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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government and others on a PIL for the allotment of land for a minority educational institution. 8362095192_d08745b993

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought the response from the Delhi government, its education department, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Delhi Wakf Board by September 23.

Petitioner Firoz Bakht Ahmed sought directions to the DDA and Delhi Wakf Board to allot land for the construction of Qaumi School, a minority institution running from the Eidgah mosque due to non-availability of suitable land.

Ahmed said Qaumi School was launched in 1948 at Sarai Khaleel area with 23 rooms in a building, which was however razed during Emergency in 1975-76.

The Qaumi School, which caters to the poor students from the minority community, was later moved to the lawns of Eidgah, situated on the Wakf land at Jhandewalan Extention, central Delhi, the PIL said, adding that there was constant pressure from the Eidgah committee on the institute to vacate the premises.

The school was running under tin structure that leaked and was denied basic amenities and tools of education, the petitioner’s lawyer told the bench.

He said while the best possible school infrastructure was made available for the children of the rich and prime land provided to many school on subsidized rates, poor children from the minority community had to suffer.

“It is the state’s duty under article 38 of the constitution to secure a social order for the promotion of the welfare of the people,” the plea said.

(IANS)

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Delhi HC asks TRAI if compensation is the only solution for call drops

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) whether its order making it mandatory for cellular operators to compensate subscribers for call drops was the “only solution” to reduce call drops.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked if the sector regulator if it had considered all the objections raised by the telecom operators before passing the October 16 order.

The objection of the service provider does not reflect on the measures taken. Where is the application of mind? Was it the only solution?” the bench asked as it heard the plea of telecom operators for a stay on TRAI’s compensation policy for call drops, under which a rupee will be credited to the mobile users’ account for every call drop (restricted to three per day) starting January 1, 2016.

Earlier, TRAI had told the court that it will not take coercive steps against telecom companies for not complying with the call drop compensation norms till January 6.

On Thursday, the court did not pass any interim order saying if service providers begin compensating consumers for call drops as, per the new TRAI regulations, it won’t be possible to recover them if the rule was set aside in future.

Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha, appearing for TRAI, said the order was taken after consumers began getting regular call drops. He said the telecom companies have not made enough investment on technology and infrastructure which could prevent call drops.

In the first quarter of 2015, about 25,787 crore outgoing call were made, out of which in 200 crore cases of call drops were encountered by consumers. This is 0.77 percent of all call made, Narasimha told the court adding that service provider made about Rs.36,781 crore during the period.

He further clarified that call drop compensation is applicable only when it has occurred from the call originator’s network.

We treated the compensation as a nominal penalty so that they fall in line. That’s why we kept it at only three calls. But consumers are asking to be compensated for all call drops,

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the telecom operators, argued that under the Quality of Service regulations, two percent of call drops are exempted. He also said that most cases of call drops were not because of the fault of the service providers as they have been facing difficulties in setting up new towers due to opposition from various fronts.(IANS)(Picture Courtesy: www.topnews.in)

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