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News Digest: Right To Privacy, SEBI, Bharti Airtel, Nokia Money, ISRO, Aptech

– The Law Ministry is working on a proposal to make Right To Privacy, a fundamental right in the Indian Constitution. The bill is expected to be tabled in the monsoon session of parliament. The right to privacy would include the right to confidentiality of communication, confidentiality of private or family life, protection of honour and good name, protection from search, detention or exposure of lawful communication between individuals, privacy from surveillance, confidentiality of banking, financial, medical and legal information, and various other rights. Read More at The Times of India.

– The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has launched Score, an online grievance redress system for investor complaints. The facility will allow investors to lodge and follow up complaints through a centralized Web-based complaint redressal system. Read More at Business Today.

– Bharti Airtel is currently in discussions with 5 telecom operators namely Etisalat, France Telecom(Orange), Millicom, Vodafone and MTN for sharing telecom infrastructure in the African continent, according to a top company executive. Read More at The Economic Times.

– India has struck multi-million dollar deals to launch 12 foreign satellites in the sun synchronous orbit from its spaceport. ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix, will launch satellites or Canada, Indonesia, Germany and other European countries during the next two years. Read More at The Times of India.

– Nokia plans to make Nokia Money,  its mobile wallet service, available throughout India. The service is currently operational in Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Nasik, Pune, Chennai and Chandigarh, through a tie-up with Union Bank of India and Yes Bank. Nokia plans to extend the service to Surat, Baroda, Rajkot, Lucknow, Kanpur, Kochi and Kozhikode. It is in negotiations with other banks to make this service available. Read More at The Economic Times.

– Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of 3G services in Jammu and Kashmir starting with Srinagar, and also the launch of 3G services in the North East of India. The North East circle has 6 states  and the company claims that this move will add more than 20 lakh customers to its 3G user base.  It has also launched a internet usage calculator that facilitates  users to choose a suitable 3G data plan by analyzing their internet usage pattern.

– Bombay Swadeshi Store, one of India’s oldest retailers is expanding its online presence. While the company began expanding its online team in April, it is also adding a lot of merchandise. The retailer expects online sales to gradually increase over the years. Read More at MoneyControl.

– Aptech, the India based IT training institute, intends to expand its online testing centres in emerging countries including South Africa, West Asia, Vietnam, Philippines and others during the next year. Read More at Financial Chronicle.

– KidsCo,  an international children’s channel has announced its collaboration with Singapore based media company, Multi Channels Asia (MCA) to distribute KidsCo‘s content across Southeast Asia and Australasia including Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, New Zealand. MCA will also work with KidsCo’s existing agents in Thailand, India, South Korea, Philippines and Vietnam. The content will be delivered over different platforms like cable TV distribution, video-on-demand (VOD), DTH, IPTV and mobile.

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