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Mumbai : This year, October 2 marks the 150th birth anniversary. Telly actors share their Gandhigiri moments. Ankit Bathla : Recently I was traveling by flight to my hometown Delhi and I saw there was a lady who was making a ruckus about changing her seat. I realized why she wanted to change her seat, […]

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Mumbai : This year, October 2 marks the 150th birth anniversary. Telly actors share their Gandhigiri moments.

Ankit Bathla : Recently I was traveling by flight to my hometown Delhi and I saw there was a lady who was making a ruckus about changing her seat. I realized why she wanted to change her seat, it was because the person beside her was old and was not from a very rich family. This lady was somebody who had a lot of money, so she was making a ruckus and telling the flight attendant that the seats needed to be changed because she did not want to sit with this man. I felt that the poor man was feeling so insulted for no reason and the flight attendant very politely told her that the flight was full and there were no seats available and so if she wanted to change she could pay and move to business and first-class, which she wasn’t ready for. Hence, she kept saying that she doesn’t want to sit with someone who is not from a good class and that’s when I felt bad for the person. I went and spoke to her and she recognized that I am an actor which made it even more convincing because as an actor we have the power to influence people which we must exercise as much as we can. So I spoke to her and told her that it’s not about money. If the old man is doing something which is not right then it’s a different thing. But as soon as you sit you can’t judge someone because he is not wearing great clothes or he is not your age. This is one of my GandhiGiri moments.

Avinash Mishra: I remember after completing the 12th, we had to choose a subject to continue our graduation and one of my friends wanted to do BBA but he was forced by his parents to choose a CA course. And definitely, he didn’t want to do it, then my friends and I went to his home and had a long conversation with his parents, almost for 8-9 hours. I guess that was our GandhiGiri moment as we convinced them with love and huge patience.

Sanjay Gagnani: I’ve had a lot of GandhiGiri moments. In fact, I keep witnessing GandhiGiri moments in my day to day life. I politely ask people to keep their surroundings clean, not to litter. If I find anyone spitting on the road, throwing garbage, tell them not to. I threaten people that I will record and handover the footage to the media if they break traffic rules or misbehave when corrected. I’ve asked a lot of people in my unit to not use abusive language and keep the environment positive and clean. Also, If I find someone having a physical fight, I ask them to be nonviolent and solve the matter through a verbal conversation.

Manuj Nagpal : I think Gandhigiri moments happen in everybody’s life but for me, it is to help anyone who needs help, especially during old age, kids and the physically disabled. I am running an NGO called Helping Hands in Punjab. I am in Mumbai and I face heavy jam-packed traffic, so my Gandhi Giri moment is to come out of my car and help the flow of traffic.

Rehaan Roy: Gandhi Ji is not only an inspiration for our nation but is also an idol for the entire world because of his greatness and kindness. We all must have a Gandhi ji within us. There are many situations in life when you get tempted to do things which are easy and unethical. Those are the moments we must remember what Gandhi ji taught us and live by the truth and honesty.

Sneha Wagh: I have done Gandhigiri at my home itself when my sister was giving her 12th exams. My parents wanted her to do a CA course, especially my mom but she never wanted to do the CA course. That time I put my foot down and I said let her do what she wants to do. She wanted to be in a different kind of industry, she wanted to get into the hotel industry and I convinced my parents.

Ayyaz Ahmed: It’s not just about a moment or a day when I did something good, I think we all should do good every day and remind ourselves of the very essence of gandhigiri, which is nonviolence. We should not differentiate between caste and creed, which is very old school. Also, I remember the fact that the base of Indian democracy and the reason why Mahatma Gandhi wanted a secular India, so secularism is a priority for me. Presently, the way the government has been functioning in our country and the way the democracy has been played and used for their own advantages, I speak about the basic rights of constitution and the basics of any human staying in India. As long as we remember what Gandhi stands for, which is secularism, nonviolence and no differentiating between caste and creed, I think we are keeping a part of Gandhi alive with us every day, every moment with our breath

Rohitashv Gour: On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, I always remember Mahatma Gandhi. I always try and do Gandhigiri in my daily life too. Recently, I did Gandhigiri with one of my friends, who was facing a financial issue. He had to give his kids’ school fees. The problem has become so big that from Mira road he had to shift to Naigaon and after shifting there, his problems increased. So he really wanted money as his financial condition was really bad. I took his account number from someone and quietly added some money in his account without telling him. He was so surprised!

