New Delhi, Feb 22 : All India rural GSM subscribers increased 4.14 million in January 2014, which was 1.5 percent up from previous month, according to data released by the Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) here Saturday.
All India GSM Rural subscriber figures as of January 2014 stood at 285.35 million.
Telecom service provider Airtel has the maximum rural subscription at 91.40 million in January 2014 followed by Vodafone, Idea, Aircel and Telewings.
New Delhi, Feb 21 : The Supreme Court Friday declined to interfere with the Delhi High Court order refusing to stay the grant of further clearances for operationalising airlines AirAsia India - a joint venture between Tata Sons and Malaysia-based AirAsia.
Asking the Delhi High Court to hold final hearing in the matter March 5, a bench of Justice B. S. Chauhan and Justice A. K. Sikri said that any further step to give effect to AirAsia India deal will be subject to the outcome of the hearing before the high court.
New Delhi, Feb 21 : Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Friday said the 15th Lok Sabha may have had many disruptions but it passed some of the landmark bills.
Addressing the house on the last sitting of 15th Lok Sabha, Swaraj wished luck to all the members in the parliamentary elections, saying they were opponents not enemy.
"The opposition is based on issues. We criticise them, but the sharpest of criticisms do not come in the way of personal relations... Advani ji always advised me to behave according to the dignity of the house," the leader of opposition said.
New Delhi, Feb 21 : Shailene Woodley recently revealed getting career advice from her senior and Oscar winner Kate Winslet.
Talking about the career tip she received from the Oscar winning actress, 21-year old Woodley said, "Kate said something to me once, 'People make it harder on themselves than they need to be. In life in general, but especially actors. They take themselves too seriously,'" Universal Pictures reported.
Oscar winning actor Kate Winslet and young Shailene Woodley will soon be seen together on one screen in their upcoming film ' Divergent '.
New Delhi, Feb 21 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has written to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to "clear his stand" on a gas price hike that he alleges was in favour to Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani.
Addressing media persons here, Kejriwal said he has asked Modi in the letter as to why was he silent on the gas pricing issue.
"I request Modi to break his silence on the gas pricing issue," he said.
New Delhi, February 20 : Evelyn Sharma has revealed that she had the best time while shooting for ' Sunny Sunny' with Yo Yo Honey Singh .
During an exclusive interview with ANI, the 27-year-old half-German half-Indian supermodel-turned-actress said, "We all shot the song at the beach and pool side so it really felt like a big party even though the sea was freezing cold".
"We were such a big cast of young people that shooting was full of drama and fun at all times", she added. (ANI)
New Delhi, Feb 20 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said special status will be given for five years to Seemandhra region - the residual state of Andhra Pradesh following creation of a separate Telangana.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on the bill to create a separate Telangana state, the prime minister said that the bill already stipulates that the central government shall take appropriate fiscal measures, including offer of tax incentives to the successor states in order to promote industrialization and economic growth in both the states.
New Delhi, Feb 20 : Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel is not satisfied with the Feb 14 judgment of the Lagos Court of Appeal and will lodge an appeal at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a company statement said here Thursday.
The ruling of the court means Bharti Airtel will now have to pay up $3 billion to the African telecom operator Econet Wireless. The court has said Econet was a bonafide stakeholder in Airtel Nigeria.
New Delhi, Feb 20 : State-miner Coal India (CIL) has three to four fully developed large-size coal blocks ready for production lying idle for lack of railway linkages for coal evacuation.
The news, given by a representative of the thermal power sector hit by fuel shortages, comes in the backdrop of coal block de-allocations being undertaken by the coal ministry.
New Delhi, Feb 20 : Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Thursday tabled the Telangana statehood bill in the Rajya Sabha amidst protests.
Some members opposed to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh walked towards Shinde in an effort to interrupt him, but were stopped by MPs from the Congress and those favouring a separate Telangana state.
Members from the Trinamool Congress, Janata Dal (U) and Shiv Sena described the tabling of the bill as unconstitutional. (IANS)
New Delhi, Feb 20 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Thursday approved a proposal of GlaxoSmithKline Pte Limited, Singapore, to acquire 24.33 percent in the subsidiary company of the GSK Group in India.
