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New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) While the overall Internet penetration in India is 33 per cent, it is only 16 per cent in the rural areas, a report released at the ‘India Mobile Congress 2017’ here said on Friday.

According to the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) IMC-Deloitte report, India currently ranks 36th, globally, in Internet inclusion based on availability, affordability, relevance and readiness.

India lags behind many countries in broadband penetration with only 23 per cent, which comes to around 310 million subscribers as of August, 2017.

The rise in broadband penetration, which is considered a key element in achieving a country’s socio-economic objectives, to 60 per cent could translate into a 5-6 per cent increase in the GDP.

“The telecom industry is contributing significantly to the Indian economy. The industry has ensured that the government’s Digital India programme reaches the farthest corners of the country,” said Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI.

“With the lowest call rates in the world and affordable access to data the industry truly is at the cusp of revolution,” he added.

Some of the key recommendations in the report for building connectivity-infrastructure for billions included ‘setting aspirational goals’, ‘increasing planned budgetary allocation and effective usage of Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF)’, ‘implementing policies and guidelines to standardise deployment of infrastructure’.

The report also noted Net Neutrality as a continuous area of debate. It also underlined the need to define the regulatory guidelines towards new emerging technologies which are giving rise to new use cases.

“Telecom is redefining mobility, work, governance, etc. and will promote geographical, financial and social inclusion and enable the interplay of technologies and industries for exponential growth propelling India towards a $5 trillion economy,” added PN Sudarshan, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP.

The report also addressed the need and implementation status of smart cities, smart healthcare, smart money, smart energy and smart agriculture.(ians)


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This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).

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Pakistan has failed miserably to protect Hindus, their interests.

A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.

According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.

Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.

Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.

The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".

But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.

A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.

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