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President Pranab Mukherjee calls for Cooperation between India and United Kingdom on Counter-Terrorism Operations

Mukherjee said that India sees the UK as a key partner in its growth and economy, and would encourage more UK companies

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President of India Pranab Mukherjee with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Twitter

New Delhi, November 8, 2016: President Pranab Mukherjee has called for cooperation between India and the United Kingdom on counter-terrorism operations, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said on Tuesday.

“Terrorism is the biggest menace to world peace and tranquility. It is a scourge that knows no territorial or ideological boundaries. India and the UK need to cooperate more on counter-terrorism,” the statement quoted the President as saying.

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Mukherjee’s remarks came during a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is on her maiden, three-day official visit to the country, at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.

Mukherjee said that India sees the UK as a key partner in its growth and economy, and would encourage more UK companies to partner with its national programmes like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India, among others.

“Bilateral trade between India and the UK in goods stood at US $14 billion in 2015-16. There is immense scope to further enhance our trade exchanges both in goods and services,” the statement said.

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The British Prime Minister said that her visit to India reflects the strength of the relationship.

“The UK is looking to forge a key bilateral partnership with India, which would be to the advantage of both sides,” the statement quoted May as saying.

This is the first bilateral visit of May outside of Europe since she assumed the Prime Minister’s office in July this year.

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She took over the prime ministership after David Cameron resigned following the historic referendum in June in which Britain voted to exit from the European Union. Cameron rooted for Britain to stay in the EU.

May’s visit comes a little less than a year after Modi’s visit to Britain in November last year. (IANS)

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Is Internet Usage In India Calculated In A right Manner?

According to industry experts, the research methodology to derive the average number of Internet users would entail a large-format survey.

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According to Mohanty, Internet usage is calculated based on the number of people using Internet. Pixabay

If we look at government or independent research figures, Internet users in India are growing exponentially — currently hovering around 560 million and likely to cross 600 million by the end of the year.

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India has amn Internet subscriber base of nearly 560 million, including 482 million broadband subscribers – which means 43 per cent overall Internet penetration.

The country has 366 million Internet subscribers in urban locations and 194 million in rural areas, says the latest TRAI report that came out in December.

The “ICUBETM 2018” report from market research firm Kantar IMRB said this week that the number of Internet users in the country will reach 627 million by the end of this year.

The numbers are overwhelming but when it comes to the methodology behind deriving the average number of Internet users, there appears some gap.

For example, if a person in a family has 2 mobile numbers and he or she uses multiple devices for Internet access, how is that accounted for?

According to industry experts, the research methodology to derive the average number of Internet users would entail a large-format survey.

“Such a survey would typically cover 50,000 to 1,00,000 households in India, spread across urban and rural India, and covering all socio-economic classes (SEC) segments,” says Satya Mohanty, Head-User Research Practice, CyberMedia Research (CMR).

According to Mohanty, Internet usage is calculated based on the number of people using Internet.

“Therefore, if in one household, there are three people using one device PC/smartphone, then it is calculated as three users instead of one user,” he told IANS.

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The numbers are overwhelming but when it comes to the methodology behind deriving the average number of Internet users, there appears some gap. Pixabay

The average number of users derived from the sample survey is extrapolated to the total number of households in India to find out total number of users.

“For example, consider that the survey findings point to the average number of Internet users per household being 2.5. And, in India, there is 250 million households. Replicating the average figure of 2.5 with the total number of households, we have 625 million Internet users in India,” Mohanty elaborated.

According to Kantar IMRB, their latest “ICUBETM 2018” report covered over 70,000 individuals, selected through a sampling process across over 400 urban areas and more than 1,500 rural locations.

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“As data costs plummeted, more Indians than ever before are experiencing broadband for the first time on mobile”. Pixabay

“ICUBE members are of users and not subscribers. Thus people carrying multiple phones will be counted as a single user,” Biswapriya Bhattacharjee, Executive Vice President, Kantar IMRB, told IANS.

Similarly, Bhattacharjee added, a person using his or her spouses/parents’ phone for Internet access will also be counted as an Internet user.

One thing, however, is clear: the data usage is growing thanks to Reliance Jio, along with the increasing number of smartphone and entry-level feature phone users.

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“Jio has been a transformative force in enabling digital inclusion, by connecting the unconnected. Since its foray, Jio has achieved a remarkable feat of covering 95 per cent of India’s population with aggressive 4G network roll-out aided by innovative pricing strategy,” Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CMR, told IANS.

“As data costs plummeted, more Indians than ever before are experiencing broadband for the first time on mobile,” Ram added. (IANS)