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Jio AirFiber Launch Date Set on September 19: Mukesh Ambani

Reliance Jio to launch Jio AirFiber, a game-changing fixed-wireless broadband service, aiming for 150,000 daily connections, bypassing fiber.



Jio AirFiber Launch Date Set on September 19: Mukesh Amban

NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio, India’s leading telecommunications service provider, has announced the upcoming launch of Jio AirFiber, a revolutionary fixed-wireless broadband service scheduled to debut on September 19th in the country. The announcement was made by Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani during the 46th annual general meeting (AGM) of shareholders held on Monday. This strategic move by the company aims to significantly enhance connectivity accessibility across India, with plans to roll out 150,000 connections daily through Jio AirFiber, a substantial increase from the current 15,000 connections facilitated by optical fiber technology.

Mukesh Ambani explained that Jio AirFiber leverages the extensive coverage of their pan-India 5G network combined with advanced wireless technologies to eliminate the requirement for last-mile fiber connectivity. He stated, “Our current optical fiber infrastructure enables us to connect around 15,000 locations on a daily basis. With the introduction of Jio AirFiber, we’re poised to elevate this expansion rate dramatically, achieving up to 150,000 connections daily.”

He further elaborated that Jio’s 5G coverage has already extended to over 96% of census towns throughout the nation. The company remains steadfast in its commitment to achieve nationwide coverage by the end of the current year, making Jio’s 5G rollout one of the swiftest of such scale globally. “Presently, Jio’s network accounts for nearly 85% of India’s operational 5G cells. Our rapid pace involves adding one 5G cell every 10 seconds, leading us to anticipate nearly one million operational 5G cells within our network by December,” Ambani highlighted.

Discussing Jio’s customer base, Ambani emphasized that the telecom giant has emerged as the preferred choice for mobile users. The utilization of Mobile Number Portability has resulted in five times more net port-ins to Jio compared to its closest competitor, Bharti Airtel. With a customer base exceeding 50 million in the 5G domain, Jio’s ambitious goal is to seamlessly transition its entire 4G customer segment to 5G technology, requiring minimal additional capital expenditure. Ambani announced that the deployment of Jio 5G broadband connections will commence nationwide from December 2023. “We’re well aware of the widespread demand for 5G connectivity among homes, small and medium businesses, factories, schools, and hospitals across India. We are fully equipped to meet this demand efficiently starting this December,” he added.

He also spotlighted Jio’s groundbreaking achievement as the world’s first operator to commercially launch services on millimeter-wave spectrum through its proprietary 5G stack. This Standalone 5G infrastructure, characterized by high capacity and low latency, is set to significantly enhance private 5G networks, home broadband, and enterprise applications.

To provide comprehensive coverage and capacity, Jio has developed low-power small cells designed to target specific high-traffic areas such as tourist destinations and temples. Ambani concluded, “With our substantial deployment scale and these advantages, Jio undeniably offers the finest 5G coverage, capacity, and overall user experience.”

Reflecting on Jio’s journey, Ambani noted that while the company relied on global partners for equipment during the 4G launch in 2016, their 5G rollout is now empowered by Jio’s fully in-house developed 5G stack. This technology incorporates advanced features such as Standalone 5G architecture, Carrier Aggregation, and Network Slicing, all enhanced by cutting-edge AI/ML capabilities that optimize network performance, reliability, and user satisfaction. Moreover, Jio’s 5G equipment is designed to seamlessly integrate with offerings from other global vendors, reinforcing the company’s commitment to innovation and collaboration in the industry.


Tamil Nadu to Host 1,000 Daily Fever Camps, Intensifies Mosquito Control

The Tamil Nadu health department has compiled lists for villages and cities, instructing districts to implement disease-prevention measures accordingly.



Tamil Nadu to Host 1,000 Daily Fever Camps, Intensifies Mosquito Control
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In response to the growing threat of mosquito-borne diseases, the government of Tamil Nadu has taken decisive measures to safeguard public health. Starting this Sunday, the state will establish 1,000 fever clinics daily to address this pressing concern.

To combat the mosquito menace, the government is intensifying its mosquito control initiatives. These efforts include increased fogging operations, the recruitment of additional workers for mosquito control tasks, and a heightened focus on eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.

In addition to these actions, the Tamil Nadu government is launching comprehensive awareness campaigns aimed at educating the public about the risks associated with mosquito-borne diseases.

According to reports in The Hindu, the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Tamil Nadu has issued guidelines specifying that fever clinics should be established in areas with either three or more cases of fever with cough or confirmed positive cases of diseases such as dengue, leptospirosis, scrub typhus, and seasonal flu. Furthermore, the government has initiated door-to-door campaigns to identify and isolate such cases.

