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The rise in purchases of smartphones, TVs and other goods have made electronics India’s second-biggest import item after oil | SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

25 years since India made first mobile phone call, time to focus on self-reliance, Modi says

Modi requested the telecom sector to ensure greater security at all levels against threats. Mukesh Ambani called for urgent policy changes to move from 2G to 5G.
A woman speaks on the telephone in Auwar Village in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh (Representational image)

This is how the telecom sector was rescued from bankruptcy in 1999

India’s brush with mobile telephony started in the mid-1990s, but the beginning was far from smooth.
A Bharti Airtel Ltd. store in New Delhi

Airtel pays Rs 10,000 crore towards statutory dues as it rushes to meet DoT deadline

Airtel owes nearly Rs 35,586 crore, including licence fee and spectrum usage charge, to the govt. The company had earlier said it will pay the remaining before 17 March.

Modi govt is open to Airtel, Vodafone pleas for relief on Rs 92,000 crore dues

Stripping out interest from the dues or paying the amount in tranches are some ideas that the government can discuss.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo : Manish Mondal | ThePrint

Supreme Court orders telecom companies to pay Rs 92,000 crore to govt

A 3-judge Supreme Court bench rejected an appeal by telecom companies, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, which have been struggling to reduce debt.
Customers talk on mobile phones outside a Vodafone India Ltd. store | ThePrint,in

Vodafone Idea not shutting down. Modi govt can ill afford it

Both Vodafone Idea and Airtel are losing customers at a rapid rate and Reliance Jio is gaining at their expense.

Jio, Airtel, Vodafone hike rates: Indians being punished by policies made after 2G scam?

India’s debt-ridden telecom players Vodafone-Idea and Bharti Airtel, along with Reliance Jio Sunday announced tariff hikes of 14-67 per cent.
A Bharti Airtel Ltd. store in New Delhi

Bharti Airtel posts record loss after making provision to pay Rs 30,710 crore to govt

Bharti Airtel is selling assets & paying down debt while losing money on its operations and facing a SC ruling to pay overdue fees related to spectrum & licences.
Representational image | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Do debt-hit private telecom firms need helping hand? Panel of civil servants to decide

India’s telecom sector has shrunk from a dozen operators to just three private firms, after Reliance Jio debuted in 2016 with free calls & cheap data.

Airtel preparing to kick off IPO of $5 billion Africa arm in May

Airtel has operations in 14 African markets including Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana.

On Camera

Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad, Wednesday, 14 October, 2020.| PTI

Pollute oceans and it’ll come back at us like it did in Andhra, Telangana: Manpreet Badal

We don't seem to have learnt the lesson from cyclones Ockhi and Amphan and continue to dump toxic wastes in the Indian Ocean. Our punishment this time could be severe.

Kotak Mahindra Bank is exploring taking over IndusInd Bank

IndusInd, however, denied any sale talks, calling it a rumour. It said the bank’s founders reiterate their full support 'now and always'.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.