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Govt rings in free roaming

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CABINET NOD TO NEW TELECOM POLICY 
Govt rings in free roaming
Girja Shankar Kaura
Tribune News Service

 New Delhi, May 31
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a new telecom policy that aims to ultimately abolish roaming charges, allow users to retain their numbers even if they move from one zone to another, besides boosting transparency and growth in the scandal-hit sector.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The National Telecom Policy (NTP)-2012 would also simplify the licencing process and help in improving rural tele-density.

"The target is one nation-one mobile number portability and working towards one nation free roaming," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said. The draft of the new policy was released by Sibal in October last.

Under the new policy, roaming charges would be done away with thus allowing subscribers to use same number across country without having to pay extra money. Also, it would allow a subscriber to retain his/her original number while shifting base from one city or state to another.

However, consumers will have to wait for some time for this, as the Department of Telecom will first work out modalities of the new scheme before it is brought into force. No timeframe has yet been fixed for the implementation of the policy.

The minister said the new policy seeks to provide a predictable and stable policy regime for a period of nearly 10 years.

The NTP 2012 envisages increasing penetration of telecom services in rural area from current level of around 39 to 70 per cent by 2017 and 100 per cent by the year 2020. Incidentally, the draft NTP had suggested a 60 per cent rural penetration by 2017.

Under the new policy, broadband speed has been increased to minimum of 2 megabit per second (mbps). This change will come into force with immediate effect.

"The policy envisions providing secure, reliable, affordable and high quality converged telecommunication services anytime, anywhere for an accelerated inclusive socio-economic development," the official statement released after the Cabinet meeting said.

As per the new policy, telecom licences would now be de-linked from spectrum. The NTP 2012 will allow operators to provide services based on any technology by using airwaves and will not restrict them to use it for particular service using any specific frequency band.

Currently, there are frequencies which are specifically used for providing GSM or CDMA services as per the permit given to the companies.

Change in the air

Roaming Fun: With national roaming set to become free, the subscribers need not worry about charges being levied on them while travelling to a different city or state.

Broadband Boost: Speed increased to minimum of 2 mbps. This will come into force with immediate effect

More Transparency: Licences to be de-linked from spectrum. The policy will allow operators to provide services based on any technology by using airwaves and will not restrict them to use it for particular service using any specific frequency band.

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Antony’s message to new Gen: Forget the bitter past

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Antony’s message to new Gen: Forget the bitter past
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service
General Bikram Singh (L) takes over as the Chief of Army Staff from his predecessor General VK Singh in New Delhi on Thursday.
CHANGE IN GUARD:General Bikram Singh (L) takes over as the Chief of Army Staff from his predecessor General VK Singh in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal
New Delhi, May 31
General Bikram Singh today took over as the 27th chief of the 1.13-million strong Indian Army, bringing to an end the controversial 26-month tenure of his predecessor General VK Singh, who retired after 42 years of service.

The new Army Chief has his task cut out, an indication of which came from Defence Minister AK Antony. The minister told the officialdom and the Army to “carry no baggage of the past” and that the “bitter developments” should not be carried forward.

Antony’s message comes at a time when civil-Army relations have hit a nadir. At times, it was felt that the Army was by-passing the civilian authority.

Gen Bikram Singh had to surmount many hurdles before he became the Army Chief. Had the Supreme Court accepted Gen VK Singh’s plea that he was born on May 10, 1951 and not May 10, 1950 as recorded in the Ministry of Defence, Gen Bikram Singh would not have made it to the top job. A chief retires at 62 while Lt Generals retire at 60 years of age.

Commissioned in 1972 in the Sikh Light Infantry, Bikram Singh (59) marks a generation shift in the army, being the first chief who has not seen action in a conventional war. The last conventional war India fought was in 1971 against Pakistan to liberate Bangladesh. Known as ‘Bikki’ to his friends, Gen Bikram Singh commanded the Kolkata-based Eastern Army Command before his present assignment.

This afternoon Gen Bikram Singh arrived at South Block accompanied by his wife Bubbles Singh. He saluted the outgoing chief on entering the first floor office of the Army Chief located in this British-era building that houses the Defence Ministry.

Gen V K Singh warmly shook hands with his successor. As per Army traditions, the wives of both the officers were present.

Bharti Singh, the wife of Gen VK Singh welcomed Bubbles Singh, who will now be the chief of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA).

Gen V K Singh, after inspecting his farewell guard of honour, said the internal health of the force had improved. He said he was alarmed about an incident where a Major had complained about a fake encounter, and that there was no investigation by
the 3 Corps headed by Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is in line to head the force in 2014.

Gen VK Singh in reply to a question whether there were too many controversies during his tenure, said, “There is no controversy. If we pay too much attention towards certain things, they become controversial.”

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BEML serves legal notice on Gen. V.K.Singh; denies charges

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Chairman and Managing Director, BEML, V.R.S. Natarajan addresses a press meet in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: K. Gopinathan
Chairman and Managing Director, BEML, V.R.S. Natarajan addresses a press meet in Bangalore on Friday. Photo: K. Gopinathan
A day after Gen V.K. Singh retired as Chief of Army, public sector BEML on Friday slapped a legal notice on him demanding an apology for his “false and motivated” allegations against it on the Tatra truck issue.

“Legal notice has been issued today. If he does not apologise, we may file a defamation suit against Gen V K Singh”, BEML Chairman and Managing Director V.R.S. Natarajan told reporters in Bangalore.

Gen Singh had alleged that he was offered Rs. 14 crore bribe by a former officer to clear supply of a tranche of 600 Tatra trucks into which the CBI is investigating.

“The former Army chief has made some allegations against BEML. As the CEO of the company, I deny them as absolutely false, motivated, damaging and defamatory”, Mr. Natarajan said.

The CBI has registered a Preliminary Enquiry against retired Lt Gen Tejinder Singh on a complaint filed by Singh in which he has alleged that the retired Army officer had offered him the bribe for clearing a ‘sub-standard’ consignment of Tatra trucks.

Mr. Natarajan defended the delay in initiating the process for defamation against Gen. Singh saying the company had to go through the process of seeking legal advice and then placing it before the board for approval.

BEML has not received a single letter that the Tatra vehicles is sub-standard, obsolete or over-priced, Mr. Natarajan said.
BEML serves legal notice on Gen VK Singh

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