New Delhi: The government will allocate third generation (3G) spectrum to Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications (RCom), Vodafone and others tomorrow, as the defence ministry has agreed to handover required quantity of radio airwaves, reports PTI.
This would pave way for launch of high-speed mobile broadband services in the country.
Senior official from the Department of Telecom (DoT) said the deck has been cleared and the department will handover the spectrum to the operators tomorrow.
DoT had set 1st September as the deadline for allocating spectrum, as per the schedule of auction, which fetched the government over Rs67,000 crore for selling 3G frequency.
There were, however, apprehensions in the industry as the, alternate network for defence was yet to be completed.
The government had raised over Rs1.06 lakh crore from sale of spectrum for both 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) services.
As many as seven operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communications and others had bagged 3G spectrum in select circles. Operators are confident if the spectrum is handed over to them by September, they can roll out services by the end of 2010 or early 2011.
If the spectrum is handed over tomorrow, then operators will be able to launch the much-awaited 3G services by the year-end.
The 3G technology, or the third generation mobile communications, will allow telecom operators, including Bharti, Vodafone, RCom and Tata which are in fray to acquire radio waves, to offer better quality of voice calls under 3G, compared to 2G services.
Moreover, through 3G technology users can download music files, full movie and other files at high speed.
3G users can access through handsets high-speed Internet anytime anywhere and can also make video calls. TV programmes can also be watched on mobile handsets with a 3G connection.
Two leading operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications had recently announced that they are ready with their 3G infrastructure and are waiting for the government to release spectrum.
New Delhi: Fourteen years after it had diluted charges in the Bhopal gas leak case, the Supreme Court today decided to re-examine its own judgement that led to lighter punishment of two years imprisonment for the accused including former Union Carbide India chairman Keshub Mahindra, reports PTI.
The court sought response from the seven accused on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea seeking restoration of the stringent charge of culpable homicide, which attracts a maximum punishment of 10 years' jail term, against them for the world's worst industrial disaster that left over 15,000 people dead and thousands maimed.
In chamber proceedings, a bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and justices Altamas Kabir and R V Raveendran, issued notices on the curative petition filed by CBI seeking recall of the apex court's 1996 judgement that had diluted the offence.
The curative petition was filed after a nationwide outrage over the trial court judgement in the 26-year-old case following which the Centre appointed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to recommend steps including ways to get the punishment enhanced.
The charge under section 304 part-II was diluted to section 304A by a bench comprising the then Chief Justice A M Ahmadi and justice S B Majmudar on the plea of the accused in the 1984 gas disaster case.
Today's decision of the court was communicated to the Attorney General G E Vahanvati and the matter will be heard after the completion of process of service of the notice.
The CBI has sought reconsideration of the 13 September, 1996 apex court judgement which had whittled down the charge to 'causing death due to rash and negligent act' against Mr Mahindra and six others.
Besides Mr Mahindra, Vijay Gokhale, the then managing director of Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL), Kishore Kamdar, then vice president, J N Mukund, then works manager, S P Choudhary, then production manager, K V Shetty, then plant superintendent and S I Quereshi, then production assistant were convicted and sentenced to two years' jail term by a trial court in Bhopal on 7th June this year.
The trial court verdict had sparked an outrage with activists and political parties seeking an appeal against it, maintaining the accused had been tried under a less stringent provision of law.
Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd said it appointed Ajay Jain as its chief financial officer (CFO), replacing Anup Sharma. Mr Jain will take charge from 1st September, it said in a release.
On Tuesday, Hindustan Media Ventures shares gained 2% to Rs184 on Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 0.3% lower at 17,971 points.