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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

JAO Part-II-Gujarat

JAO Part-II Gujart Circle Result Declared-Congratulations to all-inf. by Ashok Hindocha


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JAO Part II Exam of Gujarat-Congratulations to all

JAO PART II (Dept.Exam.)Gujarat Circle Result Declared- Congartulations to all -inf. by Ashok Hindocha M-9426201999


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Namaskar-Congratulations for Passing JAO Part II EXAM.
To-Day BSNL Dept/ JAO Part-II Exam Result Declated by BSNL GJ Circle Office Ahmedabad

In Gujarat Circle TOAL 104 OC Canddates declared Passed
13 SC Category ---do-----
03 ST Category ---d0-----
TOTAL=120=00 candidates passed successfully
CONGRATULATIONS To ALL Candidates of GUJARAT
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Result kept on BSNL Portal
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In Rajkot folloeing candidates declared Passed-Congratulations to all
(1)P.H. Mavani
(2)R.B. Upadhyay
(3)Mrs. R.M. Vora
(4)M.A Parekh
(5)D.J. Joshi
(6)K.N. Vora
(7)M.K.Suchak
(8)J.D. Leuva
(9)R.N.ZALORIA
(10)R.R.Somaiya
(11)P.P.Joshi
(12)A.K. Hindocha(ASHOK HINDOCHA)
(13)M.J.Mirani
(14)R.R.Bhatt

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Monday, March 29, 2010

BSNL Latest News by Ashok Hindocha M-9426201999-9426254999

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Defeat the retrograde recommendatiions
of the Sam Piitroda Commiittee
The much publliiciized Sam Piittrroda Commiittttee has submiitttted iitt’’s
rreporrtt.. The iimporrttantt rrecommendattiions off tthe commiittttee arre
rrettrrogrrade iin natturre.. Accorrdiing tto rreporrtts,, iitt has rrecommended 30%
strrattegic sttake salle, iinttroducttiion off a VRS tto cut tthe sttaffff sttrrengtth by
1//3,, scrrappiing off tthe 93 miilllliion GSM lliine ttenderr,, unbundlliing off BSNL’’s
llastt miille copperr,, ettc..
IIn the backdrop off BSNL’’s declliiniing marrkett sharre and prroffiitts,
Prriime Miiniistterr Manmohan Siingh appoiintted a tthrree memberr commiittttee,,
headed by Sam Piittrroda,, tto suggestt tthe ways and means fforr tthe rreviivall off tthe PSU.. The
ottherr memberrs off tthe commiittttee arre Deepak Parrekh,, Chaiirrman off tthe HDFC bank and P..J..
Thomas,, Secrrettarry,, DoT.. The commiittttee iis llearrntt tto have submiitttted iitt’’s 15 poiintt
rrecommendattiions tto tthe govtt.. iin tthe ffiirrstt week off Marrch..
The most iimporrttantt rrecommendattion off tthe commiittttee iis 30% sttrrattegiic stake salle,
as wellll as tthe iinducttiion off a sttrrattegiic iinvesttorr.. Outt off tthiis,, 10% money iis go tto tthe
goverrnmentt and tthe rremaiiniing 20% iis tto be used fforr iinttrroducttiion off a VRS.. The Commiittttee
iis llearrntt tto have arrgued tthatt tthe iinducttion off a sttrattegiic iinvesttor woulld brriing ““sound
managementt prracttiice and ttechnollogiicall experrttiise”” tto BSNL.. Thiis rrecommendattiion off
Piittrroda,, rremiinds us off whatt happened iin VSNL,, whiich was a PSU once.. Thrrough
diisiinvesttmentt,, Tatta was iinductted iiniittiialllly as a sttrrattegiic parrttnerr iin VSNL.. Latterr on,, VSNL
was prriivattiized and solld tto Tatta..
The ottherr rrecommendattiion off tthe commiittttee,, tto rrettrrench one llakh sttaffff tthrrough VRS,,
iis notthiing butt attrrociious. Allmostt one lakh emplloyees have allready rettirred siince tthe
iincepttiion off BSNL and anottherr 60,,000 arre goiing tto rrettiirre wiitthiin tthe nextt 5 yearrs.. As such,,
tthe mottiive behiind tthiis rrecommendattiion iis notthiing butt tto drrasttiicalllly rreduce tthe sttaffff
sttrrengtth,, befforre iitt iis handed overr tto a prriivatte // Mullttii Nattiionall Company..
The Commiittttee has allso rrecommended tto scrrap tthe 93 miilllliion GSM lliine ttenderr..
BSNL managementt has allrready actted on tthiis.. BSNL,, whiich iis allrready sttarrviing due tto non--
supply off equiipmentts, iis cerrttaiinlly goiing tto fface a crriisiis on account off tthe scrrapping off tthiis
ttenderr.. Thiis rrecommendattiion iis notthiing,, butt parrtt off tthe ongoiing conspiirracy tto kiillll BSNL,, by
bllockiing iitt’’s equiipmentt supplly.. We rrememberr a siimiillarr attttemptt made by tthe govtt.. iin 2007,,
tto scrrap tthe 45 miilllliion GSM lliine ttenderr,, whiich was ffrrusttrratted by tthe uniitted sttrrugglle by
BSNL’’s worrk fforrce..
The Piittrroda Commiittttee has allso rrecommended tthatt BSNL’’s llastt miille copperr shoulld
be unbundlled. BSNL,, whiich iis tthe marrkett lleaderr now iin tthe Brroadband segmentt,, wiilll
cerrttaiinlly llose iitt’’s prromiinence iiff tthiis rrecommendattiion iis iimpllementted.. Thrrough tthiis
rrecommendattiion,, one can cllearrlly see tthe rreall fface off tthe Piittrroda Commiittttee..
The Commiittttee iis llearrntt tto have giiven some ottherr rrecommendattiions,, whiich iincllude
ttiime bound solluttiion tto tthe IITS absorrpttiion iissue,, iinducttiion off prroffessiionalls ffrrom outtsiide tto
tthe ttop managementt,, segrregattiion off tthe Chaiirrman and Managiing Diirrecttorr postts,, ettc.. Butt
by and llarrge,, the rrecommendattiions off tthe Sam Piitrroda Commiittttee arre notthiing butt a rroad
map fforr tthe prriivattiizattiion off BSNL,, whiich has tto be deffeatted tthrrough uniitted sttrrugglle..
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1. Auditor submits report on Vodafone to DoT
2. Sony Ericsson brings out an exciting family of phones under the comm 3. BSNL likely to net Rs 3641cr loss
4. Udupi: BSNL Employees Protest Against Unfulfilled Demands
5. BSNL Unlimited Broadband offer for customers during IPL season 2010 6. BSNL Offering Free WiMAX Services
7. BSNL officer caught accepting Rs8,000 bribe in Maharashtra
8. A pledge to support Planet Earth
9. Tobu neglected and ignored
10. Pallamraju launches BSNLs 3G service
11. Global telco vendors must hire Indians
12. Working at cross purposes
13. Now, you can dial a complaint against that errant cabbie
14. New BSNL Broadband Users Get Unlimited Downloads
15. Action against 54 government drivers for not using seat-belts 16. ValueFirst acquires telecom software firm, Packet Shaper
17. State posts 5.14 per cent growth in mobile subscribers
18. Bharti-MTN tussle on cards
19. Pirates of the broadband lines
20. Trai releases tariff draft for non-CAS areas
21. BSNL broadband plan at 2 mbps and free registration charges in IPL s 22. BJP workers stage dharna outside BSNL office
23. Sit happens
24. KSA wins goodwill football tourney
25. Brand Power: Younger replacing the older
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1. Auditor submits report on Vodafone to DoT


NEW DELHI: The government-appointed auditor to examine the books of country’s second largest mobile operator Vodafone Essar on Friday submitted its report to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
A company spokesperson said Vodafone has received a copy of the report submitted to the DoT and said the company’s accounts are in line with statutory standards set by telecom tribunal TDSAT. Sources said the auditors have put some licence fee liability on different heads. However, the company feels these are covered under the definition of licence fee as decided by TDSAT. The DoT had last year ordered audits on telecom companies Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar Ltd, Idea Cellular Ltd and Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications (RCOM) after the regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) said the accounts s hould be audited every 3—5 years. - PTI

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2. Sony Ericsson brings out an exciting family of phones under the comm

