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Eminent people write to Modi seeking arrest of Rajasthan’s BJP MLA Kanwarlal Meena

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New Delhi: Over 150 eminent personalities on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, seeking arrest of Rajasthan BJP legislator Kanwarlal Meena, accused of leading an attack on NGO workers affiliated to organizations of activists Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey in Jhalawar.

“We strongly condemn the culture of impunity that allowed Kanwarlal Meena to blatantly violently attack the Jawabdehi yatra. We demand his arrest,” said a statement signed by over 150 eminent people, including journalist Pamela Philipose, professor Achin Vanaik, former information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, and economist Jayati Ghosh among others.

Others who signed the statement include Medha Patkar, Uma Chakravarti, Harsh Mander, Baba Adhav and Annie Raja.

The social activists through their letters demanded immediate action against the perpetrators of the assault.

“Those guilty of the attacks and the leaders behind them be brought to justice promptly. Proper compensation be paid for the medical treatment of those who were assaulted, and for the mental and physical trauma they have suffered,” the letter said.

They also demanded that the Rajasthan government publicly condemn the incident and institute a proper inquiry into it.

“This attack is one more example of the criminalization of politics and the threat it poses to our democratic fabric. Using physical violence and leading a mob against social activists raising awareness about issues related to access to entitlements and justice by the poor shows how much our political establishment is willing to use criminal elements to suppress any dissent,” said Jagdeep Chhokar of the Association of Democratic Reform. (IANS)

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India Sold Over 204 mn WiFi Devices in 2018: Report

The market research firm predicted smartphones would continue to lead the WiFi enabled devices by installed base

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As many as 204.5 million WiFi enabled consumer devices were sold in 2018, with mobile phones contributing close to 90 per cent of the sales, a new report said on Tuesday.

According to market research firm techARC, WiFi sale of enabled devices is expected to grow at 8 per cent in 2019 with sales touching 221 million units, primarily led by smart and connected devices for home and office automation.

“The future lies in wireless highspeed connectivity and WiFi offers one of the most reliable and affordable alternatives to it. We have seen so far WiFi enablement through legacy IT and communications devices like laptops, routers and smartphones.

“This is now shifting to other consumer electronics like TVs, lighting, ACs and refrigerators. At the same time, it’s also penetrating into automobiles as well as other traditionally dumb IT peripherals like storage devices,” Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst at techARC, said in a statement.

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Youths are seen browsing the internet inside the venue of the launch of Google free wifi project in Lagos, Nigeria. VOA

In terms of active user base, the research firm estimates India is having close to 600 million consumer devices being used for communication, productivity, entertainment and other smart and connected use cases.

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The market research firm predicted smartphones would continue to lead the WiFi enabled devices by installed base.

However, the growth will be seen more in smart TVs including streaming devices as well as other home automation/smart devices leveraging WiFi connectivity. (IANS)