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Rajasthan gets new server to improve internet speeds In a first for any state in India, an L-root server was installed at the Bhamashah State Data Centre in Rajasthan. The server was established by partnering with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to provide high-speed internet connectivity, as per Hindustan Times. This is ironic considering the frequency of internet shutdowns in the state for reasons as flimsy as to curb cheating during exams. Airtel slashes OTT benefits in postpaid plans Bharti Airtel subscribers who are on either of its four postpaid plans will now be offered a six-month Amazon Prime Video membership as opposed to a one-year subscription, TelecomTalk reported. While the exact reason for changing the subscription validity is not fully known, it may be linked to Amazon hiking the price of its Prime membership by Rs 500. All Smart Cities to have real-time monitoring stations by I-Day Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs) will be established in the remaining 20 out of 100 cities that come under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) by August 15, Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said at a conference in Surat. Although meant to keep track of key urban infrastructure, the ICCCs doubled as war rooms during the second wave of the pandemic and will now also be linked to the Home Ministry’s Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS), the Indian Express reported. Rivals Swiggy and Zomato bet on hotel management startup UrbanPiper, a platform that helps restaurants…

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