The Tamil Nadu health department has undertaken meticulous planning, compiling lists of affected villages and cities to facilitate targeted disease prevention efforts. Officials have affirmed their dedication to eradicating mosquitoes, raising awareness, identifying fever cases, and promptly implementing preventive measures where needed.

Health Minister Ma Subramanian disclosed that over 23,000 temporary workers have been enlisted across the state to support mosquito control operations. Moreover, government hospitals have been directed to maintain ample supplies of life-saving drugs, blood test kits, blood components, and the necessary blood reserves for treating various diseases.

The government’s current focus revolves around combating diseases like dengue, diarrhea, typhoid, and fever. In the state capital of Chennai, Minister Subramanian revealed that a formidable workforce comprising 318 medical officers, 635 nurses, 954 permanent mosquito control workers, and 2,324 contract workers is diligently working to contain these diseases and curtail the spread of mosquitoes.

The minister also detailed the impressive inventory of equipment available in Chennai, including 424 sprayers, 120 power sprayers, 300 battery-operated sprayers, 324 hand fumigation machines, one small fumigation machine, and 68 vehicle-mounted fumigation machines, all geared towards combatting the mosquito population. These comprehensive efforts reflect the Tamil Nadu government’s commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of its citizens in the face of mosquito-borne diseases.

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Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker’s Tragic Death

Biker fatally beaten in confrontation after motorcycle accident, succumbing to injuries.



Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker's Tragic Death
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Communal tensions flared up in the Ramganj area and its vicinity in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday, stemming from a tragic incident involving a motorcycle collision that led to a man’s demise.

According to the police, the unfortunate incident occurred at the Subhash Chowk locality in Jaipur. It was reported that after a collision between two motorcycles, a group of men allegedly assaulted one of the riders, resulting in his untimely death.

Late on Friday night, the collision transpired within the Subhash Chowk area, whereupon a group of men accompanying one of the motorcycle riders reportedly subjected the other rider, identified as Iqbal, to a brutal assault. Iqbal sustained severe injuries and was promptly rushed to the SMS Hospital. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment.

In the aftermath of this distressing incident, numerous shops in the predominantly Muslim-populated areas have been shuttered. Family members of the deceased, along with local residents, have congregated and are now demanding justice and punitive action against those responsible for the attack, as reported by PTI.

To quell the escalating tensions, additional police forces have been deployed in the region, and concerted efforts are underway to defuse the volatile situation, according to statements from the police to PTI.

A purported video of the incident has surfaced on social media platforms, although its authenticity cannot be independently verified at this time.

In a significant development, six individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case. Additionally, authorities have announced compensatory measures for the family of the deceased, as reported by India Today. The publication quoted the Jaipur Administration as stating, “A compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with employment opportunities and a dairy booth, has been announced for Iqbal’s family. According to police sources, six individuals have been detained in connection with the case.”

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Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son’s Execution

People who didn’t aid the raped, injured, and naked 12-year-old girl may face child sex abuse law charges, A senior officer of the state police said.



Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son's Execution
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Ujjain: The father of the man arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday has called for his son to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, the local bar association has appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused in court. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was discovered walking on the city streets in a wounded condition, desperately seeking assistance from passersby who unfortunately turned her away.

The injured girl is currently receiving treatment at the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where she underwent a major surgical procedure on Wednesday. A senior state police official has indicated that individuals who failed to assist the young girl when she went from door to door seeking help after the assault, which left her naked and bleeding, could potentially face charges under child sexual abuse laws. Such individuals may be charged under the POCSO Act for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to an NDTV report.

Bharat Soni, an auto-rickshaw driver, was taken into custody in connection with the case on Thursday. His father expressed his deep shame over the incident, stating, “It is a disgraceful act. I have not visited the hospital to see him, nor will I go to the police station or court. My son has committed a crime, and he should face the ultimate punishment, which is hanging,” as he conveyed his sentiments to reporters. It should be noted that Soni sustained injuries while allegedly attempting to flee during the investigation, according to the police’s statement on Thursday.

The Congress party has criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are scheduled by year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the state’s law-and-order situation had significantly deteriorated under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal, or woman has seemingly become a crime. The state ranks highest in cases of minor rape. During Chouhan’s 18-year tenure, there have been 58,000 reported rape cases and 68,000 reported kidnapping cases. Yet, the country’s prime minister, home minister, and all BJP leaders remain conspicuously silent,” Shrinate conveyed to reporters in Delhi.

The distressing incident, captured by a CCTV camera, depicts the 12-year-old girl, partially undressed and bleeding following the assault, desperately seeking assistance from neighbors who callously refused her aid. Furthermore, in a shocking display of heartlessness, one individual can be seen shooing her away as she approaches him for help.

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