Economy
Govt eyeing over Rs80,000 crore from spectrum auction
Most of the spectrum put up for auction is currently held by Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Telecom and their licences expire in 2015-16
 
The much awaited spectrum auction, where eight companies are bidding to acquire airwaves in four bands, started on Wednesday.
 
The auction is the biggest ever sale of 2G and 3G airwaves which may fetch the Government over Rs82,000 crore.
 
A total of 380.75 MHz of spectrum in three bands — the premium 900 MHz band, 1,800 MHz and 800 MHz — has been put on sale besides 5 MHz in the 2,100 MHz band across 17 of 22 telecom areas in the country.
 
Based on the reserve price, the Government is estimated to garner over Rs82,000 crore.
 
Most of the spectrum put up for auction is currently held by Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Telecom. Their licences expire in 2015-16.
 
Mobile licences for Idea Cellular’s nine circles, six circles of Airtel and seven circles each of Vodafone and Reliance Telecom are coming up for renewal.
 
Overall, there are 29 licences in 18 service areas which will expire in 2015-16. These licences hold 184 MHz spectrum in the 900 MHz band and 34.2 MHz in 1,800 MHz band.
 
It is mandatory for these companies to bid for spectrum if they have to continue offering mobile and other telecom services as their permit is expiring.
 
The Government had raked in Rs62,162 crore from the last spectrum auction held in February 2014. 
 

 

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Mayank Khanna

2 years ago

Thats the only good news I have read so far today. May be this time government can use this money in development of India.

Glad, BBC's documentary on ‘Nirbhaya’ convict has been banned
The reason why it is unforgivable for BBC to highlight the brutal rapist’s version on International Women’s Day, is all there in the Zee News interview with Nirbhaya’s friend who was also the victim and witness to the gory assault
 
Tuesday night, television channels had heated debates on BBC’s film on the rapist’s take on his savage and brutal rape of Nirbhaya, which was scheduled to be telecast on International Women’s Day on 8th March. However, thankfully, the film has been banned to be televised in India.
 
The clips shown to kick up media hype of this film was shocking and degrading to young Nirbhaya, who had valiantly fought the crass rapists and his five friends, along with her friend. She had even given a police statement through her bouts of coughing and vomiting in the hospital bed where she lay critical.
 
TV anchors who were merely doing a ping-pong between panelists completely forgot that Zee News had done a heart wrenching interview of Nirbhaya’s friend, Avnindra Pandey, a few days after the incident occurred. 
 
Here are highlights (excerpts) of the truth of the savage rape as narrated by Nirbhaya’s friend and witness to the Zee News journalist, which could probably be the most heinous sexual assault that the country may have ever registered. (For full interview see this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43uArAZH8Lo)
 
Even an animal has his ways of hunting his prey – he clutches its neck so that the prey is killed without much pain. This act in the bus was far worse – even now I cannot tell you all that Nirbhaya said in the police statement – removing her organs, beating her up, body part by body part, with iron rods. It’s unimaginable that a human being can do this to another human being who is alive. They beat me on my head with an iron rod so I was unconscious for a while in bus – it is only when Nirbhaya narrated to the police, that I knew the depth of savagery
 
Nirbhaya was happy when I met her though she was critical. She could write and told me she is going to bounce back. She had never ever given up on life even then. She was on ventilator when she gave 3-4 pages of her statement to the police. She removed her ventilator and told the lady sub divisional magistrate of the brutality. She was coughing, she was vomiting, and doctors said it was time for her medicines but she said no’. She wanted to tell her story so that he gets severe punishment. She had said her rapist should be burnt to death. However, her excruciating efforts to tell her story went futile as next day SDM said Nirbhaya stated all this under pressure.
 
After we sat in the bus, we saw that all curtains were drawn and the rapist and his gang of five were pretending to be passengers. They had all planned it and first, three of them came and started attacking, then another three joined when they found we were strong. For two to two and a half hours, the bus was moving and although we screamed and shouted for help, no one could hear us.
 
In order to remove all identity, they stripped us off all our clothes and belongings and threw us out of the bus, under the flyover. They wanted to crush us to death but did not manage that. We had no clothes on, I was screaming for help; Nirbhaya was profusely bleeding – two-wheelers, three wheelers, four wheelers were slowing down and then speeding away, not stopping for help.
 
Then, after about 45 minutes two PCR vans came and policemen came one by one but for half an hour or so they were discussing as to which police station it comes under. I was pleading to them to bring an ambulance and take my friend to the hospital but they did not do so – instead all of them were seeing the tamasha. Then one policeman threw a wet seat cover at me and asked me to cover me and my friend.
 
They refused to put my friend in the PCR van so I picked her up and put her in it. The police did not want their hands to be soaked in blood.
 
Instead of rushing us to a good private hospital, the police took us to Safdarjung Public hospital. They dumped us there and went away. I was begging for clothes, asking for someone to remove curtains and cover us but the hospital personnel would say `yes’ and then say nothing is available.
 
Finally, I begged someone to use his mobile and call up my relatives. What can I say to my relative? I told him, I have met with an accident so he should come to Safdarjung…after that treatment started.
 
If she was treated in a good hospital from the beginning, she would probably had been with us today…the decision of the government to provide her a particular treatment or send her to a hospital in Singapore depended on how much pressure it got from the public protests. It is like you don’t give me water when I’m thirsty and then try to give it to me when I am dying…it means you are taking advantage of my death!
 
