Pranav Mukul


Targeted delivery: Grievance system, robust cybersecurity critical to Aadhaar’s success
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Even as the govt is making efforts to make Aadhaar mandatory for schemes and services, experts say that it is necessary put in place safeguards such as secure data security system for a successful unique identity programme.

Google’s Project Loon: DGCA to study balloon-powered internet project from next month
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Under the 'Project Loon', the internet giant would use balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometers above earth surface for transmission of internet services.

‘We’re making a contribution to India’s green targets; projects worth €2 bn being appraised’: European Investment Bank
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

European Investment Bank (EIB), which is a multi-lateral lender representing the 28 member nations of the EU, signed pacts to finance Bangalore Metro project and renewable energy projects in India.

Data protection: Legal backing, people’s trust hold the key
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Constitutional support for data safety is the foundation stone for a strong e-governance ecosystem in Estonia.

Hike in jet fuel price: Limited ability of airlines to increase fares might hit profitability
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Even as the yearly increase in ATF prices may be slower in India than the global average, on an absolute basis though, it is significantly more expensive for airlines here.

Trai seeks views on in-flight mobile calls, Internet
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

The telecom watchdog has sought views from stakeholders by October 27 on whether only internet services should be provided on aircraft, or mobile communication services, or both.

Most of our investments now going into 4G, 5G; 2G also likely to co-exist: Bharti Airtel
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Even as majority of the company’s investments are now going into new generation telephony services, older ones such as 2G will also continue to have some traction, said Bharti Airtel’s CEO and MD (India & South Asia) Gopal Vittal.

IndiGo to switch part of A320neo order into larger A321neo
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

The airline has, however, not made any changes to the engine order and its A321neos will be equipped with the same geared turbofan engines

Centre sets up high-level forum, eyes 5G rollout by 2020
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

The high-level forum will evaluate and approve roadmaps and action plans with a broader target of rolling out 5G in India by 2020.

IUC should not be a profit vertical for telecom companies: TRAI chairman R S Sharma
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Trai chairman R S Sharma, in an interview with The Indian Express, pointed out that IUC should not be seen as a “profit vertical” by telecom companies, and consequently should not have any impact on the stressed sector.

Centre constitutes high-level forum on 5G
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

The high-level forum will evaluate and approve roadmaps and action plans with a broader target of rolling out 5G in India by 2020.

Lower IUC may dial up competition among telecom firms, consumers stand to gain
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Traditionally, Indian telecom firms have responded to competitive tariff by matching the offerings in order to prevent and reduce churn of customers on their networks. This time, the situation may not be any different.

India-EU Bilateral summit likely next month: EU readies action plan for key deliverables
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The plans for the 14th bilateral summit were discussed at a meeting between EU’s high representative and vice president Federica Mogherini and Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at New Delhi in April.

Post-Reshuffle: Key eco ministries get stronger Cabinet foothold
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Portfolios headed by Ministers of State with independent charge drops to 12 from 15 after Sunday’s rejig with crucial ministries like coal, commerce, petroleum and skill development now under ministers with Cabinet-rank

Tier-II and Tier-III markets: Tech companies using local languages to capture growing demand
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

With Tier-II and Tier-III markets and towns seeing a higher potential for growth than metros, these companies are now focusing on addressing one of the most essential drivers of technology adoption in these segments — local language capabilities.

Demonetisation: In value, digital deals surge, then dip to 5-month 
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Demonetisation: On digital transactions, too, RBI data shows that the volume of electronic payments, after peaking in December 2016 at 957.50 million transactions compared with 671.49 million in November, has been on a decline.

Getting states on board for reforms was a tough task: Arvind Panagariya
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

As the new vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar prepares to assume the office from Friday, Panagariya tells The Indian Express that instead of advising Kumar, he would brief his successor about the state of the institution letting him set his own priorities for the think-tank’s functioning.

Engine snag in Airbus: IndiGo grounds planes, lowers flying altitude of some
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

IndiGo is not the only airline which has issues with PW engines. GoAir, which inducted its first aircraft in June 2016, has also grounded two of its five A320neo aircraft.

Right to privacy: Doors now open for users to seek better data security infrastructure
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Apart from the cybersecurity aspect, Chandrashekhar also pointed out that the ruling could raise a legal debate over issues such as wilful consent and informed consent when it comes to customers sharing information with internet and social networking companies.

Delhi Airport Drone Incident: Lack of clear policy widens security loopholes
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

India's tryst with policies on drones started in 2014 when a Mumbai-based pizza restaurant used a small drone to make pizza deliveries.

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.