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India to launch moon mission in March 2018

India's space agency ISRO has announced its intention to launch a mission to the moon in 2018. News of the planned lunar mission came courtesy of a Tweet from northeast region development minister Jitendra Singh last week: "#ISRO to launch Chandrayaan-II mission to Moon in 2018". pic.twitter.com/00FlPKcqsr — Dr Jitendra Singh …

Google India must pay back-taxes on $225m after cheekily funneling cash through Ireland

Google has been ordered to pay business taxes on 14,570m rupees ($224m) of profit to the Indian government after losing a six-year legal battle. The nation's Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) decided this week that Google India had engaged in a "clear and conspicuous" case of tax evasion when it sent all of its pay dirt to …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Oct 2017
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India's national internet registry breached, but says heist was trivial

Indian antivirus and endpoint vendor Seqrite claims the nation's internet registry has suffered a data breach, but the registry's parent organisation says while it was attacked the information obtained was trivial. Seqrite says its researchers noticed “an advertisement on DarkNet announcing secret access to the servers and …
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Google India launches payment service that sends money as sound

Google's launched a payments service called “Tez” for India and plans to take it to other nations soon. Tez, the Hindi work for “fast”, requires users to possess either an iOS or Android device equipped with a microphone and speakers, download an app and then link their device to their bank accounts and the Unified Payments …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017

India responds to internet shutdown criticism... by codifying rules to make it legal

The Indian government has responded to fierce criticism of its increasing use of internet shutdowns by codifying rules for when the extreme measure is allowed. In a notification [PDF] published earlier this month, the Indian Ministry of Communications has published the process and authority required for a cutoff of internet …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Aug 2017
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India's Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

India's Supreme Court has ruled that the nation's constitution gives its citizens a right to privacy, a decision that clouds the future of the country's Aadhaar biometric identification scheme. Aadhaar will see every Indian citizen identified by a 12-digit number after a process that sees their faces photographed, along with a …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2017

India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

India's Mars Orbiter Mission – aka MOM – has celebrated its 1,000th Earth day in orbit around the red planet. The probe arrived on November 5, 2013 and last week ticked over into four figures. The mission cost a pittance or, as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) puts it, MOM “is credited with many laurels like cost- …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2017

H-1B visa applications from India plummet (and Trump can't claim credit)

The number of H‑1B visas requested by Indian outsourcing companies has dropped drastically, but not for the reasons you might think. In 2016 the top seven Indian firms filed only 9,356 new H‑1B petitions to US immigration, a drop of 37 per cent, according to non-profit think tank the National Foundation for American Policy ( …
Iain Thomson, 7 Jun 2017
GSLV Mark III launch

'Fat boy' flies: ISRO's heavy rocket fails to blow up

India has successfully launched its GSLV Mark III heavy-lift rocket on schedule, leaving explosion-watchers disappointed. As we reported last week, the launcher represents India's entry into heavy rocketry: its GSLV Mark III is currently able to hoist four tonnes to a geosynchronous transfer orbit, or eight tonnes to low earth …
Ready to go: India's GSLV Mk III

India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

The Indian Space Research Organisation has set June 5 as the next milestone in the country's ambitions to build a heavy-lift rocket. That's when ISRO's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III is due to hoist a 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite to a geosynchronous transfer orbit, the first time a launcher in the GSLV …
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India makes biometrics mandatory for all e-gov projects

India's issued three “Guidance Notes” outlining its government's policies for procuring software and entering into alliances and running RFPs. The new Model RFP Templates and Guidance Notes for Implementing Services (PDF), RFP Templates and Guidance Notes for Consulting Services (PDF) and Model and Model RFP Templates and …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017
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Police watchdog investigates illegal outsourced Indian hackers scandal

The UK's Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating claims that the Metropolitan Police used outsourced Indian hackers to illegally access the email accounts of Guardian journalists and environmental campaigners. A whistleblower claiming to be a serving police employee said the Met evaded Britain’s already lax …
Gareth Corfield, 11 May 2017

135 MEELLION Indian government payment card details leaked

If you're enthused about governments operating large-scale online identity projects, here's a cautionary tale: the Indian government's eight-year-old Aadhaar payment card project has leaked a stunning 130 million records. Aadhaar's role in authenticating and authorising transactions, and as the basis of the country's UID ( …
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India to world+dog: Go ahead, please hack our elections ... if you can

Following demands for an investigation into the security of India's electronic voting machines, the country's election watchdog has invited all comers to hack its e-ballot boxes. A kerfuffle over the machines kicked off after a round of recent elections: some in the Indian parliament claimed tallies were maliciously altered by …
Iain Thomson, 12 Apr 2017
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Microsoft opens Azure India to the world, not just Indian users

Microsoft's opened its three Indian Azure data centres to the world. Azure India kicked off in September 2015 but at the time Microsoft noted that “The India regions are currently available to volume licensing customers and partners with a local enrollment in India”, adding that “The India regions will open to direct online …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2017
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Internet declared a citizen's right for 34 million Indians

The Indian State of Kerala, home to 34 million people, has declared its citizens have a right to internet access. The State's budget speech (PDF), delivered last week by finance minister Dr. T.M. Thomas lsaac, included provisions for “free internet connections … provided to 20 lakh [two million - Ed] poor families. For others …

America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

The United States has suspended “premium” processing of H-1B visas, the skilled worker visa often used by technology companies to bring workers to the nation. The H-1B is very useful for tech companies, because the first 20,000 applications each year by those with the equivalent of a US Masters degree are exempt from the 65, …

BlackBerry wraps up India

Tying up loose ends, BlackBerry has found a licensee to sell BlackBerry-branded devices in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. It now has deals in place covering the planet, the largest by far being with Chinese giant TCL. Publicly listed Optiemus Infracom will sell the devices in the Indian region. The company is a …

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