Anirban Ghoshal

Anirban Ghoshal

Anirban Ghoshal was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

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Over 30 employees protested again outside the assembling unit on Wednesday morning amid tight security.(Sohil Sehran/HT Photo)
Over 30 employees protested again outside the assembling unit on Wednesday morning amid tight security.(Sohil Sehran/HT Photo)

Phone maker Oppo sacks Chinese employee for ‘throwing’ Indian flag in dustbin

Hindustan Times | By Sohil Sehran & Anirban Ghoshal, Noida/new Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2017 08:09 AM IST
Mobile phone maker Oppo has decided to keep its assembling unit shut till Friday after a Chinese employee allegedly tore the Indian flag and threw it in the dustbin, triggering protests.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of telecom at the Indian Express idea exchange in Noida on August 14th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of telecom at the Indian Express idea exchange in Noida on August 14th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

Vietnam may emulate Digital India, seeks cooperation on e-governance

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2017 05:22 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India and e-governance initiatives seemed to have found favour with Vietnam.
For a customer, Aadhaar payments will work only if your Aadhaar number is linked needs to be linked to your bank account.(HT file photo)
For a customer, Aadhaar payments will work only if your Aadhaar number is linked needs to be linked to your bank account.(HT file photo)

Aadhaar payments: How the government’s new Android app works

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirban Ghoshal
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2017 05:12 PM IST
The government has launched a new payment app for merchants in association with Mumbai-based IDFC Bank to boost digital payments in the country
Aadhaar Pay will also eliminate the fee charged by private card companies such as MasterCard and Visa.(PTI file photo)
Aadhaar Pay will also eliminate the fee charged by private card companies such as MasterCard and Visa.(PTI file photo)

Aadhaar payment: Forget debit and credit cards, now pay bills with your thumb

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirban Ghoshal
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2017 09:05 PM IST
An Aadhaar card-linked payments system, which is an Android-based smartphone app, was launched on Tuesday to allow customers to pay using fingerprints or eye scan
Personal data of individuals held by UIDAI under Aadhaar is secure and there has been no misuse of biometrics leading to identity theft or financial loss, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in a statement. (PTI File Photo)
Personal data of individuals held by UIDAI under Aadhaar is secure and there has been no misuse of biometrics leading to identity theft or financial loss, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in a statement. (PTI File Photo)

Aadhaar data safe, has helped save Rs 49,000 crore, says UIDAI

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirban Ghoshal
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2017 12:22 AM IST
Personal data of individuals held by UIDAI under Aadhaar is secure and there has been no misuse of biometrics leading to identity theft or financial loss, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in a statement.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology wants all bank accounts to be internet-enabled by March 31(REUTERS File Photo)
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology wants all bank accounts to be internet-enabled by March 31(REUTERS File Photo)

Govt wants all bank accounts internet-enabled by March 31

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2017 11:18 AM IST
The Union ministry of electronics and information technology wants all bank accounts to be internet-enabled by March 31 after seeing the ‘phenomenal success’ of the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) app,
Union electronics and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday urged the visiting EU parliamentarians to open bigger doors for the Indian IT professionals.(PTI)
Union electronics and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday urged the visiting EU parliamentarians to open bigger doors for the Indian IT professionals.(PTI)

Open doors for Indian IT professionals: Ravi Shankar Prasad to EU parliamentarians

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirban Ghoshal
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2017 12:17 AM IST
Union electronics and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday urged the visiting EU parliamentarians to open bigger doors for the Indian IT professionals.
The Indian government has started a dialogue with US lawmakers to resolve the H1B visa issue.(HT Archive)
The Indian government has started a dialogue with US lawmakers to resolve the H1B visa issue.(HT Archive)

H1B visa: India begins dialogue with US lawmakers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirban Ghoshal and Sunny Sen
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2017 10:54 PM IST
The Indian software services companies will breathe a sigh of relief as the Indian ministries, authorities and industry lobby had a dialogue with a visiting eight-member US delegation headed by Congressman Bob GoodLatte, on the ongoing concerns of H1-B visa holders.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella meets Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.(Photo: @RSPrasad)
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella meets Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.(Photo: @RSPrasad)

