Friday, 19 August, 2022

Topic: MeitY

Why is India no electronics hub like China? Govt cites high tariffs, no subsidies as challenges

Vision Document for the electronics manufacturing industry aims for it to be worth $300 billion by 2026, notes ‘punitive duty and tax’, lack of ‘robust ecosystem’ as challenges.

Didn’t assign budget for snooping software, says MeitY, 2 days after MoD denied Pegasus role

Reply came from MoS IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar, in response to query from Karti Chidambaram, who had sought details of budget allocated, if any, to buy such a software.

Database for unorganised workers expected to take off this month, after several missed deadlines

On 29 June, the Supreme Court had fixed 31 July as the deadline for the Centre to make the portal operational. The database’s dry run and security audit is underway now.

Govt issues ‘one last notice’ to Twitter to comply with new IT rules

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology warned that failure to adhere to the norms will lead to the platform losing exemption from liability under the IT Act.

These are the apps and websites Modi govt blocked in 2020

Between 13 January and 9 October 2020, block orders issued to internet service providers by the telecom department covered 1,364 online domains, 100 websites & 177 apps.

Modi govt is considering a new law to oversee news on TV and digital platforms

There are currently no legislative provisions governing online news or OTT platforms, with self-regulation or industry oversight being the order of the day.

Govt’s OTT move aims to clearly define jurisdiction over content & platforms — I&B secy

I&B secretary Amit Khare said the decision to bring OTT platforms such as Hotstar & Netflix under the ministry was to ensure online and offline content is not treated differently.

Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, digital news media brought under I&B ministry jurisdiction

I&B ministry had been seeking jurisdiction over OTTs and digital media platforms due to a lack of clarity over regulations on content.

India needs laws to regulate app stores but first know how Google, Apple control the system

Google's attempt to bring its model of operation closer to Apple’s App Store and build a similar tightly controlled mobile environment has been thwarted. But for how long?

From X-rays detecting infection to virtual OPD — how NIC is using AI to fight Covid

An AI model is being developed to detect signs of novel coronavirus infection by looking at an individual’s chest x-ray.

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Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J.P. Nadda with Bihar BJP leaders at a core committee meeting in New Delhi | PTI

What Left parties’ decision to not join Bihar alliance means for India’s Dalits, women, MBCs

Top leaders of the Left are English-speaking 'upper' caste elites. And they won't let MLAs become ministers lest they should threaten their elite power.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.