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Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks to media, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)

Don't lecture us on democracy: India to social media firms

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2021 06:51 AM IST
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the new information technology (IT) guidelines are not related to the use of social media but deal with "misuse" and "abuse" of social media platforms.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government is not in favour of banning any social media platform in the country.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government is not in favour of banning any social media platform in the country.

Could Twitter, WhatsApp face ban in India? Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad replies

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 05:17 PM IST
That half of the government is on Twitter proves how fair the government is, I-T minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.
Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (File Photo/HT)
Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (File Photo/HT)

‘Twitter got several opportunities to comply with IT Rules’: Ravi Shankar Prasad

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Karan Manral | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 12:45 PM IST
Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad justified the removal of Twitter’s legal protection in India over non-compliance with Intermediary Guidelines, which, he said, it deliberately chose not to comply with.
The Election Commission proposed a ban on political advertisements on newspapers during the ‘silence period’(File Photo)
The Election Commission proposed a ban on political advertisements on newspapers during the ‘silence period’(File Photo)

CEC nudges Centre on pending electoral reforms seeking ban on ‘paid news’

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 04:48 PM IST
  • All of these proposals require an amendment to the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the new rules are only designed to prevent abuse and misuse of social media.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the new rules are only designed to prevent abuse and misuse of social media.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Amid controversy with WhatsApp, RS Prasad defends digital media guidelines

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 12:14 PM IST
WhatsApp, which has nearly 400 million users in India, asked the Delhi High Court on Tuesday to declare that one of the new rules is a violation of privacy rights in India's constitution.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Uddhav Thackeray (centre) has lost the moral right to govern.(HT Photo)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Uddhav Thackeray (centre) has lost the moral right to govern.(HT Photo)

News updates from HT: BJP says Maha CM lost moral responsibility to govern

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 04:55 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

In close cooperation with EC to curb fake news during polls: Ravi Shankar Prasad

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2021 03:55 PM IST
Around 187 million people in southern and eastern India will vote in 824 assembly seats for a month. The voting process will begin by March 27 and the counting will take place on May 2.
Union IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, said that the government has released Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, under the IT Act.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, said that the government has released Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, under the IT Act.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

No proposal to appoint regulator for social media, says Union minister Prasad

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 06:26 PM IST
The guidelines also make it mandatory for platforms such as Twitter and WhatsApp to identify the originator of a message that authorities consider to be anti-national and against security and sovereignty of the country.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal held a meeting in favour of the farm laws in Patna.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal held a meeting in favour of the farm laws in Patna.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Notice served under new IT rules in Manipur, withdrawn

By Utpal Parashar, Sunetra Choudhury, Guwahati, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:14 AM IST
  • The notice under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 notified on February 25, was issued on March 1 and served on Tuesday morning to the publisher/intermediary of Khanasi Neinasi, which means Let’s Talk in Manipuri.
Prasad added that social media intermediaries are welcome to do business in India, and while the government welcomes dissent, abuse of social media has to be curbed.(ANI Photo)
Prasad added that social media intermediaries are welcome to do business in India, and while the government welcomes dissent, abuse of social media has to be curbed.(ANI Photo)

Centre announces rules for OTT, digital media

By Deeksha Bhardwaj
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 05:26 AM IST
“The rules establish a soft-touch. self-regulatory architecture and a Code of Ethics and a three-tier grievance redressal mechanism for news publishers and OTT Platforms and digital media,” minister for electronics and information technology (MeitY) Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a Thursday briefing.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announcing the social media guidelines on Thursday,(ANI Photo)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announcing the social media guidelines on Thursday,(ANI Photo)

Self-regulating body, monthly compliance reports: Govt's social media guidelines

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:57 PM IST
So far, online news media has not been unregulated, with the information & broadcasting ministry brining it under its ambit last year, but not yet formalising rules for it.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar.(HT photo)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar.(HT photo)

'Needed level playing field': Govt announces new online media rules

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:35 PM IST
  • As per the new guidelines, social media platforms are required to disclose the first originator of mischievous tweet or message, the information and technology minister announced.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

'Expect most ministers to pay for their Covid vaccines': Ravi Shankar Prasad 

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 05:13 PM IST
As many as 20,000 private hospitals and 10,000 government centres will be rendering their services in the second round of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Several Union ministers have joined the app in the past few days.
Several Union ministers have joined the app in the past few days.

