Last week’s two-year budget agreement will provide a huge windfall for the Pentagon with the department’s base budget jumping by $165 billion through September 2019 over the statutory budget caps. But before defense officials can start spending the extra funds, lawmakers will need to rewrite the 12 fiscal 2018 appropriations bills and clear an omnibus spending package. The continuing resolution (CR) approved by the House and Senate in the early morning hours of Friday, and signed into law by President Trump, gives Congress until March 23 to complete the task.Of course, the funding largesse means negotiations over the spending bills should be less contentious than usual, with many winners and few losers, reports CQ. The $700 billion now slated for national defense this year exceeds not only the president’s FY 2018 request but funding levels in both chambers’ spending bills as well.In FY 2018, the statutory cap on defense spending will rise by $80 billion, resetting the cap at $629 billion. After adding in $71 billion for the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is exempt from the budget caps, total defense spending will reach $700 billion. Next year, the cap will increase by $85 billion to $647 billion; with $69 billion for OCO, total defense spending would be $716 billion in FY 2019.Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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The Department of Telecom has rejected CAG’s allegations that it extended undue favours towards Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited and its subsidiary Infotel, which resulted in a loss of over ₹20, 000 crore to the government.The telecom department responded in a 37 page report to Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) regarding the issue.It said that CAG has challenged the decision-making powers of the government and the wisdom and the decision of the authorities of the time is also being questioned, reported Mint.DoT has now recommended that “draft audit paras may be dropped and matter closed.”CAG had earlier alleged that the government had failed to notice signs of rigging when auction of high speed internet spectrum was held in 2010. During the process, Infotel is said to have paid 5000 times its ₹2.5 crore net worth to grab spectrum across the nation.Infotel paid ₹12, 847.77 crore after giving ₹252.50 crore as earnest money to get 20 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in 22 circles across India. After the auction, it sold its 95 percent stake to RIL for ₹4800 crore.”This was an auction that was open to bidders across the world. Why would they collude to allow a competitor to gain? You can’t collude when interests are different,” said Mahesh Uppal, a telecom regulatory expert with Com First India Private Limited.Moreover, CAG accused the DoT of extending favours to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited by permitting it to offer voice services, using the internet service provider licence.”From the beginning of the auction itself, it was clear that a successful bidder, with an Internet service provider licence, could offer voice services by acquiring the requisite licence,” he added.Supporting DoT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communication and law minister said: “Our policy on spectrum sharing, trading and allocation is transparent.”In a previous report, CAG said DoT’s share of 2G spectrum (1800 MHz band) in 2008 caused a loss of ₹1.76 trillion.The government collected bids worth ₹1.07 trillion in that auction, involving more than ₹32, 000 crore from 3G spectrum sold during auction. The DoT said the firms successful in the auction were permitted to issue fresh equity.The department of telecom is likely to start the next auction of 2G and 3G spectrum bands from February 2015.
REUTERS/Toby Melville/Illustration/File PhotoUber plans to switch its focus to electric bikes and scooter over car despite the fact that the company will suffer loss initially. Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, said that it is difficult plus time taking for cars to go inside the narrow streets of a city and that is where the demand for electric bikes occurs.It has spent around $200m for its new e-bike business this year and the investment will continue despite the losses. “In the short term, it might cost us but in long-term it would add huge profit and that is where we exactly want to head,” said Khosrowshahi.Uber operates its e-bike business in around 8 cities in the USA, including New York and Washington and soon they will launch its bike business in European cities Berlin, being the first city. The revenue at first will be less but it will grow in long-term once the users are friendly with the same.At first, the uber drivers were not very convinced about the idea until they got to know that their short rides would be replaced by the long rides and more earnings. Renting bikes and scooters will earn them less profit than cars but it will cover the profit by replacing the long rides for short rides. “We are willing to trade off short-term per-unit economics for long-term higher engagement,” CEO told the FT.Uber is making good revenue from the taxi business but its expansion into new areas of e-bike and scooters has added losses to it at a great rate. David Brophy, professor of finance at the University of Michigan, told Reuters that the firm could expect to see its valuation slashed in a public listing if it did not show more progress towards becoming profitable.According to BBC, the basic cost of hiring a scooter is about $1 (76p). Riders pay more the further they travel.