Mumbai, Maharashtra, March 26, 2010 /India PRwire/ -- INDIA: Living up to its brand promise of make.believe, Sony Ericsson today set off fireworks as its exciting new portfolio of phones was unveiled by Kareena Kapoor - its newly appointed brand ambassador for the region. Taking Sony Ericsson's entertainment heritage to new heights, the phones - including the much awaited XPERIA™ X10, XPERIA™ X10 mini, XPERIA™ X10 mini pro, Vivaz™, and Vivaz™ pro - combine rich graphics with intelligence capabilities.
Further building up the excitement quotient, Sony Ericsson also announced the roll out of an impelling marketing campaign with a barrage of new elements, including its association with the extremely talented and beautiful Kareena Kapoor. Another interesting aspect of the company's upcoming campaign will be the greater emphasis on digital and social networks marketing, which is in synergy with what today's evolving consumer wants.
Speaking on the launch of the new phones, Hirokazu Ishizuka, Corporate Vice President & Head of Asia Pacific region, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communication said, "As a brand, we have evolved. The proliferation of social and digital media is changing the consumer experience with mobile phones and the new portfolio we present today really takes communication entertainment to the next level."
"Being one of the most widely-followed youth-icons, Kareena matches the level of energy, vibrancy, passion and fun associated with Sony Ericsson, and thereby elevates the aspiration value of the brand. We are also extremely excited about re-energizing the digital space with Kareena, as we debut her social networking that will allow her to engage with the rapidly growing digitally-evolved fan-base over various social networking platforms," he added.
Speaking on her association with Sony Ericsson, Kareena Kapoor said, "I am very happy to be associated with Sony Ericsson. Having experienced the new phone - the XPERIA X10, I believe that Sony Ericsson truly represents the fusion of communication and entertainment in mobile device. I love my new feature rich Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X10 that allows me to easily keep in touch with my family and friends, while keeping myself entertained on the go."
The new portfolio also introduces a new UX platform that creates a unique Sony Ericsson user experience by combining best-in-class entertainment features with signature applications, unrivalled integration of social media services and a rich graphical user interface. Among the many new features, the new phones introduce signature applications like Mediascape and Timescape™ that lets consumers organise everything in their phone in an intuitive way.
* Sony Ericsson Timescape™ manages all communication with one person in one place. Users can browse through their conversations the bright way to check out their Facebook™, Twitter™, photos, emails, and texts all in one go
* Sony Ericsson Mediascape is the smart way to get all the music, photos and videos one wants from their favourite friends and artists. It accesses content from everywhere - the phone, YouTube™, PlayNow™ - and presents all content in one place on the consumer's phone.
Reinforcing its promise of Communication Entertainment, Sony Ericsson has also partnered with regional and local content and application providers to deliver the latest in entertainment content for consumers. Highlighting one such exclusive partnership, Mr. Ishizuka said, "We have a signed a regional partnership with MTV, whereby the Xperia X10 users will have exclusive access to the MTV application that will provide them news feeds and other updates from the channel."
With India projected to become the second largest telecom market globally, Sony Ericsson sees immense potential in the region for its new portfolio. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the number of telecom subscribers in the country increased by 3.5 percent in December 2009, in comparison to November 2009. It is estimated that by mid 2012, around half the country's population will own a mobile phone.
To tap the booming telecom market in India, Sony Ericsson has invested in multiple marketing campaigns that will help grow the brand's market share in the region. Commenting on this, Mr. Ishizuka stated, "Social media will play an important role in how we engage with our consumers here in India. Sony Ericsson recognizes the critical need to maintain consumer touch points that incorporate all digital/social media mediums that will give us an opportunity to engage create new and exciting experiences for consumers."
Sony Ericsson is also partnering with India's leading content and application providers to deliver the latest in entertainment content for consumers. This includes leading players such as Hungama, MTV India, UTV, Shemaroo, Electronic Arts, Indiagames, and Disney mobile among others, who will come together with the mobile phone brand to offer content and applications to Sony Ericsson users in India. The company already has over 200 active partners in India spanning across entertainment, functional and technical verticals, and it will continue to work towards growing this base to present its evolved Communication Entertainment portfolio to engage the Indian consumer, and excite them through various marketing initiatives.
A sneak preview into the world of Sony Ericsson's new superstars
Get set to be impressed with the awesome user experience of Xperia™ X10
XPERIA™ X10 is the signature phone in a family of phones to deliver a consistent user experience where communication truly becomes entertainment. Its new UX platform, and signature applications like Mediascape and Timescape™, lets consumers organize everything in their phone in an intuitive way. While the Sony Ericsson Timescape™ brings all communication together in one place so users can see at a glance text messages, missed calls, and Facebook™ and Twitter updates, Mediascape is the smart way to get all the music, photos and videos you want from your favourite friends and artists. It accesses content from everywhere - your phone, YouTube™, PlayNow™ - and presents everything for you. If you are the one who loves photos, then Xperia™ X10's intelligent face recognition is dedicated to you! With the capacity to recognize up to five faces in any picture, you can automatically connect photos of your loved ones with your social phonebook and all
other related communications with that person. MRP: Rs. 35, 795
Great things come in 'mini' packages - the infinite possibilities of the Xperia™ X10 mini & X10 mini pro
The Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro with slide out QWERTY keyboard, are compact versions of Xperia™ X10, and based on the human curvature design philosophy. The two sister mobile phones incorporate the signature application Sony Ericsson Timescape™ that manages all communication with one person in one place without having to open lots of different applications. To get groovy with your favourite music, let the "infinite button" on the interactive music player pull together all music content from the music store and YouTube™! It's also a smart way to search for new tracks from a favourite artist. So prepare yourself to enter the universe of an open and intuitive communication entertainment experience. MRP: Rs. 25, 695
The Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro with slide out QWERTY keyboard, are compact versions of Xperia™ X10, and based on the human curvature design philosophy. The two sister mobile phones incorporate the signature application Sony Ericsson Timescape™ that manages all communication with one person in one place without having to open lots of different applications. To get groovy with your favourite music, let the "infinite button" on the interactive music player pull together all music content from the music store and YouTube™! It's also a smart way to search for new tracks from a favourite artist. So prepare yourself to enter the universe of an open and intuitive communication entertainment experience. MRP: Rs. 25, 695
Unleash the movie director in you with the high definition Sony Ericsson Vivaz™
With Sony Ericsson Vivaz™, communication truly becomes entertainment with high quality HD video. You can produce and broadcast your most memorable experiences with the latest video capture and sharing features. Record spontaneous moments with a dedicated video button that lets you shoot video instantly with continuous auto focus for the perfect film. Review your creation in the standby panel or online via Wi-Fi on the 3.2 inch widescreen, and if it's praise-worthy, don't forget to upload your favourite video via Wi-Fi onto YouTube™ and Picasa. Want more? Enjoy easy access to social networks such as Facebook™ and Twitter, and music on the Sony Ericsson media player. For your best moments, snap out your Vivaz™, and capture life's moments in high quality with the 8.1 MP camera!
Let your fingers do the magic of speedy social networking with the Vivaz™ Pro
Stay ahead of everyone else through faster typing on your email, Twitter™, Facebook, blogging and chat with the all new Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ Pro, which adds a QWERTY keyboard to the touch screen offering to deliver a user experience optimized for messaging and entertainment. Like it's big brother Vivaz™, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ Pro also allows consumers to produce and broadcast their best experiences in HD video, viewed on the 3.2" 16:9 wide touchscreen. Go innovative with the open platform that allows you to personalize their entertainment experience by downloading great applications through PlayNow™ and the Symbian Developer Community.
'For the online version of this release and to access images, videos, and more product information, please visit: http://sonyericsson.webrelease.in/'
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Notes to Editor
About Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson is a 50:50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson established in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London and operations in all major markets. Our vision is to become the industry leader in Communication Entertainment; where new styles of communicating through the internet and social media, become entertainment. Sony Ericsson offers exciting consumer experiences through phones, accessories, content and applications. For more information please visit: www.sonyericsson.com.
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Communication Entertainment proposition builds on Sony Ericsson’s leadership in music, imaging, gaming, content services and applications to deliver unlimited opportunities for consumers to share

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3. BSNL likely to net Rs 3641cr loss

NEW DELHI: This will be a summer of discontent for BSNL, which is confronting the possibility of a 30% disinvestment at a time when its estimated losses for the financial year ending March 31, 2010 are hitting a staggering Rs 3,641 crore.

BSNL's performance has been under the lens for some time, forcing PM Manmohan Sigh himself to intervene to prevent BSNL from sinking further. The DoT and BSNL renewed an MoU on March 15 for the third consecutive year, which allows the DoT to monitor BSNL's performance quarterly against predefined revenue targets.

According to projections in the MoU document, BSNL's total income for the year ended March 31, 2010 is estimated at Rs 32,539 crore, down from Rs 35,812 crore in 2008-09. This is Rs 9,556 crore less than the MoU target of Rs 42,095 crore. However, net profit is crashing. BSNL's swift decline from a net profit of Rs 10,183 crore just a few years ago in 2004-05, is alarming considering that it comes amid an overall industry boom (see chart).

When contacted, BSNL's CMD, Kuldeep Goyal said, "the company is not in losses. He however, admitted that, "this (loss of Rs 3,641 crore) could be one projection".

BSNL, which is one of India's largest public sector units with over 3 lakh employees, is at the centre of a major union protest starting Friday over the visible mismanagement of the company. An indefinite nationwide strike starting April 20 has also been firmed up, which has the potential of paralysing services for BSNL's roughly 59.45 million subscribers.

Speaking to ToI, G L Jogi, general secretary of Sanchar Nigam Executives Association said the company's performance and growth lifelines were being choked by incompetent management and bureaucratic red tape.

Growth has been further paralysed by the recent cancellation of an order to procure 93 million new GSM lines. "We have no equipment for the east or north and only marginal surplus capacity for the south and west. Our protest signifies the failure of all attempts at reasonable persuasion with the telecom ministry and BSNL management," says Jogi. Apart from performance issues, the unions are against disinvestment, retiring of 1 lakh workers through VRS.

Sam Pitroda, who led a 3-member committee including HDFC chairman Deepak Parikh and DoT secretary P J Thomas for revamp of BSNL made these recommendations to the PM recently.

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4. Udupi: BSNL Employees Protest Against Unfulfilled Demands

Udupi, Mar 27: The District BSNL Employees and Officers United Forum staged a protest in front of Telecom Centre here on Friday March 26, seeking redressal of their grievances and meeting of their demands.

