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Aashish Aryan


Aashish Aryan is a Principal Correspondent With The Indian Express. He tweets @cubscribe

Lockdown Effect: As labour participation hits all-time low, production of essential goods slows; retailer stocks dwindle
Thu, Apr 09, 2020

For retailers, the lockdown has resulted in unavailability of sufficient items to restock their supplies.

Reserve Bank setting up exclusive wing for banking fraud oversight
Sun, Apr 05, 2020

The banking regulator is also planning to bring in experts from the private sector working in all these domains to train the new members in the fraud oversight wing. These training sessions are will be repeated every year in the initial years, the sources said.

Legal experts raise concerns, seek more clarity from Aarogya Setu’s privacy policy
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

According to a statement by the Ministry of Electronics & IT, the app will track its users’ “interaction with others”, and will alert the authorities if there was any suspicion of the user having been in contact with any infected person.

Coronavirus: Pre-lockdown stocks running out, stores wait for trucks and labour
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

There is a sudden dearth of labour: be it for loading and unloading trucks to managing warehouses, taking supplies from distributors and moving goods to the retailer.

Drivers abandon loaded vehicles, trucks stuck as state borders still clogged
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Truck owners said almost half the number of drivers fled to their native towns and villages following a pile-up of vehicles at inter-state borders, with some even leaving behind vehicles loaded with goods worth crores of rupees unattended along the highway.

India Inc reaches out to employees as companies across sectors may dock part of salary for March, April
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Airlines, which are one of the worst hit sectors by COVID-19, were among the first to announce pay cuts across the board.

Coronavirus: Lockdown triggers changes in viewership trends; data usage spikes delayed, extended
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Surge in data usage since lockdown announced to tackle Covid-19.

Coronavirus: DoT writes to states again, asks them to ensure critical telecom services remain operational
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The letter was preceded by another letter written by DoT advisor K Ramchand to the state and UT secretaries. Ramachand had, in his letter, suggested the states allow free movement of people working on key and critical telecom equipment and infrastructure.

Coronavirus: Telcos assure they are ready for contingency measures amid rising loads
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The three major telcos — Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea — on Monday sought to assure users that they were prepared for additional load on their networks in view of many people working from home to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Centre tweaks rules for companies under IBC
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

The said corporate debtor, which starts functioning as a new entity under the IRP or RP, shall register itself in all states and Union Territories where it had operations before undergoing CIRP process, the new rules said.

Gujarat Model of VRS: Ex-gratia plus pension payout to be capped for BSNL, MTNL staff
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

The model, first conceptualised to offer VRS to state-owned sick or incipient sick public sector undertakings (PSUs) of Gujarat, limits the immediate dues payable by companies.

Let telcos pay in instalments over 20 years: Govt to SC on AGR dues
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

In its plea before the SC, the DoT has also suggested that the interest on the past unpaid amount, penalty and the interest on penalty with respect to past dues, may be frozen as of October 24, 2019.

DoT lists MNP capacity limitation, economic impact, public interest as reasons to seek extended timeline
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

The latest plea moved by the DoT is seen as a shift of stance by many experts as it was on a application moved by the ministry that the apex court had upheld government’s definition of AGR.

Gram panchayat net connectivity project deadline pushed by 17 months to August ’21
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

The current deadlines for the completion of phases one and two of the scheme was March 2020.

DoT yet to submit evidence to back up its Rs 21,135-crore AGR claims to Reliance Communications RP
Tue, Mar 10, 2020

The Indian Express has learnt. The delay by the DoT comes even as the Committee of Creditors (CoC), led by State Bank of India (SBI), approved a Rs 23,000-crore plan for the resolution of RCom last week.

‘BharatNet is a good idea but lack of Right of Way, last-mile connectivity may delay project’
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

The government had aimed to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with internet by March 2020.

SC quashes RBI ban, clears way for virtual currency operations
Thu, Mar 05, 2020

A three-judge bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, Aniruddha Bose, and V Ramasubramanian, ruled that the RBI’s blanket ban prohibiting banks dealing with VC holders or exchanges did not pass the test of “proportionality”.

Internet shutdowns: 314 times between 2017 & 2019; 95 lasted more than a day
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

There were at least 147 instances over these three years for which there is no data on the duration of the shutdowns as there is lack of any form of communication on these blockades.

DoT steps up pressure on telcos, seeks details of MD and directors
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

While it is not clear why the agency has sought these details, DoT officials said this could be in line with the ministry’s move to seek for full payment of adjusted gross revenues (AGR) owed by these companies.

Vodafone Idea writes to DoT, seeks staggered payment, lower taxes
Thu, Feb 27, 2020

The telco has sought certain measures such as lower tax and spectrum usage charges, as well as expedited payment of its GST refund of the last financial year.