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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

The new digital blueprint for social change

There’s something big afoot in the Bitcoin world. It’s important enough for the smooth and ruthless sharks of Wall Street to take notice and turn uneasy. Bitcoins have always been treat

Private investment can provide a solution to infrastructure deficit

With its urban population expected to reach 600 million by 2031, India is on the brink of an urban revolution, according to a United Nations (UN)-backed report. In such a scenario the country n

TRAI sticks to auctioning all spectrum in 700-MHz band

Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that entire spectrum in the 700-MHz band should be put to auction. Keeping in mind the growing consumer base for internet and the govern

Mobile number portability request reaches up to 20.47 crore

Up to 51 lakh requests for mobile number portability (MNP) were received by the telecom operators in February 2016, bringing the total number of requests up to 20.47 crore, according to a report by

National portal for states’ security needs soon: MHA official

Home ministry is planning to launch a portal where the state governments can float tenders for requirements and other security and police related requirement. The states can also place their specif

“Concept of smart city is to develop city around citizens”

Dehradun is among 23 cities which have been asked to resubmit their proposal for the smart city project by the ministry of urban development. The Uttarakhand government carried out an opinion p

Stories you must read over the weekend

At Kondhavguda village, most people are out in the forest to pick wild food or firewood, tending to farms, washing at streams or carving out bricks from a muddy ditch. Aadi Kumbruka looks much youn

Coming soon: electronic health record of every citizen

Imagine a scenario where a doctor knows all about the patient’s health even before being bombarded with a litany of health woes. In the not too distant future, this is going to happen in Indi

Plenty of plans but little achievement so far

Five years after the government approved a single, unified project to modernise public health system, the project still remains on paper. Under the national e-governance plan (NeGP), the ministry o

Get ready to use India’s own GPS

The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite, IRNSS-1G, went into geosynchronous transfer orbit on April 28 and by May 3 it has taken up its position in the geostationary orbit at 129.5 degree east. Wi

E-Classes: An IIT in every classroom...

The Indian education system is dogged by poor pupil-to-teacher ratio (PTR). Although the Right to Education (RTE) Act recommends one teacher per 35 students at the secondary level, states like Biha

Big Brothers will keep watching you

Five long years and several revisions later, the right to privacy bill is now wedged tightly between the department of personnel and training (DoPT) and the department of electronics and informatio

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

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. &

In Punjab, getting a driving licence will now be easier

Thirty-year-old Prince Bagla from Hoshiarpur in Punjab couldn’t contain his excitement when he received his driving licence on the very day he had applied for it. He didn’t have to go t

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

Aadhaar toll-free helpline revamped

In order to quick access to information pertaining to Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched the revamped version of its toll-free helpline number 1947.

No more files: Coal ministry is now paper-and clutter-free

It’s 2.30 in the afternoon and there is a mad rush in the corridors of Shastri Bhawan which houses the headquarters of several ministries. Holding a bunch of files in their hands or balancing

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

Does the net speak Dogri?

A 2016 report of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is a bit of a misnomer: it’s called ‘Proliferation of Indian Languages on Internet’, but these languages acco

Bharat Net gets Rs 10,000 crore in budget 2017-18

For budget 2017-18 the government has allocated Rs 10,000 crore to Bharat Net project, which aims to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across the country.

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

“For connectivity, fibre can’t be the last mile”

  In conversation with Taru Bhatia, Rajan Mathews, director general, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), explains why the industry has failed to

Government takes cognizance of BharatNet project delay

The government has taken cognizance of the delay in BharatNet project and has taken corrective measures, the Lok Sabha was informed.   Union minister Manoj Sinha said

The shot just got smarter

A long queue of women, infants in their arms, extends outside the immunisation room at the community health centre (CHC) in Bhangel village, Noida, a pink double-storey building beside a

Problem of call drops is more severe indoors: DoT

According to the department of telecommunications (DoT), the problem of call drops is more severe indoors. DoT`s observation is derived from the feedback it received from consumers throug

Why humans should lose and AI should win

The emerging sentience of Artificial Intelligence (AI) scares many. Those who are afraid of it are saying all of us should be. Behind that dire prognosis is something so fundamentally primeval that

Ransomware 2.0 hits India, Europe

Barely a month after the global Wannacry cyber hack, a new variant of ransomware malware has locked systems across several European countries and India. Petya, as cyber researchers call i

Online payments, now a phone call away

A project worth Rs 1,000 crore by the department of post will serve as a shot in the arm for financial inclusion in the country. The department, say officials aware of the matter, has zeroed in on

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