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Tech Mahindra Expands Relationship with Covisint to Utilize Covisint’s IoT Platform to Create Vertical Solutions

Global Partnership Drives Digital Business Transformation by Securely Connecting Complete Ecosystems of People, Systems and Things

DETROIT, April 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Covisint Corporation (Nasdaq:COVS) and Tech Mahindra, a leader in digital transformation for the Telecommunications and Manufacturing industries, today announced that Tech Mahindra will be using the Covisint IoT Platform to enable digital transformation solutions across a variety of IoT initiatives – including smart cities, and the telecommunications and automotive markets.

Through this partnership, there will be a focused solution building and joint go-to-market efforts around:

  • Smart Cities – Diverse technologies need to be integrated to connect smart city ecosystems and realize the full potential of large-scale smart city initiatives.  Tech Mahindra is an early innovator in this evolving market.
  • Telecommunications – The vast ecosystem around telco providers brings upon many disparate technology stacks – that need to act as one to help realize the full benefits of connected initiatives.  Solutions that result from the new expansion of the Tech Mahindra and Covisint relationship will be aimed squarely at solving this problem.
  • Automotive – Both Tech Mahindra and Covisint have a long heritage in the Automotive space.  The two companies will be creating solutions that will focus on the Connected Vehicle and Supply Chain markets.

“We are excited to be a part of this initiative and we are confident that this collaboration will provide us a distinct edge with alliances and customers.  Leveraging Covisint’s cloud-based platform and Tech Mahindra’s expertise in IoT and digital transformation opens up promising vistas for us,” said Karthikeyan Natarajan, Global Head, Engineering, IoT and Enterprise Mobility at Tech Mahindra.

The Covisint IoT Platform – delivered as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) at scale with global support – offers a complete set of capabilities required to rapidly build enterprise IoT solutions, including advanced identity, authentication, authorization, real-time messaging and orchestration, as well as digital ecosystem definition and management capabilities to facilitate secure information sharing and trusted interactions with the world around that connected asset.  Covisint’s IoT Platform brings together a set of foundational capabilities that helps businesses rapidly deliver IoT solutions supportive of digital transformation, including:

  • A unified data model that brings together the devices, the systems and the people that interact with into one coherent logical data store.
  • Dynamic security that helps businesses respond quickly and contextually to deliver better value, while minimizing security risk.
  • Unified messaging that brings together messaging and orchestration in both real-time and batch interactions to effectively digitize end-to-end business processes.
  • API-first approach for enabling agnostic and loosely coupled business service integration for complex transformations.
  • A microservices architecture to meet the scalability demands of billions of connected devices and digital businesses.

“We couldn’t be more excited about what we can achieve together with Tech Mahindra, as our partnership has already produced great benefits for both companies,” said Joel Kremke, SVP of Partnerships and Alliances, Covisint.  “We believe the expanded alliance can be one of the largest in the IoT market, and will provide both organizations a whole new path to creating value for the market and for both of our customers.  Tech Mahindra are not only market leaders but are also thought leaders in all of the verticals that we’re pursuing with them – it’s an honor to be working with them.”

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Covisint is the connected company – we securely connect ecosystems of people, systems and things to enable new service offerings, optimize operations, develop new business models and ultimately enable the connected economy.  Today, we support more than 2,000 organizations and connect to more than 212,000 business partners and customers worldwide.  Learn more at www.covisint.com.

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Tech Mahindra represents the connected world, offering innovative and customer-centric information technology experiences, enabling Enterprises, Associates and the Society to Rise™. We are a USD 4.2 billion company with 117,000+ professionals across 90 countries, helping over 837 global customers including Fortune 500 companies. Our convergent, digital, design experiences, innovation platforms and reusable assets connect across a number of technologies to deliver tangible business value and experiences to our stakeholders. Tech Mahindra is amongst the Fab 50 companies in Asia (Forbes 2016 list).

We are part of the USD 17.8 billion Mahindra Group that employs more than 200,000 people in over 100 countries. The Group operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, after-market, information technology and vacation ownership.

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Myanmar Police Arrest Married Couple in Murder of Yangon Publisher

Myanmar police on Friday said they have arrested two suspects in the murder of a news magazine publisher, saying the crime was in retaliation for a romantic affair, rather than for his critical coverage of the military, as many observers in the country had feared.

