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PM Modi asks Road Transport ministry to explore Transit Elevated Bus

With China making the first successful trial run of world’s first Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) or "straddling bus" on August 3 in north China’s Qinhuangdao, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked road transport ministry to get maximum details on the project and explore possibilities to implement the same  on highly congested Indian roads. The electricity driven TEB is environment friendly and can carry 300 to 1200 passengers. 22-metre-long TEBs are similar to light-rail train running over two lanes and cars could move beneath them.

Nasscom vouches for Full Flexibility for Apps and Websites on Giving Free Data to Customers

In response to TRAI’s consultation paper, Nasscom has opined that the telecom operators shouldn’t have any control (neither direct nor indirect) on the content that the customers view online. The IT body said that they are not in favour of any kind of discrimination between websites and apps that may arise from any kind of conditions attached to rewards by the platform. Nasscom has not only invoked net neutrality issue but also pressed for giving complete flexibility to websites and apps for rewarding free data.

India achieves New height with ISRO's 20 Satellite Launch in 26 Minutes

ISRO achieved new heights of success by launching 20 satellites into orbit in one go on June 22. This not only made India better its previous best of launching 10 satellites in one go but also close its gap with Russia’s 33 satellite (2014) and NASA’s 29 satellite (2013) launches in one go. Out of the 20 satellites launched, 13 were from companies and organisations belonging to the USA. While one satellite (Cartosat-2 for earth observation) was from India, other 6 satellites were from Indonesia, Canada, and Germany.

ISRO to launch 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite with 19 Co-Passengers on June 22

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is all set to launch 20 satellites in a single mission on India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from Sriharikota’s (in Andhra Pradesh) second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre on June 22 at 09:25 hrs IST. PSLV-C34, which will be making its 36th flight, will carry a Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation (weighing 727.5 kg) along with 19 other satellites (weighing around 560 kg at lift off). With solid strap-on motors, it’s going to be 14th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration.

Reliance Retail Launches Lyf Flame 6 Smartphone at Rs. 3,999

Reliance Retail's Lyf brand has launched the new Flame 6 smartphone. Priced at Rs. 3,999, the product is now listed on the company site. It will be available through offline stores such as Reliance Digital and Digital Xpress in the black colour variant. 

Kaspersky Lab puts India among Top 5 Countries to be Attacked by Ransomware

Kaspersky Lab, software security group based in Russia, has found out in its research that India is among the most vulnerable countries of being attacked by Ransomware.  Kaspersky Lab’s Head of APAC Global Research and Analysis Team, Vitaly Kamluk, has said that India is among top 5 countries that is mostly attacked by Ransomware. Per Kamlum’s “Security Threat landscape” statistical report, India is the top most country that has been attacked by Teslacrypt ransomware (11,674 users) during March-May 2016.

Govt. eyes mobile app offering access to 1,000 services

Government is planning to come up with a mobile application that is capable of offering access to over 1,000 services from the Centre and state governments. There are chances of launching this app by December 2016. The sectors that would be initially covered by this mobile app include National student scholarships, health care and women safety. Named as Umang (Unified Mobile App for New Age Governance) will be available in English and 12 Indian languages.   

Delhi Metro equipped with earthquake warning system

A Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) laboratory has developed a unique warning system for the Delhi Metro that would alert the train about an earthquake so that the services could be halted. This earthquake warning system can sense, record the event and generate SMS to the concerned action points, all in real time.

ISRO to Scale New Heights by Launching 22 Satellites in Single Mission

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) Chairman Kiran Kumar, while speaking at the sidelines of FKCCI (Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry) organised event, has said that after the successful testing of reusable launch vehicle, they will launch a record 22 satellites in a single mission during June-end. Out of 22 satellites, 3 will be Indian and the rest commercial ones (from USA, Germany, Indonesia, and Canada). Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director K Sivan said PSLV C34 will be used by ISRO for the launch.    

TRAI Chief says Open to Free Internet Idea

TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) Chief RS Sharma has said that he is open to the idea that internet content should be provided at free of cost or even at discounted rates. TRAI doesn’t have any reservation if any service provider provides content free, provided the facility is available to all mobile subscribers. Sharma’s comment comes at a time when TRAI’s February-proposal, prohibiting differential tariffs, is under consultation and Government of India is looking at ways of increasing internet access across India.

