Regulations
Tribunal disallows fee to make Sistema's spectrum contiguous
New Delhi : The government is under no contractual obligation to provide contiguous spectrum to a telecom operator, but Sistema Shyam has the right to seek alignment of its airwaves for continuity on terms allowed to other players, the industry tribunal has held.
 
Accordingly, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal has struck down the contiguity charges of Rs.3,500 crore imposed by the Department of Telecom on Sistema Shyam.
 
Sistema's contention was: Non-contiguous spectrum, despite it being liberalised, that is allowed to be traded of shared, cannot be used by a service provider to extend the next generation mobile services. It said it was deprived contiguity, despite paying huge sums in the 2013 auctions.
 
The said spectrum in the 800 MHz band was acquired by Sistema through auction conducted in 2013 for its eight circles, including Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (two circles), Kerala, Karnataka and Kolkata.
 
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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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