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Government may table 16 CAG reports next week; all eyes on audit report of 4G spectrum auction

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Mostly likely, the central government will put forward 16 audit reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) next week. However, all the eyes will be on the audit report on the 4G spectrum auction in the communications and IT sector.

The allocation of airwaves in an unclear manner was questioned by the official auditor of India. During the audit, CAG put a question mark on the way pan India 4G broadband licences were given to Relaince Jio Infocomm. It was asserted by the auditors that the process was managed to benefit a small company. And, within hours of completion of the auction, that small company was taken over by a big industrial house. The auditor has also put a circle on the bank guarantee submitted by the company, which had bid for licences.

CAG also alleged that the Department of Telecommunications virtually gave out broadband market control to a major industrial house.

On the other hand, an audit report on the projects given by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) is also of crucial importance.

CAG also analyzed government’s decisions taken during 2008-09 to 2012-13 while scrutinizing the selected projects. These include the UPA government’s Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana scheme. This project was created to offer more flexibility to the states through elemental level planning. Rs 32,000 crore were allocated by the government during 2007-08 and 20012-13 for the scheme’s implementation in all states and union territories.

CAG has also submitted reports on implementation of nutrient-based subsidy policy for decontrolled phosphate and potassic fertilizers, railway finances, dual freight policy for transportation of iron ore and the supply and infrastructural development for natural gas.

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Reliance JioMart Goes Live With its Official WhatsApp Number

Through the kiryana stores, Reliance is also planning to sell its own private labels under brand names such as Best Farms, Good Life, Masti Oye, Kaffe, Enzo, Mopz, Expelz and Home One

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According to media reports, JioMart is currently available in the suburban Mumbai areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan currently. However, the service is expected to be rolled out in rest of the country soon. Wikimedia Commons

After signing a massive $5.7 billion deal with Facebook, Reliance Industries latest venture to expand into the retail market, JioMart, has reportedly gone live with its official WhatsApp number.

According to media reports, JioMart is currently available in the suburban Mumbai areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan currently. However, the service is expected to be rolled out in rest of the country soon.

To order from JioMart, one simply need to add JioMart’s WhatsApp number 88500 08000 on their phones, and then JioMart will send a link to the user’s Whatsapp chat window which is valid for 30 minutes.

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By clicking on the link, the user will be directed to a new page where he/she has to fill his address and phone number. After filling out the necessary information, JioMart would show the customer a catalogue of all the available items.

Once placed, the order will be relayed to the local kirana store, along with the details of the customer. The customer on the other end, would receive the name of the kirana store to which the order has been dispatched, receiving the notification with the order and the kirana/JioMart store details on his number.

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After signing a massive $5.7 billion deal with Facebook, Reliance Industries latest venture to expand into the retail market, JioMart, has reportedly gone live with its official WhatsApp number. Pixabay

Through the kiryana stores, Reliance is also planning to sell its own private labels under brand names such as Best Farms, Good Life, Masti Oye, Kaffe, Enzo, Mopz, Expelz and Home One.

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has said that in the near future, JioMart and Whatsapp will empower nearly 3 crore small Indian Kirana shops to digitally transact with every customer in their neighbourhood. “This means all of you can order and get faster delivery of day-to-day items, from nearby local shops,” Ambani said in a video message as he announced the Facebook partnership with Jio last week.

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He added that at the same time, small Kiranas can grow their businesses and create new employment opportunities using digital technologies. (IANS)

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EU Countries may Exclude High-Risk 5G Providers Under New Guidelines

EU countries can restrict or exclude high-risk 5G providers from core parts of their telecoms network

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A 5G logo is displayed on a screen outside the showroom at Huawei campus in Shenzhen city, China's Guangdong province. VOA

EU countries can restrict or exclude high-risk 5G providers from core parts of their telecoms network infrastructure under new science and technology guidelines to be issued by the European Commission next week, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The non-binding recommendations are part of a set of measures aimed at addressing cybersecurity risks at national and bloc-wide level, in particular concerns related to world No. 1 player Huawei Technologies.

The guidelines do not identify any particular country or company, the people said.

“Stricter security measures will apply for high-risk vendors for sensitive parts of the network or the core infrastructure,” one of the people said.

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Australia’s ban on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s involvement in its future 5G networks and its crackdown on foreign covert interference are testing Beijing’s efforts to project its power overseas. Pixabay

EU digital economy chief Margrethe Vestager is expected to announce the recommendations on Jan. 29.

Other measures include urging EU countries to audit or even issue certificates for high-risk suppliers.

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EU governments will also be advised to diversify their suppliers and not depend on one company and to use technical and non-technical factors to assess them.

Europe is under pressure from the United States to ban Huawei equipment on concerns that its gear could be used by China for spying. Huawei, which competes with Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson has denied the allegations. (VOA)

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Reliance Jio Introduces Voice and Video Calling Over Wi-Fi Service

Jio launches voice & video Wifi calling

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Reliance Jio announced the availability of nation-wide Voice and Video over Wi-Fi service. Pixabay

Taking on Airtel, Reliance Jio on Wednesday announced the availability of nation-wide Voice and Video over Wi-Fi service which will work on any Wi-Fi, anywhere in India and supports over 150 handset models.

The service makes crystal-clear voice and video calls through Wi-Fi at no additional cost.

“To further reinforce its customer-obsession and offer the best products and experience to its consumers, Jio today announced the launch of nation-wide Voice and Video over Wi-Fi service. Jio has been testing this service over the past few months, to provide a robust experience to every customer at launch,” the company said.

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The service makes crystal-clear voice and video calls through Wi-Fi at no additional cost. Pixabay

The key differentiators that come with Jio Wi-Fi Calling are, Jio said, are that customers can use any Wi-Fi network for Jio Wi-Fi-calling and the voice and video calls will seamlessly switch-over between VoLTE and Wi-Fi to provide an enhanced voice/video-calling experience.

“Jio Wi-Fi calling works on the largest ecosystem of handsets. Jio customers can also make Video over Wi-Fi calls And all of this comes at no additional cost!” it said.

On the launch of this service, Jio Director Akash Ambani said: “At Jio, we are constantly innovating to enhance customer experience or solve their problems. At this juncture, when an average Jio consumer uses over 900 minutes of voice calls every month, and at a growing base of consumers, the launch of Jio Wi-Fi Calling will further enhance every Jio consumer’s voice-calling experience, which is already a benchmark for the industry with India’s-first all VoLTE network.”

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To enable Jio Wi-Fi Calling, a step-by-step guide has been made available on Jio.com/wificalling and Jio Wi-Fi Calling will be enabled pan-India between January 7 and 16, 2020, it said. (IANS)

Government may table 16 CAG reports next week; all eyes on audit report of 4G spectrum auction
Reliance JioMart Goes Live With its Official WhatsApp Number
EU Countries may Exclude High-Risk 5G Providers Under New Guidelines
Reliance Jio Introduces Voice and Video Calling Over Wi-Fi Service