The body of Wai Yan Heinn, the 27-year-old publisher and editor of Iron Rose, was found slumped in a chair with 15 stab wounds in his in his chest and abdomen on April 16, after neighbors reported a strong odor coming from his first-floor office in Pazundaung township in the commercial capital Yangon.

Aung Ko Ko, a cargo ship officer and the husband of a woman with whom Wai Yan Heinn allegedly had an affair, has been charged with murdering the publisher, the Myanmar Police Force said in a post on its Facebook page.

Yangon police arrested both Aung Ko Ko and his wife on Wednesday, and they have formed a special team to investigate this case.

Police said Wai Yan Heinn and Aung Ko Ko’s wife Al Ni had been in contact on Facebook for the past eight months, according to a report by the online journal The Irrawaddy.

A friend informed Aung Ko Ko that the two were having an affair, so he allegedly locked his wife and son in his home in Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt township on April 11, prompting Al Ni to call Wai Yan Heinn for help, the report said.

Wai Yan Heinn broke the lock on the door and took Al Ni and her son to a hotel in Lanmadaw township on the same day, said police, it said.

Aung Ko Ko then reportedly phoned Wai Yan Heinn before going to the journalist’s office on April 14, where he is suspected of killing him and taking his iPhone, the report said. He picked up his wife and son from the hotel and fled to Pyin Oo Lwin in Mandalay region the next day.

Journalism groups weigh in

Before news of the love triangle emerged, journalism rights groups spoke out on the murder, urging the Myanmar government to quickly resolve the crime and bring Wai Yan Heinn’s killer to justice.

The groups believed that his murder was in retaliation for recent reports on Myanmar’s former ruling military generals and their business associates, as well as his reference to the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a drone president.

Authorities should leave no stone unturned in identifying and apprehending Wai Yen Heinn’s killer, said Shawn Crispin, senior Southeast Asia representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists in a statement issued on Thursday.

Myanmar is fast emerging as a country where media murders go unpunished, he said. The cycle of impunity and deadly violence should be broken now by promptly bringing Wai Yen Heinn’s murderer to justice.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday echoed the CPJ’s also called for a swift investigation of Wai Yan Heinn’s murder.

We offer our condolences to Wai Yan Heinn’s family and colleagues, and we urge the authorities to allocate enough resources to the investigation so that it can be carried out quickly and thoroughly, and does not ignore the possible links to the victim’s work as a journalist, said Benjamin Ismail, head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk, in a statement.

Killings of other journalists

Last December, Soe Moe Tun, an investigative reporter for Myanmar’s Eleven Media Group was found beaten to death on the side of a road in the town of Monywa in northwestern Myanmar’s Sagaing region.

Soe Moe Tun, whose death marked the fifth killing of a journalist in Myanmar since 1999, had been reporting on sensitive topics, such as illegal logging and a controversial mining project, before he was murdered.

As of January, police had arrested three suspects, but no additional progress has been made in solving the case, according to local media reports.

The family of Soe Moe Tun, a journalist murdered more than four months ago, is still awaiting significant progress in that investigation, so any attempt to stint on the resources assigned to this latest investigation would send a very negative message to journalists and would foster an unacceptable climate of impunity, Ismail said.

In October 2014, freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing, also known as Par Gyi, was shot and killed in military custody in Kyaikmayaw township in southeastern Myanmar’s Mon state, after he was arrested while covering fighting between the government army and ethnic Karen rebels.

The following month, a military court acquitted two soldiers of his death, and police stopped investigating the case in April 2016 although another court ruled in a separate civil case that Par Gyi had died of unnatural causes, according to media reports at the time.

Despite a series of reforms to push Myanmar towards democracy, including laws enshrining media freedom, enacted by the former administration of Thein Sein, authorities continue to use various means to intimidate media and restrict freedom of expression.

Myanmar remains in the bottom quarter of RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, ranked 143rd of 180 countries.

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Chinese Environmental Protester Seeks Refuge in Thailand Ahead of Earth Day

A Chinese rights activist involved in recent environmental protests in the southern province of Guangdong has fled the country to seek political refugee status in Thailand.

Wang Xili had been giving help and advice to residents of Junpu village near Guangdong’s Chaozhou city who were protesting pollution from a battery recycling plant near their homes and plans to build other factories nearby.

