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  • Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar may soon receive organisational responsibility, role in poll-bound states Jul 11, 2021 04:12 PM IST

    Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar may soon receive organisational responsibility, role in poll-bound states

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is soon likely to announce new positions for the senior former Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar, sources said.

  • Cabinet Reshuffle | What's in store for Big Tech? Jul 09, 2021 11:53 AM IST

    Cabinet Reshuffle | What's in store for Big Tech?

    Ravi Shankar Prasad’s replacement might well keep a lower profile, but tighten the screws further without creating quite as many controversies

  • New IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw takes charge: A look at the challenges awaiting the former IAS officer Jul 08, 2021 06:18 PM IST

    New IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw takes charge: A look at the challenges awaiting the former IAS officer

    In the Cabinet reshuffle on July 8, Ashwini Vaishnaw, a Rajya Sabha MP for Odisha, was given key portfolios - Minister of Electronics and Information and Technology, Railways, and Communications.

  • First compliance report by Google, FB under new IT rules big step towards transparency: Ravi Shankar Prasad Jul 03, 2021 04:50 PM IST

    First compliance report by Google, FB under new IT rules big step towards transparency: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Under the new IT rules, large digital platforms that have over 5 million users are required to publish periodic compliance reports every month, mentioning the details of complaints received and action taken thereon.

  • Cabinet approves Rs 19,041 crore viability gap funding for BharatNet in 16 states Jun 30, 2021 04:06 PM IST

    Cabinet approves Rs 19,041 crore viability gap funding for BharatNet in 16 states

    Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the decision to involve private players was taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on August 15, 2020 that around 6 lakh villages in the country will be connected with broadband in 1,000 days.

  • For Koo, IT minister's account lock can be yet another catalyst for user growth Jun 26, 2021 07:26 AM IST

    For Koo, IT minister's account lock can be yet another catalyst for user growth

    In the interaction with Moneycontrol, CEO of Koo, Aprameya Radhakrishna shares how the firm's transparent policy on violations increases the trust on a local social media platform and how they are very clear on what we will do in a situation in India.

  • How AR Rahman’s Maa Tujhe Salaam got IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s Twitter account locked Jun 25, 2021 10:06 PM IST

    How AR Rahman’s Maa Tujhe Salaam got IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s Twitter account locked

    The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment flagged a copyright violation complaint that ended up denying the minister access to Twitter for around an hour.

  • IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says Twitter denied access to his account for nearly an hour Jun 25, 2021 04:01 PM IST

    IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says Twitter denied access to his account for nearly an hour

    "Twitter’s actions indicate that they are not the harbinger of free speech that they claim to be but are only interested in running their own agenda, with the threat that if you do not tow the line they draw," Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

  • More relaxation in WFH norms will create more employment, aid BPO sector growth Jun 23, 2021 07:07 PM IST

    More relaxation in WFH norms will create more employment, aid BPO sector growth

    Currently, the BPM industry revenues grew 2.4 percent to $38.5 billion in FY21 despite the pandemic. With the new set of norms that further eases work from home norms, the industry could grow to $5.5 billion by 2025, said Union IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on June 23.

  • Telecom Ministry liberalises guidelines for OSPs; no distinction between domestic and international players Jun 23, 2021 06:38 PM IST

    Telecom Ministry liberalises guidelines for OSPs; no distinction between domestic and international players

    The guidelines would help the business process outsourcing organisations giving voice-based services in India and abroad.

  • Twitter deliberately chose path of non-compliance with IT rules: Ravi Shankar Prasad Jun 16, 2021 02:29 PM IST

    Twitter deliberately chose path of non-compliance with IT rules: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Social media companies were given three months (till May 25) to comply with the new Information Technology (Intermediary guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad asks Congress to make its stand clear on Digvijay Singh's remarks on Article 370 Jun 13, 2021 03:39 PM IST

    Ravi Shankar Prasad asks Congress to make its stand clear on Digvijay Singh's remarks on Article 370

    A row erupted on Saturday over Congress leader Digvijay Singh's comments in an audio chat on social media that his party will have a "relook" at Article 370 revocation and Jammu and Kashmir's lost statehood if it returns to power, with the BJP accusing him of spewing venom against India in "collaboration" with Pakistan.

