Telecom Minister

  • Congress should revisit their own procedures on TRAI, says Uma Bharati July 11, 2014

    The amended Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The TRAI Bill has to be amended to allow the appointment of former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Defending the government, Uma Bharati said, "Tell the Congress to revisit...
  • Telecom Ministry seeks Rs 6,997 cr fund for projects this budget June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The Telecom Ministry has sought additional funds of Rs 6,997 crore in the budget for various projects that are to be rolled out during the current financial year. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is learnt to have approached Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for additional funds to carry out...
  • JPC meet on 2G scam on September 23 to be stormy after clean chit to PM September 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The meeting of JPC on 2G scam on September 23 is set to be stormy as it has to adopt its controversial draft report which gave clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and indicted former Telecom Minister A Raja. Battle lines have been drawn for the meeting as...
  • 2G scam: Probe against Maran complete, CBI tells SC July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The CBI has completed its probe against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and others in a 2G scam case relating to Aircel-Maxis deal, the agency told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The agency told the court that it will be approaching the government seeking financial sanction for evaluation...
  • Kapil Sibal approves Rs 104 cr penalty on Vodafone April 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal is learnt to have approved a recommendation by two internal committees of the Department of Telecom (DoT) for imposing a fine of about Rs 104 crore on Vodafone for allegedly violating the licence conditions on routing of calls. "It was approved on March 23," official...
  • Not calling Raja before JPC a serious omission: BJP April 2, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has hit out at JPC Chairman PC Chacko for what it calls delaying the proceedings in the 2G scam case and dragging his feet on calling former telecom A Raja to depose before the panel. "For some strange reason our chairman PC Chacko is...
  • National free roaming likely before October: Kapil Sibal March 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the government will try to start national free roaming for customers before October this year. "Trai has floated a consultation paper on it (national free roaming). So when Trai's recommendations come and after that, we will try to start free roaming...
  • Kapil Sibal's personal website hacked November 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's personal website has been hacked and defaced by groups alleging Internet censorship and curbs on free speech. The website 'www.kapilsibalmp.com' was on Thursday attacked and contents were altered to show the minister in poor light. Sibal, who represents the Chandni Chowk constituency in...
  • 2G: Former DoT official testifies against A Raja August 1, 2012

    New Delhi: In a major setback for former telecom minister A Raja and his former private secretary RK Chandolia, former telecom department official AK Srivastava has testified that Chandolia had asked him not to accept any more applications once Unitech's was received. The CBI in its chargesheet had alleged that Chandolia...
  • 2G scam: Chronology of the events May 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Following is the chronology of the events in the 2G spectrum allocation scam in which the prime accused and former Telecom Minister A Raja was on Tuesday granted bail: May 2007: A Raja takes over as telecom minister. August 2007: Process of allotment of 2G spectrum for telecom along with...
  • New telecom policy to be in place by May: Sibal April 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012 will be in place by May. "It (NTP) will be done in May. We have already said that," IT and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters on the sidelines of World IT Forum 2012. The Economic Survey...
  • 2G scam: Raja moves SC, seeks review of verdict March 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Friday sought a review of the Supreme Court verdict on cancellation of licences for 2G spectrum saying it violates the "principles of natural justice" and "judicial norms" and that he was indicted without being heard. Raja, who has been in jail for more...
  • Frivolous plea lands A Raja's ex-aide in trouble March 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja's erstwhile Private Secretary RK Chandolia was on Thursday imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 by the Delhi High Court for making a plea to it to summon a plethora of documents from the PMO to help him cross-examine a 2G case witness in...
  • Social media too needs regulations: Kapil Sibal February 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Refusing to be labeled as an enemy of the social media, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has called for the Internet to be governed by regulations similar to the print and the electronic media. "Who says that? I don't understand how I am an enemy?" retorted the minister during a...
  • 'Raja ignoring PM advice hints of conspiracy' October 22, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja ignoring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's advice to consider auctioning 2G spectrum "smacks of conspiracy" with the minister violating all norms including revision of entry fee for the licenses, a Delhi court on Saturday said. "No outside agency/court was asking for revision of entry fee,...
  • '2G scam began after Raja became minister' October 22, 2011

