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Taking a big leap towards digitalisation, the Railways will move towards airport-like contactless ticketing with QR code enabled tickets, which will be scanned on handheld devices and mobile phones across its stations and trains, Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav said.   Addressing a...

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The enterprise communication tool Teams from Microsoft on Wednesday went down for millions of users in India and students were not able to take online classes in the Covid-19 pandemic times.   According to outage monitor portal Down Detector, 68 per cent of users reported they were...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 July 2020
In a serious embarrassment for Maharashtra, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has not yet paid salaries to the 40 doctors who had come to Mumbai from Kerala in early June at the request of the BMC and the State CM Shri Uddhav Thackeray. Fifteen of them have already gone back and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 July 2020
There has been widespread public outrage regarding the deteriorating health of jailed octogenarian Telugu poet and activist Shri Varavara Rao. Pune police had arrested Shri Varavara Rao in Hyderabad on 28 August 2018 in a case relating to alleged conspiracy to assassinate Indian Prime...

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Few days ago, the Indian government banned 59 mobile apps originating with developers from China and also asked internet service providers (ISPs) and telecom operators to block access to these apps from the country. The Indian government says it received complaints against these apps for...

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The Supreme Court on Monday told the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to be flexible and consider allowing students to opt out of the exams amid the Covid-19 pandemic.   A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari, and Sanjiv Khanna took up the matter...

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In a lawsuit filed against Google, the US state of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has alleged that the search engine giant violated privacy of Android users by tracking their location without their proper consent, The Washington Post reported.   For certain features, like...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 May 2020
The Aarogya Setu app, which was being enforced by Indian authorities until recently, is facing tough scrutiny and falling short. First, it was revealed that the exposure notifications system (or contact tracing technology) developed by two giants, Apple and Google, cannot be used by Aarogya...

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Moneylife Digital Team 09 May 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to run rampant in India with an ever-increasing number of infected people and deaths due to the virus. With a growing number of cases, our health care facilities are being overwhelmed, with doctors and medical professionals running short on...

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Apple and Google have issued new updates about their exposure notification apps (earlier called contact tracing technology) where apps are prohibited from seeking permission to access users location services.   Use of the Application Programming Interface (API) will be restricted to...

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As tech giants like Apple and Google plan COVID-19 contact tracing app using the Bluetooth technology, security researchers have questioned the move, saying tracing apps that allow attackers to access a users Bluetooth also allow them to fully read all Bluetooth communications.   The...

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Aravind Natarajan 23 April 2020
The rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across the country coupled with a shortag,e of protective gear for the medical community and relief workers, has created a small boom on the supply side—unfortunately not always with great results.    The biggest shortage is of personal protective...

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The Union Home Ministry has extended relaxation to several agriculture and commercial industries from the lockdown restrictions. In the commercial sector, shops selling textbooks and establishments selling electric fans can also operate.   In the agricultural sector, the relaxation...

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Aravind Natarajan 21 April 2020
At a time when COVID-19 positive cases are rapidly on the rise, medical professionals, our first line of defence in this pandemic, are not only more susceptible, but are testing positive in large numbers.    Moneylife Foundation’s work to provide protective gear to hospitals, as part...

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The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to postpone entrance exams including JNU, UGC, NET and IGNOU PhD and several others keeping in mind the lockdown.   Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said: "The Director General of National Testing...

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Bharat Upadhyay (IANS) 02 April 2020
As the deadly coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) spreading rapidly, people are doing everything to keep themselves safe but what about your own abode?   To make your home coronavirus free, health experts have shared some tips such as cleaning all kitchen surfaces every time you finish...

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Moneylife Digital Team 31 March 2020
Pravin Wategaonkar, an activist who has filed several cases against the tolls on highways, has urged the Indian government to withdraw decision to suspend tolls on national highways as it will only allow toll collection agencies to claim compensation.   Mr Wategaonkar, in a letter to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 March 2020
At a time when the world is facing a serious health crisis and cities across the globe are under lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, two Indian tech companies have merged forces to launch a free 24/7 helpline number for senior citizens.    Seniority, one of India’s largest...

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Outbreak of COVID-19 has forced the Maharashtra state government to take strict action to restrict movement of people and private vehicles throughout the state, and borders of unaffected districts have also been sealed.  While this action was necessary, in the short term, ham-handed...

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Sampath Iyer 24 March 2020
Senior citizens of the country are in for a serious long term haul.  They are the most venerable category to be effected by corona virus.  On the one hand they are stuck up at home and are totally at the mercy of the family members, with absolutely no freedom. Secondly, they are emotionally...

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