Keyword : Digital India

Let a thousand digital technologies bloom

Here’s the big question. Can every Indian have 24/7 internet connection? Two IIT Bombay professors and a couple of their students from the departments of electronics and aerospace presented a

Malegaon village that has 24/7 free Wi-Fi for all

It’s rare to find good Wi-Fi hotspots, let alone 100 percent Wi-Fi connectivity in an entire area in India. Yet, Malegaon village is showing how 100 percent connectivity can be achieved in an

Citizens first must be the approach for Digital India

Technology is a boon for the society and governance, and it is there to stay. But technology is like salt in food. It has to be in right proportion: while one can manage with less salt, one cannot

‘Broadband connectivity in villages will create a non-discriminatory platform’

Indian government’s flagship programme `Digital India` is directed more towards the poor than the elite, said union minister for information technology and communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad

India’s last-mile challenge

It is an unpalatable truth for prime minister Narendra Modi. The government still doesn’t have a coherent plan on how it’s going to pipe in high-speed internet broadband connectivity to

We aim to connect every Indian in the next 5-6 years: Ravi Shankar Prasad

What is ‘Digital India’ and how will it benefit the common man? It will make the common man more empowered. It will bridge the gap between digital haves

How Modi’s smart cities vision is being diluted

Venkaiah Naidu is known for his plain speak and the union development minister displayed it in full measure recently at the opening address of a two-day consultation conference involving bureaucrat

Digital disruption for a better tomorrow

When India sent its last telegram on the late Sunday evening of July 14, 2013, it was perhaps not the first technology to reach the end of its lifecycle. However, the reason it made it big on news

Let people play with data

In itself a piece of data is discrete and inert. So a number remains just that, an isolated strand. But string numbers together and it has enough potential to become intelligent, almost like the wa

Cabinet okays e-governance plan to bring e-kranti

The union cabinet has approved e-kranti, the second phase of national e-governance plan (NeGP). The objectives of NeGP 2.0 include, redefining NeGP with transformational and outcome

Wi-Fi: the new roti, kapda aur makaan

When the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) promised free Wi-Fi for Delhi in its election manifesto, many got into the calculation mode – how much would it cost? Different figures emerged by different cam

Digitising documents for better citizen service delivery

I am really happy that India’s de-facto CIO – department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) secretary RS Sharma – has started to talk about dematerialisation (demat

NeGP: What change in funding implies for the key e-gov initiative

The budget 2015-16 has excluded from the list of centre-sponsored schemes eight programmes, including the national e-governance plan (NeGP), being overseen by the department of electronics and info

This JAM clears bottlenecks

The focus on one number ID will soon become a passé. At a time when many developed countries like the US are harping on one ID that aims to shape their social landscape, India has coined a n

Govt to look at social media content to fine-tune policies

People’s voices matter in a democracy and soon this political dictum will move beyond the realm of rhetoric to become a reality. What can be seen as a clear attempt to establish a ‘deli

Cabinet nod for Smart City projects, Atal rejuvenation mission

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet on Wednesday cleared 100 Smart City projects and Atal mission for rejuvenation and urban transformation of 500 cities. The government will spend around

MAIT launches Digital India Action Group

MAIT, an apex body representing IT Industry in India, has launched the Digital India Action Group (DIAG) to provide ideas for enriching and accelerating the rollout of Digital India programme acros

Smart healthcare for a Smart India

Information technology (IT) has successfully reshaped our lives in ways unimaginable even a decade or two ago. The era of the telegram is now officially over and access to information is not just a

Smart cities offer over $30 billion business opportunity to ICT industry: Nasscom

The smart cities mission will require a substantial investment in information and communication technologies (ICT). This will account for 10-15 percent of the total mission outlay and will translat

Digital governance: The joy of sharing

Ever since coming to power, the NDA has announced many new mega plans as well as fast-tracked many existing plans. Digital India, Make in India and Smart Cities are among the new initiatives, while

