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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.
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

Hotstar, Netflix urged to stop ads, HD content as coronavirus lockdown overloads internet

Telecom industry tells 11 streaming platforms it is experiencing pressure and wants them to use data as minimally and efficiently as possible.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo : Manish Mondal | ThePrint

Supreme Court refuses to back down on dues of Vodafone Idea, Airtel

Supreme Court said it will consider proposal by Modi government seeking a 20-year payment plan for dues worth Rs 1.4 lakh crore.
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.
Customers talk on mobile phones outside a Vodafone India Ltd. store | ThePrint,in

Vodafone Idea has 6 options to save itself. But none of them look good

Vodafone Idea has to pay the govt Rs 28,000 crore by 17 March but it is struggling with mounting losses and debt and has few options.

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.
A cyclist rides passed a Vodafone Group Plc logo at the company's exhibition space during the CeBIT 2018 tech fair in Hanover, Germany. | Photographer: Kriztian Bocsi | Bloomberg

Vodafone Idea going bust will badly damage India’s attraction for investors

Modi government should see the folly of effectively turning the telecom industry into a two-horse race between Jio and Airtel.

Vodafone’s India venture at risk of collapse if Modi govt doesn’t back off on fees: CEO

The Supreme Court recently ordered Vodafone to pay $4 billion in past dues for spectrum fees.
A cyclist rides passed a Vodafone Group Plc logo at the company's exhibition space during the CeBIT 2018 tech fair in Hanover, Germany. | Photographer: Kriztian Bocsi | Bloomberg

Vodafone Idea seeks debt revamp as losses mount and users bolt

Vodafone Idea has warned lenders that it won’t be able to honour its commitments for long under current conditions.

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Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

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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.