Pranav Mukul


Like Alexa & Siri, Government plans AI voice bot in regional languages
Tue, Sep 18, 2018

The move by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) of the IT ministry is aimed at enabling voice-enabled services that leverage artificial intelligence to widen the coverage for government services offered through its bouquet UMANG app.

Jet Airways says it’s working to cut non-fuel costs, raise ancillary revenues
Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Some kind of pricing initiatives will have to be taken to maintain revenue per flight or better seat factor, said Jet Airways VP (sales), India, Gilbert George.

Post tepid response in February, Air India land up for grabs again
Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Air India had put 45 properties worth Rs 365 crore under the hammer back in February but could only raise Rs 30-35 crore from the sale.

Ajay Singh, CMD, Spicejet: ‘Amid cost pressure, increasing ancillary revenues is important’
Tue, Sep 11, 2018

Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director (CMD), SpiceJet, which inducted its first aircraft for dedicated freighter operations on Monday, said that it was important for airlines to increase yields by passing on cost increases to customers.

Digital Payments: Google agrees to meet all payment services norms
Tue, Sep 11, 2018

In April, the banking and payments regulator had directed payments system operators to store all data, including full end-to-end transaction details and information collected, within India to ensure security of users’ information.

Have complied with all tax obligations, says Walmart
Sat, Sep 08, 2018

20% long-term capital gains tax for shares sold by foreign investors post 24 months of buy

Government working on new turnaround plan for Air India
Fri, Sep 07, 2018

According to official sources, the new turnaround plan will be different from the old one given that the 2012 plan focused on financial restructuring of the airline, while the proposed one will focus on organisational reform of Air India.

Interest dues, working capital needs: Air India to borrow Rs 500 crore
Thu, Sep 06, 2018

The fresh Rs 500 crore will be utilised in meeting the immediate working capital requirements as well as repaying part of the interest on government guaranteed non-convertible debentures (NCD) of Rs 7,400 crore.

Can’t have an airline completely owned by Qataris, says Aviation Ministry
Wed, Sep 05, 2018

Comments after Qatar Airways boss talks of new airline owned fully by entities from the Arabian state.

Government working on relief package for Indian carriers: Civil aviation secretary
Wed, Sep 05, 2018

Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey Tuesday said that the ministry has held discussions with the finance ministry into the kind of support that can be provided to Indian carriers.

Jewar Airport Project plan: Decongest IGI, give airlines a boost
Mon, Sep 03, 2018

The Jewar airport is part of this plan within the government to prepare for an imminent saturation of the existing Indira Gandhi International Airport, by having a second one in the National Capital Region

There is a need to develop India as global aviation hub: Vistara CEO Leslie Thng
Sun, Sep 02, 2018

"India has a good potential for becoming a hub for international travel. The market where Indians are travelling is very small and that will grow in the next couple of years," said Leslie Thng.

Unsolicited commercial communication: After norms for telcos, Trai may look at OTT players now
Fri, Aug 31, 2018

The sector watchdog is soon expected to come out with a consultation paper on OTT services, however, it was unclear whether the UCC aspect will be dealt within the same paper or as a separate issue.

Drone regulations: how, where Indians can fly from December 1 onward
Thu, Aug 30, 2018

DGCA has identified multiple categories of drones, which can be broadly classified as Nano (weighing up to 250 g), Micro (more than 250 g but less than 2 kg) and Small and above (weighing 2 kg or more).

‘Stake sale in DTH arm: Bharti Airtel gets govt’s FDI approval’
Wed, Aug 29, 2018

The transaction will see Bharti Airtel sell 15 per cent stake in Bharti Telemedia, while the rest 5 per cent will come from another Bharti entity.

Airtel gets nod to sell 20 per cent stake in DTH arm to Warburg Pincus
Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Over the last few years, the DTH market, which has been recently impacted by over-the-top content services such as Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, has seen M&A (merger and acquisition) activity in other companies too.

Why biofuel for aircraft holds out promise, but isn’t ready to fly yet
Tue, Aug 28, 2018

As jet fuel prices rise alongside those of crude oil, it makes sense for governments and airline companies to move towards alternative sources of fuel.

‘Spectrum allocation low: Government needs to correct anomalies’
Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Stating the importance of a supportive spectrum policy for deployment of 5G in the country, the panel headed by Stanford University Professor Emeritus AJ Paulraj has called for the government to correct these anomalies in 5G.

India gears up for big data: DoT to send officers to China for training
Thu, Aug 23, 2018

The trainees will visit headquarters of Alibaba for a session on application of financial risk control based on big data and will visit Huawei for training on application of public security based on big data.

Government tells WhatsApp to set up India office, local data storage
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

On July 3, the IT ministry had written to WhatsApp seeking immediate steps to tackle the misuse of their platform “wherein inflammatory messages were circulated that led to unfortunate incidents”.