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Urgent need for states to align policy with 'Right of Way' rules: TAIPA

Some metropolitan cities like Hyderabad and Bengaluru have already seen cellular network data consumption increase by 70 per cent since the lockdown began, the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association(TAIPA) said.

Mobile tower cos ask DoT to expand permit scope for handling network load

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  • Customers have the option of taking coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh — in which case the rough cost is about Rs 5,000 (there are a few insurance companies pricing it a few hundred rupees above this).

    As per the notification, the validity of various import-linked export schemes such as Duty Free Import Authorisation (DFIA) and Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) have been extended by one year. Under EPCG, exporters can import certain amount of capital goods at zero duty for upgrading technology related with exports while DFIA allows them to import certain goods like sugar at zero duty.

    Debt-ridden Vodafone Idea has proposed that the minimum price of data should be fixed at Rs 35 per GB, Bharti Airtel has proposed minimum price of Rs 30 per GB for low data users and Reliance Jio wants it to be hiked gradually to Rs 20 per GB.

    According to senior executives in the sector, letters were sent to the DoT and Trai on Saturday. “Telcos do not want customers getting charged for accessing necessary sites, including government ones or banking sites until restrictions to prevent Covid-19 are lifted,” said a senior telecom executive, who did not wish to be identified.

    ​​The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is examining the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill and aspects of non-personal data before it comes out with a policy on e-commerce. The PDP Bill relates to privacy data while a committee of experts under Kris Gopalakrishnan is looking into non-personal data.

    "76,359 jobs have been created since 2018-19 in telecom sector," Dhotre informed the House. A total 40,445 jobs were created in 2018-19 and 35,914 jobs in 2019-20. Dhotre said job data was provided by major telecom service providers to the extent maintained by them.

    It is reasonable to assume that a global health crisis like the coronavirus would have some impact on your life insurance policy acceptance and premiums, if you are currently in the application process stage.

    If your current health, motor insurance policy is expiring between March 25, 2020, and April 14, 2020, and you are not able to renew your policy because of country-wide lockdown then you can renew such health, motor insurance policy by April 21.

    Strengthening India’s domestic manufacturing, making India self-reliant in many products and a separate chapter on e-commerce could be highlights of the upcoming foreign trade policy (FTP)

    This is cause for cheer for those involved in disease management and economic policy.

    Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot noted that the government has brought Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, which is being scrutinised by a standing committee, and it has provisions for day care centre and old age homes, which would be run with the help of NGOs.

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