Net Neutrality: TRAI rules against differential pricing for internet services
India’s telecom regulator on Monday ruled against differential pricing for Internet services, in a setback to Facebook Inc’s plan to roll out free Internet to the masses in Asia’s third-largest economy. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said that Internet service providers would not be allowed to discriminate on pricing of data access for different web services. READ MORE
David Headley deposes in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case
Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley deposed today before a Mumbai court, via teleconference, on his role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He told the court that he came to India seven times before the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and once after. David changed his name from Dawood Gilani in 2006 so that he could enter India, the court head. The court will hear his deposition today and Tomorrow between 7 am to 12.30 pm.
David Headley to depose before Mumbai court today: Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam arrives at court premises. pic.twitter.com/ln47zF1XeX
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2016
Until Tej Pratap finds his voice, he can count on Lalu Prasad
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s eldest son and Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav was asked by the governor to take his oath again as he fumbled the first time. Barring few occasions, Tej Pratap has largely been silent ever since, both in public and assembly so far. He was “unwell” on the day he was supposed to take questions in the state Legislative Council on health. And his father Lalu Prasad seems to be stepping on his shoes when he carried out an “inspection” at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in December.
Santosh Singh writes on how Tej can count on Lalu before finding his voice. READ MORE
J&K govt formation: To BJP or not to BJP, the ifs and buts
People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti has kept the Bharatiya Janata Party waiting until recently when she spoke about how the Centre should take up Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in Jammu-Kashmir before thinking of forming the government. Mehbooba’s indecision in allying in the BJP seems to stem from visible signs of a fall in her party’s popularity after tying up with the BJP, write Bashaarat Masood and Mir Ehsan. READ MORE
Hardlook: The trifurcation knot
The civic crisis in Delhi has been well documented but the cracks in the system became wider only after employees of the three MCDs went on strike. The crisis took a political turn with AAP and BJP trading charges over who is responsible for this mess. In today’s ‘Hardlook’, Naveed Iqbal takes us through how decentralising the city’s municipal corporation has inflated its budget and stripped few of their revenue source.
1140000000000: The great government bank write-off
In response to an RTI application filed by The Indian Express, the RBI disclosed that while bad debts stood at Rs 15,551 crore for the financial year ending March 2012, they had shot up by over three times to Rs 52,542 crore by the end of March 2015. READ MORE