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X disagrees but says will withhold some accounts, posts in India as per govt order

The Karnataka high court last year dismissed Twitter’s plea challenging 2021 takedown orders and fined the American company ₹50 lakh for failing to act on time

The company cited legal restrictions and added it was unable to publish the executive orders. (X)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 01:39 PM IST

PhonePe launches app store to take on Google’s Play Store

PhonePe launches Indus Appstore, India's first major rival to Google Play Store with 200,000+ apps; aims for local, personalized experience, free payment gateway choice.

The digital payment service PhonePe (Bloomberg)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 01:29 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt to launch four online portals including Press Sewa Portal

The portals include central repository of videos prepared by the government, a new website for registration of newspapers and magazines, & centralised website for all government advertisements

All four portals, HT has learnt, are ready to go live and are awaiting a formal launch by I&B minister. (Representative file photo)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 09:45 AM IST

Amid farm protest, IT ministry blocks 177 accounts, links

Meity issued emergency blocking orders against 177 social media accounts related to farmers’ protests to maintain public order, following MHA's request.

Tractors of farmers parked at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Consultation on data rules will be fruitless so close to elections’

Ministry of Electronics and IT plans to introduce Digital Personal Data Protection rules with a transition period of 6 months to 1 year, ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar (PT)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 06:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Examining Supreme Court’s order on electoral bonds: Union minister Meghwal

Supreme Court struck down electoral bond scheme, declaring it to be “unconstitutional” because it completely anonymised contributions made to political parties.

Union law minister Arjun Ram Meghwal. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 03:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Impact on transparency of political parties funding: EC on electoral bonds in 2019

In 2017, the EC wrote to the law ministry, asking for amendments to the Income Tax Act and Companies Act to increase transparency of funding of political parties

The Election Commission of India. (File photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 01:25 PM IST

Since 2018, BJP got 54.8% of electoral bonds encashed: Data

The BJP’s biggest rival, the Indian National Congress, received 9.4% or ₹1,123.31 crore of all bonds encashed until March 2023.

Expectedly, election years see more activity. In 2019-20 for instance, electoral bonds worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,429.559 crore were encashed, of which the BJP received 74.5% and the Congress 9.3%. (Representational Image)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 03:29 AM IST

IT ministry looks to block Proton Mail on request of Tamil Nadu police

The IT ministry decided to issue an order blocking the end-to-end encrypted email service at the request of TN police over a hoax bomb threat sent to 13 schools

Representational image.
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 08:18 AM IST

MIB orders magazine to take down story detailing civilian abuse by army

MIB issued a notice to the magazine on Friday. Later, an inter-departmental meeting was held on Monday; a magazine team member attended without a lawyer.

In the meeting, it is understood that the government said that the article was based on
Published on Feb 14, 2024 01:04 AM IST

Influencers to be awarded for contribution to digital landscape

The central government through its citizen engagement portal MyGov India will award influencers across 20 categories for their impactful contributions to India’s digital landscape, the electronics and IT ministry said in a statement on Monday.

People can nominate anybody, including themselves, on the MyGov platform till February 21. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 08:54 AM IST

Govt looking for ethical hackers to test India’s critical information infra

Participants, the government notification said, will get rewards of up to ₹10 lakh and commendation certificates

op participants can also be empanelled by the NCIIPC to run security testing exercises for India’s critical information infrastructure. (AFP)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 06:24 PM IST

India may get cluster of servers mirroring internet root servers

If the efforts are successful, this will be the first time India will get a cluster mirroring all 13 root servers that underpin the internet

HT Image
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 12:16 PM IST
By, New Delhi

373 govt websites hacked between Jan’18 and Sep’23: MeitY tells House panel

The House panel has asked the government to strengthen the cybersecurity of government websites and other critical digital infrastructure

The House panel has recommend MeitY to update entire government infrastructure regarding handling of cyber threats. (Representative Image)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 06:30 PM IST

AePS frauds using dummy fingers on rise: MHA tells Parliamentary panel

Fraudsters use dummy fingers or rubber fingers to take out money through the Aadhaar-enabled Payment System

The MHA said they are working with Aadhaar and the National Payments Corporation of India to put an end to AePS frauds.
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 06:13 PM IST

Finance ministry meets to discuss rising online financial frauds

The officials discussed how to create a standard operating procedure to return funds to the victims from fraudulent accounts

The meeting was haired by financial services secretary Dr Vivek Joshi. (File)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 05:56 PM IST

Parliamentary panel asks govt to promote Indian fintech players

The panel also opined that regulation of Indian fintech apps would be more feasible for the regulatory bodies such as RBI and NPCI in comparison to foreign entities which have multiple jurisdictions