The protest was staged to put pressure on the union government to withdraw its proposal to allow foreign investment in telecom sector, to include Indian Telecom Services (ITS) officers functioning under the department of telecommunications with BSNL, to withdraw the implementation of compulsory retirement in the guise of voluntary retirement benefits, opposing the initiative of outsourcing of basic facilities in BSNL, demanding supply of adequate essential technical accessories to BSNL and to fulfill the demands of the retired BSNL employees.

On this occasion, the United Forum also has given a call for an indefinite strike from Tuesday April 20, in case the union government fails to fulfill their pending demands by then.

Shashidhar, H D Pai, Purandar Shetty, Ganapathi Samaga, Govind Nayak, Mukundan, M A Poojary, Guddappa Nayak, Satyanarayan Upadhyaya and others were present.

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5. BSNL Unlimited Broadband offer for customers during IPL season 2010


IPL fever is in. There is a mad rush about this game across the country and marketers are keen to cash on it. There are various schemes etc keeping the IPL in mind and almost all marketers are rolling out new schemes to be a part of the IPL.

So what makes BSNL special among marketers so that the new scheme that it has doled out becomes special? Well in a sense nothing really; however what makes it special is that usually BSNL is perceived as a slow moving organisation. With introduction of new scheme this however is set to change and people thus have sat up and taken note of the new development.

This surprising announcement by BSNL might also be an attempt to counter the offer from Airtel for free connection up grades of up to 2 Mbps till the IPL is on. So the battle is on fast and furious in the airspace and even entities like BSNL are keen to cash in to its demand.

A customer who takes a new connection from BSNL before March 31st would be able to make unlimited downloads at a speed of up to 2mbps. This speed would be offered for the first 15 days following the connection. However, after 15 days, the plan would be reverted to the one that the customer had chosen initially. The minimum period for the customers to hire this available scheme would be a period of one month. This would also include the free download period as well.

For the new connection, BSNL would not charge any registration fees. They however, would have to pay Security Deposits for the opted plan and it would be reflected in the first bill that is received by the customer.

This surprising announcement by BSNL has raised great expectations in the market. It has now to be seen how many customers take the connection from BSNL before 31st March. This would also perhaps indicate the success of BSNL over Airtel.

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6. BSNL Offering Free WiMAX Services


BSNL is currently offering free WiMAX services in India. It will last until April 15, 2010 . Customers won’t be charged any monthly fee or modem rental fee for 30 days from the date of activation. It will offer free downloads of 400 MB and there is a security deposit of Rs2000. The money will be refunded if the customer is not interested in continuing the WiMAX service.
BSNL Wireless Broadband offers flexible pricing plans and rates for usage. The network is adjustable as service and customer demands grow. The network is backed up by BSNL’s reliable hard line backbone network. BSNL offers mobile WiMAX services in rural and urban areas in India.
BSNL’s marketing effort to get subscribers is a bold effort and should help get subscribers for BSNL’s WiMAX services. It should be interesting to see what kind of impact this has because India is such a burgeoning market for WiMAX.

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7. BSNL officer caught accepting Rs8,000 bribe in Maharashtra


Nashik: A telecom officer was caught in Nashik, red-handed by sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau for accepting a bribe of Rs8,000 from a contractor, ACB officials said.


Haribhau Laxman, a junior officer with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was held yesterday taking the amount from a contractor to settle his bill for laying a few pole less network at Parner in Ahmednagar district, they said.
ACB laid a trap after contractor and complainant Premshankar Dubey approached them, officials said in a press release in Nashik.

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8. A pledge to support Planet Earth

A woman walks down steps that feature a painted promotional design of Earth Hour. Earth Hour 2010 is on Saturday and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes in a bid to highlight Global Climate Change. (AP Photo)
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Dimapur | March 26
Earth Hour 2010 will be on March 27 at 8:30pm - 9:30 pm (local time). Climate Change Leaders of Nagaland, organizations from all sectors and an expected part of the civil society have been preparing to make this year’s Earth Hour more successful than 2009’s. A global act to fight against Global Warming, Climate Change and to raise awareness about prudent use of energy resources, people across the world will show their solidarity by switching off power and equipments for one hour.
The goal of Earth Hour is to maintain a low carbon economy in addressing the problem of Global Warming and also prove that humankind has every possible chance to take action against climate changes. “Earth Hour will bring together people from all walks of life and unite countries across the planet to show the world we can work together to resolve the issue of Climate Change,” said Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley.
Earth Hour 2009 remains as a successful global event with millions of people all over the world observing it. It was also successful in India, where approximately 5 million people turned off the lights and saved 1000 MW of power in just 1 hour. The WWF is hoping that Earth hour 2010 will reach huge millions of people and will become a successful global event than the year 2009. Nagaland joined Earth Hour in 2009 with the support of Government of Nagaland, Kohima Municipal Committee (KMC), Dimapur Municipal Committee (DMC), NEZCC, and Youth Action for Rural Development (YARD) and Music Task Force.
The response from churches, schools and civil society were overwhelming and reassuring like the campaign by school children of Mokokchung, NBCC giving out circulars to all churches across Nagaland, acoustic concerts by various local artistes in Dimapur and Kohima, youth organizations, household campaigns and prayer meetings in Tuensang.
Climate Change Leaders of Nagaland informed that currently Airtel and BSNL are the sponsor networks for Earth Hour and the telecom companies will be sending out two SMS on Earth Hour day so as to reach out to as many people as possible. BSNL representatives are reported to be ‘extremely enthusiastic’ and are trying to negotiate to the rest of north east states as well.
A CCL also revealed that through the advertisement ‘Green Dreams’, there has been a good response and especially from churches. A particular church organization even called up asking how and what information could be announced during evening service. An option for those people who really feel that they cannot totally ‘Switch off’ is to at least switch off ten non-essential lights.
Also, it was let known that Jakhama Students’ Union observes social work on a Saturday of every month with the intention of eradicating polythene bags and to sensitize people on water scarcity; related to deforestation and also on polythene bags that cause blockage of water passage.
CCL also informed that the Dimapur administration has been very responsive to the Earth Hour initiative and has taken ten posters and streamers to give out to the public. CCLs will also be handing out posters and streamers to schools in Kohima and to the Chief Secretary, Secretariat Kohima.
A note issued by Rev. S. Vitoshe Swu from the Western Sumi Baptist Akukuhou Kuqhakulu (WSBAK) has also informed all the members of the churches under WSBAK to join hands in observing the Earth Hour by switching off the lights in their respective residences for one hour on March 28 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
CCLs are working with a zero budget but trying to reach out to people and hence “initiative is very important” a CCL mooted and added that changing of people’s mindset is very important to bring about green issues to Nagaland.” On the effective result of observing Earth Hour, the CCL remarked, “In the long run it will get into people’s consciousness and added that it is not only about March 27 but how we can save energy everyday.” With the severity of climate variation badly affecting the land, it is time for one to act and make few changes in life styles by making use of natural resources sensibly.

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9. Tobu neglected and ignored
Tobu area comprises of more than 20 villages sharing international border with Myanmar. It is far away from its state capital Kohima. Since inception every intellectual have turn a blind eye to this backward area and the innocent people are left only to enjoy their dreary life, totally out from every reach.
It is now more than 50 years since the existing Tobu sub-division was recognized by the state government. Many great political and sincere bureaucrats have come and gone playing their role in various capacities but leaving aside the far-flung backward people, still suffering, no way to go and blame but to keep on crying over the curse of darkness. We too appreciate many development taking place in Nagaland and many new good things coming out in this prone implementations. But why the people coming here are made not even aware of their basic necessities. It is amazing to remark upon the functions of various government offices with no head of departments and their negligence in discharging their duties.
I think it is appropriate to mention some of the few major services through which the people are benefited here; such as the only depended Government hospital existing without doctor and proper medicines, PHE department with no water supply, power department with not even a BSNL office, not even a single telephone connected etc and many others. In this manner people are deprived of their necessities despite of their hue and cry.
Now at this paralytic juncture leaving aside the other habituated and accustomed problems, coming to the present context of the changing world, life is dead without electricity. The sun and the moon has become the only source of light for us. People are also aware of the computerized or say mobile world where nothing could be worked out without power. And it is overwhelming distress to see that there is not even a single line wire connected with electricity in the villages of Tobu area till today.
People are existing but leaving under the curse of darkness and to show the impact of power failure for instance just to get one Xerox copy we have to travel 150-200 kms spending hundred and thousand of rupees and how can they survive tomorrow? In this way we are totally ignored and cut-off from every facilities. Had there been a concern government yesterday, then we have seen the world today. And it would be a miracle for us to see light if the responsible government and the department give us a chance to be a part of your development for better Nagaland.
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10. Pallamraju launches BSNLs 3G service

Kakinada: Union Minister of State for Defence M M Pallamraju today launched BSNLs 3G service at a function held here in the evening.
Describing the 3G service as a revolution in communication, he complimented the BSNL for being in the forefront in launching the innovative service and also for rendering effective and reliable landline telephone service and internet facility through broadband connection.
He also complimented the industrial houses and educational institutions for sponsoring laptops to students under the BSNLs novel scheme to spread internet facility through broadband to rural areas.
Stating the Software technology Parks of India (STPI) had ushered a new era in spreading the software technology in Kakinada by creating employment avenues to the engineering graduates in East and West Godavari Districts, Mr Pallamraju asked the BSNL authorities to strive for percolating deep into rural and interior areas the advanced technologies.http://www.mynews.in/News/Pallamraju_launches_BSNLs_3G_service_N41701.html


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11. Global telco vendors must hire Indians

NEW DELHI: Global telecom gear makers like Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and others, which maintain and manage mobile networks of
cellphone companies here, must only employ Indian engineers, a government directive said.

