India: News in brief

BSNL launches first Internet telephony service in India

New Delhi, July 11 (IANS): State-owned BSNL on Wednesday launched India’s first Internet telephony service “Wings”. The service was launched by Communications Minister Manoj Sinha. This service would allow customers to make and receive calls over the Internet from anywhere in India or abroad. “It will use a Mobile Numbering Scheme, and will need an SIP Client (soft app) to be downloaded and installed on a smart device (laptop, smartphone, tablet). It is expected to offer convenience to customers, and to open up additional revenue generation opportunities for BSNL,” BSNL said in a statement.

 

Naval war room leak: Former officer gets seven years jail

New Delhi, July 11 (IANS): A special court here on Wednesday sentenced former naval officer, Captain Salam Singh Rathore, to seven years of rigorous imprisonment in the 2005 Naval War Room leak case. Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal announced the sentence on Rathore, 63, who was on July 7 convicted under Section 3(1)(c) of the Official Secrets Act for possessing secret defence documents. A case was registered in March 2006 over the leak of about 7,000 pages of defence information of a sensitive nature from the Naval War Room and the Indian Air Force headquarters, on a reference from the Defence Ministry after separate inquiries by both the service.

 

Goa Congress writes to Guinness to include ‘globetrotting’ Modi’s name

Panaji, July 11 (IANS): The Congress in Goa has formally written to the Guinness World Records (GWR) to include Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name in the book for “setting a record of travelling abroad”, a party leader said on Wednesday. “We are overwhelmed and extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the world record. He has correctly used the resources of India and set the record of making 41 trips to 52 countries in four years. He has already spent Rs 355 crore,” read a letter by Goa Congress General Secretary Sankalp Amonkar to the GWR officials in the United Kingdom, which was sent through a registered post. “He has become a role model for the future generations of India, as no other Prime Minister in the world has travelled across countries during their respective tenures,” Amonkar said, adding that during Modi’s tenure as Prime Minister the value of the Indian rupee had fallen as low as Rs 69.03 against the US dollar. “We want to highlight the ridiculousness of the Modi regime, wherein the Prime Minister has spent more time abroad than in India,” Amonkar told reporters at the party headquarters here on Wednesday.