Airtel, Vi (Vodafone Idea) to Disclose Details of Special Tariffs and Offers to TRAI: Supreme Court

first_img– Advertisement – To retain consumers, the companies usually offer better data speeds, preferential customer status, access to over-the-top (OTT) streaming platforms among others. Earlier, the Delhi High Court had refused to interfere with telecom tribunal TDSAT”s interim order putting on hold regulator TRAI”s rule mandating reporting of customised discounts and concessions offered to select subscribers by older service providers Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. It had declined to stay the decision and had said it will request the tribunal to expedite the hearing of the pleas moved by Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular against TRAI”s rule.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. TRAI had made it mandatory for the telecom operators to disclose information on all such plans. Airtel and Vodafone had however opposed the decision and sought relief from the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on the grounds that these offers were not tariff plans and, thus, did not need disclosures. Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd and state-owned mobile operators have complied with the TRAI order.TDSAT ruled against the regulator”s order saying that TRAI had no authority to call for such general information from the mobile service operators. The top court, in its order, pointed out that the jurisdiction and power of TRAI to issue the Telecommunication Tariff Order of February 16, 2018 was not “seriously disputed”. “Though the jurisdiction and power of TRAI appears to have been questioned in one of the appeals before TRAI, the TDSAT has not recorded any categorical finding that TRAI had no jurisdiction and power to demand details of segmented offers.“All that TDSAT found…of the impugned order is that segmented offers and discounts offered in the ordinary course of business to existing customers without any discrimination within the target segment, do not amount to a tariff plan and that therefore there is no need for reporting,” the apex court said. Segmented offers are promotions and discounts made to customers showing inclination towards shifting to other telecom firms.- Advertisement –center_img In a significant direction, the Supreme Court Friday ordered telecom companies to disclose to regulator TRAI the details of special tariffs and offers made to consumers. Allowing an interim application of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Jusitces A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said that seeking adherence to the regulatory principles like “transparency” and “non-discrimination” by the telecom firms was not “either illegal or unjustified”. “In the light of the…historical background, what is now sought by TRAI to ensure adherence to the regulatory principles of transparency, non-­discrimination and non­-predation, cannot be said, at least prima facie to be either illegal or wholly unjustified.“Hence the IA is allowed and a direction is issued to the respondents (Bharti Airtel Ltd and others) to disclose information/details sought by the applicant/ appellant (TRAI) regarding segmented offers,” the order said. It was the duty and responsibility of TRAI to ensure that “such information is kept confidential and is not made available to the competitors or to any other person”, the top court said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Houston: we have lift-off

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Interview: Rhian-Mari Thomas, Green Finance Institute

