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High Court axes President's Rule in Uttarakhand
Dehradun : In a major blow to the central government, the Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday set aside President's Rule imposed in the hill state last month.
 
After two consecutive days of hearing on a matter filed by ousted Congress chief minister Harish Rawat, the court said the proclamation of central rule in the state stood null and void.
 
The court said central rule should be clamped in a state as a last resort, suggesting this did not happen in Uttarakhand. It fixed April 29 for a floor test in the state assembly.
 
The ruling triggered noisy celebrations outside Rawat's residence by Congress leaders and activists who shouted slogans against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 
 
Congress leader and former Uttarakhand finance minister Indira Hridayesh said her party "saluted the judiciary for upholding truth and law". 
 
"It is a victory for democracy," the Congress said. 
 
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also hailed the court decision.
 
"This is a huge embarrassment to the (Narendra) Modi government. He should stop interfering with elected governments and respect democracy," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader tweeted.
 
President's Rule was imposed in Uttarakhand on March 27 after nine Congress legislators defected, depriving majority support in the assembly to the Rawat government.
 
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Spurt of spectrum deals mainly aimed at data: Study
New Delhi : The spate of deals for sharing and trading of communications spectrum is aimed more at consolidating resources for data, thanks to a 120 percent growth in the segment in the past two years with an appetite for more, ratings agency ICRA has said in a report.
 
"Data services remain major thrust area for telecom companies as the segment is relatively under-penetrated," said the report. "The voice market in India has largely matured. Although the current tele-density is around 82 percent, incremental revenues have been modest."
 
But not so in the case of data services.
 
"On the other hand, growth in data revenues has been robust at around 120 percent over the last two years. This has resulted in increased focus of the telcom companies on enhancing their data services," it said.
 
That's the reason why data has been at the centre of the spectrum deals between Reliance Jio and Reliance Communications, Bharti Airtel and Videocon and Bharti and Aircel Limited -- as also those that did did not materialise, like the one between Idea Cellular and Videocon, it said. 
 
In the case of Reliance Communications, three major developments have taken place recently.
 
The Rs.4,600-crore worth merger of Sistema Shyam with itself in a cashless deal in November, the pact with Reliance Jio for spectrum sharing and trading in the 800 MHz space and the proposal to acquire Aircel.
 
"The growth in demand for data services and deterioration in the network quality of the telcos in the recent past have made spectrum availability and utilisation key aspects of the industry," the report said.
 
"Moreover, spectrum trading allows smaller telcos to monetize underutilized spectrum holdings and the larger telcos to attain spectrum outside the auctions. Thus the trend of consolidation of spectrum holdings of the telcos is expected to continue in the medium term."
 
Giving an update on total spectrum held by these companies, the report's chart says Airtel tops the list with 763 MHz, Reliance Jio is next with 596 MHZ, followed by Reliance Communications (304 MHz), Vodafone (295 MHz) and Idea (271 MHz).
 
At the moment, Bharti and Reliance Communications are the only two companies that have spectrum in all the 22 circles for both voice and 4G data services. Reliance Jio has this in 20 circles for voice, none for 3G data and in all the 22 circles for 4G.
 
In terms of acquisition of spectrum, the report said, Bharti has been quite aggressive.
 
"Since 2010, Bharti has spent a total of Rs.77,800 crore on spectrum acquisition -- in auctions and outside of auctions -- out of which around 50 percent has been to acquire spectrum with data capabilities," it said. 
 
"These acquisitions have improved Bharti’s data spectrum holding and enhanced data capabilities in the 4G space across all 22 circles, ahead of the impending entry of RJio, which till now was the only pan-India 4G spectrum holder," it added.
 
Bharti's drawback: Absence of 800 MHz, considered among the best frequencies for 4G service.
 
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Jagannath temple selling land to raise Rs.1,000 crore maintenance corpus
Bhubaneswar : At 60,654 acres, Lord Jagannath could be the richest landlord among India's deities. About 395 acres of it is now being sold to create a Rs.1,000 crore maintenance corpus for the 12th century shrine here in the Lord's name, an official said.
 
This is even as land sharks have grabbed vast patches of the 60,259 acres of Jagannath temple land across 23 districts in Odisha. The balance 395 acres is in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. Of these states, West Bengal has the maximum - 322 acres - owned by the temple.
 
"The state government is in the process of selling temple land outside the state," Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief Suresh Mohapatra told IANS.
 
Besides, the government has also written a letter to the district collector of Nainital in Uttarakhand to pay the market value of a 52-year-old building owned by the temple.
 
The owner of the two-storeyed building had donated the ground floor to the Jagannath temple on April 26, 1964, and it has been rented out as a post office.
 
There is, however, a huge catch: the state government does not have land records or 'pattas' for a whopping 27,331 acres spread across 111 tehsils in 23 districts.
 
"Out of 60,259 acres of Jagannath's land identified by the SJTA, the state has record of rights (ROR) of only 32,927 acres. The balance 27,331 acres have no record of rights," Law Minister Arun Sahu told the state assembly recently.
 
He also said that 340 cases have been filed against the land encroachers under the Sri Jagannath Temple Act 1955.
 
Sources said committees have been formed under the collectors of the districts concerned to collect details on the temple land and expedite the process of acquiring revised records.
 
The government had also planned to auction part of the temple land to boost the shrine's revenues. The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has been asked to sell the land on plotting basis since it has expertise in land transactions. However, the government's move has hit a roadblock as several villagers in the Jatani area of Khurdha district have moved the Orissa High Court.
 
"They have managed to get a stay order from Orissa High Court. We are trying to get the stay order vacated so that about 125 acres can be sold," Mohapatra said.
 
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Amratlal

1 year ago

Where is all the money donated by worshipers gone? To Panama? or spent on the wages and bonus to priests and Trustees!!

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