Pranav Mukul


Online Video Streaming: Zooming in on local content
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

With the rising popularity of localised content among the Indian users, global platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are focussing on tapping the market

Post data leakage reports: Govt seeks data security details from mobile makers
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

A senior official at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that through this exercise the government aims to scrutinise in hardware component as well as preloaded software and apps to find potential loopholes.

Air India’s MRO: Traffic, tax incentives imperative for Nagpur facility to take off
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

In the new Civil Aviation Policy, the Centre laid down its aim for developing India as an MRO hub for aircraft. “The MRO business of Indian carriers is at around Rs 5,000 crore, 90 per cent of which is currently spent outside India — in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE, etc.

Trai may ask DoT to enable domestic research for 5G technology
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

We are soon going to give recommendations to the government on this issue,” he added. On Wednesday, The Indian Express reported that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning to send its officials to China for a 10-day training course, organised by the intergovernmental organisation Asia-Pacific Telecommunity.

Future of mobile telephony: With officers’ training in China, India gearing up for 5G tech
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

During the training, being organised by intergovernmental organisation Asia-Pacific Telecommunity, participants will get to know the basic characteristics of 4G/5G and trends, network security protection methods, best practice of the Smart City and IoT

Cybersecurity: ‘Understand threats, treat digital lives as real lives to prevent attacks’
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

BSNL further said that the affected devices that it identified were mostly of customers that still had default “admin” password on their modems, and those which are associated with already-infected computers/devices.

Arvind Panagariya raised red flags, couldn’t stop power centres within
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

In January, Arvind Panagariya had raised the first red flag on the possibility of taxpayers being harassed post-demonetisation and had reportedly written to the Prime Minister’s Office.

JioPhone effect: Low-cost phones with smart features to hasten upgrades among users
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Jio phone effect: Adoption of ‘walled garden’ and potential quality issues are some of the hurdles that need to be cleared to ensure mass adoption of upgraded feature phones. Analysts also suggest that lack of a familiar ecosystem could be a hindrance for the device’s mass adoption.

After Gaikwad-Air India row: No more single-class planes, AI to reconfigure 14 aircraft
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

To do this, the flag-carrier would convert the first three rows of the all-economy class aircraft to business class by having 12 seats in a configuration of two-by-two, compared with three-by-two in the current configuration that add up to 18 economy seats.

To suit domestic taste, Ikea to prepare India recipe with local flavours
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

The practice of people driving down to far off locations to pick up a furniture unit, bringing it back home, and building it themselves might not work here, according to Ikea India’s deputy country manager Patrik Antoni.

Disinvestment: Hurdles for Air India go beyond just debt
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

A senior government official said that a 100 per cent stake sale of the airline would be difficult, considering it would make all the files of Air India private property of its new owner, and the ongoing case by the CBI into the purchase of 111 aircraft might face hurdles because of it.

For white elephant Air India, Rs 10 crore in savings from non-veg is just bananas
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

The company did not respond to an e-mail from The Indian Express seeking the exact amount it hopes to save by cutting non-vegetarian food from the economy menu on domestic flights. But company officials had clearly indicated last week that this would be in the region of Rs 8-10 crore.

ATF not under GST: Airlines with small aircraft hit
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

With the Goods and Services Tax laws replacing the old tax laws, ATF for small aircraft has lost its declared goods status. However, since petroleum products are out of GST ambit, states are free to consider ATF bought for all purposes, as one.

Reliance Jio data breached by website, company says it is ‘unauthentic’
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

A website has claimed to have posted subscriber data of Reliance Jio customers, including email IDs, names and Aadhaar numbers, on the website While it couldn’t be confirmed whether the data related to all of Jio’s 120 million subscribers was uploaded, queries made through the website for some older numbers returned with information of all the fields.

Pvt cars for pooling: Policy hurdles need to be cleared first
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

The genesis of the Niti Aayog studying the possibility of allowing private cars to operate as carpools comes from the rising problem of traffic and congestion in urban centres of the country. In the national capital alone, Delhi Police has identified 55 areas prone to congestion or traffic jam.

BharatNet project: Only 22 per cent gram panchayats have broadband connectivity
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

As per the internal targets set by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), rest of the gram panchayats in the first phase of the flagship BharatNet project are expected to have active connectivity in the next three months.

Employment survey: Task force may recommend using GST database as sample
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

It is further likely to include, in its report, the suggestion of having an annual survey of enterprises such as health and education, which are excluded from GST.

