India to have 600m broadband connections by 2020: Communications minister

There were 422.19 million broadband subscribers and the internet penetration (internet subscriber per 100 populations) was 32.86 per cent in the country as on March 31, 2017, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha informed Parliament on Friday. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Sinha said the National Telecom Policy-2012 envisages 600 million broadband connections by the year 2020. He said that the government has planned the BharatNet project to provide 100 Mbps broadband connectivity to all Gram Panchayats (around 2.5 lakh) in the country. Under the first…

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Refunds as Pokemon fest beset by glitches

As many as 20,000 attendees at a Pokemon Go festival in Chicago are being offered refunds after technical glitches meant fans were mostly unable to catch anything – let alone “them all”. Disappointed fans will also be offered $100 in the form of the app’s in-game currency, Pokecoins. The event on Saturday had been touted as a chance for fans to come together and catch some of the rarest monsters on the hugely successful app. But fans booed and chanted “fix our game!” and “we can’t play!” as executives from…

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DU’s second cutoff likely to dip by up to 3% points, many seats left

The second cutoff list for admissions to colleges under the Delhi University will be announced on July 1. Many colleges are likely to drop their cutoff by 0.25% to 3% points across the courses. The admission under the second cutoff list will start on July 1 and will continue till July 4. At Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), admission to Economic (Hons) in general and OBC categories will be closed, but BCom (Hons) will have a second list. “The drop will not be much. There is a possibility of…

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Skoda Kodiaq gets a 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP recently tested four brand new cars for safety, including the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq. The Kodiaq, in fact, was awarded a 5-star rating in the stringent crash tests. The Skoda was tested for adult occupant protection, child protection and pedestrian protection.  The inclusion of advanced driver assistance systems also played a key role in the full 5-star rating as the Kodiaq is equipped as standard with an AEB system that detects pedestrians as well as other cars. The Kodiaq’s five-star rating continues Skoda’s recent good form: all recently tested…

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Pondering ‘The Essential Tao of Travel’ by Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux is travel writing legend. I’ve always wanted to comment on Theroux’s Essential Tao of Travel, but I never had enough travel experience to think that my opinion is worth more than 10 rubles. However, I recently passed two significant travel milestones. First, I’ve been traveling nonstop for more than a decade (since 2006). Second, I’ve been to over 100 countries (111 to be exact). Therefore, I’m feeling cocky enough to pretend to be an authority. Here are Theroux’s 10 travel tips listed in his Essential Tao of Travel book  and…

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Uber’s Bid to Move Waymo Case to Arbitration Rejected by US Judge

A US judge on Thursday rejected Uber’s bid to send its high-profile trade secret dispute with Alphabet’s self-driving Waymo unit to a private legal forum, a setback for the ride services company. US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco also partially granted Waymo’s bid for an injunction against Uber over its self-driving car program. However, Alsup filed his injunction opinion temporarily under seal, meaning its scope and details could not immediately be learned. The acrimonious trade secrets battle between Silicon Valley’s two tech rivals has serious strategic and financial…

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The pictures on this Instagram page will inspire you to travel by train again

Indian Railways — one of the world’s largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day — is more than just the country’s transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life — with a unique charm and special rhythm of its own. Capturing the nostalgia associated with the train travel in India is a crowd-sourced community page on Instagram titled Window Seat Project which has been ruling the social media platform for quite some time now. The pictures and…

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Dallas warning sirens set off by hacker

The sirens are usually used to warn of extreme weather events such as tornadoes. “All 156 sirens in the city were activated last night – it does appear at this time that it was a hack,” a spokeswoman for the city told reporters. The noise “woke up a lot of people”, she added. The sirens were activated at 23:42 local time (04:42 GMT) on Friday and lasted for about 90 minutes. Some posted footage online in which the sirens can clearly be heard. Technicians for the Office of Emergency Management…

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Express Your Love by Sending Flowers to Your Valentine in Trichy

Studded with beautiful temples such as the Ranganathaswamy Temple, the Jambukeswarar Temple, and much more, Trichy or Tiruchirappalli is a cosmopolitan city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It has a large number of migrant workers and students from other states owing to the presence of several prominent industrial units and educational centers. Although the city has a Brahminical culture, Valentine’s day has emerged as a recognized event in the recent years. If your Valentine is in Trichy, and you are in some other city, do not need to worry.Many…

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Car insurance premiums ‘jump by £110’

Drivers saw their car insurance premiums rise by an average of £110 in the last year, a comparison site says. More expensive repairs and recent government changes to injury payouts pushed up annual insurance costs by 16%, according to Confused.com. It found drivers paid on average £781 on comparison sites for a comprehensive policy in the year to March 2017. Average premiums are set to rise to a record high and could pass £1,000 next year, it added. Newer vehicles have seen some of the biggest rises, because their increasingly…

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