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2G scam: Supreme Court unhappy with regulator TRAI's report

 New Delhi:  The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the CBI's investigation into the telecom scam, has expressed its reservations about the stand taken by the government's regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI.

The scam centres around whether A Raja as Telecom Minister in 2008 cost the government thousands of crores by choosing to award licences at throwaway prices instead of auctioning second-generation or 2G frequency to companies who were allegedly ineligible.




Rahul Gandhi visits quake-hit Sikkim

New Delhi:  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today made an aerial survey of quake-hit North Sikkim. He also visited a hospital in Gangtok.

114 people have died in the earthquake which struck on Sunday evening.

Accompanied by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and Union Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh, Mr Gandhi surveyed from a helicopter north district of Sikkim which is the worst-affected - 37 people have died here.




Many villages in Sikkim still cut off, thousands waiting for help

Gangtok:  Three days after a devastating earthquake measuring a forceful 6.8 on the Richter scale struck large parts of north east India, rescue and relief teams are still trying to reach thousands of people trapped in remote areas.

Many villages in quake-hit Sikkim are still out of reach and thousands are said to be waiting for help. Rescue operations remain the biggest challenge as rain and landslides are severely hampering the efforts and bad weather is not allowing helicopters to land.




Mayawati among MPs who bought confiscated gun

New Delhi:  Mayawati and Suresh Kalmadi are among 750 MPs who have bought confiscated arms, according to an RTI reply.

In July 2002, the Finance Ministry said that confiscated weapons can be sold to sitting MPs on a first-come-first-serve basis if they confirm in writing that they do not own or possess any weapon already.

UP Chief Minister Mayawati bought an Arminious revolver in February 1991 for Rs. 4,900 while Congress spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi bought a 0.32 bore S&W revolver for Rs. 1.45 lakh a few years ago.












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