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Mukesh Ambani-led RJIL plans to launch 4G services

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) is planning to provide fourth generation (4G) services. Mukesh Ambani-led telecom firm will do this through integrated system and use LTE (long-term evolution) in 800MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,300MHz bands. RJIL has pan-India Unified Licence and the only private company to have Broadband Wireless Access in all the 22 telecom circles of India. 4G services will provide really fast internet connectivity.

CERN Felicitates Gyalwang Drukpa for his Contribution to Science and Spiritualism

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research at Geneva, has felicitated leader of the Drukpa-order of Buddhism, his Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, during the event "Science Meets Buddhism: Great Minds, Great Matters" for his contribution to both science and spirituality. During the event, Gyalwang Drukpa said that there are some common grounds between modern scientific principles and Buddhist philosophy and both the disciplines try to understand perceptions of reality as well as understanding of natural world in a deeper manner. Gyalwang Drukpa recently walked 800kms (from Varanasi to Lumbini) in support of PM Narendra Modi’s Clean India Movement.

India's First Location-Based Fashion Discovery Platform for Android Launched

Fashalot has created a unique mobile platform/application that is the first location-based fashion discovery platform in India. Available information shows that with the help of this new Fashalot web platform cum app, Indian consumers will be able to check out the best available prices of accessories, footwears, and apparels from the finest labels available in the stores situated in a nearby location. As per reports, at the event launch of the app on Android, Co-Founder of Fashalot Amit Khosla said that this new initiative will give Indian consumers first-of-its kind virtual experience of checking out prices and look of the products at nearest stores even before walking into it.

Australian Foreign Minister hopes for Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement to Conclude by 2015-end

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is in India on a four-day visit, said in Chennai that India and Australia are exploring ways of concluding the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement at an early date. Bishop also said that both the strategic partners are hoping to reach a framework agreement by 2015-end and supply of uranium will be done by Australia after that. Back in September 2014, preliminary civilian nuclear agreement was signed by both countries when Australian PM Tony Abbot visited India. Access to Australia uranium market is crucial for India as the former is the reservoir of 40 per cent of total uranium available in the world.

HTC One M9+ Launched in India

HTC has launched its flagship smartphone One M9+ in India that will be available from coming May 2015 at a price of Rs. 52,500. Launch of HTC E9+ is also announced but details about its availability and pricing have not yet been revealed. HTC One M9+ comes with a 2000p resolution 5-inch display, 20MP primary rear camera, HTC UltraPixel front-faced camera, 3GB RAM, MediaTek Helio X10 core processor, and a metallic body. Some of the other notable specs of HTC One M9+ are Android Lollipop OS, incorporation of HTC's Sense 7 technology, fingerprint sensor, HTC BoomSound with Dolby Audio surround sound, and battery capacity of 2840mAh.

Indian Scientists develop Unoque Laser-based Portable Surveillance Device for Locating Optical Threats

Indian defence scientists at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have developed a unique device known as Optical Target Locater (OTL) for identifying snipers. This will provide a boost to security agencies. Sources in the department say that this new device will help identify any optical threat (riflescope, telescopic sights, binoculars, etc.) and is going to be highly effective in providing VIP security. Defence scientists have produced it mainly for the armed forces at LASTEC (Laser Science and Technology Centre). As per reports, Delhi police will be the first Indian official agency to use Optical Target Locater. This new device uses laser technology, especially cat's eye effect, for identifying optical threats.

HDFC Bank to Launch Mobile Banking App on Apple Watch later this Month

HDFC Bank is all set to enter the ‘watch banking’ market space, the first-of-its-kind in India, as it prepares to launch mobile banking app on Apple Watch later this month.  HDFC Bank’s digital banking head, Nitin Chugh, said that they would be offering eight to ten features generally available in the mobile banking application. He also said that they started development of the application when developers’ kit was released by Apple Watch. Customers of HDFC Bank will be able to make payments for utility bills, check account statement, request for chequebooks, pre-paid mobile phone recharge, and balance enquiry through use of Apple Watch app.              

Two scientists from Gujarat built self-driven car

Two scientists Kaushal Jani and Nirav Desai, Assistant Professor at Amiraj College of Engineering from Gujarat have built a self-driven car in just 28 days. The car can accelerate, change gears, steer and apply break without anybody on driver's seat. This self-driven car is instructed through a devise which needs 3G networks to operate.

Xiaomi's first global event in India on 23rd April

Xiaomi's first global Mi phone event has been scheduled in India on April 23. The event will be attended by Xiaomi CEO and founder Lei Jun. The new smartphone will be a mid-range phone and will have Android Lollipop operating system. Beijing-based Xiaomi has Bharti Airtel and the Mobile Store as offline sales partners. Last year Xiaomi sold 61.1 million smartphones in India.

Lenovo P70 Launched in India for Rs 15,999

Lenovo ultimately launched its P70 smartphone in India, one and half months after launching it in China. As per media reports, this new smartphone boasts of 4G LTE connectivity and a massive 4,000 mAh battery capacity. Lenovo P70 gives users a maximum standby time of 696 hours on 3G networks and maximum talk time of 18 hours. Other features of this smartphone are Android 4.4 KitKat OS, 5-inch HD IPS display of 720x1280 pixels resolution, dual-SIM (micro) feature, 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek (MT6752) processor, Mali T760-MP2 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB in-built storage, up to 32GB expandable storage, among others. P70 will be available in India from April 14 and is priced at Rs 15,999.

