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Tag: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Respect Indian Laws If You Want To Do Business: Govt Tells Twitter, FB

New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday categorically said in the Rajya Sabha that action will be taken against Social Media platforms if fake news and violence is spread through it. “There is freedom of speech but Article 19A says that this is subject to reasonable restrictions,” said Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar […]

Twitter Reaches Out To IT Minister Prasad For Formal Dialogue

New Delhi: Twitter has reached out to Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for a formal dialogue to resolve the deadlock over the removal of bad accounts amid the ongoing farmer protests. The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has sent three notices to Twitter, the latest one asking the company to block 1,178 accounts […]

HC Bench In Western, Southern Odisha: 'With No Response From State, Centre Cannot Proceed Further'

Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that it is difficult for the Centre to proceed without any communication from the Odisha government with regard to infrastructure facilities required to establish High Court benches in western and southern regions of the State. The Union Minister informed this in response to a […]

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Writes To Zuckerberg Alleging 'Political Bias'

New Delhi: Amid severe criticism of Facebook and the BJP-led Union Government over the reported collusion of Facebook India executive Ankhi Das and the ruling party, the Union Minister for IT and Electronics, Ravi Shankar Prasad has written a hard-hitting letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg blaming the Facebook India management of alleged bias against […]

Govt extends 'work from home' connectivity norms for IT, BPO firms till Jul 31

New Delhi: The government has extended the relaxed connectivity norms for ‘work from home’, applicable on IT and BPO companies, till July 31, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline for the easier norms was to end on April 30. Industry body Nasscom said the decision to extend the timelines on relaxed norms for other service […]

BJP Hits Back At Sonia, Says 'Dont Preach Us Raj Dharma'

New Delhi: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday hit out at the Congress and its interim President Sonia Gandhi for their stand on Citizenship Amendment Act, urging her “not to preach raj dharma.” Reminding letters written by Ashok Gehlot and Tarun Gogoi advocating citizenship for the persecuted, the BJP asked Sonia Gandhi to introspect. […]

Cabinet Approves Amendments To IIIT Laws, Appointments

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved introduction of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020. It also gave ex-post facto approval for creation of 21 posts of Directors and Registrars, one each in 20 IIITs (PPP) and one in IIITDM Kurnool (IIIT-CFTI). Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 […]

No Proposal To Link Social Media Users' Profiles With Aadhaar: Govt

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said there is no proposal to link social media profiles of users with their Aadhaar numbers and asserted that steps are being taken to curb spreading of fake news and pornography through social media platforms. Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also said that pornography, particularly child […]

Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 Referred To JPC

New Delhi: The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, which was introduced in Lok Sabha in the winter session last year, has been referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) of both the Houses. The JPC has been constituted under the chairmanship of New Delhi MP Meenakashi Lekhi for examination and report. “It has been decided […]

States Can't Escape From Implementing CAA: Prasad

New Delhi: The Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said the states would have to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. A day after Kerala Assembly passed a resolution seeking withdrawal of the citizenship law, Prasad said there is no escape from the implementation of the law, and emphasised such a procedure is against the […]

Free WiFi To All Villages Connected Via Bharat Net Till March 2020

Rewari (Haryana): WiFi services being provided through BharatNet in villages across India will be free of charge till March 2020, Telecom and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday. “We have already connected 1.3 lakh gram panchayats through BharatNet optical fibre network… Our target is to take this to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats. […]

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Law Minister Urges CJI To Ensure Mechanism To Monitor Quick Disposal Of Rape Cases

Jodhpur: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday urged the Chief Justice of India and other senior judges to ensure that there is a mechanism to monitor quick disposal of rape cases, saying that the women of the country are under pain and distress and crying for justice. “I would urge the CJI and other […]

Govt Wants To Conduct Audit Of WhatsApp Security System After NSO Espionage

New Delhi: The government wants to conduct an audit of WhatsApp’s security systems following revelations of Israeli spyware exploiting its vulnerabilities, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said but refused to say if the government had bought the spyware. The Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-In) “has clearly said that we want to audit your (WhatsApp) entire […]

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Govt Has Issued Notice To NSO; WhatsApp Didn't Inform About Vulnerability In System: Minister

New Delhi: IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told Parliament on Thursday that a WhatsApp CEO-led delegation had not mentioned about any vulnerability of their system during their meetings with the ministry, and that the government was yet to receive the names of people targeted by unnamed entities using Pegasus spyware. Replying to a question in […]

India May Soon Have Personal Data Protection Law

New Delhi: India may soon have a law on personal data protection as the government plans to take up the bill during the upcoming winter session of Parliament starting Monday. Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has already said that the government plans to soon introduce the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 in Parliament after […]

Prasad Asks BSNL/MTNL To Start Dialogue With Staff On VRS

New Delhi: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has directed the ailing telecom PSUs, BSNL and MTNL, to start a dialogue with their employees on the terms and conditions of the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) and prepare a roadmap for its successful implementation, highly placed sources said. The Union Cabinet had last month approved a revival […]

WhatsApp traceability: Facebook offers alternative ways to help India

New Delhi: With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, Nick Clegg, Facebook Vice President, Global Affairs and Communications, has offered alternative ways to help the country, without any reference towards tracing the origin of the WhatsApp messages. WhatsApp had categorically said in the past that the government’s […]

Patel Was Right, Nehru Wrong On Kashmir: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ahmedabad: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was wrong and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country’s first home minister, was right in handling the Jammu and Kashmir issue after Independence. Prasad was addressing a press conference here to mark the National Democratic Alliance government completing 100 days in […]

Parliament passes Bill to repeal 58 obsolete laws

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Friday passed a Bill to repeal 58 obsolete and irrelevant laws. Considered a major clean-up act of the statute book by the Modi government, the move is set to ensure smooth administration and good governance. Replying to the debate on the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019, Union Law and Justice […]

Lok Sabha nod to bill to amend arbitration law

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed by a voice vote a bill aimed at making India an international arbitration hub by providing facilities for settlement of commercial disputes. Replying to a debate on The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill 2019, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad India is qualified to have a centre of […]

Bill Against Triple Talaq Tabled In Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: A Bill which outlaws Triple Talaq was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, moving a step closer to end the practice of instant divorce among Muslims. Introducing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that though the practice had been banned in many […]

Aim to create Indian patents in 5G: Prasad

New Delhi: Union Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said that his vision of 5G ecosystem in the country includes creation of Indian patents in fifth generation (5G) technology. Speaking at the curtain raiser event of the Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019, he stressed that 5G, along with Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial […]

BSNL, MTNL Reeling Under Wi-Fi Burden Of MPs

New Delhi: State-owned telecom companies are incurring losses in providing high-speed Wi-Fi connections to members of Parliament, Union Minister for Communications and Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said. As per data available with the Telecom Ministry till May 2019, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have provided an […]

Triple Talaq Bill Needed For Gender Justice: Centre

New Delhi: Moving for consideration and passage, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that a contentious Bill that advocates three years jail for a husband who goes for Triple Talaq was needed to provide gender justice and equality. Citing the Supreme Court’s 2017 verdict striking down the illegal practice and asking Parliament […]

LS passes bill to set up International Arbitration centre

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a Bill for establishing an International Arbitration Centre here to create an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalized arbitration. Moving the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019, aiming to set up an autonomous and independent institution for better management of arbitration in the country, for passage, […]