    New Delhi: The conspiracy to allocate 2G spectrum to ineligible telecom operators for illegal graft began after A Raja became Minister for Telecommunication and Information Technology, said a Delhi court on Saturday while putting him on trial along with 16 others, including DMK MP Kanimozhi. "The conspiracy started after accused A...
  • Raja favoured RTL, Swan, Unitech over Tata: court October 22, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja deliberately gave dual technology benefits to Reliance ADA Group telecom firm and denied it to Tata Group companies by delaying "in-principle approval" for the Unified Access Services (UAS) licenses, a Delhi court on Saturday said. Special CBI Judge OP Saini said Raja had,...
  • 2G: inherited policy of predecessors, says Raja July 25, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja defended himself in 2G spectrum allocation scam by saying he had continued the policy inherited from NDA rpt NDA government and his predecessors were backed by the union cabinet and his effort was to make cellular phone services affordable to the man on...
  • Ministers, MPs guilty of conflict of interest? July 8, 2011

    On Talking Point Rajdeep Sardesai asks, 'Ministers and MPs guilty of conflict of interest?' ...
  • 2G: JPC to call all telecom ministers from 1998 June 7, 2011

    New Delhi: The Joint Parliamentary Committee panel (JPC) on 2G may call all former Telecom Ministers from 1998 for recording evidence in 2G spectrum allocation probe. The JPC panel has finalised a list of 85 witnesses who would be asked to depose before it in connection with spectrum issue. JPC chairman...
  • Raja in Time list of ignominious leaders club May 19, 2011

    New York: Former Telecom Minister A Raja, at the centre of the 2G spectrum allocation scam, has earned the dubious distinction of figuring in the list of Time Magazine's "an ignominious club of privileged leaders who stepped too far". The 2G scam is ranked No 2 in the list of scandals...
  • M&A norms for telcos need to be liberal: Sibal April 11, 2011

    Current rules do not allow one company to hold 10 per cent or more in two competing operators. ...
  • M&A norms for telcos need to be liberal: Sibal April 11, 2011

    New Delhi: Merger and acquisition guidelines in India's crowded telecoms sector need to be liberal, Telecoms Minister Kapil Sibal said on Monday. India is overhauling its decade-old telecoms policy in a bid to make the world's second-largest market for mobile phone services more transparent after the sector was hit by a...
  • Sibal's zero loss stand on 2G bizarre: Oppn January 8, 2011

    Guwahati/New Delhi: Opposition parties on Saturday slammed as bizarre, flawed and a cover-up exercise Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's stand that there was no loss at all on account of the controversial 2G spectrum allocation after debunking CAG estimates of a Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss. The Opposition leaders, including PAC...
  • Shourie flays Raja, says he's ready for probe December 18, 2010

    New Delhi: Claiming that the telecom sector was clean during his tenure, former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie on Saturday said that he was ready to be questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Flaying A Raja over the 2G spectrum scam, Shourie said the UPA minister flouted rules and never...
  • Kapil Sibal to get Telecom Ministry: Sources November 15, 2010

    New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal will also handle the telecom portfolio, sources have told CNN-IBN. The post of telecom minister fell vacant after A Raja resigned on Sunday night following allegations of his involvement in the 2G spectrum scam. The move by the Congress to keep the...
  • SC slams CBI over 2G spectrum scam probe October 29, 2010

    New Delhi: Supreme Court (SC) has in one of it's rare indictments has slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the shoddy investigation into the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam on Friday. The apex court has asked the central investigation agency as to how much time will it take to...
  • SC issues notice to A Raja on 2G spectrum scam September 13, 2010

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Telecom Minister A Raja and the Centre on the alleged 2G spectrum scam. The notice has been issued on the alleged irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum and has asked for a response on a petition seeking the court...
  • Govt panel to scout for BSNL, MTNL chiefs July 15, 2010

    New Delhi: The Government on Thursday constituted a six-member panel, headed by Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar, to identify chief executives for telecom PSUs BSNL and MTNL. Other members of the search panel are Secretary (Personnel) Shantanu Consul, telecom secretary PJ Thomas, IIT Chennai professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIM Ahmedabad professor Samir Barua...
  • PM defends Raja, says he's done no wrong May 24, 2010

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday defended Telecom Minister A Raja, under attack for the alleged scam in granting licences in 2008, saying he had only followed the policies of the previous NDA government. At the same time, he dismissed suggestions for Raja's removal from the Cabinet, saying "....pending the...