Rishi Raj

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Vodafone Idea to raise funds, promoters can take part too: CEO Ravinder Takkar

“The promoters have invested Rs 1.90 lakh crore in the last 10 years, so to say that promoters are not being supportive is not correct,” Takkar said.

Invest & recover what’s lost: Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal to Vodafone Plc CEO Nick Read

“You have a lifetime opportunity to retake what has been a lost cause. The government has been very strong in their response and it is time for Vodafone and Mr Birla (KM Birla) to step up their contribution into the company

Regarding the clause that operators have the option to pay the deferred NPV amount in equity he said that on this option the matter would to the board.

The Raj, revisited | Book Review — Peace, Poverty and Betrayal: A New History of British India by Roderick Matthews

A fresh perspective of the British era that rejects many existing biases

Coins of the East India Company. The British made money in India, but they always made more money elsewhere. The substance of the link, its real value to Britain, was not primarily economic: it was geostrategic

Theory of Disaster | Book Review – Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe by Niall Ferguson

Backed by impeccable research, a magisterial work on catastrophes, written in the backdrop of the outbreak of Covid-19, digresses from its central theme

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Book Review — Makers of Modern Dalit History: Profiles by Sudarshan Ramabadran & Guru Prakash Paswan

A chronicle of the life, times and struggles of notable Dalit personalities fills a major gap

A file photo of a man selling pictures of Dalit leaders in New Delhi (Express photo)

PLI scheme: Apple vendors hire 20,000 in 7 months

Foxconn and Wistron step up hiring; Pegatron set to follow

As per their PLI applications, these companies are expected to hire nearly 23,000 employees each, by the end of FY22.

New norms: Threat of criminal action pushing social media firms to move court

The penal provision in the earlier IT rules with regard to imprisonment was limited, in the sense that if social media firms failed to remove/block/monitor/intercept content if directed by the government under Section 69A of

Section 79 of the IT Act provides social media companies intermediary status, which provides them exemptions and certain immunity from liabilities for any third-party content and data hosted by them.

IT rules: Social media firms can now be sued by users for offensive content

Official sources said that the government may not be vindictive and the social media firms can always engage with it, but the laws empower individual users and users' group also to lodge complaints and file cases and in such

Though some social media firms like Facebook and Google have said that they aim to comply with the new laws, have already met some and are engaging with the government on other aspects, lawyers said that such partial compliance doesn't guarantee the immunity provided otherwise under Section 79.

The many shades of saffron

An attempt to look at the RSS with extensive field research

The book lays bare how the RSS and its various outfits have, over the past few decades, worked at the grassroots to create a unified Hindu society by bringing the marginalised sections—Dalits, tribals and backward castes—within its fold (Express photo)

WhatsApp can tell on you without snooping

The government has asked companies to disclose the first originator of what is deemed as mischievous messages by the government.

However, for such traceability there needs to be a domestic law in place which mandates for how long the data needs to be stored by WhatsApp.

Production-linked incentive schemes for telecom to boost exchequer

Contrast this with the outlay for PLI for mobile phones which is Rs 40,995 crore over the five years. This means there would be a net revenue for the government of around Rs 50,000 crore.

Of course, as the higher incremental production and sales due to the schemes could potentially bolster the earnings of firms, the government's direct tax receipts will get a boost as well.

Book Review – Vajpayee: The Years That Changed India by Shakti Sinha

This account of Vajpayee’s term lays bare the hypocrisy of political theorists more than it reveals new facets of the former PM

A file photo of former prime minister AB Vajpayee (PTI)

PLI Target: Domestic mobile production needs a China hand

Industry urges govt to expedite Visa for Chinese engineers who are needed to set up new production units

The ICEA has written that PLI applicants, who complete the investment target before March 31, 2021, would have established their seriousness and commitment and therefore must be rewarded.

Data Privacy: Concern over WhatsApp’s new policy

Privacy experts and anti-trust bodies have also raised alarm at this new privacy policy of WhatsApp.

Only if the intermediary concerned fails to do the same expeditiously or it is found that it has conspired, abetted or aided in the generation of such content, can the government take action against it.

Voices of Dissent: Romila Thapar’s attempted analysis of discordant voices paints a sketchy picture

Romila Thapar’s attempted analysis of discordant voices paints a sketchy picture at best with the omission of contemporary events

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.
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