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Doubts Over Huawei’s Participation in India’s 5G Roll out Deepens

Spectrum for 5G is likely to be auctioned in October and the 5G High Level Forum envisages the technology to be deployed in the country by 2020

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FILE - A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China, Sept. 28, 2018. VOA

Despite its willingness to sign a “no backdoor” policy with India, doubts over Huawei’s participation in India’s 5G roll out process deepened after a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) flagged security as the primary concern during the roll out of the fifth generation cellular network.

With 20 per cent of all 5G patents in the world, Huawei has grabbed 50 commercial 5G contracts globally. But it came under the scanner due to allegations of spying on behalf of the Chinese government.

“When it comes to security, we cannot take any chances,” said NSAB member V. Kamakoti, without naming Huawei during a discussion on 5G in India at the Indian Council of World Affairs here on Wednesday.

Kamakoti, who is also a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, pushed for indigenisation of technology to make the country secure in the 5G era.

However, during a question and answer session following his talk, officials from the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, who were present at the event, pointed out that nobody has offered “concrete evidence” against Huawei.

“Risk is a risk whether it comes from A or B,” Kamakoti said, while adding that in case there remains a vulnerability in the hardware or software, it could be exploited by anybody.

“Huawei holds some of the very interesting patents around 5G. They have some leadership. We cannot undermine that,” the NSAB member said, even as he agreed that concrete evidence against Huawei was lacking.

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FILE – People stand next to a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. VOA

Huawei India Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jay Chen told IANS in June that the company was willing to sign a “no backdoor” agreement to ensure that its equipment could not be used for malicious purposes.

But China’s National Intelligence Law from 2017 basically requires organisations to give access to any data when demanded, according to Kamakoti.

“They may be right from their perspective of national security. But that recent law could be one of the reasons why people across the world are raising concerns about the security of Chinese equipment,” he said.

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But this is not the first time that security concerns about Huawei’s participation in India’s 5G roll out was raised.

In June, India’s Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that India has its security concerns over allowing Huawei to participate in the 5G network trial for 5G services.

The government has already formed a panel to decide whether to allow Huawei to participate in the 5G trials in the country.

Spectrum for 5G is likely to be auctioned in October and the 5G High Level Forum envisages the technology to be deployed in the country by 2020. (IANS)

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Sale Of Cow-Dung Cakes In US Store Elicited Witty Responses On Twitter

Sale of cow-dung cakes at US store fuels Twitterati's imagination

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The sale of cow-dung cakes in a US store for Rs 215 elicited witty responses from users on twitter. Pixabay

A Twitter post by an Indian journalist on Monday on the sale of cow-dung cakes in a US store for Rs 215 elicited witty responses from users.

“My cousin sent me this. Available at a grocery store in Edison, New Jersey. $2.99 only. My question: Are these imported from desi cows or are they from Yankee cows?” Samar Halarnkar tweeted on his handle @samar11.

The accompanying picture showed a packet of 10 cow-dung cakes, with the label duly informing prospective customers that the product was meant only for “religious purposes” and was “not eatable” (sic).

The post got quite a few humorous reactions. One user wrote: “Better to market them as ‘Cow Dung Cookies’ in the US.”

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A US store is selling Cow-dunk cakes for fuel. Pixabay

“It does not guarantee the ‘cakes’ are made from Cow-Dung from cows native to India,” said another user.

One tweet said: “Product of India”.

Another asked: “Is that from buffalo??? Raw material Input/output High!!!”

One raised suspicion on the quality of the product in a witty way: “Morality question is kya inka character dheela hai #sorrynotsorry.”

“If someone wants to eat them, they should be allowed to do so,” read a tweet.

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One user reminded that “Religious or not, this is good fuel for conventional Punjabi cooking.”

In a cheeky play on words, one user said: “Isko dekh kar maine DUNG reh gaya.”

Earlier this year, Amazon was selling ‘natural’ coconut shells for nearly Rs 1,400. (IANS)

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