Kapil Sibal

Sibal hits out at BJP's 'Modi ki sarkar' slogan

Sibal hits out at BJP's 'Modi ki sarkar' sloganNew Delhi, March 24 : Congress leader Kapil Sibal Monday lashed out at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said the party's slogan of "Modi ki sarkar" was unconstitutional as India cannot be run by an individual.

Law Minister Sibal also took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party over denial of Lok Sabha ticket to former union minister Jaswant Singh.

He criticised the BJP over its slogan "Ab ki bar, Modi sarkar (This time it will be Modi's government)".

Rahman-Sibal's 'Aa Bhi Jaa' launching in 4K video version

Rahman-SibalMumbai, March 12 : The video of "Aa Bhi Jaa", the second single from A. R. Rahman and Kapil Sibal's collaborative album "Raunaq", will be introduced in a 4K - ultra high definition version - on online video-sharing platform YouTube Friday.

"It's a first in India and we are extremely excited to be launching this video. This version has not been used even in Bollywood films and watching a video in this ultra high definition format is an immersive experience in itself," Sanujeet Bhujabal, marketing director, Sony Music India, said in a statement.

No place for violence in democracy: Sibal

Kapil-SibalNew Delhi, March 6 : Criticising clashes between AAP and BJP workers at the latter's office here Wednesday, Congress leader and Law Minister Kapil Sibal has said there is no place for violence in democracy.

Aam Aadmi Party members held a demonstration Wednesday outside the Bharatiya Janata Party's headquarters here after police briefly detained AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat Wednesday. The protest turned ugly and members of the two parties clashed outside the BJP office.

Speaking on the incident Thursday, Sibal, however, did not name either of the two parties as responsible.

DoT panel recommends slab-based penalties for telecom violations

TelecommunicationsA Department of Telecommunications (DoT) panel has recommended a slab-based structure with monetary fines for violations committed by telecom operators.

Monetary fines recommended by the DoT panel ranges from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 50 crore. It also suggested that violations by telecom operators should be examined on nine parameters and clubbed in five categories.

Warnings over certain violations can cost Rs 1 lakh to telecom operators, while minor violations will welcome a penalty of Rs 1 crore. Moderate, major and severe violations will cost Rs 5 crore, Rs 20 crore and Rs 50 crore, respectively.

Telcos should focus more on ICT: Experts

Kapil-SibalNew Delhi, Feb 14 : As the government mopped up over Rs. 61,000 crore from the just concluded 2G spectrum auction, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said this would bring a smile to the face of the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

But industry experts say it is not the way to improve the fiscal situation and economic growth by bringing in quick money through auctions and licence fees.

Govt. gets bids of Rs 42K crore on first day of 2G spectrum auction

2G spectrum auctionThe government received bids of around Rs 42,000 crore on the first day of 2G spectrum auctions on Monday, February 3. According to recently released official figures, telecom operators made bids of Rs 41,918 crore, much higher than the government's initial estimated figure of Rs 11,300 crore.

As the estimated collection exceeded the target on the very first day of the auction, it must have brought a great respite for the government, which has long been struggling to fund its fiscal deficit.

Sibal to Kejriwal: 'Provide evidence against me in two days or resign as CM'

kapil-sibalNew Delhi, Feb 1 : Minister of Communication and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on Saturday criticized Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for naming him in the list of corrupt leaders, and said Kejriwal should leave his position if he is making baseless allegations without proof.

"I am surprised that a person holding the CM's post is making such allegations against me. Till today, after holding many respectable positions, as a lawyer, or a teacher or in politics, no one has ever named me in any allegations. I am very surprised that he called me corrupt," he said.

Successful auction means greater investment in the sector: Sibal

Successful auction means greater investment in the sector: SibalThere are no big losers and no big winners in a successful auction; rather a successful auction means greater investment in the sector, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said as he was explaining the rationale for the new spectrum usage rate.

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has approved a spectrum usage charge (SUC) of 5 per cent for all the new airwaves to be auctioned early next month.

Modi's blog on latest court verdict on Godhra riots intensely political: Sibal

Kapil-SibalNew Delhi, Dec 30 : Commenting on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime minister Narendra Modi's blog on the 2002 Godhra riots Communications and Information Technology (IT) Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said Modi wrote everything with political intentions.

"Everything about this man is intensely political. Where was the expression of pain when his office collaborated with the accused to settle affidavits? Why didn't he speak if he was so emotive about it? " Asked Sibal.

No links with Tehelka, Tejpal: Kapil Sibal

Kapil-SibalNew Delhi, Nov 27 : Law Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday denied any links with Tarun Tejpal, also saying he had no shares in the Tehelka magazine.

Messages have been circulating on social networking sites saying Tejpal's mother is related to Sibal.

"I did not expect the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) to stoop to this level. They can attack me politically, they must not bring my family into it. Tarun Tejpal's mother is not my sister," Sibal said Wednesday.

