Megha Manchanda

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BSNL's 4G dream is mired in controversy

BSNL's 4G dream is mired in controversy

Rediff.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 lockdown

Gadkari plans to meet infra target despite lockdown

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

'Despite the pandemic, we aspire to maintain the momentum of last year.'

Highway work may go on in safe districts despite lockdown

Highway work may go on in safe districts despite lockdown

Rediff.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 shortage

Manufacturers now stare at labour shortage

Rediff.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 connected

Telcos face a big challenge to keep India Inc connected

Rediff.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 Maharashtra

India to get 13th major port at Vadhavan in Maharashtra

Rediff.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 projects

Gadkari keen to fast-track highway projects

Rediff.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 services

Post-VRS, a leaner BSNL is all set for 4G services

Rediff.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 India

Huawei can now participate in 5G trials in India

Rediff.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 shrinking

BOT share in highways seen shrinking

Rediff.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 auction

No cut in spectrum price as govt okays airwave auction

Rediff.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 plan

Despite slump, Airtel to go ahead with Rs 20K-cr investment plan

Rediff.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 weight

Delhi is crumbling under its own weight

Rediff.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 crore

How BSNL plans to save Rs 7,500 crore

Rediff.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 infrastructure

BSNL, MTNL to spend Rs 11,000 cr on 4G infrastructure

Rediff.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 bidders

Both 5G spectrum and 700 MHz band auction may see few bidders

Rediff.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 Monday

Amit Shah to inaugurate mobile congress on Monday

Rediff.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 Act

Demystifying the new Motor Vehicles Act

Rediff.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 auction

With 5G spectrum shrinking, telcos may stay off auction

Rediff.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 Modi

Hoping for a revival, BSNL staff pen their anguish to PM Modi

Rediff.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 investors

Gadkari's mega plan to woo investors

Rediff.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 JioFiber

How Airtel plans to take on Reliance JioFiber

Rediff.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 about

The new Motor Vehicles Bill: What's it all about

Rediff.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 Railways

Telcos up in arms over free spectrum to Railways

Rediff.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 Idea

Round 1, Jio scores against Airtel, Voda Idea

Rediff.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 changes

Motor Vehicles Bill to be re-introduced without major changes

Rediff.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!

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 markets

Airtel readies plan to dominate African markets

Rediff.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 safety

Gadkari scores on highways test, fails on road safety

Rediff.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?

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 sailing

With only 1/5 projects completed in over 3 years, Sagarmala is not really sailing

Rediff.com19 Sep 2018

The 80-odd projects completed till now are already valued at Rs 14,000 crore.

Goodbye IRCTC!

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 better

How your travelling experience will change for the better

Rediff.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 syndrome

E-vehicle drive suffers from on-off syndrome

Rediff.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 voters

EC starts weeding out duplicate voters

Rediff.com15 Aug 2018

New software will ensure that anyone with more than one election ID has to surrender the other cards.

Why NHAI may shut its electronic-tolling arm

Why NHAI may shut its electronic-tolling arm

Rediff.com30 Jul 2018

IHMCL implemented the FASTag electronic tolling of national highways, but due to technical glitches, road ministry is mulling the option of offering this job to a Korean company

Modi govt plans to develop terminals at major ports to boost tourism

Modi govt plans to develop terminals at major ports to boost tourism

Rediff.com31 May 2018

In the next 25 years, the Mumbai port will need five terminals because the current passenger traffic of 200,000 is expected to climb to 4 million.

Now pay toll only for distance travelled

Now pay toll only for distance travelled

Rediff.com12 Apr 2018

Geo-fencing to map vehicle route; pilot run expected on Delhi-Mumbai highway

Ganga to get country's first inland waterway

Ganga to get country's first inland waterway

Rediff.com6 Feb 2018

India, World Bank ink $375 mn deal to help develop country's first waterway

Highway projects: A tightrope walk for Nitin Gadkari

Highway projects: A tightrope walk for Nitin Gadkari

Rediff.com25 Jan 2018

The central government's highway award and construction target for the current fiscal is dominated by the Bharatmala scheme.

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