Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

DoT unlikely to tinker with licence fee, spectrum charge

The New Telecom Policy 2018 will most likely leave out spectrum fee and licence charge revision as the Department of Telecom (DoT) feels technological advancements centering around 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data would ensure enough revenue generation.

‘Opp trying to spin verdict’

A decade ago, as a rookie he had drawn then PM Manmohan Singh’s attention to the alleged rot around spectrum allocation in the telecom sector. Post the court verdict on Thursday, Rajya Sabha MP, Rajeev Chandrasekhar spoke with Mini Tejaswi.

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Presumptive loss was cooked up

After the national auditor unearthed the “2G spectrum scam” and indicted the then Telecom minister A Raja making him villain of the scandal-ridden UPA-II government, the DMK leader on Thursday turned hero with a special court acquitting him in the case besides 16 other accused.

Raja was present in the court when the judgement was delivered by the special CBI judge OP Saini. Speaking to media later in the day, the lawyer-turned-politician minced no words in blaming the CAG for “cooking up” the presumptive loss story. 

Jewellers oppose proposed UID number to each piece of ornament

Jewellers have opposed the proposed introduction of unique identification number to each piece of jewellery once mandatory hallmarking comes into force. They also don’t want retailers or manufacturers to be held responsible for faulty hallmarking. However, the governm­ent wants to make each piece of jewellery tracea­ble by giving it a UID number.

GPS-enabled biometric scheme for primary teachers on anvil

Finance minister Arun Jaitley is likely to announce a Rs 4,000 crore scheme, aimed at ensuring the presence of teachers through the use of GPS-enabled hand-held biometric devices.

The move comes after teacher absenteeism in government-run schools has been identified as one of the biggest problems in the country’s primary education. The Centre will bear 60 per cent of the costs while states will have to share the remaining 40 per cent, sources said.

2G: a scam with no scamsters

The clock ticked 10.55 am at the jam-packed small courtroom of CBI special judge OP Saini. Emotions ran high. Tension was writ large.

2G verdict: ED to appeal acquittal of 19 accused

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will appeal the acquittal of the 19 accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case on the grounds that money laundering is a "standalone" crime, the agency said today.

PMEAC focuses on farm revival

Agriculture had decelerating gr­owth in the se­cond quarter and PMEAC will se­nd its re­commendations to the fin­ance ministry next month.