The parliamentary standing committee on communications and information technology tabled its report in the Lok Sabha on February 8.
Published on Feb 10, 2024 05:49 PM IST

Parliamentary panel criticises delay in framing data protection rules

The House panel has asked the ministry of electronics and information technology to prioritise the drafting of data protection rules and to ensure that the process is completed within the prescribed period of six months

The parliamentary standing committee on communications and information technology tabled its report in the Lok Sabha on February 8. (ANI)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 05:45 PM IST

PM Modi-led panel clears names for Lokpal chief, vigilance commissioner

The Lokpal is currently headed by justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty, who is the acting chairperson. Of the two VC posts, one is vacant.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi(PTI)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 04:39 AM IST

‘Nationalist Congress Party – Sharadchandra Pawar’: ECI okays new name for party

The Sharad Pawar faction had submitted its three preferences for party name on ECI’s directives to enable its leaders to contest the Rajya Sabha polls

Nationalist Congress Party founder Sharad Pawar’s faction has said that it will challenge the ECI order in the Supreme Court (Sandip Mahankal)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 06:57 PM IST

5,175 children registered on NCPCR repatriation portal: Smriti Irani tells Lok Sabha

The portal digitally monitors and tracks the restoration and repatriation of children as per protocols given under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015

Union minister for women and child development Smriti Irani speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Interim Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi/ (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 02:36 PM IST

Don’t include streaming platforms in Broadcasting Bill: TV industry to MIB

The Indian Broadcasting and Digital Foundation criticises the contentious Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023

The IBDF wants the MIB to scrap the content evaluation committee so that artistic expression and creative freedom are not unduly curbed. (Representative Image)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 05:42 PM IST

Inside 79(3)(b), the content blocking provision with many legal grey areas

Legal experts say the provision has created a grey area for who can direct intermediaries to remove content, for what reason, and if it can be challenged

On January 4, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) notified Apple and Google to remove two apps — Airalo and Holafly — that were selling international SIMs without getting an NOC from the department. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 01:18 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Hold metaverse operators liable for IPR infringement: Music Industry to TRAI

IMI said that it wants metaverse operators and users to share accountability and responsibility in cases of intellectual property rights infringement

had sought inputs from stakeholders in its consultation on Digital Transformation through 5G Ecosystem. (Representative Image)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 01:57 PM IST

Financial incentives necessary to encourage 5G adoption: Industry to TRAI

The key hurdles to 5G deployment that stakeholders highlighted included infrastructure limitations, spectrum availability and affordability, and regulatory hurdles while getting permissions and licences

In its consultation paper, TRAI had posited internet of things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and metaverse as some of the key applications of 5G ecosystem. (File)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 01:20 PM IST

Derek O’Brien moves bill to criminalise online abusive content against women

In the bill, O’Brien has proposed making online threats against women “cognizable and non-bailable offences” which at the minimum attract a jail time of up to three years and/or a fine of up to ₹50,000

Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 12:10 PM IST

Electoral bonds worth over 571.8 cr sold between Jan 2 and 11: SBI in RTI reply

Electoral bonds are sold four times a year – January, April, July and October, and for another 30 days in the year general elections are held

SBI is the sole bank authorised by the government to issue and encash these bonds. (Representative file photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 11:25 AM IST

Interim Budget 2024: Corpus of 1 lakh crore to fund technology research

Presenting the Union interim budget for the 2024-25 financial year, Sitharaman said innovation was the foundation of development

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman leaves the finance ministry ahead of the presentation of the interim budget in Parliament. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 02:11 AM IST

Interim Budget: FM announces 1 trillion corpus for research in technology

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said that a new scheme will be announced to strengthen deep tech technologies for defence purposes and atma nirbharta

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Interim Budget 2024 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 12:12 PM IST

Centre cuts duty on components used to make mobile phones

India's finance ministry has reduced customs duty on certain goods used in mobile phone manufacturing from 15% to 10%, a move expected to lower device prices slightly. The reduction applies to components such as SIM sockets, screws, battery covers, and GSM antennas. Customs duty on other parts including resin, mesh, adhesive, and sponge has been cut to zero. The move aims to boost the country's mobile hardware industry and eliminate duty inversions caused by recent free trade agreements. The exact implementation date for the lower duty has not been specified.

Noida, India - June 07, 2021: Factory workers at a mobile manufacturing unit seen at work on Day 1 of Covid-19 lockdown relaxations in the district, in Noida, India, on Monday, June 07, 2021. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 07:18 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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