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RBI asks banks to migrate to IPv6 version of web protocol

The Indian government wants migration to IPv6 of all payment gateways, banks, financial institutions and insurance companies, including their websites should be completed by December 2012

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked the banks to migrate to the latest version of Internet Protocol IPv6 from IPv4, preferably by December 2012, reports PTI.
"Since migration to IPv6 is an eventuality that has to be accepted and managed proactively, government wants it to be done in a planned way rather than against time," RBI said in a notification.
Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the latest Internet Protocol (IP), the primary communications protocol upon which the entire Internet is built. It is intended to replace the older IPv4, which is still employed for the vast majority of Internet traffic as of 2012.
RBI further added that, “they (government) have expressed that the migration of all payment gateways, banks, financial institutions, insurance companies, etc. including their websites should be completed preferably by December 2012." 
It said banks may take necessary action by forming a special team to complete the migration within the stipulated time.
As per the National Telecom Policy 2012 (NTP-2012), Internet is envisaged as a catalyst for socio-economic development of the country and as an effective medium of various citizen-centric services.
"Since the current version of Internet Protocol (IPv4) has almost run out of addresses, the broadband revolution is sure to ride on next generation Internet Protocol (IPv6).
The NTP-2012 recognises the futuristic role of IPv6 and aims to achieve substantial transition to IPv6 in the country, RBI added further.


Odisha slaps Rs67,900 crore fine on mines for excess production

While 61 mines had earlier been asked to pay Rs47,805 crore as fine, Rs20,095 crore penalty was imposed on 42 mines a couple of days back for excess mining in Odisha

Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi: The Odisha government has imposed Rs67,900 crore penalty on 103 mines for excess production of iron ore, but denied any mining scam while blaming the Indian Bureau of Mines for its failure to detect the irregularities, reports PTI.
"We have imposed penalty on major mining companies. So far, 103 mines have been asked to pay fine totalling Rs67,900 crore for indulging in excess production of ore," Steel and Mines Minister RK Singh told reporters.
While 61 mines had earlier been asked to pay Rs47,805 crore as fine, Rs20,095 crore penalty was imposed on 42 mines a couple of days back for excess mining, he said.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Srikant Jena in New Delhi demanded resignation of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alleging his "direct" involvement in the "mega loot of minerals". Stating that Rs58,000 crore penalty has been imposed on companies, Jena said: "The Chief Minister is hand in glove with the miners." 
"The scam would not have happened had the Chief Minister not (been) involved in the scam," Jena said in a press meet.
Singh, however, denied any scam and said these were just violations. "Violation of laws is not exactly mining scam.
The mining companies are very much in the field and we will collect penalty for their wrong doings," he said.
Singh claimed that the state government was taking strong action against mining companies involved in irregularities and said: "It was actually duty of the IBM (Indian Bureau of Mines) to detect excess production by mining companies.
Despite several suggestions, IBM did not to take action against the companies." 
"As IBM did not take action, the state government was forced to impose penalty. We are hopeful that the erring companies would pay the penalty in order to avoid further action against them," Singh said rejecting the allegation that state government's actions were delayed and intended to gain attention of Justice Shah Commission of Inquiry.
The minister said the state government imposed penalty under section 21(5) of the MMDR Act. "No one can cancel lease of a company at whim. It will be done under the provision of the law. Therefore, the state government should not be blamed for the delay," Singh said.
Jena, a senior congress leader from Odisha, claimed that the size of the 'mining scam' was much bigger and could be pegged at Rs 4 lakh crore, more than the size of the recent unearthed scams put together in Karnataka and Goa.
Lashing out at the Patnaik government, Jena said the state was "sitting idle" since 2003-04 and failed to rein in the "rampant irregularities" in mining even after repeated prodding from his party.
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Statistics and Programme Implementation and Chemicals and Fertilisers, said if the Patnaik government had taken corrective measures, the miserable economic situation in Odisha, where more than 60 lakh out of the total 84 lakh families live below the poverty line (BPL), would have transformed into one of the richest states in the country.


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