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Google Talk service partly restored

Google Talk has been partially restored after going offline on Thursday in India and other parts of the world for hours together

New Delhi: Popular instant messaging service Google Talk has been partially restored after going offline in India and other parts of the world for hours together, reports PTI.

 

"Google Talk service has already been restored for some users...We expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change," Google said in an update at 2020 hours.

 

It is estimated that there are thousands of Google Talk users in India.

 

However, half an hour later, Google said the problem with Google Talk should be resolved.

 

"We apologise for the inconvenience... If you are still experiencing an issue, please contact us via the Google Help Centre," it said.

 

Social media was abuzz with messages about Google Talk issues on Thursday.

 

After widespread reports of outage, Google at 1610 hours informed users that it was "investigating reports of an issue with Google Talk. We will provide more information shortly".

 

Minutes later, the company acknowledged that the outage had affected majority of its users.

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KBC-6 to go on air by August-end or September, Big B remains as host

With 'the power of knowledge' as the central theme, the makers of KBC announced `Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dila Sakta Hai' as the communication theme for the sixth season.

 
Mumbai: The makers of the popular game show featuring Amitabh Bachchan, `Kaun Banega Crorepati' (KBC), are back with sixth season, likely to start in September or August-end, reports PTI.
 
KBC is the Indian version of the UK game show `Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'. It was first aired in 2000, and marked Bachchan's TV debut.
 
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan tried to fill his shoes in the third edition, but the Big B later returned to anchor the fourth and fifth seasons.
 
With 'the power of knowledge' as the central theme, the makers of the show announced `Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dila Sakta Hai' as the communication theme for the sixth season.
 
"The challenge was how we should take the philosophy to the next level. We came up with `Gyaan hi aapko aapka...' because it is a great factor to empower people. One of the most important parts of the show is how do we democratize the entire KBC," said Danish Khan, Senior Vice President & Marketing head, SET.
 
Bachchan underwent an abdominal surgery in February and was advised rest for sometime. There were reports that he might not host the show, but he is back.
 
"There is nobody like Mr Bachchan. His appeal transcends across all age groups. He can relate and connect with people of all backgrounds. His command over the language - both Hindi, English and many other local languages, his humility and sincerity are the factors that drive his popularity," Khan said.
 
The show will be aired on prime time on Sony.
 
"We can't tell the exact slot as we are brainstorming the right time. But certainly it will be a prime time slot," he said.
 

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IRDA wants kirana shops, chemists to sell micro insurance

IRDA wants to allow individual owners of kirana shops, fair price shops, medical shops, petrol pumps and individual PCO operators to be categorize as micro insurance agents

 
New Delhi: To promote penetration of insurance in the country, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has proposed to rope in kirana shopowners, chemists shops and petrol pump operators to sell micro insurance products, reports PTI.
 
Micro insurance products are schemes with low ticket size and targeted towards rural and urban poor.
 
"In order to broadbase the micro insurance business there is a case to expand the micro insurance agency base by adding few more distribution partners or Individuals," IRDA said in an exposure draft on Micro Insurance Regulations.
 
The IRDA proposes to allow individual owners of kirana shops, fair price shops, medical shops, petrol pumps, individual public call office (PCO) operators to be categorize as micro insurance agents.
 
"Since, these individuals have a physical presence and standing in these specific market segments as those of the existing Standalone Micro Insurance Agents, it is considered that they stand on similar footing along with standalone micro insurance agents," the IRDA said.
 
Currently some entities like non-government organisations (NGOs), Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) and Self help Groups (SHGs) currently work as micro insurance agent.
 
District Cooperative banks, Regional Rural Banks, primary Agricultural Cooperative societies, individual agents too work as micro insurance agents.
 
It said that the intent of regulation in the sector is yet to take off since the notification of the Micro Insurance regulations in November, 2005.
 
For the year ending March 2011, 36.50 lakh new policies were issues by collecting Rs130.40 crore of new business under individual life insurance business. In respect of group policies, micro insurance covered 1.53 crore lives and garnered Rs155.22 crore premium.
 

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