first_imgAs part of London Climate Action Week, the UK’s capital this week staked a claim as a leading green finance centre with the launch of the Green Finance Institute (GFI) on 2 July.The institute is an independent, commercially focused organisation initially supported by seed funding from the UK government and the influential City of London Corporation – the municipal governing body of the city. The centre will act as a hub aiming to marshall divergent and often haphazard initiatives in green finance internationally and at home.On the domestic front, it will achieve this by forming collaborative, mission-led coalitions targeting specific sectors to unlock barriers to deploying green capital – especially in the space between government and the private sector.“Led by financiers, the GFI will be the principal forum for public and private collaboration in green finance,” Rhian-Mari Thomas, the organisation’s first chief executive, told IPE.  For example, such coalitions could help scale up financial solutions to improving energy efficiency in UK buildings. They could also support and promote green finance education, or promote the climate resilience of UK pension funds in partnership with the UK Sustainable Investment Forum and similar organisations. Rhian-Mari Thomas, CEO, Green Finance InstituteOn the international front, Thomas – former head of green banking at Barclays – says the institute aims to drive the global green finance agenda through international dialogue, partnerships and trade using its global expertise.It will jointly develop and support the UK government’s green finance objectives overseas with a focus on efficiently deploying green capital, promoting greater public-private collaboration and co-creating financial solutions to create commercial opportunities for financial services.  New financial instruments could be one outcome of its activities. However, Thomas says the institute will also work on products that have thus far played a marginal role.“We will also work on instruments such as resilience bonds and catastrophe bonds,” she says. “These exist but their use has been limited and could be built up further. The institute will look at what can be done to scale them up.”The Green Finance Institute originates from an initiative launched by the UK government in September 2017, known as the Green Finance Taskforce. This was chaired by finance expert and former lord mayor of the City of London Sir Roger Gifford. Among the recommendations of the task force was the creation of a “one-stop shop” for all work relating to green finance – from international engagement to green fintech, climate and data science.Future activities“There was an understanding that there needed to be an enduring place for a conversation between the public and private sector on how we green the financial system,” says Ingrid Holmes, head of policy and advocacy at Hermes Investment Management, who also helped develop the initiative.Stop-start incentives arising from changes of government, alongside financial sector tendency to fragment, have been among the barriers affecting green finance growth and overview, Holmes adds.Commenting on the potential activities of the institute, Holmes suggests it could focus on one industry to start with. As an example, she says the institute could concentrate on delivering a national network of electric vehicle (EV) charging points.“You can let a few charging points pop up in a market-led way, or you can organise a structured infrastructure roll out as with gas, telecommunications or high speed broadband networks,” she says. “Government hasn’t arrived yet in terms of understanding what that transition to clean EVs means so the institute is a place for that conversation to happen.”As the institute launched on 2 July, a narrative of international competition on green finance had become visible. On the same day, the Paris Financial Center – a consortium of French asset managers, private equity firms, bankers and insurance companies – made a joint declaration to Bruno Le Maire, French minister for the economy and finance, on new collective commitments to combat climate change and contribute to achieving net-zero carbon by 2050.last_img read more

Rigmar Enters Offshore Wind Big League with EOWDC Contract

first_imgVattenfall has contracted the Aberdeen-based Rigmar to inspect and maintain subsea structures and cables as well as foundations, turbine transition pieces, subsea cabling, and boat landings at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).This is Rigmar’s first win as a main contractor in offshore wind, having built up experience as a sub-contractor, Vattenfall said.“Having completed a number offshore wind projects as a sub-contractor, we are delighted with our first as the main contractor and are grateful to Vattenfall for this prestigious contract award,” Rigmar’s CEO Keith Nelson said.”We also appreciate the support we have received from various government agencies in our move into this important new line of business and are looking forward to demonstrating our capabilities to the European offshore wind industry.”The contract award for Rigmar comes as the offshore wind industry confirmed late last month a GBP 100 million growth fund for the UK supply chain, part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal partnership programme agreed with the UK government.Danielle Lane, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Rigmar’s ongoing transition into offshore wind with this offshore inspection and maintenance contract. As the offshore wind industry continues its rapid expansion, the Sector Deal should give confidence to oil and gas companies to take a serious look at this sector, and we’re pleased that Rigmar has made that move.”The 93.2MW EOWDC has been generating electricity since summer 2018 and is expected to continue operating for another 24 years.Kevin Jones, Vattenfall’s Head of the EOWDC, is clear that local businesses will continue to benefit from the wind farm.“Now that EOWDC is up and running, Vattenfall is spending two to three million pounds every year in the local economy,” Jones said.”And with a local team we are well placed to build on relationships with the north east’s supply chain. So I’m delighted that Rigmar, a highly-qualified company headquartered in Aberdeen, will join us in ensuring the EOWDC continues to generate fossil free electricity.”Rigmar was supported by the Fit 4 Offshore Renewables supply chain programme funded by the Scottish Government and run by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.Andy Martin, Business Development Lead for ORE Catapult, said: “Rigmar is one of the first companies to benefit from participating in ORE Catapult’s Fit 4 Offshore Renewables business improvement programme. The programme is a unique service to help the UK supply chain get ready to bid for work in the offshore renewable energy sector and, in the case of Rigmar, has proved incredibly successful in enabling them to win this major contract with one of the UK’s most innovative wind farms.”last_img read more

