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Weekly Wrap-up: 112 Single Emergency No., Tesla in India, ECommerce Robbery & More…

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It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of all the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with all the tech buzz!

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Railway Ministry is all set to introduce a quick calling service to 139 to cancel train reservation, irrespective of the existing stipulated time frame. The service is set to be unveiled in April for passengers.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has introduced a strict and practical ‘E-Waste Management Rules, 2016’, which will take over from the previous ‘E-waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011’ which wasn’t enough to manage this massive problem of e-waste.

In a decision which can have far reaching consequences, Government is all set to brutally execute a special ‘ecommerce levy’ which will tax simple online activities such as sending and receiving emails, downloading content and even blogging.

While some entrepreneurs are born ‘people’s persons’ and are able to connect well with others and exercise a certain degree of influence over them, which can prove to be a huge advantage, others may need to make a special effort to get to that point.

Researchers studied and observed users of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn networks; and found that those who are rigorous users of these social networks are 2.7 times more likely to become depressed, compared to those who don’t use these websites.

Power Minister has said that they are working on a scheme to sell electric cars on zero down payment which in turn will help reduce the consumption of petroleum. The Government also feels this will help them to reach a vision of having all vehicles as electric vehicles on road in India by 2030.

Soon, all these different set of emergency numbers would be phased out, and replaced with 112, which would be the default emergency response number for any situation in India.

Making normal calls to landlines and mobile phones will soon be possible through WhatsApp, Skype, Viber & other such services.TRAI is in full support of the service and wants interconnection of ISPs and Telecom Operators.

As per latest data from RBI, the value of mobile banking transactions increased by 46% in December, 2015 to reach Rs 49,029 crore compared to November, 2015. If we compare year on year growth, then in December 2014, only Rs 11,323 crore of mobile banking transactions happened in India.

In a step which we would call revolutionary, results from Public Sector Unit employment tests would be now applicable while applying for private sector jobs as well.

Government of India has issued new notifications related with FDI in ecommerce, under their circular titled ‘Consolidated FDI Policy Circular 2015’ (FDI Policy); and the news is both good and bad for the digital sector.

The Reliance Jio sim cards will be available at a cost of Rs 200 and will offer humongous 75GB of 4G data and 4500 minutes of call time. And yes, it will some freebies as well!

Zoom Auto is a first-of-its-kind service in India where in you will be able to hire an auto-rickshaw completely to yourself for the time chosen. Of course, you will be the ‘auto-rickshaw’ driver for the journey and you will not have to worry about excessive rentals and fares.

The Telecom Commission of India has recently given the green signal to the long pending issue involving the recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) about Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).

If we go by definition of ‘food tech’, then an intelligent oven called ‘June’ is a perfect fit. Never before in the history of food appliances, an innovation of such degree has been accomplished.

The new year started on a good note as far as new mobile subscriber additions is concerned. According to Jan-2016 telecom report by TRAI, 7.08 million new mobile subscribers were added in January, taking the total mobile subscriber base to 1017.97 million.

An Indian security firm has made scintillating revelation about a possible heist of credit card details of those customers who have actively used services from some of the most popular Indian startups like Snapdeal, Uber, Ola, MakeMyTrip and Others.

Xiaomi’s latest flagship phone- Mi 5 was launched last week. If you have been dying to buy a high-end value-for-money phone offering the best possible hardware at a competitive price, then you shouldn’t look any further than Xiaomi Mi 5.

With a goal to expand their digital services, SBI has opened a digital bank in Shillong, Meghalaya, its first in North-East. Meghalaya’s Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma inaugurated the branch on 30th March, with the aim to open innumerable possibilities to its customers.

Besides better standard of living, better facilities and more potential to generate wealth, what can be the reason that 4000 Indian millionaires (in dollars) have ditched their motherland and decided to relocate overseas?

Ola, the largest mobile app for renting cabs in India, have last week announced launch of a new feature for their cab riders – Auto Connect WiFi. As the name suggests this allows users to auto connect to Wi-Fi in an Ola cab without having to enter credentials every single time.

Sasha Chettri, the unexpected villain of Airtel 4G campaign has decided to leave Airtel, and join Reliance Jio’s 4G campaign from now on. She took this major decision after a user from remote Umiam Lake of Shillong is taking her to court [Trak.in’s April Fool’s Prank]

In order to make the life of entrepreneurs easy and for giving a huge push to Startup India campaign, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is going to launch a dedicated portal (and a mobile app) for startups this week.

Launched as a 50:50 joint venture between Viacom18 and Reliance Industries, Voot is a video-on-demand service, just like Hotstar, Spuul and BoxTV, and offers plethora of video content online.

Elon Musk, the visionary billionaire, entrepreneur has shaken and stirred every living Indian automobile enthusiast by announcing that Tesla’s latest Model 3 would be launched in India. Elon himself made this announcement via Twitter.

Smartron, the startup which claims to have spent $10 million in the last two years to develop a strong ‘IoT Ecosystem’ has roped in none other than master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar as a ‘Strategic Investor’ and Brand Ambassador for their products.

Around a year back, Doordarshan was planning to launch a service that allowed people to watch select DD channels on their smartphones without the need of an internet service. Doordarshan has finally come out with the offline service which allows you to watch its channels on the smartphone without being online.

E-commerce robbery in India is now a rising phenomenon, and a new case has emerged which overshadows all previous cases of cheating and fraud. A fake mother-son duo duped Snapdeal and other ecommerce portals of Rs 8.16 lakh worth iPhones.

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