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  • Government extends PLI to more sectors, announces Rs 15,000 crore for pharma, Rs 7350 crore for IT hardware Feb 24, 2021 03:44 PM IST

    Government extends PLI to more sectors, announces Rs 15,000 crore for pharma, Rs 7350 crore for IT hardware

    Centre believes PLI scheme will make India's $ 40 billion pharmaceuticals industry globally competitive and less reliant on imports for high-end patented drugs. The new incentives for domestic manufacture of IT hardware aims to raise domestic value addition to 20% - 25% by 2025 and make India a global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing.

  • Explained | Is 5G around the corner for India, what are the challenges India is facing? Feb 15, 2021 05:42 PM IST

    Explained | Is 5G around the corner for India, what are the challenges India is facing?

    What is 5G, what are its advantages and what are the challenges we face in implementing the high speed cellular broadband technology in India, these and all your queries answered.

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad turns down request for meeting with Twitter; MeitY Secretary to lead talks Feb 10, 2021 10:29 AM IST

    Ravi Shankar Prasad turns down request for meeting with Twitter; MeitY Secretary to lead talks

    In the talks with the Centre, Twitter is likely to convey its internal policy on implementation of valid government orders for blocking content and accounts.

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad donates Rs 11 lakh for Ram Temple Feb 06, 2021 09:39 PM IST

    Ravi Shankar Prasad donates Rs 11 lakh for Ram Temple

    Prasad handed over the cheque to Mohan Singh and Prasad Pandey, representatives of Sri Rama Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust.

  • 5G core network should be Indian; permission for trials soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad Jan 28, 2021 05:36 PM IST

    5G core network should be Indian; permission for trials soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    The minister said that the testbed is ready for 5G and the government will soon grant a permit for trials.

  • Centre, Japan sign MoU to enhance cooperation in 5G, Telecom Security, Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Jan 15, 2021 05:49 PM IST

    Centre, Japan sign MoU to enhance cooperation in 5G, Telecom Security, Submarine Optical Fiber Cable

    The agreement was signed by Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Japanese Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takeda Ryota via a video conference.

  • Traders ask govt to ban WhatsApp and Facebook Jan 10, 2021 05:02 PM IST

    Traders ask govt to ban WhatsApp and Facebook

    WhatsApp is to implement its changed Privacy Policy from next month in India which will force people using WhatsApp to accept the changed terms if they want to avail the usage of WhatsApp or else they will have to delete the WhatsApp from their mobile.

  • Govt starts contest for strengthening digital network platform for COVID-19 vaccine distribution Dec 23, 2020 08:23 PM IST

    Govt starts contest for strengthening digital network platform for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

    The government is enhancing use of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system, which provides real-time information on vaccine stocks and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country to address the needs for distribution and tracking of COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Proper scaling up of electronic manufacturing can contribute $1 trillion to economy: Ravi Shankar Prasad Dec 18, 2020 07:52 PM IST

    Proper scaling up of electronic manufacturing can contribute $1 trillion to economy: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    The government has set a target for the country to become a $5-trillion economy by 2025.

  • Analysts expect mild participation in upcoming spectrum auction, particularly in 700MHz band Dec 17, 2020 08:34 PM IST

    Analysts expect mild participation in upcoming spectrum auction, particularly in 700MHz band

    The Department of Telecommunications had last conducted the spectrum auction in FY17 with a base price target of Rs 5.63 lakh crore and had managed to raise around Rs 65,000 crore. The government had then put to auction 2355 MHz of spectrum had sold only 965MHz across seven bands.

  • Govt's National Security Directive could rein in firms like Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei Dec 16, 2020 08:16 PM IST

    Govt's National Security Directive could rein in firms like Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei

    Under the provisions of this directive, the government will declare a list of trusted sources and trusted products for installation in the country's telecom network.

  • India Post Payments Bank's ‘DakPay’ app to boost financial inclusion, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Dec 15, 2020 03:26 PM IST

    India Post Payments Bank's ‘DakPay’ app to boost financial inclusion, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

    DakPay services include domestic money transfers and utility bill payments.

