Telcos for checks on handset quality, say networks alone should not be faulted for call drops

New Delhi, March 28 (Agencies): The cellular operators' body COAI wants the government to look into the quality of mobile handsets as it feels service quality and call drops are also the function of devices being used. Seeking an “urgent policy intervention”, the Cellular Operators Association of India has argued that operators are blamed for call drops and service quality, but “the role of devices has not been considered adequately”. The letter, by COAI Director General Rajan S. Mathews, highlights cases of degradation in data in dual SIM LTE mobile devices, specifically with regard to the “chipset-specific implementation by MediaTek”. Smartphone definitions should include both the SIM slots - dual SIM 4G phones should have both the slots as 4G enabled; and dual SIM 3G phones should have both the slots as 3G enabled. “Devices with 2G only SIM slots should be phased out in the next 6 months,” it added.

March 28, 2017 11:03 UTC

Gold feels global heat, silver climbs higher

more-inGold prices softened by ₹80 to ₹ 29,350 per 10 grams today, mainly on account of a sluggish trend overseas. However, silver strengthened by another ₹200 to Rs 42,200 per kg backed by increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Traders attributed the slide in gold prices to a weak trend overseas, but scattered buying by local jewellers following beginning of an auspicious week of ‘Navratras’ limited the fall. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity declined by Rs 80 each to ₹ 29,350 and Rs 29,200 per 10 grams, respectively. Silver coins in thin trading remained unchanged at ₹71,000 for buying and ₹ 72,000 for selling of 100 pieces.

March 28, 2017 08:48 UTC

Sushma Swaraj seeks Yogi Adityanath’s help on ‘hate crime’ against Africans

In a series of tweets, Sushma Swaraj said UP CM Yogi Adityanath has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident. File photo: MintNew Delhi: External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Tuesday about the alleged attack on African students in Noida after a foreign student pleaded with her for swift action, saying living in the area was becoming a “life threatening” issue. Swaraj said the central government was taking immediate action and that UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath had assured her of a fair and impartial investigation into this “unfortunate” incident. “I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji chief minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida. He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident (sic),” she said in a series of tweets.

March 28, 2017 08:37 UTC

IPL 2017: Virat Kohli has some bad news for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury came as a rude shock for India ahead of the Dharamsala Test. And now, he might miss the early part of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the same reason. The 28-year-old Kohli, who is Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain, hinted that he might be out of the field for ‘a few weeks.’ The IPL is starting on April 5 with a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Hodge’s jibeAnother Australian player Brad Hodge, who is Gujarat Lions’ coach, however, did not shy away from taking a jibe at Kohli for missing the Dharamsala Test. Read | Virat Kohli skipped Dharamsala to play IPL - Here’s Brad Hodge’s damning charge“I’m hopeful, as a Gujarat Lions coach, that when we play RCB in a couple of weeks that he’s not playing.

March 28, 2017 08:15 UTC

WATCH: Parineeti Chopra's singing debut in Meri Pyaari Bindu will take your breath away

While elder sister Priyanka Chopra wowed everyone with her hit singles In My City and Exotic, Parineeti Chopra's singing talents were hitherto undiscovered. Parineeti made a smashing entry in the music scene with Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin from her upcoming film with Ayushmaan Khurrana, Meri Pyaari Bindu. The soulful number is the perfect debut for Parineeti, who is a surprisingly gifted singer. - Arshad Warsi (@ArshadWarsi) March 28, 2017It seems like the singing gene was always present in Parineeti. [Video] shared by @dutti_kriti Parineeti Chopra sings in indian TV along with brother - Sophie *Bindu* (@PhienieSophy90) January 24, 2016Meri Pyaari Bindu is scheduled to hit screens on May 12.

March 28, 2017 08:03 UTC

Moto G5 to launch in India on April 4, will be Amazon exclusive

Moto G5, which was unveiled globally with the Moto G5 Plus at Mobile World Congress, will be relatively a less expensive phone compared to the other Moto G series devices. The Moto G5, unlike the G5 Plus that was Flipkart exclusive, will be an Amazon exclusive. Compared to the G5 Plus, the Moto G5 has a more modest hardware. Unlike the 12-megzpixel camera with large pixels in the G5 Plus, the G5 has a regular 13-megapixel camera. Also Read: Moto G5 Plus in India: 5 features that put it ahead of othersJust like the Moto G5 Plus, the Moto G5 too uses Android 7 aka Nougat software in its almost unmodified form.

March 28, 2017 07:55 UTC

SC reserves verdict on pleas seeking appointment of Lokpal

According to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act of 2013, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha will be part of the Lokpal selection panel. At present, there is no Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. He said that the Congress, the largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha, lacks requisite number of MPs. ”Unless the proposed amendment making Leader of the Largest Opposition party as Leader of Opposition is passed by Parliament, the Lokpal can't be appointed,” Rohatgi said. He said that the Lokpal Act mandates that the Lokpal should be appointed expeditiously.

March 28, 2017 07:52 UTC

Nigerian brothers recount Greater Noida horror, video of attacks emerges

Two Nigerian siblings thrashed by a mob inside a Greater Noida mall on Monday evening have suffered facial injuries and minor fractures but have been ruled out of danger by doctors. Residents say that Khari procured drugs from the Africans residing in Greater Noida. Read moreA video put out by the Association of African Students in India shows a mob ganging up on a man – identified as Endurance– and kick and punch him repeatedly inside Greater Noida’s Anzal Plaza mall. The video – which couldn’t be independently verified by HT – shows a man trying to fend off a torrent of blows from the mob, which repeatedly hits him with sticks, stools and trash cans. The video doesn’t show anyone trying to stop the attackers from beating up the man, who tries to escape unsuccessfully.

