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WhatsApp Violates Users’ Rights By Denying Dispute Resolution: Centre To Delhi High Court

WhatsApp Violates Users’ Rights By Denying Dispute Resolution: Centre To Delhi High Court

New Delhi, Oct 23: The Centre on Friday told the Delhi High Court that WhatsApp has already violated the fundamental rights of users in the country by denying dispute resolution rights while opposing a plea filed by WhatsApp and Facebook against the new IT rules.

Through an affidavit, the Ministry of Electronics and IT stated that the US-based tech giants challenge is not maintainable.

WhatsApp had moved the High Court, challenging the new IT rules on the grounds that they violate the right to privacy and are unconstitutional. Objecting to the new IT rules, WhatsApp claimed that they are forced to ‘track’ the origin of messages received through the network.

According to reports, the Mark Zuckerberg-owned platform filed the petition on May 25, the last day to comply with the new criteria.

WhatsApp had previously stated that it would not breach encryption because it jeopardises the privacy of its users.

According to the new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, it is mandatory for social media intermediaries like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp to trace chats and make provisions to identify the first originator of the information.

Earlier, WhatsApp had told the Delhi High Court that till the Data Protection Bill comes into force, it would not compel users to opt for its new privacy policy as it has been put on hold. In June, the Delhi High Court refused to stay a notice issued by the Competition Commission of India, asking the platform to furnish certain information in connection with the probe, ordered in March, on the instant messaging app’s new updated privacy policy.—(IANS)

2G Services To Continue In Jammu And Kashmir Union Territory Till 27 May,  Pulwama And Shopian To Remain Without Internet Until Next Orders

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2G Services To Continue In Jammu And Kashmir Union Territory Till 27 May,  Pulwama And Shopian To Remain Without Internet Until Next Orders


Jammu and Kashmir Government on Tuesday extended ban on high-speed internet till May 27 even as 2G service shall remain suspended in Pulwama and Shopian district for now.


Among others, the government has cited use of high speed mobile internet for coordinating acts of militancy, both within and from across the border.


“Over the past two weeks, there has been a sharp increase in (militancy) related incidents, ranging from isolated attacks on civilians, hurling of grenades in public places, indiscriminate firing and attacks on the security forces’ personnel deployed on Naka duties to enforce restrictions to contain COVID-19,” it said, adding, “(There has been) Increased presence of (militants) in the thickly populated areas and engagements with Security Forces leading to killing of (militants and recovery of arms and ammunition,” reads an order issued by the Home department.


The government said it has been reported that there have been concerted efforts by the “Pak handlers to cause incitement among the general public, particularly youth, through circulation of varied nature of “propaganda audios, videos and photographs, while continuing with attempts to spread misinformation and fake news. Despite serious concerns related to spread of COVID-19, there have even been instances of stone pelting at militant encounter sites.”


The government said that there are reports, indicating that high speed mobile internet is likely to be used for coordinating acts of militantcy- both within and from across the border; and in view of killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Riyaz Naikoo and other militants in Pulwama district on May 6, the authorities said that they were “compelled to snap down mobile cellular services i.e. voice/sms as well as internet services, across the Kashmir valley to ensure maintenance of public order.” “There are credible inputs from intelligence agencies that (militants) may make desperate attempts to avenge the reverses in the recent past,” the order issued by Principal Secretary Home said.


On examining the reports of the field agencies and the prevailing security situation, the government said that there was apparent necessity to take suitable steps to prevent misuse of internet for incitement and propagation of militant activities. “Given the availability of fixed line internet connectivity without any speed related restrictions and taking cognizance of the fact that mobile internet connectivity at 2G speed does not cause any impediment in taking measures concerning control of COVID -19, it is considered appropriate that while the mobile internet is restored in the Kashmir Valley excluding Pulwama and the adjoining district of Shopian, it is restricted to 2G speed,” it said.


The government said that the internet speed shall remain restricted to 2G only across the J&K excluding Pulwama and Shopian. The IGP, Kashmir and Jammu have been asked to ensure communication of these directions to the service providers with immediate effect and ensure their implementation in letter and spirit.


“(These) directions shall be effective from 12.05.2020 and remain in force till 27.05.2020, unless modified earlier,” the order added.

Mobile Services Restored In Kashmir Valley Except Pulwama District After Remaining Shut For Three Days

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Mobile Services Restored In Kashmir Valley Except Pulwama District After Remaining Shut For Three Days


The cellular services were restored by the government on Friday evening after remaining suspended for three days in the Valley. However, the internet services across Kashmir continued to remain suspended across the Valley as precautionary measure.


People –mostly students, professionals, traders and media persons –suffered badly as cellular and mobile internet services of all companies remained suspended for the third successive day due to security reasons in Kashmir. The services were suspended on Wednesday after top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Riyaz Naikoo and three other militants were killed in two separate encounters in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.


Only Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) mobile phone and landline services were working in the valley, where curfew-like restrictions remained imposed in some areas to maintain law and order


However, the government on late Friday evening restored the cellular services across Kashmir barring Pulwama district in South Kashmir while it continued to suspend the internet services here as precautionary measure.


The services were restored in Kashmir, but stated that some cellular services are yet to restore services. The services were not restored in Pulwama district when the report was last filed.


Official sources said that mobile internet services of all cellular companies, including BSNL, remained suspended since Wednesday morning as a precautionary measure. “Barring BSNL, mobile phone service of other telecom operators also remained suspended in the valley,” they said.


In a major success, security forces on Wednesday killed Naikoo besides three other militants in two separate encounters in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.