  • India aims to surpass China in mobile manufacturing: Ravi Shankar Prasad Dec 14, 2020 11:16 AM IST

    India aims to surpass China in mobile manufacturing: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government is looking to make India a hub of other electronic products as well with the expansion of the PLI scheme to other sectors.

  • IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says facial recognition algorithms must be unbiased, transparent: Report Oct 19, 2020 05:48 PM IST

    IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says facial recognition algorithms must be unbiased, transparent: Report

    Prasad also discussed keeping users in the loop. He said that while a user’s data is being kept into account, they must be informed of the purpose for which it is being used.

  • It's problematic when Facebook employees abuse PM Modi on record: Prasad to Mark Zuckerberg Sep 01, 2020 07:53 PM IST

    It's problematic when Facebook employees abuse PM Modi on record: Prasad to Mark Zuckerberg

    It seems from credible media reports that Facebook India team, right from the India MD to other senior officials, is dominated by people who belong to a particular political belief, writes Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in his letter

  • Kerala tech firm's Zoom-alternative Vconsol wins government's innovation challenge Aug 21, 2020 12:09 PM IST

    Kerala tech firm's Zoom-alternative Vconsol wins government's innovation challenge

    Kerala-based Techgentsia Software Technologies will be provided financial support of Rs 1 crore with an additional Rs 10 lakhs towards O&M (operation and maintenance) for the next three years.

  • Indian software product firms seek elimination of Softex forms, other reforms Aug 06, 2020 10:04 AM IST

    Indian software product firms seek elimination of Softex forms, other reforms

    The elimination of the Softex forms will dramatically increase ease of doing business for product companies.

  • Ayodhya Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan: Leaders hope development would pave way for harmony Aug 05, 2020 01:10 PM IST

    Ayodhya Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan: Leaders hope development would pave way for harmony

    Various leaders hailed the historic event, and hoped the country progressed further and that people follow the ideals of Lord Ram.

  • IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad self-isolates; says he met Amit Shah on Saturday evening Aug 03, 2020 05:20 PM IST

    IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad self-isolates; says he met Amit Shah on Saturday evening

    Shah, on Sunday, had said he had tested positive for coronavirus and was getting admitted to a hospital following the advice of doctors.

  • Samsung, Foxconn apply for PLI; commitments worth Rs 11.5 lakh crore made, says Ravi Shankar Prasad Aug 01, 2020 02:26 PM IST

    Samsung, Foxconn apply for PLI; commitments worth Rs 11.5 lakh crore made, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

    The IT minister added that companies will be eligible for incentives from August 1.

  • Infrastructure ready, time to go big on digital push: Ravi Shankar Prasad Jul 13, 2020 04:12 PM IST

    Infrastructure ready, time to go big on digital push: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Speaking at Google for India even, the minister seeks tech giant’s support for the government’s Digital Village initiative.

  • India 'important digital power', won't compromise on data sovereignty: Ravi Shankar Prasad Jul 07, 2020 07:40 PM IST

    India 'important digital power', won't compromise on data sovereignty: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Speaking at the launch of a Rs 1,100-crore data centre built by Hiranandani Group company Yotta, Prasad also said that he aspires India to be a centre for data refining, which will include data cleaning and data research as well while keeping in mind concerns on privacy.

  • Apple, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi keen on setting up plants in India: Report Jun 03, 2020 11:23 AM IST

    Apple, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi keen on setting up plants in India: Report

    India will give out a total sum of Rs 40,951 crore as a loan to these manufacturers.

  • Govt starts inviting application for Rs 50,000 crore electronic incentive schemes Jun 02, 2020 04:10 PM IST

    Govt starts inviting application for Rs 50,000 crore electronic incentive schemes

    IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said India will initially aim to attract top 5 global mobile manufacturing companies and also promote five local companies that will be identified through a screening process.

  • COVID is a challenge, but a big opportunity: Ravi Shankar Prasad May 31, 2020 08:10 AM IST

    COVID is a challenge, but a big opportunity: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    The minister launched a national artificial intelligence portal, which will share all developments and resources available for the development of the emerging technology in India.

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