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Sexist comments against Smriti Irani: FIR registered against Congress leader Nilamani Sendeka

Meanwhile, BJP supporters in Rangia and Tulsibari burnt effigies of Sendeka on the national highway and Tulsibari market separately.

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#ChennaiRainsHelp: How cab, telecom, and local businesses are joining in

As Chennai continues to recieve unprecedented rainfall, the maximum for over a 100 years, public services have been hit beyond repair. And while the government authorities pool in their best resources to salvage the situtation, several private businesses such as Ola, Uber, Zoomcar, Airtel, Paytm and many local business have begun chipping in to aid rescue operations as well.

A car floats in the flood waters that have engulfed several low lying areas of Chennai

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As Chennai braces itself for another 48 hours of incessant rain the situation is far from being under control. With flood waters reaching as high as the first storeys of several houses in low lying areas of the city to houses along the river being swept by the current rescue operations are in full swing. The Indian Army and Navy, city authorities and local volunteers have rescued, provided food, clothing and shelter to hundreds however thousands remain stranded across the city. However, companies and local businesses are coming forward to offer their services to those in need for free and doing their bit to bring relief to as many as possible.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telecom giant Airtel has extended a helping hand by providing free voice minutes credit and free Internet.Paytm , online payment and shopping portal is letting individuals put credit in accounts of their loved ones. Auto rental company Zoomcar is deploying its vehicles to help people reach a safe location.Along with Ola boats that rescued several in last week’s flooding in Chennai, Ola is working with the fire department to aid rescue operations in the city.Uber too has joined in by providing free rides for those looking to reach a place of safety.AGS and Sathyam Cinemas are offering night stay for stranded people. AGS located in OMR and Villivakam. Sathyam by Thousand Lights Mosque, Royapettah.Prasar Bharati and All India Radio’s twitter handles provided a list of help-line numbersZomato tweeted that they would provide a meal for every meal you buy.Actor Siddharth has taken active lead in organising food packets and making sure they reach those stranded or left homeless because of the floods.Old Madras Baking Company has offered free food and water in all its stores in Chennai.If you’re stranded in the rains without food and water, please step into any of our stores in your vicinity, and stay…
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100 years and running Nestlé salutes the spirit of Fauja Singh

Singh is a true centenarian who has lived up to trying times and old age, yet stayed loyal to his health, as for him, “happiness comes when you are healthy.”

Singh’s undeterred will of running had taken over him since his first marathon in 1989. Since then, he has broken several records starting with the 6 hour mark at the age of 93. He went on to complete the marathon in less than 8 hours at the age of 101 and then there was no looking back for him. Watch the video to know more about Singh’s journey and his incontestable zeal.

This is not just another story of human passion and commitment.

This is the story of a legend who at the age of 104, is an inspiration for all of us.

Nestlé as a part of their celebration for completing 100 years in India, salutes the incredible spirit of Fauja Singh. #100andRunning

Head of Communications and e-Commerce, Nestlé India, Chandrasekar Radhakrishnan said, “Nestlé is ‘100 years and running’ in India. We are honoured to have Fauja Singhji, the iconic 104 years old marathon runner as the ambassador and symbol of Nestlé India’s ‘100 years and running’ campaign. As we celebrate this long and valuable association with the people of India, we are also happy to partner with Procam and Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2015.”

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Airtel 3G data down for updation; company says services have resumed

Airtel users have been complaining about data services since Friday morning.

Airtel’s 3G data services have been down in select parts of Mumbai since Friday morning.When we spoke to the company’s corporate communication team, they said that data services were down for about half hour in the morning, but services had been resumed since. However, when we spoke to Airtel’s customer care, an executive said that services were expected to be down for about four hours more, as the company was updating its data services. Meanwhile, Twitter was abuzz with complains about Airtel’s data services too.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting to Airtel’s recent 50% cash back offer for data used during the night, a Twitter user complaining about the data services said,

After TRAI raises penalty for call drops, Idea and Airtel stocks slip down

Telecom stocks Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel witnesses selling pressure on Friday, falling as much as 3.3%, after regulator Trai raised the penalty on operators to up to Rs 2 lakh for call drops on mobiles and poor quality of service.