Prasad to hold meeting with states on national optical fibre network

After a review by prime minister Narendra Modi on May 11, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has called a meeting of state IT ministers and secretaries on May 29 to discuss the national optical f

Solar-powering Digital India

In August 2014, the Narendra Modi government, aiming to connect billions of Indians, announced an ambitious Digital India vision. The programme aims to deliver all government services to citizens e

Nasscom, IESA gear up for Digital India, launch on July 1

Prime minister Narendra Modi will formally launch the Digital India programme on July 1, said communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The minister was speaking at a MoU signing agreemen

All you need to know about DigiLocker

The new online repository for citizens holding Aadhaar cards seeks to “empower residents by providing them with Digital Locker on t

Evening digest: Ratan Tata invests in Ola

Ratan Tata invests in taxi-hailing company Ola Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of Tata conglomerate, has bought a stake in online taxi-hailing firm Ola,

Industrialists pledge billions as PM launches Digital India

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched Digital India initiative in the presence of top industrialist of the country and an audience of nearly 10,000 people. While sharing

India to get Centre of Excellence for internet of things in Bengaluru

Prime minister Narendra Modi has announced the launch of The Centre of Excellence (CoE) for IoT (internet of things) in Bengaluru to enable rapid adoption of IoT technology and to foster new growth

Reliance to expand its data centre footprints to 1.2 mn sqft

As a part of its Digital India plan, Reliance is expanding its data centre footprints in India. Reliance is set to double the capacity of its existing 6000 sqft data centre to 1.2 mn sqft in next f

PM`s digital dialogue with tech enthusiasts on Digital India

Prime minister Narendra Modi has said on Saturday that the ‘overwhelming’ response he has received on the ‘Digital India’ initiative has inspired him to hold a ‘Digita

Morning briefings: Woman cop, who was recruited through MP Vyapam, found dead near police academy in Sagar

Trainee Sub Inspector Anamika Kushwaha, who was recruited through Vyapam, found dead near Madhya Pradesh police academy in Sagar. Her body was found in a lake. Anamika Kushwaha was recruited throug

India wants digital revolution and m-governance in every hand: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while calling technology as simple and a brilliant way to serve people, he declared that India is yearning for a digital revolution and m-governance is about governanc

M-governance is about monitoring big time announcements

"Digital India" meet on July 1 turned out to an investment meet as the captains of the industry announced in 150 seconds allotted to each one of them how much investment they are going to

Digital India awareness campaign by NIELIT

The wheels of mission Digital India are rolling. On Tuesday (July 7) the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) held a cycle rally from Electronics Niketan (CGO Compl

A Coin for Mumbai cops to tackle cyber crimes

Mumbai police can now use COIN to detect cyber crimes. Launched with the help of Asian School of Cyber Laws the collaborative online investigation network (COIN) will be a boon for the law enforcem

Digital storm forces govt to withdraw encryption policy draft

A storm of digital protests woke up the government. The users objected to stringent state controls on the use of email, social media accounts and apps and bowing to pressure from the public, the go

RTI is about right to question govt, says Modi

The right to question the government is the essence of right to information act also, said prime minister Narendra Modi today. He described the RTI act as a "tool through which the common man

Budget 2016: Rs 2,059 crore allocated for ICT projects

 The government has allocated Rs 2,059 crore for several ICT projects, including e-learning, e-panchayat and land record modernisation in its 2016-17 budget tabled in the parliament by finance

Using data to improve social welfare schemes

Before taking over the reins of DeitY in February, Aruna Sharma was heading the department of panchayat and rural development in Madhya Pradesh. As secretary of DeitY, she is steering UIDAI and

Ganga jal can be ordered online soon

Soon, Indias citizens will be able to order “pure” Ganga water [Ganga jal] through an e-commerce platform, said communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.   

