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Secure mobile phones soon for soldiers: Minister
New Delhi : The government will soon provide secure mobile phones to soldiers along the international borders and in Naxal affected areas, Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary said here on Friday.
 
"You would be surprised to know that even today our soldiers do not have a mobile phone, as such on a short-term period basis, we are planning to provide mobile phones to army personnel in the border areas and Naxal affected zones so that they can keep in touch with their family via 3G mobile connection," said Chaudhary.
 
He was inaugurating the '8th International Security Summit', organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
 
"The mobile phone would not be intercepted as we would be having the telephone exchange with us that can be carried by the battalion wherever it goes," the minister said.
 
"I had recently met a delegation of US-based company that claimed to provide us with telephone exchange in a box and instantly start over 1,000 secure mobile phone connections specifically for army personnel," he added.
 
The minister further informed that he had recently met another delegation of a US-based company providing blood testing equipment that could process blood samples in just a few minutes thereby saving invaluable time of the army personnel.
 
Regarding lack of a proper law aimed at cybercrime prevention in the country, Chaudhary said: "We have started a judicial process to transform the law in accordance with the technological advancement."
 
"We are fully prepared to thwart all types of security challenges. For cybercrime, we have constituted a high level committee of IT experts headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh," he said.
 
"Besides,we have also constituted a committee to combat the hackers," the minister added.
 
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Railways launch online 'clean my coach' service
New Delhi : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday launched an online "clean my coach" service that allows travellers to get their compartments cleaned by sending an SMS or by using an app or a designated website.
 
"As per the scheme, for any cleaning requirement in the coach, passengers have to send an SMS on a mobile number 58888," a statement issued by the ministry said. "Alternatively, passengers can use the android app or Web page www.cleanmycoach.com for logging the request."
 
Following this, a passenger's request is immediately acknowledged via SMS on mobile phone along with a code. "This service empowers the citizen to get an important service on board and is in line with the objectives of the 'Digital India' programme."
 
Prabhu had announced this scheme in the rail budget for the next fiscal.
 
"Taking forward the momentum on ‘Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat’, we intend taking a string of measures to improve the cleanliness on stations and trains," he said, adding a pan-India "clean my coach" scheme will be among such steps.
 
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Ishrat case: SC dismisses police officers' plea for relief
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking to quash criminal case against Gujarat Police personnel involved in Ishrat Jahan shootout case in view of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley's statement.
 
Asking PIL petitioner M.L. Sharma that he should have approached the high court, the apex court bench headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose said that the court could not pass any order under Article 32.
 
While refusing Sharma's plea to withdraw his PIL after it was dismissed, the court said it has expressed what it had to say.
 
However, the court made it clear that dismissal of Sharma's plea would not come in the way of those having locus to seek remedies in the light of recent revelations by Headley.
 
The court said this on the plea by the Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. 
 
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