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NTT DoCoMo drags Tata Tele to arbitration over stake buy

NTT DoCoMo said Tata Teleservices had failed to honour its commitment to buy the 26% stake held by the Japanese company.

 

Japanese company NTT DoCoMo has filed an arbitration proceeding with the London Court of International Arbitration, against Tata Teleservices.

 

NTT DoCoMo alleges that Tata Tele did not honour its commitment to buy the 26% stake held by the Japanese company in its joint venture with Tata Tele. The telecom venture operates under the brand Tata DoCoMo.

 

NTT DoCoMo had announced its intention of exiting the JV with Tata Tele in April last year. As per the terms of the JV, the Indian partner had the first right of refusal on the stake, which it exercised and agreed to buy the stake.

 

Due to various issues the deal has as yet not been concluded. Tata Tele reportedly was waiting for a response on an application made to the Reserve Bank of India to proceed in the matter.

 

The 26% stake was valued at Rs7,250 crore, and NTT DoCoMo had initially picked up the stake for $2.3 billion.

 

The Business Standard newspaper quoted a Tata Teleservices spokesperson as saying that the company was committed to fulfilling the obligations and find an amicable solution to the issue.

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Spending: LPG Consumers to Get Cash Subsidy in Bank Accounts

LPG consumers across the country will, from 1st January, get cash subsidy directly into their bank accounts so that they buy the cooking fuel at market price.

 

Domestic LPG users will get Rs 568 in the bank account the moment they join the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme for LPG, which has now been renamed PAHAL. They will have to use this money to buy 14.2-kg refill at the market price.

 

Currently, the subsidised LPG costs Rs 417 per 14.2-kg cylinder while a market-priced refill costs Rs752 in Delhi. It will be priced higher in other cities depending on local taxes.

 

The ambitious plan, launched by the previous UPA government in June 2013 but abruptly stopped earlier this year following court orders, has been modified to exclude the requirement of unique identification number (Aadhaar) for availing the cash subsidy.

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Consumer Issues: Penalty for Rancid Laddoos

The New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked Nathus Sweets to pay around Rs1 lakh to a South Delhi resident, Monika K Sapra, for supplying laddoos unfit for human consumption.

 

Ms Sapra had ordered 80 packets of laddoos for a birthday party. However, the item was foul-smelling and had a bitter taste. Ms Sapra approached the firm but did not get any response. She then independently submitted a packet of the packed laddoos to a laboratory which reported the food was not fit for consumption. She served a legal notice on the firm demanding a refund, compensation and legal expenses but it was rejected.

 

Thereafter, she approached the consumer forum which ruled, “Nathus Sweets has tried to take advantage by having a fresh batch tested rather than agreeing to the poor quality.” The firm had indulged in unfair trade practices by not accepting the report obtained by Ms Sapra.

 

The Forum directed Nathus Sweets to return the cost of laddoos (Rs25,920), and pay Rs50,000 for deficiency, embarrassment and loss of reputation and Rs20,000 for litigation expenses.

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