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Bots cut Wipro employee strength by 12,000

A pioneering artificial intelligence program that started getting deployed around mid-2016 has helped Wipro Ltd reduce its employee numbers by 12,000 people, the company said in its recent quarterly update."The HOLMES platform generated productivity worth over 12,000 people," Saurabh Govil, head of human resources for the company, said.The statistic points

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Net Neutrality: Vodafone wants right to manipulate Internet videos

Vodafone India said it would like to be given the power to manage the size of videos watched by users on its mobile network and lower it automatically "for overall quality welfare".Participating in the discussions related to Net Neutrality and the powers to be given to telecom operators in traffic management, the

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Telcos Change Tack as Net Neutrality Fight Enters Final Round in India

If you thought the fight over net neutrality was over with the sending of 1 mln emails to the TRAI two years ago, think again.The telecom service providers, who lost out that in the first round, are back. This time, however, their demands are more subtle, and focused on getting

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Malappuram bypoll election results: BJP fails to make headway

The Bharatiya Janata Party has failed to make much headway in Kerala over the last two years, going by the results of a by-poll in the Muslim-dominated Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency.With nearly 95% of the eight lakh votes counted, the BJP has seen its vote share decline from about 7.5% in

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Complaints against telcos drop sharply as 4G takes off

Complaints against all telecom providers except Bharti Airtel dropped in 2016, possibly in reaction to the emergence of new operator Reliance Jio and the explosion of 4G data capacity.The total number of complaints lodged with the regulator TRAI against telecom firms dropped 15% in 2016 to 19,774 from 23,293 in

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Reliance Jio helped India save Rs 18,000 cr, but rivals took the hit

Free services from Reliance Jio, the telecom services arm of Reliance Industries, brought down the amount of money paid by telecom subscribers in India by about Rs 4,400 cr in just the last three months of 2016, an analysis of the sector data revealed.The numbers indicate that the company's free offers have

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Reliance Jio could replace Summer Surprise with new offer after TRAI order

Reliance Jio's withdrawal of its Summer Surprise Offer is unlikely to make any difference to most of its customers, and the company may even come up with a new version of the plan to comply with the ban."The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has advised Jio to withdraw the 3 months

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India sets up committee to study Chinese interest in power grid

India's ministry of power has set up a committee to examine concerns around the participation of Chinese companies in the country's fast-growing transmission sector.Since large Chinese firms typically have close ties to the Chinese government, concerns have been raised by both Indian companies as well as some security experts about

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Govt to strengthen official email service to lure employees from pvt providers

Government of India is overhauling its email system in an effort to encourage government officials to use only their official email accounts for official purposes, the IT department said.At present, many government officials use private email services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail, even for official and semi-official communications, putting

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TN Medical College forced to discharge non-NEET students

The Medical Council of India has forced a medical college based in Nellur, Tamil Nadu to discharge 36 students who were admitted to the college outside the NEET system.NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is the pan-India entrance examination for recruitment for all medical colleges in the country.According to

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ISRO offers space tech to electric vehicle makers in India

Indian Space Research Organization could soon help Indian e-bikes overcome their biggest drawbacks -- low mileage per charge and limited speed.Costing between Rs 35,000-50,000, most of these bikes have a top speed of 25 km per hour and a range of 30 to 50 km per charge.That could change soon,

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Smuggling down on Indo-Bangladesh border, up on Bhutanese side

Incidents related to smuggling of fertilizer and narcotics on the Indo-Bangladesh border fell sharply in 2016, but there was a compensatory increase in drug smuggling cases along India's border with Bhutan and Nepal, according to data from the Union Home Ministry.Fertilizers -- which cost less in India because of government subsidies

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Nearly a quarter of all food samples tested found fake or adulterated

Over one-fifth of all food samples tested in India's government labs in the last year were found to be fake or adulterated, according to numbers compiled from various state government food testing facilities by union government's department of consumer affairs.Exempting Gujarat, which accounted for nearly 23% of the samples, the total percentage

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Reliance Jio allows ‘queuing’ of 303, 499 recharges for 1 year

With on four more days remaining before the start of paid services on Reliance Jio, India's largest telecom operator by volume, the company has urged its sales agents to promote the idea of 'queuing' up recharges for a year."We have been told to encourage users to do recharges for multiple

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