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Union Cabinet clears BharatNet project with VGF of Rs 19,041 cr for rollout in 16 states

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the Union cabinet has approved the public-private partnership model with a viability gap funding (VGF) of Rs 19,041 crore for the rollout of the BharatNet project. The project aims to provide high-speed broadband services to villages across 16 states in India. Prasad said that access to broadband...

Ravi Shankar Prasad lashes out at Twitter after losing access to account for an hour

The tussle between the Centre and Twitter is likely to intensify further, with Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashing out at the social media giant after he was denied access to his account for an hour. The minister has already rebuked Twitter on several occasions for not complying with Indian laws related to significant social...

Ravi Shankar Prasad says govt respects privacy, aim is to stop misuse of social media

Union law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday clarified that the new digital rules for social media intermediaries have been framed to stop abuse and misuse of social media. The minister asserted that the “right of privacy” of users. The clarification comes a day after Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp approached the Delhi High...

Govt warns FB, Twitter of strict action for violation of Indian Constitution

Strict action will be taken if social media is misused to spread fake news and fuel violence in the country, said Union electronics and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Parliament on Thursday. Prasad’s warning comes amid a tussle with microblogging website Twitter. The minister in his Rajya Sabha address specifically named social...

BJP says Gupkar alliance has lost credibility

Despite the Gupkar alliance winning 112 seats in the Jammu and Kashmir DDC election, the BJP on Wednesday said that the results indicate that the Gupkar alliance has lost its credibility. The BJP’s claim is based on the number of votes that the saffron party and independent candidates have secured in the poll. BJP leader...

BJP launches brazen attack on Opposition before Bharat Bandh

A day ahead of the Bharat Bandh called by farmers against the recently enacted farm laws, the ruling BJP launched a brazen attack on the Opposition, especially Congress, for jumping into the farmers’ protest. Union Cabinet minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Congress was trying to bring the same changes in the agriculture sector...

Congress demands probe against Facebook for ignoring hate speeches of BJP leaders

The Congress on Monday demanded a probe into reports on Facebook ignoring rules when it comes to hate speeches by BJP politicians. Notably, the Congress made the demand following a report in the Wall Street Journal. Firstly The report claimed that Facebook ignored applying its hate speech rules to politicians of the ruling party in...

Shashi Tharoor questions Amit Shah for choosing pvt hospital for COVID-19 treatment

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday took a dig at Union home minister Amit Shah for choosing a private hospital for COVID-19 treatment rather than a government hospital. Shashi Tharoor said, “Public institutions need the patronage of the powerful if they are to inspire public confidence.” Shashi Tharoor reacting to a tweet on AIIMS, New...

Data is nation’s asset, must be secured: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Data is a nation’s asset and it should be utilised properly for achieving prosperity, especially in sectors like healthcare, agriculture and education, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Saturday. Keeping this in mind, the government has brought a data protection law which is being examined by the select committee of Parliament, he said. Observing...

Google announces Rs 75,000 cr investment plans in India over next 5-7 years

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday announced plans to invest Rs 75000 crore in India in the next five to seven years. “Today, I’m excited to announce the Google for India Digitization Fund. Through this effort, we will invest 75,000 crore, or approximately $10 billion, into India over the next 5-7 years. We’ll do this...

Gujarat’s Zoya Khan becomes India’s first transgender operator at Common Service Centre

Zoya Khan from the Vadodara district of Gujarat became the first transgender operator of the Common Service Centre in India. She aims to uplift the transgender community by making them digitally literate. Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad shared the news with her pictures of working in the office on his...

Banning Chinese apps in India was a “digital strike”: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said India’s surprise move to ban 59 Chinese apps days after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh was a “digital strike”. “We banned Chinese apps to protect data of countrymen. It was a digital strike,” Prasad said at a BJP rally in West...