Securing digital India

Every day is a new day in terms of security as new threats keep emerging. In such a landscape cyber attack is going to be one of the major global risks. This was highlighted by Srikant Shitole, man

Time to walk the talk

A policy or a law has no utility unless it is implemented. Thanks to the sluggish execution, the national cyber security policy (NCSP), aimed at building a secure and resilient cyber space

The crisis of regulation on social media

Digital India may be in full swing, but the events around it expose the lack of control and carefree nature of social media. BJP with its full might is taking credit for pushing India to the digita

ONGC hires consultants to evaluate GSPC KG block reserves

 State-owned ONGC has hired US-based Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants to assess natural gas reserves in Gujarat State Petroleum Corp`s (GSPC) KG (Deendayal) block before deciding to buy a sta

Reliance Jio offers free voice calls, cheapest data packs

The anticipated blood bath in the telecom sector is about to begin. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani launched the Reliance Jio service at the company’s annual general

Yes Bank launches its UPI services

Yes Bank on Wednesday has launched its unified payments interface (UPI) services by partnering with 50 businesses to enable easy fund transfer and move towards a cashless economy. &

Reliance Jio: The coming data revolution

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani’s speech at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) left a billion telecom subscribers salivating. On S

India a bright spot in world economy: KPMG

The ‘Digital India’ initiative aligns the country with the fourth industrial revolution, focusing on building robust digital capabilities and creating meaningful prospects for investmen

Indian telecom industry to share know-how with foreign partners: Manoj Sinha

Communications minister Manoj Sinha has said that the government of India will do everything to ensure that Indian telecom products and services become the first choice of anyone’s telecom ne

India needs robust broadband connectivity infrastructure: TRAI chief

For an orderly growth of the telecom sector, it is necessary to have a clear regulatory framework with no scope of ambiguities, said RS Sharma, chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI

Are we ready to go cashless?

Anya Shankar, a resident of Delhi, became nervous when her Paytm passbook went blank. A message from the company popped on her screen saying it was a “temporary glitch”. “Because

CMAI suggests ways for better implementation of digital economy

Calling demonetisation a bold step by the Narendra Modi government, CMAI association of India noted that the move will help curb black money from the economy and push digital economy.

Government calendar dedicated to Modi!

It is prime minister Narendra Modi all the way in the 2017 calendar released by the government of India. It is akin to sycophancy displayed by Congress leader Dev Kant Barooah who pr

Post-truth? Take demonetisation, for instance…

How would you describe the post-truth phenomenon in the Indian context? Speaking in the context of post-truth, we have a live instance of it in the demonetisation pl

Demonetisation is a major driver that is forcing people towards digital payments: Nasscom president

From demonetisation’s impact on the digital economy to the growth of IT industry in the Trump era, NASSCOM president R Chandrashekhar shares his views with Taru Bhatia.&n

India needs 80 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots: Study

India needs over 80 lakh hotspots with a view to reach the global level of one Wi-Fi hotspot penetration for every 150 people, said a joint study carried out by ASSOCHAM and research firm Deloitte.

Demonetisation and digitisation as nation-building

India is in the midst of a revolution. Demonetisation has impacted every family, business and institution, providing popular support to transform society, economy, polity and governance. To get the

Data is oxygen of digital life: Mukesh Ambani

Every Indian has a right to live life to his full potential and digital will be a part of that in the coming years, said Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.   Dat

Towards a republic of bits, bytes, blazing bps

  The lumbering waddle of the Indian internet has been a rich fount of humorous tropes. It fuels a sub-culture that shines an unflattering spotlight on a truth that’s comic

“Wi-Fi coverage in rural areas necessary for Digital India success”

In an email interaction with Pratap Vikram Singh, the TRAI chief talks about the various regulatory aspects of providing reliable and ubiquitous internet to the masses.

Mission (Im)Possible

The Digital India programme aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society. But can this programme be successful with only a few projects being implemented or piloted at a

Mobilising industry to accelerate Digital India

  India has come a long way, from waiting for years to acquire a simple landline phone connection to a mobile phone in every hand. With the growth of mobile network, phone access

Stories to read over the weekend

Bharatiya Janata Party’s spectacular show in the elections 2017 – especially, the victory in Uttar Pradesh, has put a stamp of invincibility on prime minister Narendra Modi&rs

Digital Village pilot project in 1050 gram panchayats

  A pilot project of Digital Village (DigiGaon) is to be implemented in 1050 Gram Panchayats (GPs) spread across 30 States/UTs, the Lok Sabha was informed.  

