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Traffic Police Nepal app launched

May 3: Nepal Police here Monday launched a new app in view of facilitating public for convenient and safe traffic.

The newly launched mobile app 'Traffic Police Nepal' enables the public to swiftly report the road accidents to the traffic police. Moreover, the newly launched app also features information on the traffic jam in various locations as well as the availability of diversion and updates on road accidents. -Among the functionalities include locating nearest traffic police stations, loading complaints, acquiring information on traffic signals and sample of questions for written exam to obtain license and gleaning information on the lost and found vehicles among others.

With the installation of new app, public can listen to Metro Traffic FM 95.6 without plugging the earphone, it was shared. Inspector General of Police Upendrakanta Aryal launched the mobile app amid a program.

IGP Aryal expressed his confidence that the new app would help regulate the road and reduce road accidents which, according to him, claims the lives of around 500 to 2,000 persons yearly in the country on average leaving scores physically injured.

He also underscored the need for stern traffic rules and awareness among public on traffic to reduce the road mishaps. On the occasion, IGP Aryal honored the officials from the Capital IT Pvt and Deputy Inspector General of Police and other concerned officials for bringing the app into being.

NT 8th AGM held, decides for 50 percent dividend

May 3, 2016: Nepal Telecom Company has held its 8th Annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday, in Kathmandu. The public shareholders has raised several issues for the betterment of the company's health and the increment of Eearning per share (EPS). Some of the issues include quality of different NT services (including mobile), Security of subscribers information and hacking, Right share or increase dividend, 4G launching etc. Meanwhile representatives from employees (including active union leaders) have put forward CBA election (to give employees representation in NT board), MD criteria (as per the demand from employees), evaluation of employees job responsibility, Company restructuring and VRS, Contract management/ Strategic partner. Answering the queries, NT board chairman and MD of NT assured of the expansion of 3G, EVDO, WiMAX data services to different parts of the country, maintenance for good quality network in the working, 4G ready infrastructure so as to launch it after getting license/frequency from NTA and security of customers personal data. 
AGM has even decided to provide 50 percent dividend to its shareholders from the 14.5 billion profit after taxes for the fiscal year 2071/72. 

Redmi Note 3 launched in Nepal

May 2, 2016: Xiaomi Nepal, the authorized distributor of Xiaomi devices (especially phones and accessories) here is known to launch the Redmi Note 3 phone in Nepal. The booking of the phone has already started from today (May 2). Previously they had launched Mi4, Redmi 2, Redmi Note 2, Mi power bank. As there was high demand in Nepalese market for the cheap and feature full Redmi phone, they have launched the latest device in the series. There are two version of the Redmi Note 3 with different processor, one is Mediatek Helio X10 whereas another one is Snapdragon 650. All of the international versions have Snapdragon 650, which is same here in Nepal. It was launched in India in early March whereas in Malaysia it was launcehd in April. It seems only 2 GB version is available now here in Nepal (with introductory Price of Rs 24,999) and it is not known when 3GB version will be launched. With the booking from today till May 4, customers will be getting free back cover and tempered glass. As the official maintenance center is already launched in Nepal, the phone has 6 months of warranty on Battery and 1 year on the phone as a whole.

Here are some of the features of Redmi Note 3.
✔Snapdragon 650, 64-bit hexa-core processor
✔4050 mAh battery (690 Wh/L super high-density)
✔16MP f/2.0 rear camera with dual ISP, PDAF autofocus
✔0.3s fingerprint unlock 
✔5.5” full HD display with Sunlight Display at 403 PPI
✔2GB Ram / 16GB Internal Memory
✔4G hybrid dual SIM, up to 32GB microSD support
✔Price: Rs 24,999

Although with the great looks and build quality with whopping battery size of 4050 mAh, the phone lacks the similar quality in the camera. Specially in low light situation, the picture quality is not up to the mark for such mid ranger phone whereas for well lit situation, the picture quality wont let you down.


Mahabir pun demands of using TV white space in Nepal

April 27, 2016: Mahabir pun, the winner of Magsaysay award, is one of the most prestigious, independent and dedicated personnel in Nepal to develop the communication services (internet) in remote mountainous areas. He has been working continuously to establish wireless network in rural Nepal and provide ICT services to the people living in those areas. He was successful in overcoming the challenges (the insurgency, the remoteness, unavailability of electricity, computers etc), to provide wireless communication in more than 100 villages by Wi-Fi technology. The first was his own village Nangi (in Myagdi district of Nepal) and after expansion, he was able to use Internet for distant learning in schools, health care, e-commerce and weather monitoring. 
Ever since he has been lobbying government and different organization in support of the extension of wireless services to several unconnected remote villages. Now that it is a world trend for the use of TV white space technology for rural broadband internet connection, Mr. Pun is certain that the TVWS can be used for the wide expansion of the rural broadband coverage, that is not feasible from a cellular network or optical fiber network. He expressed his dissatisfaction over the non utilization of Remote telecommunication development fund (RTDF) for the betterment of remote wireless connectivity. It is also known that he has already put forward both of his demands (TVWS and RTDF) to Ministry of Information and Communication. As it is already known that the broadband connectivity has great impact on the economy, using the RTDF in white space technology for wider broadband connection in remote areas will boost up the economy of the country as a whole.

TVWS (TV white spaces) refers to the unused frequencies in Television broadcasting that are either between the already operational TV channels or freed from usage due to the switching of analog to digital TV. It could co-exist in between those TV channels by making it dynamic allocation through spectrum sensing or power limitations. As the unused frequencies in between 50 MHz to 700 MHz having better propagation characteristics and penetration provide higher coverage (indoors and outdoors) without high investment in infrastructure, TVWS can be used for middle mile back hauling for cellular/WiFi or Super WiFi in remote areas. So this could be a cost effective way for providing remote wireless connectivity and bridge the digital divide in the country. The technology can be also used for emergency communication at the time of disaster.
Microsoft, one of the partner in white space coalition (already used in 15 countries) is planning to roll out the technology on a massive scale in India (done with the pilot) but the issue of free spectrum is hindering the deployment on that scale.

NT to get 4 billion from RTDF

April 26, 2016: NTA, the governing body for telecommunication is known to utilize RTDF (Remote Telecommunication Developement fund) for the development of telecom infrastructure and telephone services in remote areas. Government had formed a committee to invite proposals from several stakeholders (in telecom) and award the part of the funds to such projects like internet in school, optical to each districts etc. Now it is known that NTA is very near to award the one third of the total 12 billion amount (which is 4 billion) to Nepal Telecom, with its proposal to install optical fiber along the Mid hill highway. This is the first time the RDTF is being utilized for the development of telecom sector. As the mid hill highway is under construction, it is known to include 691 Km of optical span plus high capacity Microwave where it is not feasible for the optical fiber. 
The fund was created as per the provision in Nepal Telecommunication act 2053 (1997) and all of the telecom operators have been depositing 2 percent of their annual income every year in the fund. This is the first time that the RTDF is being used for the development, extension and operation of the telecommunication services in rural areas.
The parliamentary committee has even recommended to utilize the fund for the expansion of optical fiber cables to all districts of Nepal. The fund is even known to be used for the development of infrastructures for the restoration of telecom services in the earthquake affected 14 districts. Other projects to get funded are "Single e-village in every districts" and internet service in schools.

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