“The operation and maintenance of telecom networks should be entirely by Indian engineers and dependence on foreign engineers should be minimal or nil within a period of two years,” the communications ministry said in a notification posted on its website. The government said it would amend licence conditions soon to add the new norms.

Communications ministry officials said new rules were drafted, after the government agreed to demands by intelligence agencies to tighten security norms for the industry that is witnessing an influx of foreign companies and executives.

India is the world’s largest market for telecom gear makers and offers a $150-billion opportunity to vendors over the next five years. All telecom gear makers combined have several hundreds of foreign employees on their rolls in India, according to rough estimates. The new norms may slow down telecom companies’ expansion to rural India.

The networks of India's largest phone firms — Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone, Tata Tele and Idea — are being managed by either Sweden’s Ericsson, Finland-based Nokia Siemens, China’s Huawei or Paris-headquartered Alcatel-Lucent. Reliance Communications has outsourced its GSM network management to China’s Huawei while Loop Telecom has tied up with another Chinese firm, ZTE, for its GSM rollout across India. The directive also adds that all foreign gear makers will have to manufacture core telecom equipment locally or mandatorily transfer technology to Indian manufacturers within a three-year period.

Security threat

In the interim period, all imported equipment will have to get security clearance from the technology arm of the communications ministry.

“In case of non-compliance of the transfer of technology clause, the vendor/service provider shall be penalised. Criminal proceedings would also be started in this case,” the directive said.

All major vendors, including Ericsson, Huawei, Motorola, have manufacturing units in India, but these are small plants that largely assemble finished products. The new norms will force these companies to upgrade their existing plants, or transfer technology to domestic manufacturers.

The home ministry has repeatedly warned that equipment vendors may install back-door entries, remote logic facilities and also design Trojan horses in networks and hardware they sell to telcos here. This could be used to remotely bring down the network or to monitor the voice and data traffic on it, security agencies have said. The agencies are particularly concerned about Chinese vendors such as Huawei and ZTE.

In August 2009, the government banned BSNL from sourcing mobile networks and other related hardware from Chinese vendors in any region that shared international boundaries. In the same month, facing intense opposition from telecom companies, the government failed in its efforts to limit Chinese telecom vendors to just eight states —Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh. The move was vehemently opposed by mobile firms benefiting from cut-rate Chinese products. As a compromise, it was decided that equipment suppliers must register with DoT, agree to monitoring by security agencies, and obtain clearance to operate from the home ministry.

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12. Working at cross purposes

T. N. Pandey
The income-tax law falls in the domain of the CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) and service tax that of the CBEC (Central Board of Excise and Customs). As the two wings come under the Finance Ministry, one expects no contradictions in the administration of the aforesaid taxes. But the CBEC has been taking a different stand with regard to taxation of services falling within its jurisdiction.
The CBEC, in the context of charitable institutions (Reference Code 07601/23.08.09), had said that exemption under the I-T Act on the ground of they being public charitable institutions is of no consequence/relevance for service tax purposes. This is quite surprising. Now, in the context of service tax on construction activities, inter alia, of residential houses, a contradictory approach is being taken again.
Section 23(2) of the I-T Act, 1961 provides that where the house property is used by the owner for residential purposes, its annual letting value shall be taken as ‘nil' for income-taxation. Further, the second proviso to Section 24 of the Act provides that in respect of such properties constructed after April 1, 1999, by borrowing, a sum up to Rs 1.5 lakh per annum will be allowed as deduction.
Also, under Section 80C(2)(xviii), a sum up to Rs 1 lakh each year can be claimed as deduction for repayment of loan taken to construct the property, including stamp duty, registration and other expenses.
Service tax provisions
The proposals in the Finance Bill 2010 are quite in contrast to the I-T provisions, which are intended to give incentives for housing for residential purposes. The proposals are:
To extend service tax to real estate, including residential units. The proposal is to levy service tax on sale of properties by builders to buyers, if any part of the consideration for the sale is received before the construction gets completed, that is, even before the certificate of completion is issued by the competent authority.
In other words, even in respect of incomplete properties, the construction activity would be considered as creating a taxable event.
Besides, in the proposed legislation there is no clarity whether the levy would apply prospectively to new constructions or also to existing but incomplete constructions, that is, where the bookings have been made and payments are being made in instalments? Whether, in respect of such properties also, after the notification is issued, the builders/developers/promoters would be liable for service tax. To do so, would be unjust.
The basic issue
However, the basic issue is whether in selling a house on outright payment or payment in instalments basis, any service is involved, attracting service tax? In other words, when the properties are sold, whether the sellers are engaged in selling goods or in rendering any service?
An oft-repeated axiomatic statement is that ‘goods' are not services. Hence, any transaction which tantamounts to sale of ‘goods' simpliciter cannot be considered to be involving an element of service.
The term ‘goods' is defined under Section 65(50) of the Finance Act, 1994 to bear the meaning assigned to it in clause (7) of Section 2 of the Sale of Goods Act, 1930, where, inter alia, it is defined to mean “every kind of immovable property.”
In BSNL vs UOI (2006 145 STC 0091 SC), the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has laid down five tests to determine what could be considered as goods, namely: there must be goods available for delivery; there must be a consensus ad idem as to the identity of the goods; the transferee should have a legal right to use the goods; such legal right has to be to the exclusion to the transferor; and the owner cannot again transfer the same rights to others.
A builder, when he sells flats/buildings, cannot be said to be rendering any service and, hence, the proposed levy seems to be, prima facie, invalid.
It can, thus, be seen that there are two major issues:
Anomaly in the working of the two departments, that is, one giving concession to house construction and the other imposing tax on their construction, needs to be removed; and
The proposal to levy service tax on sale of residential houses is apparently invalid, and needs to be dropped.(The author is a former chairman of CBDT.)

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13. Now, you can dial a complaint against that errant cabbie

By Santosh Andhale
Posted On Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 02:10:02 AM

An ambitious plan is underway to bring respite to commuters who have to face rude, uncooperative taxi drivers. The transport ministry has announced that it will introduce a toll-free number for registering complaints against errant taxi-drivers.

The number will be displayed on the vehicles and inside, behind the driver’s seat, for the convenience of passengers.

All you will need to do is dial the number and lodge a complaint with the details of the taxi.

The transport department will take punitive action against the drivers with the help of traffic police. This plan was revealed by transport minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who added, “We are launching the project with BSNL and are waiting to finalise the number.”

What comes as a bonus is that, this toll free number will also be applicable for auto-rickshaw drivers who misbehave with passengers. In fact, it will be mandatory for both taximen and rickshaw drivers to display this number prominently on their vehicles.

One of the most common complaints by the commuters is that taxi and rickshaw drivers refuse to ply to certain destinations and also refuse to ply for minimum fare. According to Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Rules 177, refusal to ply to any destination is a punishable offence for which the traffic police can impose a fine ranging anywhere between Rs 100 -Rs 1,200.

Patil says, “If some commuters have issues with the cabbies, he can connect with the call centre and lodge the complaint. The commuter will be required to explain his complaint and quote the taxi number. With the help of traffic police we will trace the taxi driver and fine him based on the nature of the complaint. The action can vary from suspension of licence to monetary fine. We are also looking at the feasibility of other punitive measures.”

He also pointed out, “Complainant’s name will be kept confidential but to avoid any undue advantage and abuse of the facility, we will fine the drivers only after verifying the facts. The cabbies will have the right to defend himself.”

A L Quadros, secretary of Mumbai Taximen’s Union said, “We hope the issue is discussed in detail with us before the service is launched.”

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14. New BSNL Broadband Users Get Unlimited Downloads
While private playersare doing all they can to cash in on the recent IPL fever, BSNL, who never seemed least interested in the cashing in on any phenomenon has thrown a surprise and has announceda plan that might just make all you BSNL broadband users happy. Even though existing users would not be benefited by these offers, they can always hope for something on these lines would be introduced for them as well.

BSNL has revealedthe details of a new plan for broadband service that can be availed by users taking a new connection from BSNL. Under this offer, all users who register for the service before March 31 will enjoy unlimited downloads at speeds of up to 2mbps.

BSNL also adds that they will not charge registration charges for these new connections. Note that BSNL will offer speeds of up to 2mbps for the first 15 days on these connections. After the 15 day period, the plan will revert to the one that the customer had originally chosen. Users who chose a plan that offers less than 2 mbps, will get a speed upgrade for 15 days after which the speed will drop. The user will need to pay SecurityDeposit for the opted Broadband Plan and the ModemSecurity Deposit (in case Modem is taken on hire basis from BSNL). These would reflect in the first bill you receive. BSNL has also informed that the minimum period of hire for customers who avail this scheme would be one month. Head to the BSNL website for more information on this.

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15. Action against 54 government drivers for not using seat-belts


In a drive against those not using seat belts, the traffic control branch of Pune police took action against the drivers of 54 government vehicles, in the last three days.
These included vehicles from the police department, Army, Ammunition Factory, State Social Welfare department, Irrigation department, Health department, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Agriculture department, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Meteorological department, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and others.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic) Manoj Patil said in a press release that a special drive was launched on March 22 against the drivers of government vehicles who are not using seat belts while driving.
Patil said that as per motor vehicle rules, it is mandatory for the drivers on four wheeler vehicles to use seat belts or safety belts while driving. The rules are meant for the safety of drivers and passengers.

