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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.
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

RBI Governor says will have internal discussions for issues on SC order over telecom dues

Supreme Court threatened contempt proceedings against Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and other telecoms Friday for failing to comply with directive to pay past dues.
Telecommunications (Representative image) | Pixabay

Great Indian telecom mess: How a missed chance threatens existence of prized PSUs

Conflict over what constitutes adjusted gross revenues is behind the telecom mess, which now threatens PSUs such as GAIL, Oil India, DMRC.
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.

Dainik Bhaskar sees economic recession, Amar Ujala want govt intervention in telecom crisis

A round up of the Hindi newspapers opinion pages to reflect the viewpoint from the heartland on topical issues.
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Mukesh Ambani advises Airtel, Vodafone Idea how to raise money

Bharti Airtel can easily raise money by selling assets or shares, while Vodafone Idea has no dearth of resources to pay govt, Reliance Jio says.
A Bharti Airtel Ltd. store in New Delhi

Squeezing Airtel, Vodafone won’t solve Modi govt’s credit and fiscal crises

Partial solutions to India’s credit and fiscal woes — such as making telecom firms cough up a lot of money suddenly — will only backfire.

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Doctors treat Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit at a Hospital in Rome, Italy | Bloomberg

Why coronavirus treatments shouldn’t take back seat to vaccines

Everything would have to go right to get a vaccine this year, but several types of treatments may be able to help patients in a matter of months.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.