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Let 2014 usher in rural broadband

Let 2014 usher in rural broadband

It is learnt that the Union government may announce a scheme to give one mobile phone to each BPL family. Only few years ago, political parties in their manifesto loudly proclaimed “Har haath ko kaam”, i.e., gainful employment to one member of each family. Perhaps, the new slogan “Har haath mein mobile” also conveys a [...]

Do not play politics with currency notes

Do not play politics with currency notes

Dear Mr D Subbarao While we wish you the best in piloting a vibrant monetary policy for the country at this critical juncture, we would also seek your mediation in handling the vexatious issue of who should feature on our currency notes. Recently, I had read in the news that the Reserve Bank of India [...]

Urgent need to reform TV audience measurement

Urgent need to reform TV audience measurement

The annual revenue of the television industry is approximately Rs. 50,000 crore. More than 25% of the revenue comes from advertising. Television ratings have significantly impacted the broadcaster–the programme content, media agencies and the advertisers. There is almost unanimous assessment that the present system of TAM-TRP inadequately serves the larger public interest. Recognising these inadequacies, [...]

Telcos deserve a better deal

Telcos deserve a better deal

The telecom sector is the most significant and visible success story of economic liberalisation in the country. However, its sustainability and continued growth can only be ensured with firm but soft-touch regulatory measures. This writer recently had the opportunity to interact with major fund managers of asset management companies likeFidelity, Blackrock, Capital World, UAB, RCM and HSBC. The concerns expressed by [...]