The traffic control branch of Pune police has fined 84,658 persons in the year 2009 for not using seat belts while driving. And since January 2010 till date, the traffic police have taken action against 11,014 drivers for the same reason.
Traffic police claimed that the drive has given good results as it has reduced the number of deaths and serious injuries during the road accidents.
As many as 10 drivers and 10 passengers died in 18 fatal road mishaps involving four wheelers in the year 2008. The number had reduced in 2009, when two drivers and seven passengers were killed in similar road mishaps.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

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[27.03.2010]JAC meets Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications Shri Gurudas Kamat :- The Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, Shri Gurudas Kamat invited the leaders of the JAC for talks on 26.03.2010. The meeting took place at Sanchar Bhavan at 1100 hrs. BSNLEU was represented by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary and Com. P. Abhimanyu, Dy. General Secretary. The issues contained in the strike notice served by the JAC were discussed.

At the outset the Hon’ble Minister stated that he was a votary of the Public Sector. He said that he wanted a strong BSNL so that the whole country need not depend upon the private telecom companies for communications.

The leaders of the JAC conveyed their strong opposition to IPO, VRS and Unbundling of last mile copper in BSNL. They urged upon the Minister to ensure uninterrupted equipment supply, immediate absorption of the ITS, revision of pension in IDA scales etc. In his reply the Hon’ble Minister stated that the issues raised by the JAC in it’s strike notice were receiving the attention of the govt. and that appropriate actions would be taken.

While we appreciate the gesture of the Hon’ble Minister of State, for inviting the leaders of the JCA for talks, within a few days of issuing the strike notice, we would like to inform our Comrades that he was not able to offer solution to any of the issues raised by the JAC. Hence, CHQ requests our Comrades to go ahead with the preparations for the indefinite strike in full swing and unleash a powerful campaign together with other constituents of the JAC to make the indefinite strike a success.



[26.03.2010]PRESS RELEASE:- Dharna on 26.03.2010 <>



[25.03.2010]Dharna on 26.03.2010:- Organise Massive Dharna on 26th March, 2010 at All Circle / SSA Hqrs. Protesting Against Non-Settlement of ITS Absorption, VRS, 30% Disinvestment, Unbundling, Outsourcing and Demanding Immediate Procurement of Mobile Lines and Pension Revision.

ORGANISE JOINTLY WITH ALL BSNL UNIONS / ASSOCIATIONS





[24.03.2010] PROMOTION POLICY ORDERS ISSUED AT 19.40 HOURS TODAY. ORDER NO. 27.7/2008.TE.II DATED 23.3.2010



CONGRATULATIONS

V.A.N. NAMBOODIRI

GENERAL SECRETARY



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[23.03.2010]Notice for Indefinite Strike from 20th April, 2010 Called by JAC & Note on the Demands <>



[22.03.2010]BSNL WORKERS ON INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 20TH APRIL 2010 <>





[22.03.2010]Revolutionary Greetings on BSNLEU Day to All Comrades from CHQ !

Let Us Strive Hard to Protect and Advance Workers Interests.

Let Us Take Our Mighty Organisation to New Heights.

Workers of the World Unite !



BSNLEU Zindabad !

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[20.03.2010]A letter to GM (SR) - Personal up gradation of qualified and officiating JTOs — Submission of additional note to the item No. 10 in the agenda of the 23rd National Council <>

[20.03.2010]A letter to GM (SR) - Regularisation of left out casual labour—Submission of additional note to the item No. 9 in the agenda of the 23rd National Council <>

[19.03.2010] Wage Revision to DOT: - Wage revision proposals has been forwarded today, 19-03-2010 to DOT for approval after the approval of BSNL Board.

[19.03.2010] CITU Conference Supports BSNL Strike: - CITU Conference being held at Chandigarh from 17th March 2010 has extended its full support and solidarity to the strike of BSNL Workers proposed on 20th April 2010. Earlier, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU, spoke in detail about the struggle against BSNL disinvestment, retrenchment under VRS etc. and sought support from the Central Trade Unions.

[19.03.2010] CONTINUOUS STRUGGLE TO SAVE BSNL - AIBDPA Circular No.01 <>

[18.03.2010] Special concessions/facilities to Central Govt. Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached/subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government <>

[17.03.2010] High Lights of the National Council meeting held on 16-03-2010 <>



[16.03.2010]PRESS RELEASE:- One Day Strike by BSNL Workers on 20.04.2010 <>



[15.03.2010]

JOINT FORUM OF BSNL ASSOCIATIONS / UNIONS OF EXECUTIVES AND NON-EXECUTIVES <>

JOINT FORUM DECIDES FOR

ONE DAY DHARNA ON 26TH MARCH 2010

ONE DAY STRIKE ON 20TH APRIL 2010

PROTESTING

· 30% DISINVESTMENT

· RETRENCHMENT OF ONE LAKH WORKERS THRIOUGH VRS

· UNBUNDLING OF LAST MILE COPPER WIRE

· OUTSOURCING



DEMANDING

· SETTLEMENT OF ITS ABSORPTION

· 93 MILLION GSM TENDER

· IDA PENSION REVISION

PREPARE FROM TODAY

MOBILISE THE WORKERS

START FULL CAMPAIGN

V.A.N. NAMBOODIRI

CONVENER,JOINT FORUM

OF BSNL ASSOCIATIONS/

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[24.03.2010] PROMOTION POLICY ORDERS ISSUED AT 19.40 HOURS TODAY. ORDER NO. 27.7/2008.TE.II DATED 23.3.2010



CONGRATULATIONS

V.A.N. NAMBOODIRI

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[23.03.2010]Notice for Indefinite Strike from 20th April, 2010 Called by JAC & Note on the Demands <>



[22.03.2010]BSNL WORKERS ON INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 20TH APRIL 2010 <>





[22.03.2010]Revolutionary Greetings on BSNLEU Day to All Comrades from CHQ !

Let Us Strive Hard to Protect and Advance Workers Interests.

Let Us Take Our Mighty Organisation to New Heights.

Workers of the World Unite !



BSNLEU Zindabad !

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[20.03.2010]A letter to GM (SR) - Personal up gradation of qualified and officiating JTOs — Submission of additional note to the item No. 10 in the agenda of the 23rd National Council <>

[20.03.2010]A letter to GM (SR) - Regularisation of left out casual labour—Submission of additional note to the item No. 9 in the agenda of the 23rd National Council <>

[19.03.2010] Wage Revision to DOT: - Wage revision proposals has been forwarded today, 19-03-2010 to DOT for approval after the approval of BSNL Board.

[19.03.2010] CITU Conference Supports BSNL Strike: - CITU Conference being held at Chandigarh from 17th March 2010 has extended its full support and solidarity to the strike of BSNL Workers proposed on 20th April 2010. Earlier, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU, spoke in detail about the struggle against BSNL disinvestment, retrenchment under VRS etc. and sought support from the Central Trade Unions.

[19.03.2010] CONTINUOUS STRUGGLE TO SAVE BSNL - AIBDPA Circular No.01 <>

[18.03.2010] Special concessions/facilities to Central Govt. Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached/subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government <>

[17.03.2010] High Lights of the National Council meeting held on 16-03-2010 <>



[16.03.2010]PRESS RELEASE:- One Day Strike by BSNL Workers on 20.04.2010 <>



[15.03.2010]

JOINT FORUM OF BSNL ASSOCIATIONS / UNIONS OF EXECUTIVES AND NON-EXECUTIVES <>

JOINT FORUM DECIDES FOR

ONE DAY DHARNA ON 26TH MARCH 2010

ONE DAY STRIKE ON 20TH APRIL 2010

PROTESTING

· 30% DISINVESTMENT

· RETRENCHMENT OF ONE LAKH WORKERS THRIOUGH VRS

· UNBUNDLING OF LAST MILE COPPER WIRE

· OUTSOURCING



DEMANDING

· SETTLEMENT OF ITS ABSORPTION

· 93 MILLION GSM TENDER

· IDA PENSION REVISION

PREPARE FROM TODAY

MOBILISE THE WORKERS

START FULL CAMPAIGN

V.A.N. NAMBOODIRI

CONVENER,JOINT FORUM

OF BSNL ASSOCIATIONS/

UNIONS OF EXECUTIVES & NON - EXECUTIVES



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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BSNL Broad Band Promotional Scheme-inf. by Ashok Hindocha M-9426201999

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Promotional scheme allowing “15 days Unlimited Free Download” to the New customers Registering their Broadband connection upto 31.03.2010.

Posted on: 23-03-2010
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Promotional scheme allowing “15 days Unlimited Free Download” to the New customers Registering their Broadband connection upto 31.03.2010.
• All the customers registering their new Broadband connection till 31 st March 2010 under any BSNL Broadband Plan of up to 2Mbps speed (limited/unlimited) shall be provided unlimited free download at 2Mbps for first fifteen (15) days , irrespective of the speed of the plan applied for.

• The customers applying for Limited Plans shall not be charged for their download for first fifteen (15) days of activation of their Broadband connection and those applying for Unlimited Plans with download speed less than 2 Mbps shall get the benefit of increased download speed upto 2 Mbps.

• The scheme of free download shall terminate automatically after the first 15 days after which the connection shall be reverted to the registered plan, and change in Plan, if any desired by the customer shall be noted and implemented as per existing provisions.

