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Mobile services in Rajasthan may get hit due to tower removals

Mobile operators are asked to remove all mobile towers and antennas installed on government and private schools in Rajasthan by the High Court

Jaipur: Mobile services in 40 towns across Rajasthan are likely to be partially hit as telecom companies are in the process of removing 199 mobile towers installed atop school buildings to comply with a court order in this regard, reports PTI.


"All the 199 towers having antennas of cellular companies which are installed on schools' buildings have stopped radiating after 9 pm on Monday. Services of cellular companies will be affected and it will take around 30-90 days to restore the full services in affected areas," Sudipto Chowdhary, CEO, Rajasthan, Bharti Airtel, told reporters.


He said overall 34 lakh mobile customers, including 25 lakh in Jaipur, will be affected by the process.


"The deadline is 9 pm Monday thereafter all such antennas will not radiate. Consequently, the quality of the services will be affected and the consumers may face inconvenience and disruption in using their mobility services," Chowdhary said on behalf of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), an industry body of mobile operators.


As per the order dated 22 August 2012 passed by Rajasthan High Court and a letter by State Education department, mobile operators are required to remove all mobile towers/antennas installed on government/private schools.



Narendra Doshi

5 years ago

When will Maharashtra and others follow suit soon? Also, all must work at a practical, feasible solution on a national level as Prof Girish Kumar has given by reducing radiation power, increasing no. of cell towers, avoiding residential / human populated areas, more repeater stations, independent authority to periodically monitor the radiation in public domain. This may need some financial & logistic adjustments for the involved participants but it will in the end SAVE a lot of individual & governmental money to be spent on health.

NPCI to tie up with Airtel Money soon

Airtel Money customers can only transact between themselves but are not able to send or receive money from a bank account, which will be possible once the tie-up with NPCI is done

Mumbai: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has said it will soon forge a tie-up with mobile wallet provider in Airtel Money, launched by the country's largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel, reports PTI.


Through the tie-up, which is expected to be sealed within two months, Airtel Money users can get integrated with the mainframe banking system, AP Hota, managing director and chief executive of NPCI said.


Till now, the non-banking mobile wallet companies have not come on the interbank mobile payment services (IMPS) platform even though the sector regulator RBI has given its nod.


"Airtel Money customers can only transact between themselves but are not able to send or receive money from a bank account, which will be possible once the tie-up is done," Hota said.


He said NPCI is already working with Airtel to make the necessary arrangements at the back-end systems and a formal launch will take a maximum of up to two months.


The IMPS already has 50 banks as members and also launched its merchant payment service today.


With the person-to-person money transfer service being the sole service till now, the IMPS witnessed 2.20 lakh transactions in August, Hota said.


The platform, which has the active support of various banks as well as the regulator, is targeting to take the monthly transactions to 10 lakh by March, Hota said.


Member banks have generated 39 million MMIDs or mobile user identifications among their account-holders and the number of transactions will grow rapidly once users get educated, Hota said.


For the merchants payment vertical, the IMPS has already tied up with a slew of merchants like IRCTC, LIC etc and will be adding more now on as the public launch is through, Hota said.


He also announced that the IMPS last week got life insurance giant LIC on board and added that the state-run insurer is looking at the platform to collect micro-insurance premiums.


SAT upholds unfair dealing charges against broker, halves fine

SEBI in its order had slapped a fine to the tune of Rs4 lakh on Jani for circular trading in the scrip of Flawless Diamond during June 2006 to February 2007

Mumbai: The Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) has upheld charges of fraudulent and unfair stock market dealings against broker, Jagdish R Jani, but lowered the penalty imposed by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to Rs2 lakh, reports PTI.


The SAT reduced the monetary penalty from Rs4 lakh to Rs2 lakh saying Jani's involvement during the investigation period between June 2006 and February 2007 did not lead to an "abnormally high" price in the scrip of Flawless Diamond (India) Ltd (FDIL).


"Taking into account the facts of the case and having regard to the role of the appellant (Jani) in the overall scheme of manipulation. We hold that a penalty of Rs2 lakh would meet the ends of justice. Accordingly, the penalty is reduced to Rs2 lakh and the appeal partly allowed," the Tribunal said.


The Tribunal further said, "…Appellant’s (Jani) contribution to the price rise was confined to only a portion of the investigation period and the price rise during that period was not abnormally high."


Market regulator SEBI in its order had slapped a fine to the tune of Rs4 lakh on Jani for circular trading in the scrip of Flawless Diamond (India) Ltd during the investigation period.


SEBI had found that Jani "created false and misleading appearance of trading by indulging in collusive activities with a few entities that traded in the scrip along with the appellant (him). During the investigation period, the price of the scrip registered an increase from Rs13.55 to Rs129.80."


While imposing a penalty for violation of regulations regarding fraudulent and unfair stock practices, SAT said it is necessary to take into account the volume of trades, period of trades and the extent of the violators' participation in the manipulation.


The SAT said the appellant had traded in 2.02 lakh shares translating to 3.52% of the total market volume during the investigation period and the circular transactions amounted to 1.51 lakh scrips.


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