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Winning accolades

The programme aimed at developing the imagination, creativity and independent thinking.

Statesman News Service |

Indian students won two Silver medals and one Bronze medal in the XXI International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) held at Pamporovo, Bulgaria in October 2016. Three students along with two officials from National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) also participated in the Olympiad. India was among the top four out of all 16 countries, where all participants won medals. M S Wajid from Hyderabad and Prashant Gokhale from Mumbai won silver medals while Harshit Khandelwal from Indore secured the bronze medal. The IAO is an annual astronomy scientific-educational event, which includes an intellectual competition between high school students of 14-18 years.
The programme aimed at developing the imagination, creativity and independent thinking.  The selection of three best students to represent India for International Astronomy Olympiad was done in three stages. About 29,000 students participated in the first stage out of which about 574 were selected for the second stage called Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO). Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) was the third stage for the final selection of National team for International Astronomy Olympiad.
For security measures
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions  announced the availability of CloudStorm™, the first multi-terabit network security test platform to test and validate the increased capacity, efficiency, and resiliency of hyperscale cloud data centres on 15 November. Ixia has strengthened its leadership role in the application and security testing market with the introduction of this network security test platform.  CloudStorm enables users to validate a data centre’s capacity to handle cloud-scale applications, measure the impact of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) traffic on performance, and assess Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation techniques to handle terabit attacks.   This solution creates 2.4 terabits of mixed applications, as well as malicious traffic, to test the critical elements of complex data centres, including server applications, storage workloads, and network security devices. Cloud-based data centres enable enterprises to achieve scale and agility.In the limelight
Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) recently announced that it has been named to the ‘Winner’s Circle’ in the new HfS Blueprint Report: Internet of Things (IoT) 2016.  This is the second consecutive year Cognizant has been recognised as one of IoT service providers by HfS Research, an independent global analyst firm for the business and IT services industry. 
The newly released report analyses the capabilities of 17 major service providers and cites Cognizant’s strategic and future vision for the IoT, as well as its partner ecosystem, collaboration techniques, account management and delivery methods. 
Winner’s Circle providers are also characterised as having ‘collaborative relationships with clients, services executed with a combination of talent and technology as appropriate and flexible arrangements.’
According to the Blueprint Report, Cognizant has IoT services that fit into a broader digital vision and ‘next-gen IT enterprise follow-through with strong entrepreneurial drive’. The report also cites other specific strengths and capabilities regarding its approach to IoT and client services, including strong execution driven by strong strategic vision, digital structure that fosters rapid contextual IoT development, flexible financial and partnering approachand account management reputation.
A great honour
Department of Posts (Ministry of Communications, Government of India) Punjab Circle released Lovely Professional University (LPU) Postal Stamp and Special Cover recently at Jalandhar. Postmaster General, Punjab West Region, Mr P M Lal released LPU Stamp of Rs Five and a special cover of LPU.
The stamp carries the logo of the university and multi- coloured rainbow and butterfly images with a message of ‘greetings’ printed on it. 
This launch was indeed a great honour for LPU as presumably only few other organisations in India have achieved such a milestone.  Since customised printing of stamps opened up in 2016 for institutes, LPU becomes the first university to have such a pride.  The department has also issued customised stamp for e-commerce platform Amazon India and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Noble thought
Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF), the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India, recently celebrated Children’s Day, in association with Mukti Rehabilitation Centre in Kolkata. To mark the occasion, they organised a drawing competition for the children. 
A magic show was also prepared within the premises of Mukti Rehabilitation Centre at Chengail, Howrah. The children overjoyed with the magic show participated in the sit and draw competition with a lot of enthusiasm. The event came to an end with selection of winners and prize distribution to the winners. All children were presented with gift hampers. 
Amway India has been working with Mukti Rehabilitation Centre with an aim to make meaningful difference to the less privileged children. It has also set up a Vocational Centre for them. AOF also takes care of the educational sponsorship of the children.