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Railways to launch Mobile Payment Ticketing Facility

Soon, passengers will be able to book their train tickets via mobile SMS as Indian Railways is to start Mobile Payment Ticketing Facility from July 1, 2013. The service will be available to all mobile subscribers.

This facility offered by irctc, will have no role of travel agents and commercial organisations. Only individual users will be allowed to book on the portal. Travel agents in the IRCTC service have been accused of blocking tickets to sell them at a premium.

How to book the ticket?

A passenger has to type the train number, destination, journey date, class and passenger details like name, age and gender on the SMS box.

For starting, one has to register their mobile number with IRCTC as well as their bank. The bank provides MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) and OTP (One Time Password) for payment authorization. The sender will receive transaction ID and then make payment through sending another SMS by typing PAY followed by the transaction ID, MMID as received from the bank and password, thus the booking is complete.

Charges: The service will be available to all mobile subscribers and Rs 3/- will be charged per SMS and payment gateway charges will be Rs 5/- for ticket amount upto Rs 5,000 and Rs 10/- for more than Rs 5,000.

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Rangachang gets Early Tsunami Warning System to alert in three minutes

In order to forecast Tsunami early, the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has installed the Early Tsunami Warning System (ETWS) at Rangachang in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  The system can forecast a tsunami within 3 minutes after the initial tremors are felt and can send alerts.

Following the alerts sent from the Tsunami Warning System, the tsunami alerts can be issued to the risk zones via Centre in consultation with Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, INCOIS at Hyderabad.

Haryana notifies new Communication Infra policy

The Haryana government has notified a new Communication Infra Policy which is aimed at encouraging use of latest technology advancements in the telecom and communication sector.

New Communication Infra Policy

  • It will encourage the use of latest technology advancements in the telecom sector such as Fibre to The Home (FTTH) and innovative business models such as the Open Access Network (OAN) where physical access to the network is separated from the delivery of services.
  • It intends to bring uniformity in guidelines and parameters for laying telecom and communication infrastructure in the state.
  • To ensure communication infrastructure providers stick to various safety standards or norms like radiation norms as envisaged by the Centre.
  • To encourage setting up of telecom and communication infrastructure in non-congested areas.
  • The policy allows every telecom infrastructure provider registered with the Department of Telecommunications or an infrastructure provider duly authorized by a licensee to lay communication and connectivity infrastructure is eligible to seek permission under it.

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