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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

Comedy of errors

When the former telecom secretary Rakesh Garg at an event, held in January in New Delhi, mentioned that roughly 4,000 gram panchayats (GP) were connected via optical fibre cable (OFC) under its national optical fibre network (NOFN) programme it did not surprise anybody. In fact, according to the December 2015 data shared by the  telecommunications department, the cable had barely reached 3

A virtual market for farmers

Imagine two onion farmers from Hissar district of Haryana. One goes to sell his produce in a mandi in Delhi and the other in a Haryana mandi. Though they have the same quality and quantity, the farmer who sells onions in Delhi, a different state, earns `5,000 more. How? He was fortunate in getting more options – of better prices or buyers. If the other farmer too had wider options, he too

Startup India: Look who needs an incubator first

It is not very often that government-led programmes actually enthuse the target groups. From that viewpoint, the Startup India event was indeed an applauding success. As chronicled by a multitude of attendees – journalists included – the enthusiasm was contagious. However, as the exuberance settles down, and as the 19-point action plan announced by the prime minister

In search of a tech-savvy farmer

Sunil Kumar Dhanda is an agricultural scientist at krishi vigyan kendra (KVK) in Sadalpur village of Hisar district, Haryana. He helps farmers increase their farm yield by providing valuable information during training programmes held at the block level. To reach out to a larger audience, Dhanda logs on to ministry of agriculture’s web portal – mkisan.gov.in – types out an adv

TRAI backs net neutrality, rejects differential pricing

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday took stand for network neutrality and ruled out any content discrimination on the basis of differential pricing or speed by telecom and internet service provider.  Exercising its power under section 3 of TRAI Act 1997, the regulator has disallowed content discrimination by service providers under the new regulation call

ECM for Digital India

The Digital India initiative talks about creating a digital infrastructure for citizens to enable on-demand services and a connected society at large. The programme’s success largely depends on how well the government can ensure the availability of right information to the right audience (internal and external) at the right time. The key will be to digitise all existing information across

Automation, artificial intelligence among top technologies to boost digital economy

Digital revolution has impacted 33 percent of the global economy, according to a study conducted by Accenture. The annual study report Accenture Technology Vision 2016 says that 85 percent of the survey respondents believe that the pace of technology change will increase at a rapid or unprecedented rate over the next three years.   The survey identifies five technolog

Only 4,000 villages linked to optical fibre: Telecom secretary

Optical fibres network, under government’s NOFN (National Optical Fibre Network) programme, may have reached more than 45,000 villages, but only 4,000 villages are linked to it as of now, says, telecom secretary Rakesh Garg.   As per the programme, one lakh panchayats will be covered in phase one out of 2,50,000 total panchayats in the country. “The ducts

A number that can make life easier for differently abled

Soon the disabled will not have to carry piles of documents and certificates to government offices while applying for various benefits. The ministry of social justice and empowerment plans to issue a universal ID number to persons with disabilities and create a central database. Scheduled for launch in March, the department of empowerment of persons with disabilities (DEPwD), the ministry`s nod

Tracking slow and tardy progress of CCTNS and NATGRID

The early January Pathankot terrorist attack in which seven soldiers lost their lives once again puts a question mark on the anti-terror preparedness of the Indian security establishment. A slew of measures were taken after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008, including putting in place a national counter-terrorism centre (NCTC) and creation of national intelligence grid (NATGRID). The government

Our (HDS) focus is aligned towards social innovation: Adrian De Luca

As the Asia Pacific head of the technology at HDS, De Luca is responsible for developing insight into the customer needs and business directions in the region, and combining it with the economic and technological trends to develop innovations that can meet customer needs. In an interaction with Shubhendu Parth, he talked about the impact of changing computing era and heterogeneous device en

No e-governance skyscrapers in 2016

It’s the beginning of a new calendar year and as is customary, I’m engaging in a bit of crystal ball gazing, though with an active disclaimer that I’m no scryer.  Looking back, 2015 was a landmark year from an e-governance standpoint even for one simple reason that it saw the unveiling of the Digital India project in July, followed by the Digital India w

NASSCOM against internet gatekeepers

Indian information technology industry body NASSCOM has urged the nation’s telecom regulator not to allow internet service providers and internet platforms to be the gatekeepers and sought an independent board on differential pricing. NASSCOM president R Chandrasekhar has said that the consumer should have unfettered access to the internet and any differential pricing which

TRAI receives 18.72 lakh responses on net neutrality

The telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has so far received 18.72 lakh responses to its consultation paper on differential pricing for data services. However, a majority of these responses –around 14 lakh – did not provide any answer to the questions posed by the regulator, and supported Free Basics.    Around 8.9 lakh responses were sent thr

Differential pricing is anti-competitive, anti-innovation: Mozilla to TRAI

 Mozilla Corporation has come out strongly against the differential pricing, which gives rise to ‘anti-competition and anti-innovation effects’. In its response to TRAI on consultation paper on differential pricing for data services, Mozilla said that the core principles of net neutrality have created a level playing field that has been critical to the internet’s success

TRAI extends deadline for comments on net neutrality to January 7

Responding to the requests from the stakeholders, the Telecom Operator Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadline to submit comments on its consultation papers on differential pricing for data services to January 7, said an official releas





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