All stories by Megha Manchanda
Govt plans to build Zojila-like tunnel to LadakhRediff.com14 Sep 2020
The tunnel would reduce the travel time to the Ladakh region by 15-20 per cent and would come up close to the Atal tunnel near Rohtang Pass, reports Megha Manchanda.
Vodafone Idea's future hinges on SC's AGR verdictRediff.com31 Aug 2020
If the apex court decides on a 15-year repayment tenure, it would pose a grave challenge for the debt ridden VIL.
Covid-19: Airtel, Vodafone Idea not as lucky as Reliance JioRediff.com27 Aug 2020
While Reliance Jio added 3.65 million users in May, both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea continued to lose subscribers.
AGR licence fee for wireline broadband may be slashed to Re 1Rediff.com21 Jul 2020
The proposal may provide relief to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore to service providers.
Asset sale process for BSNL, MTNL beginsRediff.com16 Jul 2020
Monetising real estate assets is part of the overall relief package that would be used to retire debts, upgrade networks, and offer VRS aimed at reducing the telcos' employee strength by half.
BSNL's 4G dream is mired in controversyRediff.com7 May 2020
Just to promote govt's policy of Make in India, BSNL said, it cannot afford to procure sub-standard equipment from inexperienced companies, not having proven technology. BSNL complained that when competitors were procuring world-class 4G equipment from experienced vendors, why should BSNL be compelled to procure locally.
Gadkari plans to meet infra target despite lockdownRediff.com22 Apr 2020
'Despite the pandemic, we aspire to maintain the momentum of last year.'
Highway work may go on in safe districts despite lockdownRediff.com12 Apr 2020
'Some districts have said that areas which are away from the urban centres and where there have been minimal to zero Covid-19 cases may be exempted from the lockdown and construction activity should be allowed,' said a person in the know.
Manufacturers now stare at labour shortageRediff.com8 Apr 2020
The auto ancillary industry - one of the worst hit due to the labour exodus - will need at least three months to get its factories up and running.
Telcos face a big challenge to keep India Inc connectedRediff.com25 Mar 2020
Companies have activated a comprehensive pandemic response plan with requisite risk mitigation protocols for keeping networks working as telecom is an essential service.
India to get 13th major port at Vadhavan in MaharashtraRediff.com7 Feb 2020
With development of the Vadhavan port, India will break into the countries with top 10 container ports in the world.
Gadkari keen to fast-track highway projectsRediff.com23 Jan 2020
Various stakeholders, including about 600 developers, bankers and officials from various wings, including the National Highways Authority of India, will also be present.
Post-VRS, a leaner BSNL is all set for 4G servicesRediff.com7 Jan 2020
The company, which has a subscriber base of 120 million, also plans to raise funds via a bonds issue. The company's impending 4G launch is also expected in the second half of the current financial year for which it would invest Rs 12,000 crore, partly through bonds.
Huawei can now participate in 5G trials in IndiaRediff.com31 Dec 2019
Huawei came under a cloud after allegations that the firm's electronic and telecom devices helped China spy on US corporations and agencies.
BOT share in highways seen shrinkingRediff.com27 Dec 2019
As even bigger road construction players are not willing to bet on BOT projects., NHAI will have to rethink its thrust on the BOT model.
No cut in spectrum price as govt okays airwave auctionRediff.com21 Dec 2019
Although the industry is disappointed with the government decision not to lower spectrum prices at a time telcos are saddled with over Rs 4-trillion debt and an estimated Rs 1.43-trillion licence fee dues, the DCC has relaxed the payment structure to offer some relief to the financially stressed sector.
Despite slump, Airtel to go ahead with Rs 20K-cr investment planRediff.com19 Dec 2019
Mittal said he discussed a plethora of issues with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and sought the government's support for faster clearances to streamline the group's investment plans.
Delhi is crumbling under its own weightRediff.com18 Dec 2019
While Delhi boasts of one of the best metro systems in the world and decent infrastructure, reckless construction, legalising unauthorised colonies, and the worsening water and air quality dent its image of being a robust cosmopolitan city.
How BSNL plans to save Rs 7,500 croreRediff.com29 Nov 2019
'BSNL employee cost is Rs 14,500 crore and we anticipate that around 80,000 should opt for VRS.'
BSNL, MTNL to spend Rs 11,000 cr on 4G infrastructureRediff.com25 Oct 2019
The asset monetisation exercise in the first phase will help BSNL shave off its Rs 14,000-crore debt. The government has said that these firms are strategically important and will not be closed down or divested.
