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SBI’s new minimum balance rule leaves OBC, UCO and PSB as only ‘free’ banks in India

With the country's largest bank, State Bank of India, refusing to rollback service charges for customers who do not maintain a minimum balance in their accounts, only Oriental Bank of Commerce, UCO Bank and Punjab & Sind Bank remain as 'free' providers of savings bank services, according to an analysis

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Airtel buys high-capacity 4G spectrum from Tikona in five circles

Bharti Airtel said it has agreed to buy 4G spectrum from Tikona Digital Networks in five telecom circles, giving the company a pan-India footprint in the crucial capacity band and helping it compete on an even footing with Reliance Jio.Airtel plans to roll-out high speed 4G services on the newly

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Reliance Jio to lose over half of its subscribers by the month-end – CyberMedia Research

Even as some brokerages are predicting that Reliance Jio will manage to carry over 80% or more of its subscribers when it starts charging for its services at the end of this month, CyberMedia Research said it sees 55-60% of existing connections getting abandoned.Jio is estimated to have 105-110 mln

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Vodafone customers to get Rs 250 cashback on Amazon Prime subscripton

Vodafone said any of its subscribers that uses its website or app to subscribe to Amazon Prime service in India will get Rs 250 cash back in the form of payment balance in their Amazon account.Technically, operators in India are forbidden from giving cheaper data access to any particular website

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BSNL announces new postpaid plans with more data, unlimited calling

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the publicly owned telecom services provider, announced liberalization of its plans for postpaid customers, a month after doing so for prepaid subscribers.While it offers 1 GB data plus unlimited calling to prepaid subscribers for Rs 339, for pospaid, the cost of the unlimited calling pack has

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Service Charge in Restaurants: Center says still waiting for industry proposal

The ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution is still waiting to hear from the hotel and restaurant industry associations on how they intend to resolve the issue of levying service charges 'unfairly'.The matter had come to a head in early January when the ministry sent a directive to

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RCom provides 0.5 GB/day of 3G data at Rs 99 per month

Reliance Communications, the telecom arm of Anil Ambani Group, has unveiled what is probably India's cheapest 3G data plan.The company said its subscribers will get 0.5 GB of data every day for 28 days if they recharge with Rs 99.If they are in a non-3G circle, they can recharge with

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PayTM ropes in IIT Kanpur for ‘cashless campus’

PayTM, India's biggest mobile payment company and a minority subsidiary of Alibaba Group, said it partnered with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur to bring its cashless payment solution to the country’s premier engineering college.Under the program, students will be able to make payments using the mobile app at hostel canteens,

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New TRAI rules to make HD channels cheaper by 70%, HD access fee illegal

New rules on the pricing of television channels are likely to make the viewing of HD and sports channels in India cheaper and make charges such as 'HD Access Fee' totally illegal.The rules were issued on Friday and will come into effect within six months of it being published in the

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Vodafone offers 1GB/day + free calls at Rs 346 per month to counter Reliance Jio

Vodafone, India's second largest telecom operator by revenue, has more or less matched newcomer Reliance Jio's aggressive tariff plan by offering 1 GB per day for one month at Rs 346, in addiition to unlimited voice calling.The plan is almost exactly similar to what Reliance Jio last week, though the pricing

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Reliance Jio Prime registrations run into server hassles

Reliance Jio's much anticipated 'Prime Recharge' has created consternation on day 1 as the company faced an unexpected rush of users eager to seize the offer.Many users are facing problems activating the offer and have taken to social media with their complaints.The offer, which needs to be availed before the end

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Reliance Jio unveils new 4G plan: 60GB at Rs 999, 56GB at 499

As expected, Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom operator led by Mukesh Ambani, has totally overhauled its 4G tariffs ahead of 'going commercial'.The firm had unveiled one set of tariffs in September, and said that these would apply when it started charging for its services several months later.However, many had said

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Den Networks to introduce 4K, gaming box this year

Den Networks, one of India's top three cable companies, is planning to introduce4K services and 'open' set-top-boxes with gaming support this year, CEO S N Sharma said."We definitely are aware that 4K is also around the corner and the box development is already in progress may be in next three

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Bharti Airtel abolishes roaming charges

Bharti Airtel has abolished roaming charges for its subscribers within India, after new rival Reliance Jio adopted a similar policy.The move will come into effect on April 1, the date on which Jio will start its services on a commercial basis.With this, incoming calls will be free and outgoing calls

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Bharti Airtel offers 0.5 GB/day at Rs 149 to counter Reliance Jio’s 303 plan

Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom operator by revenue, has increased the data allocation on its unlimited plan to 0.5 GB per day from 4 GB per month.First noted by Credit Suisse, the schemes have been rolled out since Reliance Jio unveiled a 1 GB/day scheme last week.Airtel had, a couple

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SpiceJet starts Kolkata-Dhaka flight, more to follow

SpiceJet said it will start daily flights to Dhaka from Kolkata on Mar 23, its first to the Bangladeshi capital, and said it plans to introduce more international flights soon.With the Dhaka service, the total number of international destinations served by the company has reached seven.Last month, the airline announced

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With 90 HD channels, Sun Direct set to overtake Tata Sky as No.1 HD DTH player

Sun Direct,  the DTH arm of Sun TV Network, could soon emerge as the No. 1 provider of HD TV channels in India, according to a distributor privy to the company's plans.The DTH operator has recently acquired several transponders on a new satellite owned by the ISRO, the Indian space agency,

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