After a long gap, the Parliament is back in session. Two years back, demonetization was announced. The stated objectives kept changing, but it was said that demonetization will erase fake currency notes from our monetary system. Today, the Government informed the Parliament that it takes various steps to counter presence of fake notes. They are- 

"The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 criminalizes the production or smuggling or circulation of High Quality Fake Indian paper...

We all have got used to the Covid-19 caller tune that the Government has put on default. Interestingly, the caller tune is only as long as the dialogue. If you remember few other caller tunes based on songs, this was not the case. The song used to end abruptly, leaving a tinge of desire, and at times, disappointment. But did you know that how long a caller tune will be is a highly technical and debatable issue?

Ringing time in the landline era used to be longer. People had to come up to answer...

Coal mining is rampant in India. Unfortunately, it has continued unabated even during the lockdown. The Hill Times reported crashing of a coal-laden truck in Tinsukia, which caused road blockage for a few hours. But what has the Government done about illegal coal mining? Is it even aware about it?

BJP MP Rakesh Sinha asked the Union Minister of Coal to answer in Parliament. The answer was, “Illegal mining of coal is reported to be carried out mainly from abandoned mines, shallow coal seams...

How many types of mobile chargers are out there? Well, I know some. Lightning, USB-Type C, Standard USB, Wireless Pads, Pin Based and a few others as well. These essential accessories, which are as per the specific phone model constitute an awful amount of E-waste. Why can’t we have a standard size mobile phone charger?

The European Union had started working on this from 2009 itself. However, the 2009 agreement with mobile phone manufacturers expired in 2014, and now we are in the situation...

India aims to be a major hub for the Internet of Things. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology aimed a USD 15 billion industry by 2020, which would translate into 5-6% of global IoT industry. Lofty aspirations aside, what has the Government done about it? The total expenditure incurred by the Government on the development of Internet of Things devices in last 3 years is mere Rs. 29.29 crores.

A draft policy on IoT was released in 2014 on which the comments were to be sent by...

   

   

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