Mobile phone users in rural India and the not-so-well-versed
in English will soon be able to express themselves better by sending
SMSes in their mother tongue.
Researchers, including professors from the Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT- Madras) and others at the Centre for Excellence in
Wireless Technology (CEWiT) have successfully developed a 7-bit
encoding scheme for 22 Indian languages that will not just help people
send SMSes in Tamil, Marathi or Assamese but also transliterate
scripts keyed in one language into another.
A fortnight ago, the global mobile standards body 3GPP (3rd Generation
Partnership Project) approved the technology. Now, cellular operators,
mobile phone manufacturers, value added service providers and the
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India have all agreed to adopt the
If everything goes as planned at the CEWiT, set up by the Union
department of information technology in collaboration with the telecom
industry and housed in the IIT-Madras campus, in a year's time the
technology could fuel m-governance in a big way. Government
departments and banks would be able to communicate effectively with
millions of mobile phone users in 22 Indian languages on new schemes
Researchers led by CEWiT's Nadeem Akthar began working on the encoding
scheme for Indian languages after the Turkish telecom regulator forced
the 3GPP standards body to open up SMS for non-English languages last
"When the global mobile standards body agreed to open up SMS in local
languages, it presumed that every country has only one language. In
India we've 22 official languages and our SMS market and volume is low
because we don't have facility to use the regional language. We
started off our work by taking the encoding used in computers and
began modifying it to suit wireless technology application on mobile
phones," professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, honorary director, CEWiT and
dean (planning), IIT Madras told TOI.
"A mobile phone's SMS capacity is only 140 bytes (8 bits constitute a
byte). For sending an SMS in English we need just 7 bits per
character. Therefore, the maximum characters that you can send in one
SMS is 160 characters (140 bytes x 8 bits / 7 bits per character).
However, Unicode which supports all languages in the world requires 16
bits per character, which would have restricted one regional language
SMS to just 70 characters. So we decided to develop a 7-bit encoding
system which will allow users to send 160 characters in the regional
language," he explained.
The research team then designed 10 Indian language tables which can
support official languages because of similarities in scripts used by
different languages and also enable encoding messages in both uni-
lingual (Indic only) and bi-lingual (Indic + English) fonts. For
instance the character 'Ka' is encoded using the same bits in all
"Our task isn't over. The challenge lies in implementing the
technology. We now need to come up with the fonts, a user-friendly
mobile phone keypad layout, display screen and also find a solution to
legacy (existing) handsets, which currently don't have the feature.
People can't throw away the legacy handsets, so we've to find a way to
enable the technology in existing mobile phones," said Ramamurthi.
A task force will be set up shortly to "work feverishly" to complete
these tasks and the CEWiT team hopes that in a year's time mobile
phone manufacturers and service providers would be able to usher in
the language revolution in wireless technology.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Regarding unions demand for HRA equivalent to 6th CPC , details are called for. Letter is HERE
Awards for Sales Field staff ( Field Performance Maintenance System) --- Instructions are HERE
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wage Revision: DOT is contemplating to refer the matter to MOC on the plea of pension involvement. This was protested by union representatives as this has not been done in the case of Executives. Minister advised Secretary (T) for early approval of the case.
Disinvestment and VRS: JAC strongly opposed the disinvestment of BSNL and VRS to One Lakh Employees. Minister mentioned that both the issues has been recommended by Sam Pitroda Committee but he has already discussed the matter with the Prime Minister and thereafter a letter has been issued by Principal Secretary to Prime Minister mentioning that the report first will be discussed in the Telecom Commission meeting and thereafter it will be sent to Group of Ministers (GOM) for considerations. The Govt. decision in this regard will be discussed with the BSNL Unions thereafter only implementation will take place.
Unbundling of last Copper Wire: MOC asked CMD, BSNL for optimum use of last Copper wire.
Pension Revision: Issue to be settled within one month if no Cabinet note is needed for circulation amongst other Ministries.In Case matter is required to be sent to Cabinet, 3 months time is required for settlement.
Procurement of Equipment for expansion of BSNL services: JAC expressed it's serious concern against BSNL Board's decision to scrap 93 Million GSM line tender on the advise of Sam Pitroda Committee Recommendations. When 2G GSM equipment in Phase VI tender is cheaper then Phase V GSM equipment. Minister clarified that BSNL Board is fully competent to take decision in this regard.
MOC appealed for postponement of Strike. JAC to wait for official minutes before acceding to the appeal of MOC.
JAC in its internal meeting after meeting the Minister analysed the discussions and decided that CMD BSNL/ DoT should clearly spell out the roadmap for the procurement of GSM equipments in BSNL for next one year and contingency plan in case ITS Officers do not opt BSNL.
But we feel that,
It will be better if the news item would have been posted with comments. What these ITS officers have left behind for the minister to "spoil "? Their utmost aim is to create aversion among the BSNL customers and drive them to private operators. They loot money by giving large scale advertisements in papers about new programs and schemes and services but very carefully plan that these will never be satisfactory to the subscriber. They will install mobile tower after tower to show the ministry that so many towers have been installed to expand the service but will tactfully select places for installation of these towers where it will not serve the public. For instance ask any subscriber in Chennai whether they get signals in their houses. For using mobile or the much hyped EVDO in Chennai you have to come to the roads. Who is reponsible for all these? Is it the Minister planning all these?
