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BSNL employees get February salary but their woes aren’t over, blame Modi govt for cash crunch

BSNL employees fear that salaries for next month too might get delayed, blaming the Modi government for the cash crunch at the company.
Billboard for Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

Reliance Jio faces Rs 15,000 crore loss over its handset subsidies

This would be a bigger deficit than those of its rivals Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Vodafone Idea Ltd.
Mukesh Ambani | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani announces Rs 10,000-crore fresh investment in West Bengal

The announced investment will be over and above the Rs 28,000 crore corpus Reliance has already pumped in the state.
Sunil Bharti Mittal

Airtel’s Sunil Bharti Mittal says Indian Telecom can recover by 2020

Bharti slipped to No. 2 in the industry last year after Idea Cellular Ltd. and Vodafone India merged to become India’s largest operator by subscribers.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Mukesh Ambani vs Jeff Bezos is the fight for Indian consumer that was bound to happen

Modi govt is forcing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to fight Ambani with one hand tied behind his back.
Facebook and Reliance Jio are teaming up to draw hordes of customers with cheap phones, rock-bottom rates and handy messaging services. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Facebook and Reliance Jio are teaming up to get India on ‘WhatsApp phones’

Facebook and Mukesh Ambani’s Jio are building a massive user base that will boost their own fortunes. One recent afternoon in the Indian city of Pune, a 35-year-old mason named Om Prakash Gaekwad gets a crash course in technology. He watches a street-corner skit explaining the virtues of WhatsApp’s messaging service and Reliance Jio’s wireless network. He then climbs aboard a truck to find out how to set them up. Half an hour later, he’s made up his mind: He’ll upgrade to a new phone so he can negotiate masonry rates on WhatsApp -- and let his six-year-old play mobile games. Such pitches -- part tutorial, part kitsch -- are boosting web adoption in what is already the world’s fastest-growing major internet market. Facebook Inc., WhatsApp’s parent, and India’s richest man, who started Reliance Jio, are teaming up to draw hordes of customers with cheap phones, rock-bottom rates and handy messaging...
Imran Khan

PM Imran Khan gives credit to wife Bushra Bibi for his 100 days’ success

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan to convert Kapoor family’s ancestral house in Peshawar into museum, and Pak author’s novel to be adapted into Indian TV series.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

Everyone is growing but no one is making money in India’s champion sectors

Aviation, telecom and e-commerce/digital businesses are all success stories, but the issue is the same in all three sectors: Profitability.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

How Mukesh Ambani shook up India’s mobile phone sector

India’s mobile industry has consolidated into 3 big service providers from more than 10 earlier after Mukesh Ambani’s Jio entered the market.
Image of Rajan S. Mathews, director of COAI | YouTube

Doubtful if India’s ailing mobile telecom sector can create 4 million jobs: COAI chief

COAI’s Rajan S. Mathews wonders how the new telecom policy can achieve $100-billion investment objective 'if the industry is under financial stress'

On Camera

‘A rich Muslim’s expense on Umrah marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’

Muslim scholars say 84% of Indian Muslims earn less than Rs 50 a day, and want the community to cut spending on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.
t-series

Should Indians support Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in YouTube subscriber race against PewDiePie?

Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and vlogger Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie are fighting to attain the number one spot in terms of subscribers on YouTube.

Defence

Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Army personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops in J&K’s Poonch district

The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot in response to Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.