Fearing deterioration of law and order situation, authorities suspended mobile phone and internet services in the Valley.


Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar had on Thursday said that the communication services in Kashmir will be restored soon. KNO

Restoration Of Mobile Services In Kashmir Valley In Phase Wise

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Restoration Of Mobile Services In Kashmir Valley In Phase Wise


Authorities on Friday tightened restrictions across Kashmir Valley even as mobile telephone and internet services continued to remain shut in Kashmir Valley on the third day following the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Commander Riyaz Naikoo along with associate in a gunfight on May 6. Barring minor clashes in Beighpora Awantipora in Pulwama district, the home town of the slain commander, the situation remained normal across the Valley, the officials said.


A group of protesters pelted stones on deployments of police and paramilitary forces at Beighpora and adjoining areas. However, police and paramilitary forces chased them away by firing few teargas canisters. However there were no reports about any serious injury to anyone in the incident.


Naikoo and his associate Adil Ahmad were killed in an encounter in Beighpora on Wednesday following which authorities snapped mobile telephone and Internet services in the Valley.


Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar told reporters here that the measure has been taken as a precautionary measure to prevent problems of “law and order”. He said that the services would be restored as and when situation improves and a decision in this regard would be taken a review meeting.


Soon after the news about Naikoo’s killing spread, restrictions were also imposed in most parts of the Valley including this summer capital of J&K.


Even though the Kashmir is under the coronavirus lockdown from last 49 days, additional police and paramilitary forces personnel have been deployed in many sensitive and vulnerable areas of the valley for ensuring peace, they said.


Meanwhile sources said that authorities have decided to restore mobile telephone services in phased manner and it would likely be started from north Kashmir district.

Communication Blockade Was Necessary In Kashmir Valley Restoration Soon, TRF A Shadow Of Lashkar-E-Toiba: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

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Communication Blockade Was Necessary In Kashmir Valley Restoration Soon, TRF A Shadow Of Lashkar-E-Toiba: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar


Inspector General of police Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar Thursday while terming the killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen Chief commander Riyaz Naikoo as “big jolt” for militancy in Kashmir, said Naikoo’s killing will help contain militancy in the Valley to a large extent.


Addressing press conference here, the IGP said that Naikoo was very influential militant commander, who would release videos almost every month to lure youth towards militancy and to pass directions to his cadre to execute civilian and police killing. “I will not hesitate in saying that Naikoo was a very influential militant commander.


His killing is a big success for us and major jolt for Hizb and entering militancy in Kashmir. Naikoo killing will help contain over all militancy in Valley, “ Kumar said. He said Naikoo was on a radar since past six months.


“The day before yesterday we tracked his movement and final got in at Beighpora Awantipora along with his aide” he said


Asked weather militant leadership of Hizb stranded wiped out, the IGP said there will b some other leader, and “we will go after him too” about Handwara encounter, the IGP said Lashkar commander Haider’s killing was also a big jolt for Lashkar. “As for as second incident at Handwara in which three CRPF men were killed, we have identified two Lashkar militants involved in the act,” he said.


On a query about The Resistance Front (TRF), the IGP said TRF not a new outfit but a “shadow of Lashkar” “Post August 05 last year, there was international pressure on Pakistan to stop militancy, so Lashkar floated The Resistance Front (TRF).


In Handwara encounter, Haider and his associate killed belonged to Lashkar but TRF claimed responsibility,” Kumar while replying to a query about communication blockade in Kashmir said that it was necessary to prevent rumour mongering and to maintain in Law and order. “ we will review the situation and restore services soon,” he said.


The IGP Kashmir also said that this year so for Sixty four militants (64) have been killed in twenty seven (27) operations while as one twenty five (125) OGWS have been arrested—kno

J&K 4G Internet Update: Citing SC Plea Jammu And Kashmir High Court Closes Petition On 4G Mobile Internet Service


J&K 4G Internet Update: Citing SC Plea Jammu And Kashmir High Court Closes Petition On 4G Mobile Internet Service

The J&K High Court closed its considerations on restoration of 4G mobile internet in Jammu and Kashmir after a submission was made that the case is already pending before the Supreme Court.
The J&K government on April 27 extended the ban on high-speed mobile internet till May 11 citing security concerns and militant activities.
The court of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal was also informed through a report filed by Assistant Solicitor General (ASGI), Tahir Majid Shamsi that internet facilities both in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are fully functional.
In an another report, additional secretary to the government, Home department placed a copy of the order of Supreme court  passed in the Writ Petition (Civil), titled Foundation for Media Professionals versus Union Territory of J&K and others.
 “We are informed that apart from this writ petition, two other writ petitions, Private Schools Association, J&K versus Union Territory of J&K and Soayib Qureshi vs Union Territory of J&K are pending consideration before the Supreme Court.
“In view of the matter pending before the Supreme Court of India, we close our consideration of this issue in this writ petition,” the court said.

Here’s How Smartphones Damage Your Productivity And Health

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Here’s How Smartphones Damage Your Productivity And Health


Technoference, or the distractions caused due to mobile phones or smartphones, is a term that many of us may not be familiar with but still, we are all victims of it.  

In a country like India which has the second largest number of mobile phone users in the world, it is especially important to note the ill effects of our increasing dependence on smartphones.

Technoference is making people unhealthy in many different ways.   It wouldn t be wrong to say that most of us have become addicted to our mobile phones.  

Now, an Australian research published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry claims that excessive use of mobile phones is making people not just lose sleep but also become less productive.      