  • CEC Sushil Chandra writes to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reminding him of pending electoral reforms Jun 08, 2021 07:58 PM IST

    CEC Sushil Chandra writes to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reminding him of pending electoral reforms

    The Election Commission has also proposed making paid news an electoral offence under the Representation of the People Act to provide a strong deterrent against malpractice.

  • Safe harbour protection removed only when social media platforms do not follow rules: Ravi Shankar Prasad Jun 01, 2021 11:12 AM IST

    Safe harbour protection removed only when social media platforms do not follow rules: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Social media platforms were given three months to comply with the new IT rules, which came into effect on May 26.

  • New rules designed to prevent misuse of social media; WhatsApp users have nothing to fear: Ravi Shankar Prasad May 27, 2021 12:36 PM IST

    New rules designed to prevent misuse of social media; WhatsApp users have nothing to fear: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    "The rules only empower the ordinary users of social media when they become victims of abuse and misuse," Prasad posted on micro-blogging platform Koo, and also tweeted.

  • COVID-19 pandemic laid threadbare issue of digital divide: Ravi Shankar Prasad Apr 29, 2021 09:34 AM IST

    COVID-19 pandemic laid threadbare issue of digital divide: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    In 2020, the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world embraced digital transformation at a pace never witnessed before," Prasad said at the UN High-Level thematic debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity: Whole-of-Society Approaches to End the Digital Divide.'

  • Issues are not around social media use, but over abuse and misuse: Ravi Shankar Prasad Mar 26, 2021 09:48 AM IST

    Issues are not around social media use, but over abuse and misuse: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the rules on digital media and OTT platforms were framed after one and half years of public consultation.

  • Govt working to provide optical fibre connection to 6.5 lakh villages: Ravi Shankar Prasad Mar 24, 2021 02:00 PM IST

    Govt working to provide optical fibre connection to 6.5 lakh villages: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    During the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad said it is the commitment of the prime minister that communication infrastructure of the country must improve.

  • Govt keen to develop, strengthen own mobile app store: Ravi Shankar Prasad Mar 18, 2021 05:18 PM IST

    Govt keen to develop, strengthen own mobile app store: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    India’s first indigenously developed Appstore, 'Mobile Seva Appstore’ hosts more than 965 live apps from various domains and categories of public services, Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

  • Any attempt to create 'imperialism of internet' by few companies unacceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad Mar 18, 2021 04:23 PM IST

    Any attempt to create 'imperialism of internet' by few companies unacceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Speaking during Question Hour on the banning of Twitter accounts, Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government welcomes dissent but cannot allow misuse or abuse of social media.

  • Social media, OTT guidelines aimed at protecting users, national security, says Ravi Shankar Prasad Mar 13, 2021 12:24 PM IST

    Social media, OTT guidelines aimed at protecting users, national security, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

    The guidelines for social media, streaming services and digital platforms are a 'uniform yardstick' to remove double standards, says the communications and information technology minister.

  • 9,849 URLs, accounts, webpages blocked in 2020: Ravi Shankar Prasad Mar 10, 2021 07:30 PM IST

    9,849 URLs, accounts, webpages blocked in 2020: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    The URLs (Uniform Resource Locators), accounts and webpages were blocked under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

  • Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill passed in Rajya Sabha by voice vote Mar 10, 2021 06:49 PM IST

    Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill passed in Rajya Sabha by voice vote

    Replying to a discussion on the Bill in the House, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it makes the provision to avoid payment of tax payers' money as an award in those cases where the agreement or contract is 'induced by fraud or corruption'.

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad demands inquiry into the impact of sustained political campaign after Batla House encounter Mar 09, 2021 03:45 PM IST

    Ravi Shankar Prasad demands inquiry into the impact of sustained political campaign after Batla House encounter

    Addressing a press conference a day after the court verdict, Prasad asked why the Congress, Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee Didi and all those who questioned the Batla House encounter have turned silent.

  • Spectrum auction ends with bids worth Rs 77,815 crore, Jio becomes biggest buyer Mar 02, 2021 06:35 PM IST

    Spectrum auction ends with bids worth Rs 77,815 crore, Jio becomes biggest buyer

    Reliance Jio became the biggest buyer by acquiring 488.35 MHz of spectrum for Rs 57,122.65 crore, followed by Bharti Airtel's 355.45 MHz at Rs 18,698.75 crore, and Vodafone Idea's 11.80 MHz for Rs 1,993.40 crore.

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