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So we have a .gov.in

If things went according to plan, http://india.gov.in would have been officially inaugurated about an hour and 20 mins ago in New Delhi. I don't really care about official inaugurations. What I do care about -- usable sites. As far as a normal user on the internet is concerned, the Indian Government Portal is kickass. I'm hugely impressed by the amount of information it has and well, how neat the site looks on Firefox. Kudos to the NIC for bringing out an excellent site.

With FOSS.in/2005 right around the corner and things starting to get into the final phase, what pleased me the most was this...

shyam@trinity ~ $ curl -I http://india.gov.in
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 10:47:39 GMT
Server: Apache/2.0.52 (Red Hat)
Last-Modified: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 09:35:55 GMT
ETag: "8f92d-b639-7f9314c0"
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Content-Length: 46649
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1

There's FOSS for you at work, at nothing less than the official portal of the Indian Government. w000t!


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Nov. 10th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
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Nov. 10th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
yes. it means the folks who are maintaing that website aren't using evil software :)
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
I too wanted to check this out as soon as possible after seeing the papers.

I do not mean to criticize something good that is happening. But I am not sure if it is very usable though. Some sore points were

* The captcha in the registration form did not work for 4 submissions
* Downloading the Acts downloaded text files, while Acrobat opened up saying it could not open the file
Nov. 10th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
Wrong mime type

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: Microsoft-IIS/5.0
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 13:09:23 GMT
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
Content-Length: 56643
Content-Type: Application/PDF
Expires: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 13:09:24 GMT
Cache-control: private

Also, the search page doesn't work on Firefox.

And I'd have been impressed had the main page validated.
Nov. 10th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
Well, send in a patched page that validates? :D
Nov. 10th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
Microsoft IIS. Hmmm.
Nov. 10th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
The acts are located on a different site ( http://indiacode.nic.in ). Ability to search for PDFs is on http://india.gov.in
Nov. 10th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
Not PDFs. Those text files, I mean.
Nov. 10th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
I know, but I agree with your points. They have a long way to go.

Which Acts? They opened as pdfs for me...
Nov. 12th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
The acts of 2005. But they are not actually from the india.gov.in site but from the indiacode.nic.in site. The link to acts of 2005 is

Nov. 11th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
I loved the maps section. And with my Dataone connection, it was opening like it was on my drive;-)
Nov. 11th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
Yeah! I loved that one too :)

See the amount of stats they have and it's quite up to date as well!

They still list Delhi and Pondicherry as UTs though.
Nov. 11th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
still list Delhi and Pondicherry as UTs though

Koff! Koff! Heh! I hope the PM is not Vajapayee;-)
Nov. 11th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
Pondicherry is a union territory.
Nov. 11th, 2005 09:05 am (UTC)
How come they have a CM then?
Nov. 11th, 2005 09:18 am (UTC)
UTs have CMs.

Was/Is Delhi or some or other UT an exception?
Nov. 11th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
Who's the CM of Andaman and Nicobar? or Diu for that matter.

Delhi and Pondy are the only two UTs (if they still are UTs) who have CMs.
Nov. 11th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
Who's the CM of Andaman and Nicobar? or Diu for that matter.

Um...I don't know.

And on a related note, I just found out that UTs typically don't have CMs. I've lived in Pondicherry for most of my life and thought that all UTs had CMS
Nov. 11th, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)

That's the point. UTs are UTs. They have an administration that takes care of what needs to be done and they report back to the Central Govt.

Pondy and Delhi were given either "statehood" which is half-ass b/w UT and State (which would explain why they have CMs) or they're states.
Nov. 11th, 2005 11:06 am (UTC)
Pondicherry has been a UT for as long as I can remember (At least fifteen years of memory) and has had a CM for as long as I can remember (Approximately same time period of memory).

I just checked Wikipedia. UT with a CM, that's what Pondicherry is.
Nov. 11th, 2005 08:17 am (UTC)
Indiaimage -- Not that new
The site http://Indiaimage.nic.in/ is the Portal created by NIC and exists from a long , long time.

India.gov.in is again created by NIC

Yeah the gov.in part looks new :)
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