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The probability of interoperability within CAS is very high: TRAI

An issue for quite some time, the interoperability of set-top boxes (STBs) is one of the key areas that Telecom Authority of India (TRAI) is focusing on its new consultation papers. According to Sunil Gupta, principle advisor, TRAI, “The probability of interoperability within CAS is very high. We have done lab tests, not the field tests and the results have been quite posi

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 of health and family welfare had to implement the health mission mode project (MMP). The National Institute of Smart Government (NISG), the consultant for the project since 2012, gave a cost estimate o

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 India when an electronic health record will be maintained for every Indian. The government is planning to make a digital repository of medical history of everyone as it wants to ensure an &

TRAI asks stakeholders to suggest models on free data

The telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has sought suggestions from stakeholders of the industry on offering free data while “avoiding the ingenuity that the differential tariff regulation is meant to prevent.” TRAI on Thursday has floated its

When banking goes mobile

Net banking is becoming passé. Banks today are offering their services on mobile phones for the convenience of users. Around 59 percent of customers avail various banking services on phones, according to KPMG, a global financial and business advisor. However, the security of such banking applications is still a matter of concern. While banks use two-way authentication process to identi

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 specific technological requirement on it. This was stated by said TVSN Prasad, joint secretary, police modernization, MHA, at  a conference on smart policing and public safety, organised

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 overseeing the execution of Digital India programme. In an interaction with Governance Now, she talks about the database-driven social welfare regime and uses of Aadhaar.   

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 telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI). In January, total requests for MNP were 19.96 crore.   The rise in porting requests can be viewed in the background of

Will Facebook, Twitter relocate servers to India?

The debate to relocate offshore servers of internet and social media firms including Google, Facebook and Twitter has revived. Home minister Rajnath Singh has requested the social media companies, located outside India, to maintain servers in the country, in order to expedite the process of getting information on accounts which spread mischievous messages posing a threat to law and order situat

Government services now just a click away!

Availing services from any government office is never an easy task. To avail just one service, a citizen has to wait in long queues, make multiple visits, file thick-layered forms and face the sluggish attitude of public servants. Besides, arranging attested copies of documents, affidavits and bribing officials to speed up the delivery process often leaves one helpless and angry. &nbs

This is how India can increase its municipal revenue

The inaccuracy of data related to land ownership causes huge losses to the private and public sector. Moreover, land ownership disputes account for majority of cases pending in the courts globally. In an interaction with Pratap Vikram Singh, David Hickman of Thomson Reuters talks about Aumentum, a GIS-based solution for land revenue management. Edited excerpts: H

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 government’s ambitious Bharat Net programme (aims to provide broadband connectivity to all panchayats in the country) the regulatory body has recommended putting entire 700-MHz band on auction, despit

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 needs to increase its investment in infrastructure to ensure structured urban expansion. Here, geospatial technologies can play a major role in transforming the country. Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentle

E-Voting: Ballot booth on your desktop

In 2004, a major technological push in the Indian electoral history took place when 1.5-million electronic voting machines (EVMs) replaced ballot boxes and papers for vote casting. The journey however wasn’t easy. “It took the election commission of India (ECI) more than 20 years to develop and introduce EVMs in the country after fulfilling all legal requirements and convinc

‘Good governance’, but through subterfuge!

The government has tabled the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016, in the Lok Sabha. It seeks to give a legal basis for issuing Aadhaar, that is, the unique identity number for every person residing in India for at least half the number of days of a 12-month period immediately preceding the date on which he/she seeks enrolment under Aad

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 treated by the established monetary and financial world with healthy suspicion. Some of it was initially justified, especially when Bitcoin exchange Mount Gox wound up citing missing bitcoins that were &ls

Hard to broad ban!

The Haryana government on February 19 suspended mobile internet services in the districts affected by the agitation caused by the Jat community over reservation. The ban was imposed under section 144 of criminal procedure code (CrPC) to control the situation from being fanned by rumours or inflammatory messages.Similar ban was imposed in Gujarat last year during violent protests stirred by Hard

The market churner

 Don’t hang us before a proper trial and give us an opportunity to be heard,” says Ashok Chaddha, president of Ringing Bells Private Limited, the company which is offering a smartphone for just Rs 251. Ringing Bells indeed created a huge flutter in the world of smartphones with these dirt cheap rates. For days together, the firm is in the eye of storm and its offer has been ter

Link engineering skills with manufacturing industry: Chairman, IESA

In 2011, India Electronics Semiconductor Association (IESA) forecasted that by 2020 India will consume $400 billion of electronics. At present, nearly 70 percent of it gets imported which is a significant drain on the foreign exchange. This brings us to the need for developing a local manufacturing system and the ecosystem that includes the entire supply chain that goes into electronic manu

Spectrum white open

A cheap broadband solution for the last mile connectivity is lying unutilised with the government, which so far has been reluctant to use. But with several successful pilots underway, ‘white space’ technology can soon emerge as one of the best solutions for cheap broadband connectivity for rural India, something that the national optical fibre network (NOFN) project initiated in 201



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