Tata Indicom has launched 1 paisa per second charge for all STD and mobile calls for its Delhi subscribers, and also offered extra talk time and SMS.

Tata Indicom, the CDMA brand of Tata Teleservices in Delhi circle, on Sunday announced the prepaid voucher for the subscribers.

"The Plan Voucher (PV) 91 allows subscribers to make all local and STD mobile calls at one paisa per second and also offers them extra benefits on data, talk time and messaging for as long as six months," the company said in statement.

"PV 91 combines everything that a consumer needs into one complete mobility solution," Ajit Chaturvedi, MBU head-Delhi at Tata Indicom.

The PV 91 offer is available to new subscribers on Tata Indicom network.

Tata Teleservices Ltd has a pan-India presence across India's 15 telecom circles. It offers integrated telecom solutions to its customers under the unified brand name Tata DoCoMo and operates its wireless networks on GSM, CDMA and 3G technology platforms.

CDMA (code division multiple access) technology allows several users to share a band of frequencies and GSM, or global system for mobile communication, is a digital mobile telephony system.



Cyberabad Police today busted a rave party and arrested 26 persons, including 12 women, after raiding a poultry farm premises at Shamirpet area.

Acting on a tip-off that a rave party was being organised, a police team raided the farm in Turkapalli area of Shamirpet on the city outskirts in the early hours and found the participants allegedly indulging in obscene dance acts, Shamirpet Police Station Inspector T N Babji said.

As many as 26 persons, including 12 women - three from Mumbai and one belonging to Kolkata, were arrested in connection with the rave party, the inspector said.

Police was in the process of producing them before a local court, the official said, adding that the 14 men arrested are businessmen from different parts of Hyderabad. One of the organisers, identified as Ranjan, is absconding while his female accomplice, who was part of organising the rave party, is among the 12 arrested women, he said.

Police also seized over Rs. two lakh cash, several cellphones and four 4-wheelers from the party site, Babji said.

Another senior police official said some liquor bottles were seized from the premises, but no narcotic drugs were found there. Further investigations were on.

The UK Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a minimum income threshold of 18,600 pounds for British citizens bringing foreign spouses to live with them in the country, a move likely to affect thousands of visa applicants, including Indian-origin people.

The appeal court ruling followed a legal challenge by UK home secretary Theresa May to a high court judgement last July, which said the 18,600 pounds was "onerous" and "unjustified".

A minimum annual income requirement of 18,600 pounds is expected to hit thousands of visa applicants, including Indian-origin British citizens, who tend to get married in India and bring their spouse into the UK as their dependents, a media report said today.

Justice Blake in July last had ruled that the financial requirements amounted to "a disproportionate interference with a genuine spousal relationship" and suggested that a threshold of 13,400 pounds, which was more in line with the national minimum wage, would be more appropriate.

But, according to a 'Guardian' newspaper report, three appeal court judges said that his analysis and conclusion that the income rules breached the human rights of the British husbands, wives or partners was not correct, so the rules were lawful.

The case was brought on behalf of two British citizens, Abdul Majid and Shabana Javed, who both live in Birmingham and a refugee, MM, who has the right to remain in Britain, who are married to spouses who live outside Europe.

Lord Justice Aikens, one of the three appeal court judges, said he was very conscious of the evidence submitted that only 301 of the 422 occupations listed in the 2011 UK earnings data had annual average earnings over 18,600 pounds.

"But, given the work that was done on behalf of the secretary of state to analyse the effect of the immigration of non-European Economic Area partners and dependent children on the benefits system, the level of income needed to minimise dependence on the state for families where non-EEA partners enter the UK," he said.

"....what I regard as a rational conclusion on the link between better income and greater chances of integration, my conclusion is that the secretary of state's judgement cannot be impugned," he said.

"She has discharged the burden of demonstrating that the interference was both the minimum necessary and strikes a fair balance between the interests of the groups concerned and the community in general."

The judge said it was not up to the court to impose its own view on what the minimum income threshold should be, unless it was irrational, unjust or unfair.

Campaigners say that many thousands more families who were put off from applying by the 18,600 pounds income threshold since it was introduced in 2012 will also be affected.

They say that the families who remain separated include British citizens in full-time employment on the minimum wage who are too poor to enjoy the right to a family life.

A Home Office spokesperson said the judgement will mean that, from the July 28, the 4,000 individuals whose applications are currently on hold, pending this judgement, will receive a decision.

"These are cases (that) met all the requirements apart from the minimum income threshold and now stand to be refused," he said.

Source : NDTV


A house committee of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly has recommended that the state government ban mobile phones in schools and colleges, blaming the device for the rise in rapes and other crimes against women.

The State Women and Child Welfare Committee has also expressed its support for such a move.