Telecom stocks Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel witnesses selling pressure on Friday, falling as much as 3.3%, after regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) raised the penalty on operators to up to Rs 2 lakh for call drops on mobiles and poor quality of service.Shares of Idea Cellular declined by 3.24% to Rs 147.65, while Bharti Airtel was down 2.98% to Rs 340.95 on BSE.The penalty amount would be as high as Rs 2 lakh if the operators are unable to meet the benchmark set for the quality of service in two or more subsequent quarters, Trai said on Thursday. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The penalty will kick-in if call drops in a quarter average go beyond 2% of the total traffic in a telecom circle.As per the rules, call drop, availability of mobile towers, time taken for a call to connect, network congestion, voice quality and network related issues feature in the Trai’s service quality parameters.Regulator Trai also said there is no significant improvement in the call drop issue in Mumbai and Delhi as operators are lagging on various fronts in meeting the standards.At a time when telcos and government are claiming that call drop issue is improving, the regulator has said that in Mumbai, no operator is meeting the benchmark while in Delhi three top players Airtel, Vodafone and Aircel are found to be lagging in offering good quality services.Trai is likely to soon come out with recommendations on compensating consumers for call drops.

Rocky & Mayur take you on Food Xpress on Living Foodz!

Living Foodz will be India’s first Foodtainment channel offering content related to travel, food, wellness, reality and lifestyle.

Popular TV food anchors Rocky & Mayur will bring their most exciting and incredible food trail on show called ‘Food Xpress’ on Living Foodz. These food enthusiasts will discover and bring to us India’s spiciest, most exotic and expensive food on their journey. Join this award-winning duo on their Un-Xpected, Xciting, Xplosive journey on Living Foodz. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEE) announced the launch of its first international 24 hours food and lifestyle channel ‘Living Foodz’. This niche lifestyle channel will specialize in exploring the evolving social status of food; moving out of the confines of the conventional kitchen into a world of exquisite adventure. Living Foodz will be India’s first Foodtainment channel offering content related to travel, food, wellness, reality and lifestyle. The channel was made available from 5th September across all DTH providers like Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel and all other leading cable networks in dual feed Hindi and English.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a nation of gourmets, food makes excellent content. Moreover, the culinary experience can be an adventure, a work of art, a profession or a hobby… the love for food can have innumerable manifestations. All these make up a perfect ‘recipe’ for some very entertaining content. Your thirst for Foodtainment is about to be quenched with “Living Foodz” – the new destination for the best of food and entertainment.Tune into Living Foodz today!

CBSE Board 10th X Result 2015: Check Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in today for CBSE Class 10 X Results 2015

Students can check or download their results on the Board’s official websites – cbse.nic.in and cbseresults.nic.in. CBSE Class 10th Result can also be accessed through SMS and IVRS, which is available through certain mobile phone operators.

CBSE Board Result 2015

The Central Board of Secondary Education class 10th Results 2015 will be announced on Thursday, May 28. The results were set to be announced on Wednesday but were postponed. The reason for the postponement of the results was not revealed. On Wednesday evening, the Board put up a new notification on its website announcing the new date for declaration of results; ie today, May 28.Over 13 lakh students will know the results of their CBSE 10th X Board exam today. Students can check or download their results on the Board’s official websites – cbse.nic.in and cbseresults.nic.in. CBSE Class 10th Result can also be accessed through SMS and IVRS, which is available through certain mobile phone operators.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a charge of Re. 1 students can obtain results through SMS by typing CBSE10Roll number to 57272. The SMS services will be available on MTNL, BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone and Tata Docomo. Students can also call CBSE’s interactive voice response system (IVRS) for a call charge of 30 paise per minute. The numbers to call are (011) 24300699 or (011) 28127030. On May 25, the CBSE Class 12 results were announced with a pass percentage for girls was 87.57% and 77.77% for the boys.We wish all the students the best of luck!

