India is one of the fastest growing economies
However, the digital payments ecosystem needs support for increasing its reach and usage. A specific support area would be Point of Sale (POS) machines, which is perhaps the biggest channel today, to compete against cash transactions.
At the same time, the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system could emerge as a cheaper and more scalable alternative to POS machines, because of the rising penetration of smartphones and internet connectivity. Budget 2018 can possibly provide the
New Delhi: With consumption of 150 crore gigabytes of mobile data per month, India is now the number one country in the world in mobile data consumption, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Friday.
"Amazing! With 150 crore gigabytes per month of mobile data consumption, India is now world`s number one mobile data consuming
However, he did not share the source of the data.
You’ll soon be able to take a huge trip down memory lane when it comes to Apple’s computer efforts. The Computer History Museum has announced that the source code for the Lisa, Apple’s computer that predated the Mac, has been recovered and is being reviewed by Apple itself.
The announcement was made by Al Kossow, a Software Curator at the Computer History Museum. Kossow says that source code for both the operating system and applications has been recovered. Once that code is finished being reviewed by Apple, the Computer History Museum will make the code available sometime in 2018.
While you’ve been able to run emulators of the Lisa operating system before, this is notable as it’s not just a third-party hack solution, but rather Apple is directly involved and the full code will be available for everyone.
The Lisa was released back in 1983 for $10,000, which as Gizmodo notes, is around $25,000 when adjusted for inflation. The machine was notable for being the first to feature a graphical user interface and support for a mouse, but ultimately only sold 10,000 units.
Despite its flop on the market, the Lisa is a major piece of Apple history. It’s largely the reason Steve Jobs left Apple and caused a huge rift between Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates. After Lisa’s rather public failure, Jobs founded NeXT Computer – which was ultimately acquired by Apple, bringing him back to the company.
ISRO on Friday announced that it would launch 31 satellites, including India's Cartosat-2 series earth observation spacecraft, in a single mission onboard its Polar rocket on January 10.
The mission will be the first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August.
"The launch is tentatively scheduled for January 10," a senior Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official said.
The mission's main payload would be India's Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite. The Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorization Board is scheduled to meet in the coming days would take the final call, he said.
PSLV-C40 will be used for the launch from the spaceport in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota, about 100 km from Chennai. The mission would be a combination of 28 nano-satellites from foreign countries, including Finland and the US, one micro and nano-satellite from India along with one Cartosat satellite, the official said.
Very few are blessed with the ability to walk the talk, especially if the talk is big. Virat Kohli's team-mate, confidante and partner-in-success over the last year, R Ashwin exudes a sense of admiration when he talks about his captain. "Many a time, I have seen him say 'Okay, don't worry, I'll make the runs'. It could be even 400 runs and he would say he will make it. That's an amazing sense of self-confidence for someone to have. And he's got extraordinary skill to back that confidence."
But confidence is a fickle companion, probably the ficklest of them all. There is a need for recognition, constant reassurance and an unending hope that it doesn't desert you. Kohli's relationship with it isn't dissimilar.
Former Pakistani captain Waqar Younis feels that current Indian captain Virat Kohli can break several batting records in the forthcoming years. The former fast bowler pointed out that Kohli’s fitness plays a major role in his batting. "The way he is maintaining his fitness and the way he enjoys his game and focusses on his skill level, I think he is destined to break all batting records in the years to come," Waqar said. Younis, who resigned as Pakistan's head coach last year, said that Kohli’s commitment to fitness and improving his batting skills is what makes him stand out.
"The way I see it he should go on to achieve a lot of batting records," Waqar said.
Kohli has been in sensational form since the start of 2016 when he hit two hundred in the five-match ODI series against Australia before breaking several other records. He scored 973 runs including four hundred in 2016 IPL and the records that he created in 2017 need no introduction to a cricket fan. He wasn’t a part of the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka to take out time for his own marriage.
The comments by Gyan Dev Ahuja have done nothing to calm the atmosphere of fear and volatility in Alwar following a series of cow vigilante attacks.
JAIPUR: A lawmaker of Rajasthan's ruling BJP, speaking on a the mob beating of an alleged cow smuggler on Saturday, has declared: "If you smuggle cows, you will be killed". Gyan Dev Ahuja, known for controversial statements, insisted that the man was never beaten up, that the truck fell on him.
A man called Zakir Khan was arrested for cattle smuggling after he was pulled out of his truck and beaten by villagers on Saturday. The police had tried to stop his truck, in which there were eight cows, but Zakir allegedly drove through the barricades. The police also claim those in the truck fired at them. Villagers stopped the truck and attacked Zakir Khan. Three others with him ran away.
After the launch of Delhi metro's Magenta line, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also address a public rally in Noida.
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Magenta line, a 12.64-km stretch linking south Delhi's Kalkaji and Noida's Botanical Garden, in the national capital today. The Prime Minister will launch the new metro line from Noida and travel to Okhla Bird Sanctuary station. After the launch, he will address a public rally in Noida.
The Botanical Garden Station has been developed as the Metro's first-ever inter-change station outside Delhi. Once the entire corridor from Botanical Garden till Janakpuri West (38.23 km) is opened, commuters from Noida will be able to go to Gurgaon by changing trains at Hauz Khas.
Results of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections will have a huge impact on the run-up to the 2019 national polls for both the BJP and the Congress.
