India Internet News

Jayalalithaa files defamation petition against portal

Author: Unnamed Reporter - Published 2015-07-18 16:31

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday filed a defamation petition against an online news portal on charges of publishing an article on her health condition.

The petition was filed against Ajith Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Rediff, Nikil Lakshman, Editor-in-Chief, Abhishek Mande, Senior Associated Editor and R. Ramasubramanian, reporter.

Govt panel recommends upholding of net neutrality in India

Author: Javed Anwer - Published 2015-07-16 13:44

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Thursday came out with its much awaited report on the issue of net neutrality in India. The DoT panel, which was looking into the issue, said that the net neutrality is a vital to the good internet experience and that "the committee unhesitatingly recommends that the core principles of net neutrality must be adhered to".

While the DoT recommendations are not yet binding on any entity, they may help TRAI, the telecom regulator in India, and government to come up with norms that would uphold and safeguard the net neutrality.

E-commerce to change face of Indian merchandise biz: Ratan Tata

Author: Unnamed Reporter - Published 2015-07-16 01:44

Promising start-ups in e-commerce and e-retail space are the ones that will change the face of Indian merchandising and marketing business, Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata said today.

"For the last three years, I have been a free person (by not in command of the Tata Group). If I look at the landscape, I see the future in young managers, the young start-ups. It is what I saw in United States in the 70s and 80s," he said.

Tax Talk: Filing of income tax returns made simpler for Aadhaar card holders

Author: Rakesh Nangia - Published 2015-07-14 10:29

To rectify this situation, CBDT has announced that a taxpayer who furnishes his Aadhaar card number in the return form need not send a physical copy of ITR-V to CPC. Under the new system of verification, termed as Electronic Verification Certification (EVC), the process of verification will be as under:

  • Step 1: The taxpayer furnishes his Aadhaar card number in the return form while filing the return online;
  • Step 2: He then receives a verification code in form of a one-time password (OTP) on the mobile phone number associated with the Aadhaar card;
  • Step 3: He enters the verification code at the time of e-filing to authenticate and complete the process.

Telephone connections cross one billion mark in India

Author: Unnamed Reporter - Published 2015-07-11 09:00

The total number of telephone connections in India crossed one billion mark in May, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said here on Saturday.

The total number of telecom subscription stood at 1,002.05 million at the end of May, out of which 975.78 million were wireless connections and 26.27 were wireline.

'Cowboy Adventure' Game Infects Up To 1 Million Android Users With Malware

Author: Damon Beres - Published 2015-07-11 00:18

Innocent souls who wanted nothing more than to enjoy a game called "Cowboy Adventure" may have found their personal information compromised thanks to malware contained within the app.

Antivirus service ESET published a post Thursday detailing how an app available on Google Play, the company's app store for Android devices, was able to grab private information from users.

Internet Society - Beyond the Net Funding Programme

Author: Ilda Simao - Published 2015-07-09 19:17

The Beyond the Net funding programme provides financial support of up to 30000 USD.
There are three sizes of grants:

1. Small projects you can finish in a short time
Up to 3500 USD. These supports one-off projects that address a particular community need.
2. Medium-scale funding
Up to 10000 USD. These projects will typically be completed within a year, focusing on lasting solutions to local challenges.
3. Large-scale funding
Up to 30000 USD. These projects will typically be completed within two years and will tackle several challenges affecting the Internet Society community.

Do you have an idea for a project?
Find out more about applying for Beyond the Net funding.

RBI introduces prepaid cards for mass transit systems

Author: Vivina Vishwanathan - Published 2015-07-09 01:27

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday introduced a new category of semi-closed prepaid payment instruments (PPIs) for mass transit systems.

In its guidelines, the central bank said these cards will be issued by mass transit system operators such as metro rail networks and bus or taxi service providers, and can be used for transportation within these systems.

Related Press Releases/Notifications:

  1. RBI proposes to introduce PPI for Mass Transit Systems; seeks Comments on Draft Instructions
  2. Master Circular on Policy Guidelines on Issuance and Operation of Pre-paid Payment Instruments in India

Indian DEITY plans 14 Exabyte cloud storage rig

Author: Simon Sharwood - Published 2015-07-07 20:36

The service offers a Gigabyte for eligible citizens, which isn't a lot. Until you multiply it by India's 1.4 billion citizens and get to a potential for 14 Exabytes if the system ever fills up. Of course not all will be able to, or choose to, use the service, but there's still potential for this to become a truly ginormous storage rig.