Microsoft’s Nadella meets IT minister Prasad, discusses H-1B visa, Digigaon plan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirban Ghoshal
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2017 04:35 PM IST
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called on Union information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday to discuss the IT major’s projects with the government.
Reports indicate that Apple might already be in talks with Taiwanese contract-manufacturer Wistron to set up a new manufacturing facility at Peenya near Bengaluru.(AFP)
Reports indicate that Apple might already be in talks with Taiwanese contract-manufacturer Wistron to set up a new manufacturing facility at Peenya near Bengaluru.(AFP)

GST Council will have to decide on Apple’s make in India demands, says govt

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal and Suchetana Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2017 08:51 PM IST
Government believes that the GST council has to see if Apple’s demands can be incorporated under the new GST regime to help the iPhone-maker in setting up a new manufacturing facility in the country.
Union information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad briefs the media in New Delhi on Friday on the recent developments in the electronics and IT sector.(PTI)
Union information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad briefs the media in New Delhi on Friday on the recent developments in the electronics and IT sector.(PTI)

All ration shops to have Aadhaar-based identification, digital payment gateways

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirban Ghoshal
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2017 06:49 PM IST
The government is willing to strengthen laws to plug security holes in digital payment systems, and will soon invite ideas from users on how to protect consumer interests, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, poses with a model of the brand during a visit to Amsterdam.
Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, poses with a model of the brand during a visit to Amsterdam.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk hints at India launch this summer

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2017 06:00 PM IST
American electric car-maker may soon make it to India and if its CEO is to be believed then as soon as this summer. India has been looking to cut down emissions in face of rising air pollution problems in the country.
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook said hundreds of the company’s employees have been affected by Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, and that Apple was considering taking legal action.(Reuters File)
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook said hundreds of the company’s employees have been affected by Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, and that Apple was considering taking legal action.(Reuters File)

Trump’s immigration ban: Apple’s Tim Cook considers legal action

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirban Ghoshal
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2017 08:34 PM IST
Apple CEO said he had received numerous “heart-wrenching” emails from Apple employees affected by the travel ban.
As a part of the Union Budget 2017, the government has proposed to levy a special additional duty (SAD) of 2% on a smartphone component which consists of nearly 20-30% of smartphone manufacturing costs.
As a part of the Union Budget 2017, the government has proposed to levy a special additional duty (SAD) of 2% on a smartphone component which consists of nearly 20-30% of smartphone manufacturing costs.

Budget 2017: Price of smartphones to go up, govt imposes additional duty on PCBs

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2017 05:00 PM IST
As a part of the Union Budget 2017, the government has proposed to levy a special additional duty (SAD) of 2% on a smartphone component which consists of nearly 20-30% of smartphone manufacturing costs.
As a part of his announcement, Jaitley said that the government was allocating a record Rs 745 crore for such policies for the period of FY18 citing that nearly 40 foreign companies had started manufacturing in the country.
As a part of his announcement, Jaitley said that the government was allocating a record Rs 745 crore for such policies for the period of FY18 citing that nearly 40 foreign companies had started manufacturing in the country.

Budget 2017: Jaitley boosts electronic manufacturing by boosting MSIPS, EDF

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2017 02:22 PM IST
As a part of his announcement, Jaitley said that the government was allocating a record Rs 745 crore for such policies for the period of FY18 citing that nearly 40 foreign companies had started manufacturing in the country.
Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech on Wednesday said that nearly 1,50,000 gram panchayats will get high-speed internet under the BharatNet project by the end of the March 2018.
Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech on Wednesday said that nearly 1,50,000 gram panchayats will get high-speed internet under the BharatNet project by the end of the March 2018.

Budget 2017: Nearly 1,50,000 gram panchayats to get high-speed Internet by the end of FY18

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2017 02:25 PM IST
In a bid to boost the project, Jaitley announced that he was allocating an amount of Rs 10,000 crores to support the deployment.
Apple seems to be growing frustrated with the rising labour costs in China as it looks to shift its manufacturing base to India.(HT Archive)
Apple seems to be growing frustrated with the rising labour costs in China as it looks to shift its manufacturing base to India.(HT Archive)

Is Apple’s China dream over as it bets on India manufacturing plan?