The crime rate against women may come down if school and college students are prevented from excessively using smart phones which give them unbridled access to social media, the Committee seems to believe.

"Many students, especially minors, make friends with new people who may not be genuine; this could lead to a case of molestation," stated a report tabled by the house committee in the Assembly yesterday.

This is not the first time the Karnataka government has proposed a ban on mobile phones in schools and colleges. The erstwhile BJP government had made a similar proposal, though it had cited health hazards from using mobile phones for long hours as the reason behind seeking such a ban.

But not everyone agrees with the Committee's recommendation.

"I think a mobile phone with safety apps in it would be useful and the user can stay connected. But students should be taught how to responsibly use mobile phones. Perhaps the government can use its resources and our MLAs can think of better ways to control crimes against women, like increasing police patrolling and making it more secure and safer on the ground," said Rina Pareira, a parent.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah too seemed to differ with the conclusions drawn by the panel."We use advanced technology but I don't think it affects the behaviour of children," he said.

Source : NDTV


Amit Shah, who delivered crucial Uttar Pradesh to BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, was on Wednesday appointed party president, marking Gujarat's firm grip over the ruling dispensation after Narendra Modi's elevation as Prime Minister.

Shah, a close and controversial aide of Modi, was appointed to the top post in BJP at a meeting of Parliamentary Board where incumbent Rajnath Singh resigned after a tenure of one-and-a-half years.

The former Minister of State for Home in Gujarat and who faces charges in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case is largely credited for BJP's stunning performance in UP where it got 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats.

The meeting was attended among others by Modi, senior leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, M Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who had to table the pre-Budget Economic Survey in Lok Sabha, joined the press conference where the announcement was made by Singh before all these leaders.

"From now and now on, Amit Shah will be the president of the BJP and lead the party. His appointment was asp proved unanimously," he said flanked by Modi and other leaders.

Shortly after the announcement, Modi and Singh offered sweets to Shah while other leaders including Advani, Joshi, Swaraj and Jaitley gave him bouquets.

As reporters started plying him questions, Shah replied "I will speak later" bringing the brief ceremony to a close.

He (Amit shah) has all the capabilities and management skills required for the strengthening of organisation- HM Rajnath Singh

Deccan Chronicle


Swedish furniture retailer IKEA is expected to open its first outlet in India at Hyderabad, and Telangana government has promised to fast-track all necessary clearances as the new state seeks to attract investments. After a meeting with top IKEA executives, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was quoted as saying all necessary clearances will be given through a single window to expedite the process of opening the store in the city.

A high-level team from the company represented by Juvenico Maeztu, Ikea Indian arm Chief Executive Officer, and Preet Dhupar, Chief Financial Officer, met Rao at Secretariat on July 9, a state government press release said. "He (Maeztu) explained in detail the genesis and growth of the company. The CEO suggested entering into an MoU with Telangana Government to serve as an umbrella for broad understanding," it said. The Sweden-headquartered company, founded in 1943, is one of the world's largest retailers in furniture, household goods and textiles. It was one of the first companies in India to be allowed 100 per cent FDI in retail.

In May last year, the government allowed the Swedish furniture major to invest Rs 10,500 crore for setting up single brand retail stores. "The decision by IKEA to set up its first store in Hyderabad will place the city on the international map of IKEA stores. "IKEA retail outlets have a standard design and each location entails an investment of USD 100 million (Rs 550-600 crore). In addition, the backward integration of supplier linkages will have tremendous economic impact to the State," the release said. During the meeting, women entrepreneur groups, bamboo and wood artisans, carpet makers were identified as potential suppliers to IKEA's store, it added.

Deccan Chronicle


Ram Madhav, spokesman of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, has been deputed to join the BJP. The decision, reportedly taken about a month ago, was ratified today at a Sangh meeting.

While members of the RSS, which is the ideological mentor of the BJP, often join the political party, Mr Madhav is the one of the most prominent faces to cross over into active politics.

The move is being seen as the Sangh increasing its presence in the BJP to ensure better coordination between the party and the mentor.

Mr Madhav, 49, is expected to be handed an important role in party affairs. Another senior RSS leader Shiv Prakash too had been deputed to the BJP and is also expected to be given organisational responsibility.

The BJP will soon get a revamp with a new President and office-holders, with current chief Rajnath Singh and many members of his team being inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers. The BJP does not allow members to hold two posts.

The front runner for the post of BJP president is said to be 50-year-old Amit Shah, Mr Modi's chief aide who scripted a dream win for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in the general elections this year. Assembly elections are due this year in five key states and the party hopes for a repeat of the recent elections.

Mr Madhav, who is from Andhra Pradesh, took over as RSS spokesman in 2003 and has in that role been one of the most known faces of the RSS in the last few years.

He is a member of the RSS national executive, the organisation's key decision making group of 35.