Bengaluru launches ITS for easy bus tracking

As an initiative to make bus operations smarter, Bengaluru has launched the Intelligent Transport System or ITS. This system would be utilized for keeping track of buses, helping the commuters know the exact location of a particular bus. In Bengaluru, about 6,400 buses have been installed with Vehicle Tracking Systems in addition to the Electronic Ticketing Systems which assist in fetching inputs to the Passenger Information Systems which further provide updated vehicle information to the commuter.

India test launches 'Made In India' space shuttle

Today, the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) successfully test launched the first ‘Made in India’ space shuttle, named as Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Test launch of this 6.5 metre long and 1.75 ton reusable launch vehicle took place at 7:00 a.m. from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

Maiden Launch of ISRO-made Space Shuttle on May 23

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) will launch RLV-TD (Reusable Satellite Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator) tomorrow. Its launch is important because it will be the first step forward towards advanced RLV’s launch by the year 2020. VSSC director K Sivan said that final mission readiness tests are now conducted at Sriharikota spaceport for tentative May 23, 2016's scheduled launch. Successful space shuttle launch can bring down space travel cost by 110thand later by 1100th of the cost incurred by other space agencies.

Tim Cook spills Apple's mega plan to stay in India for "next 1000 years"

Apple CEO Tim Cook not only announced facilities for both Hyderabad and Bangalore during his India visit but also said that they are considering India as a viable investment destination. Discarding rumours that Apple is just testing waters, Cook said that they are here to invest for long term. He also said that are here to stay for 1000 years. Today, Apple CEO also met PM Narendra Modi at the latter's official residence and also launched the updated version of Narendra Modi mobile app.

IBM set to create smart township out of Rashtrapati Bhavan

IBM Smart City Solutions would be utilized for transforming Rashtrapati Bhavan into a smart township. Announcement regarding the same was made at an event that witnessed the participating of President Pranab Mukherjee. The event also saw the launch of a citizens mobile app that would allow residents to report issues using the web and mobile. This app has been created by IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC).

Moto G4 & Moto G4 Plus to be launched in India today

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones will be unveiled today at an event in New Delhi at 2:30 p.m. IST. Moto G4 Plus is expected to come equipped with a fingerprint sensor along with a superior camera quality as compared to the Moto G4 smartphone. Phenomenal performance, exceptional battery life and a fast auto-focus camera are the key highlights of Moto 4G and Moto 4G Plus smartphones.

ISRO prepares for "Hanuman Leap" to launching Indigenous Space Shuttle

Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (Thiruvananthapuram), K Sivan, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has already started to take “first baby steps towards the big Hanuman leap” in launching its indigenous space shuttle. He went on to say that the launch of their full made-in-India winged “Reusable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD)” will be launched pretty soon from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota spaceport. This space vehicle can glide back to a virtual runway in Bay of Bengal with its delta wings.

International Astronautical Federation to honour Indian Scientist U.R. Rao

In a statement, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said that eminent Indian space scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao will be honoured with the 2016 Hall of Fame award by International Astronautical Federation (IAF) for his outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics and the federation. 84-year-old Rao will receive the prestigious award at 67th International Astronautical Congress’s closing ceremony in Mexico’s Guadalajara. U.R. Rao was space secretary and chairman of ISRO for 8 years (1985-1993).

Pebble Technology to launch its ranges of smartwatches in India today

Smartwatch pioneer, Pebble Technology, is ready to launch its range of smartwatches for the India market today. The California-based company will be witnessing stiff competition from rival brands like Motorola, Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi. With the flexibility of getting connected to both Android and iOS phones, Pebble smartwatches can conveniently display notifications from your phone, view calendar events, control audio and create reminders. 

Lenovo Z1 to hit Indian stores today

Today, Lenovo India would be unveiling its Z1 smartphone, under the online sub-brand Zuk. After confirming the India launch last week, the Chinese smartphone manufacturing company will be live streaming the launch programme on YouTube and Zuk official website from 12:00 p.m. IST. Lenovo ZA runs Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and will be available at a price of approx. Rs. 18,250.