Prakash Javadekar joins Koo; RS Prasad 'thankful' for 5 lakh followers

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 01:18 PM IST
As the app is experiencing a massive load following push from BJP leaders, ministers, users reported glitches.
Supreme court has clubbed petitions related to regulation of social media together
Supreme court has clubbed petitions related to regulation of social media together

Supreme Court issues notice to Twitter, Centre over regulation of content

By Utkarsh Anand | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 12:39 PM IST
  • The SC notices come amid a continuing face off between Twitter and the Central government over more than 1,300 social media accounts or posts in connection with the farmers’ protest and the violence on January 26
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Last week, the company restored access to 257 profiles it had temporarily blocked after an order from the government, setting up a rare confrontation with the ministry.(REUTERS)
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Last week, the company restored access to 257 profiles it had temporarily blocked after an order from the government, setting up a rare confrontation with the ministry.(REUTERS)

Twitter says seeking dialogue with minister, safety of staff key

By Deeksha Bhardwaj, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 06:16 AM IST
  • The government later sent a notice saying Twitter was not in a position to judge the order and that it was an intermediary liable to follow directions as per the law, which could include penal provisions.
Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad held a press conference on Cabinet Decisions, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad held a press conference on Cabinet Decisions, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Budget focuses on spending to boost economic growth, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

PTI | , Patna
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 07:45 AM IST
The Centre has increased the budgetary outlay for health and wellbeing to over 2.23 lakh crore from an estimated allocation of around 94,000 crore in the current fiscal.
New Delhi: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press briefing on Cabinet decisions, at National Media Centre in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI16-12-2020_000206B)(PTI)
New Delhi: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press briefing on Cabinet decisions, at National Media Centre in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI16-12-2020_000206B)(PTI)

5G core network should be Indian, permission for trials soon: Telecom minister

PTI |
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 04:57 PM IST
Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the testbed is ready for 5G and the government will soon grant a permit for trials.
Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad held a press conference on Cabinet Decisions, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad held a press conference on Cabinet Decisions, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

IT minister to launch 'Work from Anywhere' portal

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 05:26 PM IST
The minister will be the chief guest at the event, which will also be attended by senior IT ministry officials and industry leaders.
“Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will launch the e-EPIC programme and distribute e-EPICs and Elector Photo Identity Cards to five new voters,” a Commission statement said on Sunday.(ANI)
“Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will launch the e-EPIC programme and distribute e-EPICs and Elector Photo Identity Cards to five new voters,” a Commission statement said on Sunday.(ANI)

Law minister to launch Digital voter ID card today

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:49 AM IST
The e-elector photo identity card is non-editable digital version of the elector photo identity card and it can be saved in facilities such as digital locker and can be printed in the PDF format, Election Commission officials said.
File photo: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.(ANI)
File photo: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.(ANI)

‘Resounding slap for extremists, terrorists’: RS Prasad on J&K DDC poll results

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 05:59 PM IST
BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, won 75 seats in the polls.
In October, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had written to all chief ministers pressing for special courts under the Specific Relief (Amendment) Act, 2018(ANI)
In October, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had written to all chief ministers pressing for special courts under the Specific Relief (Amendment) Act, 2018(ANI)

Centre asks states to set up special courts for infra project litigations

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 05:41 PM IST
Citing the examples of the high courts of Allahabad, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh, the law ministry has suggested other high courts to allocate a special day to make already functioning designated special courts for dealing with infrastructure project litigation as dedicated courts.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference on Cabinet decisions in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference on Cabinet decisions in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)

Govt tightens norms for sourcing telecom gear

Mint, New Delhi | By Ishita Guha
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:36 AM IST
A list of manufacturers, to be certified as ‘Indian trusted sources’, will be created and the names of the firms whose equipment cannot be used will also be shared, minister for communications, electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.
Spectrum in the 3300-3600MHz bands, recommended by the telecom regulator for fifth-generation (5G) networks, have not been included in the proposed auction.(Priyanka Parashar/ HT File Photo)
Spectrum in the 3300-3600MHz bands, recommended by the telecom regulator for fifth-generation (5G) networks, have not been included in the proposed auction.(Priyanka Parashar/ HT File Photo)

Spectrum for 4G to be auctioned off in March

Mint, New Delhi | By Ishita Guha
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Govt to auction Rs3.9 lakh crore worth of airwaves across seven spectrum bands
The Union Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signed off on India’s National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
The Union Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signed off on India’s National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Govt sets up ‘trusted source’ bar for phone companies to shield them from attacks

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:57 PM IST
Government and business entities have lost Rs 124 lakh crore to cyber crime over the last year, according to the ministry of electronics and information technology.
Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar during a press briefing on Cabinet decisions, at National Media Centre in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI)
Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar during a press briefing on Cabinet decisions, at National Media Centre in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI)

India may blacklist some telecom equipment vendors for security reasons

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 05:51 PM IST
Deputy NSA will head the national security committee on telecom which will give its recommendation on which vendors are trusted and which are not.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar addresses a press conference announcing Cabinet decisions on Wednesday. (File Photo)(PTI)
Union minister Prakash Javadekar addresses a press conference announcing Cabinet decisions on Wednesday. (File Photo)(PTI)

Cabinet approves next round of spectrum auction, announces sugar export subsidy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 04:35 PM IST
Sugar export subside will bring relief to five crore sugarcane farmers, Prakash Javadekar said.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

DakPay: All about India Post Payments Bank digital payment app

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:42 PM IST
DakPay will provide digital financial and assisted banking services provided by India Post and IPPB through the postal network across the country.
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