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112 to be India's national emergency number: Dial it to call police, fire brigade, ambulance
No need to remember different emergency numbers anymore, as India will soon have a common emergency telephone number '112', and this common emergency number will avail any kind of emergency services, like police, ambulance, fire department etc.

The existing emergency numbers like 100, 101, 102 and 108 will slowly be phased out within an year of rolling out 112.

This proposal to have a common emergency number was approved by the inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission.

"Telecom Commission has accepted Trai's recommendation on single emergency number 112. It will now be drafted by the Department of Telecom and will require Telecom Minister's (Ravi Shankar Prasad) approval. It will be rolled out within months rather than a year," various media reports quoted a source from Telecom department.

The person in need can just dial 112 and the call will be directed to the appropriate department immediately. One can even send an SMS, the system will get to know about the location of the person and will send information to the nearest help center.

A similar kind of system is in place in developed countries like US and Canada (911), UK (999), New Zealand (111), Australia (000) etc.

The number 112 has been chosen in India due to various reasons, and one of them is that GSM phones have in-built recognition of emergency numbers 112 and 911.

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