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Silver Anniversary Of The Simple SMS, Why It Will Maintain Its Longevity Long After The WhatsApp Age

New Delhi: Monday marks the 25th anniversary of the first text message being sent, the communication form that dominated cell phones for more than two decades

The first-ever SMS was sent on December 02, 1992 for Vodafone by a 22-year-old engineer named Neil Papworth. Interestingly, the first SMS was sent from a computer, and said “Merry Christmas.” The recipient was Richard Jarvis, a Vodafone director at the time.

It was in 1993 that Nokia introduced the SMS feature on its handsets, with a 160-character limit. In 1999, the text messages could be exchanged over different telecom networks, and the first emojis were created in Japan.

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SBI To Redesign Envelopes For Dispatching Tax Cheques To Protect PAN

New Delhi: State Bank of India will "redesign" its envelopes used to dispatch tax refund cheques of customers to cover their PAN and contact numbers.

The move comes nearly 16 months after activist Commodore (retd) Lokesh Batra raised the issue that the window envelopes used by SBI make it easy for someone to glance through permanent account number (PAN) and contact number of the tax payee and misuse it.

Batra wrote to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel, alleging that SBI was violating its directions on 'protection of customer's information' by sending crucial information about customers in "unsecured envelopes".

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Govt To Sell Air India’s Desi, International Operations Together

New Delhi: Union minister of state for aviation Jayant Sinha has made it clear that the government will not separately sell the international and domestic operations of Air India (AI) and interested parties will have to bid for them together. 

Bids will be sought for AI's domestic and international operations as an "integrated airline", Sinha said.

Interested parties will be allowed to bid separately for subsidiaries of AI. The national carrier has five subsidiaries — low-cost airline AI Express; ground-handling arm AI Air Transport Service; maintenance, repair and overhaul arm AI Engineering Services; regional operator Alliance Air; and Hotel Corporation of India. which runs Centaur hotels.

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Railways Witnessing A Healthy Reversal Of Trend After Losing Passengers For Three Consecutive Fiscal Years Since 2013-14

New Delhi: Amidst the discussions about all the good and bad of Indian Railways, including the constant need of cleaner trains and faster trains, and so many other things, the authority running the most important transportation system in India has seen a notable growth this fiscal year.

While, kept losing its loyal passengers to other modes of transport for three running year’s right from 2013, it has displayed a new trend over the last eight months.

Dwindling punctuality figures and a spate of mishaps from the beginning of this year notwithstanding, business seems to be looking up for Indian Railways now. 

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India Has Standardised Itself For 7-8 Pc Growth:Jaitley

New Delhi: Finance Minister ArunJaitley asserted improved macroeconomic fundamentals have placed India on 7-8 per cent growth trajectory and the country needs big infrastructure investments over next two decades to evolve into a middle income economy and then into a developed one.

The funding requirement for infrastructure in the country is huge and there is a requirement of a whopping Rs 50 lakh crore investment in the sector over next five years, he said.

India has spent Rs 60 lakh crore in infrastructure during 2007-17.