Times Now, ET Now back on Jio TV platform

India’s Times Group, or BCCL, has made a partial return to the streaming TV platform run by India’s largest telecom operator, Jio TV, by restarting the transmission of its news channels via the app. It was in August 2020 that BCCL had pulled all its channels, including its English-language movie channels, from the Jio TV […]

Vodafone Idea to become a Govt company with 36% stake

Vodafone Idea will issue around 16 bln shares to Government of India in lieu of interest payments arising out of its decision to defer the payment of spectrum and other regulatory fees by four years, thus making the government the biggest shareholder in the company. The move, subject to valuation confirmation by government agencies, will […]

Kerala Police crack down on partner swapping

Kerala Police has started cracking down on the phenomenon of ‘couple swapping’ or ‘partner swapping’ — which has gained the status of an alternate lifestyle in the West — after a complaint from a married woman. Police said they have have arrested six people from the districts of Kottayam and nearby areas, without giving details. […]

Reliance Industries raises $4 bln in largest dollar bond issue from India

Reliance Industries has raised $4 bln (around Rs 30,000 cr) via the largest ever foreign currency bond issuance by an Indian entity. The amount will be used to retire the group’s existing debt. The bonds have been issued in 10-year, 30-year and 40-year maturities, and also mark the first time any BBB-rated Asian company outside […]

Delhi High Court to again take up Future Retail’s plea on Amazon’s Singapore arbitration

The court of Chief Justice of Delhi High Court will today hear appeals filed by Future Retail and its promoters against a decision by a single judge bench yesterday that refused to issue directions to a Singapore arbitration panel. Yesterday, a Delhi High Court bench comprising Justice Amit Bansal had refused to accept arguments by […]

Bharti Airtel abandons ‘digital pivot’ strategy as 5G auction nears

Bharti Airtel has abandoned its plan to reorganize its corporate structure by focusing on the digital business — such as its Wynk app, Airtel Cloud, Airtel Xstream and so on — by moving all telecom infrastructure into a different subsidiary known as Airtel Ltd. The move was announced eight months ago, and was widely seen […]

COLUMN: When will the bitcoin bubble burst?

Someone like me would make an ideal bitcoin enthusiast – libertarian by political persuasion, open source enthusiast, early adopter of all kinds of technologies, hater of big government and possessor of what my wife calls a ‘mildly paranoid personality’.  Yet, try as I might, I just can’t see bitcoin as anything other than the most […]

TCS, Airtel take a step towards human-less factories

Tata Consultancy Services and Bharti Airtel said they tested a 5G-enabled and automated manufacturing set-up using the trial 5G spectrum allocated by Department of Telecom. Called ‘Neural Manufacturing Suite’, the technology aims to implement a ‘lights out’ factory set-up, in which the factory produces everything by itself without human or worker supervision or intervention. This […]

Dish TV promoters file one more case to stop YES Bank from voting at AGM

With the annual general meeting of Dish TV only five days away, the promoters of the direct-to-home satellite service have filed yet another case in Bombay High Court, hoping to stop YES Bank from exercising voting rights on its stake of over 24%. This is the fourth major legal challenge put in front of YES […]

Zee-Sony likely to keep both brands, aggressively bid for sports

Zee Entertainment Enterprises and Sony Pictures Networks India are likely to keep both flagship brands of the two companies going after their merger, while investing heavily into sports and digital businesses, according to comments made by Zee management after announcing the deal. “Both the brands are strong brands, and with loyalty attached to themselves. So […]

HSBC buys India’s L&T Mutual Fund for $425 mn

HSBC, the global financial services giant headquartered in London, has agreed to buy L&T Mutual Fund, the asset management business of L&T Finance — the non-bank financial services arm of the Larsen & Toubro group of India. L&T Finance will get $425 mln, or around Rs 3,200 cr, for the mutual fund unit which has […]

Bharti Airtel taps market debt to retire DoT dues

With interest rates at multi-year lows, Bharti Airtel has used money raised from the market to prepay liabilities associated with its spectrum purchases during the auction of 2014. Under India’s spectrum auction rules, winners can opt to pay the majority of their obligations in the form of instalments over a period 10 years or more, […]

Infosys buys Singtel’s Malaysia delivery center

Infosys Ltd, one of India’s top IT services providers, said it has agreed to acquire Singapore Telecom’s Malaysia delivery center for up to SGD 6 million or around Rs 33.3 cr. Global Enterprise International Malaysia “acts as a delivery center to provide customer experience and technology services to Singtel,” the Bangalore-based company said. The company […]

Zee Media gets nod for promoter stake boost, institutions oppose

Promoters of Zee Media Corp, the company that runs Zee branded news channels, have won shareholder nod to be allocated up to 13.5 cr warrants on shares, overcoming opposition from institutional investors. It was a month ago that the company’s board decided to put before shareholders a proposal that would see promoter group, the Subhash […]

Govt starts withdrawing retrospective tax on Vedanta

Government of India has taken the first step to withdrawn the retrospective tax demands imposed on Vedanta, the mining group said in a statement. Vedanta’s former subsidiary and oil producer Cairn Energy was hit with a retrospective tax bill of Rs 10,247 cr in January 2014, or Rs 20,495 cr including penalties and interest. Cairn […]

Vodafone Idea cracks the 4,000 Mbps barrier in 5G trials

Vodafone Idea said it achieved speeds of over 4,000 Mbps during its test deployment of 5G on the trial spectrum handed over by Department of Telecom. In comparison, in the early days of 4G, the maximum speeds achieved were in the range of around 200 Mbps. The company released two speedtest results — presumably using […]

Asian Paints issues detailed rebuttal of InGovern’s allegations on related party transactions

Asian Paints, India’s largest paint company and one of the largest listed manufacturing companies in the country, today issued a detailed and point-by-point rebuttal of proxy advisory firm InGovern. InGovern had, in a report brought out two weeks ago, alleged that Asian Paints was sourcing a considerable part of its raw material requirement from companies […]

Mukesh Ambani calls for subsidized mobile phones

India’s richest man and the chairman of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani, has called for the use of universal obligation fund money to subsidize mobile devices. USO fund was set up during the early days of the mobile phone revolution as a tax or levy on existing phone users, to be used for extending telecom services […]