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Stakeholders continue to oppose Digital Competition Bill at meet

Thinktanks and other stakeholders continued their opposition to the draft Digital Competition Bill (DCB) in the second meeting convened by the Union ministry of electronics and information technology on Wednesday.

Stakeholders continue to oppose Digital Competition Bill at meet
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 08:34 AM IST

MeitY discusses draft Digital Competition Bill with stakeholders

The Digital Competition Bill was released for public consultation in March and the consultation ended on May 15.

IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 05:25 AM IST

392 mobile handsets to be blocked over KYC scams linked to electricity bills: DoT

An analysis revealed that 392 handsets linked to 31,740 mobile numbers were involved in such fraudulent activities

Representational image. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 09:24 AM IST

Data protection rules to be released for consultation soon: Ashwini Vaishnaw

Under the DPDP law, Data Protection Board will function as“digital office” to deal with issues related to personal data breaches in “digital by design” manner.

Union IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 08:27 AM IST

Inter-ministerial meeting on revenue sharing by I&B ministry stays inconclusive

I&B secretary Sanjay Jaju said the meeting was not meant to arrive at solutions, but to understand the problems highlighted by the Digital News Publishers Association

Representational image.
Published on Jun 13, 2024 10:15 AM IST

Meet on revenue-sharing between Big Tech, online news publishers today

The ministry of information and broadcasting will hold an interministerial meeting on Wednesday to discuss the dominance of Big Tech companies in digital advertising and its disproportionate impact on digital news publishers and a possible legal framework to ensure a level playing field, according to a memorandum reviewed by HT.

Meet on revenue-sharing between Big Tech, online news publishers today
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 08:40 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Political ads spilled over to Snap, Spotify during Lok Sabha elections

Snap, which has 200 million monthly active users in India, has a relatively younger base compared to Facebook, Twitter/X and YouTube.

Spotify has about 55 million MAU according to Comscore. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 04:19 AM IST

Allies endorse Modi as NDA leader, set stage for his 3rd term as Prime Minister

The BJP fell short of the halfway mark of 272 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha for the first time since 2014, making it dependent on allies for the next government formation

Narendra Modi speaking at the NDA Parliamentary Party meeting. (PTI)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 03:22 PM IST

Election results jolt for pollsters, buck projections

India's 2024 election results defy exit poll projections, with BJP falling short of majority. Pollsters admit errors in predicting NDA's success.

People watch the election results in Bengaluru. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 07:50 AM IST

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Raj Babbar, Nishad: Likely upsets from early trends

Independent candidate Abdul Rashid Sheikh was leading by about 50,151 votes against National Conference’s Omar Abdullah in Baramulla.

Congress candidate Raj Babbar and Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 12:07 PM IST

EC rejects Opposition’s charges, calls vote counting mechanism robust

Kumar said the electoral exercise consisted of different checks and balances, which added to its vitality.

Preparations underway on the eve of counting of votes at Kalmna Market Yard in Nagpur. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 12:23 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Counting process robust and codified, says Election Commission, rejects Oppn charge

CEC Rajiv Kumar said the entire electoral process, including the counting process, are robust and codified in ECI manuals

Election Commission of India (MINT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 07:22 PM IST

ECI sets 7pm deadline for Jairam Ramesh on claim about attempt to influence DMs

In his letter seeking a week’s time, Jairam Ramesh said his comments were not accusations against ECI but instead a request to safeguard against such malpractices

Chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar on Monday asked if it was really possible to influence all DMs (HT Photo/Vipin Kumar)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 04:11 PM IST

Divisions in industry body over draft law

The IAMAI, which counts more than 550 tech companies in India as members, had in a submission to the ministry last month opposed the creation of a new law, called the Digital Competition Bill

Four of its members on May 30 sent a dissent note to corporate affairs secretary Manoj Govil to urge the ministry to move ahead with the draft law (File photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 07:24 AM IST
By, New Delhi

ECI advised PMO to ensure MCC isn’t violated during Modi’s meditation: Official

The Congress filed a complaint with the ECI saying the meditation break will coincide with the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday and violate MCC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kanniyakumari. (ANI)
Published on May 31, 2024 04:28 PM IST

