Indoor call drops and slow data services, which have been major irritants for consumers and a big headache for the government, may soon be a thing of past as the telecom department (DoT) has approved a Trai recommendation that makes mandatory the sharing of in-building infrastructure by telcos and tower companies.
Plan and Policy
Plan & Policy
India’s festive season should be a time of celebration for textiles businessman Habib Ansari, who usually spends October counting a boom in profits from supplying retailers ahead of a month of peak shopping.
The Congress has stepped up its offensive on Amit Shah asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove him as BJP president and demanded a probe into claims in a media report that a firm owned by Shah’s son saw a huge rise in turnover after the party came to power in 2014.
The Supreme Court on Monday said its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) will continue till October 31.
A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said the apex court’s September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers would be effective from November 1.
Diwali is on October 19 and the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.
As 19 farmers have died in Maharashtra due to pesticide poisoning and over 700 remain affected, the Centre is seriously considering promoting bio-pesticides to reduce the domestic use of agro chemicals.
The plan comes even as states have been found lacking the will to prosecute the companies making fake products.
While 50 per cent of the agro chemicals produced are used in the country, the remaining are exported. So, the Centre will focus on lowering the pesticides use in the country without affecting the yield, sources said.
Criticism about the BJP government’s economic policies is now coming from unexpected quarters.
RSS-linked Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has slammed "Harvard University-educated" economic advisers on various government bodies, saying they have had no connection to the ground realities in India. The BMS said the BJP-led Union government should stop disinvestment in the public sector.
Much to the relief of exporters, who have been reeling under cash crunch after GST rollout, a top official has said the government will clear their pending GST refunds by November-end.
Favouring simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls, the Election Commission on Sunday said all political parties need to be brought on board before such an exercise is carried out.
“The Election Commission has always been of the view that simultaneous elections will give enough time for incumbent government to formulate policies and implement programmes continuously for a longer time without interruptions caused by imposition of model code of conduct,” Election Commissioner OP Rawat said.
As the goods and services tax (GST) regime completed 100 days on Sunday, major FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) companies, including Dabur and Godrej Consumer, expect full recovery from the pangs of implementation of the new tax by the end of the third quarter with clear signs of demand picking up in the horizon.
Most FMCG companies were hit by de-stocking by channel partners ahead of the implementation of GST on July 1 due to uncertainties of transition to the new system.
A new threshold for reporting to authorities about transactions in gold and other precious metals and stones, will be notified soon said a top government official. The government on Friday reversed the August 23 order by which gems and jewellery dealers were brought under the purview of the reporting requirement of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), as part of the policy to curb parking of black money in bullion.