The decision to reduce the interconnect charges (IUC) by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on September 19 continues to face opposition from telcos. TRAI reduced IUC to 6 paise a minute from 14 paise from October 1.
In Aircel-Maxis case, Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P. Chidambaram, has reached the Supreme Court on 4 October 2017, challenging the summons issued to him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Finally as expected, the leading telcos Airtel and Idea have moved to the the Bombay High Court, seeking a stay on TRAI’s recent decision to bring down the interconnection usage charge (IUC) to 6 paisa from 14 paisa. Their representatives requested the HC to stay the implementation of the TRAI’s decision.
P. Chidambaram, former finance minister, has labelled the allegations of Enforcement Directorate in connection with Aircel-Maxis against his son K. Chidambaram case as a "crazy mixture of falsehoods and conjectures."
Despite a total ban from April 1, analogue signals are still beamed in many places. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has now asked the Government of Punjab to ensure that this doesn’t happen any longer, and stern action is taken against the defaulters.
The Delhi High Court, on Sep 8, said that it will not pass any interim order stopping Republic TV from airing any news or debate in connection with Shashi Tharoor’s wife SunandaPushkar’s death case.
Karti Chidambaram, son of former union finance minister P Chidambaram appeared before the CBI on August 28. This is his second appearance. Three suspected associates of Karti namely Bhaskar Raman, Ravi Vishwanathan and Mohanan Rakesh were also questioned today.
The Supreme Court on August 23 has refused to direct the BCCI to conduct e-auction for awarding media rights for the IPL matches. The Supreme Court today had ordered the committee of administrators (CoA) to file an affidavit on how the ongoing tender process for media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was better than e-auction.
On 3 August, the Delhi High Court sought the views of the Department of Telecommunications' (DoT) view on TRAI's recommendation to impose a Rs 950-crore penalty on Idea Cellular for not providing interconnection to Reliance Jio (RJIO).
On 4 August, the Delhi High Court sent a notice to Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami on Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s plea to refrain from “misreporting” his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death and asked them to respect his “right to silence”.
The search engine giant Google has added another feature, SOS Alert. When this feature is activated, maps tool suggests which areas should be avoided, the roads that have been closed and places where people can seek refuge in.
Star India can be in trouble as the Delhi's Patiala House Court, on July 22, ordered the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police to register an FIR against it and some of its top officials with others on a cheating complaint filed by Delhi-based Noida Software Technology Park Ltd (NSTPL).
The advertisements run by Airtel showing Ookla’s report proclaiming Airtel as India’s fastest network again faces heat as Reliance Jio has moved the Bombay High Court to file its complaint.
On July 7, the Supreme Court asked the central government to give the amended National Security Policy (NSP) to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who has sought the cancellation of phase-3 licence granted to Sun TV-owned Red FM India.
Hearing in the TRAI tariff case has re-started at the Madras High Court on June 27. Star India counsel presented the broadcaster’s side of the case. The court will hear the arguments of TRAI later. As reported earlier, the Supreme Court ordered hearing of this case on a day-to-day basis in the Madras High Court.
Sri Venkata Sharvani Media Broadcasting has been barred from using “AP News Now” as a name for its new channel by the Delhi High Court, following a plea by Bennett Coleman & Company Ltd (BCCL). BCCL alleged copyright infringement.
The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to Republic TV following a petition by BCCL against Arnab Goswami’s ARG Outlier Media Asianet News, the owner and operator of Republic TV, for alleged violation of contract and copyright violation.
Alleging copyright violation, Times Group has filed a criminal complaint against Arnab Goswami and his Republic TV colleague Prema Sridevi with Mumbai Police on May 16. The complaint also includes theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of IPR of BCCL by using the same on Republic TV.
Republic TV has started to face the heat very soon after the launch, as in a letter to the country’s regulator TRAI, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has alleged that the newly launched English news channel is using unethical distribution ways to garner high viewership numbers.
Discovery Communications is eyeing the lucrative Hindi GEC segment in India with a proposed channel launch by this year end. Discovery Jeet will have 200-250 hours of local content for the first three months. It will target the 15+ male audience with fact-inspired entertainment.
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