TRAI directs TV channels to publish new tariff immediately

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said it is abandoning its voluntary restraint in the implementation of new TV channel pricing rules announced on January 1 as channel broadcasters are taking advantage of the same to push through price increases. TRAI has so far not taken any action against those who did not implement its […]

Bombay HC asks TRAI if it can defer price cuts by 1 month

Bombay High Court today asked Telecom Regulatory Authority of India if it was willing to postpone the implementation of the amended TV channel pricing regulations by one month. This follows a change in the bench hearing a petition against the new rules filed by some industry stakeholders, including Indian Broadcasting Foundation. The judges who have […]

AGR DUES: Why Vodafone Idea shutdown is unlikely

Vodafone Idea, one of the top telecom operators in India, is likely to deposit Rs 2,500 cr towards the demands raised by the Department of Telecom related to revenue share under India’s telecom license rules, according to industry sources. The company has been served with a total demand of over Rs 53,000 cr. Meanwhile, Bharti […]

TRAI TARIFF RULES: Tata Sky, Dish, others to announce new plans today

India’s major cable and DTH companies, such as Tata Sky, Airtel Digital, Dish TV, Hathway and GTPL, are likely to unveil new plans and TV channel packs today under TRAI’s amended tariff order. According to the amended tariff order — which has not been stayed by any court so far — all distribution platforms (cable […]

Muslim League suspends leader after anti-CAA protest

The Kerala Unit of Indian Union Muslim League — an ally of the Congress Party — has suspended a district-level functionary for participating in a major, state-wide anti-CAA protest on Sunday. KM Basheer, a vice president for the party’s Beypore assembly unit, has been suspended from his position after he participated in Sunday’s ‘Human Chain’ […]

Broadcasters challenge TRAI’s amended tariff order

With just two days remaining for a deadline to file amended TV channel tariffs, a case filed by India’s big broadcasters in the Bombay High Court has been listed for hearing tomorrow in front of Justice SC Dharmadhikari. Broadcasters, including Star India, Zee Entertainment, Sony Networks and others, have come together under the banner of […]

TV Journalists detained by Mangalore police

Journalists belonging to several Malayalam channels have been taken into custody in Mangalore by the police, according to reports by affected media outlets. According to these channels, their TV crews were reporting from Wenlock Hospital, where the bodies of the people killed in yesterday’s police shooting are kept, when a police team led by a […]

Govt may amend law to deny mercy petitions to POCSO convicts

The government of India may soon bring amend the law to deny the possibility of a presidential pardon to those sentenced to death under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences or POCSO Act. Speaking at an event organized by the spiritual outfit Brahma Kumaris in Hyderabad, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said that opinion […]

Courts should not lay down religious principles – Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah today said that he was opposed to the idea of the judiciary donning the mantle of ecclesiastical courts and telling people how to worship their gods and interfering in their religious practices. He was answering a question about his “dual stand” on the issues of Sabarimala temple and Ram Janmabhoomi temple, […]

Sabarimala sent for consideration of a larger bench

The Sabarimala temple case has been referred to a larger, seven-judge bench, giving relief to pro-tradition activists. The case has been referred to a seven-judge bench on the basis of a 3:2 ruling by the judges. The case refers to a petition filed by some Delhi-based lawyers complaining that women devotees of Ayyappa are not […]

Police investigation finds sensational rape case to be ‘fake’: reports

A sensational rape case of 2016, in which a housewife accused three brothers — including a CPIM ward councillor — of gang rape in Kerala, has been found to be fake and closed, said media reports quoting a status update given by the police to the local MLA. Two prominent celebrity women’s rights activists, dubbing […]

Relief for social media users as SC orders Yogi govt to release journalist

The Supreme Court has ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to immediately release jailed journalist Prashant Kanojia. The state will be free to carry on a case against the journalist. Hearing a plea by wife Jagisha Arora to protect the journalist’s fundamental rights, a two-judge vacation bench comprising Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Ajay Rastogi did […]

RANJAN GOGOI CASE: Lawyer alleges big conspiracy, “offered Rs 1.5cr”

Utsav Singh Bains, the young lawyer representing many of the victims in the Asaram Bapu case, said the current sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi are the results of a ‘big conspiracy’ by a lobby of frustrated judges, lawyers and ‘fixers’. The lawyer, who is fighting the Asaram Bapu case without taking money […]

Delhi Unauthorized Colonies: Centre sets up committee to study regularization feasibility

The central government has set up a committee under the Lt Governor of Delhi to study the feasibility of ‘regularizing’ the unauthorized colonies of Delhi. There are many areas in Delhi, particularly on the eastern and southern sides, where people have constructed shanties, and in some cases concrete houses, on government property. It is estimated […]