Boston: Amid discussions with India on lawful interception of data sent from BlackBerry devices, the smartphone maker, Research in Motion (RIM), has said it cannot compromise the security architecture of its enterprise solution, reports PTI.
The company is continuing discussions with governments in India, the UAE and other countries, as well as with service providers, and "believe we have made good progress in those discussions," RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie said.
"I am optimistic that a positive and constructive outcome can be achieved," he said in a conference call with analysts yesterday.
The company had, however, stated that the security concerns were not specific to BlackBerry operations only, as there are other operators who offer similar services.
In India, BlackBerry services have over a million subscribers and virtually all leading operators, including state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), offer these services to users.
India had threatened to ban corporate emails and BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry messenger services amid fears that encrypted communications could be used by militants to plan attacks.
RIM was given time till 31st August to come up with a way for Indian authorities to monitor emails and messenger services. It has been given a 60-day reprieve from the government to continue services in the country on the condition that the Canadian firm would have to ultimately set up a local server to continue with its full services beyond November.
Mr Balsillie, however, stressed that while it is "respectful of government needs and fully cooperating to comply with lawful requirements on an industry standard basis, we cannot compromise the security architecture of the BlackBerry enterprise solution."
"RIM simply has no ability to read the encrypted information and has no master key or backdoor key to allow access," the Los Angeles Times quoted Mr Balsillie as saying.
He said the company knows it is a "fundamentally important security feature" for its corporate clients.
RIM provides corporate email and instant messaging services to about one million users in India.
The company posted a net income of $796.7 million for the second quarter ended 28th August, up from $475.6 million last year.
Its second-quarter shipments climbed 45% to 12.1 million units vis-à-vis the previous year. Revenue rose 31% to $4.62 billion for the second quarter.
About 52% of BlackBerry's revenue came from outside the US and more than 45% of BlackBerry subscribers were outside North America.
New Delhi: India's rice production in the 2010-11 crop year will be better than last year, despite deficient rainfall in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, reports PTI quoting agriculture minister Sharad Pawar.
The minister, however, said that production could be lower than his initial expectation of 100 million tonnes.
"This year, monsoon has been good. Because of deficient rain in West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand, the production of paddy may not be that good as initially I was expecting.
However, whatever report we have got from states, the production of paddy will be better than last year," he said at a seminar on the rabi crop season here.
According to a presentation by Agriculture Commissioner Gurbachchan Singh, West Bengal received 16% less rainfall than normal between 1st June and 8th September, while Bihar and Jharkhand got 25% and 48% less rainfall, respectively, than normal, he said.
India's rice production declined to 89.13 million tonnes in the 2009-10 crop year from a record 99.18 million tonnes in the previous year on account of a severe drought in 2009 that hit almost half of the country.
In a related development, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said the government will provide Rs500 crore to drought-hit West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand for extending a subsidy on diesel farmers use to power their water pump-sets.
"Every farmer will get Rs500 per hectare as diesel subsidy," Mr Pawar said at a conference on the rabi crop season here, adding that the decision was taken by the government yesterday at a high-level meeting.
West Bengal has declared that 11 of its districts are drought-hit, while Bihar has given a similar status to 28 out of 38 districts. All 24 of Jharkhand's districts have also been declared as drought-hit.
Kids educating adults on financial products makes for very poor advertising
Tata Mutual Fund has launched a scheme called Systematic Investment Plan (SIP). I am not sure how the scheme pans out for the investor, for that the editors of Moneylife are the experts. What I do understand is that it's being sold like a fast-moving consumer product to first-time investors, and that's why they have positioned it as an 'investment ka pehla kadam'. Anyway, we shall discuss the communication they have launched to promote the scheme.
The ad film features a kiddie birthday party. The dad gatecrashes the party, and the kanjoos fellow gifts a lowly piggy bank to his birthday boy son. If this is what he can come up with for his ladla's birthday present, am quite sure his missus has filed for divorce, perhaps that's why she's not to be seen in the commercial, but I digress.
Naturally, the brat is pissed off (surely he was expecting an iPad!). And he, along with his fellow partying brats, creates a scene. And the entire gang mocks the daddy for being such a clod. And the bachchas get together and educate the man. That if he is so bothered about saving money, then he must go for an investment in Tata SIP. And then he's painfully explained the scheme.
Nothing great about the commercial, but kids educating an adult on a mutual fund scheme is a cute thought and should generate some minor laughs. And this gimmick may make the ad stand out a bit. But here's the big problem: A new scheme of investment, especially for first-timers, is a very serious matter. Potential investors would be very wary of these schemes and would demand answers to a hundred serious questions. And this is certainly no laughing matter. In fact, a mockery in this situation would drive them away even further.
And while it may be cute, I have an issue with a kid making fun of his daddy. That too in the company of other kids. This only encourages crass behaviour in the young gen, and god knows this problem already exists in the 'Hep New India'. In fact, I can already visualise bachchas, after watching the commercial, scoffing at their parents on myriad issues.
Net-net: Poor advertising. The role reversal trick is done to death. And kids educating adults in this category is a disastrous situation. And yes, the route spoils the kids even more than they already are. Back to the drawing board, people. And if you have children, wish you some peace and dignity at home.