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(Updated September 17 2021
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.20 billion (120 million)
Mobiles    1800 million 
Landlines: 20 million 
Total no. of PCs: 250 million 
Internet users:    700 million  including  mobile Internet 500  million
Broadband users:    720  million
(wired:  20 million;   wireless :  700 million) Broadband  defined as >512 KBPS

TV owning houses: 300 million  ( DTH 125m  cable 175m)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
NEW!: Indian Drone Rules notified  August 25 2021
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  Next phase of Dunzo-Skye Air drone delivery trials begin today
New Delhi, September  20,2021: Dunzo Digital & Skye Air are to kick start  drone delivery trials of critical healthcare supplies such as vaccines, medicines, and blood packets from today,  September 20 in Telangana. The drone trials for the Medicine from Sky Telangana initiative  have been conducted in real-time with the delivery of real vaccines and medicines. ....
TCS commits Rs 7 billion for a tech Park in Kochi
September 19 2021: IT services leader  Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)  is to set up an Innovation Park in Kochi, involving an investment of Rs 698 crore (Rs 6.98 billion). This comes just weeks after IBM decided  to set up a software lab in the same Kerala city. ....
Drones could be Next Big Thing for hotels and tourism agencies
September 18 2021: Six months ago, we would have hesitated to make this suggestion: The government’s rules for the operation of drones in India, were extremely complex and overladen with regulation. ...
Kerala sets up largest product development centre
Kochi, Sep 17 2021:  Kerala takes  a new step in technology innovation this week,  it inaugurates the Digital Hub by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) at Kochi. ...
Govt offers telecom sector a breather
September 16 2021: The Union Cabinet,  has  approved a number of structural and process reforms in the telecom sector which might to sn extent alleviate its major woes. ...

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Nutanix announces programme for .Next conference
Bangalore, September 2, 2021: Leader in hybrid multicloud computing -  Nutanix -  is to host its .NEXT Digital Experience conference, virtually from September 20-23, 2021. This year’s event will bring together IT and cloud professionals from around the globe to explore the latest trends, solutions, and best practices in hybrid multicloud technology. ....
IIM-A and Bank of America join to set up centre for digital transformation
August 30, 2021: The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), has partnered with Bank of America to  set up a Centre for Digital Transformation (CDT).  “Over the last decade, the Indian government has empowered citizens to access social security, financial products, education and health services using digitization as the key enabler,” said Kaku Nakhate, India Country Head, Bank of America. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
After houseboats, Kerala moots caravan tourism
September 18 2021:Kerala has put in place a  comprehensive, stakeholder-friendly Caravan Tourism Policy, promising the visitors safe, customized and closest-to-nature travel experience, with private investors, tour operators and local communities as key stake holders. ....
Business travelers itching to resume real meetings, finds survey
September17 2021: Business travelers are looking beyond current  virtual meetings to  more face-to-face meetings, finds a survey of 738 business travelers worldwide by leading travel management company BCD Travel.  Seventy-six percent of survey respondents said business travel helps them perform their work efficiently. ....

NASSCOM body launches privacy guide for healthcare
New Delhi, August 23, 2021:  The Data Security Council of India (DSCI) a body set up by NASSCOM, has  launched a Privacy Guide for the Healthcare sector, as part of its Sectoral Privacy Project, supported by Omidyar Network India. The initiative aims to bring data privacy best practices to large enterprises, small and medium Enterprises (SMEs), and start-ups, through the creation of sector specific guidance material. ....
Crowdfunding platform, launches healthcare app
First social network for health Mumbai, August 18 2021: Crowdfunding platform,,has introduced a healthcare community app – ‘Healthnest’ -- to mark its 9-year anniversary. Healthnest is a healthcare community app developed for patients, caregivers, medical experts, and doctors. ....
Potronics Kronos Beta: handy health wearable
By Anand Parthasarathy August 17 2021:  Smart watches are becoming smarter everyday and many now measure some health parameters of the wearer. ...

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O2Cure car air purifier doubles as Corona virus fighter
Anand Parthasarathy September 6 2021: With many Indian cities finding a place in the dubious list  of the world’s most  airt polluted places, a room air purifier has become a necessary fixture in many urban homes. And with the Coronavirus pandemic posing yet another threat to health, an air purifier that can also   neutralise the threat of novel coronavirus hanging in the air is something on many a wish list. ....
Asus Chromebook C223: Google all the way
This Chromebook is light in build and light on your pocket By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, August 18 2021: Hard to believe,  but Chrome the operating system that Google created for a predominantly always-online user, is 10 years old this year!  Most of us, installed Chrome as a second string to a primary OS. ....
Amazon Fire TV Cube: When smart speaker meets smart TV
By Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, August 18 2021:  For some years now, Amazon has had two distinct streams of hardware products:  First, the Echo range of smart speakers, featuring the Alexa voice assistant. ...

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  Amazon Web Servicers announce partner awards
New Delhi, September 17, 2021: Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) Award winners for 2021 were announced at the AWS Partner Summit Online in India, recognizing the technology leaders playing a key role in helping organisations build solutions on AWS and accelerate innovation. ....
Infosys, SAP join to offer BPTaaS
September 15 2021: Global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting,  Infosys has joined market leader in enterprise application software, SAP in  a strategic collaboration to provide Business Process Transformation-as-a-Service to enterprises. ....
TCO certification to include process chemicals
Bangalore, September 9, 2021: TCO Certified, the global leading sustainability certification for IT products, plans to expand the TCO Certified Accepted Substance List in 2021 to include process chemicals used in the manufacture of IT products to protect workers in the supply chain. ...
YugabyteDB 2.9 availability announced
New Delhi,  September 2, 2021: Yugabyte, the company behind the leading distributed SQL database,  has announced the general availability of YugabyteDB 2. ...
Nucleus Software's FinnOne Neo solution, will fuel South Indian Bank's retail operations
August 30 2021: Kerala-based  South Indian Bank  has opted for the FinnOne Neo solution fromNucleus Software to fuel its retail banking operations. ...

IT people
  Prativa Mohapatra is new MD for Adobe India
September 9 2021: Adobe India has appointed industry veteran and sales leader Prativa Mohapatra as Vice President and Managing Director for Adobe India. Prativa will oversee Adobe’s India business and growth opportunity across its three business units --- viz. ....
Mike Yesudas to be CTO at Suntec
Bangalore, September 8, 2021: SunTec Business Solutions, the world’s #1 relationship-based pricing and billing company,has announced the appointment of Michael (Mike) Yesudas as Chief Technology Officer. Mike will be part of the company’s leadership team and will be based out of the USA. ....
Yumi Clevenger-Lee to head global marketing for QuEST
Bangalore, September 5, 2021: Product engineering and lifecycle services company,QuEST Global, has announced the appointment of Yumi Clevenger-Lee as global Chief Marketing Officer. ...

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How Facebook Undermines Privacy Protections for Its 2 Billion WhatsApp Users
WhatsApp assures users that no one can see their messages — but the company has an extensive monitoring operation and regularly shares personal information with prosecutors.  Pro Publica September 7 2021

Tax Move May Not Be Enough ....
India’s government has finally taken a decisive step toward ending “tax terror,” fulfilling a pledge it had made during the 2014 campaign that first brought Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power. Is this a fresh start, the beginning of an open, predictable, and fair relationship between New Delhi and global capital? Blooomberg August 6 2021

Squaring up India's education emergency
In making up for months of lost formal learning, there needs to be action on the education, health and livelihood fronts....The Hindu oped by  Sajith Bashir and Anvar Sadath, August 13 2021


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