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Top 10 stories of the week: March 27th to April 02nd 2017

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 02nd April 2017

MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: Indian Express and E2E for their support.

Eight challenges wallets will face with RBI’s draft guidelines; our take

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) draft circular on wallet guidelines has prescribed some tough norms for companies. We take a look at some of the rules and guidelines which wallet companies will have to navigate. Comments, suggestions and feedback will have to be sent in by March 31, 2017. Read it here

No, the SC hasn’t said that Aadhaar can be made mandatory for non-welfare schemes

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Contrary to what is being reported in multiple places, the Supreme Court of India did not say today that Aadhaar can be made mandatory for the government for services that aren’t linked to welfare. Neither did they say that Aadhaar should be made mandatory for non-welfare schemes. In fact, there was no order from the Supreme Court. Read it here

National Health Policy suggests Aadhaar linked Health Information Network

The National Health Policy 2017, approved by the Union Cabinet a couple of weeks ago, envisages the creation of a health information network, and the setting up of a National Digital Health Authority (NDHA):

1. National Digital Health Authority: the policy suggests the setting up of a National Digital Health Authority (NDHA) will be set up “to regulate, develop and deploy digital health across the continuum of care”, given “the integral role of technology(eHealth, mHealth, Cloud, Internet of things, wearables, etc) in the healthcare delivery.” Read it here

COAI says MediaTek chipsets affects service quality

A manufacturing glitch in MediaTek chipsets used in smartphones is affecting service quality offered by telecom companies, telecom lobbying association COAI said in a letter to TRAI and DoT, according to this ET report. Telecom operators have been criticised for call drops for the past few years, and the COAI appears to be passing some of the blame for poor data speeds to MediaTek, at least in the current 4G environment. COAI has not responded to MediaNama, despite multiple requests for clarifications. Read it here

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The fallibility of biometrics collected by the Aadhaar programme

The opposition to Aadhaar mostly centres on the issues of surveillance and privacy. While these are very important issues, the lofty platform on which Aadhaar stands is supported on the myth that biometric-based identity is infallible, robust and safe. None of this is true, which therefore brings into question the very utility of Aadhaar, as also the unforeseen complications it may cause. Read it here

How the Times of India is pitching its print business versus digital and TV

The Times of India is increasing its print advertising rates by between 8-10%, the company said in a press note, citing investments in “machines” and “content, copies, distribution networks, technology etc.” The group publishes The Times of India, The Economic Times, Navbharat Times, Maharashtra Times, Ei Samay and Vijay Karnataka, and claims “a circulation reaching almost 8 million households every morning”. Read it here

India Post Payments Bank targets 1.55 Lakh outlets by September 2017

In a written response to questions in Parliament by Members of Parliament Pashupati Nath Singh and Ninong Ering, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said that the India Post Payments Bank, as of the end of January 2017, was operational only with 8 access points in total, in Raipur (Chhatisgarh) and Ranchi (Jharkhand). Read it here

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Wynk Music crosses 50 million downloads; 45% users are non-Airtel customers

Airtel’s music streaming application Wynk Music has crossed 50 million app downloads. The company added 45% of Wynk users are non-Airtel customers and says that it sees around 100,00 daily app installs. The streaming app had crossed 25 million downloads back in July 2016. It hit 5 million app downloads in February 2015. Read it here

Zomato hits 2 million online orders; Marketing budget for food ordering at $50k per month

Restaurant listing and food delivery company Zomato said that it has processed two million food orders till date. The company had started its online ordering service back in March 2015 and was limited to the Delhi-NCR region but has since grown to other cities in India such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad. It also started food ordering in the UAE. Read it here

NPCI introduces UPI on POS terminals for large stores; change in fees for merchants

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), Axis Bank and Innoviti Payment Solutions have launched a solution where customers can pay via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on a point-of-sale (POS) terminal. Reliance Retail will be the first organized retail chain to implement the solution and is currently live in more than 200 Reliance Retail stores in Mumbai. Read it here

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