September, 2017

World’s most affordable technology city

Bengaluru is the world’s most affordable technology hub, according to a study conducted by Knight Frank LLP. Among the top 29 global technology hubs covered by the study, Bengaluru emerged the cheapest in office rentals. Gurugram, another Indian city, comes second. Bengaluru is also the most valued destination on the employment and property cost index.

Aeris Communications partners with BSNL

Aeris Communications has entered into a partnership with BSNL to provide packaged Internet of Things solutions & services to small, medium businesses & PSUs in India. Collaboration is aimed at propagating IoT projects across India as part of digital transformation drive. Aeris will leverage BSNL’s wide network coverage, to provide end-to-end IoT services platform for OEMs & service providers

PC among highest paid female TV actors

Priyanka Chopra has made it to Forbes’ annual top 10 highest paid female TV actors list that has Sofia Vergara on the No.1 spot. With her earning of $10 million, she is on the eighth position on the list, nudging House of Cards star Robin Wright ($9 million) to the ninth spot. Priyanka made her acting debut in the West with TV show Quantico.

Free mobile phones

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh has planned to give free mobile phones to 55 lakh 60 thousand people within two-and-a-half-years in the state. A plan of Rs. 230 crore has been prepared in order to provide free mobile phones to 55 lakh 60 thousand people within two-and-a-half-years in the state. Free phones will be provided to the youth of every rural household, urban poor families & colleges.

Malaysia bans travel to North Korea

Malaysia has banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs. Malaysia’s foreign ministry cited North Korea’s missile tests and related developments as the reasons for the travel ban and said it would last until further notice. Malaysia is one of the North Korea’s few remaining diplomatic partners in the world.

Indian Internet firms create lobby group

India’s top Internet companies led by Flipkart have created a lobby group called Indiatech.org that will represent the interests of Indian Internet start-ups to fight their international rivals. Co-founder and executive chairman Sachin Bansal will lead the lobby group. Apart from Flipkart, Ola, Hike and some other Indian Internet companies will be part of the lobby group.

Nasa delays launch of James Webb

NASA has pushed the planned launch of its $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope from October 2018 to spring of 2019, citing spacecraft-integration issues. It will be the world’s most powerful space telescope ever built, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. The 6.5 meter diameter infrared-optimised telescope is designed to study an extremely wide range of astrophysical phenomena

Significant decline in Infant Mortality

India has registered a significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate, the IMR declined by 3 points (8% decline), from 37 per 1000 live births in 2015 to 34 per 1000 live births in 2016 India also recorded a major drop in birth cohort, which has for the 1st time come down to below 25mn Gender difference between female & male IMR has reduced to <10%, giving a boost to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme

Ways to tackle cybercrime

29 : The committee, headed by former Secretary General of Lok Sabha, T K Viswanathan, has recommended appointing cybercrime coordinators in all states & establishing cybercrime cells in each district. It has also suggested replacing some clauses of IT Act and amending some sections of IPC. The committee was formed after the Supreme Court struck down Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit

NITI Aayog, in partnership with US administration, will host the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad on Nov 28-30. The event will be addressed by Prime Minister Modi & the US delegation will be led by Ivanka Trump. This is the first time the Global Entrepreneurship Summit is being held in South Asia. The theme for this year’s summit – Women First, Prosperity for All.