Govt entities, banks to call, message from new 160 series: DoT

The DoT, in its May 30 press release, noted that consumers often do not respond to calls from the 140 series as it is extensively used for marketing

Service and transactional calls from government entities and regulators will be made from 10-digit numbers. (X)
Published on May 31, 2024 12:16 PM IST

Congress files complaint with ECI against Modi’s Kanyakumari meditation break

Prime Narendra Modi’s two-day meditation in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari will coincide with the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Odisha on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 30, 2024 08:54 AM IST

TMC candidate sources voter turnout data from Form 17C Part I

The TMC candidate said he collected form 17c from all the booths and asked EC how long will it take for it to declare the number of votes polled

TMC candidate Lalitesh Pati Tripathi. (Image posted by Lalitesh Pati Tripathi on Facebook)
Updated on May 28, 2024 09:15 PM IST

EC releases voter turnout data for Phase 6 within 3 days of polling

This is the shortest gap between the polling day and release of voter turnout data by the Election Commission this season

The poll body has also released details of the absolute number of votes cast for the Lok Sabha poll Phase 6. (AP Photo)
Published on May 28, 2024 07:49 PM IST

Impossible to change data of votes polled: EC

Election Commission of India releases absolute number of votes cast in first five phases of general elections, addressing concerns over data transparency.

Election Commission of India (File Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2024 04:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘How is it a secret’: ECI faces questions on poll data stand

“This is not a matter of state security. Does this threaten the national security?” senior advocate Kapil Sibal said.

A polling official on duty in Patna on May 22. (PTI)
Updated on May 24, 2024 05:34 AM IST

3,401 social media links, sites taken down over cybercrimes

At the recommendation of I4C and state law enforcement agencies, more than 3,000 URLs and 595 apps have been blocked under Section 69A of the IT Act

For representational purposes only. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 23, 2024 08:47 AM IST

360 Indian citizens working as ‘cyber slaves’ in Cambodia return home

For people who want to come back, the kingpins of such organised crime demand that the victims “buy back their independence”

Representational image.
Updated on May 23, 2024 08:41 AM IST

EC bars BJP’s Abhijit Gangopadhyay from campaign for remarks on Mamata Banerjee

EC has ‘strongly’ censured and barred Abhijit Gangopadhyay from all campaigning for 24 hours after his crass remarks about West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee

Former Calcutta high court judge and BJP candidate Abhijit Gangopadhyay. (File Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2024 05:20 PM IST

Mandatory caller ID feature to be tested out by telecos soon, but many devices may miss out

Depending on the results from the pilot, the DoT will decide on the technical specifications for implementing CNAP

The DoT has also taken action against cyber crimes on telecom networks based on reports filed by subscribers on the Chakshu module of the Sanchar Saathi portal. (Representational image)
Updated on May 18, 2024 08:44 AM IST

EC summons Andhra Pradesh chief secretary, DGP over post-poll violence

The poll body has also directed chief secretary K S Jawahar Reddy and police chief Harish Kumar Gupta to ensure that such violence does not continue and that the model code of conduct is still in force

 (Representative Photo)
Published on May 15, 2024 05:51 PM IST

India leads in global internet shutdowns for 6th year in a row: Report

Of the 1,458 shutdowns Access Now has recorded globally since 2016, India has accounted for 773 (53%) of them

Representational image.
Published on May 15, 2024 04:38 PM IST

‘Puzzling’: Mallikarjun Kharge responds to Election Commission’s letter to him

Mallikarjun Kharge expressed surprise that the poll body chose to reply to a letter meant for and addressed to INDIA partners while ignoring complaints made directly to it

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. (File)
Published on May 11, 2024 09:35 PM IST

Election Commission, Congress face off over voter turnout data

On May 7, the Congress chief wrote a letter to leaders of the INDIA bloc, alleging discrepancies in the voting data released by the poll body

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2024 10:57 AM IST

Defer disbursement of funds to farmers, EC tells Telangana govt

Election Commission directs Telangana to halt Rythu Bharosa fund disbursement till May 13 due to Chief Minister's MCC violation. Compliance report requested.

In a notice sent to the Telangana chief electoral officer, EC said Reddy had violated the model code of conduct. (Mohammed Aleemuddin)
Updated on May 08, 2024 04:12 PM IST
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