Vijayendra Kumeria: Cleanliness is something I am very particular about. I always correct people if they are littering or dirtying their surroundings. One act of gandhigiri that I remember is that I saw people throwing water bottles here and there on the set after they consumed water. At first, I was disgusted but then my inner voice pricked me I started collecting bottles and putting them in the bin and I made sure everyone noticed it. Everyone got embarrassed and realized and started picking up the bottles and after that whenever I was on the set I never saw anyone littering at least in my presence.

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NP News 24 –Our respected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, in his speech at the Red Fort on Independence Day had informed about the adverse effects of plastic use.  Our respected Prime Minister recently made his stand on the plastic and artificial ban. The honorable Prime Minister dreams of doubling the production of farmers by […]

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NP News 24 –Our respected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, in his speech at the Red Fort on Independence Day had informed about the adverse effects of plastic use.  Our respected Prime Minister recently made his stand on the plastic and artificial ban. The honorable Prime Minister dreams of doubling the production of farmers by stating, if we ban plastic & artificial  flowers, that dream will come true. The Maharashtra government has already taking initiative to ban plastic from the Maharashtra state, our government deserves to be congratulated on that.

However, plastic and artificial flowers imported from abroad are still being widely sold in our country and in Maharashtra, everywhere. Flower decorating decorators use plastic fake flowers instead of natural flowers at every festival. The side effect of this is that the hard-to-grow natural flowers are rarely used by farmers.Sales of these flowers have dropped drastically. Flower markets in the state are disappearing day by day.

Our country is an agricultural country. Thousands of acres of highly educated farmers from across the country and the state have chosen to invest in financially via high-tech polyhouses and shadenet business. However, flower producers have been in financial crisis due to plastic flowers and their increased use. Polyhouses, shedding holders and modern farmers have become indebted. These farmers had organized a strike all over the state on 9th September 2019. They  had set their sights on the state agriculture. One of the major reasons that flower growers are in trouble is the misuse of fake flowers. Because plastic flowers are sold more often everyday, hence the farmer & their hard efforts do not get proper prices in the market. Due to such factors, flower farmers have become unsuccessful and indebted. Importantly, there is a 30% import duty on fake flowers imported from abroad and 67% on imported flowers.Naturally grown flowers are perishable, and they are decomposed, creating compost fertilizers that are environmentally friendly. Plastic fake flowers are not decomposed, as well as the use of plastic flowers and the chemical colors used for them, have led to the wandering cows’ stomachs.

There are numerous instances of cows and livestock being killed by plastic and artificial insemination. Putting plastic and artificial flower waste into rivers or elsewhere produces toxic gases and hazardous chemicals, which impairs soil fertility and climate balance. Flowers have a unique importance in Indian culture. Flowers have different significance from the birth of a human to his death, and his holiness does not appear to be a fake flower. Large numbers of flowers are grown in polyhouses and fields in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and other major areas. Due to the prevailing availability of plastic and artificial flowers, the average selling price of each flower variety has dropped by about 55%.

The side effects of plastic fake flowers …

1) As our country is agricultural, on the one hand we get grants for greenhouses under the Government’s Agricultural Development Scheme and on the other hand we import false plastic flowers. Which does not provide prices to the farmers’ natural goods. This is a paradox.

2) There are 725 districts in our country and each district has at least 300 nurseries, ie a total of 2,17,500. That is, if each unit occupies 15 manpower, then 32-35 lakh people are involved in this business. All these farmers are rose, Gerbera, Carnation, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, Gypsophila, Anthurium, Limonium, Marigold, Jasmine, Hibiscus etc. They cultivate flowers.

3) If the government inspects the wedding hall and banquet hall, it will be  noticed how widely decorators  used fake artificial flowers.
4) Due to these fake flowers it ultimately resulting in  unemployment among other flower-related entrepreneurs (packing materials, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals, drip irrigation vendors) and greenhouse workers, flower transporters, flower decorators.
5) Skin and respiratory disorders are spreading due to pollution caused by fake flowers and chemicals in plastic. News about this has been reported many times in newspapers.

Thinking positively on all of the above, we humbly request that this application is with request to completely ban for import of plastic flowers from abroad.
Also, ban on the use of plastic flowers and thousands of farmers in the state should get the right market and get rid of the financial crisis. Thousands of flower growers will thank the government if the government also ban fake flowers while banning plastic and plastic products.

