SMS limit hiked to 20 per day

August 24, 2012

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New Delhi, August 24: After checking the use of SMSes to prevent spreading of rumours which had led to mass exodus of northeastern people from certain states, the government on Thursday increased the number of SMSes to 20 per day with immediate effect.

According to a notification issued by the ministry of communication, it has been decided to revise the permissible limit of "bulk SMS/MMS to 20 in place of five with immediate effect".


"The other conditions will remain the same," it added.


The decision to put a cap on the number of SMSes was taken after reports of widespread circulation of SMSes and MMSes containing misleading information about Assam violence, threats to people of northeastern origin living in other parts of the country and doctored videos.


The home ministry has asked department of telecommunications to implement the order through telecom operators.


From today onwards, the mobile customers in the country, which is more than 930 million, can send a maximum to 20 SMSes in one go and more than 25 KB of data through mobile phones during the ban period.


The ban came into force after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that spreading of rumours by miscreants had led to people belonging to the north east fleeing from Bangalore, Pune and some other parts of the country.


Noting that the guilty should be brought to book, the Prime Minister had said that at stake was not just unity and integrity of the country, but also communal harmony.


"Any miscreant fanning rumours should be brought to book," he said.



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Suzanne Frey, Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy at Google said on a blogpost on Friday said that Google doesn't allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. She added that this policy includes apps that lead consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes.

The blogpost doesn't mention Paytm specifically or Paytm games. Google spokesperson confirmed to ET has Paytm was one of the many apps taken down for the violating the gambling policy.

Google said it has these policies to protect users from potential harm, and when an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance.

"And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts. Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently," she said.

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September 28,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 28: Karnataka Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Suresh Kumar on Monday sought suggestions from Ministers and MLAs on reopening of schools which had remained closed due to the COVID pandemic.

The Minister stated in his letter that the schools shut in March had not been reopened on account of COVID-19. “The academic year which ideally should have commenced in June has not taken off properly till date. This prolonged gap has also paved way for other problems and hence I seek your suggestions on reopening of schools.”

He has appealed to the elected representatives to give their suggestions on when the schools should be reopened if there is any such possibility and which classes should be reopened first.

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September 30,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 30: Alleging under reporting of Covid-19 deaths, Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah on Wednesday accused the BJP government in the state of trying to 'cover up' its gross mismanagement and negligence.

In a series of tweets, the former Chief Minister urged the state government for more transparency and accountability, as he pointed out that deaths reported at a hospital in Kolar district last week did not get reflected in Covid-19 bulletin.

"There are serious under reporting issues with respect to Covid-19 deaths. Jalappa hospital has reported 4 deaths between 19th Sep, 12 PM to 20th Sep, 12 PM. But, the bulletin on 20 Sept has reported 0 deaths in Kolar," Siddaramaiah tweeted sharing pictures of the report.

He pointed out that the same hospital has reported one death between 12 PM on Sep 20 to 12 PM next day, but the bulletin on September 21 has reported 0 deaths in Kolar. "What is the govt trying to hide by underreporting? Is it your failure?" he asked, tagging Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Health Minister B Sriramulu and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar in a tweet.

"Under reporting will have serious implications on the preparedness of the stakeholders providing health care and also on the behaviour of the people. Yediyurappa govt is trying to cover up its gross mismanagement and negligence. There has to be more transparency and accountability," he added.

During the recently concluded monsoon session of the legislative assembly, opposition Congress legislators had made similar charges of suppressing data against the government, which the Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar had rejected saying ICMR has complemented Karnataka for providing correct data.

The Minister had made it clear that nobody is giving wrong numbers and that when it comes to testing, deaths and treatment, the Karnataka government was giving proper data.

As of September 29 evening, cumulatively 5.92 lakh Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 8,777 deaths and 4,76,378 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.

Minister Sudhakar had on Tuesday noted that the death rate in the state was at 1.5 per cent and measures were being taken to reduce this to less than 1 per cent.

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