India now exporting mobile phones worth USD 3 bn: Modi

India used to import mobile phones worth USD 8 billion seven years ago and now the country is exporting such devices worth USD 3 billion while reducing imports significantly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday. Continue Reading

Twitter alleges threat to free speech, govt hits back, Sundar Pichai reacts

Twitter has accused the government of ‘dangerous overreach that is inconsistent with open, democratic principles’, and alleged that it has been forced to ‘withhold’ (block in India) portions of ‘legitimate free speech’ on its platform over fears around the safety of its employees and threats of financial penalties. Continue Reading

Twitter fallout: Centre endorses Koo app as desi alternative

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) and some other government departments have set up accounts on native micro-blogging site Koo after Twitter did not comply with the government’s directive to block some tweets and accounts, the homegrown firm said. Continue Reading

Centre warns Twitter of penal action over genocide hashtags

Government has directed Twitter to comply with its order to remove contents/accounts related to farmer genocide hashtags, and warned that the microblogging platform may face ‘penal action’ for non-compliance of its order, according to sources. Continue Reading

HDFC partners with goverment for e-services

HDFC Bank and CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd, a special purpose vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, have jointly announced the EMI Collection Services for CSC-HDFC bank’s business correspondents across the country. Continue Reading

Chatbot on the cards for e-governance

The government on Friday invited bids to develop a chatbot or voice assistance application like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant to deliver e-governance services to the public. Continue Reading

India’s move to ban TikTok, Helo, WeChat shocks China

In what is being viewed as ‘digital surgical strike’ against China, the government of India on Monday night banned 59 applications, most of them popular Chinese apps such as TikTok, Helo, Shareit, Mi Video Call, Club Factory and Cam Scanner, citing threat to national security and sovereignty. Continue Reading