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New Delhi: Saankhya, a Bengaluru-based startup is on the verge of giving wings to the Modi government’s ‘Digital India’ project by developing a highly sophisticated chip called ‘Pruthvi’. Realising that the highly ambitious project can be a reality only if the country’s rural is brought under the internet coverage, Saankhya focused on using the wasted spectrum bandwidth of Television to beam internet signals.

Pruthvi, the postage stamp-sized chip has the potential to charge a system which can utilize the TV’s wasted spectrum bandwidth and emit internet signals. Once the system is in place, India can graduate into an internet hub in no time.

However, Google with its Project Loon had tried to envelope remote areas with internet using giant balloons.  Facebook too with its Aquila is bringing remote areas under internet network.

But Saankhya can beat the likes of Google and Facebook if their endeavor tastes success.

With TV population in India rising to 89 per cent, the Pruthvi-chip powered system, Meghdoot, can utilize the available bandwidth for providing wireless broadband service to remote, rural areas.

TV bandwidth communication system boasts of a reach as far as 10-30kms from a single station.

The company is planning to conduct feasibility trials in the US, the Philippines, Singapore and other countries.

The Meghdoot product consists of two things, a base station and a user-side modem that makes use of the TV White Space spectrum from 400 to 800MHz in order to provide Wireless Rural Broadband.

Founded by Parag Naik, Hemant Mallapur and Vishwakumara Kayargadde, Saankhya Labs, was founded in 2007 and is all set to conduct trials across the country.

They have inked deals with like IIT-Hyderabad, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Bombay for pilot run of the project. In a bid to digitalise India, discussions are underway with technology giant, Microsoft, to carry out field trials at Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh.

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The Church And Priests Should Go Online: Vatican Experts

We had to learn to listen to younger people who live in that [digital] environment, and to understand from them what they find helpful and supportive

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Monsignor Paul Tighe from the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications talks to the Associated Press during an interview. VOA

Priests should get online if they want to connect with people who may no longer attend church but can still be reached via social media, the Vatican’s digital expert said Tuesday.

Monsignor Paul Tighe, who helped develop Pope Francis’ online presence, urged Catholic clergy across the world to embrace social media to reach believers and nonbelievers.

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“Young people are, unfortunately, less present in our churches,” Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, told Reuters at a technology conference in Lisbon.

“Social media is a mechanism that allows us to engage in conversations, to engage with people who otherwise would never come across us and who we are.”

Pope Francis has nearly 18 million Twitter followers and his posts are widely shared, but not all church leaders are following his example, Tighe said.

“In the beginning, some Catholics said social media was nasty and that we should stay out of it,” he said.

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“We have been trying to convince them that the digital arena is a hugely significant part of people’s lives.

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“We had to learn to listen to younger people who live in that [digital] environment, and to understand from them what they find helpful and supportive.”

It was the Irish bishop’s second year at the annual Web Summit — Europe’s biggest technology conference, which this year brought together 70,000 entrepreneurs and guests, including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (VOA)