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  • Three day consultation for implementation of free Wi-Fi in Delhi 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Delhi government on Thursday initiated a three-day public consultation with industry leaders, service providers and IT experts for speedy implementation of free Wi-Fi facility in the national capital. According to a senior government official, during the three-day long discussion, experts from the government and private sector will focus on...
  • No information on cost of Narendra Modi's wardrobe: PMO 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office said it has no information about the cost incurred on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wardrobe. Replying to a query under the Right to Information Act, the Prime Minister's Office said it had no record of the information sought by applicant Rohit Kumar. "It is your contention...
  • Automatic information exchange only way to tackle black money: Arun Jaitley April 18, 2015

    Washington: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has sought urgent implementation of common reporting standards on automatic exchange of information globally, asserting that it is the only way to tackle the challenges posed by black money. The problem of offshore tax evasion and flow of illicit money can be addressed only by...
  • Supreme Court Secretary General impleaded in plea for information on district judges April 16, 2015

    Madurai: The Madras High Court Bench in Madurai on Thursday impleaded the Secretary General of the Supreme Court in a writ petition seeking information under the RTI Act on the appointment of 23 district judges in Tamil Nadu. Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice S Manikumar, admitting the petition filed by...
  • Facebook disables Taslima Nasreen's account, writers question move April 15, 2015

    Kolkata: Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen's Facebook account was disabled after her posts were reported by Islamic fundamentalists, the author said on Wednesday. Dubbing the move as "totally unacceptable", eminent writers raised doubts over Facebook's "open" nature and called for safeguards to be put in place. "Since Tuesday my Facebook account has...
  • I&B Ministry mulls putting recent advertisements in public domain for feedback April 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is planning to put all its recent audio-visual spots and print advertisements in public domain and seek people's feedback on their effectiveness. Sources said that the ministry, under whose mandate it is to publicise government programmes and initiatives, is also planning to seek advice...
  • General VK Singh apologises to media with a caveat April 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Under fire for using the word "presstitutes" for the media, Union Minister and General (Retired) VK Singh on Saturday said he apologises to journalists barring a small section of media persons who were carrying out a "motivated campaign" against him. Arguing that he never used the word for...
  • Anti-smoking warnings destroying films, hampering creativity, says Vidhu Vinod Chopra April 10, 2015

    Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra has come down hard on the on screen anti-smoking warnings. Chopra said that it's destroying his films and hampering creativity. Chopra said that he is ready to make a no-smoking advertisement for free for the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. ...
  • Delhi: High Court reserves order on plea on medical reimbursement of Supreme Court judges April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved verdict on a plea moved by an RTI applicant challenging the single-judge order exempting medical reimbursements of Supreme Court judges from disclosure under the Right to Information Act. "Heard both the party. Order reserved," said a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and...
  • Delhi HC raps Centre for failing to appoint Chief Information Commissioner April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday came down heavily on the Centre on issue of appointment of a Chief Information Commissioner. The posts of the Chief Information Commissioner and three information commissioners are lying vacant for nearly a year. While rapping the Centre, the High Court bench of Chief...
  • Shreya Singhal on her fight for free speech online and what led to her petition against Sec 66A of IT Act April 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Shreya Singhal, 24-year-old, fought against the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act which led to the Supreme Court scrapping the draconian law. The law student filed the petition against Section 66A after two girls from Palgarh in Maharashtra were arrested for a Facebook post after Shiv...
  • Google search makes you only 'feel' smarter than you actually are April 2, 2015

    New Delhi: So you think you are smarter with that Internet-enabled smartphone and know the answers to all the questions from currencies to capitals to cats? A latest study is here to prove you just wrong. Instant and online access to information makes you only 'feel' smarter than you actually...
  • Delhi government asks IT ministry to block Uber, Ola mobile apps: official March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: The Delhi government has asked Information Technology Ministry to block mobile applications of taxi-hailing companies Uber and Ola in the capital city, a state government official said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Delhi transport officials asked US cab company Uber and its Indian rival Ola to cease operations if they...
  • Quashing 66A of IT Act a message to politicians to tolerate critisicm: Ravi Shankar Prasad March 25, 2015

    After a historic judgment by the SC ensuring free speech, the government has said that it has no plans of challenging the verdict. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also said this is a message to politicians to learn to tolerate critisicm. ...
  • Twitter abuzz as SC strikes down 66A of IT Act, quashes ban on free press March 24, 2015

