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Experts speak on the IIT Roorkee controversy

n another turn of shocking events with the prestigious institute, IIT-Roorkee expelled 73 students for faring badly in the first year B Tech programme, who scored less than a 5 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) in their exams.  IIT-Kharagpur also witnessed a similar case when around 20 students were expelled due to their poor performance in the undergraduate exams. The ... Read More »

Digitised Version of Mahatma Gandhi’s Collected Works Launched

Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday launched the electronic version of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (CWMG), which document the leader’s life from 1884 till his demise on January 30, 1948. The minister also announced that the Hindi version of CWMG would be digitised soon. “The intrinsic and heritage value of the e-CWMG project had the collaboration ... Read More »

Nasscom to Host Smart City Hackathon to Ease Bengaluru’s Traffic Woes

Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies) along with Bengaluru City Police, HackerEarth, Embarq India, and IBM, announced the dates for ‘The Urban Hack’, which will be held from October 3 to October 4. The hackathon to be held both online and offline is themed around improving transportation, crime prevention, and public safety through the use of technology. Participants ... Read More »

Digital India Programme Will Unite Nation: Telecom Minister

The government’s Digital India programme would not only change the country but also unite it, union Minister for Communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Gurgaon on Monday. Prasad made the statement after launching a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited scheme, whereby broadband users would now be able to avail of a minimum of 2Mbps Internet speed. He said ... Read More »

BSNL to Boost Minimum Broadband Speed It Offers From 512Kbps to 2Mbps

State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) on Monday decided to upgrade landline broadband speed to minimum 2Mbps at no additional cost for broadband customers on pan-India basis from October 1. Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the facility in Gurgaon. The BSNL’s move came in the light of Narendra Modi government’s Digital ... Read More »

Indian E-Commerce Shows Promise, to Grow 35 Percent in 5 Years: Study

India’s e-commerce industry is likely to clock a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35 percent and cross the $100-billion mark over the next five years, from $17 billion (roughly Rs. 1,13,424 crores) at present, according to an Assocham-PricewaterhouseCoopers study. Riding on the strong growth momentum of 2015, the e-commerce sector is estimated to see a 72 percent jump in ... Read More »

E-Commerce Law Needed to Protect Consumers: IIM-Ahmedabad Study

In the era of increased online shopping, a study conducted by the Indian Instituteof Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has stressed on a need for a separate law for e-commerce with a view to protect rights of Web consumers in India. “To effectively protect a consumer buying goods or services through e-commerce would need a separate law, as other countries have,” said the ... Read More »

Housing.com Senior Staff Reportedly Quit to Join Rahul Yadav’s Startup

Mumbai-based real estate portal Housing.com is reportedly having a series of defections with three of its senior staff members reportedly joining ex-CEO Rahul Yadav’s new startup. Housing.com’ Chief Marketing Officer, Pratik Seal; Azeem Zainulbhai, Chief of Staff, and Suvonil Chatterjee, Chief Design Officer at Housing.com, have reportedly left the company, claims Inc42. The report further states that Rahul Yadav has ... Read More »

US Federal Appeals Court Set to Hear Microsoft ‘Cloud’ Case

Microsoft Corp. gets a second chance to prove it’s entitled to keep data stored overseas out of the hands of US investigators when its lawyers appear before a federal appeals court Wednesday, but the computer software giant is already hedging its bets, calling on Congress to clarify the law. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Microsoft’s challenge ... Read More »

EU, US Reportedly Clinch Data-Sharing Deal for Security, Terrorism Cases

The European Union and the United States have clinched a deal protecting personal data shared for law enforcement purposes such as terrorism investigations, according to a document seen by Reuters. The two sides have been negotiating for four years over the so-called “umbrella agreement” that would protect personal data exchanged between police and judicial authorities in the course of investigations, ... Read More »