Turbocharge Make in India with the power of platforms

Speed, scale and sustainability. To lift a country of 1.2 billion people to a better quality of life requires a massive dose of all three. China has clearly shown the way for what speed and scale c

Digital India: Are we there yet?

As one enters the State Senior Secondary School, Kalyana, in Kangra district – some 15 km from Dharamsala – one sees children from different age groups scattered all across the

Here`s what should be on your reading list this weekend

Thanks to the high-speed broadband connectivity, practicals and complex subjects are taught using YouTube at the school. “Life-saving activities like heart pumping during a cardiac arrest can

For a free and open access

Mozilla is working on two separate goals in net neutrality. One is to bring everyone online; ensure that everyone has access to the internet. The other is to ensure that the network should

An uphill task

It’s a hot and dull afternoon. The streets of Mohali district in Punjab are almost empty. The dullness is also reflected inside the Mohali Sewa Kendra. Except for four women there is nobody i

A corporation to be set up for Digital India

The ministry of electronics and information technology (MEITY) will set up a new body, Digital India Corporation (DIC), to execute prime minister’s ambitious Digital India programme.

On social media-savvy agri min’s tweet feed, Mandsaur is missing

Given prime minister Narendra Modi`s penchant for social media, every ministry and department has focused on Twitter, Facebook et al to reach out to the voter, and so has the agriculture ministry,

Digital India – paperless & cashless Indian economy

With the launch of the Digital India programme in 2015, the government of India has set forth its vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society. The government aims to empower ever

Incumbents` loss is Jio`s gain

The telecom regulator has opted for the Bill and Keep (BAK) model for interconnection usage charges, that one operator pays to the other for call termination. At one stroke, the telecom regulatory

Facebook and post-truth

It is not very often that Facebook advertises in newspapers. Last time it did was a year ago when it was promoting `free basics`— a limited internet service provided for free to subscribers o

Take steps to keep cyber-attackers at bay, FinTech firms told

Companies operating in the financial services domain will have to develop novel preventive control mechanisms and significantly invest in reactive capabilities to keep cyber-attackers at bay, sugge

All you want to know about 5G

After 4G, the next big thing is 5G and the government is geared up to take it to the next level. India is at the cusp of a next generation of wireless technology 5G, which has been c

Digital India to provide 20-30% increase in India’s GDP by 2025: Alphons

Digital India program has the potential to provide an incremental 20-30 percent increase in India’s GDP by 2025. Since its launch in July 2015, significant progress has been made in several i

BSNL launches 4G feature phone

 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has rolled out 4G feature phone that is bundled with mobile services.  The miniratna enterprise has also entered into an agreement with Extr

Imagine Whatsapp in Tamil, Marathi or Telugu!

The digital initiative of the government will be a non-starter unless it is delivered in 22 major and over a hundred minor Indian languages. There is a saturation of English content on web and henc

Up next: Artificial intelligence for governance

 The allocation on Digital India program has been doubled to Rs 3073 crore in 2018-19, with a part of this fund likely to b spent on research and development in cyber physical systems, robotic

Indian Railways to accept Aadhaar, driving licence kept in DigiLocker as ID proof

Indian Railways has decided to accept the Aadhaar cards and driving licence kept in DigitLockers as ID proof from passengers. The decision implies that people will not have to carry

Internet, unto the last

Like millions of social media addicts, Shahnaz, who cooks in people’s homes for a living and lives in Gautampuri, Delhi, loves WhatsApp. Hopping from kitchen to kitchen, she likes to stay in

What is rightfully yours

Had he not derided me, there would have been no article. His blunt question was, “If land records merely have presumptive value, then why examine them at all?” With his naiveté

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