The Supreme Court on Monday said a Shariat court, issuing fatwa and order against a person who is not before it, has no sanction of law and has no legal status.

The apex court said there is "no doubt" that such a court has no legal status while noting that in some cases, orders were being passed by them which violate human rights and punish innocent persons.

A bench headed by justice CK Prasad said that no religion, including Islam, allows punishing the innocent and ordered that no 'Darul Qaza' should give verdict which affects rights of a person who is not before it.

"Sharia courts are not sanctioned by law and there is no legality of fatwas in this country," said Prasad as he read out the judgement from a two-judge bench.

The apex court said that Islamic judges, who interpret religious law, could only rule when individuals submitted voluntarily to them and their decisions, or fatwas, were not legally binding.

The SC was hearing a petition filed by Delhi-base advocate Vishwa Lochan Madan, told AFP on Monday that his demand had been rejected.

"The Supreme Court observed that Sharia courts have no legal sanctity. But if people still want to approach these courts, it's their will," he said.

He filed his petition in 2005 and cited a case in which a woman was told to leave her husband and children and live with her father-in-law who had raped her.

All India Personal Law Board had earlier submitted that fatwas were not binding on people and it was just an opinion of a mufti or a cleric and he has no power and authority to implement it.

The counsel, appearing for the board, had said if a fatwa was sought to be implemented against the wish of the person concerned, then he could approach the court of law against it.

The petitioner had submitted that the fundamental rights of Muslims could not be controlled and curtailed through fatwas issued by qazis and muftis appointed by Muslim organisations.?

"No religion is allowed to curb anyone's fundamental rights," the court added in its judgement while taking note of the case.

Qasim Rasool Niyazi, from the Muslim Personal Law Board, said the Supreme Court ruling vindicated his group's contention that Sharia courts were not a parallel judiciary.

They issue notices which are not legally binding, he explained.

India's 150 million Muslims follow their own laws governing family life and other personal issues such as marriage and divorce, with Sharia courts used to rule on such matters and mediate in disagreements.

Source : Hinduastan Times


The Dalai Lama yesterday reiterated his plea to Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to halt violence against Muslims, in a speech to tens of thousands of devotees to mark his 79th birthday. In front of the massive crowd that included Hollywood film star Richard Gere in northern India, the Dalai Lama said the violence in both Buddhist-majority countries targeting religious minority Muslims was unacceptable. “I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine an image of Buddha before they commit such a crime,” Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said on the outskirts of Leh, high in the Himalayas. “Buddha preaches love and compassion.

If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking,” the leader, who fled Tibet for India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, said. The Dalai Lama also expressed shock at a wave of deadly violence by Sunni militants against fellow Muslims, although he did not refer specifically to Iraq, where such militants have overrun swathes of five provinces north and west of Baghdad.

Gere greeted the Dalai Lama on stage, shaking his hand and praising the leader on behalf of several thousand foreign devotees who had gathered for the speech. Inter-communal violence in Myanmar has overshadowed widely-praised political reforms since erupting in 2012. It has largely targeted Muslims, leaving at least 250 people dead.

Last month in Sri Lanka, four people were killed and hundreds of shops and homes damaged in the island’s worst religious violence in recent decades. The Dalai Lama celebrated his birthday at his residence on the outskirts of Leh in Ladakh, a mainly Buddhist region. He was in Ladakh to confer Kalachakra, a Buddhist process that empowers tens of thousands of his disciples to attain enlightenment. Two years ago, the Nobel Peace Prize winner announced that he was retiring from political duties and upgraded the role of prime minister of the Tibetan exile community.

He devolved power in an attempt to lessen his own totemic status and secure the movement’s future after his death. But he is still the most powerful rallying point for Tibetans, both in exile and in their homeland, and remains the universally recognised face of the movement.

The leader supports “meaningful autonomy” for Tibet within China rather than outright independence. But China accuses the Dalai Lama of covertly campaigning for Tibet’s independence, and calls him a “splittist”.

Kuwait Times

The sister of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim died at a private hospital in South Mumbai today following a heart attack, police said.

"Haseena Parkar, sister of Dawood Ibrahim, died today," Additional Commissioner of Police, Krishna Prakash, told PTI.

Sources in the Mumbai police said that Parkar (55), who was commonly known as Haseena Aapa, died at the Habib Hospital in Dongri.

"After she complained of chest pain she was taken to the hospital at 2.30 pm. However, the doctors treating her declared her dead 45 minutes later. Doctors said that she died of a heart attack," another police official said.

Her body was then taken to her residence in South Mumbai.

According to police, Parkar had forayed into the underworld after the death of her husband Ismail Parkar, who had been shot dead by the Arun Gawali gang in 1991.

She had some cases of extortion registered against her, they said.