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  • Govt committed to revival of BSNL: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Mar 18, 2020 02:08 PM IST

    Govt committed to revival of BSNL: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Prasad also said in Lok Sabha that nearly one lakh employees of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have opted for the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).

  • Cash crunch a political conspiracy to mislead nation: Manoj Sinha Apr 19, 2018 06:12 PM IST

    Cash crunch a political conspiracy to mislead nation: Manoj Sinha

    Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha today said that there is enough cash available in the country and the hype around currency shortage has been created to mislead the nation.

  • Competition a key catalyst for change: Manoj Sinha Mar 23, 2018 03:25 PM IST

    Competition a key catalyst for change: Manoj Sinha

    Speaking at the annual conference of International Competition Network, Sinha cited a slew of pro-competition measures initiated by the government across various sectors to underscore its positive impact on the overall economy and global rankings in ease of doing business.

  • Bharat Net Phase-2 may be complete before schedule by December Jan 08, 2018 02:20 PM IST

    Bharat Net Phase-2 may be complete before schedule by December

    Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said financial incentives and disincentives should be built into clauses for the second phase of the project to reward players for on time delivery.

  • Analysing impact of GST, input credit in telecom sector: Manoj Sinha Jul 17, 2017 04:07 PM IST

    Analysing impact of GST, input credit in telecom sector: Manoj Sinha

    The GST rate for telecom services is 18 per cent. This is higher than 15 per cent that consumers paid on their phone bills in taxes and cess, before July 1. However, under GST, the telecom operators will also get the benefit of input tax credit, bringing the overall effective rates lower for consumers.

  • Govt aware of concerns around balance sheet: Manoj Sinha May 31, 2017 07:55 AM IST

    Govt aware of concerns around balance sheet: Manoj Sinha

    "The growth is happening. There are certain concerns around the balance sheet of some companies...The government is aware of it and has constituted a inter-ministerial panel to debate all the issues. The panel has already held its first meeting," Sinha said at curtain raiser event of the India Mobile Congress.

  • Keeping eye on impact of GST on telecom sector, says Manoj Sinha May 25, 2017 12:50 PM IST

    Keeping eye on impact of GST on telecom sector, says Manoj Sinha

    The government has proposed to levy 18 per cent tax on telecom services under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.

  • BSNL starts satellite phone service May 24, 2017 02:27 PM IST

    BSNL starts satellite phone service

    The service will cover areas where no networks are present and be provided by INMARSAT which has 14 satellites.

  • Delhi HC seeks Maran brothers' reply on ED's plea May 19, 2017 11:32 AM IST

    Delhi HC seeks Maran brothers' reply on ED's plea

    ED had, on May 2, moved the High Court challenging a special court's February 2 order discharging the Maran brothers and others in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.

  • Now, coffee-scented stamps priced at Rs 100 from India Post Apr 24, 2017 09:15 AM IST

    Now, coffee-scented stamps priced at Rs 100 from India Post

    Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha released the stamps at a function at the post office.

  • Telecom Minister allays fears over mobile tower radiation Apr 18, 2017 12:16 PM IST

    Telecom Minister allays fears over mobile tower radiation

    The minister further emphasised that prescribed limits for radiation emissions in India are more stringent than global norms.

  • Accruals from licence fee, spectrum charges slide during FY17 Mar 29, 2017 08:35 PM IST

    Accruals from licence fee, spectrum charges slide during FY17

    Accruals from licence fee payments in the telecom sector have fallen from Rs 3,975.6 crore in the first quarter to Rs 3,450 crore in the third quarter of the current fiscal, the Parliament was informed today.

  • Lower tariff constrains telcos' capacity to invest: Govt Mar 24, 2017 05:01 PM IST

    Lower tariff constrains telcos' capacity to invest: Govt

    The decline in telecom operators' revenues due to falling tariff impacts their capacity to invest and this can also lead to delay in spectrum payment, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

  • No plan yet to give telcos option to buy spectrum annually: Manoj Sinha Mar 22, 2017 04:09 PM IST

    No plan yet to give telcos option to buy spectrum annually: Manoj Sinha

    The minister also said that the government has not yet decided to conduct another auction of airwaves soon.

