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Oct 4, 2010

India granted limited BlackBerry Messenger access

NEW DELHI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The maker of the BlackBerry
smartphone has granted India’s government manual access to its
Messenger service and has promised automated access by Jan. 1,
enabling authorities to track such messages in real time, the
country’s top interior ministry official said on Friday.

India, one of the world’s fastest growing mobile telephone
markets, also wants access to encrypted email traffic sent via
Research In Motion’s enterprise servers. The BlackBerry maker
says its system is designed so that only the sponsoring
business or organization has the technical capability to grant
such access.

Oct 1, 2010

Govt has manual access to BlackBerry Messenger

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The government has manual access to chat communication on BlackBerry messenger services and expects to get automated access from Jan. 1, Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said on Friday.

India, which along with several other countries has expressed concerns that BlackBerry services could be used to stir political or social instability, had threatened BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion(RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) with a ban if it were denied access to the data.

Oct 1, 2010

India government has manual access to BlackBerry Messenger

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government has manual access to chat communication on BlackBerry messenger services and expects to get automated access from January 1, the country’s top interior ministry official said on Friday.

India, which along with several other countries has expressed concerns that BlackBerry services could be used to stir political or social instability, had threatened BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion with a ban if it were denied access to the data.

Oct 1, 2010

India govt has manual access to BlackBerry Messenger

NEW DELHI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The Indian government has
manual access to chat communication on BlackBerry messenger
services and expects to get automated access from Jan. 1, the
country’s top interior ministry official said on Friday.

India, which along with several other countries has
expressed concerns that BlackBerry services could be used to
stir political or social instability, had threatened
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) with a ban if it
were denied access to the data.

Sep 30, 2010

Mosque verdict keeps India on security tenterhooks

AYODHYA, India (Reuters) – A court will rule on Thursday whether Hindus or Muslims own a disputed religious site in northern India, a judgment many fear could trigger an outbreak of communal rioting.

The government has appealed for calm after the court in Uttar Pradesh state decides on the ownership of the site of a 16th century mosque, a flashpoint which flared in 1992, triggering some of India’s worst riots that killed about 2,000 people.

Sep 22, 2010

India, U.S. finalising $5.8 bln Boeing aircraft deal

NEW DELHI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – India is aiming to finalise
a $5.8 billion defence agreement with the United States before
the November visit of President Barack Obama in a deal that
would mark the biggest India-U.S. defense deal ever.

The two countries are in talks for India to acquire 10
Boeing Co’s (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) C-17 Globemaster III planes, senior
government officials said on Wednesday, adding the parties hope
to make the announcement during Obama’s visit.

Sep 21, 2010

Govt in talks for BlackBerry email access – source

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is in talks with Research In Motion(RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) for access to BlackBerry corporate emails, a senior government source said on Tuesday, adding that its current access was only for the messenger services.

“They have started giving us access to messenger service from September 1,” the source said. “Discussions are under way so that we get access to the other service which is corporate email so that we can read it in readable format.”

Sep 21, 2010

India in talks for BlackBerry email access: source

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is in talks with Research In Motion for access to BlackBerry corporate emails, a senior government source said on Tuesday, adding that its current access was only for the messenger services.

“They have started giving us access to messenger service from September 1,” the source said. “Discussions are under way so that we get access to the other service which is corporate email so that we can read it in readable format.”

Sep 20, 2010

U.S. warn citizens as India probe shooting

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Australia and the United States issued travel warnings on Monday a day after two Taiwanese nationals were shot at near India’s main mosque in the capital and a car exploded at the same place.

Police said they found traces of explosives in the car that went up in flames minutes after two men wearing helmets and raincoats fired at a tourist bus on Sunday outside the historic Jama Masjid mosque, before fleeing into a narrow street.

Sep 20, 2010

Govt seeks upgrades for BlackBerry monitoring – sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has asked mobile phone operators to upgrade their networks to help security agencies intercept communication on BlackBerry devices, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Monday, as the government wants access to highly-secure data.

India had threatened to shut off RIM’s encrypted email and instant messaging services unless it gained access to them, in a campaign driven by fears that unmonitored email and messaging puts the country’s security at risk.