NDMC Partners MTNL in Second Attempt at Offering Free Public Wi-Fi

With its ambitious Wi-Fi project in Connaught Place and Khan Market losing popularity due to poor connectivity, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has now tied up with MTNL in a fresh attempt at offering free Internet connectivity in its areas.

NDMC had partnered with Tata Teleservices in 2014 to provide the service in inner and outer circles of Connaught Place, one of the significant business and leisure centres in the city.

The civic body had claimed that the service is the largest in India. Similarly, NDMC had partnered with Tata Docomo to provide the facility in Khan Market.

NDMC Partners MTNL in Second Attempt at Offering Free Public Wi-FiAt present, the service can be availed by 5,000 people with an average speed of 512 Kbps. The first 20 minutes within a 24-hour period are entirely free after which scratch cards can be purchased in various denominations in the market.

However, visitors and traders have been complaining for months that the service is not functioning seamlessly, a claim confirmed by the civic authorities.
“We had earlier launched the services with full preparation, but the plan did not work well. Initially, it worked fine but the connectivity has been slow lately,” a senior NDMC official told PTI.

“New Delhi Municipal Council Smart City Limited, a public limited company wholly owned by NDMC, has signed a joint venture with Millennium Telecom Limited (MTL) – a subsidiary of MTNL – to develop telecom access networks in our areas to provide FTTH (Fibre to the Home) to the residents,” he said.

The project has also been listed on the civic body’s “Smart City” agenda in the budget for 2016-17 presented last week. It plans to begin the new services in Connaught Place and then proceed to further areas.

NDMC had in 2015 announced that all the areas under its jurisdiction will soon be a Wi-Fi zone and had joined hands with Indus Towers Limited to replace 18,500 street-light poles in its areas with ‘NextGen digital poles’ which will be fitted with Wi-Fi access points, LED bulbs and CCTV cameras which, it claimed, is first-of-its kind initiative in the world.

However, the project had taken a back seat with the Delhi High Court directing NDMC to not sign the contract for award of tender till it hears a plea filed by Reliance Jio challenging the tender process. Fresh tenders have now been floated for the purpose.

Lava to Sell Only 6 Smartphone Models at a Time, Focus on Retail Stores

Lava to Sell Only 6 Smartphone Models at a Time, Focus on Retail StoresHome grown smartphone maker Lava will sell only six smartphone models at any given point of time, and work to strengthen its connect with offline retail stores.

“Instead of launching multiple handsets, we will focus on selling only six smartphones during any given point. Lava will focus on connect and visibility at retail stores,” Lava International Product Head Gaurav Nigam said on sidelines of launching two new dual-SIM 4G smartphones Lava Z25 and Z10. He said that the company’s new strategy is to remain neck-to-neck in competition with Chinese players who have deep pockets.

“In terms of branding, we will focus on visibility at retail stores. We are currently selling through 1.2 lakh retail stores, and by end of this year we plan to have our products at 1.6 lakh retail counters, covering almost entire retailer base for mobile phones,” Nigam said.

He said that Lava is now selling all phones that are made in India at its Noida plants and expect to come out with first smartphone of Lava that will be designed in India.
“We have 750 engineers employed by Lava in China for designing phones. We recently hired 50 engineers in India, who are working on to design first Lava phone in the country,” Nigam said.

He added that the company has enhanced test criteria to increase robustness in the phones.

“We are promising our customers that the screen of Lava smartphones will not break due to fall. If it breaks within a year of purchase, we will give one replacement for free. We have also enhanced test criteria for moistures,” Nigam said.

He said that the same robustness is present in Z25 and Z10 models that it will start selling for Rs. 18,000 and Rs. 11,500 a unit in select stores in Delhi from Thursday.

Delhi University UG Admission 2017: 5 Points To Remember In Online Registration

Delhi University UG Admission 2017: 5 Points To Remember In Online RegistrationThe undergraduate online registration in Delhi University will kick off tomorrow. The university will be accepting the online registration forms for its 60 undergraduate (UG) programmes in 62 colleges affiliated with the university with around 54,000 seats. The registration will take place between May 22 and June 12. To make the online registration process simple, here we are listing out some important points to keep in mind while applying for the UG courses of University of Delhi.

DU UG Admission 2017: Dates of online registration

The online registration will start from tomorrow, ie, May 22. The last date for the registration will be June 12. The registration for the entrance based courses will start from May 31. According to the university officials, the first cut-off list will be announced on June 20. The university will notify the subsequent cut-off list’ dates soon

DU UG Admission 2017: Documents needed for online registration

Some of the mandatory uploads that an applicant has to make during online registration include passport size photograph, scanned signature, class X board certificate, among others. The University of Delhi will keep the window open for the entire May 12 – June 12 period, so that, the students whose class 12 results are yet to be announced may add their details the results come out, including the CBSE.

DU UG Admission 2017: Online Registration Fee, Multiple programmes

All applicants have to make an online registration fee depending on the categories they belong. There won’t be any extra fee for the multiple programmes from various colleges applicants chose to apply.
“The students can apply for multiple programmes without paying an extra fee,” said a release from the university.

DU UG Admission 2017: Merit Based Courses, Entrance Based Courses

Merit-based courses are those under graduate courses in which admission is done on the basis of marks scored by a student in class 12 board exam. For these courses, the university publishes cut off marks for the various colleges which fall under the aegis of Delhi University.

These are the courses, for which Delhi University conducts an entrance test to select students for admission. The registration for these courses will start from May 31.

Delhi govt fixes upper age limit of 4 years for nursery admission

Delhi govt fixes upper age limit of 4 years for nursery admissionNew Delhi: Delhi government has fixed an upper age limit to be followed by private unaided schools for admission to entry level classes with the maximum age for nursery admissions being set at four years.

“In accordance with the Delhi School Education Acts and Rules (DSEAR) 1973, the minimum age limit for admission in pre-school, pre-primary and class -I are prescribed as 3 years, 4 years and 5 years respectively as on March 31 of the year in which admission is being sought,” an official notification by the Directorate of Education (DoE) said.

“Now, the competent authority has fixed the upper age limit for admission in entry level classes as – 4 years for pre-school, 5 years for pre-primary and 6 years for class I,” it added.

The upper age limit for admission in entry level classes for differently abled children have been decided as 5 years, 6 years and 7 years respectively.

“The heads of the schools are directed to note that the relaxation in upper age limit to children with mental disabilities shall be allowed as a rule and that rejection of an application for admission should be based on valid grounds and a speaking order shall be passed by the principal,” the circular sent to schools said.

Explaining the move, a senior DoE official said, “the lower limit for admission was already fixed at three years, but there was no upper age limit for admission. Logically, it makes sense for children of a particular age group to be in a particular class.”