SC to examine OTT regulations tomorrow

A Supreme Court bench of Ashok Bhushan and Subhash Reddy has asked to see the new regulations brought out by the central government on content apps. In an appeal for anticipatory bail for Amazon Prime creative head Aparna Purohit in a case of outraging Hindu sentiments, the bench asked the government what it plans to […]

Prashant Kishor to quit if BJP wins Bengal, hints at larger plans

Prashant Kishor, the political branding and communications consultant credited with crafting several highly successful election campaigns, said he will leave his profession if the BJP manages to win 100 seats (29.4%) in the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections. “I will quit the work I’m doing.. I will cease to exist as a political aide, what […]

India’s new social media rules make it impossible for WhatsApp to function as before

The new rules for messaging apps announced as part of today’s digital/online media regulatory framework will make it impossible for WhatsApp to continue to operate in India in its present form. One of the key demands placed by the government in front of WhatsApp has always been that it should attach an origin-ID to all […]

After poor take-up, govt rethinks radio digitization strategy

Government of India seems to have had a change of heart as far as its digitization strategy for radio is concerned, particularly on the choice of technology for the future. The first phase of India’s radio digitization — which has the potential to deliver CD-quality sound on radio receivers — was started around 11 years […]

Signal messenger down after heavy rush in India, US & Europe

Signal, the open source messaging platform, has become extremely slow and even unresponsive in several parts of India after a sudden rush of new users looking for a more secure alternative to WhatsApp. Global interest in Signal app has jumped by around 50 times since WhatsApp announced changes to its terms of use last week. […]

Govt delays 5G auction, internet speeds to remain low

In a move that can potentially derail Reliance Jio’s plans to launch 5G services in the second half of this year, Government of India has come up with a plan to auction only 4G spectrum in March this year. The move to exclude 5G airwaves from the auction is likely to further delay the growth […]

BEML gets mega truck order from MoD

BEML Ltd, formerly Bharat Earth Movers, said it received an order worth Rs 758 cr to supply ‘high mobility’ vehicles to the ministry of defence, Government of India. The vehicles would take the shape of armoured fighting vehicles, and trucks for moving troops, ammunition and stores to far-flung, difficult terrains in operational areas, the equipment […]

Sun NXT to abandon ad-based strategy?

The management of Chennai-based Sun TV Network seems to have abandoned the earlier ‘hybrid strategy’ for its digital platform and come to the conclusion that an advertising-led model will likely not work in the video-on-demand universe in the longer term. The company’s Sun NXT app has been by far the most aggressive player as far […]

Radhika, Prannoy Roy to appeal SEBI order

Radhika and Prannoy Roy, the couple who started and continue to head India’s oldest dedicated news channel NDTV, have disputed findings by the stock market regulator that they engaged in insider trading and said they will appeal the regulator’s order. On Friday, Securities and Exchange Board of India had issued an order directing them to […]

HuffPost shuts India edition as govt seeks to oust foreign players

Huffington Post, a new-generation digital publisher, has likely become the first casualty of the government of India’s decision to ban foreign companies from opening news websites in India. About four weeks ago, government of India banned all foreign owned companies from distributing news and current affairs content in India or even supplying news to Indian […]

Why Kerala’s anti-fake news law is urgently needed

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has withdrawn the controversial Sec 118A of the Kerala Police Act, also known as the anti Fake News law, pending fine-tuning and further consultations. “Whoever makes, expresses, publishes or disseminates through any kind of mode of communication, any matter or subject for threatening, abusing, humiliating or defaming a person or […]

Tejaswi Yadav raises questions on Bihar vote counting

Tejaswi Yadav, leader of opposition in the Bihar legislative assembly, today raised questions about the way the votes were counted two days ago. In particular, Yadav raised questions about the way postal votes were treated by returning officers in several constituencies. “Our vote share was 37.2% and NDA’s vote share was 37.3%,” Yadav said in […]

TikTok’s case against India ban dismissed – Govt

The case filed by TikTok against its ban in India has been dismissed by the High Court of Telangana, the central government informed the Rajya Sabha today. “Tiktok had approached Honorable High Court of Telangana on 20.07.2020 challenging the ban imposed by the Government of India. The court after detailed hearing disposed the matter in […]

No security audit done on Chinese smartphones- IT ministry

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, today clarified that it has not conducted any sort of study to check if Chinese-made smartphones used in India are sending sensitive data to their country of origin. “Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has not conducted any such study,” said Minister of State Sanjay […]

Jio need not pay RCom’s AGR dues under sharing rules:DoT

India’s communication ministry today said that there was no possibility of an operator being asked to pay the dues of another operator simply because it has entered into a spectrum sharing agreement with the other. This was clarified by Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre in reply to a question by MP K Subbarayan on whether […]