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal and Sanjeev K Ahuja, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2017 08:04 PM IST
Apple seems to be growing more frustrated with the rising labour costs in China as it looks to slowly shift its manufacturing base from China to India.
In a crucial meeting with the Indian government on Wednesday Apple Inc indicated that it is ready to start manufacturing here. Apple is believed to have conveyed their growing frustrations with rising labour cost in China; its main manufacturing hub.
In a crucial meeting with the Indian government on Wednesday Apple Inc indicated that it is ready to start manufacturing here. Apple is believed to have conveyed their growing frustrations with rising labour cost in China; its main manufacturing hub.

Apple says ready to make in India, govt considers relaxing norms

Hindustan Times | By Suchetana Ray and Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2017 06:03 PM IST
In a crucial meeting with the Indian government on Wednesday Apple Inc indicated that it is ready to start manufacturing here. Apple is believed to have conveyed their growing frustrations with rising labour cost in China; its main manufacturing hub. But Apple Inc has a long list of incentives and tax sops that it wants before it starts manufacturing in India. Top sources indicate that the government is considering certain relaxations in electronic manufacturing that will benefit Apple.
The Apple logo hangs in the glass box entrance to the company's Fifth Avenue store in New York.(AP)
The Apple logo hangs in the glass box entrance to the company's Fifth Avenue store in New York.(AP)

Will iPhones get cheaper in India? Govt reserves decision for now

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal and Suchetana Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2017 04:03 PM IST
An inter-ministerial committee on Wednesday will decide if your Apple iPhone and iPad will get cheaper. Apple has asked for sops from the government to start manufacturing in India and analysts along with industry leaders see this as an opportunity to lure big telecom equipment manufacturers to India.How will the iphone get cheaper? Simple, if Apple starts locally assembling or making earphones, adapters (chargers) and batteries then it will only pay 2% of import subsidy rather than 12.5% that it pays to bring them the accessories to India.
Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi Global, unveiling Redmi Note 4 phones in New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi Global, unveiling Redmi Note 4 phones in New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Xiaomi Redmi searched more than Alia, Virat, Ranbir on Google

Hindustan Times | By Sunny Sen and Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2017 12:47 PM IST
Xiaomi makes a statement: Its Redmi Note 3 smartphones is searched more than Alia Bhatt, Virat Kohli, Ranbir Kapoor and Sachin Tendulkar, on Google
Under MSIPS, the government offers a host of incentives to electronics and component makers to manufacture domestically, including a 20% to 25% subsidy on capital expenditure.
Under MSIPS, the government offers a host of incentives to electronics and component makers to manufacture domestically, including a 20% to 25% subsidy on capital expenditure.

Make in India: Govt may reduce time frame for incentives

Hindustan Times | By Saubhadra Chatterji, Suchetana Ray and Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2017 01:09 PM IST
Under MSIPS, the government offers a host of incentives to electronics and component makers to manufacture domestically, including a 20% to 25% subsidy on capital expenditure.
In what can only be reminiscent of Apple’s move to diversify its supply chain from Foxconn in 2013 and divide it with USA-based Pegatron Corporation, the iPhone-maker has chosen Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron to start assembling iPhones in India.(AP)
In what can only be reminiscent of Apple’s move to diversify its supply chain from Foxconn in 2013 and divide it with USA-based Pegatron Corporation, the iPhone-maker has chosen Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron to start assembling iPhones in India.(AP)

Apple chooses Wistron to ‘make in India’

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2016 07:14 PM IST
In what can only be reminiscent of Apple’s move to diversify its supply chain from Foxconn in 2013 and divide it with USA-based Pegatron Corporation, the iPhone-maker has chosen Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron to start assembling iPhones in India.
A hacker group, which calls itself Legion, claims responsibility for the hacks of digital accounts of prominent Indians, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, embattled business tycoon Vijay Mallya and senior journalist Barkha Datt.(Thinkstock)
A hacker group, which calls itself Legion, claims responsibility for the hacks of digital accounts of prominent Indians, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, embattled business tycoon Vijay Mallya and senior journalist Barkha Datt.(Thinkstock)