Lazarus, resuscitation and resurrection

first_imgFaithLifestyle Lazarus, resuscitation and resurrection by: – April 9, 2011 Tweet 32 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: lent. goarch.orgThe narrative of Lazarus in this weekend’s gospel was obviously chosen because Easter is getting closer, and Easter is all about resurrection, or what happened to Jesus after he died. Lazarus’ death is a vague anticipation of this, and the point of it is to make us look at what it suggests, even if it does so quite inadequately.What happened to Lazarus was not resurrection but resuscitation. Lazarus got his old life back. Resurrection is not getting back one’s old life.That didn’t happen to Jesus, and won’t happen to us. Lazarus had to die a second time, that time for good. What happened after the second time – that’s the sphere of resurrection.One more observation in this general area. Within recent times, we have become familiar with what are called “near death” experiences. This, according to those who have experienced it, refers to leaving one’s body and ‘travelling’ in ‘another’ sphere, being conscious all the while  of enjoying an experience  which is ‘outside’ the body,’ and incredibly richer than anything previously experienced in the body. One returns at length to the much poorer world the body inhabits.Once again, that experience of rich life outside the body is not resurrected life, however one chooses to refer to it. Like Lazarus, travellers return to their old life and old body, and have to die a second time (or really for the first time), and die then for good.The first condition of resurrection in the light of all of this is obvious, and that is you must be really dead.One of the more striking things I learnt when I began to study theology was that in the Bible resurrection was not always a matter of religious belief. What was important was life – this life. Put simply, death was the ultimate tragedy.When all was said and done, as Ecclesiastes put it, “living dog is better off than dead lion (9:4).”  Your living little pothound, in other words, was better off than the king of the beasts. Only gradually did a perspective more familiar to us emerge, and it did so not from philosophical considerations. The Psalmist said that Yahweh couldnot allow his loved one to fall into oblivion. Life after death was a reality, in other words, because of Yahweh’s love.Since that love was eternal, its object, the fallible mortal creature, also endured eternally in some way, i.e. its life persisted beyond death. That was now the notion of ‘life after death’ or ‘immortality’ emerged Biblically.I keep wondering what people today, including people in the pews, indeed, I myself, really believe about this. The impact of science or ‘the scientific world view’ on how we think today is so unconsciously strong that for us an ordinary temptation is to feel, rather like Ecclesiastes, that this life is really everything. The rest is just a fable.The first thing to realize is that what we say here belongs to the realm of faith. It is based on accepting the word of God, not on philosophical conclusions or, more importantly perhaps, not on human need. The second thing is that no complete description of life after death is possible. Which does not meant that we are completely tongue-tied. We must start, as the Psalmist did, with creation. We – and the whole universe – were created out of love. In view of later revelation, creation was the first phase of a project God eventually intended to complete.The goal, the culmination, was resurrection, i.e., completion or transformation, both for ourselves and the rest of the universe. Recall here St. Paul’s famous observation in Romans 8:21-22, that the physical universe itself groans in birth pangs, as it too longs for completion.Biblically speaking, resurrection has two meanings, first as ‘life after death’ and secondly, life after ‘life after death.’ The first is the ‘intermediate’ resurrection of being, as Jesus said, “where I am,” the “today” promised to the repentant thief; and the second is the general resurrection of everyone and the complete transformation of the cosmos.This is what the Bible means by heaven, not a solitary discarnate enjoyment of God but the complete transformation of the created universe — the marriage of heaven and earth — of which human beings are an essential part. The reason that this does not come home to us as it should is that we can’t imagine a non-corruptible universe.Everything we know breaks down, including  ourselves, and eventually comes to nothing. Thus, we ordinarily tend to think that reality means entropy, and we never see “the end” as fruition (the coming of the Kingdom) but as decay and dissolution.All that we do, however, while we live, to build up God’s kingdom, everything done in the name of Christ, will not pass out of existence but be incorporated into the final transformation.This is the Christian vision of the end. What perhaps remains etched into our consciousness is the idea of the ‘beatific vision,’ which conveys the dominant impression that heaven essentially involves “seeing.”The more Biblical way of looking at the matter is to conceive of heaven as completion or transformation,  my own in solidarity with the elect of God, that is, with all who chose God by their lives, and the complete transformation of the universe.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph. dlast_img read more

