Cell operators give clean chit to BSNL
n a letter to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the association said: “Public sector operator BSNL was complying with the terms and conditions of WiLL(m) and the violations were being done by the private WiLL(m) operators.”
The association urged the regulator to act urgently and expeditiously directing the WiLL(m) players to immediately stop misinforming the consumers about scope of services like SMS and roaming facilities.
The industry also asked Trai to share with it the details on the resources and mechanism that it intended to put in place to ensure that limited mobility stays “limited” and the interests of the consumers as also the cellular operators were adequately protected and safeguarded.
The association also asked Trai to direct private WiLL(m) players to issue suitable advertisements in the media in “bold letters” to inform the consumers of the correct scope of WiLL(m) services.
Poojary to head Karnataka Cong
new delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has named former Union minister B. Janardhan Poojary, a prominent OBC leader, as president of the party’s Karnataka unit, reports our special correspondent.
The former AICC general secretary, a Rajya Sabha member from the state, had held the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief’s post for two years in the mid-1980s. He replaces Allum Veerabhadrappa, who had voluntarily quit the post more than six months ago, hoping to make a comeback to the Karnataka Cabinet.
After Veerabhadrappa quit, chief minister S.M. Krishna had proposed the names of at least half-a-dozen junior ministerial colleagues for the post. All the names were turned down by Sonia because of her growing “unhappiness” over the government’s handling of sensitive issues like the Cauvery water dispute with Tamil Nadu and the Nagappa abduction.
Poojary, party sources say, is not Krishna’s preferred choice to head the organisation in the state. Poojary has a reputation of being an “aggressive” leader, something that Krishna will not be comfortable with, they say.
New minority panel chairman
new delhi: The BJP-led Centre has reconstituted the seven-member National Commission for Minorities, with party sympathisers among the new apointees, reports our special correspondent.
The shuffle was necessitated after the term of the previous commission, headed by Mohammed Shamim, expired on January 24, according to official sources. The commission had drawn flak for soft-pedalling the attack on the Christians in 1999 and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002.
While former vice-chairman Tarlochan Singh, who has the strong backing of a BJP ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal, has been elevated as chairman, the only other member retained is Lt Gen A.M. Sethna belonging to the Parsi community.
The BJP’s minority morcha member M.S. Usmani will be the new vice-chairman.
80 children fall ill
nashik (PTI): About 80 boys of Nandur village near here have been admitted to Nashik civil hospital with symptoms of food-poisoning after they ate discarded chocolates, police said.
New Delhi: Delhi High Court has issued notice to the CBI on a petition by the Hinduja brothers seeking quashing of charges framed by a special court against them in the Rs 64-crore Bofors kickback case, reports our correspondent. The matter will be heard along with a similar plea filed by AB Bofors, the Swedish arms manufacturer, on March 20.
Teen murder order
New Delhi (PTI): A court has acquitted three persons accused of killing a teenager here 10 years ago. It judged the boy’s dying declaration as unreliable.
dehra dun (PTI): Kumaon University vice-chancellor B.S. Rajput, who was indicted by an inquiry panel on charges of plagiarism, resigned on Thursday, an official statement said. The committee had found Rajput and his student guilty of having copied from a research paper on black holes.
Popular Italian band Dixi Italy is set to perform at the Kala Ghoda festival in Mumbai from Saturday. The band includes trumpet player Mino Lacirignolam, harmonica expert Muzio Petrella and tenvor banjo player Renzo Bagorda.