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Now IITs, NITs to prove Sanskrit is scientific language https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/now-iits-nits-to-prove-sanskrit-is-scientific-language/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:33:59 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/now-iits-nits-to-prove-sanskrit-is-scientific-language/ minister
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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) : Premier institutions of the country like the IITs and NITs now have a new task — to prove that Sanskrit is indeed a scientific language. Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokriyal ‘Nishank’ on Saturday tasked the directors and chairmen of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National […]

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) : Premier institutions of the country like the IITs and NITs now have a new task — to prove that Sanskrit is indeed a scientific language.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokriyal ‘Nishank’ on Saturday tasked the directors and chairmen of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to prove that Sanskrit is the “most scientific language” and the “most appropriate language” for talking computers – if they become a reality in the future.

“We are questioned only because we are unable to prove Sanskrit’s ability. I want to request the Vice Chancellors and Chancellors of IITs and NITs that we should prove this,” the minister said in his address at the Gyanotsav 2076 event organised at IGNOU.

“The scientists at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have acknowledged that Sanskrit is the most scientific language in which the words are written exactly in the manner they are spoken or thought of. If talking computers become a reality in the future, Sanskrit would be the most useful language for them. If the scientists at NASA pronounce Sanskrit as the most scientific language, why do you have a problem?” he asked, challenging his critics to cite any language which is more scientific than Sanskrit.

“Sanskrit is the oldest language as the ‘Vedas’ and ‘Puranas’ were written in the language. Sanskrit is the mother of all languages on the planet. If there is any other language that you can claim to be older than Sanskrit, you should tell me,” he said.

Nishank had made similar claims at the 57th convocation of IIT-Bombay earlier. The Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry then had clarified that he was referring to the work of a NASA scientist who had published an article ‘Knowledge Representation in Sanskrit and Artificial Intelligence’ in the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ magazine.

He also claimed that the gravitational force has been mentioned in ancient Hindu texts thousands of years before Isaac Newton discovered it. He asked the gathering to further the rich knowledge available in the ancient texts.

The minister also claimed that ‘Rishi Pranav’ was the first to discover atoms and molecules.

Interestingly, the minister had claimed at the IIT-B convocation that it was Charaka Rishi – hailed as one of the principal contributors of Ayurveda – who was the first person who researched and discovered atoms and molecules.

“Who conducted research on atoms and molecules? Charaka Rishi was the one who researched atoms and molecules and discovered them,” he had said.

Nishank also batted for Hindi as the medium of communication, while emphasising that all Indian languages will be strengthened.

“We will strengthen all the Indian languages. However, a language of communication that weaves in all the languages is the language of the nation. This is the reason why the paragraph 343 of our Constitution states that the national language will be Hindi. Gandhiji said that the nation that does not have its national language is dumb,” he said.

The minister also asserted that India can become a world leader once again if it looks towards its ancient knowledge.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that along with ‘Jai Jawan’, ‘Jai Kisan’ and ‘Jai Vigyan’, time has come to add ‘Jai Anusandhan’ (research) too,” he said.

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Goa capital braces for 48 hours without water https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/goa-capital-braces-for-48-hours-without-water/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:48:59 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/goa-capital-braces-for-48-hours-without-water/

Panaji, Aug 17 (IANS) : Residents of Goa’s capital and other outlying areas are bracing for more than 48 hours of water scarcity after a landslide washed away two key pipelines which supply water from the Opa reservoir in Ponda sub district to North Goa, including Panaji. The landslide occurred late on Friday due to […]

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Panaji, Aug 17 (IANS) : Residents of Goa’s capital and other outlying areas are bracing for more than 48 hours of water scarcity after a landslide washed away two key pipelines which supply water from the Opa reservoir in Ponda sub district to North Goa, including Panaji.

The landslide occurred late on Friday due to a sustained spell of massive rainfall in the state over the last two weeks. The opposition has slammed the state government for not making adequate efforts to provide alternative arrangements to the residents of Panaji and nearby areas.

“Imagine, the state capital being without water for 48 hours. The government has not even promised credible alternative solutions. Even the water tanker supply, which the government had promised is not regular on the first day itself. The government needs to fix responsibility fo this massive lapse and take action,” state Congress chief Girish Chodankar told IANS on Saturday.

“BJP governments have been promising 24×7 water supply for years now. And yet Panaji does not get even two hours of water. And now the collapse of pipelines has deprived them of any water at all,” Chodankar said.