The approval would result in foreign investment of around Rs. 6,390 crore in the country.
The acquisition would be made by way of a voluntary open offer under SEBI (SAST Regulations) in the pharmaceutical sector, said an official release. (IANS)
New Delhi, Feb 20 : Japan's engineering and electronics conglomerate Hitachi will acquire 100 percent stake in India's Prizm Payment Services for Rs. 1,540 crore. The government Thursday approved the proposal.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the proposal at a meeting here.
Under the deal, the Tokyo headquartered Hitachi will acquire 100 percent equity stake of Prizm Payment Services Private Limited through its India unit Hitachi Consulting Software Services India Private Limited.
New Delhi, Feb 20 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Thursday said the decision of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to release all the convicted assassinators of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is in violation of the law, and added that the Centre will be taking appropriate steps on this issue.
"The decision of Tamil Nadu Government is in violation of the law. Both the law ministry and the government will be taking appropriate steps against this. We view this as a serious matter," Tewari told media here.
New Delhi, February 20 : Randeep Hooda has revealed that he aspires to be a road movie actor while promoting his new film 'Highway' in Delhi.
The ' Jism 2' actor said, "I think it was a very realistic experience. I think we really took the high road and kind of everybody lived their parts very much so and I think road movies from now on, I will be keen on doing more road movies because you do not get up at the same place or go shoot in the same place or eat the same food either. So I think I am going to quit making these other movies and only make road movies. I want to be a road movie actor".
New Delhi, Feb 20 : A court here Thursday posted for March 14 the hearing on a plea filed by Loop Telecom seeking directions for referring the matter to the Lok Adalat.
The court Dec 16 last year issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) seeking their response on the plea.
The DoT did not file the reply and sought time from the court.
CBI Special Judge O. P. Saini granted time to the DoT and posted the matter for March 14.
New Delhi, Feb 19 : Google Wednesday said it will host a two-day workshop in Bangalore later this week focused on designing and creating android applications in Indian languages.
Nearly 100 developers are scheduled to participate in the event to be held Feb 21-22. Participation is open to both amateur and professional developers.
"It aims to promote regional languages and develop applications for Internet users who communicate and understand only their native language with a view to encouraging more users to come online," Google said.
New Delhi, February 19 : Evelyn Sharma has revealed that her favorite actor is Salman Khan.
During an exclusive interview with ANI, the 27-year-old half-German half-Indian supermodel-turned-actress admitted that she is a fan of the ' Jai Ho ' star and said, "He is a huge star, but is simple and sweet at heart. I admire that".
She added that she hasn't met the other Khans of the industry but she loves their movies too. (ANI)
New Delhi, Feb 19 : BJP leader Harsh Vardhan was Tuesday appointed chief of the party's Delhi unit, replacing Vijay Goel.
The appointment was made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh, after he accepted the resignation of Goel, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.
"Party president Rajnath Singh has appointed senior leader Harsh Vardhan as president of Delhi BJP with immediate effect," a party statement said.
Harsh Vardhan was the party's chief ministerial candidate in the Delhi polls and headed the BJP in the assembly.(IANS)
New Delhi, Feb 19 : Indian food ordering portal Foodpanda. in has collaborated with OpenRice, a popular food and restaurant review website across the Southeast Asian region.
Before placing their order, Foodpanda users can check food reviews of the listed restaurant. The association will help OpenRice users to order food directly from their preferred local restaurant by accessing the Foodpanda site.
New Delhi, Feb 19 : Automobile companies Wednesday said they will pass on to customers the benefit that would follow the excise duty cut announced in the interim budget for 2014-15.
Chennai-based Hyundai Motor India said it has reduced prices in the range of Rs. 10,000-Rs. 135,300 on the entire range of products.
"The reduction in excise duty would substantially reduce the prices, making cars more affordable," said Rakesh Srivastava, senior vice president, sales and marketing, HMIL.