Whistleblowers, criminals or gold-diggers? Inside a hacker’s world

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2016 11:45 AM IST
A hacker group, which calls itself Legion, claims responsibility for the hacks of digital accounts of prominent Indians, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, embattled business tycoon Vijay Mallya and senior journalist Barkha Datt.
From left: IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Cisco India president Dinesh Malkani and CERT­In director­general Sanjay Bahl exchanging documents in New Delhi on Wednesday(HT Photo)
From left: IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Cisco India president Dinesh Malkani and CERT­In director­general Sanjay Bahl exchanging documents in New Delhi on Wednesday(HT Photo)

Cisco to help govt deal with cyberattacks

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2016 10:59 AM IST
American technology services company Cisco has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government’s Computer Emergency Response Team(CERT-In) to tackle issues related to cyberattacks in the country.
A file photo showing the Apple logo at the company's Fifth Avenue store in New York.(AP)
A file photo showing the Apple logo at the company's Fifth Avenue store in New York.(AP)

Apple may make in India, but with more incentives

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal and Suchetana Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2016 11:06 AM IST
Apple may soon start manufacturing iPhones and iPads in India. However, it wants more incentives from the government under the latter’s Make in India programme to do so.
At a time when the government is looking to push digital payments, the production of mobile phones in India is down by at least 40%.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
At a time when the government is looking to push digital payments, the production of mobile phones in India is down by at least 40%.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Mobile manufacturing falls 40% as note ban spells wrong number for industry

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2016 03:44 PM IST
At a time when the government is looking to push digital payments, the production of mobile phones in India is down by at least 40%.
Minister of Law and Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad (L) shakes hands with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, December 15, 2016.(Reuters Photo)
Minister of Law and Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad (L) shakes hands with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, December 15, 2016.(Reuters Photo)

Uber’s Kalanick rules out merger with Ola, says in for the long haul

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2016 11:07 PM IST
Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick on Thursday ruled out a merger with rival domestic on-demand technology-enabled taxi services company, Ola, and said his company was in India for the ride.
Australia is considering abolishing $100 notes in a bid to crack down on the “black economy”, said media reports on Thursday.(Reserve Bank of Australia website)
Australia is considering abolishing $100 notes in a bid to crack down on the “black economy”, said media reports on Thursday.(Reserve Bank of Australia website)

Australia catches the demonetisation bug: May abolish 100 dollar note

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2016 07:19 PM IST
Australia is considering abolishing $100 notes in a bid to crack down on the “black economy”, said media reports on Thursday.
Amid reports that the government may hike the equalisation levy, also known as Google Tax, from 6% to 8%, two industry bodies claim the move may hurt startups.(HT Photo)
Amid reports that the government may hike the equalisation levy, also known as Google Tax, from 6% to 8%, two industry bodies claim the move may hurt startups.(HT Photo)

Industry bodies oppose plan to hike ‘Google Tax’, say it’ll hurt startups

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2016 11:31 AM IST
Amid reports that the government may hike the equalisation levy, also known as Google Tax, from 6% to 8%, two industry bodies claim the move may hurt startups.
As more smartphone manufacturers build designs using flexible display technology, shipments of the displays are expected to reach 139 million units in 2017, an increase of 135% compared to last year, said research and analysis firm IHS in a report.(Shutterstock)
As more smartphone manufacturers build designs using flexible display technology, shipments of the displays are expected to reach 139 million units in 2017, an increase of 135% compared to last year, said research and analysis firm IHS in a report.(Shutterstock)

Flexible display shipments rise as smartphones adopt new tech

Hindustan Times | By Anirban Ghoshal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2016 01:07 PM IST
As more smartphone manufacturers build designs using flexible display technology, shipments of the displays are expected to reach 139 million units in 2017, an increase of 135% compared to last year, said research and analysis firm IHS in a report.
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