Regulations

  • Oscar organizers outline new regulations for music categories June 26, 2014

    Los Angeles: The organisers of the Academy Awards are putting rules in place for next year to prevent any missteps in the film campaign process, targeting the music categories. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, hosts of the annual Oscar ceremony, said on Wednesday that members of its music...
  • Pakistan: Geo News sues powerful spy agency for defamation June 6, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistani television channel Geo News is suing the powerful spy agency for defamation over accusations of being anti-state, it said on Friday, in a move unprecedented in a country where public criticism of the military is taboo. In the latest twist in a saga that has captivated the country, Pakistan's...
  • Why Web startups can no longer 'grow first, worry later' June 1, 2014

    Rancho Palos Verdes: Internet startups are starting to see what could come between them and their ambitions: regulators. Recent lawsuits and government investigations into high-flying "sharing economy" services have put the issue front and centre. Now, Web companies developing services in everything from healthcare to transportation are crafting strategies for working...
  • Delhi HC finds BJP, Congress guilty of taking foreign funding March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: In a huge blow to the Congress and the BJP just ahead of the elections, Delhi High Court has held both the national political parties guilty of taking foreign funding and violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation (FCR) Act. The High Court found them guilty of taking donations from the...
  • Cabinet may take up coal regulator proposal on Thursday February 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Cabinet is expected to consider on Thursday the proposal for setting up a regulator for the coal sector through an executive order. "The Cabinet may tomorrow consider the proposal to set up coal regulator through an executive order," said a source. Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had earlier informed...
  • DGCA asks private airlines to treat MPs as VIPs January 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked all airlines and airports to treat MPs as VIPs and adhere to the guidelines on protocol norms. DGCA has asked private airlines to offer special privileges to MPs including advance notice of flight delays, escorts, priority check-in, security, immigration clearances,...
  • Lawyer fined for revealing pseudonymous author was JK Rowling January 2, 2014

    A lawyer who blew JK Rowling's cover when she wrote a detective novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith has been fined 1,000 pounds and received a written warning from a British legal watchdog. Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, which represented the Harry Potter author, leaked one of the publishing...
  • TRAI imposed Rs 5 crore fine in 2013 for poor service, pesky calls January 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI imposed fines totalling about Rs 5 crore in 2013 on operators for poor services and on telemarketers for pesky calls. The regulator disconnected 9 lakh numbers and blacklisted over 1.74 lakh unregistered individuals for making pesky calls and SMSes during the year. "Rs 2.8 crore...
  • Google faces antitrust probes in India, Europe, 3 other jurisdictions October 31, 2013

    Washington: Internet major Google is facing probes by fair trade regulators in India, Europe and three other jurisdictions for alleged anti-competitive practices. Competition authorities in Argentina, Brazil and Taiwan have also opened investigations into certain aspects of Google's business, according to the company. Fair trade watchdogs have the mandate to...
  • Excessive regulation can impede financial innovation, says C Rangarajan September 16, 2013

    Pitching for a non-restrictive regulation in the financial sector, Prime Minister's key economic advisor C Rangarajan said on Monday that too many norms can impede financial innovations. "Too little regulation may encourage financial instability, but too much of it can impede financial innovations which are badly needed," he said at the...
  • TRAI recommends up to 81 pc cut in spectrum auction base price September 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The telecom regulator on Monday recommended sharp cuts in reserve prices for the next round of spectrum auctions after previous efforts at selling the airwaves failed. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) also said no spectrum would be reserved for existing players when their licences expire and suggested...
  • Japan: More tank leaks found at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuke Plant, say officials September 2, 2013

    Japan's top nuclear regulator has raised safety concerns about hastily built storage tanks and their foundations amid reports of new leaks of radiation-contaminated water. Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said on Monday that a small leak and signs of possible leaks have been spotted at several other Fukushima Dai-ichi storage...
  • Inspections of Fukushima plant done carelessly: Nuclear Regulation Authority August 23, 2013

    The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant was careless in monitoring tanks storing dangerously radioactive water, the nuclear regulator said on Friday, the latest development in a crisis no one seems to know how to contain. Tokyo Electric Power Co. also failed to keep records of inspections of the tanks,...
  • TRAI tightens screws on pesky callers with Rs 5,000 fine per complaint August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Coming down heavily on pesky callers, telecom regulator TRAI today said phone connections of banks, insurance firms and realty players will be disconnected if rules of unwanted calls and messages are flouted by them, or on their behalf. The new rules issued by the...
  • Notices issued to 246 telemarketers for violating norms August 11, 2013

    New Delhi: In a bid to rein in pesky calls and text messages, telecom regulator TRAI has blacklisted 15 telemarketers and issued notices to 246 of them, while deducting Rs 1.36 crore security deposit for violations of various norms. According to official data, 15 telemarketers have been blacklisted from September...
  • British regulator fines Indian-origin brokers, 2 others for RIL GDR manipulation August 8, 2013

