The Standing Committee on Information Technology has told the government to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL and MTNL at the earliest. The Committee has told in it’s report that allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and MTNL will help them to compete and survive in the market. The Committee is of the strong view that BSNL and MTNL will lose their data market, if they are not allotted 4G spectrum soon. However, the flip-side of the report is that, it has also told the government to consider the voluntary retirement scheme submitted by both the PSUs.
[Source: ET Telecom dated 14.03.2018]
Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, has told the media that BSNL is preparing for it’s pan-India level launch of 4G services. He told that, contracts have been given to Nokia and ZTE for setting up it’s 4G networks, and that BSNL would start the service by the end of the first quarter of the next financial year (June, 2018). The government is likely to infuse Rs.7,000 crore in the form of capital, while BSNL will make investment to the tune of Rs.5,500 crore, said the CMD BSNL.
[Source: ET Telecom dated 19.03.2018]
Shri R.K. Mittal, Director (CM), BSNL, has told the media that BSNL has added 12 lakh new customers in the second week of March, 2018. Out of this 12 lakh, 4 lakh users have come through Mobile Number Portability. To encourage the new subscribers, BSNL has launched “Welcome Offer” for new prepaid customers with free data and unlimited talk time. This offer will continue till 31st March, 2018.
[Source: ET Telecom dated 15.03.2018]
The External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj informed the Rajya Sabha yesterday that, the 39 Indian labourers abducted by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq four years ago, were all killed. She told that, the DNA test had confirmed their identities. All these 39 labourers belong to poor families. BSNLEU expresses it’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the labourers and demands that the Government of India should give relief to them.
Many of us feel proud to say, “I am in Facebook”. But, it is shocking to know that our personal data, shared with the Facebook, is being illegally utilised, to benefit influential persons. The channel 4 News of Britain has exposed on Monday that, the information of 50 million Facebook users has been accessed by a company called Cambridge Analytica. This company has used this information dishonestly, with a view to help influential persons to fight elections. One such candidate helped by Cambridge Analytica, is Donald Trump, the US President. It is said that Cambridge Analytica has made interventions in 200 elections across the world, including in Argentina, the Czech Republic, India, Kenya and Nigeria.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Agartala from 3rd to 5th April, 2018. The NE-I circle is making all out efforts to make the meeting successful. As per our earlier decision, only circle secretaries and central office-bearers will be permitted to attend this meeting. Hence, those who are not CEC members, are requested not to come to this meeting.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday moved the Delhi high court against the acquittal of ex-telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum case. Last December, a special CBI court had let off all key accused in the money laundering case filed by the ED, which comes under the gamut of the Rs 30,000 crore 2G spectrum allocation case. Special CBI judge O P Saini had cleared the 19 accused, including Raja and Kanimozhi, of all charges, stating that the prosecution had "miserably failed" to prove its charges. Others who were acquitted in the case are former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) -- Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair.
[Source: The Times of India dated 19.03.2018]
The MoU with Union Bank of India has already expired. BSNLEU has already taken up this item with the Corporate Office, demanding early renewal of the MoU. However, the same is not done, as a result of which our employees are not able to get loan from Union Bank of India. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, telephonically discussed this item with Shri Yashwanth Nath Singh, GM (BFCI), today, and insisted for early renewal of the MoU. The GM (BFCI) assured to do the needful.
In it’s latest India Development update, the World Bank has stated that GST in India is the highest in the world. The World Bank has described the GST as a key reform of the government. It has also appreciated the GST Council, for it’s smooth functioning. At the same time, the World Bank has compared the GST implemented in India, with the GST implemented in 115 other countries, and has said that the tax rates in the Indian GST system is one of the highest in the world. It has also stated that the 28% slab was the second highest in the world.
[source: Times of India dt. 19-03-2018]
Only recently the bank scam involving Nirav Modi, shook the country. Now, another bank scam, running into Rs.4,000 crores, has been unearthed by the Mumbai police. This scam came to the fore when the private sector Axis bank approached the police, complaining that one ‘Parekh Alluminex Ltd. had cheated it to the tune of Rs.125 crores. Soon the police found out that the Axis bank is only part of a group of 20 banks, which are cheated to the tune of Rs.4,000 crores, using letters of credit. The police have arrested three directors of Parekh Alluminex Ltd.
[courtesy : Times of India dt. 19-03-2018]
BSNLEU conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all the comrades on the occasion of Chitra Sukladi, Gudi Padava, Ugadi and Cheti Chand. Let the New Year bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all the people.