The study also noted that mobile phones are making us take more risks while driving and that they are causing more aches and pains.   You could partially or completely blame the following health conditions on your excessive use of mobile phones.

Eye problems: Doctors have noted an increase in eye conditions like presbyopia (age-related long-sightedness caused due loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye) even among their younger patients.  

Dry eyes syndrome, irritation and redness are some of the other common problems. It is worse to use your mobile phones in the dark as it strains your eyes even further.     Infections: As shocking as it may sound, you could also blame skin infections like acne on your mobile phones.

Your mobile phones carry a number of germs on them. This is especially true in the case of those who use their mobile phones in their toilet.   The germs, oil and dirt on your phones could cause a number of infections when It coems in contact with your hands and face.   Radiation-related problems: There have been conflicting reports on the effects of mobile phone radiation on health. There are ongoing research studies being carried out on the possible link between cancer and mobile phone use.

According to the World Health Organisation, there is tissue heating which means that the energy radiated by the frequencies of mobile phones is absorbed by the skin and other superficial tissues which results in negligible temperature rise in the brain or any other organs of the body.  

It also says that to date, research does not suggest any consistent evidence of adverse health effects from exposure to radiofrequency fields at levels below those that cause tissue heating.    

The long-term effects, however, need more research because many cancers are not detectable until many years after the interactions that led to the tumour, and since mobile phones were not widely used until the early 1990s, epidemiological studies at present can only assess those cancers that become evident within shorter time periods, according to WHO.

MyJio App Now Offers Deals, Discounts Through ‘Jio Prime Fridays’ Section


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MyJio App Now Offers Deals, Discounts Through ‘Jio Prime Fridays’ Section





Jio Prime Fridays section lists cashback deals on flight ticket bookings, It mentions deals from MakeMyTrip, Paytm, and Shopclues.

The offers are valid until March 31
Reliance Jio has been spotted adding a Jio Prime Fridays section to the MyJio app to list all the discount coupons and deals from sources such as MakeMyTrip, Paytm, and ShopClues. The new section also highlights cashback offers as well as gives links to sections, including My vouchers, Coupons, and JioPay among others. You can also directly recharge your Jio account from the Prime Fridays section. This isn’t the first time when Reliance Jio has brought offers through its MyJio app. The telco offered cashbacks and listed discounts on the MyJio app and its website in 2017.

Among other deals, the Jio Prime Fridays section on the MyJio app lists cashback up to Rs. 1,000 on flight ticket bookings via Paytm. Customers ordering flight tickets of as low as Rs. 3,000 are entitled to avail the cashback. Further, the cashback will be given to KYC-verified accounts.





The Prime Fridays section also has a Rs. 75 discount on a minimum purchase of Rs. 199 through Shopclues. The maximum discount that can be availed per order is Rs. 755. Also, the offer is valid only on prepaid transactions.

Notably, the Paytm and Shopclues offers are valid until March 31. The deals are also in line with what’s being offered through other websites.

The existence of the Jio Prime Friday deals has been confirmed formally on the Jio website. However, we weren’t able to see the new section on our MyJio app at the time of filing this story. Folks at TelecomTalk have reported the section.

It appears that the Jio Prime Fridays section is initially available to select Jio subscribers. We’ve reached out to Jio to give clarity on the development and will update this space accordingly.





As we mentioned, this isn’t the first time when Reliance Jio is offering deals and offers to its subscribers. The telco back in November 2017 brought a list of cashback offers for Jio Prime users. It had also tied up with Amazon India to offer vouchers for using Amazon Pay through the Jio network.

World’s Most Net Shutdowns In India

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World’s Most Net Shutdowns In India

India topped the world with the highest number of internet shutdowns by government authorities with reportedly 121 instances to date in 2018, revealed data compiled by Delhi-based
Software Freedom Law Centre’s ‘internetshutdowntracker’.

Taken with ‘Freedom on The Net 2018’, also released on Thursday, where India scored 43 – down two places from its score of 41 last year – the data shows how government controls have impacted freedom on the internet. India has slipped in the ‘partially free’ category. Higher the score, lesser the freedom on the Net. So, 0 is full freedom, while 100 is no freedom.

In India, governments have shut down the internet purportedly to prevent riots, incidents of hate crime, even to prevent cheating in exams. Citing instances of shutdowns, the report states: “In Tamil Nadu, a video showing a child being kidnapped went viral on WhatsApp with a warning of child kidnappers on the prowl. The video is originally an announcement against child kidnapping from Pakistan,” it stated.

The report observed that while the Supreme Court judgment making privacy a fundamental right in August 2017 was a victory for internet freedom, it has been “plagued by security breaches”. The report cited researchers who exposed security lapses in Aaadhar, noting that Indian authorities are “poor custodians of citizen’s information”.

Good News For BSNL Broadband Users, More Data With More Speed: BSNL

Good News For BSNL Broadband Users, More Data With More Speed: BSNL


Following its tradition of revising broadband plans, BSNL has made changes to entire broadband tariff portfolio. With this move, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is looking to compete with the likes of Airtel V-Fiber and Reliance Jio GigaFiber. BSNL has now made minor changes to its broadband plans priced between Rs 249 and Rs 2295. As we reported recently, the entry-level BB249 plan now offers three times more FUP. Some broadband plans from BSNL has received FUP limit extension while some plans now offer faster download speeds.