Both 5G spectrum and 700 MHz band auction may see few biddersRediff.com15 Oct 2019
Analysts at rating agency ICRA say the debt level of the telecom companies is very high and the ecosystem for the premium band is not in place.
Amit Shah to inaugurate mobile congress on MondayRediff.com13 Oct 2019
Home minister heads several groups of ministers, including the one to decide the revival package for Bharat Sanchar Nigam and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam. His ministry also takes decisive calls on national security in relation to telecom operations as well as equipment and technology used in the industry.
Demystifying the new Motor Vehicles ActRediff.com28 Sep 2019
While some states have proposed to dilute the hefty penalty provisions in the Act, there are those like West Bengal which have refused to implement right away.
With 5G spectrum shrinking, telcos may stay off auctionRediff.com25 Sep 2019
It is learnt that the defence ministry is refusing to let go of its 100 MHz spectrum, which was allotted earlier. In that case, the department of telecommunications (DoT) will be left with only 175 MW of 5G spectrum of the total 300 MHz.
Hoping for a revival, BSNL staff pen their anguish to PM ModiRediff.com24 Sep 2019
BSNL is providing telecom services in remote parts of the country and maintaining 17,000 to 18,000 exchanges, incurring Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 crore losses every year. Otherwise, these villages will be cut off.
Gadkari's mega plan to woo investorsRediff.com16 Sep 2019
Gadkari said the NHAI was working on setting up an InvIT to monetise its projects for mobilising resources through capital markets.
How Airtel plans to take on Reliance JioFiberRediff.com3 Sep 2019
Airtel Xstream will allow its subscribers to access live TV, video, music, news and sports on an over-the-top smart stick, interned-enabled set top box, and handheld devices.
The new Motor Vehicles Bill: What's it all aboutRediff.com1 Aug 2019
The much-needed amendments will improve road safety, facilitate citizens in their dealings with transport departments, strengthen rural transport, public transport and last-mile connectivity through automation, computerisation and online services.
Telcos up in arms over free spectrum to RailwaysRediff.com30 Jul 2019
Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea said the Railways should not be permitted to offer commercial services like Wi-fi and voice and video communication.
Round 1, Jio scores against Airtel, Voda IdeaRediff.com25 Jul 2019
Rs 3,050-crore penalty on Airtel, Voda Idea gets nod. Final decision will be taken by DoT.
Motor Vehicles Bill to be re-introduced without major changesRediff.com17 Jun 2019
Changes in the draft essentially mean that the year of the Motor Vehicles Bill 2016 will change to 2019 besides other such technical amendments. But the contents of the bill remain the same.
Want to stop water to Pakistan? Do this first!Rediff.com25 Feb 2019
Water flowing into Pakistan from the Sutlej, Ravi and Beas can be stopped only if three dam projects on this side of the border are completed.
Airtel readies plan to dominate African marketsRediff.com29 Jan 2019
The 3G, 4G data and Airtel Money services are the next growth engines for the company in Africa.
Gadkari scores on highways test, fails on road safetyRediff.com5 Jan 2019
The National Highways Authority of India will this year witness the highest ever growth out of the last decade. But Gadkari himself admits his biggest failure as India's roads minister has been his inability to curb loss of life in road accidents.
After 4 years of Namami Gange, how clean is India's holiest river?Rediff.com25 Oct 2018
'Though the river is cleaner than what it was five years ago, a lot more needs to be done.'
With only 1/5 projects completed in over 3 years, Sagarmala is not really sailingRediff.com19 Sep 2018
The 80-odd projects completed till now are already valued at Rs 14,000 crore.
Goodbye IRCTC!Rediff.com7 Sep 2018
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that even he finds it difficult to remember it sometimes and would be better to have a name that is easy to remember while browsing the internet
How your travelling experience will change for the betterRediff.com4 Sep 2018
India will shortly unveil a 'One Nation-One Card policy' for public transport that will entail connectivity between various modes of transport
E-vehicle drive suffers from on-off syndromeRediff.com31 Aug 2018
The major reason for the policy confusion over e-vehicles is the lack of conviction within government about the utility of this disruptive technology and its role in India's larger Paris Agreement climate change commitments.
EC starts weeding out duplicate votersRediff.com15 Aug 2018
New software will ensure that anyone with more than one election ID has to surrender the other cards.