Friday 10 Feb '12With the Supreme Court cancelling the 122 licences given by former telecom minister A Raja in January 2008, there have been demands by certain commentators and analysts that the government should compensate the companies who got the licences and made investments in the sector.
Saturday 28 Jan '12If top telecom honchos like Bharti Airtel’s Sunil Mittal
and Reliance Communications’ Anil Ambani along with other bigwigs met telecom minister Kapil Sibal twice in the last two months, it’s not without reason.
Wednesday 11 Jan '12At his recent interaction with editors, Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata made a very pertinent point. He said that group company Tata Motors, which happens to be the country’s largest automobile company and its third largest passenger car maker, should now be seen as a global company and not merely as Tata Motors India or Tata Motors UK.
Wednesday 07 Sep '11Your letter dated August 20 to the CBI on the 2G spectrum scam, stating that Trai never asked for auctions in 2003 and 2007, and it did not even ask for revision of entry fee in 2007, has created a lot of confusion.
Wednesday 31 Aug '11It has to be more than a coincidence that on the same day the CBI was pulled up by the Gujarat High Court for botching up the investigations into the Haren Pandya murder, CBI counsel UU Lalit told the special CBI court in the 2G scam that the agency had failed to find any evidence of any quid pro quo as far as money changing hands is concerned in the Unitech Wireless case.
Thursday 16 Jun '11Serial entrepreneur C Sivasankaran has embarrassed the UPA government for the second time in a span of two years. In both instances, the ministers with egg on their faces happened to be from the DMK—A Raja earlier and Dayanidhi Maran now.
Friday 03 Jun '11Going by the financial and operational performance of the country’s top three mobile operators, the ones that have announced their results so far, it is quite established now that not only are the days of double-digit growth and profits passé but it will take quite some time for the industry to regain its robustness. Not that this revelation is new.
Wednesday 11 May '11The steel ministry has once again started working on a national steel policy. If the effort fructifies, it will have to be called a new national steel policy since currently a national steel policy is in force, since 2005.
Thursday 24 Mar '11There are no permanent enemies, no permanent friends, only permanent interests…The best practitioner of the Churchillian dictum today appears to be telecom minister Kapil Sibal, in the manner in which he is handling various scams and non-scams under his charge.
Friday 11 Mar '11In 2003, when it was clear Reliance Infocomm was providing full-blown mobility instead of the limited mobility that its licence allowed, the Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal came up with a 2:1 judgement that said Reliance’s unlimited mobility services had to be stopped.
Tuesday 08 Mar '11It’s a pity that the system of learning through case studies does not exist in government. Why else would it flounder when it comes to cases of reviving loss-making Air India or BSNL, when it has a record of giving a package of as high as R8,000 crore to a public sector undertaking that revived within two years of getting this bailout?