Governance

Twitter users sue Donald Trump for blocking them

By : CIOL Writers

A group of Twitter users have sued Donald Trump and two White House communication aides for violating their constitutional rights by blocking them from Trump’s personal Twitter account after they criticized the President. The case brought forward by the Knight

Smartron signs an MoU with Chhattisgarh govt to transform state’s tech infrastructure

By : CIOL Writers

Homegrown IoT brand Smartron has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chhattisgarh to bring smart technology and elevate the technical framework of the state. “With our strong R&D-led product portfolio, we look forward to partnering with the Chhattisgarh government

Amazon sets its eyes on food retail in India with a proposed investment of $500mn

By : CIOL Writers

Indian government has approved Amazon’s proposed $500 million investment in India’s food retail segment, according to PTI report. It is a separate investment from the $5 billion which it had already committed to invest in India. Citing a government official, the news agency

Citing consumer safety, DoT insists on installing GPS in every feature phone

By : CIOL Writers

The Department of Telecom(DoT) has made it compulsory to install Global Positioning System(GPS) in all mobile phones including the feature phones sold in India from January 1, 2018 so as to locate subscribers during emergency situations, rejecting a plea from handset

Government reportedly considering using private cars as shared taxi to cut down traffic

By : CIOL Writers

The government of India is examining the use of private vehicles as shared taxis in an effort to reduce car ownership and curb the growing traffic in major cities, according to a report in Reuters.  A government official involved in

Karnataka startups to get Rs 400cr boost under ‘Elevate’ programme

By : CIOL Writers

Karnataka IT & BT Minister Priyank Kharge on Tuesday opened the state government’s ‘Elevate’ programme under which the government will spend Rs 400 crore to ‘elevate’ 100 startups by providing them funds and mentors to help them turn their ideas into successful businesses. ‘Elevate

Maharashtra Govt chose Fortinet to deliver the wireless solution for MumbaiWiFi

MUMBAI, INDIA: Earlier this year, just before the BMC polls, the Government of Maharashtra launched the first phase of its ambitious MumbaiWiFi project to cover all major areas in the city with public WiFi hotspots. Besides, ensuring all government services

GST effect: Apple products’ prices drop

By : CIOL Writers

Apple has slashed the prices of its various products, including iPhone, iPad and Mac, in India from July 1st, as it looks to pass on the benefits accrued from the recently rolled out GST to customers. In the post-GST roll

NITI Aayog plans to set up 1,000 new innovation labs this year

By : CIOL Writers

In a bid to facilitate innovation in schools, NITI Aayog is gearing up to open 1,000 new Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) this year, all across India. ATLs will conduct different activities ranging from regional and national level competitions, designing and

Tesla Motors is well on its way to India

By : CIOL Writers

Electric Carmaker Tesla is in talks with the Indian Government to get tax exemptions from import duties until a factory is built. The company’s CEO and founder Elon Musk sent out a tweet confirming the same. In discussions with the

BSNL to install 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas across India

By : CIOL Writers

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has signed an agreement with the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to set up 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas in next six months. The project shall be funded from the USO Fund, with the government

Government approves ‘Buy in India’ to boost ‘Make in India’

By : CIOL Writers

In a bid to boost its flagship ‘Make In India’ programme, the Narendra Modi government has approved a new policy that will encourage consumers to ‘Buy in India’. Titled “Government procurement preference to Make In India order, 2017”, under the policy, “preference

TRAI to roll out ‘MyCall app’ to rate call quality

By : CIOL Writers

Telecom Regulator TRAI will soon be rolling out a mobile application to measure call quality and improve its ‘do not disturb’ mechanism aimed at deterring pesky calls by telemarketers. The MyCall app will be based upon a crowd sourcing platform and users

Andhra Pradesh resorts to technology to protect residents from lightning strikes

VIJAYAWADA, INDIA: More than 1,600 citizens died due to extreme weather conditions throughout India in 2016 alone, with flooding and lightning claiming the second highest percentage of weather-related deaths. To protect citizens’ lives from lightning strikes, Andhra Pradesh has selected the Earth

Government launches ‘BHIM-Aadhaar Pay’ app to boost digitization wave

By : CIOL Writers

In a bid to further boost the digitization wave in the country, the government has launched BHIM-Aadhaar Pay, which allows payment through thumb impression. The new app links the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) mobile application with biometric platform Aadhaar, which

Indian govt sets up high-level committee to study virtual currency

By : CIOL Writers

As digitisation penetrates deeper into the country’s economy, the spotlight has now shifted to virtual or cryptocurrency. The Central government has set up an inter-disciplinary committee to look at the framework of virtual or digital/cryptocurrencies, in order to keep a check on

BSA launches Software.org to connect the dots between software and society

NEW DELHI, INDIA: BSA, The Software Alliance launched Software.org to help policymakers and the public better understand software’s impact on our lives, our economy, and our society. “Software is everywhere, and it’s indispensable to a thriving economy and essential to our modern

Indian Railways to have an integrated software for faster data collection and analysis

By : CIOL Writers

In a major IT initiative, Indian Railways is planning for an integrated software, a first-of-its-kind for the national carrier, for faster data collection and analysis. Various functions of the railways such as passenger reservation, movement of goods trains and asset management

From Schwarzenegger to Trump: IT stays a Thriller

Pratima H INDIA: When the world of technology resembles a Cheyenne Mountain, you can’t blame it

Govt makes Aadhaar mandatory for over thirty schemes, more to be added soon

By : CIOL Writers

The Government of India has made biometric identity document, Aadhaar compulsory to avail benefits under nearly three dozen