The program of the ITS officers is to thwart our demand for their absorption in BSNL. They are not Buddhas to preach discipline in public life. These selfish cadre who equip themselves with all latest technologies at the cost of BSNL till their last day of service (even undergoing training in foreign countries) shamelessly switch over to private operators even the very next day of their retirement.
Let us all unitedly fight for either absorption of these ITS or sending them out of BSNL immediately.
Please remember all our achievements, when we were in DOT and when no such sophisticated advanced technologies were available, were performed without these ITS officers.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The General Secretary ,FNTO has asked BSNL management for clarifications on the following points in new promotion policy. Please continue to read
Ref.No 4/NU/CHQ/2010 dated 12.4.2010
The General Manager (Estt)
New Delhi – 110 001
Sub:—NON-EXECUTIVE PROMOTION POLICY –REG
Ref:—BSNL CO letter No.27-7/2008—TEII dtd 23.3.2010
Kindly refer to the letter cited above. In order to give option under this scheme, the following doubts needs clarification. This union would be much obliged if the same is expedited as early as possible as the options are to be given within one month.
Doubts to be clarified
1. An official was promoted to NE-10 scale (i.e. 7800) on 1.9.2000 and opted for pay fixation from the date of next increment which falls after 1.10.2000. It is presumed that for the purpose of promotion under this scheme he is considered to be on 7800 scale on 1.10.2000, irrespective of the date from which he is drawing pay in that scale. Please clarify.
2. It is stated that “All the concessions given by BSNL to Non-Executives in relation to OTBP/BCR/Grade IV/ACP etc after 1.10.2000 stands withdrawn with immediate effect.
This needs elucidation
3. If the promotions already availed under OTBP/BCR/Grade IV/ACP schemes after 1.10.2000 is treated as First Promotion under new scheme (on option), the financial benefits already availed for the period upto 31.3.2008 needs to be refunded, as the first promotion under the new scheme is “Notional” upto 31.3.2008.
This is to be clarified.
4. (a) If the post based promotion availed by an employee on or after 1.10.2000 but before 1.10.2004 is treated as first promotion under new scheme, whether the financial benefits availed upto 31.3.2008 needs to be refunded as the first promotion under this scheme is notional upto 31.3.2008
(b) It is presumed that the post based promotion means vertical promotion from one cadre to another cadre through examination/ absorption etc. Kindly confirm
(c) Whether the promotion to BCR grade IV is coming under post based or otherwise?
Para II (ii)
5. It is stated that except as provided in the instant guidelines, there will be no claim on account of any of the other provision of FR SR in the context of pay scales, pay fixation, substantive status etc. It may be clarified whether this includes the option under FRs for fixation of pay on promotion from the date of next increment or otherwise.
(Sd) D. Chandrasekaran,
Offg. General Secretary,
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
BSNL Expands e-PCO Service Network in Karnataka
- We write to inform you that ours is Association Registered under Trade Union Act, 1926 and represents the cases of BSNL & DoT Pensioners. We have members from UP, NTR, UP, Rajasthan, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Jammu who look forward to us for representing their legitimate grievances to appropriate authorities.
- We had addressed you a letter of even No. dated 15.03.2010 on the captioned subject (Annexure ‘A’) for Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners.
- The Minutes of Meeting held on 01.04.2010 with you by the Union Representatives extracts reads as under :
Issues raised by
Unions/Associations of BSNL
Revision of IDA Pension as on 01.01.2007
A note for consideration of Telecom Commission is currently under preparation and is likely to be finalized within a month. Thereafter, views of the concerned Ministries shall be obtained, which is likely to take another 3 months. Based on the decision in the telecom Commission, if need be, a note for consideration of the Cabinet shall be prepared.
- The 2nd Wage Revision Committee of BSNL has finalized its recommendations for the employees who were on roll on 01.01.2007 and also recommended Pensionary benefits for the employees as under:
- When the DoT/BSNL had issued orders for merger of 50% IDA for its employee’s w.e.f. 01.01.2007, we were assured that our case being similar, it will be finalized soon.
- As Para 3 denotes, we are glad to note that DoT has taken uniform stand for pre/post 01.01.2007 BSNL Pensioners and perusing it for all the Pensioners as on 01.01.2007. We welcome the decision as it will avoid proposed division of BSNL Pensioners by the Management.
- A Rule 37A which enables Pension for erstwhile DoT employees absorbed in BSNL at point envisages/permits discrimination/differentiation amongst the Optees as all were accorded same status as employee/pensioner on their absorption
- The BSNL Management has also accepted and implemented all relevant provision of 6th CPC so far increase in gratuity, Pension Counting on Last month Average etc.. are concerned.
- As the Pension Revision for IDA Pensioners is not covered under the terms of reference to the Wage Committee constituted by the Department of Public Enterprises, BSNL has specifically considered the issue of Pension Revision on IDA and sought for your approval.
- We submit notes on Role of DOP & DPE on the issue of Pension Revision on IDA for PSUs to know their roll. (Annexure ‘B-1’).
- We also submit a note on Pension Revision on IDA Scale in two CPSUs i.e. FCI and Port Trust of India, which will strengthen our case for Pension Revision on IDA by the DoT itself. (Annexure ‘B-2’).
- We also submit a separate note on FCI and it’s Pension Revisions earlier. (Annexure ‘B-3’).
- Now, we submit our proposal for revision of IDA Pension for EX-DOT Officials retiring as BSNL Pensioners after 01/10/2000 but prior to 01/01/2007 as under :