BSNL Revised Broadband Plans Under Rs 1000

Under Rs 1000, BSNL offers a total of 10 plans with speeds up to 10 Mbps and 70GB FUP limit. Firstly, the BB249 plan has been revised to provide a 5 Mbps connection until 15GB from the previous 5GB limit. Next on the list, we have the BSNL BBG Combo ULD 499 plan, which after revision, gives a user 8 Mbps speeds until 25GB. The BSNL BBG ULD 545 broadband plan also received a revision and now offering 30GB of data per month. All the three plans mentioned above offers a post FUP speed of 1 Mbps.

Other plans which got a revision are BSNL BBG Combo ULD 675, BSNL BBG ULD 795, BSNL BBG Combo ULD 845, BSNL BBO ULD 949 and BSNL BBG Combo ULD 999. The Rs 675 broadband plan from BSNL now provides a user up to 35GB of data at 10 Mbps speeds, followed by the Rs 795 plan whose FUP has been upgraded to 45GB. All the five plans mentioned above come with 10 Mbps speeds, but the FUP differs. The Rs 845 plan comes with a FUP of 50GB FUP; the Rs 949 plan gives 70GB of FUP per month and lastly, the Rs 999 plan also comes with a monthly FUP of 70GB. All the five plans do come with 2 Mbps after FUP speed and there’s no data limit as well.

BSNL Revised Broadband Plans Between Rs 1000 and Rs 2,500

BSNL has a total of four broadband plans priced between Rs 1000 and Rs 2,500. The BBG Combo ULD 1199, BBG ULD 1275, BBG Combo ULD 1495 and BBG Speed Combo ULD 2295 are the plans in question. The popular Rs 1,199 plan now comes with a FUP of 80GB per month, and it offers speeds at 10 Mbps. The BBG ULD 1275 broadband plan has been revised as well to give a FUP of 120GB every month, and the Rs 1,495 plan now offers a FUP of 140GB. Finally, we have the Rs 2,295 broadband plan offering a 24 Mbps broadband connection with 200GB FUP every month.

These Broadband Plans Offer Unlimited Voice Calling Too

All these broadband plans do come with voice calling option too. For the unaware, BSNL offers unlimited voice calling with its BBG Combo plans, but the voice calling on weekdays is capped between 10:30 PM to 6 AM, while on Sundays, users can make unlimited voice calls to any number within India.

BSNL Revised These Plans on Pan-India Basis

Another thing worth noting is that BSNL has made a revision to these plans on a pan-India basis. All the changes made to the broadband plans mentioned above will be effective from September 1, 2018. Earlier, BSNL has revised some broadband plans for Chennai city.

First Flash Sale Of Jio Phone 2 To Start On 16 August At 12 Pm

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First Flash Sale Of Jio Phone 2 To Start On 16 August At 12 Pm

The second-generation JioPhone, also known as JioPhone 2 will be available for purchase via flash sale on August 16. The sale will kick start at 12 PM on The JioPhone 2 is drastically different from JioPhone in terms of design, but when it comes to internal hardware, it’s mostly the same. The JioPhone 2 is priced at Rs 2,999, which is double the price of the original JioPhone. It will be interesting to see the response for theJioPhone 2 from end users. Another interesting aspect is Jio did not come up with any introductory offers like it did for the JioPhone. So if a user is interested in the JioPhone 2, then the only way to get is by paying the full amount of Rs 2,999. With the JioPhone 2, the company is aiming to achieve 100 million sales for the JioPhones in India. Jio also confirmed that WhatsApp will be available for JioPhones at a later date, not from August 15.

JioPhone 2 First Flash Sale on August 16

During the Annual General Meeting of Reliance Industries last month, the company revealed the JioPhone 2 would be available post-August 15. Today, the company revealed it would conducting a flash sale of the product on on August 16 at 12 PM. In the note which we received, Jio clearly termed the sale as ‘Flash Sale,’ hinting at the limited availability of the product.

So if you’re interested in the JioPhone 2, head over to at 12 PM on August 16 to get your hands on the same. Expect some heavy traffic on the website as many users have been waiting for the second-generation JioPhone since the date of the announcement.

JioPhone 2 Tariff Plans

The JioPhone 2 is also eligible for the same tariff plans as the JioPhone. Right now, Jio has three plans for JioPhone users priced at Rs 49, Rs 99 and Rs 153. The Rs 49 plan offers 1GB of 4G data, unlimited voice calls and 50 SMS for the entire validity period of 28 days.

The Rs 99 prepaid plan gives benefits of 0.5GB of 4G data per day, unlimited voice calls and 300 SMS for 28 days. Lastly, the Rs 153 prepaid recharge gives 1.5GB data per day, unlimited voice calls and 100 SMS per day for 28 days.

No Introductory Offers for JioPhone 2

Last year, Reliance Jio introduced the JioPhone at an effective price of Rs 0. The company announced the feature phone for Rs 1,500 but immediately stated that it would be giving the Rs 1,500 to the users back after three years, subject only if the user returns the JioPhone back to the company in a working condition.

However, there’s no such offer from the company as a user has to pay Rs 2,999 to get the JioPhone 2.

JioPhone 2 Doesn’t Fall Under JioPhone Monsoon Hungama Offer

If any of the customer looking to avail the JioPhone 2 under the JioPhone Monsoon Hungama offer, there’s a big disappointment as Jio reiterated that only the first generation JioPhone is eligible for the Monsoon Hungama Offer it introduced last month.

JioPhones Receive Facebook, YouTube and Google Maps

Starting August 15, JioPhone and JioPhone 2 users can head over the KaiOS app store and download Facebook, YouTube and Google Maps for free. Last month, Jio announced the availability of these apps for the JioPhone and JioPhone 2 and on August 15, they’ll be available for the users to download.