According to Public Works Development Minister Deepak Pauskar two six-metre pipes, which form the main arteries of water supply to North Goa, had faced a massive rupture, following the collapse of the retaining wall after the landslide last night.

“We promise to restart water supply to Panaji by Monday (August 19). We are working and repairing the two pipes on an urgent basis. Until then, we will ensure that tankers will provide water to the areas without water in Tiswadi and Ponda (sub district),” Pauskar said.

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Penguin to give Sudha Murty’s books to public libraries https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/penguin-to-give-sudha-murtys-books-to-public-libraries/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:03:58 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/penguin-to-give-sudha-murtys-books-to-public-libraries/ Sudha-Murty
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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) : A complete set of 23 books by Sudha Murty will be donated to five public libraries here on Monday to mark the bestselling writer and philanthropist’s 69th birthday, her publisher, Penguin Random House, announced on Saturday. ‘The Sudha Murty Library’ as it has been named, comprises books for adults […]

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) : A complete set of 23 books by Sudha Murty will be donated to five public libraries here on Monday to mark the bestselling writer and philanthropist’s 69th birthday, her publisher, Penguin Random House, announced on Saturday.

‘The Sudha Murty Library’ as it has been named, comprises books for adults and children and will be donated to five public libraries run by The Community Library Project (TCLP) – an initiative that is taking reading to all sections of society – and the Delhi Public Library.

This is part of a month-long pan-India integrated campaign that spotlights Murty’s written work and her humanitarian spirit. It was launched on August 15 and will run across online platforms and offline outlets until September 15, the publishing house said.

Commenting on the addition of ‘The Sudha Murty Library’ to its book collection, TCLP founder and director Mridula Koshy said: “We curate our collection with great care and our goal is to build a collection rich in imagination and relevance to our members.”

“Needless to say we already have titles from Sudha Murty’s collection. But the gift of a complete collection is a boon to our members who once they finish a book they love are quick to ask if there are more like it. So many of the questions posed in her books speak to our members, and this collection will be very much at home on our shelves,” Koshy added.

Michael Creighton, curriculum co-coordinator at TCLP, said: “Until all children have access to high quality libraries, most will lack meaningful access to books — and without access to books, children cannot gain the fluency required for them to be able to use reading as a tool for thinking. Libraries build thoughtful societies.”

Murty’s books “are a must read for children and adults alike”, a Penguin spokesperson said, adding: “They are timeless yet relevant and are a joyful read for everyone. We are proud to publish her work and fortunate for the opportunity to widen its readership to different parts of the society.”

Describing Murty as “a literary gem whose work covers a variety of topics which are contextual and relatable. With this gesture, we are hoping more and more readers, young and old, are not only introduced to her written work but also know more about the person behind the writing”, the spokesperson noted.

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Chakma tribals in India, Bangladesh observe ‘Black Day’ https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/chakma-tribals-in-india-bangladesh-observe-black-day/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:49:15 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/chakma-tribals-in-india-bangladesh-observe-black-day/

Agartala/Aizawl, Aug 17 (IANS) : The Chakma tribals of northeast India and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of southeast Bangladesh on Saturday observed a “Black Day” to protest the non-inclusion of non-Muslim dominated CHT in India during the partition in 1947, a leader of the agitating tribe said. The Chakma National Council of India (CNCI) is […]

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Agartala/Aizawl, Aug 17 (IANS) : The Chakma tribals of northeast India and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of southeast Bangladesh on Saturday observed a “Black Day” to protest the non-inclusion of non-Muslim dominated CHT in India during the partition in 1947, a leader of the agitating tribe said.

The Chakma National Council of India (CNCI) is spearheading the agitation in four northeastern states — Tripura, Mizoram, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh — where approximately four lakh Chakma tribals, mostly Buddhist, have been living for decades.

CNCI Assistant General Secretary Shanti Chakma told the media in Agartala that the Chakma people in CHT (of Bangladesh) are also observing the “Black Day” through numerous functions. Comprising three districts — Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati — around 800,000 Chakma tribals are living in the mountainous region, bordering India and Myanmar.

“Besides, in important cities of India — Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore — the day was observed with the initiative of the migrant Chakma students and the Chakma people living there,” Shanti Chakma said.

To observe the “Black Day”, the tribals held rallies, seminar, demonstrations and other events.