Winnemucca hosts June 1, 2 High Desert Classic Shootout

first_imgEarly entry fee for both days is $175 if pair by June 15 or $100 per day. An overall point champion will be crowned. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers pay a minimum of $100 to start and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, E3 Spark Plugs Nevada State and track points will be awarded. WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The third annual running of Winnemucca Regional Raceway’s High Desert Classic Shootout plays out June 1 and 2, with IMCA Modifieds chasing top checks of $1,000 on Saturday and $2,000 on Sunday.  Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Event title sponsor Model T Hotel and Casino hosts the pit party that follows the opening night program. Gates open at 10 a.m., the grandstand opens at 11 a.m., hot laps are at 11:30 a.m. and racing at 1 p.m. Sunday. Pit passes are $10 for the 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 31 open practice session.  More information is available at the website.last_img read more

Joshua advises Tyson Fury ahead Wilder rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua is backing Tyson Fury to win his heavyweight title rematch with Deontay Wilder on February 22. The pair will face off for Wilder’s WBC crown after playing out a dramatic draw back in December 2018. Joshua believes Fury has what it takes to take the belt, potentially setting up an all-British unification clash later in 2020, although he claims a Wilder win would better serve his interests. But he has advised his rival to either “hurt or out-box” Wilder as he claimed his punching power is underestimated amid all the talk of Wilder’s knockout power. Joshua told Sky Sports: “Wilder coming through is better because [a fight with me] is what people have been eagerly anticipating. “But I think Fury can win. For Wilder to win he has to knock Fury completely out, and he couldn’t do that the first time. “For Fury to win, he can hurt Wilder or out-box him. Fury has more to his arsenal so that’s why I’m leaning to him. “Fury can punch a bit. He’s underestimated with his punching power which makes him dangerous. If you underestimate someone it makes them dangerous because you don’t respect them until you get hit. “Fury is a really good boxer, to a certain degree, so he has the upper hand. Wilder isn’t the best of boxers but he has a right hand – if you can avoid that, you have the beating of him. “Good luck to Fury – it would be great to have two heavyweight champions here in England.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more

Redknapp surprised he snared Sandro

first_img Press Association Tottenham rejected a big-money offer for Sandro in pre-season before allowing the Brazil midfielder to join QPR in a cut-price deadline-day deal, Harry Redknapp has claimed. Rangers boss Redknapp admitted he was “surprised” he was able to prise Sandro away from White Hart Lane ahead of the September 1 transfer deadline. Sandro joined QPR in a £10million deal – but Redknapp said Spurs had rejected “four or five million more” from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg. center_img “I was surprised we were able to get him to be honest, and that he wasn’t playing more,” said Redknapp. “I think Tottenham turned down a big bid from Zenit just before the start of the season. “It was certainly four or five million more than we paid for him. “So I couldn’t be more pleased to have him, he’s a great character, a good lad and I think he’ll be a great player for QPR.” Former Tottenham boss Redknapp remains delighted to be reunited with Sandro, but conceded the 25-year-old still needs time to reach full match fitness. “I don’t know long he’ll need to be up to full speed,” said Redknapp. “But he hadn’t played at all and there’s nothing like matches, until you get on the pitch you can’t bring it all together. “It’s taking on the nerves, the adrenaline, all the training in the world doesn’t compensate for playing in 90-minute games, and that’s what several of them lacked. “Sandro will be fitter on Saturday than he was last week and he’s going to be a great player for us.” last_img read more

