Consumer Issues
Ensure LPG consumers are not short-changed, SC fiat to government

The delivery man would carry weighing equipment and the LPG cylinder would be delivered to the customer after recording the actual weight of the gas in his/her presence, says an undertaking from the Petroleum Ministry

 
New Delhi: In a boost to consumer rights, the Supreme Court has directed the Union government to ensure that domestic LPG cylinders are checked for their actual weight at the customer's doorstep to avoid any malpractice resorted to by a dealer, reports PTI.
 
The apex court directive followed an undertaking from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry that instructions will be issued to all oil companies to ensure that in each and every case, the distributor's delivery man carries weighing equipment and the cylinder is delivered to the customer after recording the actual weight of the gas in his/her presence.
 
A bench of justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukhopadhya also directed the authorities to carry out ads in Doordarshan and electronic media to create awareness on their rights to measure the weight.
 
It also said that cylinders should be made in standard specifications so as to ensure that consumers are not mislead by different measurements.
 
"It is important to issue instructions to make people aware. Gas cylinders should be checked and weighed. Government should have addressed this on its own. For years, suppliers have been creating mischief; making money. Earlier these dealerships were a distribution of largesse, a source of earning not service," the bench observed.
 
The court passed the direction yesterday while dealing with a public interest litigation filed by the Consumer Protection Council through its representative B Vaidyanathan who appeared in person.
 
The court while agreeing with the petitioner's contention of under-weight of gas in many cases also pointed out that contents and cash memo relating to the weight should be in larger print for benefit of consumers.
 

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UPA Government being run by corporates: Dasgupta

According to the senior CPI leader, corporates are deciding policies and runnning the UPA government at the Centre

 
Mumbai, Oct 17 (PTI) Criticising the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in retail and insurance sectors, Gurudas Dasgupta, senior leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has alleged that government was being 'run' by the corporates, reports PTI.
 
"Corporates are deciding the policies.... They are running the government," he said, addressing a press conference here.
 
He announced that national conference of All India Trade Union Congress' (AITUC) would be held in Mumbai from 27th to 30th November.
 
AITUC will organise a massive rally on 20th December near the Parliament to protest policies of the government and to raise various demands, Dasgupta said.
 
"We want a total change of the economic policies... We want labour laws in SEZs, special laws for the labour in the unorganised sector," he said.
 
"We are against FDI in retail and insurance. Due to FDI in retail, small shopkeepers will be displaced," the CPI veteran said.
 
About BJP, he alleged, "BJP too is responsible for corruption. They are partially supporting the government's decision to allow FDI in retail."
 
Dasgupta also claimed that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi invited Tatas to his state by offering them undue concessions.
 

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CPI supported Indira Gandhi and emergency. UPA-I was also supported by CPI. They will support congress in future also raising bogey of communalism. ..


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SBI Life Insurance, Equity Fund buys 50 lakh shares of TV18 Broadcast

While SBI Life Insurance and SBI Life Equity Fund bought about 50 lakh shares, Franklin Templeton MF and Templeton MF offloaded 37.86 lakh shares in TV18 Broadcast at an average price of Rs27.5 per share

 
Mumbai: SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd has bought 30.66 lakh shares of TV18 Broadcast Ltd in a deal worth Rs8.43 crore through open market route, reports PTI.
 
As per bulk deal data, SBI Life Insurance purchased 30.66 lakh shares of TV18 Broadcast for Rs8.43 crore on the National Stock Exchange.
 
In another bulk deal, SBI Life Equity Fund purchased 19.34 lakh shares of the media firm for Rs5.32 crore on BSE.
 
Separately, Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund offloaded 18.86 lakh shares of TV18 Broadcast on the NSE for a deal valuing at Rs5.19 crore.
 
Besides, Templeton Mutual Fund sold about 19 lakh shares of the media firm for Rs5.22 crore on the BSE.
 
At both the bourses, the transactions took place at an average price of Rs27.5 apiece.
 

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