SC asks TRAI on mobile guidelines for last time

The apex court said it will pass some directions if the TRAI fails to come out with its suggestions

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday gave last chance to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to give its suggestions on the guidelines framed by the Union government for tightening the verification process for mobile phone connections, reports PTI.

The apex court also said it will pass some directions if the TRAI fails to come out with its suggestions.

"We now need TRAI's suggestions. We are giving them last opportunity and if they do not come out with the suggestions then we will pass some directions," a bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia said.

At the outset, Additional Solicitor General Gaurab Banerji asked the bench to give some more time to place before it the suggestions of the TRAI.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a direction for strictly following the verification of consumers before providing connections for mobile phones.

The Kolkata-based petitioner, Avishek Goenka, submitted that verification norms were necessary in view of the recent probe in terror attacks pointing towards the use of mobile phones in which the connections were provided on the basis of fake documents.

He referred to the reports stating that both in Mumbai and Delhi blasts, the probe had reached to the conclusion that the cellular phones used by the accused were operating on the bogus SIM cards.

However, the bench, also comprising justices AK Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar, was of the view that waiting for TRAI's suggestions would be appropriate as the courts cannot assume the role of regulator.

"Our difficulty is that we are not regulator," the bench said and added that "whether the TRAI comes out with suggestions or not next time, we will pass some directions".




5 years ago

Bogus Sim cards - the issuer should be shut down - simple straight forward solution, on grounds of being presumed accomplice to the terror / bombings.
Automatic controls shall come into place by these service providers.

Venus Remedies gets patent for anti-bacterial drug from Japan

The patent grant for Vancoplus is valid up to February 2026 and Venus said it aims to launch the drug in Japan in early 2015

New Delhi: Pharma company Venus Remedies on Monday said it has received patent approval from the Japanese health regulator for Vancoplus, which is used in treating bacterial resistance, reports PTI.

The company has received patent grant for Vancoplus from Japan Patent Office (JPO), Venus Remedies said in a statement.

The patent grant for Vancoplus is valid up to February 2026, the company said, adding that the approval is the company's first in the Japanese market.

The company said it aims to launch Vancoplus in Japan in early 2015. The product is at present available in emerging markets and is under registration in many countries.

"The market size of MRSA in the world accounts for $900 million. Presently, it is growing with CAGR of 4.8%, which is estimated to reach to $1.2 billion by 2017," Venus Remedies said.

The company also intends to out-license Vancoplus to major pharmaceutical players, it added.

Commenting on the development, Manu Chaudhary, Venus Remedies' Joint Managing Director and director for Research, said: "With this patent grant for Vancoplus from Japan, which has a growing elderly population and high health expenditure with second largest per capita spending in the Asia Pacific region, the company is hopeful of gaining a fair share of the MRSA market."

Venus Remedies has already received patent for Vancoplus from US, South Africa, New Zealand and Ukraine.


Where is your reply? Court asks Google as Facebook files compliance report

While Google removed certain web pages, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft told the court that they have no role to play

New Delhi: Facebook India on Monday filed its compliance report before the Delhi court which had ordered it and 21 other websites to remove objectionable content from their websites, reports PTI.

Google India also told the court that it has removed certain web pages from the Internet on which objections were raised by the petitioners. In a statement, Google said: "This step is in accordance with Google's longstanding policy of responding to court orders."

Meanwhile, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft told the court that they have no role to play in the case and there is no cause of action against them in the matter.

Additional Civil Judge Praveen Singh also posed a query to the counsel appearing for petitioner Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi, as to whether the blog service-providing companies can be made a party to the case for any content posted by the users on the blogs.

The Court, also asked Google as to why it was not coming up "properly" with a reply and brushed aside its contention that it had received the copy of the judgement and other documents related to case only on last Friday.

The court also asked the petitioner to supply the copies of all the documents relied upon, to all the opposite parties.

The court had on 20th December last year, in a ex-parte order issued summons to 22 social networking websites asking them to remove "anti-religious" or "anti-social" content in the form of photographs, videos or text which might hurt religious sentiments.

The court's order had come amid a raging controversy over monitoring the content on Internet and of those websites depending on user generated contents, which arose after Union Telecommunications Minister Kapil Sibal had asked the social networking websites to "screen" the contents.

The websites, which have been asked to remove objectionable contents, include Facebook India, Facebook, Google India Pvt Ltd, Google Orkut, Youtube, Blogspot, Microsoft India Pvt Ltd, Microsoft, Zombie Time, Exboii, Boardreader, IMC India, My Lot, Shyni Blog and Topix.


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