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No relief for telcos in call drop
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday refused to pass any interim order on call drop issue as it will hold a hearing on March 10 on a plea challenging the regulator's decision to compensate subscribers for call drops.
 
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and the Association of Unified Service Provider of India challenged the Telecom Regulator Authority of India's (TRAI) decision making it mandatory for telecom companies to compensate subscribers from January 1, 2016.
 
Observing that "prima facie we find nothing ultra vires", the apex court bench of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman did not pass any interim order, saying they would hear the matter on March 10 and then decide. 
 
As senior counsel Kapil Sibal sought to address the court, the bench observed that call drop was "because of your default and you must pay".
 
Appearing for the government, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi opposed the plea for interim relief and said: "I am saying there should not be interim order. I have succeeded in the high court. This is in consumer interest."
 
With the court not passing any interim order, Sibal said there should not be any coercive steps by the regulator against the telecom companies.
 
As he said that they have been called on March 9, the bench said they can seek an adjournment. "You ask them to adjourn the matter," the bench told Sibal.
 
The COAI along with the Association of Unified Telecom Service Provider of India has challenged the Delhi High Court's order upholding the TRAI decision to penalise the telecom companies for call drops.
 
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NOTA as a symbol on EVMs: Poll panel

New Delhi : None of the above (NOTA) will now have a symbol on the Electronic Voting Machines for the upcoming assembly elections in five states, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said here on Friday.

 

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Long Holi weekend spurs family getaways
New Delhi : Mansav Sethi, an IT professional, is very excited. For the father of two children, a long weekend with his family is always a bonanza. As Holi this year falls on a Thursday and Good Friday the next day, he seized the opportunity to plan a quick getaway.
 
According to travel experts, many Indians are travelling during the long weekend -- from March 24 to Easter Sunday on March 27 -- within the country and abroad.
 
According to Ranjeet Oak, Chief Business Officer-Holidays of MakeMyTrip.com, India's leading online travel company, they are already witnessing an increased demand for travel during Holi holidays.
 
"We are witnessing an increased demand for Holi long weekend travel. So far, we have seen a 25-30 percent increase in bookings for different destinations and we expect further increase in demand in the next week or so," Oak told IANS.
 
While most people are opting for Goa, Kashmir, Himalayan hill stations, Corbett National Park, Ooty, Udaipur and Puducherry continue to be main attractions, he said.
 
"MakeMyTrip is offering a comprehensive product bouquet to cater to this demand for popular destinations like Kashmir, Himachal, Goa, North East, Rajasthan and Karnataka," he added.
 
Arti Vij, a housewife, feels that a short getaway during the long Holi holiday is the best way to unwind.
 
"It is not often that one gets such a long weekend. I feel this is the best time to holiday as the weather is also good," Vij, who is planning a holiday in Manali, told IANS.
 
She added that even her children -- two daughters -- are looking forward to the break.
 
"They are really studying hard for their exams and they will get over by March 15. The atmosphere at home is stressful for them as well as for us. The new session will begin from April and then they will get busy with their classes. 
 
"So we all planned to go out of the city during this long weekend, which suits my husband too as he won't have to take leave from office," added Vij, whose husband is a government servant.
 
According to Sharat Dhall, President, Yatra.com, a large number of people were planning a quick getaway because it was one of the longest weekends this year.
 
"Yatra has seen a tremendous pick up in hotel bookings and packages for the four-day weekend from all the major cities. We are expecting hotels and packages bookings to increase by three-fold as we get closer to the weekend," Dhall told this IANS correspondent.
 
He said that apart from travellers looking for domestic locations such as Goa and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, many are also planning holidays at international destinations such as Dubai and Singapore.
 
Hari Nair, founder and CEO of Holiday IQ, feels that Indians are holidaying like never before and festival tourism had taken off in the country in a major way. 
 
"Every possible occasion is now a reason to travel. Till a couple of years ago, festival celebrations were limited to family homes. Today, entire families travel together for the celebration," Nair said. 
 
Nair said destinations like Gangtok and Darjeeling were also much in demand.
 
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