News Roundup: Government Tapping 967 Email IDs

Nearly 9,000 phones and 1,000 e-mails being tapped

As many as 8,736 telephones and 967 e-mail IDs are being snooped into by various investigating agencies in the country. In fact, he number of phone calls and e-mails being tracked has doubled over the last two months.

While 4,350 telephones and 501 e-mails were already being intercepted, orders for additional for 3,420 telephones and 465 e-mails were passed by Home Secretary recently according to internal Government documents.[source]

Gujarat to start India’s first 24 hour medical tele-counselling

Gujarat government will set up medical helpline to provide tele-counselling. The helpline will keep the service open for 24 hours and can be accessed by dialling 104. This is the first time any state would provide phone advisory on health issues to the citizens. It will also set up ‘non-branded generic stores’ at district hospitals to provide affordable medicine.[ET]

DoT plans alliance between BSNL, MTNL, C-DoT, ITI and TCIL

The telecom department is for the first time planning a grand alliance between service providers, BSNL and MTNL, along with research body C-DoT, gear maker India Telephone Industries (ITI) and Telecommunication Consultants of India Ltd (TCIL) to ring in operational synergies among these telecom PSUs.
If the plan were to translate into a reality, these companies will share their telecom assets and buy products and services at preferential rates to optimise central sector resources and withstand competition from private sector rivals.[source]

Polama ties up with

Holiday comparison site Polama has tied up with bus ticket provider redBus.  The tie-up with redBus will help Polama customers easily book bus tickets along with the holidays they purchase through Polama, thereby saving lots of time and money [source].

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