  • MTNL Q3 net loss at Rs 819.96 cr surpasses total revenue Feb 14, 2017 07:12 PM IST

    MTNL Q3 net loss at Rs 819.96 cr surpasses total revenue

    The revenue of MTNL declined by 8.6 per cent from Rs 756.22 crore posted in the corresponding quarter of previous fiscal.

  • Aircel-Maxis case: Court to pass order on charge on February 2 Jan 24, 2017 12:46 PM IST

    Aircel-Maxis case: Court to pass order on charge on February 2

    Special Judge O P Saini, who was scheduled to pass the order today on framing of charges as well as on bail applications of the Maran brothers and other accused persons, deferred it to the next date, saying the order was not ready.

  • Telecom Minister assures amendment to TRAI Act being examined Dec 27, 2016 09:29 AM IST

    Telecom Minister assures amendment to TRAI Act being examined

    Amendment of TRAI Act, particularly with respect to giving the regulator penal powers, assumed significance after the Supreme Court struck down its decision to impose penalty on operators for call drops

  • Telecom Min to set up feedback platform to assess call drops Nov 02, 2016 08:00 AM IST

    Telecom Min to set up feedback platform to assess call drops

    Sinha also warned operators that his Ministry will not hesitate on slapping penalty and other actions in case consumers continue to face the menace of call drops and call failures.

  • Call drops: Telecom minister to meet CEOs on November 1 Oct 28, 2016 02:00 PM IST

    Call drops: Telecom minister to meet CEOs on November 1

    "The minister will meet CEOs on call drop issue...we have held one meeting already and this (upcoming) meeting will be for stocktaking and road map for the future," Telecom Secretary JS Deepak said.

  • Telcos must improve service or face action: Manoj Sinha Oct 26, 2016 08:08 AM IST

    Telcos must improve service or face action: Manoj Sinha

    On state-owned BSNL performance, Sinha said the company was running in loss since 2007 and now for the first time it has earned profit. The Minister also claimed that the NDA government has invested Rs 20,000 crore in BSNL in 1 year.

  • Aircel-Maxis: SC dismisses plea against 2G court's jurisdiction Oct 18, 2016 09:22 AM IST

    Aircel-Maxis: SC dismisses plea against 2G court's jurisdiction

    A bench of Justices J S Khehar and Arun Mishra also rejected one of the petitions of South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd, an accused in the case, in which it had claimed that Aircel-Maxis case was not related to 2G spectrum scam.

  • Significant steps being made to curb call drops: Rajan Mathews Jul 25, 2016 04:34 PM IST

    Significant steps being made to curb call drops: Rajan Mathews

    The telecom companies in the meeting stated that there has been a significant reduction in call drop rates and that the industry has come up with a new technology to automate the monitoring of mobile networks.

  • Telcos invested Rs 4.31 lakh cr in FY'15 Jul 20, 2016 06:00 PM IST

    Telcos invested Rs 4.31 lakh cr in FY'15

    Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha that gross block of investments made by private telecom operators increased to Rs 4,31,597 crore in 2014-15, from Rs 3,65,665 crore in 2013-14.

  • Telecom ministry plans spectrum auctions by September-end Jul 08, 2016 05:28 PM IST

    Telecom ministry plans spectrum auctions by September-end

    Reacting to the Congress party‘s accusation of an alleged Rs 45,000-crore telecom scam, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha told CNBC-TV18 that the allegations are false and baseless.

  • Rules may spoil BSNL, MTNL's asset monetisation plans: Prasad May 27, 2016 09:44 PM IST

    Rules may spoil BSNL, MTNL's asset monetisation plans: Prasad

    "I would like MTNL's revenue to increase, not only in terms of improving connectivity and consumer base, but also in optimum utilisation of their resources and infrastructure," Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

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