    The Supreme Court has struck down the validity of the controversial Section 66A of the IT Act. The section had given police powers to arrest anyone for sending offensive messages from mobiles and computers with up to 3 years in jail. ...
  • Victims of Section 66A of IT Act rejoice SC verdict March 24, 2015

    Section 66A of the Information Technology Act has been struck down by the Supreme Court for being "unconstitutional and untenable". Victims of the Act claim that they have been proved innocent. ...
  • Was Section 66A of the IT Act misused? March 24, 2015

    Section 66A of the Information Technology Act has been struck down by the Supreme Court for being "unconstitutional and untenable". The apex court delivered the landmark judgement on Tuesday on a petition filed by Shreya Singhal, who sought amendment in Section 66A of the IT Act. ...
  • Flashback: List of cases where Section 66A of IT Act was misused March 24, 2015

    The Supreme Court has quashed the controversial Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act calling it unconstitutional and untenable. The section gave police the powers to arrest anyone for sending offensive messages from mobiles and computers with up to 3 years in jail. The court added that it interferes...
  • What is Section 66A? March 24, 2015

    Full text of the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000:Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.66A. Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,-(a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or(b) any information which he...
  • Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on validity of Section 66A of IT Act March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Tuesday on a batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of certain sections of the cyber law including a provision under which a person can be arrested for allegedly posting "offensive" contents on websites. A bench of justices J Chelameswar...
  • Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on valadity of Section 66A of Information Technology Act March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Tuesday its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of certain sections of the cyber law including a provision under which a person can be arrested for allegedly posting "offensive" contents on websites. A bench of justices J Chelameswar...
  • I&B Ministry approves rule banning live TV coverage of anti-terror operations March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: TV channels will be barred from airing live coverage of anti-terrorist operations by security forces as per a new rule approved by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Broadcasters in such situations will have to restrict themselves to reporting periodic briefing by designated officers, as per the new rule. Officials said...
  • Do not broadcast live anti-terrorist operations: I&B Ministry to TV channels March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued an advisory to all television channels not to broadcast live anti-terrorist operations to avoid any adverse impact on rescue exercise. The advisory came in the wake of some television channels covering live anti-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district on March...
  • TV channels asked to restrict live coverage of anti-terror operations March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Noticing that some TV channels have been covering live anti terrorist operations, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has asked news broadcasters to restrict such telecasts to periodic briefing by officials till the operation concludes. In its advisory issued on Friday, the I&B ministry said that it has in the...
  • Ban on Nirbhaya documentary: Ravi Shankar Prasad says Modi government respects freedom of press March 5, 2015

    Reacting on the government move on the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape - India's daughter', Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "The government headed by Narendra Modi fully respects the freedom of press and the freedom of articulation of views." ...
  • Is banning of Nirbhaya film a regressive step? March 5, 2015

    After government's request, video sharing website YouTube has removed the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape - India's daughter' in the country. The YouTube link in India gives the message, "This content is not available on this country domain due to a court order." ...
  • Nirbhaya's father now objects to documentary 'India's Daughter' March 5, 2015

    Ballia: The family of Delhi gangrape victim has taken a strong exception to making public of their daughter's name in the BBC documentary and has warned of taking legal action in this connection. "Despite clearly telling them not to make the name and photo of our daughter public, they have...
  • Ban on 'India's Daughter': Writer Ruchir Joshi says ban on documentary won't any effect seriously March 5, 2015

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, Writer Ruchir Joshi said, "There was no problem seeing it and it was very clear, sound was very good, image was very clear. It's not the ban that can be put an effect seriously because YouTube may ban it but there are 100 different...
  • YouTube blocks access to BBC documentary Nirbhaya in India March 5, 2015

    After government's request, video sharing website YouTube has removed the controversial BBC documentary on Delhi gangrape - India's daughter' in the country. The YouTube link in India gives the message, "This content is not available on this country domain due to a court order." ...
  • Nirbhaya documentary ban: India trying to muzzle free speech, says BBC filmmaker Leslee Udwin March 5, 2015

    London: Unfazed by the controversy, the British filmmaker behind the BBC documentary on the Delhi gangrape incident on Thursday accused the Indian government of trying to "muzzle free speech" by banning its telecast in India. Leslee Udwin's 'Storyville: India's Daughter' was due to be aired in the UK on Sunday to...