Pigeon Held In India On Suspicion Of Spying For Pakistan

Indian police are holding a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spy mission for neighboring Pakistan, media reported Friday.The white-colored bird was found by a local resident in India’s Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and taken to a police station 25 miles from the city of Amritsar.The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.

Police officer Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency that they suspected the pigeon landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, although no trace of a note was found.Officials directed that no one should be allowed to visit the pigeon, which police said was possibly on a “special mission of spying.”The bird was medically examined and kept in an air-conditioned room under police guard.
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Carrier Pigeon 'Faster' Than Internet Broadband

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A South African information technology company on Wednesday claimed it was quicker for them to transmit data with the pigeon than to send it using Telkom, the country’s leading internet service provider.Internet speed and connectivity in Africa’s largest economy are poor because of a bandwidth shortage. It is also expensive.

The 11-month-old pigeon, Winston, took one hour and eight minutes to fly the 50 miles from Unlimited IT’s offices near Pietermaritzburg to the coastal city of Durban with a data card strapped to his leg.Including downloading, the transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds – the time it took for only four per cent of the data to be transferred using a Telkom line.

SAPA said Unlimited IT performed the stunt after becoming frustrated with slow internet transmission times.The company has 11 call-centres around the country and regularly sends data to its other branches.
Internet speed is expected to improve once a new 17,000km underwater fibre optic cable linking southern and East Africa to other networks becomes operational before South Africa hosts the World Cup next year.

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Carrier Pigeon 'Faster' Than Internet Broadband

PD*29861783

A South African information technology company on Wednesday claimed it was quicker for them to transmit data with the pigeon than to send it using Telkom, the country’s leading internet service provider.Internet speed and connectivity in Africa’s largest economy are poor because of a bandwidth shortage. It is also expensive.

The 11-month-old pigeon, Winston, took one hour and eight minutes to fly the 50 miles from Unlimited IT’s offices near Pietermaritzburg to the coastal city of Durban with a data card strapped to his leg.Including downloading, the transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds – the time it took for only four per cent of the data to be transferred using a Telkom line.

SAPA said Unlimited IT performed the stunt after becoming frustrated with slow internet transmission times.The company has 11 call-centres around the country and regularly sends data to its other branches.
Internet speed is expected to improve once a new 17,000km underwater fibre optic cable linking southern and East Africa to other networks becomes operational before South Africa hosts the World Cup next year.

(source)