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Polling in five states in April-May
New Delhi : Assembly elections in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be held in April and May, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced on Friday.
 
While Assam will have a two-phase election on April 4 and 11, West Bengal will see balloting on seven dates despite a six-phase election: April 4, 11, 17, 21, 25 and 30 and May 5.
 
In contrast, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will see election on a single day: May 16.
 
Votes polled in all five states will be counted on May 19, Zaidi told the media.
 
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Unseasonal rain in Mumbai, other Maharashtra areas
Mumbai : Thane, Raigad, Mumbai and others parts of Maharashtra experienced unseasonal rain that brought the temperatures down on Friday.
 
Several areas in the eastern and western suburbs of Mumbai experienced a drizzle or heavy showers at some places accompanied by thunder and lightning.
 
Other areas were overcast with dark clouds which made the mercury plummet from an average of 35 degrees C to about 22 degrees C.
 
The unseasonal rains resulted in the slowing down of morning peak hour traffic on both the eastern and western express highways slicing through Mumbai, besides other roads in the city.
 
It also caused technical problems at Diva and Kurla stations of Mumbai's suburban train services. 
 
Parts of Thane, Raigad, Nashik and Aurangabad districts of Maharashtra have been experiencing rain or thundershowers since Thursday night. Farmers in these districts fear their crops could be damaged by the unseasonal rain.
 
The weather bureau has forecast cloudy skies for the next 24-48 hours over Mumbai with a slight fall in the maximum and minimum temperatures.
 
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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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