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News Digest – 2G Scam, Etisalat, MTNL-BSNL, Travelocity-Mastercard, Bharti Airtel, WAVE Bloggers

– The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has come out with a revised time schedule for a four-phase digitalisation process of cable TV across India, choosing December 2014 as the final sunset date for analog cable systems. DNA

– A lot of names have surfaced after the CBI started investigating the 2G scam. Apparently, all these people wanted some kind of favour from Niira Radia. The Hindustan Times

– UAE-based Etisalat, which picked up equity in controversial Swan Telecom (now Etisalat DB), has said that two leading global banks, Citibank and Deutsche Bank, had advised the firm on investment decision. Business Standard

– In a statement to the CBI, Niira Radia has revealed that former telecom minister A Raja allegedly wrongly granted an in-principle approval for the use of dual technology to a telecom licencee, a day before the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) announced the policy. The Hindustan Times

– A government body has recommended that the state-run BSNL should merge its counterpart MTNL and telecom equipment manufacturer ITI with itself, a move that will help turn around the loss-making telecom giant. The Hindu Business Line

– Travelocity India, and MasterCard Worldwide, have announced a two-year strategic collaboration in India that will offer MasterCard cardholders in the country exclusive deals and packages across Travelocity’s global network of over 450 airlines and hotels across over 1000 cities globally, including 126 cities in India. TravelBiz monitor

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– Viacom18 has appointed Aidem Ventures founder Raj Nayak as the CEO of its general entertainment channel, Colors. Business Standard

– Bharti Airtel is revamping the top deck of its various mobile businesses across South Asia and Africa to consolidate similar management functions in different entities under a single leadership, its biggest rejig in more than a year. The Economic Times

– An online video project allowing “semi-urban” Indian women to voice their opinions on issues affecting them has won first prize in the annual Digital Heretics Award. Journalism.co.uk

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