He said that despite huge protests and ignoring the repeated appeals of the Chakma people, the Bengal Boundary Commission headed by British lawyer Cyril John Radcliffe announced the inclusion of 98.5 per cent non-Muslim dominated CHT with the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

The CNCI leader said: “Nehru Ji (former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru) once publicly acknowledged in the aftermath of the partition of the country, that moving the CHT to East Pakistan was a grave mistake. If Nehru ji’s remorse was true and sincere, then in his lifetime why did he not raise this issue in the international forum and why he did not arrange for remedy?”

Another Chakma leader Romel Chakma said that both in erstwhile East Pakistan as well as in present Bangladesh the tribal population (mostly Buddhist with some Hindus) in CHT have been suffering immensely.

“With forced and government-sponsored resettling of the Muslim population from the plain lands by successive Bangladesh governments the tribals who constituted 98.5 per cent of the population in 1947 have now been reduced to a minority. Their land is being taken away, people are being killed and tortured frequently while womenfolk are also being persecuted very often,” he claimed.

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Andhra village elder booked for thrashing minor Dalit girl https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/andhra-village-elder-booked-for-thrashing-minor-dalit-girl-lead/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:49:17 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/08/17/andhra-village-elder-booked-for-thrashing-minor-dalit-girl-lead/ killed
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Amaravati, Aug 17 (IANS) : Police in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district on Saturday booked a village elder for thrashing a minor Dalit girl in public for eloping with a youth. Boya Lingappa was booked under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on Saturday, a day after the horrific video of the […]

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Amaravati, Aug 17 (IANS) : Police in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district on Saturday booked a village elder for thrashing a minor Dalit girl in public for eloping with a youth.

Boya Lingappa was booked under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on Saturday, a day after the horrific video of the incident went viral.

The youth, who was also thrashed by Lingappa, was booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The cases were booked after a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mandal Revenue Officer (MRO) and other officials visited K P Doddi village and conducted an investigation into the incident that occurred on Thursday.

Police swung into action following the public outcry over the video of the incident that went viral on social media.

The investigation officers visited the girl’s house and recorded statements of her family members. Police said action would also be taken against those who stood in silence as Lingappa thrashed the couple.

The 17-year-old girl was beaten up by 70-year-old Boya Lingappa during a village panchayat in which she and her 20-year-old cousin Sai Kiran were pulled up for eloping and bringing a bad name to their families and the village.

At the panchayat, the couple was made to sit down and humiliated in front of all villagers. Enraged over the girl’s refusal to stop having any relation with the youth, Lingappa started thrashing her, first with bare hands and then with a stick. He even kicked her and thrashed Sai Kiran.

The girl’s parents had approached Lingappa after she eloped with the boy 10 days ago. When the couple returned, Lingappa was called to hold the panchayat.

Lingappa, a former ‘mandal’ (block) level public representative, reportedly belongs to a backward class.
Anantapur District Superintendent of Police, B. Satya Yesu Babu, had earlier said they received no complaint from the parents of either the girl or the youth. However, based on the video evidence a suo moto case was registered against Lingappa under Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code.

Meanwhile, various Dalit organisations staged protests in Anantapur district, demanding justice for the girl and stringent punishment to those involved in thrashing her.

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Airtel to shut 3G operations by December: CFO https://npnews24.com/2019/08/09/airtel-to-shut-3g-operations-by-december-cfo/ Fri, 09 Aug 2019 05:49:05 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/08/09/airtel-to-shut-3g-operations-by-december-cfo/ Airtel
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New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) India’s third largest operator by subscriber numbers, Airtel, will shut down its entire 3G network between December to March of the current fiscal, the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Badal Bagri has told analysts. “We are in the process of shutting down our 3G networks. We have experimented quite boldly […]

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New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) India’s third largest operator by subscriber numbers, Airtel, will shut down its entire 3G network between December to March of the current fiscal, the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Badal Bagri has told analysts.

“We are in the process of shutting down our 3G networks. We have experimented quite boldly in Calcutta to really shut off the 3G network altogether and refound the 900 megahertz, which is adding on 3G on LTE. That worked very well for us. By September, I think, there will be another 6 or 7 circles that will get shut down,” Bagri said.

“Between December and March, the entire 3G network should be shut down. We now have a plan to pretty much shut the 3G networks across the country by December. So you will see a lot of action in this quarter. We have anywhere between 10 and 15 megahertz of 2,100 band spectrum in most circles.

