News Roundup: Yahoo India to tie up with schools for internet education

MapmyIndia puts house numbers & building-level details on Online Maps

MapmyIndia has released house numbers for 18 cities online (http://maps.mapmyindia.com) for public use for free. Getting precise directions to house addresses or buildings is just a click away now! You can simply zoom to the last level on MapmyIndia Maps and see exact locations on the map for residential house numbers, commercial building addresses and names, apartment complexes, businesses and points of interest in 18 major cities.  

Besides house numbers, you can also see building footprints (which shows the built-up area) in Delhi and Mumbai. Just zoom into ‘Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi’ and see footprints and buildings along with their associated house numbers. In the current online release house numbers are viewable on the map; search for house numbers is slated for future release.

Yahoo India to tie up with schools for internet education

Yahoo India is planning to tie up with schools in Tier II and Tier III towns to provide internet education. The collaboration would be aimed at networking with schools with basic computer laboratories and classes till standard VIII.

The module would cover various aspects of internet, including email, search, accessing mobile internet and tips on internet safety to students. [source]

UPFC Partners with FINO For Smart Card Based Payment Disbursal System

UPFC (Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation) has partnered with FINO (Financial Inclusion Network & Operations) for Tendu leaves collectors at Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh (UP). The project is supported by ICICI Bank and other banks.

As a first step, FINO along with ICICI Bank will enroll the collectors in the Lalitpur District area and equip them with biometric smart cards. These smart cards are linked to the no-frill accounts that ICICI Bank will open for the enrolled collectors. The photograph and finger prints of the collector are captured on the card bearing a Unique Registration Number (URN). This card is then used to record the number of Tendu patta bundles submitted by the collector and to receive the payment for the same.

The next step is the actual collection of bundles and the disbursement of payments. All the collectors will bring in their collection for an entire day to a phad designated who is registered with the UPFC. Here the collectors will meet the FINO Block Coordinators and Government Officials. [source]

Telecom department, regulator differ on USO fund usage

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the Department of Telecom are at variance on using money from the Universal Services Obligation fund for subsidising broadband rollout in rural areas using wireless technologies.

“The two schemes, i.e. rural wireless broadband scheme and optical fibre up to the village scheme, are neither competitors nor mutually exclusive but will synergise to create a virtuous circle and complement and supplement each other for provisioning broadband. While the wireless scheme will take care of the last mile connectivity, the optical-fibre scheme will facilitate and provide the bandwidth to meet backhaul requirements,” the USO fund stated in an internal note [source]

HTC Sensation Launched in India

HTC Sensation has been launched in India and the price of HTC Sensation in Indian market is Rs. 32,700/.

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