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You could make calls, surf the net during flights from as early as January

The new norms allowing use of mobile phones for making calls and internet surfing during flights in the Indian airspace could come as early as January, after the Law Ministry gives its concurrence, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday. The Telecom Ministry is currently awaiting the views of the Law Ministry on in-flight connectivity rules and is hopeful of notifying the norms soon thereafter, Sinha said. On May 1, the Telecom Commission - the highest policy-making body of Department of Telecom - had cleared a proposal for allowing wider in-flight connectivity that is now available in most of the developed markets.
 
People will soon be able to withdraw cash from ATMs using UPI


People will soon be able to withdraw cash from ATMs by scanning a QR code on the machine's screen instead of swiping a card, by the means of a Unified Payments Interface (UPI) based solution. AGS Transact Technologies, a company which provides ATM services to banks, has developed a system that uses UPI platform to dispense cash from ATMs, according to a Times of India report. The bank account holder only has to subscribe to a mobile application that comes with UPI capabilities to facilitate a payment through ATMs.
 
Virat Kohli is India's richest sportsperson and second richest desi celeb on Forbes rankings

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has been named the richest sportsperson in the country. In fact, he sits second on the 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List rankings, right behind Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. Though his standing hasn't changed since the 2017 rankings, the 30-year-old skipper's earnings more than doubled year-on-year to a whopping Rs 228.09 crore.

Assessment of growth, inflation by RBI in line with govt's: Finance Ministry

The finance ministry Wednesday said the assessment of growth and inflation made by the RBI's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is in line with government's reading. The government, he said, welcomes the assessment made by the MPC. The RBI has also decided to reduce Statutory Liquidity Ratio or portion of funds banks have to mandatorily park in government securities from existing 19.5 per cent to 18 per cent in six quarterly instalments beginning January 2019.

India 4th highest emitter of CO2: Study

India is the fourth highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 per cent of global emissions in 2017, a study said Wednesday. The top four emitters in 2017, which covered 58 per cent of global emissions, were China (27 per cent), the US (15 per cent), the European Union (10 per cent) and India (7 per cent), according to the projection by the Global Carbon Project. The rest of the world contributed 41 per cent last year, it said. India's emissions look set to continue their strong growth by an average of 6.3 per cent in 2018

UK seeks information from India on Christian Michel extradition

The UK government has sought urgent information from India on the circumstances surrounding the detention and extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam case, who is facing allegations of bribery. The businessman, a British national, was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on Tuesday night. Michel, who was the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal during the UPA rule, was sent to five-day CBI custody by a special CBI court in New Delhi

Facebook let companies like Netflix, Airbnb access users' lists of friends, emails reveal

Facebook Inc let some companies, including Netflix and Airbnb, access users' lists of friends after it cut off that data for most other apps around 2015, according to documents released on Wednesday by a British lawmaker investigating fake news and social media. The 223 pages of internal communication from 2012 to 2015 between high-level employees, including founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, provide new evidence of previously aired contentions that Facebook has picked favourites and engaged in anti-competitive behaviour.The documents show that Facebook tracked growth of competitors and denied them access to user data available to others.
 
PUBG was named Best Game of 2018 on Google Play

PUBG (better known as PlayerUnknown's Battle Grounds) has won the Google Play's "Best Game of 2018" award in the category that included names like "Realm War: Warhammer Age of Sigmar", "Dragon Ball Legends", "Badland Brawl" & "Asphalt 9". Apart from that, PUBG also ruled in the 'Most Competitive Title' and 'Fan Favourite' award categories. PUBG has been popular ever since it made its debut on the Google's Play store. PUBG has been downloaded around 240 million times according to Sensor Tower, a research firm