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Airtel to pay subscriber Rs.150,000 for unfulfilled ‘promise’
Report dated 12/07/2013 @ 12:25 PM
Bharti Airtel and its promoter Sunil Mittal have been directed by the South West District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum to either jointly or severally pay Rs.1.5 lakhs to subscriber Tara Chand, a Delhi based businessman, as compensation because he was unable to use the three domestic trips he was entitled to when he bought connections of the telecom company.
Chand contended that he was allowed just one trip not three, and they changed the destinations he had opted for as well as the date of the journey because Airtel did not follow up on their promise. He had bought 13 Airtel connections on the basis of the scheme launched by the telecom firm.
The Forum ruled that Chand suffered financial losses, inconvenience, harassment and mental stress for which he must be reasonably compensated.
Finally “prison inmates cannot contest elections”
Report dated 12/07/2013 @ 12:24 PM
The Supreme Court has ruled that a person who is in jail or in police custody cannot contest elections to legislative bodies, ending an era of under-trial politicians fighting polls from their jail cells.
The apex court also ruled that only an 'elector' can contest the polls and he or she ceases the right to cast a vote due to confinement in prison or in the custody of police. The disqualification however would not be applicable to a person subjected to preventive detention under any law.
The Court passed the order on an appeal filed by the chief election commissioner and others challenging a Patna high court order barring people in police custody to contest polls.
Publisher asks author Vikram Seth to return $1.7 million advance
Report dated 11/07/2013 @ 5:47 PM
Shortly after Random House and Penguin merged to become the world's largest books publisher, Vikram Seth was asked to return the $1.4 million advance which was paid to him for A Suitable Girl, the sequel to his best-selling novel, A Suitable Boy.
Seth's agent David Godwin immediately went into negotiations with Hamish Hamilton, the imprint under which A Suitable Girl was to be published by the end of the year. Seth was in fact scheduled to submit his manuscript this June but was unable to do so, leading to the publishers request.
Godwin said Vikram has been known to take his time with his books, but their aim is to settle a new date with Hamish. If this is not possible Vikram will decide on his next move.
Vikram also does not share his manuscripts with anyone until he is ready and he will not be bullied by a publisher. He is an author who can command million dollar advances and works on his own terms However one publisher says it is in fact possible that Vikram Seth has not started on the book or that it's nowhere close to completion.
The VP of marketing & corporate communications at Penguin Random House, India refused comment on the development saying they do not comment on individual contracts..
Lawmakers to be disqualified if convicted : Supreme Court
Report dated 11/07/2013 @ 5:46 PM
In a motion that could rid Parliament and assemblies of criminals, the Supreme Court ruled that disqualification must take place from the date of conviction, thus striking down a provision in the electoral law that protects a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the grounds of pendency or appeal in the higher court.
The Court also said its decision will not apply to convicted MPs and MLAs who had filed their appeals in the higher courts before the pronouncement of this judgment that seeks to remove the discrimination between an ordinary individual and an elected lawmaker, who enjoys protection under the Representation of the People Act.
One NGO says 162 sitting MPs face criminal charges in various cases, of which 76 involve offences punishable with prison sentences of more than five years. Also, a total of 1,460 MLAs face criminal charges in various courts, 30% of which are punishable with more than five years imprisonment.
Election Commission to use Facebook to educate voters
Report dated 10/07/2013 @ 12:53 PM
The Indore Election Commission and district administration is going to use Facebook and other social networking sites under SVEEP, the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation programme, to reach out to young voters and increase their voting percentage.
The CEO of Zila Panchayat Gopal Dad, the nodal officer of the programme, said the page on Facebook will contain all the necessary information about enrolling, list of centres etc, and anyone with a query can post on the page and expect a reply.
As of now Indore has some 6.5 lakh voters in the age group of 18-29 and some 45,000 new young voters have been added thus far this year.