WhatsApp Launch for JioPhone and JioPhone 2 Delayed

To the disappointment of over 25 million JioPhone users, Jio announced that WhatsApp would be available on the KaiOS app store at a later date. The company did not reveal any reasons behind the delay though. Initially, it was expected that WhatsApp would also be available to download from August 15, but now, there’s no timeline for the availability of WhatsApp.

In Digital Payment Transactions J&K Bank Among Five Toppers

In Digital Payment Transactions J&K Bank Among Five Toppers

While falling in line with the national mission, ‘Digital India campaign’, J&K Bank has figured among top 5 banks in achieving targets in digital payment transactions. Pursuing an annual target of 4 crore digital transaction for the current financial year, 2018-19, the bank has captured 1.17 crore digital payment transactions in the first quarter of the current financial year ended June 2018.

Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank, Yes Bank and Paytm Payments Bank are among the top five banks promoting the digital transactions.

Notably, the bank has a robust digital banking platform wherein it offers mobile banking facilities through mPay, e-banking, Unified Personal Interface (UPI), Point of Sale (PoS) facility, credit/debit cards, mobile wallets, etc.

Commenting on this, J&K Bank chairman & CEO, Parvez Ahmed said: “We are committed in our efforts for promoting a less cash economy and to provide the facility of seamless digital payment to all in a convenient manner. We have placed state-of-art infrastructure in place to achieve the DIGIDHAN mission and also ensure that the digital money empowers the poor. We are localising digital channels so as to facilitate the customers in J&K with digital payment transaction.” He assured that the bank shall be surpassing the given targets at the end of the financial year.

According to “DigiDhan Dashboard, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Govt of India”, total digital payment transactions from April, 2018 were recorded by all banks together at 741.58 crore as on 09-08-2018. Pertinently, to monitor the growth of digital payments, MeitY has developed “Digidhan Dashboard”, a platform for accurate reporting, monitoring and analysis of all digital payments transactions occurring in the country. Notably, all banks together had recorded 2070.98 Crore digital payment transactions in the last financial year 2017-18.

This year, the Government has set the target of 3000 Cr. digital payment transactions to banks and digital wallets. Out of these, 4 crore digital payment transactions stand allocated to J&K Bank for the said financial year. 

Xiaomi Releases MIUI 10 Global ROM With Version 8.7.5 To Redmi Note 5 Pro


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Xiaomi Releases MIUI 10 Global ROM With Version 8.7.5 To Redmi Note 5 Pro

Govt To Examine Feasibility Of Blocking WhatsApp Calling Services In Insurgency-Hit J&K

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Govt To Examine Feasibility Of Blocking WhatsApp Calling Services In Insurgency-Hit J&K

The issue was flagged during a meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba where the recent arrests in connection the attack at Nagrota Army camp in 2016 was highlighted.
The government will examine the feasibility of blocking WhatsApp calling services in insurgency-hit areas such as Jammu and Kashmir as it has come to light that militants are using the facility to be in constant touch with their handlers sitting across the border, officials have said.
The issue was flagged during a meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba where the recent arrests in connection with the attack at Nagrota Army camp in 2016 was highlighted.
The arrested militants told the Jammu and Kashmir Police that they were taking directions from across the border through WhatsApp call, they said.
Seven Army men were killed in the Nagrota attack.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) recently took custody of the three people, arrested by the state police for their alleged involvement in helping the militants which included ferrying them from the border and guiding them to the Army camp.
The meeting, which was attended by top officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and those from security agencies as well as Jammu and Kashmir Police, was called to discuss the removal of ‘malicious content’ from various social networking sites posted by ‘keypad jihadis’, who ‘spew venom’ on the Internet with an intent to create a ‘law and order’ situation by spreading rumours or giving communal colour to any event.
The use of Internet for making calls has increased the problems for security agencies who have been unable to crack it due to end-to-end encryption by the service provider, they said.
An example of some countries which included those from the Gulf were cited during the meeting where neither WhatsApp voice or video calling was allowed, they said.
An official statement released said the meeting discussed effective measures to be taken by the law enforcement agencies to tackle the security challenges being posed by terrorists, militants and also individuals propagating child pornography using the social media platforms.
The meeting also discussed steps to enhance coordination among the law enforcement agencies, MeitY and DoT to block and remove ‘malicious content’ under sections 69 (Power to issue directions for interception or monitoring or decryption of any information through any computer resource) and 79 (limited access to a communication system over which information made available by third parties is transmitted or temporarily stored or hosted) of the IT Act.
It was decided that law enforcement agencies will closely coordinate with MeitY to ensure that the action to block the content on social media platforms is taken in a timely manner
This will be followed by a meeting with the representatives of social media platforms for compliance, the statement said.

Poor Network/ Internet System Irks People Of Panzath Qazigund

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Poor Network/Internet System Irks People Of Panzath Qazigund


Network system irks people of Panzath Qazigund and its adjacent areas.

Locals alleged that valleys leading network Airtel have failed to provide good network system to the people of area. We have put forward request to Airtel nodal office in this regard but were overlooked again and again due to unknown reasons, locals added.

According to the subscribers there is very poor network of airtel espically internet services 2G/3G/4G are very poor in Panzath Village Of Qazigund a local said that in their area, the calls were frequently dropping due to the poor signals and internet services are totally not working Airtel indias largest network is an advertisement nothing else and customers are suffering now due to poor services” said a local.

Now we once again request higher authorities of network agencies to look into the matter at an earliest.

