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New Delhi: The Start-Up India program has broken the belief that start-ups are only related to IT, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

Delivering his “Mann Ki Baat” radio address, Modi said Information Technology was only a small part of start-ups.

“It is the common thought that start-up means a sophisticated business related to IT. This illusion has been broken after this event on start up,” Modi said, referring to ‘Start-Up India’.

Mentioning some non-IT start-ups, the Prime Minister referred to two IIM graduates in Sikkim who were selling herbal and organic products along with others.

The ‘Start-Up India Action Plan’ was unveiled by Modi at an event on January 16 and provides a three-year tax holiday.

Modi also lauded efforts by citizens across the country to beautify railway stations.

“I am seeing that these days, at several railway stations, local citizens, artists and students are beautifying their railway stations.

“This is neither a railway initiative nor a Narendra Modi initiative… It is an initiative of the citizens,” he said and urged people to send pictures of beautified railway stations.

He also talked about upcoming school board exams and urged students to share their lessons learnt from family, teachers and seniors on dealing with exam related stress.(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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Youths are seen browsing the internet inside the venue of the launch of Google free wifi project in Lagos, Nigeria. VOA

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)

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