Rishi Raj

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Govt mulling proposal for OTT self-censorship

This is being seen as essential in recent times, with several web series released, and since the lockdown even films, on these platforms

The OTTs and the content on them do not come under the purview of the I&B ministry but fall in the domain of ministry of electronics and information technology

Strategy: Bharti Airtel opts to work with all players via the partnership model

Analysts have also pointed out that both Bharti and Jio are unlikely to hike tariffs anytime soon as the status quo suits them.

The dilemma Bharti faces is that either the device maker or consumers would need to be offered a subsidy and once the subsidy is withdrawn the product economics of the venture might suffer.

No call yet: Vodafone Idea in a bind as Jio, Bharti delay tariff hikes

The top two operators feel a hike at this stage would help VIL revive itself

‘Making India Great Again’: Attempt to analyse India’s constant failures since colonisation misses the larger picture

An attempt to analyse India’s constant failures since colonisation misses the larger picture

A file photo of workers at a steel factory in Khopoli, Maharashtra. Instead of going long back in history, the book would have fared better if the authors had just analysed post-independence economic policies and political developments to examine our current problems (Bloomberg)

Book review: The universal truth

Basic principles of running a business explained in simple terms

The basic concept of Akhil’s book is that there are certain fundamentals of business that are universally applicable cutting across geographies and sectors, therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be faulted in this aspect.

Reliance Jio may be served RCom’s Rs 13,000 cr bill; telecom department may raise demand for AGR dues

On August 14, the counsel for Jio told the court that the company has cleared the AGR dues of RCom for the traded spectrum post 2016.

4G spectrum: Telcos buying equipment from Chinese vendors like Huawei, ZTE may be barred from upcoming auction

Once finalised, private telecom operators such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea may not be able to buy telecom equipment from Chinese vendors like Huawei and ZTE.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has so far been opposed to any restrictions being put on Chinese vendors and has said geopolitical issues should not be mixed with business.

Book Review — RC Bhargava’s Getting Competitive: A Practitioner’s Guide for India

For achieving industrialist-worker partnership, trust is the basic precondition and to show how to forge it and take it ahead, Bhargava has given the case studies of Maruti Suzuki.

A file photo of a technician working on a car at the Maruti factory in Gurugram (Bloomberg)

Ban on Chinese apps: IT Act provides govt with emergency powers to hold enquiry after ban

Section 69A of the IT Act provides govt with emergency powers to hold enquiry after the ban

Looking at the way the law and the rules governing the Act have been formulated, the chances of the concerned Chinese firms getting any legal reprieve at this stage by moving the courts is negligible.

Import Blockage: Relief for Korean, Japanese, US firms; Chinese still stuck

The other company, which despite not being a Tier 3 AEO, has been allowed relaxation is Foxconn, but only for its plant which manufactures phones for Apple.

Tier 3 is the highest category and importers make to this grade after long years and distinguished track record.

Animosity At Bay: Rare focus on time when India, Pakistan resolved issues without much acrimony

A rare focus on a time when India, Pak actually resolved issues without much acrimony.

MHA guidelines: Despite relief, firms unsure of future plan

Most companies await state govt norms before they can firm up plan to re-start operations

Similar is the situation in the northern part, where manufacturing clusters are in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt or Noida and Ghaziabad, where also there are several hotspots.

Draconian past and present: History is neither partial nor merciful towards anybody

A timely reminder that foundations of India’s authoritarian laws were laid right after independence, to be exploited by successive regimes

Critics of the present government often attack it for measures like preventive detention, curbs on freedom of speech, and invoking anti-sedition laws at the slightest provocation.

VP Menon | An account of Sardar Patel’s aide and his role in uniting states 

The politics within Congress, pre- and post-independence, is not very different from the politics of modern times in political parties.

It is this vacuum which gets filled with historian Narayani Basu’s biography of Vappala Pangunni Menon, popularly remembered as Sardar Patel’s right-hand man in the integration of princely states.

Winner’s curse: Govt to lose Rs 2 lakh crore if Vodafone Idea sinks

The government has raised another around Rs 22,000 crore on the telecom operators by way of one time spectrum charge (OTSC) for spectrum held beyond 4.4 Mhz. This is currently being contested in various courts and no operator

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Telecom troubles far from over even after AGR blow; telcos now face another Rs 22,000 crore loss

On July 4 on an appeal of Vodafone Idea, which merged in August 2018., the TDSAT had ruled in this matter that the DoT can only charge for administratively allocated spectrum to these firms beyond 6.2 Mhz and not 4.4 Mhz.

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The Promise of India | A balanced account of policies followed by various PMs

Despite the limitations, the immediacy of politics and economics needs contemporary times to be examined and, therefore, books need to be churned out.

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AGR issue: Reliance Jio may have to pay RCom’s Rs 13,000 crore dues

Company maintains as per TDSAT ruling of February 2019, it need not pay past dues of RCom

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India’s 5G dream hit by turf war as ISRO cuts telcos’ power supply

Power level of 5G base stations in 26 GHz spectrum band to be just 1/80th of the conventional norm.

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Trai likely to stick to 6 paise/minute IUC rate for two more years

Jio has announced it would charge users; incumbents may follow suit if Trai confirms retaining the current IUC rate.

Sources said Trai is unlikely to come out with a separate consultation paper on any floor price for tariffs, but by keeping the current termination rate intact, may in a way signal that this is a kind of floor price.

The Anarchy | A lopsided view of Britishers in India

The book is a plain vanilla story of the coming of East India Company to India as traders and becoming its rulers by stealth, deceit and loot. The only difference between a textbook and Dalrymple’s work is, of course, the m

Rs 3,050 crore penalty on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea: Three panelists didn’t approve fine

The decision of the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) at its meeting on July 24 to levy a cumulative penalty of Rs 3,050 crore on Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea for not providing points of interconnection to Reliance J

Awakening Bharat Mata | A book that sheds light on the rise of the Right

Post-partition, the Congress remained the only dominant political force and in power for long years, while parties espousing only the Hindu cause were confined to the fringes.

Going by classic definitions, the Right was seen as conservative people who are rooted in tradition and culture

Relief for bleeding telcos: TDSAT cuts govt’s spectrum charge demand by 60%

The July 4 order of the telecom tribunal is on the appeal of Vodafone Idea, which merged in August 2018.

The government had raised a total demand of around Rs 25,000 crore on nine telcos in 2013 for spectrum held beyond 6.2 MHz. (PTI File photo)

Majoritarian State | A one-sided view of communal divides in India

If you read the articles in Majoritarian State with this principle of Carr in mind, you won’t feel frustrated on finding a purely one-sided view lacking in objectivity, for it essentially is a grouping of authors who have a

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5G spectrum: Space department getting its science wrong

The DoS has written to the department of telecommunications (DoT) that they exclusively want spectrum in the bands of 26 and 28 GHz for themselves.

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Even before takeoff, India’s desi GPS under videshi shadow

To prevent any interference from the 5G mobile/BTS signals in these four earthstations, the DoS has written to the WPC asking that 25 Mhz of spectrum (3.400 to 3.425 GHz) in the 3.5 GHz band of 5G band be reserved for it.

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