Vodafone India Strives for Better Customer Satisfaction in Mumbai

Ishmeet Singh, Mumbai circle’s Business Head of Vodafone India, told media that the company has invested more than Rs. 1,000 crore in Mumbai itself for expanding network, distribution, and retail from April 2014 to March 2015. He went on to say that the company has extensive plans of investing more on non-spectrum related programmes in the near future for providing better product and services to the customers to enhance customer satisfaction. As per Singh, Vodafone India sees great opportunity in data and 3G services and has plans of launching 4G services.

Apple India Sales and Revenue Increase by Over 40 Per Cent

Apple India’s revenue has increased by 40 per cent during 2014-15 fiscal over previous financial year to touch the $1 billion revenue mark. Reports say that the revenue of Apple, which didn’t take the Indian smartphone market seriously during the early iPhone-iPad boom, has trebled since 2011-12. Cybermedia Research figures show that unit sales of apple phones have increased from 9.28 lakh units to 1.3 million units, a 42 per cent rate of growth. International Data Corporation’s consumer mobility lead and associate director for Asia Pacific region Shiv Putcha told media that Apple has done better in India than the general expectation.  

System Integration by NPCI Enables RuPay Card Holders of PSU Banks to Buy Online

National Payments Corporation of India in a statement said that customers of Public Sector banks having RuPay cards can now buy goods and services (including air, road, and railway tickets) from different eCommerce portals and online stores as it has completed system integration. Reports say that RuPay Cards are expected to earn high revenue for the banks. Currently, more than thirty thousand online merchants including LIC, Snapdeal, Jet Airways, IRCTC, Flipkart, Bookmyshow and others accept RuPay cards. As per a NPCI statement, 140 million RuPay card holders can start purchasing online by starting with a one-time registration followed by two-factor authentication process every time they make a purchase.

Air Quality to Deteriorate in Mumbai and Delhi Significantly Tomorrow and the Day After

As per a body under the Ministry of Earth Science, SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research), quality of air in Mumbai as well as Delhi will be very poor due to the dust storm that started in the Gulf region last week. SAFAR also said that the dust storm has now crossed Arabian Sea and it will lower the air quality of both the major Indian cities significantly on 7 and 8 April. SAFAR forecasts considerable increase in PM10 (by 20 to 30 per cent) and PM2.5 levels (by 30 to 40 per cent) in Mumbai, Nasik, and northern parts of Maharashtra.

Gionee working to expand its team size in India

Chinese handset maker Gionee is planning to increase its research and development team in India as the company is aiming to double its sales to 8 million unit this year. Gionee is working to customize its software for Indian customers but hardware will remain almost the same. As per media report Gionee has a team of 12 people and expected to increase team size to 30 highly skilled people.

Zebronics brings New Portable Power Bank ZEB-PG10000 having 10,000mAh Battery at just Rs. 1,999

Zebronics has launched a portable power bank ZEB-PG10000 in India that will have a price tag of Rs. 1,999. This product has been launched under the existing Power Grid category range. Reports say that ZEB-PG10000 comes with a 10,000mAh battery that claims to charge a smartphone over three times on a single charge. This new product has 2 USB ports, 2A output, a built-in torch, and an LED indicator for showing level of battery. Security features of ZEB-PG10000 portable power bank include overcharge protection, discharge protection, and input/output short protection. This new Zebronics product comes with one-year warranty.

Whatsapp Launches App-to-App Voice Call Facility; Indian Telecom Companies Feel the Heat

Indian users of WhatsApp now can make voice calls to contacts and friends from upgraded WhatsApp installed in their smartphone, media reports said. The launch of this app-to-app voice call facility has given jitters to the telecom companies as they fear data revenue loss from the Whatsapp voice call facility and other over-the-top (OTT) service providers including Hike, Line, and WeChat. Voice calling feature of Whatsapp has been released in the Indian market at a time when TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) is asking for comments on ‘Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services’ consultation paper. As per reports, the last date of submitting comments on the paper is 8 May 2015.      

India to Witness Lunar Eclipse on April 4

Experts say that depending upon the extent of night sky visibility, sky gazers of India can enjoy lunar eclipse on April 4. B G Sidharth, Director of B M Birla Science Centre, said that the eclipse will begin at 15.47 hours. However, it is only at around 17.30 hours that the full lunar eclipse will start. At 17.32 hours, total eclipse will start ending. Lunar eclipse occurs due to projection of earth’s shadow on moon due to the former’s coming between sun and moon. At 18.32 hours, the partially eclipsed moon will rise and the phase will continue till 19.15 hours.  

Jack Ma calls B2B Model More Suited for India and Regarded B2C Model American

Jack Ma, founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, has said that both Flipkart and Amazon follow B2C model, which is predominantly American in nature. However, he stressed on the fact that for both India and China the best suited model is B2B. The statement comes after Jack Ma met Indian PM Narendra Modi and indicated of expanding his India presence by helping small businesses. Jack Ma’s renewed interest in the Indian market can be gauged from the recently published Asia Pacific Tech Market Outlook report by Forrester Research, forecasting over 10 per cent growth in its tech purchases during 2015-16, the fastest in the region.

ISRO to Help Ministry of Environment and Forest for Detection of Illegal River Mining

As per Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre’s (NRSC) Director, VK Dadhwal, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to help Ministry of Environment and Forest for detecting illegal mining in rivers  by letting them use satellite images. While talking to media-persons at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Dadhwal said that The Indian Bureau of Mines have been assigned the work of drawing boundary lines for sand mines. The NRSC Director made these statements while responding to a media question on Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar statement on the similar use of ISRO pictures for mapping river for identifying illegal mining of sand.