March 28, 2017 07:52 UTC

Greater Noida attacks: Are Indians racist towards African nationals? Web poll

The attacks on ‘Nigerian’ students in Greater Noida over the past two days appear to confirm an ugly truth about Indian society. In Delhi, they have been the target of a spate of attacks in recent years - six Africans were thrashed in three separate incidents in Chhattarpur last year. In Bengaluru, a Tanzanian student and her friends were attacked by a mob last year. Others say local residents harbour deep suspicion over Africans being crime-prone, drug peddlers and sex workers. Many of them have tried to assimilate with local communities, but only with limited success.

March 28, 2017 07:52 UTC

Truecaller unveils two new major features in Truecaller 8

Just like the app filters out spam calls, now Truecaller has been technologically powered to filter out spam SMS messages. According to Alan Mamedi, chief executive officer and co-founder,Truecaller: “Spam SMS account for 15% of all SMS messages sent globally, and represents 1.2 trillion spam messages each year. All feature phone users with Airtel mobile service can now use “Airtel Truecaller ID” to see who’s calling. In this Google Duo, Google’s video calling service, will be integrated within the Truecaller app. Mamedi said that in India Truecaller has identified 2.2 billion incoming calls per month, 568 million outgoing calls made from Truecaller per month, and 500 million spam calls identified by Truecaller per month.

March 28, 2017 07:41 UTC

Lawmakers back measures to protect Israel by punishing Iran

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, U.S., on Monday. | Photo Credit: Reutersmore-inSenior U.S. lawmakers are backing bipartisan legislation that would slap Iran with new sanctions while maintaining rigorous enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal. The measures were unveiled just days before the opening of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference and seek to build consensus among Republicans and Democrats who are so often bitterly at odds on domestic issues. The AIPAC meeting continues Tuesday with appearances by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. During Monday’s session, House Speaker Paul Ryan declared the U.S. commitment to Israel “sacrosanct.”But Ryan also derided the nuclear deal as an “unmitigated disaster” that gives Iran “a patient pathway to a nuclear weapons capability.”

March 28, 2017 07:18 UTC

Sony pokes fun at Netflix at ‘Blade Runner 2049’ preview

Sony movies chief took a swipe at Netflix at a sneak preview of the sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult sci-fi classic ‘Blade Runner 2049’ at CinemaCon, an annual gathering of theatre owners in Las Vegas Photo: APLas Vegas: Sony movies chief Tom Rothman quipped “Netflix my ass” on Monday as he presented new footage from Blade Runner 2049, showing a more dystopian and dark movie than the original. The studio boss took a swipe at the internet streamer at a sneak preview of the sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult sci-fi classic at CinemaCon, an annual gathering of theatre owners in Las Vegas. Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 sees Harrison Ford reprise his role as Rick Deckard from the 1982 movie, while Ryan Gosling leads a cast of newcomers including Jared Leto and Robin Wright. “It was so surreal to be walking around the universe of ‘Blade Runner’ and the craftsmanship on this film is on another level. “It influenced the world that I grew up in.” Blade Runner 2049 is due for release on October 6.

March 28, 2017 07:18 UTC

Minor girl killed in suspected honour killing case

In yet another alleged case of honour killing in Haryana, a minor girl was allegedly murdered by her family for being in a relationship with a boy, who was also her neighbour, in Mehmoodpur village of Sonepat district. The deceased has been identified as 17-year-old Sakshi, a Class 9 student, who was in a relationship with Vikki, 22. The police said they received a complaint from Vikki on Monday that Sakshi’s parents have killed her and discreetly cremated her body as well. On Sunday night, Sakshi’s parents allegedly killed her and cremated the body in the wee hours to destroy evidence. “Sakshi’s parents are on the run.

March 28, 2017 07:07 UTC

Reliance MF’s CPSE ETF lists on exchanges

The third tranche of CPSE Exchange Traded Fund, operated by Reliance Mutual Fund, got listed on the stock market on Tuesday. “Units issued under Further Fund Offer of Reliance Mutual Fund CPSE ETF are available for trading on the exchange with effect from March 28, 2017,” stock exchanges said in similarly worded circulars. CPSE ETF, comprises scrips of 10 PSUs -- ONGC, Coal India, IOC, GAIL (India), Oil India, PFC, Bharat Electronics, REC, Engineers India and Container Corporation of India. CPSE ETF was originally managed by Goldman Sachs MF, which was acquired by Reliance MF in October 2015. The finance ministry last September gave its nod for the transfer of management of CPSE ETF to Reliance Mutual Fund.

March 28, 2017 07:07 UTC

Modi’s Varanasi, Adityanath’s Gorakhpur unaffected by Uttar Pradesh meat crisis

Read moreBarring buffalo meat, there was visibly no shortage of meat, chicken, or eggs in the two towns. There has been a crackdown against illegal slaughterhouses but not meat shops. Mohammad Ansari, a chicken meat seller, in the Rewari Talab area, said he kept his shop closed for a few hours on Monday morning but opened it by noon. In Lucknow, several well-known eating joints are said to be facing shortage of meat and eggs, leading to dip in business. Though the number of red meat shop – those dealing in bufalo meat -- is around 60, their licenses have not been renewed since 2002.

March 28, 2017 07:06 UTC

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