes in production are sound, the team needs to value building quality into the development process. This includes cross-functional concerns such as performance and security.

CORNERSTONE

Automation is a cornerstone of the DevOps movement and it facilitates collaboration, Bhasin adds. Automating tasks such as testing, configuration and deployment frees people to focus on other valuable activities and reduces the chance of human error. Automation helps to get end to end processes documented and entire food chain of organization aware of the e2e processes. It brings lateral thinking to make these processes sufficiently nimble and agile. So DevOps is win-win for meeting time to market.

According to him, for making Bimodal and DevOps a realty, few key organizational changes are needed (i) Set-up of services group to develop API layer around core banking product processors, (ii) Merging digital channels development and infrastructure teams so that automated tools deployment across the teams will be supervised single handedly and increased collaboration, cohesiveness could be achieved for success of DevOps.

S Cover Story STABLE, ROBUST SERVICES

We will provide debit /ATM card along with the welcome kit. In the existing scheme of things, the bank had to dispatch the PIN by courier/post to activate this card. Now, we propose to send the PIN over SBI Quick app. The customer would be required to download the app and send a missed call or SMS and in response we will despatch a one­time PIN to his mobile, with which he can activate the card. The delay is eliminated, the use of paper is eliminated and the whole process of despatching the PIN through snailmail is eliminated. In the past, it would take at least one week for a debit card or ATM card to get activated, but with green banking, it can be done the moment a person becomes a customer of the bank& receives Debit/ATM card,” says he.

VIRTUALIZATION, CLOUD

Bhasin says the bank is planning to invest heavily on virtualization technologies for desktop client and server side. For better management of applications at branches and optimizing the bandwidth utilization by rich client applications, desktop virtualization technologies are being explored.The bank’s server side virtualization-based private cloud is called ‘Meghdoot’. The bank is leveraging cloud technologies for variety of financial applications ranging from non-critical system for business support services to loan origination systems, front office application of kiosk banking, which is used by 60,000 Customer Service Points (CSP), as well as SBI flagship wallet – Buddy. The bank is also exploring ways to leverage elasticity of public clouds for

test environments of various financial applications, communication solutions, CRM and other IT for IT support systems.

STABLE, ROBUST SERVICES

The bank has over the years built its entire technology infrastructure highly stable and robust. It has recently set up a hotsite for Core Banking System (CBS) to bring down the recovery time objective (RTO) to less than an hour, in the event of any CBS outage at the primary site. “As you know the implementation of BaNCS in the bank and the associate banks constitutes the largest centralized core system implementaion ever undertaken in the world. Today, there is network latency between the primary site and the DR sites for data replication. We have been able to reduce the recovery point objective (RPO) to near zero. There is virtually no data loss. Hot site is almost realtime replication of the CBS data. The network is so efficient between two sites that the network latency is less than 10 milliseconds. The hot site is like our production site and there is automatic failover in case of any glitches in production site. The maximum downtime for a switchover to hot site has now been reduced to 40 minutes with no data loss from 4 hours earlier to switch to DR. The downtime in case we have to switch to the DR site is 2 hours with virtually no data loss. The RPO as I said is zero,” says Bhasin. To have a better management of data center services, stability and robustness, the bank is envisioning to consolidate co-location data centers.

DR DRILLS

The bank periodically undertakes DR drills for failsafe/redundancy checks of its CBS and channel applications and infrastructure – the mobile/internet banking, ATMs/POS and contact center. Bhasin says earlier, the ATM down time used to be around 2.5 hours in the event of switch over to DR, which has now been successfully brought down to less than an hour. “We are working on to highly available internet/mobile banking architecture, which will have minimum
or no down time for these applications. Quarterly and half-yearly DR drills are performed for individual applications and entire data center. For channels like internet banking and ATMs, even one- hour outage can be quite bothersome for the customers and the bank is making initiatives to bring down the outage time in the event of switchover to DR and to minimize the impact,” says Bhasin.

“Mind you, we have some 2.5 crore internet banking customers and some 5 lakh log-ins are made in one hour on an average. The SBI internet banking site can well be described as Google of India in terms of number of log-ins. In these circumstances, it is imperative that we have a good response time too in order not to inconvenience the customers. We have been able to bring this down internet banking response time of transactions from an earlier 10-12 seconds to 5-7 seconds,” he elaborates.

Bhasin says in order to make the ATM channel efficient and productive, the bank is making investments in a domain name server (DNS) system. “With this, we hope to have complete control of the channel. We are able to remotely monitor the ATM availability status, set alerts, review transaction history and mitigate risks. The system becomes extremely complex when you have to manage 55,000 ATMs across the country with some 2000-3000 more planned to be added annually. It is our aim to have nil downtime for channel applications” says Bhasin.

VISION

Bank’s technology vision is to serve digital India with innovative digital services