“It’s a very, very good mid-band spectrum once you are able to get 10 megahertz going and that see-through capacity for a period of time. And the second part of the capex will continue to be some loading on the 2,300 band, because 1,800 band is pretty much deployed all across the country”, he added.

Telecom major Bharti Airtel posted a huge loss of Rs 2,866 crore for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 against a profit of Rs 97.30 crore in the same period last year. The company witnessed an exceptional loss of Rs 1,469.40 crore in the June quarter against Rs 362.10 crore in the same period last year. But its average revenue per user (ARPU) rose to Rs 129 in the June quarter from Rs 105 in the same quarter a year ago.

The company’s overall customer base at the end of June quarter stood at 403.7 million across 16 countries, down 10.9 per cent on a yearly basis.

The company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda) came in at Rs 8,500 crore in the June quarter, up 24.2 per cent. Ebitda margin was up 6.4 per cent in the first quarter.
The telco said it is always making effort to raise the ARPU.

“The pricing levels in India are unsustainably low. You get 45 gigs of data, unlimited calling for about Rs 150, which is clearly very, very low. That needs to rise. But that is a function of the competitive dynamic in the market. So yes, we will keep adding value,” Bagri said.

“But we will try and clear this up so that we throw in more value as people upgrade. We’ve had, I would say, probably 4 quarters of a kind of steady market share. This quarter, our expectation is that we would pick up some market share, which will be satisfactory from our perspective given the competitive context,” he added.

In a conference call post the first quarter results, the CFO said its 4G base continued to grow and it had added almost 8.4 million customers during the quarter.

“With this now, we have 120 million data customers of which more than 95 million are on 4G. We do believe that this 4G handset penetration still has a significant headroom to grow and therefore, for the foreseeable future, India will be largely a 4G market,” he said.

“However, the pace of handset adoption has remained stagnant, rather slowed down, in the last few quarters due to high prices of the handset and adverse currency fluctuations impacting the cost. We are hopeful that the pace of 4G adoption will accelerate, and this mix change will be a positive catalyst for us.

“We have about 95 million customers, which is what we reported in quarter 1. That’s a growth of about 9 million customers.

Our ARPU is now at Rs 129, with our customer base as 99 per cent plus, and the monthly average data usage of data from the customer base is at 11.7 GB per month,” he added. According to Bagri, Airtel added more than 26,000 mobile broad-based band-based stations.

“Alongside network expansion, we also further added capacities across the network through additional sectorisation and massive MIMO. Our VoLTE adoption of 4G smartphone continues to grow, and a very significant portion of smartphone traffic now runs on VoLTE,” he said.

“In line with ramping up our 4G network, we completed reforming of our 900 megahertz sector to 4G in all the 10 circles where it is liberalized. This has improved indoor coverage for our 4G customers To cater to the exponential traffic growth, we further expanded our fibre footprint to more than 2,80,000 route kilometres with most of the sites either single hub or 2 hubs from the fibre port,” he added.

The company is working with partners like Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon for deeper and distributed content caching, it said.

–IANS
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Our data is compromised every day: Know how to secure it https://npnews24.com/2019/08/07/our-data-is-compromised-every-day-know-how-to-secure-it/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 04:49:06 +0000 https://npnews24.com/2019/08/07/our-data-is-compromised-every-day-know-how-to-secure-it/ data
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By Krishna Sinha Chaudhury New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) From Cambridge Analytica to Marriott Starwood hotels leaking user data that hit millions of users, serious data breaches have highlighted the importance of protecting personal data from time to time. Cambridge Analytica had 5,000 data points on every American — invisible information that was not visible […]

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By Krishna Sinha Chaudhury New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) From Cambridge Analytica to Marriott Starwood hotels leaking user data that hit millions of users, serious data breaches have highlighted the importance of protecting personal data from time to time.

Cambridge Analytica had 5,000 data points on every American — invisible information that was not
visible to anyone except the data scientists at the British political consultancy firm.

Last month, Google removed seven stalker apps that were available on its Play Store as apps for children’s safety or finding stolen phones but were being used to stalk employees, romantic partners or kids.