Facebook Stories Get New Archive, Audio Message Feature And More

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Facebook Stories Get New Archive, Audio Message Feature And More

Facebook wants everyone to adopt its native Stories feature, starting with India. The company has introduced three new features to lure more users to try out the disappearing photo and video format borrowed from rival Snapchat.

The new feature will be rolled out to other markets later. One of the features allows you to put up audio posts, which essentially combines a voice message with a colored background or photo, TechCrunch reports.
The second feature brings an Archive feature to Facebook Stories. Similar to Instagram Stories, you will be able to save your clips privately after they expire from the Stories feed.

Lastly, you will be able to privately save the clips from the Facebook Camera directly to the social network instead of the phone to save storage on the device. 

Reliance Jio’s Rs 199 Post Plan Likely To Trigger Tariff War: Experts

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Reliance Jio’s Rs 199 Post Plan Likely To Trigger Tariff War: Experts

Jio announced a new post-paid plan starting from with monthly rental of Rs 199 and an ISD calling service at a starting price of 50 paise per minute.

The subscription of the Jio’s Rs 199 plan will start from May 15.

The new post-paid Rs 199 plan announced by Reliance Jio is expected to hit revenue of competitors marginally and may trigger tariff war in the segment, according to market analysts. “Move could lead to another brutal tariff cut in the post-paid regime, hurting incumbents further: Jio’s post-paid tariffs are sharply lower compared to the current tariff plans offered by incumbents,” JP Morgan said in its report.

Jio announced a new post-paid plan starting from with monthly rental of Rs 199 and an ISD calling service at a starting price of 50 paise per minute. “International tariffs offered by Jio are quite competitive and we could see downward pressure on such tariffs for incumbents. However, even in a scenario where we assume 10-15 per cent of postpaid revenues are from international calls, and international tariffs get cut by 50 per cent, the impact on overall revenue of incumbents is likely to be less than 2 per cent,” Goldman Sachs said.

Reliance Jiopostpaid plan with unlimited calls, 25GB data at Rs 199 per month launched

The subscription of the Jio’s Rs 199 plan will start from May 15. At present, the lowest monthly rent of Jio post-paid plan is Rs 309. Customers opting for Rs 199 will not require to pay any security deposit and they will get unlimited free voice, sms and 25 GB data at 4G speed. The company also announced international roaming service with outgoing calls at Rs 2 per minute onwards.

CLSA analysts Deepti Chaturvedi and Akshat Agarwal in their report said 5 per cent of industry subscribers are on post-paid service. Post-paid subscribers, although limited to 5-6 per cent for Bharti Airtel and Idea-Vodafone, account for around 20 per cent of their mobile revenue, the CLSA report said. “Jio’s Rs 199 per month post-paid tariff plan is a sector negative and will delay the Arpu recovery for the sector,” CLSA said.

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Bharti Airtel is Now Offering 3GB of 4G Data Under Rs 50 For One Day

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Bharti Airtel is Now Offering 3GB of 4G Data Under Rs 50 For One Day

While Airtel’s focus might be winning on the content part against Reliance Jio, it’s not standing back in the tariff plans department as well. Airtel has now started offering 3GB of 4G data for select customers at just Rs 49. But the validity of the plan is just one day, and it’s a prepaid plan and not valid for postpaid users. As seen with many of Airtel’s prepaid plans, this data pack is also valid for select users across the country. And for all the users, Airtel is offering 1GB of data with the Rs 49 data plan. If you want to check the eligibility of this plan, head over to My Airtel application or Airtel website and enter your mobile number to get all the offers available on your number.

As stated, Airtel used to offer the Rs 49 plan earlier as well and is still offering the plan for every Airtel customer, but the data benefit is 1GB only. With the new offer, the data benefit has been changed to 3GB data. But the validity of the plan is still one day, which is underwhelming, but this plan will be useful for users who’re travelling for a day or so.

And the best part is the data benefit is 4G/3G and not 2G. Besides the Rs 49 data pack, Airtel also has a couple of other attractive data plans under Rs 100. A while back, we reported Airtel’s Rs 65 data pack that offered 1GB of 4G/3G data for 28 days and the leading telco is also providing a Rs 98 data pack, under which it’s providing users 5GB of 4G/3G data for 28 days.

Like always, the Rs 65 and Rs 98 data packs are also valid for select users, not open market plans. That being said, for the users looking for open market plans, Airtel has a bunch of them such as Rs 199, Rs 249, Rs 349, Rs 399, Rs 448 and Rs 509 plans. The Rs 199, Rs 399, Rs 448 and Rs 509 prepaid plans offer unlimited voice calls, 1.4GB data per day and 100 SMS per day for 28 days, 70/84 days, 82 days and 90 days respectively. The newly introduced prepaid plan of Rs 249 gives 2GB data per day for all the users, while the Rs 349 plan is now offering 3GB data per day for all the Airtel prepaid users across the country.

After 4G Feature Phone, Reliance Jio Now Rumoured to Launch Laptops With Cellular Connectivity

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After 4G Feature Phone, Reliance Jio Now Rumoured to Launch Laptops With Cellular Connectivity

After launching their own 4G feature phone (JioPhone), Reliance Jio’s next big move to increase its average revenue per user seems to be a laptop with a SIM card. The Mukesh Ambani led telecom major is in talks with US-based chipmaker Qualcomm to bring out laptops running Windows 10 with built-in cellular connections for the Indian market. The Qualcomm laptops will apparently be bundled with Jio 4G connections. Qualcomm is already working with Jio and Reliance Retail to bring out a 4G feature phone.

