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India poised to spend $18 billion on 'digital' revolution
Report dated 31/10/2014 @ 5:30 PM
According to Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, India is set for a 'digital revolution' as it implements an $18 billion programme to expand high-speed Internet access and offer government services online. The goals include broadband Internet for 250,000 clusters of villages by 2016, cloud storage for citizens, and making banking and other data accessible via mobile phones.
In an interview Prasad, 60, referred to PM Narendra Modi's strategy for greater use of technology, saying the opportunity that Digital India will create will also become a great business proposition.
Prasad said Mark Zuckerberg, who along with Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon.com, and Microsoft Corp CEO Satya Nadella, visited India after Modi's election victory, is interested in e-education and e-health.
Another objective is to turn India into a technology manufacturing hub, as rules on mobile-phone spectrum trading and sharing are due by the end of the year, and the government also considers whether mergers and acquisitions rules in the telecommunications sector need adjusting.
Thieves dig 40 m tunnel into Haryana bank
Report dated 29/10/2014 @ 4:02 PM
Police are searching for thieves who robbed a branch of the Punjab National Bank in Haryana.
The thieves dug a 125 foot underground tunnel straight into the vault late at night and stole cash, jewellery and other valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The tunnel started in an empty house nearby.
A special team has been set up to investigate the crime but no arrests have been made thus far, and Bank officials say the exact value of the stolen goods is yet to be estimated.
Eunuchs bravely keep Trilokpuri goons at bay in Delhi !
Report dated 29/10/2014 @ 2:27 PM
A group of 15 eunuchs heroically stood at the entrance of a Block and held off a mob armed with swords and stones. The eunuchs, usually mocked and ostracized, threatened to start taking off their clothes if the angry men did not turn back.
It's a threat eunuchs often use to extort money from people but this time they did if for a noble cause, and the threat worked, as the mob backed off.
The same group started a sanitation drive asking both Hindus and Muslims to clean the streets of the block where tension persists.
Hindus and Muslims in neighbouring blocks do not know how the riots started but feel it is an outside job.
Pressure mounts for release of actress Shweta Prasad
Report dated 29/10/2014 @ 2:24 PM
Reports say pressure is mounting on authorities to release national award winning actress Shweta Basu Prasad, 23, who was caught in a prostitution racket last month from a five star hotel, and was subsequently sent to a rehabilitation home for a three month term.
The actress did confess to her involvement in the 'trade' and attributed it to certain monetary compulsions, but she refrained from disclosing the identity of her clients or handlers.
One source says the people involved in the 'business' are extremely influential and worried that Shweta is in the remand home for too long, out of their reach she may reveal their names and put them in trouble.
The organisation that runs the rescue home said it sometimes takes three months for victims to start to speak, and they cannot expect to be rehabilitated in a short time. Shweta's friends say they will help her battle the odds once she returns to her home in Mumbai. While in the rehab home, Shweta is teaching music to little children, in between giving them English lessons!
Sania Mirza does what no Indian tennis player ever has
Report dated 27/10/2014 @ 5:31 PM
By winning the WTA Tour doubles title with Cara Black of Zimbabwe, Sania Mirza has done what no Indian tennis player has. Featuring the top eight combinations in the world, the WTA Tour in Singapore was a tough challenge for the pair, who made it with flair.
It was also a fitting farewell for 10-time Grand Slam winner Black, one of Sania's best friends on the tennis circuit, who has decided to part ways for personal reasons.
It is reported that Sania also known as Telangana's brand ambassador's patriotic fervour made her represent the country in the recent Asian Games at Incheon, even though it meant losing a straight 900 WTA points as she had to skip the Wuhan Open in the run-up to the WTA finals.
The delighted Sania said it feels awesome to compete with the best and come out on top. Her parents Imran and Nasima are elated and called it a great day for all the family that Sania is now the world champion in women's doubles.