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Panic button must for mobile handsets from next year

This follows a similar move for one emergency '112' number for availing services of police, ambulance and fire department

 

In a bid to make a mobile phone handset an effective tool for self protection, especially for women, the government has said no such device will be sold from next year without a single key panic button to connect the nearest redressal agency.
 
This follows a similar move for one emergency '112' number for availing services of police, ambulance and fire department.
 
"Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women," Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Monday.
 
"I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button, and from January 1, 2018, mobile sets should also have Global Positioning System inbuilt," Prasad said.
 
The notification did not specify which agency would connect the number, but sources in the ministry said the decision will be taken soon.
 
The Gazette of India notification said from January 1, 2017, no mobile phone handset manufacturing company shall sell in India: "The feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing 'numeric key - 5' or 'numeric key - 9' to invoke emergency call."
 
It also said: "Smartphones without the facility of emergency call button by pressing the same for long time to invoke emergency call or the use of existing power on or off button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession."
 
The notification added: "With effect from January 1, 2018, no mobile phone handset manufacturing company shall sell the new mobile phone handset in India without the facility of identifying the location through satellite-based GPS."
 
The notification defined a feature phone as one that can access the Internet and play music but lacks provisions of an operating system feature of a personal computer. Smart phone, on the other hand, has all features of a personal computer system.
 
Some of the leading smartphone makers like Vivo, Xiaomi and Karbonn whom IANS tried to contact for a reaction declined to comment on the notification as of now.
 
In March this year, the government had proposed that people will have to just dial "112" for emergency help from police, ambulance or the fire department.
 
The telecom watchdog had proposed that all existing emergency numbers -- such as 100, 101, 102 and 108 -- be retained as secondary numbers, which would then be re-routed to the single emergency number 112.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Vinayak Mahamunkar

5 months ago

The Govt.of India has taken a good decision.

Ramesh Poapt

7 months ago

welcome move for safety/security/tracking!may save many many mishaps.

Param

7 months ago

if govt wants to track me using GPS on phone, will it be paying for adding that component to a basic phone?
what is the relevance of govt dictating features on a phone that is a consumer driven product?

Patanjali targets 150% growth in 2016-17

The company will be investing Rs1,000 crore this year in setting up five to six new processing units of its various products in different states

 

Patanjali Ayurved is expecting 150 percent growth in 2016-17, reaching an over Rs10,000 crore turnover in the current fiscal, its founder yoga guru Ramdev said here on Tuesday.
 
“We are targeting to cross Rs10,000 crore turnover in the current fiscal from Rs5,000 crore in 2015-16. We will grow by 150% this year,” Ramdev told reporters at a press meet.
 
The company will be investing Rs1,000 crore this year in setting up five to six new processing units of its various products in different states.
 
“We will set up five to six processing units in Assam, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Out of these, four will be fully functional within this year,” Acharya Balkrishna, managing director of the company, said.
 
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Ramesh Poapt

7 months ago

Sell FMCG companieas?!

Dr Subramanian Swamy sworn in as Member of Parliament
Dr. Swamy is among several new members nominated to the Rajya Sabha, including former cricketer and MP, Navjot Singh Sidhu
 
Dr Subramanian Swamy, a former union minister was sworn in as Member of Parliament (MP) today along with Olympic medallist and five time world boxing champion Mary Kom. 
 
They are among several new members nominated to the Rajya Sabha, including former cricketer and MP, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Dr Narendra Jadhav (economist), Swapan Dasgupta (journalist) Suresh Gopi (Malayalam actor). 
 
This follows the induction and swearing-in of several others on Monday, including the following from the Congress party: Anand Sharma (from Himachal Pradesh), Ranee Narah and Ripun Bora (from Assam),  Pratap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo (from Punjab). Jharna Das Baidya of Tripura, and K Somaprasad of Kerala were inducted from the Communist Party of India¬ –Marxist. Naresh Gujral from the Shiromani Akali Dal member and Shwet Malik of the Bharatiya Janata Party were also sworn in.
 
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RAVI RAM PV

7 months ago

He has done yeoman service through his exposes. Deserves more!

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