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Thane Municipal Corp seals HDFC Bank ATM for 'non-payment' of property tax

According to TMC, the total dues on the premises where the ATM of HDFC Bank is located are Rs13.64 Lakh including Rs12.40 lakh as property tax

Thane: Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has sealed an HDFC Bank ATM in the city for alleged non-payment of property tax to the tune of Rs12.40 lakh, reports PTI.


A civic team led by Kopri Ward Officer sealed the HDFC Bank's ATM situated at Narayan Nivas Building near the railway station, a release said.


According to TMC, the total default due on the premises where the ATM is located is Rs13.64 Lakh including Rs12.40 lakh towards the property tax.


Meanwhile, HDFC Bank sources said that according to information available immediately the landlord has not paid the property tax, which has invited the civic action.


Moneylife RTI workshop: How to use RTI effectively, for beginners

The 140th seminar of Moneylife Foundation was focussed to empower those who are planning to seek information under the Right to Information Act 

The second beginners’ workshop on the Right to Information (RTI) Act received a good response from Moneylife Foundation members. Over 100 members participated in the first set of workshops for beginners as well as regular users of the RTI Act. The sessions were conducted by former Central Information Commissioner (CIC), Shailesh Gandhi. Mr Gandhi focussed on the understanding of the key provisions of the RTI Act and how to file effective applications with important dos and don’ts to ensure your queries are answered. Mr Gandhi delved more on the intricacies of filling the forms and the best practices to be followed.
Similar to the previous seminar for beginners, Mr Gandhi took the members through the important sections of the RTI Act in detail. He focussed on what kind of information can be sought and emphasised that all information that is available as a record in any tangible form can be provided. Mr Gandhi explained the RTI application format and the format for filing an appeal to the participants. He mentioned that an applicant should be put down his queries in a concise and specific manner. The information sought should not be vague and a reasonable timeline should be given and most importantly whether the information sought will be available on record. The application should be addressed to the right department, he added. If not done, it would create unnecessary delays. The RTI should be sent preferably through Speed Post, as this you get an acknowledgement that the public information officer (PIO) has received it.
Mr Gandhi also covered the sections under which information can be refused. The only sections under which the information sought can be refused are Section 8 and Section 9 of the RTI Act, explained Mr Gandhi. The RTI Act lists special instances where the authorities are exempt from disclosing information. Section 8 of the Act for the exemption from disclosure of information is used as a lame excuse not to provide information. There have been many examples where the citizen has got the information he or she asked for, which has been earlier denied to him by the PIO or Appellate Authority, under the pretext of Section 8. For, when the citizen pursued the matter by appealing to the Central or State Information Commissioner, he or she invariably received the information. In other cases, the Information Commissioner also denied the information, so the citizen appealed to the high court and won the case, as the judge directed the information commission to provide information. Mr Gandhi explained this section in detail and offered advice how one can phrase their queries in such a way that the information cannot be rejected under this section.
We have also compiled a list of important judgements in cases where the information sought has been wrongly refused. Read here
The next session on RTI is for advanced RTI users on 17 December 2012. This session is for those who have already filed multiple RTI applications and need to understand how to navigate the appeals process all the way to the CIC hearings. Another set of workshops would be conducted next month as well on the first and third Monday for beginners and advanced users respectively.
 For more information on RTI workshops, click here.


SC stays TDSAT's order that removed cap on number of SMSes

The apex court had reimposed the restriction of 200 SMSes that can be sent in per day per SIM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed order issued by Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), which had quashed the sector regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)'s circular limiting the number of SMSes to 200 per day per SIM, reports PTI.


In a brief hearing, a bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi stayed the tribunal's order and issued notice to late Balasaheb Thackeray's grandson Aditya on whose plea TDSAT had passed the order.


The apex court passed the order on an appeal filed by TRAI challenging tribunal's order and asked Thackeray to respond to regulator's plea within six weeks.


With today's stay order, the sector regulator can enforce the circular till the apex court vacates its stay on the verdict by the TDSAT.


TDSAT had on 17th July termed the ceiling on SMSes as "arbitrary" and against the right of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution and had set aside the sector regulator TRAI's circular.


Uddhav Thackeray's son Aditya had submitted that the restriction on SMSes was just a "non-application of mind" by TRAI and the circular fixing ceiling "has not explained why and how the figure of 100/200 SMS(s) per day was arrived at."


He had further contended that no consultation process was adopted by TRAI before incorporating the clause in this regard in the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference (8th Amendment) Regulation, 2011.


TRAI had permitted sending only 100 SMSes per day per SIM except on blackout days or days specially notified by it.


However, on 1 November 2011, it had increased the limit to 200 SMSes per day, per SIM.


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