India is one of the greatest civilisations of the world. The country has given birth to many great geniuses, who have made great achievements in the fields of astronomy, medicine, literature,etc. However, it is regrettable that the BJP ministers are continuously engaged in distorting our ancient history and achievements, to fulfil their political agenda. We have seen how one Central Minister said that, Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’ was wrong. He had said that our ancestors did not say anywhere that, man had come from apes. Again, Harsh Wardhan, the Union Minister of Science, has done a similar gimmick now. According to him, Stephen Hawking, the world renowned scientist who passed away recently, has stated that what was written in our Vedhas, are even superior to the theory of Albert Einstein. That particular equation of Einstein, which the Minister referred to, denotes the equivalence of mass and energy. Interestingly, when the media persons present in the event, asked the Minister to mention the source for Stephen Hawking’s claim, he was not able to give any reply. If the Minister wants to glorify the Vedhas, certainly he has the liberty to do that. But, he should not make statements, which are not true. This will make the world laugh at us.
A study conducted by scientists worldwide, shows that 90% of bottled water contains tiny pieces of plastics. The study was conducted by the State University of New York. Leading Indian brands, including Aquafina and Bisleri, are found to be containing plastic pieces. The study found that one litre of Bisleri water at Chennai contained 5,000 microplastic pieces. The study has also stated that these plastic pieces are carcinogenic (which causes cancer).
[ source : Times of India dated 16-03-2018 ]
Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother Kalanidhi Maran were discharged by a CBI Special Court yesterday, from the “illegal telephone exchange” case. Together with them, former chief general managers of Chennai Telephones, K. Brahmmanathan and M.P.Velusamy, were also discharged from the case. The accusation against Dayanidhi Maran is that, he got an unauthorised telephone exchange installed at his residence at Chennai, and misused the BSNL lines for the Sun TV, owned by the Maran brothers, in collusion with the top BSNL officers of Chennai Telephones. The CBI Special Court judge Natarajan stated that, the CBI did not produce sufficient evidence, to prove the charges. Further, the judge also pointed out that the CBI did not even hand over to the Court, the CD containing the call records of the telephone lines that worked at Dayanidhi Maran’s residence. The CBI has to be given award for handling high profile cases so “seriously” !!!
In the meeting held on 24.02.2018, between Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, it was agreed that the wage revision issue of BSNL employees would be taken to the approval of the Cabinet. It is nearly three weeks, since the meeting has taken place. Hence, with a view to ascertain the progress on the issue, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met Shri Pawan Gupta, Director (PSU), DoT, today, and discussed the issue. It is learnt that the matter is being processed for the approval of the DPE. Many more procedures are involved, before the file is sent for the final approval of the Cabinet. Hence, the Union representatives urged upon the Director (PSU) to get the processings done expeditiously.
In a brief discussion held with Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), drew his attention to the following issues:-
The BSNL Casual Contract Workers Union of Andhra Pradesh conducted a successful March to CGM Office programme on 14.03.2018. On reaching the CGM Office, the participants of the March, conducted a dharna outside the CGM Office. They highlighted demands to put an end to the benami worker system, retrenchment of contract workers in STP and STR, etc. Com. K. Prabhakar Rao, CP, BSNLCCWF, presided. It was addressed by Com. P. Asokababu, CS, BSNLEU & Honorary President, BSNLCCWF, Com. M.V. Sudhakar, Secretary, CITU, Com. Umamaheswara Rao, CS, SNEA and Com.R.Maheswara Rao, CS, SEWA BSNL.
A circle level convention of West Bengal was organised on 14.03.2018, at CTO hall, Kolkata. A large number of BSNL employees, casual & contract workers and pensioners participated in this convention. It was addressed by Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU & Vice President (CHQ), Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, SNEA, Com. Prakash Chandra Kar, VP, AIBSNLEA, Com. Partha Das, CS, SEWA BSNL and Com. Sameer Nandi, AIBDPA. Issues related to deterioration of BSNL services, drastic fall in revenue and retrenchment of contract workers in West Bengal circle were discussed. The convention decided to conduct a March to CGMT Office on 28.03.2018, on these issues.
The Central Public Sector Trade Unions (CPSTU), which is the umbrella organisation of the major public sector trade unions, is holding it’s National Convention at Ernakulam on 08.04.2018. The major issues to be discussed in this convention is the mad drive of the government, to disinvest and to privatise the public sector undertakings. Together with this, the wage revision issue of the public sector employees will also figure prominently in the discussions. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, will be representing BSNLEU in this Convention.
The Supreme Court has ordered yesterday that, the deadline for linking mobile phones with Aadhar is extended indefinitely. This applies to the linking bank accounts also, to Aadhar. Earlier the government has set 31st March, 2018 as the deadline for linking bank accounts, mobile phones, etc., to Aadhar. This judgement is delivered by a five judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. However, this order of the Supreme Court does not apply to the disbursing of subsidies by the Central and State governments.