WhatsApp? J&K Govt Wants to Know
Group admins to be held responsible for objectionable content, says state directive
New Delhi: The J&K government wants to tune in to every WhatsApp group chat in the state, if recent directives are to be believed. Two different communiques that went out on Monday asked WhatsApp group admins of “social media news agencies” and “WhatsApp news groups” to register with the local administration, to prevent untoward incidents in the state. The directives follow an incident that led to the death of four people in a firing by security forces.
“Group admins of each group will be responsible for all the posts on their groups and any irresponsible remarks/ deals leading to untoward incidents will be dealt under law,” read one circular, signed by the Kupwara district magistrate’s office. It also forbade government employees who are part of these groups from “making comments/ remarks” about the policies and decisions of the government.
“This is scapegoating by appointing the admin as a whipping boy or girl because authorities wish to find someone to punish for dissemination of objectionable information,” said Mishi Choudhary, executive director at the Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC).
WhatsApp recently provided end-to-end encryption on its platform, which means that only the intended recipient (person or group) communicating with each other can see the message that is being sent over the messaging service.
Incremental revenue it reflects the competitive strength of a company and its ability to win new contracts.
In the past five years TCS has been the only Indian IT firm to consistently post well over $1 billion of incremental revenue every year. The only other IT services firm to enjoy similar success during the period is US-based Cognizant Technology Solutions, which also generated well over $1 billion on an average every year.
Experts tracking India’s IT industry pointed out that while Mumbai-based TCS maintained its lead over Infosys, the Bengaluru company has whittled the gap between the two considerably.
For instance, last year TCS raked in nearly $2.01 billion of fresh annual business, about four-and-half times the incremental revenue that Infosys generated ($462 million). A year on, that gap stands at just about $300 million.
“While Infosys has the momentum, the road ahead is about balancing top and bottom line. Investments in industrialisation and automation have to be matched by sales execution. As TCS continues to steal the march in terms of localization, the pendulum can easily swing again,” said Thomas Reuner, managing director at HfS Research.
Experts said Infosys needs to consistently deliver robust numbers over a three-four year period to have any chance of snatching back market share that has been conceded to rivals such as TCS and Cognizant and that one solid year will not disrupt the pecking order. Cognizant has forecast revenue in the range of $3.18 billion to $3.24 billion for the March quarter. Even assuming that it meets the lower end of the guidance, the firm would have generated at least $1.94 billion of incremental revenue for the AprilMarch period.
“Infosys signed large deals worth $2.8 billion in FY16, up from $1.9 billion in FY15. We note that the company aspires to get the wins up to $1-1.5 billion/ quarter, which will help build financial predictability,” Kawaljeet Saluja and Jaykumar Doshi of Kotak Institutional Equities wrote in a note to clients last week.
“How will it get there? Relentless focus on execution, profitable conversion, automation and integration of capabilities will be some of the determinants in pulling up share gains in the renewals market.”
Infy needs to consistently deliver robust numbers over a 3-4year period to have any chance of snatching back market share