Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

HCL showcases technologies that make societal changes at Davos

Tech firm HCL Technologies will host a three-day event in a special Pavilion, at the World Economic Forum. The pavilion will showcase emerging technologies that are capable of bringing about societal changes, thought-leadership programmes and it will also feature high-level networking and social events during conference (WEF) between January 21st and 25th.

The overarching theme of the HCL and Fast Company programs will explore how humanity’s relationship with technology will evolve through the next decade of rapid innovation.

Interest-free, Rs 1 lakh loan for farmers soon

Farmers in the country have a reason to smile, as another booster package from the Narendra Modi government is in the works, which aims to provide interest-free loan up to Rs 1 lakh to small and marginal farmers covered under the Kisan credit card (KCC) scheme.

BSNL applies for in-flight connectivity licence

State-run BSNL has applied for inflight connectivity (IFC) licence to offer on-board Wifi and mobile calls in flights.

With this BSNL becomes the third telecom player to apply for IFC licence; earlier Hughes and Tata Telenet had applied. “We hope to get more applications soon", a senior DoT official said. The lice­nce will enable BSNL to be an authorised “in flight and maritime connectivity” (IFMC) service provider.

US could offer oil at discount to compensate for Iran curbs

The US may offer higher quantities of oil and gas to India on concessional terms from its own reserves to help the country tide over Iran sanctions that propose to suck out close to 10 per cent of Indian crude imports once full scale of import curbs becomes effective early next fiscal.

Opinion: Interim Budget 2019: Let’s Not Get Too Excited

Before every annual Budget, the real estate sector trots out a highly optimistic (and unrealistic) wish list to the Finance Ministry. Whether the industry actually expects the upcoming Budget to cure all its woes with a wave of its magic wand is beside the point. Unrealistic expectations — many completely outside the purview of the Finance Ministry — have become the norm.

How prepared are Indian businesses to fight cyber fraud

In 2018, an engineering company in Mumbai was the victim of a cyber attack, who made transfer of over Rs 20 lakh from their accounts. According to the registered FIR by Powai police, it was a case of Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attack, where attackers intercepted the communication of the company and targeted the hacked parties for transferring the money in hacker’s account. No arrests have been made in the case as yet. MITM is a public domain wireless attack, which can be performed very easily by a small level hacker.

Rohingya families flee India after deportations

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslim families have left India for Bangladesh since seven Rohingya men were deported to their home country Myanmar in October, community leaders said on Thursday, and more were preparing to flee a crackdown.

Allocation of microwave spectrum doesn’t flout SC order: Manoj Sinha

Refuting strongly the allegation of giving away valuable telecom spectrum without auction and thereby defying the Supreme Court order, telecom minister Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said administrative allocation of microwave spectrum did not violate the apex court order as the order was only for access spectrum not backhaul like microwave and the entire process was done under TRAI recommendations.