• No Installation charges shall be payable by the customer for the BB connection registered upto 31.03.2010, as the same stand already waived off upto 31.03.2010

• Security Deposit for the opted Broadband Plan and the Modem Security Deposit (in case Modem is taken on hire basis from BSNL) shall be taken in three monthly installments starting from the first bill for the BB connection registered upto 31.03.2010

• Usual Monthly Plan charges for the opted Broadband plan and Fixed Monthly charges for the Modem (in case Modem is taken on hire basis from BSNL) shall be payable during the promotional period i.e., 15 days free download period.

• Minimum period of hire for customers availing this scheme shall be a period of one month including the free download period .


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JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE OF BSNL ASSOCIATIONS // UNIONS
JAC//2010 23..03..2010
To,,
The Chaiirman & Managiing Diirecttor
Bharatt Sanchar Niigam Liimiitted
Bharatt Sanchar Bhawan
New Dellhii--110001
Sub:: Nottiice ffor IIndeffiiniitte Sttriike ffrom 20th Apriill,, 2010
Siirr,,
IItt iis herreby nottiiffiied tthatt tthe Executtiive and Non--Executtiive emplloyees off BSNL wiillll go on
IIndeffiiniitte Sttrriike ffrrom 20th Aprriill,, 2010 fforr settttllementt off tthe ffollllowiing demands::
1.. Settttlle IITS Absorrpttiion iissue
2.. No Diisiinvesttmentt // No Prriivattiisattiion off BSNL..
3.. No Rettrrenchmentt // No VRS
4.. No Unbundlliing off Lastt Miille Copperr & Ottherr IInffrrasttrructturre..
5.. No Outtsourrciing
6.. IImmediiatte Prrocurrementt off Mobiille Liines
7.. Ensurre IIDA Pensiion Reviisiion tto BSNL Rettiirrees..
A notte on tthe demands iis herrewiitth encllosed..
IItt iis allso iinttiimatted tthatt One Day Dharrna wiillll be orrganiized att Corrporratte Offffiice,, Ciirrclle and
SSA HQs on 26..03..2010 iin supporrtt off tthe sttrriike demands..
Copy tto:: ((1)) Hon’’blle Miiniistterr off Communiicattiions & IIT,, New Dellhii
((2)) The Chiieff Labourr Commiissiionerr,, Shrram Saktthii Bhawan,, Raffii Marrg,, New Dellhii
((3)) The Secrrettarry,, DoT,, Sancharr Bhawan,, New Dellhii..
((3)) The Diirrecttorr ((HR)),, BSNL,, Bharratt Sancharr Bhawan,, New Dellhii..
((4)) The GM ((SR)),, BSNL,, Bharratt Sancharr Bhawan,, New Dellhii..
Note on the Demands for Indefinite Strike
from 20th April, 2010
1.. IITS Absorptiion
The iissue off absorrpttiion off IITS Offffiicerrs iin BSNL iis nott yett settttlled,, adverrselly affffecttiing tthe
day tto day devellopmentt and expansiion pllans.. IItt iis unprrecedentted tthatt mostt off ttop llevell
offffiicerrs arre on deputtattiion tto BSNL fforr aboutt 10 yearrs.. The assurrance giiven tto tthe Joiintt
Forrum tthatt tthe absorrpttiion iissue wiillll be settttlled by Decemberr,, 2009 has nott been
iimpllementted.. We wantt iimmediiatte settttllementt off tthiis iissue..
2.. No Diisiinvestment // No Priivatiisatiion of BSNL
IItt iis rreporrtted tthatt BSNL Boarrd has deciided tto diisiinvestt 10% sharres off BSNL.. The Sam
Piittrroda Panell iis allso rreporrtted tto have rrecommended 30% diisiinvesttmentt.. The uniions arre
compllettelly opposed tto diisiinvesttmentt and prriivattiizattiion off BSNL whiich iis nott iin tthe iintterrestt off
tthe counttrry and BSNL Worrkerrs.. The assurrance giiven tto tthe Joiintt Forrum earrlliierr durriing tthe
prroposed sttrriike off 6th Januarry,, 2006 tthatt ttherre wiillll be no diisiinvesttmentt // prriivattiizattiion shoulld
be honourred..
3.. No Retrenchment // No VRS
The rrecommendattiion off tthe Sam Piittrroda Commiittttee tto rrettrrench one llakh worrkerrs tthrrough
VRS iis vehementtlly opposed by tthe uniions.. IItt iis tto be menttiioned tthatt tthe goverrnmentt and
managementt had assurred tthatt no VRS wiillll be iimpllementted iin BSNL.. Morre tthan one llakh
worrkerrs have allrready rrettiirred siince corrporrattiisattiion and 60,,000 morre arre goiing tto be rrettiirred
wiitthiin tthe nextt ffiive yearrs.. The siix llakhs worrkerrs iin DoT iin 1986 has now been rreduced tto
tthrree llakh and ttherre iis no need fforr rrettrrenchmentt.. IIn ffactt,, rrecrruiittmentt iis tthe necessiitty iinsttead
off engagiing conttrractt worrkerrs..
4.. No Unbundlliing of Last Miille Copper and Other IInfrastructure
We demand tthatt tthe goverrnmentt and BSNL managementt shoulld honourr ttheiirr earrlliierr
commiittmentt tthatt ttherre wiillll be no unbundlliing off BSNL iinffrrasttrructturre as allso valluablle llastt
miille copperr.. Thiis iis hiighlly iimporrttantt fforr tthe brroad band connecttiions ettc.. as unbundlliing wiillll
rresulltt iin llosiing tthe advanttage off BSNL iin tthiis arrea..
5.. No Outsourciing
Outtsourrciing iis nott tthe panacea tto iimprrove marrkett sharre and ffiinanciiall viiabiilliitty.. The exiisttiing
3 llakh manpowerr shoulld be maxiimum uttiilliized compllettelly avoiidiing outtsourrciing..
6.. IImmediiate Procurement of Mobiille Liines
The BSNL Boarrd has now deciided tto scrrap tthe ttenderr fforr 93 miilllliion GSM lliines whiich wiillll
compllettelly sttarrve BSNL off mobiille lliines,, whiich iis verry much rrequiirred fforr tthe expansiion off iitts
serrviices.. We demand tthatt mobiille lliines be prrocurred iimmediiattelly wiitthoutt any dellay so tthatt
ttherre iis no capaciitty crrunch..
7.. IIssues of BSNL Pensiioners
The Reviisiion off Pensiion off BSNL emplloyees who rrettiirred befforre 01..01..2007 has nott been
orrderred so ffarr.. Earrlliierr,, 50% IIDA merrgerr fforr tthese offffiiciialls werre rrejjectted.. Therre can nott be
any diiscrriimiinattiion iin pensiion bettween tthose who rrettiirred befforre 01..01..2007 and afftterr..
Reviisiion off Pensiion on IIDA scalle shoulld be settttlled wiitthoutt ffurrttherr dellay..
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[22.03.2010]Revolutionary Greetings on BSNLEU Day to All Comrades from CHQ !

Let Us Strive Hard to Protect and Advance Workers Interests.

Let Us Take Our Mighty Organisation to New Heights.

Workers of the World Unite !



BSNLEU Zindabad !

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[20.03.2010]A letter to GM (SR) - Personal up gradation of qualified and officiating JTOs — Submission of additional note to the item No. 10 in the agenda of the 23rd National Council <>

[20.03.2010]A letter to GM (SR) - Regularisation of left out casual labour—Submission of additional note to the item No. 9 in the agenda of the 23rd National Council <>

[19.03.2010] Wage Revision to DOT: - Wage revision proposals has been forwarded today, 19-03-2010 to DOT for approval after the approval of BSNL Board.

[19.03.2010] CITU Conference Supports BSNL Strike: - CITU Conference being held at Chandigarh from 17th March 2010 has extended its full support and solidarity to the strike of BSNL Workers proposed on 20th April 2010. Earlier, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU, spoke in detail about the struggle against BSNL disinvestment, retrenchment under VRS etc. and sought support from the Central Trade Unions.

[19.03.2010] CONTINUOUS STRUGGLE TO SAVE BSNL - AIBDPA Circular No.01 <>

[18.03.2010] Special concessions/facilities to Central Govt. Employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached/subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government <>

[17.03.2010] High Lights of the National Council meeting held on 16-03-2010 <>



[16.03.2010]PRESS RELEASE:- One Day Strike by BSNL Workers on 20.04.2010 <>



[15.03.2010]