(For full interview see this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43uArAZH8Lo)

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revribhav

2 years ago

A citizen of India reacts to a foreign propaganda painting the common man of India in a bizarre manner...? (supported by a section of media where ethics are simply given up in favour of sensation)

India was never a "Sick society" & "Diseased culture". In fact a common citizen of India has more compassion and humanity than the so called developed nations.
When faced with an almost fatal accident in 2001 with both of my young boys (both are IIT students presently),some passers by stopped an auto rickshaw that took us to hospital and I did not pay a single rupee.
I usually travel in the train and find that indian people most often adjust within a narrow place irrespective of gender ,religion or caste.
My wife is one of the women who serves since last one and half decade in the desert of India,mostly alone,in fact there is culture of respect to women in India,a man usuallys vacates his place in public transport to let a woman sit.
However,an average citizen fears as a class advocate / police both of whom are capable of justifying every unlawful /inhuman act...taking advantage of the overburdened system... (e.g. 300 minutes time is accorded to hear 300 cases in one of the high court of India).
So far as the problem of RAPE is concerned the seeds of hatred against humanity were sown by band of Changez Khan : rape,arson,loot & violence were perpetrated for three days unabated,the evil returns (just like a horror movie) to haunt the daughters of India ............. https://twitter.com/revribhav

Vivek Ananth

2 years ago

A journalist talking about a ban. This is the death of free speech. Disgusting!

Babubhai Vaghela

2 years ago

Murder Convicts in the Cell Murdered Ram Singh - Main Accused in Jyoti Singh Alias Nirbhaya Rape Case - in High Security Tihar Jail Delhi.

Shri Gopal Soni

2 years ago

We are living in an age wherein the thin line between a corporate entity(present context it is BBC) and un-ethical organisation is fast disappearing. As an outfit any ethics may be defiantly forgotten.. one example: Association of Rajasthan advocates reportedly passed an official resolution that outside judges need not be posted in the state of Rajasthan (India) nor any judge from outside the Rajasthan be transferred in the india's state of Rajasthan...https://twitter.com/revribhav

SuchindranathAiyerS

2 years ago

The BBC, recongizes that the courts, laws, and Kleptocracy of India's Dalit-Mughal Raj recognise and treat rape like any other crime. A sport. It is the occasional media out cry that is the spoil sport.

Ralph Rau

2 years ago

The criminal mind always finds a justification. Its inbuilt human nature to find justification of one's actions. The mafia boss sleeps at night because he has a justification for his crimes. Hitler killed 6 million and was able to justify his actions to himself.

What the BBC film exposes is the mindset more predominant in some North Indian states that a woman is a man's property. Much more shocking and disgusting than the comments of the rapist are the comments of their lawyers including one who said he would "take my loosely behaved daugther to my farmhouse, pour petrol and burn her alive"

Ralph Rau

2 years ago

The views of the rapist actually reflect the eve-teaser mindset that I experienced myself in Delhi for many many many years.

What is the eve-teaser mindset? It is a kind of Taliban mindset that women should not expose lower legs, expose fore-arms, expose the female form in jeans.

The eve-teaser mindset in Delhi is only Salwar Kameez is acceptable. A girl wearing anything else is a slut and asking for it.

This mind-set is something Western viewers will be shocked to learn. But they will hopefully be more aware now that if an when they travel to Delhi they should dress only in Salwar Kameez if they treasure their modesty.

This is the truth. The truth hurts. Satyameva Jayate.

Narendra Doshi

2 years ago

Thanks Vinita.
I wish it could have come around those days. Video is a MUST VIEW FOR ALL to understand and appreciate a total perspective.
Kudos once again Vinita & MDT

Adarsh Scam: HC dismisses Chavan's plea to drop his name

The HC order refusing to recall its earlier ruling implies that Chavan will now face prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly misusing his official position to grant favours to the Adarsh society

 

In a blow to Maharashtra's former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed his appeal to recall an earlier order refusing to delete his name from the multi-crore Adarsh Housing Society scam case.
 
Justice ML Tahaliyani refused to grant any relief to the senior Congress leader, who few days back was appointed as the party chief in Maharashtra.
 
Chavan had filed a petition in December last year seeking to recall an order passed by Justice Tahaliyani refusing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) the permission to drop his name from the Adarsh case.
 
The order refusing to recall his earlier ruling implies that Chavan will now face prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly misusing his official position to grant favours to the Adarsh society.
 
Chavan had earlier pleaded that certain observations in the order were on the points which had not been argued and he had not got the opportunity to address these.
 
The CBI had first approached the trial court seeking to drop Chavan's name as an accused on the ground that the Governor had refused to sanction his prosecution. As the CBI court rejected it, the agency moved the HC.
 
However, Justice Tahaliyani had dismissed CBI's application last November after observing that the Governor had refused sanction for prosecution for conspiracy charge under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), but he can still be prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
 
The charge sheet not only alleges conspiracy but also refers to Chavan's individual acts when he was the Revenue Minister and later the Chief Minister, the judge said.
 
"...Charges levelled against Chavan for the alleged individual acts cannot go away only because the Governor has refused to grant sanction for prosecuting him for conspiracy and cheating," Justice Tahaliyani had said.
 
According to CBI, Chavan suggested inclusion of civilian members in the Adarsh society -- meant only for defence personnel -- to get flats for his own relatives.
 

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Mayank Khanna

2 years ago

A Wise decision from HC.

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