Vodafone Idea is gearing up for LTE-based drone trials with Zomato !!

Vodafone Idea is reportedly working with food delivery platform Zomato and TechEagle Innovations for ‘beyond visual line of sight’ (BVLOS) drone trails that will be organised by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The civil aviation regulator has shortlisted 13 consortia what they have been given a green signal to start preliminary trials. Both Zomato and TechEagle come under the ClearSky consortium, one of the 13 shortlisted. Dunzo, Swiggy, Throttle Aerospace Systems, ShopX, Zipline, Spicexpress and Redwing are some of the other consortia that have received DGCA approvals to…

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Google launches a bunch of new features for SMEs in India !!

Google India  announced Today that  a host of new features that are aimed at helping small and medium business enterprises in the country to recover and rebuild their businesses at a time when they have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. For starters, the company has launched the Grow with Google Small Business hub in India. This hub will serve as a single destination for all small businesses to get access to all the products and tools they need to go digital and maintain business continuity, which includes getting access…

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CBSE 10th, 12th Exam 2020 Live Updates: CBSE, ICSE 10th, 12th July exams cancelled, board tells SC !!

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will not conduct the class 10th examination while the students of Class 12th will be given an option of appearing in exams after conditions are conducive. The Class 12th students will get the option to appear in examinations or take assessment on the basis of their performance in past three exams. SC had last week asked CBSE to consider scrapping the class 10 and Class 12 board exams in view of the growing cases of coronavirus infections…

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Dell Technologies partners with Nasscom to help SMEs, startups !!

Bengaluru: Dell Technologies has partnered with technology services industry body Nasscom to help small and medium enterprises, startups with products and services at competitive prices. Dell’s association with Nasscom is set to impact more than 2400 SMEs, and 9000 plus startups that are part of Nasscom 10,000 start-ups network. They will be provided with exclusive offers and rates on Dell’s Client and Infrastructure solutions, said Dell Technologies in a press release. This partnership aims to ensure smooth operations and business continuity for these small scale businesses during such a challenging time and to build a robust…

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Government announces 2% interest subsidy for small borrowers under Mudra Yojana !!

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday approved a 2 per cent interest subsidy scheme for Shishu loan account holders under the Mudra Yojana to help small businesses tide over difficulties created by the lockdown following outbreak of coronavirus disease. Under Shishu category, lenders provide collateral-free loans of up to Rs 50,000.  The 2% interest subvention is estimated cost of the exchequer approximately Rs 1,542 crore, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadeka told to reportersthat  after the Cabinet meeting. “Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister approved the scheme for interest subvention…

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Google cracks down on visually-misleading information, will add fact-check labels to images !!

San Francisco: Google said on Monday that it was adding fact-check labels to images as part of its efforts to stem visually misleading information. The new labels will be attached to the underlying web pages of photos and videos which appear in a Google search, the tech giant said. Google showed how the fact-check system works with an illustration of a widely circulated set of images which showed — falsely — sharks were swimming in the streets of Houston after a 2017 hurricane. “Photos & videos are an incredible way to…

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Indian companies need to deploy robust measures to deal with increasing cyber attacks: PwC

NEW DELHI: Indian companies pursuing remote working policies need to deploy robust preventive measures to deal with spike in incidence of cyber attacks following COVID-19 outbreak, said a PwC report. “…cyber attacks on Indian companies doubled between January and March 2020. February saw a sudden spike, most focused on exploiting vulnerable services and obtaining easy access to remote desktops.  \”There were untargeted phishing campaigns too wherein attackers impersonated personnel  from various agencies battling COVID-19. After two primary sustained waves in February, attack volumes fell to a median level,” the report…

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Cyber attacks in India surge since lockdown !!

MUMBAI: Cyber security attacks and breaches in the country may have jumped by as much as 500% since the lockdown was first announced in March, according to security experts. Internet service providers ET spoke with said they receive cyberattack alerts from corporate clients almost every alternate day compared with an average of once a week before lockdown was announced as part of measure to contain the spread of Covid-19. “There could be as much as a 500% increase in cyber security incidents since March. Most of the attacks are below…

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India looks inward to save economy as crisis bites !!

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to make India more self-reliant, but if the experience over the past few years is anything to go by, it’s not going to be easy. Faced with disruptions to raw material supplies from China because of the Covid-19 pandemic and millions of job losses following a nationwide lockdown, Modi has ratcheted up calls to boost local manufacturing and reduce India’s reliance on imports. A shortage of personal protective equipment at the beginning of the outbreak  increased his resolve — and within the space…

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Custom check for Chinese goods can worsen shortages of smartphones, laptops, TV !!

Kolkata: India’s move to check each and every consignment coming in from China will lead to delays and amplify shortages of smartphones, tablets, computers and televisions, said executives of leading brands and contract manufacturers. The disruption in the industry’s supply chain comes at a time when demand for these products is higher than supplies, they said. Three senior industry executives said supplies will be impacted for brands such as Apple, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, RealMe, Lenovo and several online focused brands, as consignments for most of them are currently stuck…

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