“…we have talked to Jio. They could take the device and bundle it with data and content,” Miguel Nunes, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, told Economic Times.

The company has been touting its Snapdragon Mobile Platform as future of mobile laptop computing which will bring the next-gen “Always Connected PCs”. The chip maker, meanwhile also talking with the homegrown Internet of Things brand Smartron to bring Snapdragon 835 powered laptops. Smartron has confirmed the same.

Globally, Qualcomm has launched Snapdragon powered laptops with players such as HP, Asus and Lenovo. Besides, Nunes said that there are now 14 operators that have extended their support for this new category of connected PCs, including the US’ Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and major carriers in Germany, Italy, the UK, France, and Australia.

Last year, Qualcomm and Microsoft first announced that they are working together on Always Connected PCs at Snapdragon Tech Summit. They announced three devices the HP Envy x2, Lenovo Miix 630 and Asus NovaGo powered by Snapdragon 835 and running Windows 10.

The companies claimed that in addition to LTE connectivity, the SD 835 powered devices come with increased battery life with laptops providing 20 hours battery backup. Moreover, the devices would instantly switch on instead of taking few seconds to come out of sleep mode. The laptops also promise better security on mobile connections than public Wi-Fi hotspots.

However, Qualcomm powered laptops are yet to hit global markets, so it is going to take a while before Jio gets their own SIM connected laptop. Stay tuned for more updates.

5,000 Aircel Employees Await Their Salaries As Firm is in Shutdown Mode

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5,000 Aircel Employees Await Their Salaries As Firm is in Shutdown Mode

The troubled telecom company Aircel is on the downward spiral, with many of its offices already shut down and many in the process, due to delay or non-payment of office rents and electricity bills, reports the Economic Times.

More than 5,000 employees of Aircel are waiting for their salaries due for the past two months in various regions the company was operational in.

A source at the executive level in the company told ET, “It is definite that the offices are shutting down. We have requested our landowner to give us a floor to take care of operations in the interim. However, because of the dues, we are being asked to clear out.”

Many employees could smell trouble when they came to know that their insurance covers were not renewed by the company. Top executives such as national head of operations Vipul Saurabh and chief marketing officer Anupam Vasudev quit last month, also hinting at an uncertain future.

Insolvency professional for the telecom operator, Vijaykumar V Iyer, in a letter to the employees told them that an external party will be brought in to provide funds to clear salary dues that have piled up till February end.

“As you are aware we have been in detailed discussions with an external party to provide us funds to make to you payment of your wages and salaries up to February 28. These discussions have proceeded at pace… I anticipate being able to shortly confirm you that the necessary legal formalities have been completed (for all three companies) and that the funds are being transferred to me for onward payment to each of you. I will confirm directly to you once the funds have been received and the anticipated payment date,” the letter read.

Iyer also said that Aircel has begun negotiations with “interim finance providers” and telecom operators for intra-circle roaming (ICR) arrangements.

As part of ICR deals, Aircel will be able to latch on to other telecoms for network. Iyer clarified in the letter, “if it is not possible to restart the network and operations are wound down, any wages and salaries will be classified under the law as insolvency resolution process costs, and you will get these in advance of any creditor or other claims once company assets are sold.”

What Will Happen After Your Reliance Jio Prime Membership Subscription

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What Will Happen After Your Reliance Jio Prime Membership Subscription

Under the prime membership, subscribers would get additional benefits and low cost discounted tariff plans in comaprison to non-prime members.

Since the idea first cropped up, Reliance, which owns and operates the world’s largest single location refinery complex at Jamnagar in Gujarat, has spent more than USD 31 billion to break into India’s mobile-phone market. The 2016 upstart, called Jio, dislodged rivals and has emerged as the nation’s No. 4 carrier by offering call services free for life and data transmission at dirt cheap rates.

Jio is also gearing up for newer data-heavy services that can connect homes, businesses, and cars to the internet.

Ambani said with super-abundant youthful talent, India is poised to become the third largest economy in the world by 2028 — within just a single decade.

“The idea of Jio was first seeded by my daughter, Isha, in 2011. She was a student at Yale (in the US) and was home for holidays. She wanted to submit some coursework and she said, ‘Dad, the internet in our house sucks’,” he recalled.

Ambani said Isha’s twin brother, Akash, at that time stated that in the old world, telecom was voice and people made money on calls but in the new world everything is digital.

Latest WhatsApp Beta for Android Adds QR Code Payments Option

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Latest WhatsApp Beta for Android Adds QR Code Payments Option

Finally, the much-awaited feature has arrived for WhatsApp users. The latest beta WhatsApp update for Android users has added QR Code payments option, meaning a user can now payments by scanning QR Codes. Since the rollout of WhatsApp Payment service, users have been questioning about the absence of QR Code payments option. But finally, it has been added to the platform. However, only Android’s latest beta version 2.18.93 has this feature, and the update was rolled out yesterday as per Google Play Store.

WhatsApp users with payments option enabled can head over to the ‘Settings’ menu by pressing the three-dot menu on the right top. After that, they need to head over to the Payments option and select the New Payment option by scrolling down, which will present them with two options- To UPI ID and Scan QR Code. Choosing the second option will take you the QR code scanning screen and post scanning the code, you will be asked to enter the amount followed by the UPI PIN verification.

Unfortunately, this is the only process to make a QR Code payment. Last week, WhatsApp added the functionality of UPI code payments to the platform, allowing users to make payments using the unique UPI ID.