JOINT FORUM OF BSNL ASSOCIATIONS / UNIONS OF EXECUTIVES AND NON-EXECUTIVES <>

JOINT FORUM DECIDES FOR

ONE DAY DHARNA ON 26TH MARCH 2010

ONE DAY STRIKE ON 20TH APRIL 2010

PROTESTING

· 30% DISINVESTMENT

· RETRENCHMENT OF ONE LAKH WORKERS THRIOUGH VRS

· UNBUNDLING OF LAST MILE COPPER WIRE

· OUTSOURCING



DEMANDING

· SETTLEMENT OF ITS ABSORPTION

· 93 MILLION GSM TENDER

· IDA PENSION REVISION

PREPARE FROM TODAY

MOBILISE THE WORKERS

START FULL CAMPAIGN

V.A.N. NAMBOODIRI

CONVENER,JOINT FORUM

OF BSNL ASSOCIATIONS/

UNIONS OF EXECUTIVES & NON - EXECUTIVES



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Issuing of Order on Promotion Policy
Director (HR) informed the staff side, that the draft promotion policy order is being vetted by various branches of the Corporate Office and assured that the order will be issued soon .Staff side members insisted upon the management to release the order by the end of this week.
Wage Revision
Staff side insisted upon the management, to get expeditious approval for the wage revision agreement from DOT. Management side replied that it was taking necessary steps for the same.
93 million lines GSM tender
Staff side recorded it’s strong protest for the decision of the BSNL Board to cancel the tender for purchasing 93 million GSM lines and requested the Board to review it’s decision.
Relaxation for appearing JTO 15% LICE.
In view of the availability of a large number of vacancies, the Staff side demanded that the qualifying service be reduced from from 7 years to 5 years and also that the cut off date be shifted from 01-07-2009 to 01-01-2010.However, the management side did not accept this, on the plea that it will lead to litigations
Child care leave
Based on the recommendations of the 6th CPC, Govt. of India has already amended the CCS Leave Rules for the grant of child care leave to it’s women employees. BSNL,which is following the CCS Leave Rules, has so far not implemented this. Staff side vehemently argued that this should be implemented in BSNL also. However this was not accepted by the management side. Staff side told that it would further take up the issue at the appropriate forum.
Personal upgradation of TTAs officiating as JTOs
Staff side strongly pleaded that the 2000 and odd qualified TTAs, should be upgraded as JTOs, on the basis of personal upgradation. The staff side reasoned, that this will not involve much financial implication. The management side agreed to look into this and said that the issue can further be discussed.
Issues of the retired employees.
The Recognised Union has been consistently taking up the case of revision of the pension of those who retired prior to 01-01-2007.In this meeting, management side informed that DOT is preparing the cabinet note for revision of pension on IDA scales
Staff side demanded that the BSNLMRS should be extended to the family members of the deceased pensioners also. Management side accepted this this demand.
Relaxation of educational qualifications for RMs for appearing the TTA exam.
A minimum qualification of 10std pass has been fixed for RMs for appearing the TM exam, while no such condition is prescribed for the Group Ds. Staff side demanded that this condition should be relaxed. However this was not accepted on the plea that the exam is already conducted in a number of circles including Assam, West Bengal,NE1 and NTR.
At the same time, management side agreed to favourably consider the demand of the Staff side to conduct the lower level exams in the Regional Languages.

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BSNL headcount Kuldeep Goyal first annual loss
way ahead
BSNL board has not approved VRS plan: Kuldeep Goyal
13 Mar 2010, 0200 hrs IST, Joji Thomas Philip, ET Bureau
Erstwhile state monopoly BSNL's decline as a telecom service provider has few parallels in history. It slipped
behind its fleet-footed private sector rivals to lose market share and
revenues at an alarming speed. BSNL chairman and managing director Kuldeep Goyal is spearheading an
effort to reverse the decline in fortunes by emulating private telcos. The company is set to dump its equipment
procurement process to adopt the ‘managed capacity’ model where network is outsourced to vendors, which
constantly changes network configuration to meet capacity requirements. Mr Goyal explains in detail how he
will script a turnaround for BSNL, which is expected to post the first annual loss in its history, in an exclusive
interaction. Excerpts:
Now that BSNL’s board has cancelled its controversial 93-million lines tender, what is the way forward?
We are changing our procurement strategy completely. We are looking at a ‘managed capacity’ model and
this will be based on the traffic which is measured on a per Erlang basis. Our future orders for equipment will
no longer be based on number of GSM lines. The new strategy will see us work out our mobile network
capacity requirements on a quarterly basis and vendors will be given contracts to install this. This is the model
being followed by private operators. We are now studying how companies like Airtel are executing it.
Will the new model do away with all the controversies associated with BSNL tenders?
Now, vendors will design our network — first they will study our networks, find out which of the clusters have
capacity constraints and then identify the equipment that is required to be added. So, if there is surplus
equipment in a cluster, they would like to roll it over to another area. For the first time, designing, planning,
implementation of our mobile networks will be done by the vendor. Right now, our employees do all these
functions. So far, we were giving blanket orders to install certain number of lines at a particular location/town
— here what happens is that in some places, the capacity gets used up faster than our estimates and we
then have constraints. On the other hand, in other places, the growth in mobile connections may be lower than
our calculations, leaving us with surplus capacity. We were giving orders for say a 12-month period, and could
not make changes in between. In a managed capacity model, capacity is added or reduced every quarter.
How will your new tenders be? How will you address your equipment needs during this period? There is a
lot of speculation that BSNL has already run out of mobile capacity in most parts of the country. Also, even
if you have spare capacity now, will it not run out by the time you implement the new model?
Yes, the new tenders will no longer be about lines. Once we study this model and understand it, we will float
RFPs for equipment purchase under the managed capacity model. Currently, we have a capacity of around 20
million GSM lines which are under installation in the South zone. These lines are being provided by Huawei,
while in the West, they are being supplied by Alcatel Lucent. There is also come capacity left in the North and
East zones. We have 8.5 million free lines in the South, 7.7 million in the West and 1.5 million each in the
North and East. We have some some margins in our existing orders that we have placed with these vendors
and therefore may be able to place additional orders with them. In the west and south zones, we will not
require additional capacity for the next one year. In the North and East, we will require additional capacity
within the next six months and we are considering several options to meet it. We are yet to decide if we want to
place additional orders under phase V of our 2007 tenders.
The government has banned you from procuring equipment from Chinese firms in most regions of the
country. Does this impact BSNL?
I cannot comment on government decisions, but if any rules are there they should be common for all the
operators. They cannot be applicable only to state-owned companies as that does not serve the purpose. If
security is a concern, it should be for all the networks of all operators.
Your financials have been falling rapidly. The Prime Minister’s Office as well as the Department of
Telecom have expressed concerns over this.
BSNL is not making losses. Even in the last fiscal, we had profits of around Rs 575 crore. This year, we are
going to take a massive hit of around Rs 4,800 crore because of a salary revision. This salary revision is
effective from 2007. These arrears have to be paid in the current fiscal. We have already disbursed around Rs
1,000 crore as of last year, so there will be an additional liability of Rs 3,800 crore this fiscal. This year’s
financials will, therefore, be impacted. In the next year, the situation will improve. This is a temporary phase. In
the case of mobile revenues, BSNL is doing better than private operators. The mobile revenues for the
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industry have come down by 5-6% in the current fiscal in the quarter ending June 2009, industry revenues
were down by 4.55% while in the quarter ended September it was down by 1 %. But our revenues from mobile
services have not fallen. Overall revenues have fallen because of our wireline revenues.
Is it possible that for the first time, BSNL will register losses this fiscal?
This year, that is a possibility. This is because of this new liability of having to pay three-year salary arrears
due to the revision.
Was the board pressurised into accepting Pitroda panel report?
There was no pressure on us. The board has given its views on this report to the government and has asked
it to take a final call on it. Most recommendations of this panel are related to the growth of the company and
the board has no objections to it. While the Pirtoda panel recommended a 30% divestment, the board has
only said that it is okay with a stake sale. We have not said that 30% should be sold, but rather have asked the
government to work out the exact quantum. On the issue of VRS, the BSNL board is of the view that 60,000
people will retire in the next five years. So, the headcount will come down by this number within a five-year
period. Let me also clarify, the board has not approved any move to offer VRS to 100,000 employees. The
BSNL board also agrees with the Pitroda committee report that private talent be brought in and marked linked
salaries be offered to these executives.
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India concerned over cross-border telecom signals from Pak

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DoT not to exclude portability charges from telcos’ revenue

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India concerned over cross-border telecom signals from Pak


New Delhi: It is not only terrorism from Pakistan that is hurting India. Even cross-border telecom signals are causing problems here, prompting moves for taking up this issue with Pakistani establishment for its redressal.

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Signals of Pakistani telecom providers are crossing into Indian territory in Punjab, leading to interference with Indian services.
Concerned over this, India is planning to seek a meeting with Pakistan to resolve the issue, sources said, adding that the department of telecom and ministry of external affairs are holding consultations in this regard.
There are plans to seek a meeting between the departments of telecom of the two countries in June but nothing has been
finalised as the process of consultations are still going on, they said.
Earlier, the Pakistani mobile phone companies had also complained to authorities that interference in frequency bandwidth from Indian cellular operators, Tata Mobile and Reliance Communications, was affecting the quality of their services.
The areas of Lahore, Sialkot, Kasur, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar and Bahawalpur, which border India, are being affected by the bandwidth interference, representatives of mobile phone companies said.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) carried out a joint survey following the complaints and said that the interference had caused a "calculable depreciation in quality of mobile telecommunication services in areas of Punjab province located near the border with India."
The interference happens as the Indian CDMA operators and the Pakistani operators usually operate on the very similar bandwidths.
While the Indian CDMA operators have been allocated 824-844 MHz/869-889 MHz band, some Pakistani operators work on 890-915Mhz/935-960Mhz band. So between 889Mhz and 890 Mhz there are some interference.
However, those can be reduced by using proper mechanisms


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DoT not to exclude portability charges from telcos’ revenue


