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'£5 laptop' will actually cost £50

Minister clarifies misleading announcement

The '$10 laptop' announced yesterday by the Indian government will actually cost ten times that amount, it's been revealed.

A spokesman for Minister of State for Higher Education, D. Purandeswari, said today that contrary to an earlier statement, the price of the laptop will in fact be $100 (£50).

In a transcript of the speech delivered by Purandeswari at a conference in Delhi on Tuesday, which was provided by the government's press bureau to reporters, the Minister was quoted as saying that the government aims to provide $10 laptops to students.

The transcript has been updated subsequently to reflect the new price of the laptop.

Research on the low-cost laptop is being already carried out at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. The government did not however provide information on the specifications of the laptop, or whether the price would include a subsidy from the government.

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