Author: Anurag Paliwal

GOI Likely To Unveil New Science And Technology Policy This Year

Dr. Manmohan Singh, the first prime minister to be elected as the General President of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) for 2012-13, on Saturday, announced that India will come up with a new science and technology policy this year. Dr. Manmohan Singh, overwhelmed by the gesture of the ISCA governing panel to appoint him as the president, took his responsibility and pointed the government’s total support and commitment to Indian science as it passed through a critical decade of innovation. “Science for shaping the future of India.’’ shall theme this year’s Congress, quoted Dr. Singh, and also declared a special offering for 100 doctoral research fellowships each year to be started under a public private partnership between Ministry of Science and Technology and the Confederation of Indian Industries. While focusing on the events and new initiatives, he said that the the Union would publish 100 high impact a book on discoveries of Indian science in the past 100 years and a Hall of Fame in cyberspace to showcase its global...

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Hand-Painted Indian Film Poster- Did Technology Belt It Down?

Long before computer graphics modified the face of Indian movie industry, the ripping muscles and heaving bosoms of Bollywood actors and actresses were shown via hand painted larger-than-life posters, that attracted a lot of cine-goers to the cinema hall. Hand painted movie posters and billboards, one of the most remarkable art forms in India, rarely make their presence felt these days. Earlier this used to rub the butter on the bread for many Indian artists, in fact, the famous M.F. Hussain earned a living in the dawn of his career doing this. But with time, these colorful, vibrant and often overly done displays have become a dying art, as technology slowly devalued India’s poster painters. A unique art form indeed, it’s not followed by any western or any conventional Indian counterparts, and probably was one of the newly innovated forms that sprouted up from the combination of different cultures. This culture mainly flourished in Mumbai and Chennai, where artist employed bright colors and loud highlights to make the posters extremely attractive. Those strong graphics and the riotous colors are missing in today’s digitally printed posters digitally printed posters. Uniformity, tastelessness, lacking individuality and directness is what qualifies the modern Indian film poster. The hand paintings ruled the roost till 1970. The Bengali film industry, considered to be the oldest film industry, was very much dependent on the hand painted posters....

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National Telecom Policy 2012: Broadband Base Speed Set @ 2Mbps!

The union cabinet approved the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012 which is all set to replace the 13-year-old New Telecom Policy 1999 and will clear important issues such as spectrum estimation and its sharing and will hand out spectrum for licensing ensuring minimal licensing fee and unwrapping spectrum and optimizing its usage. If sources are to be believed, the new policy will let sharing of towers and in the case of low traffic for a particular operator, it will be free to share its towers with other players. The main focus of the policy lies on the multiplier effect and transformational impact of such services on the overall economy. The policy will also try to develop a ground on entire mobile portability. The policy aims to grow the rural Teledensity to 70 percent which is only 39 percent as per the current data. As per the sources more stress shall be laid on chip-making as it contributes 60 percent of the cost of a mobile phone. With this context the government is all set to clear an electric manufacturing policy by next month. According to new rules there will be no specification, and a single operator after purchase of spectrum can use it for 3G, 4G, CDMA or any technology. The policy is designed to enable social sector programs like electronic transfer of money in NREGA and UNIDP and...

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“Suvarna Grama Scheme” Makes Room For A 1000 More Villages!

The Karnataka state cabinet nudged themselves after successful implementation of ‘’Suvarna Grama Scheme’’ in 3381 villages and greeted by the public and legislators and most importantly the members of the Opposition, decided to include 1000 more villages under the scheme by assuring Rs. 1012 crore. Education Minister Vishweshwara Hedge Kageri stated that 400 people will be required to ensure prosperous implementation of sakala (Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens Act) in 11 departments, while detailing the press-people on the decisions carried out by the cabinet. The cabinet for the development of an alternative road approves a cost of Rs.49 crore as traffic is banned during nighttime on the Bandipur-Sultan Bathery Road. The cabinet decided to allocate Rs. 42 crore for the rehabilitation and relocation of 942 families of the historical Aihole village in Bagalkot district to a new place quite closely located so as to protect old monuments in the village. The government also resolved to expand the variety of trades which come under National pention scheme to 32. Now along with auto rickshaw and taxi drivers, hamals and hotel workers coming under unorganized sector, trades such as fishermen, coir workers, barbers, blacksmiths and home-based agarbathi workers, and sericulture farmers will be also included. All these beneficiaries will get Rs.1,000 as pension when they turn...

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Airtel Expands Its 4G Service In India

Bharti Airtel in association with the GSM service provider Qualcomm, has now acquired the BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) spectrum or 4G licenses for 4 more Indian cities, namely, Delhi, Haryana, Mumbai and Kerala. This pact makes sure that Bharti possess a nation-wide broadband control with both 4G and 3G networks present in 18 circles. 4G has already made its presence felt in the cities of Karnataka and Kolkata, and this expansion shall ensure the dawn of a telecom revolution in India, pioneered by Airtel....

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