Panic button to be mandatory in Mobile sets from 1st Jan 2017

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New Delhi: April 26:   Soon Mobile phone handset will be an effective tool for self-protection, especially for women. Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in New Delhi, ‘ I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button, and Jan 1,2018 mobile set should have Global Positioning System inbuilt’.

As per the Gazette of India notification, from January 1, 2017, no mobile phone handset manufacturing company shall sell in India: “The feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing ‘numeric key – 5’ or ‘numeric key – 9’ to invoke emergency call” and also  “With effect from January 1, 2018, no mobile phone handset manufacturing company shall sell the new mobile phone handset in India without the facility of identifying the location through satellite-based GPS.”

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