Citizens' Issues
David Headley and PassportSeva Support's Auto Answers
Monday morning, after mentioning David Headley's name, some people, to their shock, received automatic replies from PassportSeva Support Twitter account asking for his file number!
 
Early on Monday, when news about deposition of David Headley, the mastermind of 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai was coming out, the Twitterati was surprised to get automatic replies from the PassportSeva Support's Twitter handle.
 
This may have happened due to some technical issues, where automatic replies are sent out whenever someone tweets about a particular handle, like Passport Seva Support (@passportsevemea). In the case today, the words like David Headley was mistaken by the @passportsevemea as someone tweeting about PassportSeva Support's Twitter handle and automatic replies were sent out.
 
 
When ANI New tweeted, "After receiving new passport I visited India 8 times, out of the 8 times I visited Mumbai 7 times: David Headley deposes before Mumbai Court", it received an automatic reply (often called as bot).
 
The automatic reply says, "@ANI_News Thanks for ur Tweet. Pls quote file no, if not mentioned". This was in reference to file number for the passport for which it thought it received the query from ANI News on Twitter.
 
 

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Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

and we are hoping to become an IT superpower . Good joke.

India's growth slows to 7.1 percent in third quarter
New Delhi : The Indian economy grew 7.3 percent in the third quarter ended December 31, 2015 -- down from the 7.7 percent expansion in the previous quarter, but marginally up over the 7.1 percent over the like period of last fiscal, official data showed on Monday.
 
As per official data on gross domestic product (GDP) released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the growth was pulled down by lower production in ‘agriculture, forestry and fishing’, ‘electricity, gas and water supply and other utility services’ and 'financial, real estate and professional services'.
 
Inadequate rainfall this year meant agriculture and allied activities registered negative growth of (-)1 percent in the quarter -- compared to a 2 percent growth in the previous quarter. Besides, there was a 6 percent growth in electricity, gas, water supply and other utility services -- as against 7.5 percent growth in the second quarter. 
 
Financial and professional services income in the September-December quarter grew at 9.9 percent -- compared to 11.6 percent in the previous quarter.
 
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TRAI says no to discriminatory pricing, kills Free Basics
New Delhi : In a move seen as an endorsement of net neutrality and a setback to offerings such as Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero, the telecom watchdog on Monday said no to discriminatory pricing of data content.
 
"No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a much-awaited regulatory order.
 
"No service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal, that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged to the consumer on the basis of content," the watchdog said.
 
Addressing a news conference after calling for the order to be published in the official Gazette, the watchdog chairman R.S. Sharma said the basic premise based on which the new norm has been notified is to make the Internet available to a large number of people. 
 
"We have also kept provision for exception in grave emergencies," he said.
 
Sharma also sought to make a difference between the term "differential pricing" or "zero rating" that is normally used vis-a-vis "discriminatory pricing". "We have used the term discriminatory pricing. Essentially we are saying that Internet pipe should be agnostic to packets," he said.
 
"We have also kept provision for exception in grave emergencies. We have also made exception in case of closed networks, which are not Internet. Anything on Internet cannot be differentially priced. That is the broad point we have made."
 
Crucial to the issue of Net neutrality, differential pricing or zero-rating is a practice where Internet service providers do not take into account the content downloaded by subscribers from some platforms while computing their usage tariff. These become free or differentially priced.
 
Those batting for Net neutrality want a uniformity in such tariff. But those on the other side of the debate feel this may be impossible because service providers have to invest huge amounts of money on infrastructure and different bandwidths call for different level of investments.
 
This appears to have been addressed by the watchdog.
 
"No service provider shall charge differential charges based on source, destination, application and content," the TRAI chairman said.
 
The watchdog has also called for a fine of Rs.50,000 per day for each act of contravention, subject to a cap of Rs.50 lakh.
 
The watchdog's stand was much awaited in the light of Free Basics service and Airtel Zero, which are apps promising access to the Internet by providing them a range of some basic services for free such as news, health, travel, jobs, sports, communication and other information.
 
The issue ran into a controversy as well when the major part of the responses to a TRAI paper calling for comments on Net neutrality only spoke about differential pricing and support for Free Basics. 
 
The watchdog did not take kindly to it -- saying most of the responses did not address the larger issue -- and shot a stern letter to Facebook.
 
The watchdog tended to agree that differential pricing had the potential to expand and accelerate Internet access, and said as much in its order.
 
"On the other hand, differential tariffs result in classification of subscribers based on content they want to access," it said, adding this could go against the non-discriminatory tariff, disadvantage small content providers, create entry barriers and and stifle innovation.
 
The watchdog also said differential pricing violates the basic principles of the Internet, turn the service providers into gatekeepers, which, in turn, goes against the freedom of speech, expression and media pluralism.
 
Applauding TRAI's move, Software Freedom Law Centre, India, said: "Differential pricing runs counter to this fundamental premise, which has had no small role to play in the Internet's explosive growth. In this context, TRAI's latest Regulations are a big step in the right direction, and secure India a position amongst the select few nations to have accorded legislative respect for the principle of network neutrality."
 
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