Telecom M&A rules will be announced this week: Kapil Sibal

Telecom M&A rules will be announced this week: Kapil SibalThe government has cleared the country's first-ever policy on mergers & acquisitions (M&A) for the telecom sector and the new rules could be announced within a week, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Mr. Sibal said that the telecom Commission had cleared the newly crafted M&A guidelines, which could be announced any day now.

Speaking on the topic, he said, "It (Mergers and acquisition guidelines) has been cleared by Telecom Commission. We will announce it any day now, probably in coming week."

Spectrum auction will likely take place before 2012’s end, with lower base prices: Sibal

Spectrum auction will likely take place before 2012’s end, with lower base prices: SibalThe next round of spectrum auction would likely take place before the end of this year and the reserve prices for the same would be lower than priced fixed in the previous round of auction, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said.

In a video message, Mr. Sibal said, "Next set of auctions which are going to take place, we are looking by end of December, hopefully. What will be set for floor price on which operators will bid . I think, relatively lower for them to make competitive bids."

Sibal attacks Modi claims on Gujarat

Kapil-SibalNew Delhi, Sep 20 : Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Friday accused BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of making false claims about Gujarat's development.

"It is unfortunate that the media projects false data without even checking the realities," Sibal told the Indian Women's Press Corps here.

"In the process, we are adulterating the nature of the reality."

The Congress leader said the Bharatiya Janata Party keeps claiming that Gujarat was number one in electricity generation.

"How can Gujarat be number 1? It is number 14. How can a leader say that?" he asked.

India against accessing internet communication content: Sibal

Kapil-SibalNew Delhi, Aug 23 : The Indian government was opposed to anyone accessing content of internet communications emanating from the country, Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal told parliament Friday.

He also assured members that steps had been taken to protect communications sent by missions abroad.

Responding to concern of Rajya Sabha members over reports of access by US agencies to internet communications emanating from India, Sibal said the issue had been "very seriously" raised by the government.

Unified telecom licences in couple of days: Kapil Sibal

Kapil-SibalNew Delhi, Aug 2: Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Friday said the much-awaited unified licences will be in place in a couple of days and all the mobile phone firms will have to mandatorily move to the new regime.

"The file has come to me and I have to sign on it. It will be out in a couple of days,” the minister said at the National Telecom Summit 2013 organised by Confederation of Indian Industry.

Telecom mergers and acquisitions guidelines by July-end: Sibal

kapil-sibalNew Delhi, July 10 : The government is planning to announce the detailed guidelines on mergers and acquisitions in the telecom sector by this month-end, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said here Wednesday.

“I am sure before July 31 that policy will be in place, the guidelines for mergers and acquisitions,” he said.

Sibal, who is also the law minister, was speaking on the sidelines of a roundtable on legal system organised by Assocham.

The telecom ministry came out with the broad guidelines in February last year on mergers and acquisitions. But the detailed guideline is still awaited.

Kapil Sibal's poem recited for Star Parivaar Awards

Mumbtar-Parivaar-Award-2013ai, July 2 : As part of a special act and tribute to women, Union Minister Kapil Sibal's poem "Aankh khuli aazad thi main" was recited at the Star Parivaar Awards.

The Star Parivaar Awards, which took place June 15, will be aired on the channel July 13 and the winner's name will be revealed there.

Actresses Disha Parmar, seen as Pankhuri in "Pyaar Ka Dard Hai", and Sneha Wagh, who plays Ratan in "Veera", will be seen performing in an act aligned with the poem.

Telecom network for Naxal-hit areas awaits cabinet nod

kapil-sibalNew Delhi, May 31 : The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved the setting up of mobile towers in the Naxal-affected areas and the cabinet would take a final call on it, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said here Friday.

"These mobile towers in the Naxal areas will help us provide to people who are residing over there with better security," Sibal said while launching 'e-Gov Appstore' here.

C.P. Joshi, Kapil Sibal replace ministers who quit

Kapil-Sibal-CP-JpshiNew Delhi, May 11 : C. P. Joshi has been given additional charge of the railway ministry, while Kapil Sibal has got the additional charge of the law and justice ministry, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said Saturday.

Pawan Kuamr Bansal and Ashwani Kumar had resigned from the respective posts Friday night. President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignations, the communique added.

Joshi is presently the surface transport minister and had earlier held the additional charge of railway ministry when Mukul Roy quit after Trinamool Congress left the UPA- II government.

Kapil Sibal meets foreign representatives to attract investment

Kapil Sibal meets foreign representatives to attract investment Communications & IT Minister Kapil Sibal met representatives from various countries tech-savvy countries as part of the government's efforts to India as an investment hub for electronics manufacturing.

Mr. Sibal met ambassadors and heads of chambers of commerce from countries like Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the US and UK.

Following the meeting, Mr. Sibal said that the representatives had raised some points, which were successfully clarified during the meeting.

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