The apps were able to track the surveilled person’s location, collect their contacts, SMS and call history.
This year hasn’t been any better as the use of malware designed to harvest consumers digital data, known as password stealers, grew 60 per cent in the first half of the year, thus, affecting a large number of users in India, according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

Most frequently, the malware has targeted users in India, Brazil, Germany, Russia and the US. The number of users, targeted by the stealers, peaked from less than 600,000 in the first half of 2018 to over 940,000 during the same period this year.

Password Stealing Ware (PSW) is a major weapon in the cybercriminals’ toolkit to sabotage users’
privacy.

A recent survey called “7 uncomfortable truths of cybersecurity” by global cybersecurity major Sophos stated 76 per cent of Indian businesses were hit by cyberattacks in 2019.

On an average, Indian organisations that investigate one or more potential security incidents each month spend 48 days a year, or four days a month, investigating them. So how do you safeguard yourself from the danger of data breaches and hacking?

According to Sunil Sharma, Managing Director-Sales, India and Saarc, Sophos, a single network breach often leads to the compromise of multiple computers. So the faster you can stop the infection from spreading the more you limit the damage and time needed to clean it up.

“Businesses must learn to extract value from and utilise data at a deeper level. They need to also recognise that transparency builds trust. Today, it is critical to communicate clearly and honestly with customers about what happens with their data,” Sharma told IANS.

One way of finding out if your email id has been hacked is to run a search using Have I Been Pwned or HIBP.

“If your email address was found in a breach where passwords were also stolen, such as the massive LinkedIn breach in 2012, then change your password for that site, if you haven’t already,” Sharma said.

“Of course, the sooner you change your password the better. If you’re changing your password now for a
breach that happened in 2012, you have to expect that most of the damage has already been done (you should still change it though),” he added.

Notably, it is not only the email user information that gets compromised. Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky in July uncovered new encryption ransomware named “Sodin” which exploits a recently discovered Windows vulnerability to get elevated privileges in an infected system.

The ransomware takes advantage of the architecture of the central processing unit (CPU) to avoid detection – functionality that is not often seen in ransomware.

The firm found that most targets of “Sodin” ransomware were found in the Asian region: 17.6 per cent of attacks have been detected in Taiwan, 9.8 per cent in Hong Kong and 8.8 per cent in the Republic of Korea.

As early as last month, when “photo-morphing” application FaceApp was courting controversy, a fake app designed to trick users into thinking it is a certified version of FaceApp was found infecting users’ devices with an adware module called “MobiDash”, Kaspersky had said.

Hackers often use phishing techniques to steal your information. The goal of phishing is to trick the recipient of a malicious email into opening and engaging with it.

So always be careful before clicking on a link, and also while downloading an app. And do not forget to keep your passwords secret. In fact, security researchers advise that it is better to use different passwords for different services.

But all these measures also may not guarantee full security as bad actors get smarter by the day. The trick to stay safer is to find a way to know as soon as you are attacked and take remedial measures.

(Krishna SinhaChaudhury can be contacted at krishna.s@ians.in)
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New York, July 30 (IANS) We’ve all been there…you’re out to eat and in need of a refill or the check and the wait staff is nowhere to be found. Now, a recent study shows that adding a tabletop device can improve restaurant services and increase revenues. Published in the journal Management Science, the findings […]

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New York, July 30 (IANS) We’ve all been there…you’re out to eat and in need of a refill or the check and the wait staff is nowhere to be found. Now, a recent study shows that adding a tabletop device can improve restaurant services and increase revenues.

Published in the journal Management Science, the findings reveal that restaurants should introduce
tabletop technology in a demonstrated way to improve service and satisfaction.

Tabletop technology allows customers to view menu items, re-order beverages, pay for the meal, play games and browse news content. The technology is meant to assist waiters, not replace them.

“We estimate one per cent sales lift per check which translates into $2 million extra sales or $1 million profit per month in the short-run, and that’s a conservative estimate,” said Tom Fangyun Tan, Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University in the US.

The research reveals tabletop technology is likely to improve sales by 1 per cent per check and reduce meal duration by 10 per cent. The combination of these two effects increase the sales per minute or sales productivity by 11 per cent.

The data was collected from a restaurant chain here in the US that owns 66 establishments. It looked at transaction data from 2012 to 2014 or 2.6 million transactions.

“A good, attentive waiter already does what the tabletop device does…a less attentive or forgetful waiter does not, but relies more on the device, which makes up for the lacking ability resulting in faster service,” Tan said.

The data suggest that restaurants re-evaluate their operations to fully reap the benefits of tabletop technology.

–IANS
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