When the feature rolled back last month, WhatsApp allowed users to make payments only to the contacts list. However, Paytm spotted the absence of UPI ID payments and QR Code payments on WhatsApp and criticised the Facebook-owned company for not completely following the UPI payment guidelines.

Well, after this massive setback, WhatsApp immediately rolled out the UPI ID payments option, followed by today’s QR Code payments option. So now, WhatsApp is fully supporting the UPI guidelines.

Earlier this week, WhatsApp was spotted testing QR Code payments option on the platform, but today, the feature is fully available for end users. Having said that, we have tested the QR Code payments option, and it’s working absolutely fine without any issues. WhatsApp is allowing users to make 20 UPI payments or up to Rs 1 Lakh per day.

On the whole, this is the best addition from WhatsApp since the rollout of payments option. If you want to get this feature right away, download the latest WhatsApp Beta 2.18.93 by heading over to the Google Play Store. Nevertheless, this procedure is applicable only to the users registered on the WhatsApp Beta program. Other users can download the APK file from APK Mirror to get this new feature.

BSNL Makes Outgoing Roaming Calls Free With Rs 399 And Rs 799 Post

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BSNL Makes Outgoing Roaming Calls Free With Rs 399 And Rs 799 Post

BSNL has set its eye on the postpaid segment now. After launching the affordable Rs 300 ghar wapsi postpaid plan, the company has now made a slight revision to the same plan, along with the premium Rs 799 postpaid plan. BSNL has now made the outgoing roaming free with the Rs 399 and Rs 799 postpaid plans, and there’s no daily FUP or monthly FUP as well. The voice calling is unlimited with both the plans- both off-net and on-net calls. With the Rs 799 postpaid plan, BSNL is also offering unlimited calling to landline numbers as well. Alongside the voice benefits, BSNL is also providing decent data benefit with both the plans, staying in competition with the private telecom operators.

The affordable Ghar Wapsi postpaid plan of Rs 399 offers 30GB of data, whereas the Rs 799 postpaid plan gives a whopping 60GB of data. Same as the voice calling benefit, there’s no monthly or daily FUP for the data benefit as well. Sadly, both the plans don’t offer any SMS benefits, which is super underwhelming considering the fact that all the private telcos are providing SMS benefits at least 100 SMS per billing cycle with all the postpaid plans.

But we’re expecting BSNL to change this and offer SMS benefits as well with all of its postpaid plans very soon. Right now, BSNL is providing SMS benefits with the plans starting from Rs 1,125. But that too just 250 SMS for the entire billing cycle. At a time when incumbent telcos are throwing in SMS benefits for free, it’s hard to believe that BSNL is not offering any SMSes with its postpaid plans.

These changes are already live on BSNL’s website. A company’s spokesperson stated that both the plans offered outgoing roaming calls earlier as well, but due to some confusion, the plans were listed without outgoing roaming benefits on the website. However, BSNL has now corrected it and providing unlimited roaming calls with the affordable Rs 399 postpaid plan as well.

On the whole, BSNL is in-line with private telcos when it comes to voice and data benefits, but the absence of SMS benefits means that telcos such as Airtel , Voda  and Idea stay ahead of the state-run telecom operator.

Special & Cheapest Prepaid Recharge Plans Of Reliance Jio And Airtel

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Special & Cheapest Prepaid Recharge Plans Of Reliance Jio And Airtel

The telecom sector that has been battling price wars and debt woes, has been rolling out attractive data plans to woo customers. Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, and Vodafone are all moving  offering attractive prepaid recharge plans to customers to outdo Jio’s offers. In fact, Vodafone and Idea are also in the process of a mega merger that will make the combined entity the biggest telecom operator in the country. Reliance Jio, Vodafone, Idea, and Airtel  all offer competitive prepaid recharge plans. The cheapest  prepaid recharge plan of Jio that offers unlimited data is for Rs. 19.  Vodafone offers unlimited internet in its SuperPlan of Rs. 21. Airtel offers unlimited data starting from Rs. 49 while Idea offers unlimited prepaid recharge plan starting from Rs. 21.

Here are the cheapest unlimited data/prepaid recharge plans of Reliance Jio, Vodafone, Airtel and Idea

Reliance Jio prepaid recharge plan at Rs. 19


This prepaid recharge plan of Jio offers 0.15GB data, says, the official website of Reliance Jio. High-speed data offered in this prepaid recharge plan is 0.15GB per day. After consumption of the daily or fair usage policy limit, the internet speed gets reduced to 64 Kbps. Unlimited voice calls are offered in this prepaid recharge plan. Twenty SMS are offered also offered. This prepaid recharge plan of Jio is valid for one day only. A complimentary subscription of Jio apps are also offered in this prepaid recharge plan.

 Vodafone prepaid recharge plan at Rs. 21


This prepaid recharge plan of Vodafone offers unlimited 3G/4G internet, according to the official company website, The unlimited internet is only for an hour. Within one hour, a customer can use any amount of data to download movies or songs or anything as per his/her wishes, said a customer service executive. The plan of rs 21 however, is valid for one day only.

Airtel prepaid recharge plan at Rs. 29


This prepaid recharge plan of Airtel offers 150 MB 3G/4G internet, said, the official website of Airtel. This plan is valid only for 28 days and comes under the unlimited pack category of Airtel.

Idea prepaid recharge plan at Rs. 21


This prepaid recharge plan of Idea offers 150MB of 3G data and unlimited local and STD calls. This prepaid recharge plan is valid for one day only, according to, the official website of the company.