Day after GST, PM Modi warning on black money: Three lakh firms under scanner after note ban
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that those depositing black money abroad will face more problems once Switzerland starts sharing data with India about funds stashed by Indians there.

GST rollout: Across sectors, few have stocked up, so sales in July likely to see a dip
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

GST rollout: Alongside a markdown in inventories by consumer goods and auto dealers, pharmaceuticals too have reported a slowdown in stocking, with this trend being more pronounced in the case of small and medium players.

BSF plane with Home Secy comes within ‘500 m to 1 km’ of IndiGo plane, accident averted
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

A BSF official said Mehrishi, who was in Srinagar on an official visit, had boarded the BSF flight at around 11:30 IST. Around 12 noon, the official said, the pilot realised that he was on a collision course with an IndiGo flight and changed course “in the nick of time”.

Tackling Petya ransomware cyberattack: ‘Be cautious of suspicious mails, update softwares to combat threat’
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Petya ransomware cyberattack:According to a cyber security firm it is possible to prevent files being infected by Petya by creating a read-only file under C:\Windows\ using the name “perfc”.

Petya ransomware: Maersk-controlled terminals at JNPT & Pipavav Port hit
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

The Petya ransomware, in a manner similar to Wannacry ransomware, locks down a system and seeks ransom from the victims to give them access to their data. Petya demands $300 worth of Bitcoin crypto-currency to restore access to the files.

Raw materials in 18% & 28% slabs: Despite exemption, alcohol may witness up to 15% hike in prices
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

What the industry has sought is that if an aggregator of old bottles purchased a bottle for Rs 2 and sold it to an alcohol company for Rs 3, then 18 per cent tax should be levied on the one-rupee margin made by the aggregator.

Ivanka Trump will be in India for meeting first hosted by Obama
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Speaking at the White House after his meeting Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Trump said Ivanka had been invited to lead the US delegation of entrepreneurs.

Beyond GST network, third-party help in filing returns
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The GSTN has selected 34 GSPs to provide an additional channel for filing returns and other compliances relating to GST. The GSTN portal will be able to handle the load of smaller taxpayers who will enter up to 100-200 invoices.

‘With 5 per cent annual growth in taxpayers, GSTN has enough capacity for 3 years’
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

"80 lakh taxpayers are already there, and we’re expecting annual growth of 5 per cent. But some 5-10 lakh new taxpayers will be there because some sectors that were not being taxed in the present regime, will be under tax in GST, like textiles, sugar, diamonds."

TDS, TCS deferred for smooth GST rollout
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

The finance ministry on Monday said to ensure smooth roll-out of GST and taking into account the feedback received from the industry regarding the provisions of TDS and TCS are kept in abeyance.

Niti Aayog vindicates UPA’s claims on poverty alleviation
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

The Niti Aayog's report, submitted before the United Nations, acknowledges that anti-poverty programmes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) helped weaker sections of the society.

Better city planning: E-governance, efficient public transport a must
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Niti Aayog, in the draft of its 3-year action plan, has suggested steps such as creating adequate living and office space, preventing slum creation, building new cities for increased urbanisation and improved quality of urban life

With GST days away, discount sales of gadgets, footwear flood markets
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

GST rollout: This week, online marketplace Paytm Mall announced a three-day Pre-GST Clearance Sale from June 13-15, in which over 6,000 retailers sold more than 500 brands.

Internet economy is the future, but India doesn’t have a big player, says Soumitra Dutta
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

In an interview with The Indian Express, Dutta pointed out that entrepreneurship and increased focus on domestic market will help create more jobs.

Affordable segment: High land cost a wall before ‘Housing for All’
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

While a slew of measures, such as interest subvention for home loans up to Rs12 lakh, by the government may resolve the demand-side issues, a key supply constraint remains in form of high-land cost.

$1-trillion digital economy by 2022: Govt to discuss roadmap with IT leaders
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

The meeting, which is expected to be held on June 16, will be chaired by IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Privacy is culture specific, MNCs hit by Aadhaar, says TRAI chief
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

A clutch of petitions filed by those opposing what they call the unchecked use of Aadhaar is currently in the Supreme Court.

E-way bill system: Hunt for an IT partner on the way
Tue, May 30, 2017

The Goods and Services Tax Network has placed the draft RFP for public feedback to hire a Managed Service Provider for developing backend

GST calculation: Finance Ministry asks telcos to re-jig prices
Sat, May 27, 2017

Industry questions govt’s maths of input tax credit, saying its estimates do not concur with the Centre’s