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Dhaka: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan assured that India is committed to promote sustainable development. However, She urged the developed countries to do their bit if the world has to be pushed towards more supportable production and consumption patterns.

“While India is determined about its commitment to promoting sustainable development for its people and do its fair share for global sustainability, it is equally important to ensure sustained and greater international flow of financial and latest technological resources to the developing countries,” Mahajan said at the South Asian Speakers’ Summit here.

The developed countries should take the lead in rapidly moving towards sustainable consumption and production patterns, she said.

Mahajan said schemes like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India would give the country a leg-up in achieving the sustainable development goals.

“India has always believed that there cannot be any sustainable development without nurturing the nature. The issues of food security, health, quality education, gender equality, etc., have always remained high on the developmental agenda of India,” she said.

The international community should redouble its commitment to ending poverty and hunger and to set the world on a path of sustainable and inclusive development the larger goal of which were intertwined with the issues of regional connectivity and cooperation, she said.

“South Asia has not only a shared history but also a shared cultural legacy. As such, South Asia’s geographical and economic complementarities can be used to improve the lives of peoples in the entire region,” she said.(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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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)