AHMEDABAD/SHIMLA: It is 2-0 to the BJP, which has swept Himachal Pradesh and has also won Gujarat again, though by a decidedly lower margin of victory than last time. As most leads convert into wins, the BJP has crossed the 92 seats it needs for a majority in the 182-member Gujarat assembly, but is still struggling to make the psychological 100 mark. BJP leaders said the lower numbers in Gujarat are not a setback, what matters is winning. Party chief Amit Shah said an eight per cent gap between the BJP and Congress' vote share cannot be scoffed at. Rahul Gandhi has conceded defeat saying his party "accepts the verdict."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to make his debut at the World Economic Forum's annual jamboree of the global elite in the snow-laden Swiss resort town of Davos next month, where he is also expected to address a special plenary session.
While the final list of participants would be released next month itself for the five-day Davos Annual Meeting of Geneva-based WEF beginning January 22, 2018, sources familiar with the programme said Indian presence will be really big this time with over 100 CEOs including Mukesh Ambani, Chanda Kochhar and Uday Kotak, as also Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan and top filmmaker Karan Johar expected to participate. Modi is expected to be accompanied by some union ministers and top government officials, while a large India Inc delegation led by apex industry chamber CII will also be present at the meet, whose theme will be 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World'.
The ministers whose names are being considered include Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek are also expected to be present.
Sources said Modi is expected to be there on January 23- 24 and may address the first special plenary of the biggest congregation of top global leaders including over 40 heads of state and government. He may hold a number of bilaterals besides other meetings.
Former telecom minister A Raja and M Kanimozhi of the DMK were among 17 people acquitted today in the "2G scam", one of India's biggest corruption scandals.
RANCHI: The fate of former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra and 20 others will be decided on Saturday by a special CBI court here in the fodder scam case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of more than Rs 89 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.
Lalu, accompanied by younger son Tejaswi Yadav, arrived here to present himself before the special CBI Judge Shiv Pal Singh.
On Friday, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo had said that he respected the judiciary and expressed hope that he would also get a clean chit in the fodder scam case.
The fodder scam case relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 95 lakh from the Deoghar treasury.
Overall, more than Rs.900 crore was reportedly siphoned off from the Chaibasa treasury over two decades.
The RJD chief has already been convicted and sentenced to five years of imprisonment in one of the five fodder scam cases.
The Indian Army now plans to buy high-tech unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to strengthen its intelligence, surveillance
The plan is for acquiring a massive 120 High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) UAVs. If this comes to fruition, the Indian Army will become technologically much superior which will help in reducing casualties and completing ops more effectively.
Such UAVs can fly at over 60,000 feet and remain airborne for over 30 hours. The existing unmanned systems are inferior technologically. They comprise of Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAVs, and the smaller Searcher Mark II tactical drones, both built by Israel Aerospace Industries. Herons can fly at over 35,000 feet and feed airborne intelligence for over 45 hours compared to Searchers that operate at 15,000 feet for nearly 20 hours.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday came in for praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for shrugging off a superstition that any chief minister who visits Noida does not assume the high office again.
"Those who entertain such superstitions have no right to be the chief minister", Modi said in Noida.
Adityanath visited Noida twice in three days rubbishing a widely believed myth in UP's political and bureaucratic circles that a chief minister visiting Noida would face problems retaining his or her post.
In the city to inaugurate the Metro's Magenta line, Modi pointed to the saffron robed Adityanath and said that looking at his dress, the CM appeared to be superstitious, but had actually shown that he had the courage to break superstitions.
A priest-turned-politician, Adityanath, could be seen smiling as Modi lavished praise.
SHIMLA: Jai Ram Thakur is all set to swear-in as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh at the historic Ridge Maidan in Shimla on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah will also be attending the ceremony.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, former deputy prime minister L K Advani and several Union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-led states are expected to attend the ceremony.
The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 11 am. Massive security and other arrangements have been made for the function. About 1,000 security men have been deployed.
Thakur was born into a poor agricultural family in Mandi district in 1965. As his family struggled to make ends, Thakur was always encouraged to study. An academically bright student, he pursued MA from Panjab University in Chandigarh.
The 52-year-old is reportedly close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Few cabinet ministers are also likely to take the oath, but their names are yet to be
Shimla: Congress MLA Asha Kumari was caught on camera assaulting a woman constable in Shimla. The video also shows the constable slapping the MLA back.
The MLA was allegedly infuriated after she was denied by police officials to enter a review meeting chaired by Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Asha Kumari is the Punjab in-charge of the AICC and won the recently held Himachal Assembly elections from her home seat
Rahul is in Shimla on Friday to review the party's performance in the recently held assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh
The last date to submit application is 13 January 2018. The online exam is likely to be held on 9 February 2018.
NEW DELHI: Union Bank of India has invited applications from eligible candidates for recruitment to Forex Officer and Integrated Treasury Officer posts. A total of 100 vacancies are open for recruitment to the scale II posts. 'The selected candidate can be posted at any Branch / Office of the Bank at sole discretion of the Bank. Hence, the candidates willing to work at any of the Branch / Office of the Bank need only apply.' Interested candidates shall have to apply online at the official website unionbankofindia.co.in.
Forex Officer: Candidates with graduate/ post graduate degree in any discipline along with work experience in foreign trade finance operations in public/ private sector bank in the capacity of Scale-I and above for a minimum period of two years immediately preceding the cut-off date of application.
RAE BARELI, UTTAR PRADESH: Aadhaar card, the world's largest domestic biometric identification system, may have been surrounded by controversies; but it proved to be a saviour for a man from Tamil Nadu.