New Delhi: The department of telecommunications, or DoT, has denied a request by the lobby group Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) to let telecom operators exclude the money they earn by “porting” mobile numbers from their adjusted gross revenue (AGR), a part of which they pay the government, two DoT officials said.
India is expected to begin implementing the so-called mobile number portability (MNP) service in May to allow mobile phone users to “port”, or retain, their numbers when they change their telecom operator. The system will work by rerouting calls on these numbers from the original operator to the new one.
Two MNP service providers, Telcordia Technologies Inc. and Syniverse Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd, will maintain a database of numbers that have shifted from one operator to another to allow for seamless rerouting of calls. Telcos can run their own databases of such numbers, or “dip” into each other’s or the MNP service providers’ databases.
Porting involves three kinds of transaction charges. Mobile phone users will pay the “porting charge”, fixed at Rs19, to the operator they are shifting to. Telcos will pay the “per port transaction charge” to MNP service providers for processing a porting request. They will also pay the “dipping charge” to another telco or to the MNP service providers if they utilize their query search databases.
COAI had said that porting and dipping charges that telcos receive will ultimately go to the MNP service provider’s kitty, and so should not be included in the adjusted gross revenues of telcos. Telcos pay 6-10% of their adjusted gross revenue as spectrum usage charge and 2-5% as licence fee to DoT.
“The telecom firms will not get to keep this money as it will go to the MNP operator. Then what is the logic of the money contributing to the AGR (adjusted gross revenue),” said T.R. Dua, officiating director general, COAI. “We had written to DoT asking them to clarify this.”
But a senior DoT official justified the decision to include the income in telcos’ revenue.
“They have the option of either having their own database or dipping into the MNP operator’s database. The operators who chose to dip will be bearing an acquisition cost. Why should this be written off as an expenditure and not included in the AGR?” said the official on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
Another DoT official confirmed the move. “The telcos will be going after higher Arpu (average revenue per user) generating consumers and, therefore, it is far more profitable for them when a subscriber comes to them. As per the licence agreement that they signed, it was agreed that all revenue would be added to the AGR,” he said.
India had 545.05 million wireless subscribers after adding 19.90 million in January, taking overall teledensity to 49.5%. The country has the fastest growing and second largest telecom market in the world after China.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has estimated porting rate to be at 10% in the first 15 months, and 7%, 6% and 5%, respectively, over the next three years.
A Mumbai-based analyst, who did not want to be named, said porting could add Rs100 crore to telcos’ AGR every three months, assuming that 6-8% of India’s mobile subscriber base favoured a change of network in that period.
“The Indian market has 13 telecom operators, with around 95% of the market being prepaid. There is no other comparable market in the world,” the analyst said.
MNP has been delayed twice as operators were not ready to implement it. More recently, it has led to a tariff war, with each operator trying to expand its subscriber base to lessen the impact of users leaving its network once MNP is introduced. Telcos are expected to carry on the tariff war for at least six months after that,
But it has brought tariffs down to levels now viewed as unviable. “It all depends on how much their books can bleed, but the war will end with consolidation as the telcos will be easy targets for acquisition,” the Mumbai-based analyst said.

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Lebanon to get additional internet bandwidth from India


BEIRUT: The Lebanese government is planning on buying an additional 45 gigabytes of international internet bandwidth for $45 million in the coming few months said an IT expert on Sunday.

“The Ministry of Telecommunications announced that the additional bandwidth is expected to reach Lebanon in the month of May but I think that this will not happen on time because of the difficulties encountered by the Lebanese government with the Egyptian intelligence service,” Riad Bahsoun told The Daily Star.

Bahsoun, who is the general manager of the Telecommunication Information Technology in Lebanon, explained that the new bandwidth will come from India via Egypt, through a submarine cable that will reach Tripoli. “There is no problem whatsoever with the cable but the only problem is with the whole system which is supposed to pass by Egypt before reaching Lebanon,” he said. “The Lebanese government did not solve the security issues with the Egyptian Intelligence; however Saudi Telecom is helping out with this issue.”

On the other hand, Danial Hamadeh, who is a senior spectrum expert at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), commented on Bahsoun’s remarks, saying that he does not believe a problem actually exists with the Egyptian intelligence service because a lot of Arab countries already receive bandwidth via Egypt gateway using IMEWE (India-Middle East-Western Europe).

Hamadeh explained that IMEWE submarine cable is an ultra high capacity fiber optic submarine cable system which links India and Europe via Middle East. He said that IMEWE is the international gateway and these cables serve as the principal internet connections between the Middle East and westward on to Europe and North America.

Lebanon has long suffered from a low speed broadband connectivity and this is negatively affecting the flow of investments to the country. Many foreign investors are reluctant to establish businesses in Lebanon due to the lack of proper internet connections and to the high-priced internet services which affect their production capacity.

One of the best examples in this area, according to Amer Tabsh, a professional technical adviser, is the lack of support offered by the government to Google Inc. in delivering their services from Lebanon.

“Google has offices all over the world, but if you dial their office numbers in Lebanon nobody answers since they were unable to place their servers in our country,” Tabsh told The Daily Star in a previous interview. Tabsh explained that their main servers are not available in Lebanon and the website address ‘www.google.com.lb’ operates from Jordan because of their low cost of internet services.

Bahsoun said that this step would be an extremely important milestone for Lebanon in terms of society transformation. “The entire society will migrate to an information society. You can have the best policy in the world but if you don’t have enough bandwidth then you have nothing,” he commented. “It will absolutely decrease internet services prices.”

Bahsoun said that this step will only be successful if the administration makes use of it in a good way. “They must establish a new system of bandwidth distribution to ISPs in addition to imposing on them new prices policies that are suitable with the demand of consumers,” he said.

Bahsoun said that Today 1 megabit of internet bandwidth is consumed by 40 users. “If the government receives this additional bandwidth then in 2012, we will be 12 users using 20 megabits of bandwidth and the fee per month will go down from $90 to $30,” he said.

Bahsoun explained that when a user subscribes to a 512kb connection, he is only using a fraction of it. “You only use a fraction which is 1 out of 40 because they sell the same fraction to 39 others since they don’t have enough bandwidth,” he said.


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Stalement in RBI, competition panel talks over bank M&As


Banking regulator Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) attempts to keep anti-competitive practices watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) out of the merger and acquisition (M&A) business of banks seems to have hit a roadblock. The ministry of corporate affairs said it is not agreeable exempting the banking industry from the M&A norms that are expected to be put in place by CCI soon.
Protracted discussions between the finance and corporate affairs ministries, the two administrative ministries for RBI and CCI, respectively, to exempt bank M&As from the regulatory purview of CCI have failed to produce results, it is learnt.
The RBI view has been that the CCI, which has to approve bank M&As under the provisions of the Competition Act 2002, should keep away from scrutinising such M&A activities because RBI is the regulator for the banking industry.
Under the Competition Act, any bank merger has to get final approval from the CCI, although RBI’s views will be sought on the matter. RBI had observed that CCI’s involvement in clearing bank M&As will go against the spirit of the regulatory powers given to the central bank. Apparent lack of sufficient expertise was another reason cited to keep M&A regulation in the banking sector confined to RBI.
Bank M&As were not part of the Monopoly and Restrictive Trade Practices Act (MRTPC) which gave way to the new Competition Act later.
“The matter is still under discussion,” a senior official of the ministry of corporate affairs said, though he did not indicate any possibility of an early solution. Sources said a final call on the issue will be taken by the ministers concerned - Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid – on account of the little progress in ministry-level talks. The overlap of regulatory powers among sector regulators and the CCI has been generating differing views ever since the Competition Act was notified. Insurance and telecom are other sectors in which potential differences could arise since they have sector regulators in the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India . CCI intervention is triggered only on those M&A deals above a certain deal size. Either the combined entity formed by the M&A should have a combined asset value of over Rs 1,000 crore or $500 million or
a turnover of Rs 3,000 crore or $1.5 billion.


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Govt-appointed spl auditor gives clean chit to Bharti


New Delhi: The country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel said on Sunday that the government-appointed special auditor has given it a clean chit. The special audit was ordered by the department of telecommunications last year on the country’s top five telecom service providers to verify if the firms had underpaid licence and spectrum charges to the government.
Bharti’s statement comes in the backdrop of speculation in a section of industry that the audit report may have found some inconsistencies in the company’s reporting of subscriber numbers to DoT. Apparently, the company has sought to pre-empt any further speculation on the subject.
The audit report was submitted to the DoT last week.
In October 2009, a similar audit had found Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications Ltd (RComm) inflating its 2007-08 wireless revenues by Rs 2,915 crore to shareholders, while simultaneously under-reporting the figures to telecom regulator Trai. It had found that RComm made an “under-payment of licence fee” of Rs 315.9 crore in 2006-07 and 2007-08, a charge denied by Rcomm later.
On Sunday a Bharti Airtel statement said the findings of the report has reconfirmed that all payments of licence fee and spectrum charges were as per laws.
“The findings of the special auditors appointed by the department of telecommunications has reconfirmed that all payments of license fee and spectrum charges are as per the license conditions as well as applicable rulings of the TDSAT. The audit has been conducted in a fair and transparent manner,” Manoj Kohli CEO & joint managing director of Bharti Airtel said.
“Bharti Airtel has always maintained the highest standards of corporate governance and has displayed highest regard for the regulatory compliance,” Kohli added. Kohli is now the CEO of the Bharti Airtel’s international business but was CEO India and South Asia for the period when the audit was conducted.
Bharti said the DoT had specifically indicated to the auditors to quantify the amount of licence fee even in those cases where TDSAT has ruled in favour of the industry.
“This audit is another testimony of Bharti Airtel’s professional management’s commitment and responsibility to its shareholders, government and regulatory bodies and is also a confirmation of the fact that Bharti Airtel always maintains highest standards of professional integrity by appointing best in the class statutory and internal auditors," Kohli said.
However, neither Bharti nor the DoT has released the findings of the audit report.


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