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World: Elon Musk’s Starlink hits a wall in India

China urges US to protect its space station from satellites

  China urges US to protect its space station from satellites BEIJING (AP) — China is calling on the United States to protect a Chinese space station and its three-member crew after Beijing complained that satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX nearly struck the station. A foreign ministry spokesman accused Washington on Tuesday of ignoring its treaty obligations to protect the safety of the Tiangong station’s three-member crew following the July 1 and Oct. 21 incidents. The Tiangong performed “evasive maneuvers” to “prevent a potential collision” with Starlink satellites launched by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the government said in a Dec. 6 complaint to the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Starlink , the satellite broadband arm of Elon Musk ’ s SpaceX , has started refunding the (Rs 7,400 approx) deposit it collected from Indian consumers who had pre-booked Starlink satellite broadband connections. " we have been directed by India ’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to The company, in its communication, said consumers in India who had pre-ordered Starlink need to login to their accounts on the company website, seek a cancellation and request a refund. “The refund will be issued immediately although it may take upto 10 days to be reflected in your account,” Starlink said in

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk ' s Starlink satellite internet venture told its members on Tuesday the Indian government had asked the company to refund all its pre-orders until it receives licences to operate in the country. Starlink , a division of Musk ' s SpaceX aerospace company, has already received over 5,000 pre-orders for its devices in India but is struggling to receive commercial licences without which it cannot offer any services in the country. "Unfortunately, the timeline for receiving licences to operate is currently unknown, and there are several issues that must

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet venture has told its members that the Indian government has asked the company to refund all its pre-orders until it receives licences to operate in the country.

Starlink plans to apply for a commercial licence in India by the end of January [File: Nacho Doce/Reuters] © Provided by Al Jazeera Starlink plans to apply for a commercial licence in India by the end of January [File: Nacho Doce/Reuters]

“As has always been the case, you can receive a refund at any time,” the company said in an email to one of its customers. Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing a copy of the email which it had seen.

Starlink, a division of Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company, has already received more than 5,000 pre-orders for its devices in India but is struggling to receive commercial licences without which it cannot offer services in the country.

India reports the highest number of daily Covid cases since early September

  India reports the highest number of daily Covid cases since early September There were 37,379 new cases reported over a 24-hour period, government data showed Tuesday. That was the highest reported figure since September and marked a sharp jump from the 6,358 cases reported a week earlier on Dec. 28. Maharashtra and Delhi together account for around half of all cases in India attributed to the omicron variant. © Provided by CNBC A health worker administers a dose of the Bharat Biotech Ltd. Covaxin vaccine at a Covid-19 vaccination center set up at the Delhi Municipal Corp. Public Health Center in the Daryagunj area of New Delhi, India, on Monday, June 21, 2021.

Elon Musk ’ s other company, SpaceX, is building Starlink , a global communications constellation that could approach a staggering 42,000 satellites . And it could be all that stands between us and a fragmented world living in virtually — and actually — different realities. How? The Great Firewall of China is the most well-known example, but Iran, Syria and Vietnam also control significant portions of the internet for their populations. Russia just completed technology to wall off its internal networks, servers and internet users from the wider internet. And India , in its attempt to control unrest following

Tesla CEO Elon Musk -backed satellite broadband company Starlink has started offering refund of (roughly around Rs 7,400) to users in India who had pre-booked the service. Late last year, the Department of Telecom (DoT) ordered the satellite internet division of SpaceX to stop accepting pre-orders in India as it had not taken license to offer its services in the country. In an email communication to customers who had paid the deposit, the company has asked to login into their accounts on the company’ s website and send request for cancellation and refund.

“Unfortunately, the timeline for receiving licences to operate is currently unknown, and there are several issues that must be resolved with the licensing framework to allow us to operate Starlink in India,” the company said in the email.

“The Starlink team is looking forward to making Starlink available in India as soon as possible,” it said.

Starlink is one of a growing number of companies launching small satellites as part of a low-Earth orbit network to provide low-latency broadband internet services around the world, with a particular focus on remote areas that terrestrial internet infrastructure struggles to reach. SpaceX has told investors that Starlink is angling for a piece of a $1 trillion market made up of in-flight internet, maritime services, demand in China and India – and rural customers

India, Britain launching talks on free trade deal

  India, Britain launching talks on free trade deal NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Britain are launching talks on pursuing a free trade deal that is expected to boost bilateral trade by billions of dollars in one of the most ambitious negotiations to take place after Brexit. Britain’s International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan is in New Delhi and will meet with Piyush Goyal, India's minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution and Textiles. Actual negotiations kick off next week, officials said. Both sides hope the deal will spark huge benefits for several industries, from food and drink to cutting-edge renewable technology.

NEW DELHI: Elon Musk ’ s satellite internet company Starlink is facing a tough time in the Indian market after it quietly rolled out internet services in the country in early 2021 only to shut down services after government intervention. Now, Starlink ’s India head Sanjay Bhargava has announced that he I will have no comments for individuals and the media so please respect my privacy.” In November 2021, the Department of Telecommunications warned Indian citizens to not buy Elon Musk ’ s Starlink Internet Services In India as the same is not yet licensed in the country. In a statement, the telecom

Starlink , part of Elon Musk ’ s SpaceX, informed a number of individuals in India on Tuesday that it will be refunding their pre-orders, more than a month after New Delhi told the firm to stop “booking/rendering the satellite internet service” in the South Asian market without obtaining a license. In an email to those who had pre-ordered Starlink in India , the company said it was “looking forward to making Starlink available in India as soon as possible,” but it currently doesn’t have clarity on the “timeline for receiving licenses to operate."

Business paused

But the Indian government has advised people against subscribing to Starlink without a licence and ordered the company to refrain from taking bookings and rendering services.

Starlink is planning to apply for a commercial licence in India by the end of January, its country head Sanjay Bhargava had said in a social media post last month, and a presentation showed that with an April rollout it targeted 200,000 devices in India by December 2022.

However, in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday Bhargava said he has stepped down as country director and board chairman due to “personal reasons”. According to his profile on the platform, he had taken up the role in October.

In India, Starlink had planned to “carry on the business of telecommunication services” including satellite broadband internet services, content storage and streaming, multimedia communication, among others. It also aimed to deal in devices such as satellite phones, network equipment, wired and wireless communication devices, as well as data transmission and reception equipment.

The company also said it will focus on “catalyzing rural development” in India through its broadband services, according to a company presentation shared by Bhargava on LinkedIn over the weekend.

Once it was allowed to provide services, the company had planned in the first phase to give 100 devices for free to schools in Delhi and nearby rural districts and then target 12 rural districts across India.

Starlink’s rivals include Amazon.com’s Kuiper and OneWeb – a collapsed satellite operator rescued by the British government and India’s Bharti Group.

India toxic gas leak kills 6 after illegal chemical dump .
Six workers at a dyeing and printing mill in India were killed and more than 20 were taken to hospital on Thursday after inhaling toxic gas caused by an illegal dump of waste chemicals, officials said. © Stringer/Reuters Mill workers receive treatment in hospital after inhaling toxic gas caused by an illegal dump of waste chemicals in Surat, India, on January 6, 2022. The disaster took place in the industrial city of Surat in Gujarat state at about 4 a.m. The workers were in the mill when some chemicals were dumped nearby, police and a fire officer said.

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