Budget’18: Bitcoins not legal but Govt will explore blockchain

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In a big blow for cryptocurrency, Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his Union Budget speech deemed Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies illegal tender in India but said that the government will explore its underlying technology, i.e. blockchain. “The government does not recognise

Budget’18: Niti Aayog to spearhead National Programme on Artificial Intelligence

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Startup industry doesn’t have much to take away from Budget 2018 barring two major announcements. Firstly, Finance minister, Arun Jailtey said that the government would invest in research and development in areas such as robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Trai recommends allowing mobile network services during air travel

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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) recommended allowing mobile phone calls and internet services during the time of air travel. The regulatory board has put forward certain recommendations that need to be followed before enjoying IFC. The major highlights include ensuring

Karnataka announces hackathon to explore blockchain adoption for governance

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In a bid to explore the adoption of blockchain technology in government services, Karnataka government, is organizing a ‘Blockchain Hackathon for Governance’ between January 19-21 which will look to create demonstrable prototypes of the use of blockchain in government applications. According to a

UIDAI to use facial recognition for Aadhaar authentication

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The Unique Identification Authority of India has decided to enable face recognition to add another layer of security for inclusive authentication for Aadhaar card holders. In a notification released on Monday, UIDAI said, “At the time of Aadhaar enrolment, the

UIDAI to issue Virtual IDs for Aadhaar to strengthen privacy

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The Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI) has introduced two new features to strengthen the privacy of any user amid the recent controversy surrounding the biometric details of anybody available in 10 minutes. The new features are Virtual ID for Aadhaar

China’s censors have closed down 13K websites since 2015

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China has shut down around 13,000 websites since 2015 for breaking the country’s internet rules, state media agency Xinhua reported. Xinhua said the country had also prompted the closure of nearly 10 million internet accounts due to people refusing to

UIDAI bars Airtel from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification

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UIDAI has temporarily barred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers using eKYC process as well as e-KYC of payments bank clients. The action follows allegations of Bharti Airtel using the Aadhaar-eKYC based

Indian govt. sets up NIC-CERT to tackle cyber-attacks

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The union information technology (IT) ministry has set up NIC-CERT, a dedicated unit that will monitor, detect and prevent cyber attacks on government networks. “All communications between government departments — Centre, State and district, as well as interactions between the

Soon, book your railway tickets through UPI at booking counters

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In order to promote digital payments, Indian Railways has announced to integrate UPI service at all its ticket reservation counters across the country. Ticket buyers can use BHIM app to book tickets. Railway Board Member(Traffic) Mohammad Jamshed said, “We’ll now

Niti Aayog to set up cell to mentor women entrepreneurs

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Niti Aayog has announced setting up of a dedicated cell to fund and mentor women entrepreneurs. On the sidelines of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) which concluded on Thursday, both Niti Aayog and the Telangana government announced initiatives including setting up of an incubator

PM Modi launches Umang app for easy access to govt. services

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Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi launched an e-governance app called Umang (Unified Mobile Application for new Age Governance) on Thursday. The app has been developed by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD) to promote government’s Digital India

Microsoft’s Skype disappears from app stores in China

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Skype has disappeared from app stores in China including that of Apple, joining the long list of apps that are banned in the country including  Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, YouTube, Netflix, and more. “We have been notified by the Ministry of

Over 200 govt. websites made Aadhaar details public, says UIDAI

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While, ‘Whether Aadhaar infringes upon individual’s right to privacy?’ is still being debated both legally and otherwise, Unique Identification Authority of India, UIDAI has reported that over 200 central and state government websites publicly displayed details such as names and addresses of some

Cisco brings financing options and solutions to help cities achieve their smart city visions

BANGALORE, INDIA: Cisco said that it has added new functionality to its newly renamed connected digital platform, Cisco Kinetic for Cities. The new features provide enhanced support for public safety. Cisco Kinetic is a cloud-based platform that helps customers extract, compute,

Karnataka govt. sets up a Data Science and AI CoE with Nasscom

BANGALORE, INDIA: The Government of Karnataka today announced the launch of a Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, with Nasscom as its program and implementation partner. To be established with an estimated investment of Rs 40 crore

Maharashtra and Karnataka mull the possible high-speed routes with Virgin Hyperloop One

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Virgin Hyperloop One has announced its partnership with the Government of Maharashtra and Karnataka to conduct a preliminary study in the regions to understand hyperloop’s feasibility and economic impact. The US-based company has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Karnataka

Govt. launches BharatNet Phase 2 to provide 100pc connectivity by 2020

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Government of India has launched the second phase of BharatNet project on Monday with an outlay of Rs 31,000 crore and a mandate to provide high-speed broadband to all panchayats by March 2019. “Under the project, we will provide 1 gbps

2nd edition of Smart India Hackathon challenges students to solve a new set of problems

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Earlier this year, at a 36 hrs non-stop digital product development competition- ‘Smart India Hackathon’ at Pune, teams of thousands of technology students built innovative digital solutions for 598 problems posted by 29 central govt. ministries/ departments.

Indian Government formulates draft guidelines for operating drones

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The Civil Aviation Ministry of India has issued draft norms for operating drones around the civilian areas in the country. According to the draft norms, drones for civilian use will require a unique identification number as well as radio frequency