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Digest: DoT, Maharashtra Public Service Commission, Dhingana & More

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has informed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that just testing of telecommunication equipment will not protect the network from attacks, reports the Hindu Business Line. The report also states that this statement was given in response to the comments requested from the DoT by the PMO on the challenges in the Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy which cleared by the Cabinet in February 2013. It is worth noting that the domestically manufactured equipment have been receiving criticisms from foreign companies. DoT has also clarified that since the equipment depends on software which can be accessed from anywhere in the world, they are susceptible to security threats.

As a solution to this problem, DoT has also suggested that equipment manufactured locally would be judged on quality and value addition criterion to qualify as domestic. Under Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy, the local manufacturing must be manufactured under sovereign control with the policy qualifying electronic goods that have 25% components from India with a gradual increase to 45% in the fifth year of implementation.

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Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) had recently held online exams for the recruitment of administrative officers in the agriculture department with 460 candidates appearing to fill six vacancies, reports Times of India. To ensure transparency, the question paper along with the answer key and the answer paper of candidates were emailed to them the day after the examination. Candidates can write to MPSC to notify any discrepancies and if found genuine, MPSC will correct them. It is worth noting that after Rajasthan, MPSC is the second organisation in the country to have online examination.

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Three naval officers, Lijo Stephen Chacko, Kalyan Kumar and K V Sharma are being sacked to divulging classified information including the location of warships, patrolling patterns on social networking sites like Facebook reports Times of India. Navy HQ awaits the approval of A K Antony to conduct a Board of Inquiry recommending the termination of the officers.

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Coco-Cola had partnered with Dhingana music streaming app for its campaign ‘Crazy for Happiness’ and claims to have received over 1-million ad impressions and an average click-through rate (CTR) of over 2% on mobile applications and over 1% on the website. The campaign focused on encouraging and inspiring individuals to engage in acts of kindness to create a happier world by using ad jingle and display ads to target listeners on Dhingana.

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