    London: British regulator FCA on Thursday fined an India-origin broker and two others in a case of financial market manipulation here by an Indian businessman in securities of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). While a 6 million pound (Rs 56 crore) fine has already been imposed on the Indian businessman, Rameshkumar Goenka,...
  • Reading newspaper as a punishment for jaywalkers in China July 29, 2013

    Traffic police in China's Shanghai city have introduced an innovative punishment for jaywalkers -- reading newspaper. Jaywalkers and drivers of non-motorised vehicles who break traffic regulations in Shanghai can opt to pay a fine or read newspaper coverage of traffic accidents in public, state-run China Daily reported on Sunday. The punishment has...
  • Sebi gets more powers; can arrest, detain defaulters July 22, 2013

    New Delhi: In a major upgrade of powers given to Sebi, the government has allowed it to pass orders like search and seizure, attachment of properties, arrest and detention of defaulters and pass disgorgement directions to recover the wrongful gains made in contravention of laws. At the same time, the government...
  • Walmart violated Indian rules governing foreign investment: CBI July 20, 2013

    Mumbai: Walmart Stores Inc violated Indian rules governing foreign investment, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said in a letter to a member of Parliament seen by Reuters. The CBI said in the letter that according to its analysis, Walmart's investment violated Reserve Bank of India guidelines and Foreign Exchange Management...
  • Govt approves proposal to give Sebi more powers July 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday approved a proposal to amend Sebi Act for providing more powers to the market regulator to crack down on ponzi schemes. The decision, which will also give Sebi powers to conduct search and seizure operations and access call data records, was taken at a...
  • Cabinet meets to replace DGCA with a new Civil Aviation regulator July 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet met on Thursday to consider a proposal to replace the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with a new regulator, that would have full operational and financial autonomy. The government sources said the Cabinet was considering to set up Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to take over certain...
  • Delhi shops flout Supreme Court ban on tobacco ads July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi has not adhered to the Supreme Court ban on shops displaying tobacco advertisements, said a survey released on Monday. The survey by the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) was carried out on 55 retail outlets in Delhi. "Tobacco retail shops are still displaying tobacco advertisements despite the...
  • TRAI may get power to penalise the service provider June 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The government has mooted a proposal for giving powers to telecom and broadcasting sectors regulator TRAI to penalise service providers for failing to comply with rules and regulations. The Telecom Ministry in an ongoing inter-ministerial consultation has said that "jurisdiction to impose penalties through a transparent process for...
  • Google, Microsoft, Yahoo warned by US regulators to label ads better June 26, 2013

    San Francisco: US regulators warned leading Internet firms including Google Inc. to better identify paid ads in search results, particularly as new technology such as mobile services and voice-based online services become more common. The US Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday it had sent letters to 24 Internet search companies,...
  • Money laundering investigation should be done by ED: Aniruddha Bahal June 21, 2013

    Successive Cobrapost investigations has shown private and nationalised Indian banks as well as foreign banks flouting RBI rules and regulations. How can the banking industry be streamlined? Aniruddha Bahal, editor-in-chief of Cobrapost.com, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the matter. Q. At present all the know your customer is only...
  • Hospitals, chemists to wait for regulatory word on Ranbaxy June 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Drug regulator DGCI is conducting a "focussed scrutiny" of medicines sold by Ranbaxy and some other drugmakers, but says it remains confident of the quality standards of Indian medicines despite concerns raised by US authorities over some of Ranbaxy's products. While the company continues to assert that its drugs...
  • Cabinet approves Real Estate Regulator Bill June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Cabinet has approved the Real Estate Regulator Bill to prevent arbitrary and false claims by the builders while advertising and selling flats and houses. According to the bill, builders have to register all their projects with the state regulatory authority and must deliver the projects within the stipulated period. There...
  • Cabinet clears Real Estate Bill, discussion on Food Bill on Friday June 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the Real Estate Regulator Bill, but did not take up the Food Security Bill, saying it will be discussed on Friday. Sources said the Congress is likely to push for an ordinance on the Food Security Bill, despite divisions within the government. While ministers...
  • IPL: Centre, BCCI get notice for 'promoting' liquor brands May 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The Centre, BCCI and a TV channel have been directed by the Delhi High Court to respond to a PIL alleging that Indian Premium League (IPL) platform was used for promotion of liquor brands and it was aired by the channel in violation of law. A division bench of...
  • Azad writes to food regulator on bottled water safety May 11, 2013

    New Delhi: After complaints about safety of bottled water sold in the national capital, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has written to the food regulator to check the bottling plants supplying such drinking water in Delhi and their water sources. The minister has also written to the Food Safety and...