LK Advani sides with Opposition on net neutrality issue at a parliamentry meeting: Reports

The meeting was adjourned after LK Advani gave a go-ahead.
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The Opposition was surprised on Thursday, to find BJP veteran LK Advani on their side at a parliamentary standing meeting committee on net neutrality.As per a Hindustan Times report, Advani supported the Opposition in asking the meeting to be called off even though service providers Airtel, Vodafone and Idea were invited to present their stand on the controversial net neutrality issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Opposition claimed that the telecom operators provided them with a 120-page background note only an evening before the meeting, leaving them no time to go through the whole copy. But the panel on information technology headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur and Sunil Gaikwad reportedly insisted on going ahead with the meeting. When Advani came to the fore to speak, he reportedly said, “Both points of the opposition leaders are relevant. Let us call a meeting later.”The opposition praised Advani’s decision and stressed on calling the meeting off. Anurag Thakur, thought disappointed, had to go by Advani’s order, and thus the meeting was adjourned.The Network Neutrality issue is currently being heatedly debated and gained considerable momentum in India, with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) inviting comments on the same from stakeholders in its consultation paper released in March 2015. TRAI has couched the issue of Net Neutrality within the context of “Over the Top” applications. “Over The Top” applications are the “apps” that one uses on communication devices such as WhatsApp, Skype, Viber etc.TRAI’s consultation paper is not a consultation on Net Neutrality per se, but its implications on telecom operators such as Airtel, Vodafone etc. The TRAI paper argues that in order to have a robust, competitive and innovative market, telecom operators should be allowed to charge not only the end consumer who uses internet, but also the application providers for the data used.

India’s fight for net neutrality

A battle that could decide the future of the internet in India is being fought online, between telecom users and operators, writes technology writer Prasanto K Roy.

Still confused about net neutrality? These hilarious videos break it down for you

In the last week as the debate over net neutrality heated up on social media, a number of posts have gone up on websites and blogs, and videos have been uploaded on YouTube explaining what it’s all about. In simple terms, net neutrality means that every user on the internet gets equal access to the content without any restrictions, and at the same speed.

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Many companies like Airtel have come up with plans which go against this basic setup and will be able to control your bandwidth treating all websites and apps with different speed.

Confused enough? Don’t worry, people across the world have taken upon themselves to explain what net neutrality is and some have done the job hilariously.

Here is the list of some of the most hilarious videos explaining what net neutrality is and why it is important:

So, what can be more annoying that Airtel’s attempts to quash net neutrality? Well, have you seen their myPlan ads? For the past couple of months, Airtel has been coming out with ads for their ‘myPlan’ scheme. The basic premise revolves around being nice to others in order to extract favours from them (like we didn’t know how life works).

– Now Punch Tantraa has come out with a parody of one their ads, sending a message on the importance of net neutrality:

The original ad in question:

– John Oliver explains the issue in depth:

– Hank Green debates with himself (literally) on the issue:

– AIB’s video explaining Net Neutrality in India:

– Jimmi Kimmel takes a more hands-on approach in explaining the issue:

Why "Save the Internet" is trending in India

Net neutrality was destined to remain an esoteric subject in India until a controversial comedy group released an entertaining video appeal.

IT Minister Prasad says net neutrality report to be ready by mid-May

New Delhi: A committee on net neutrality, set up by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), will submit its report by the second week of May to help the government make a comprehensive decision on the contentious issue, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.

Net neutrality means that governments and internet service providers should treat all data on the internet equally – therefore, not charging users, content, platform, site, application or mode of communication deferentially.

Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Image Courtesy: PIBCommunication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Image Courtesy: PIB

Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Image Courtesy: PIB

Prasad told media persons in New Delhi that since internet is created by human beings, the common man should have access to it without any discrimination. He said this entire process of a committee of experts going into the pros and cons of the issue will benefit the government in making comprehensive decisions. “This is the reason we are doing it independent of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India),” Prasad added.

The internal panel, which will conduct the study and submit its report, consists of six members.

In March, telecom regulator TRAI released a paper inviting comments from users and companies on how over-the-top services should be regulated in the country. It has asked stakeholders to send suggestions by 24 April and counter-arguments need to be submitted by 8 May.

Bharti Airtel recently launched Airtel Zero, an open marketing platform that will allow customers to access mobile applications at zero data charges.

The US Federal Communications Commission has defended its stand on net neutrality and its commissioner Mignon Clyburn said: “The rules will ensure that the internet remains the great equalizer of our time.”

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