But the February protests ended in violent suppression by police, who detained 12 people. A string of formal arrests on public order charges followed earlier this month.

Wang said he fled the country after hearing that his name had been added to a police list of wanted suspects linked to the protests.

“A local resident surnamed Chen told me he heard that our two names had been sent to the [Chaozhou] city police department by the Raoping county police,” he said in a recent interview with RFA from Thailand.

“I felt that I was in great danger, and that the only thing I could do was to come to Thailand to seek political asylum,” he said.

According to the overseas-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network, Guangdong police formally arrested four demonstrators in April for their role in a protest over environmental pollution.

Chen Ruifeng, Mai Pinglin, Mai Yingqiang, and Wang Er are all under arrest on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order and to disrupt traffic” for their role in the protests.

Clashes flared after around 100 local villagers gathered in the city after local officials ignored residents’ calls to either shut down the recycling plant or resolve the pollution issues, CHRD said in a statement on its website.

Overseas contacts

Wang, who arrived in Bangkok on April 3 after crossing the border from southwest China and traveling to Thailand through neighboring Myanmar, said police were planning to detain him on the evening of Feb. 8 after he gave two interviews to RFA’s Mandarin Service.

“Your report went out on the morning of Feb. 8, and the police went to detain me that same evening,” he said. “There was nothing else for it, because I’d given you two interviews, and they were saying that we had links with overseas organizations.”

Rights groups say Chinese environmentalists and their organizations have been targeted in the clampdown on civil society under the administration of President Xi Jinping.

According to CHRD, NGOs working on environmental issues face new hurdles in their work, including a new law that “reflects the government’s obsession with ‘national security’ and the perceived threats of ‘foreign influences.'”

Wang said he remains vulnerable to harassment by Thai police.

“I was stopped by Thai police on April 3, and they confiscated a bit of money before letting me go again,” he said. “That afternoon, I went to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees office and signed the application.”

“Now I’m penniless and desperate,” he said.

Wang, a long-time rights activist in the Chaozhou area, has long been the target of official ire after he helped local people prepare formal complaints about corrupt village officials.

He served a two-year jail term in 2014, as well as being detained for three days last October.

An employee who answered the phone at the UNHCR office in Bangkok said they were unable to comment on individual cases.

Notice of arrest

Mai Yingqiang’s wife Jiang Ke told RFA last week that she has received a formal arrest notification from the state prosecutor, as well as several visits from police warning her not to give interviews to overseas media.

“Four people have been formally arrested so far on charges of gathering a crowd to disrupt public order and traffic,” she said. “The police are monitoring my cell phone right now, and they are threatening me, warning me not to speak to journalists any more.”

“The village officials … have also sent a lot of threatening text messages to my husband’s family and to his parents,” she said.

She said the main focus of the protest was the battery recycling plant.

CHRD said in a statement ahead of Earth Day on Saturday that the ruling Chinese Communist Party will make no progress on environmental protection if it fails to protect the human rights of those who champion change.

“Basic rights like freedom of expression, assembly, association and press are fundamental to any genuine attempt to effectively respond to serious threats to the environment and public health,” the group said.

It cited “daunting” studies indicating that China has several of the world’s most polluted cities and that some one-third of deaths in the country can be linked to toxic smog.

The government’s declaration of a “war on pollution” will mean nothing if it continues to suppress civil society and rights activists, it said.

Protesters targeted

Chinese citizens are vulnerable to persecution for expressing concerns about the environment to their government, peacefully demonstrating against polluting infrastructure and commercial projects, or just working for environmental groups, CHRD said.

Chinese authorities have been building an environmental protection regulatory framework, but deficiencies, loopholes, and lax implementation and enforcement hinder effective efforts and meaningful results, it said.

It cited the case of activist Xue Renyi from the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, founder of the group Green Leaf Action, who was taken in for police questioning last December and warned that his organization was being controlled and manipulated by foreign forces.

Growing controls over freedom of expression have also been used to target people writing online about pollution and environmental issues, the group said, citing the detention last December of Liu Ermu for a social media post criticizing the official response to dangerous smog levels in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

“CHRD urges the Chinese government to protect the right to peaceful assembly, including to demonstrate against environmental problems, and to establish more reliable channels through which citizens may voice their environmental concerns,” it said.

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