People are paying more to DTH providers for the same service the cable operators provide. DTH providers are riding on the consumer's hatred for the cable operators.
Right. The companies offering payment gateway services in India are charging king's ransom.
7% transaction fee, $US1000 non refundable deposits, etc make it impossible to collect money online. There is sure an opportunity. I hope Google or another company starts payment gateway services in India.
I have seen two engineers write an application for about a year. They managed to deliver the project with great difficulty. No comments, no code formatting, no version control, no tests, no docs. After they completed the said project, they learned a whole lot of software engineering. Now these engineers use version control, adhere to coding standards, have API documentation, maintain end user documentation in docbook, write unit tests, use design patterns, read security books, attend lot of conferences, etc. They are now so much more confident about the quality of the software they develop.
They are scared as to when the old customer will come back and ask for a feature addition. The only choice they have is to rewrite the application.
Go, get a driving license, ration card, voter's ID card in exchange for money if you will. If you can buy any of these identity cards you can definitely buy passport and a PAN card too. It could cost you a bit more, though.
Few years back, the Government of India started a project to implement social security number system just like in the western countries. They started accepting forms for this ambitious project. Initially, they started offering this form for people holding a PAN card. I haven't heard of any progress till now.
India needs a strong leader to see this project completed. Let's see how Nandan Nilekani helps in this regard.
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