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Online video streaming services like Netflix will not provide HD content for mobile data users under India's Covid-19 lockdown (representational image) | Photo: Bloomberg

Netflix, Hotstar opt for self-regulation in India to ward off criticism

Adopting standardised ratings, descriptors & technical measures will help platforms like Netflix and Hotstar build trust within consumers, government stakeholders.
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How India’s data bill falls short of offering solutions for regulating digital competition

The bill’s brute force approach to giving users control over their digital selves through data portability provision runs roughshod over market dynamics.
Medical devices like stents will now be regulated by CDSCO

Coming soon: More than 750 inspectors & technicians to regulate medical devices in India

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says Department of Expenditure has approved the creation of posts to inspect, audit and test the efficacy of medical devices.
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Private banks are also in trouble, Modi govt must act now to set up resolution capability

When private banks get into trouble, unsophisticated households lose their bank deposits. To protect them, a resolution corporation needs to be set up.
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Indian policies must enable new technology, not impede it

When regulating unfamiliar territory like technology, tendency to entirely ban an activity or create restrictive licensing models is high.
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State regulation in India – the art of rolling over rather than rolling back

Regulatory bodies were created to de-politicise decision making. But in India, something different has happened.
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Facebook and Twitter can be blamed for causing higher rates of hate crimes

Radical action becomes socially acceptable if almost everybody one communicates with holds similar opinions.
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Air Asia Group CEO Tony Fernandes booked by CBI for violation of licensing norms

The case relates to alleged violation of norms by directors of the aviation company to get licenses for international operations.

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File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Vivek Prakash | Bloomberg

MPC appointments delay is unusual, but vacancies at the top of RBI & banks almost a norm

In the last few years, delay in appointments has resulted in several posts in regulatory bodies and public sector banks lying vacant for months.


File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.