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Telcos move HC against Panchayats levying fees for mobile towers

The petition, filed by Vodofone Infratel, Bharati Infratel and Indus Tower alleged that Gram Panchayats in rural Maharashtra are collecting exorbitant fees in the name of 'Development Charges' for granting NOC

 
Mumbai: A petition in the Bombay High Court has alleged that Gram Panchayats in rural Maharashtra were collecting exorbitant fees in the name of 'Development Charges' for granting 'no objection certificate' (NOC) to companies erecting mobile towers in villages under their jurisdiction, reports PTI.
 
This has not only seriously affected their business but also deprived people in the rural areas of mobile network services, the petition, filed by Vodofone Infratel, Bharati Infratel and Indus Tower, contended.
 
The petition further alleged that some members of Gram Panchayats go in for negotiations with the companies and demand cash for granting NOC. It becomes difficult for the companies to pay cash without getting receipts as this money cannot be accounted for.
 
Development Charges collected by Gram Panchayats for allowing mobile tower in villages range from Rs30,000 to Rs1 lakh or more, the petition submitted.
 
The petition contended that the Rural Development Ministry of the State Government had recently written a letter to the CEOs of all Zilla Parishads in Maharashtra asking them to take action against Gram Panchayats who were collecting money for granting NOC to mobile towers in villages.
 
The letter had mentioned that the practice of collecting money by Gram Panchayats for issuing NOC to mobile towers was not correct and should not be followed.
 
The petition demanded immediate implemention of this letter issued by the Rural Development Ministry.
 
It was further alleged that some Gram Panchayats also demand Property Tax for errecting mobile towers and this was six times more than the prescribed limit. The petition demanded that property tax may be charged as per normal rates.
 
The petition is expected to be heard on 15th October by a bench headed by Justice AM Khanvilkar.
 

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Supreme Court halts mining in Goa

Taking note of the Shah Commission report, the apex court also restrained mining companies in Goa from exporting and selling ores which has already been extracted

 
New Delhi: Mining operations in all the 90 mines in Goa were on Friday ordered to be halted by the Supreme Court on the basis of the Justice MB Shah Commission report which estimated a whopping Rs35,000 crore to the exchequer due to illegal mining in the last 12 years, reports PTI.
 
Mining companies have also been restrained from exporting and selling ores which has already been extracted.
 
A three judge bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam took note of the Commission's report and issued notice to the Centre and State government.
 
The bench also asked the apex court-appointed Central Empowered Committee to submit its report on the illegal mining in the state within four weeks.
 
The bench passed the order on a PIL filed by an NGO, Goa Foundation, seeking probe in the illegal mining activities in the state.
 
The state government had on September 10 temporarily suspended all mining operations till October 2012, but the petitioner alleged that suspension did not affect the trade as the private companies are transporting the ores from mines.
 
The court is already seized of the illegal mining cases in Karnataka where, after halting all mining activities for more than year, it had on 3rd September allowed operations in only 18 mines out of more than 100 mines where the irregularities were minimum.
 

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Sachin Tendulkar to re-assess his future next month

Tendulkar said taking a decision on retirement after playing the game for close to 23 years will be a "hard one" and he will go by what his heart says

 
New Delhi: Masterblaster Sachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that at 39 he may not have much cricket left in him and will reassess his cricketing future next month, reports PTI.
 
Tendulkar's retirement has been a topic of debate for quite some time now and the batting great said though he does not have any immediate plans, the thought of retirement has been on his mind.
 
He said that taking a decision on retirement after playing the game for close to 23 years will be a "hard one" and he will go by what his heart says.
 
"The moment of retirement is going to be hard because I haven't experienced anything close to what I might go through when I retire. It depends on what my heart tells me then. I need not take a call right now. When I play in November, I will reassess things," he said.
 
"I am 39 and I don't think I have plenty of cricket left in me. But it depends on my frame of mind and my physical ability to deliver. When I feel that I am not delivering what is needed, and then I will re-look at the scheme of things. I am already 39 and no one expects me to go on playing forever," Tendulkar told 'Times NOW'.
 
India play a four-match home Test series against England starting on November 15 in Ahmedabad.
 
Tendulkar, who holds almost all the records in world cricket after playing 190 Tests and 463 ODIs, said that it would be a tough call for him to hang his bat and he will go by what his heart says.
 
"I don't know. It is going to be hard because I haven't experienced anything close to what I might go through when I retire. I cannot relate this moment with any other moment in my life. It will be a tough call. I will go with what my heart says," said Tendulkar, who has scored 15,533 in Tests and 18,426 runs in ODIs.
 
Tendulkar, however, refused to give a specific time frame for his retirement.
 
"Nobody decides in this manner. I do not know what is in store. I wish I knew. If I did know, I wouldn't have had to wait for 22 years to lift the World Cup. Perhaps, I would have done it in the first instance in Australia in 91-92 then.
 
"I am looking at it series by series. As long as I feel that I can deliver, I will continue playing. It also depends on what the team feels and whether I am motivated enough to continue being on top of the game."
 
Asked if his retirement would be from all forms of the game, he said, "It again depends on what my heart tells me then. I need not take a call right now."
 
Sunil Gavaskar had suggested that age has caught up with Tendulkar after he was bowled thrice in the recent home Test series against New Zealand, but he conceded that it was natural for others to raise such questions.
 
"Sunil Gavaskar has also said positive things about me. When there have been a lot of positive feedback as well, why keep harping only on the negative comments?" he asked
 
"Ultimately, if I am out, I am out. I can't get stuck on one article about me and try to create something that the person is hoping to create out of it. I need to stay focused on the game and constantly keep finding ways to improve myself," he said.
 
"There are two different things -- scoring runs and what I feel. For instance, if this three-wicket ordeal had happened when I was 25, no one would have questioned it. Incidentally, it happened when I am 39, so questions were raised. This is natural," he added.
 
Asked about another former captain Mohammed Azharuddin's comments that his reflexes have slowed down with age, Tendulkar said, "When I met Sir Don Bradman in 1998-99 on his 90th birthday, he told me that it is natural for a batsman to change after he is 30. I have played quite well for nine years after I turned 30. It is natural for any person to slow down as he grows older."
 
Tendulkar said he stays away from opinion of others about him to avoid getting affected.
 
"I have always stayed away from what people say about me, right from my younger days. My brother always told me that I need to keep away from all this to stay focused on the game.
 
Irrespective of criticisms or praises that come your way, it is important to stay focused and keep improving your game."
 

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