Rishi Raj

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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

AGR issue, Reliance Jio, RCom, Anil Ambani, Supreme Court verdict, Ravi Shankar Prasad, DoT, jio

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.

5G Spectrum, Space dept, European Commission, 5G Indian operators, BSNL WiMAX services, DOT

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.

YC Deveshwar’s legacy: How he transformed ITC into an FMCG giant

It was Deveshwar’s genius to come up with the idea that shops selling its cigarettes could also sell its FMCG products, reaching the interiors of the country.

Mind without Fear | This isn’t a hero’s tale

Legally speaking, Gupta’s biggest defence is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s wiretap on Galleon Fund owner Raj Rajaratnam did not find him passing on the tip and there was no money trail leading to him.

Book Review: Not Just a Civil Servant – A memoir of an IAS officer

The memoir of a civil servant, though lucid and readable, leaves the reader wanting for more juicy details

The Human Tide| Book that tells human story through changes in population

The story began with the British Isles, which saw the beginning of industrial revolution and surge in population. Without going into which of the two came first as it is a useless question, the book says the two were contempo

The Human Tide: How Population Shaped the Modern World

Policy flip-flop: Muddled approach mars policy-making, reform narrative

The one area where the government did take a concrete step was with regard to the aviation sector where it did away with the 5/20 policy

Book review: ‘Emergency Chronicles Indira Gandhi and Democracy’s Turning Point’ by Gyan Prakash

A book shows how the Emergency was not manufactured, but implemented using existing laws and constitutional framework

Indira Gandhi, Emergency Chronicles, Gyan Prakash, MISA, Communist Party of India
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