No doubting Thomas at Galway

first_img A faller on his debut for Mullins, he was s oon at the head of affairs, but there was a scare or two approaching the business end, in particular two out, and he was pressed hard from the last by Stuccodor. But in the end the 11-10 favourite, who was a smart handicapper on the Flat for John Gosden, proved too strong, taking the two-mile contest by four lengths. Press Association Mullins said: “He improved his jumping a lot, but there is still a bit more to do. “We decided to take the game to the others. There were a couple of maidens in the field with a few runs and we wanted to make it a test of stamina. “We were happy that his jumping was better, it appeared to be at home and was for most of the race. “We decided to ride him differently and let him off up there. There didn’t appear to be much pace and we were happy to make it. We let him enjoy himself and he did. “I was disappointed with what he did three out and that seemed to knock his confidence at the second-last. “He could go back on the Flat as there are very few novice races in the near future.” Jockey Mark Enright struck for the second time this week as he produced Lilly The Lioness (8-1) to perfection in the Download The Tote Mobile App European Breeders Fund Mares Handicap Hurdle. Dazzing Susie cut out much of the early running before being joined by Supreme Vic and that pair jumped two out just in front. Enright and Lilly The Lioness soon appeared on the scene, however, and powered to the front going to the last. Showing a willing attitude from there, the Garrett Power-trained winner had enough in reserve to hold the fast-finishing 11-2 co-favourite Crystal Earth by a length and a quarter. Power said: “She has a heart like a lion. Things didn’t go according to plan. She hung and didn’t jump 100 per cent. “Mark gave her a brilliant ride and she’s a tough, gutsy mare. “I thought I’d missed my chance in this race last year and it’s great to get a second chance. “She’s first reserve in a Flat race here tomorrow and is in on Friday in a handicap hurdle. “That’s my first winner as a trainer here, although I did ride a winner here.” For the third day running Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh teamed up to take the opening race at Galway, this time with Thomas Hobson in the Tote 100,000 Euro Pick6 Guarantee Maiden Hurdle.last_img read more

Rio Indoor Streetball Championship

first_img…Sparta Boss, Gold is Money advance to quarter finalsFOLLOWING a thrilling night of elimination matches, the likes of Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Rio All-Stars, Gold is Money, Back Circle and Leopold Street advanced to the quarterfinal stage on Saturday in the inaugural Rio Indoor Streetball Championship.Staged in front a large crowd at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, the likes of Sparta Boss, Rio All-Stars, Bent Street, Leopold Street and Rio All-Stars secured easy wins.Newcomer Rio All-Stars mauled Tiger Bay 5-0. Doubles from Cecil Jackman in the third and 15th minute and Kelsey Benjamin in the fourth and 17th minute led the rout. Adding a goal in the 12th minute was Job Caesar.Similarly Bent Street mauled Sophia 4-0. Pernell Schultz, Daniel Wilson, Clive Nobrega and Adrian Aaron scored in the fourth, seventh, ninth and 14th minute apiece.Likewise Back Circle cruised past Broad Street 4-1. Trayon Bobb scored a hat trick in the second, fourth and eighth minute while Jermaine Beckles netted in the seventh minute.On target for Broad Street was Brad Evans in the sixth minute. Also, Sparta Boss overcame Avocado Ballers 3-1. Eusi Phillips, Ryan Hackett and Deon Alfred scored in the second, 15th and 18th minute respectively. For Avocado, Wesley Greenidge netted in the 13th minute.Leopold Street crushed Alexander Village 4-1. Darren Benjamin smashed two goals in the 15th and 17th minute. Assisting with goals in the fifth and 14th minute were Rafael Edwards and Dorwin George respectively.For the loser, Shem Porter netted in the ninth minute. On the other hand, Gold is Money edged Albouystown 2-1. Josiah Charles and Randolph Wagner scored in the eighth and 24th minute respectively. For the loser, Omari James scored in the 16th minute.In other results, BV squeaked Showstoppers 3-2. Shemar Fraser scored in the eighth and 14th minute while Jemar Harrigon netted in the 26th minute.For the loser, Stephon Jupiter scored in the fourth and ninth minute. Also, Future Stars edged Kingston 2-1. Daniel Ross and Rondell Bowman scored in the 16th and 17th minute each.For the loser, Simon Emmanuel netted in the 14th minute. The aforesaid winners will now advance to the quarterfinal round at the same venue on December 7th.last_img read more