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Airtel to bill prepaid customers on per second basis
Bharti Airtel has started per second bill plan for its prepaid mobile customers nationally, to ensure the customers pay only for the time they use the network, a company statement said here on Monday.
 
"Rolled out under the new 'Pay For What You Use' initiative as part of the company's 'Customer First' commitment, this will help ensure that customers pay only for the time they use the Airtel network," the statement said.
 
"Our customers are the reason for us to be in business, we therefore constantly introduce innovative initiatives with a commitment to deliver a world class experience to them," Ajai Puri, director - Market Operations, Bharti Airtel (India & South Asia), said.
 
"We continue to invest in our network quality and deploy new sites to further enhance our robust and wide network presence, we are today taking the lead to move our customers to the affordable per second plans ensuring that they pay only for what they use," he said.
 
With this initiative the company will ensure that all the prepaid base is moved to the per second plan, the statement said.
 
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New Jharkhand capital remains only on drawing board
It has been 15 years since the state of Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar, but the new state capital is stuck up on drawing boards due to lack of political will and likely need to rehabilitate people who would be affected by the project.
 
The core of the proposed capital is planned to be developed in Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) area of Ranchi on around 2,000 acres of land. 
 
Government sources said the core capital would house only government buildings. The project, however, faces stiff resistance from people living on land where the core capital is proposed to come up. 
 
"People have been living here for the last more than 50 years. How can they be moved out without proper rehabilitation?" said Bandhu Tirkey, a former legislator. 
 
After the creation of Jharkhand, Ranchi witnessed a sudden surge in its population. Facilities of housing, drinking water, electricity and roads were in bad shape, but little has been done since then to improve amenities. Ranchi has since been selected for the status of 100 smart cities of the country. 
 
The then deputy prime minister L.K. Advani laid the foundation for the new capital in 2002 but work could not begin. A ring road project launched eight years ago is yet to be completed. 
 
Even the state assembly, secretariat and a large number of government residences are functioning from buildings taken on rent. 
 
Chief Minister Raghubar Das surveyed at least three areas on Ranchi outskirts, but could not finalise a site for the new capital. Sources in the government said the hunt for new capital has since been stopped. 
 
"We will develop the core capital where the state assembly, secretariat, high court and government residences will be constructed. We have awarded the work for the construction of the high court building while the process is on to float tenders for the assembly building," said Sukhdeo Singh, managing director of Greater Ranchi Development Authority.
 
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K. M. Rao

1 year ago

We can summarise the sorry state affairs in one phrase - lack of leadership qualities.

Coal scam: Former minister wants Manmohan Singh to be summoned
Former union minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao told a court here on Monday that allocation of a coal block to Jindal Group was done on the behest of then prime minister Manmohan Singh and sought he be summoned.
 
Rao's submission came while supporting former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda's plea seeking summoning of the former prime minister in the coal block allocation case allegedly involving Jindal Steel.
 
Rao told Special Judge Bharat Parashar that he is supporting Koda's application citing that it was the Prime Minister's Office which had examined and re-examined the issue of allocation of coal block and that the decision of the allocation of Jharkhand's Amarkonda Murgadangal to Jindal Steel and Gagan Sponge was taken on the behest of Manmohan Singh.
 
However, Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal's counsel submitted that neither he is opposing nor supporting Koda's application. He added that any order passed by the court on Koda's application should not prejudice the rights of the accused to seek discharge from the case.
 
The court will hear the Central Board of Investigation (CBI) submission on Tuesday.
 
Koda had filed a plea last month seeking summoning of Manmohan Singh in the case.
 
In his plea, he said: "Materials placed by the CBI shows the said conspiracy, if any, cannot be complete without the involvement of the (then) coal minister (Manmohan Singh) who had the final say in the entire allotment."
 
He also sought summoning of the then energy secretary Anand Swaroop and the then mines secretary Jai Shankar Tiwari, saying they were part of the three-member sub-group formed by the Jharkhand government to evaluate the pleas of firms and suggest suitable application for recommendation by the state.
 
The court was hearing a case related to the allocation of Jharkhand's Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to Jindal Steel and Gagan Sponge.
 
Apart from Koda, Jindal, Rao, former coal secretary H.C. Gupta and others have been named as accused in the case.
 
They have been charge sheeted for criminal conspiracy and cheating as well as under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
 
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