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2G Swami confronts High Court command

Subramanian-Swamy-2gOn Friday Subramanian Swamy, the Janata Party president stirred the Supreme Court contrary to a Delhi High Court order refusing his appeal for a guidance to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to endow him permit for put on trial Communications Minister A. Raja in the suspected Rs. 60,000-crore 2G spectrum dodge.

In his extraordinary leave appeal, Dr. Swamy expressed that it cropped up due to the letdown of the Prime Minister who until now as it is proposed to impeach for fraud any affiliate of the Union Council of Ministers, is to endow preceding permit to impeach Mr. Raja.

SC notice has nothing to worry- Says A Raja

A-RajaThe Telecom minister A Raja has said that he is not concerned about the recent Supreme Court notice. Recently, Supreme Court has issued a notice against Raja over the 2G spectrum allocation. There has been an allegation on the minister that he had a role in the allocation of the spectrum of 2G network in India.

However, Raja has strongly denied any of his roles in this issue. He has said that such issues have been "politically motivated" and are false accusations. He has said this to the media after an event organized at FICCI.

Blackberry issue to be solved soon, says minister

A-Raja-BlackberryThe long time tussle between Indian government and Blackberry's owner, Research In Motion is expected to be over in another two-month's time. This was said by the Central Minister for Communications, A Raja.

Said A Raja while talking to media that the Home Ministry has already extended the time frame for dialogue with RIM and the same is being periodically reviewed.

The government had threatened to ban BlackBerry saying that it has security issues involved with it. While the talks have been going on for quite long, no proper decision has been reached till now.

2G fee demand unfair: Airtel

2G fee demand unfair: AirtelUnder an unexpected move, the country's largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel has written to the telecom minister A. Raja opposing the recommendations made by the telecom regulator TRAI to pay for the 2G spectrum that the telcos hold beyond 6.2Mhz.

While the country's largest telecom major is of a view that if the policy is implemented it may well prove to be a hurdle in the growth story of the Indian telecom sector, TRAI, on the other end, believes that the spectrum is a scarce national resource and should be used judiciously.

BWA auction begins, Rs. 15,000 crore anticipated

A-RajaAuctioning of the broadband wireless spectrum auctions (BWA) began on Monday. And Telecom Minister, A Raja said that he expects the sale of the spectrum to raise nothing less than Rs. 15,000 crore.

It must be noted that the sale has come just after the auctioning of the 3G spectrum. In this, all the telecom players took part and it was able to generate Rs. 70,000 crore. This amount is much higher than what was budgeted by the government.

A Raja happy with 3G auction result

A-RajaTelecom Minister A Raja has expressed his contentment over the successful completion of auction for 3G spectrum yesterday. He has said that it was truly satisfactory and the results are beyond expectation.

The 3G mobile license spectrum auction has been completed yesterday and is going to be a big bonanza for the UPA government. From this auction the government will receive around Rs. 67,710 crore. The Telecom minister has accepted that this has been a huge out put.

3G Auction Will Be Over In Couple Of Days, Says Telecom Minister

Telecom Minister A. Raja The auction of third generation (3G) telecom services in India is likely to be over in a couple of days and is being conducted in a completely transparent manner.

Telecom Minister A. Raja said, “The auction of 3G spectrum will be over in a couple of days. It is being conducted in a completely transparent manner.”

"I am clear that the procedure is transparent. It is open to all to question this but there is no question of lack of transparency," the minister added.

The country on Wednesday completed 94 rounds of auction to award spectrum for 3G telecom services in India.

Rs. 45,000 crore expected out of 3G auctions

Rs. 45,000 crore expected out of 3G auctionsThe selling of 3G and broadband spectrums is expected to fetch the government as much as Rs. 45,000 crore. This statement was given by the Telecom Minister, A Raja himself on Wednesday, to a private news agency PTI.

Till now, the bidding for 52 rounds has been completed. Post sale, excess demand was not reported in any of the circles including the ones in Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Govt Eyes Rs 45,000 Crore Revenue From 3G Auction, Says Raja

A. ajaThe administration expects to earn around Rs 45,000 crore from the ongoing auctions to award radio frequency spectrum for third generation (3G) telecom services and for introducing broadband wireless internet services.

Communications Minister A. Raja made the announcement on Tuesday.

On the sidelines of an event organised by an association of telecom operators, Raja said, "The auction of 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum put together is likely to fetch Rs. 44,000-45,000 crore for the government."

This figure is much higher than the Rs 35,000 crore predicted by the administration as proceeds from these auctions.

Mobile number portability delayed again

Mobile number portability delayed againThe UPA government said on Monday that it shall not be able to implement mobile number portability till the end of May'2010 which was earlier scheduled to be applicable from 1 April'2010. Telecom Minister A Raja said, "Due to security issues MNP has been delayed by two months."

Number portability lands in Chennai and Bangalore

A-RajaThe much awaited scheme for the mobile number portability has sought a clearance from the central Government as it will soon be launched in Bangalore and Chennai. This was confirmed by the Communications and Information Minister Mr. A. Raja.

The mobile number portability would allow users to migrate from one telecom service provider to the other without change in phone numbers. It was proposed to be launched earlier than May but got procrastinated due to the pending security issues for the devices which were being imported from other countries.

3G-Spectrum Auction Issue Expected To Be Resolved Within Week’s Time, Says Raja

3G-Spectrum Auction Issue Expected To Be Resolved Within Week’s Time, Says RajaTelecom Minister A. Raja announced that 3G-spectrum auctioning issue is expected to be resolved within week's time.

Previosly, Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla has stated that the administration was not definite if it could carry out a 3G wireless spectrum auction before the end of the existing financial.

The current fiscal completes on March 31, 2010.

3G spectrum auction on schedule: Raja

3G spectrum auction on schedule: RajaNew Delhi, Dec 11 : Auction of third generation (3G) spectrum will not be delayed and take place as per schedule, Communications and IT Minister A. Raja said Friday.

"There is no change in auction schedule," Raja told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here. "The EGoM (empowered group of ministers) will decide on the number of slots."

The government Thursday said the 3G spectrum available with it could accommodate only three operators as one slot has already been awarded to state-owned telephony firms MTNL and BSNL.

I will not step down: A Raja

I will not step down: A RajaNew Delhi, Oct. 30 : Telecom Minister A Raja on Friday said he wouldn’t step down from his position in the wake of charges that his spectrum allocation policies have caused a revenue loss of 60,000 crore rupees.

“I will not step down. Ours is a government that has followed all rules to the letter and spirit by following the recommendations of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India),” he said.

Raja also alleged that the BJP-led NDA government was involved in the "biggest ever scam", as it distributed free spectrum to operators depriving the exchequer of over 1,60,000 rupees crore revenue.

Prime Minister was consulted during spectrum allotment: Raja

Prime Minister was consulted during spectrum allotment: RajaNew Delhi, Oct 27 : Union Telecom Minister A Raja said here on Tuesday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was consulted at every step during spectrum allotment.

Raja also maintained that the spectra were allocated on a first-come-first-serve-basis in accordance with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) norms.

Commenting on the opposition''s demand for his resignation in view of an ongoing investigation involving his ministry Raja said: "Where is the question of resignation, That question does not arise."

Telecom minister Raja says no deviation in spectrum allocation

Telecom minister Raja says no deviation in spectrum allocationNew Delhi, Oct 27 - There was no deviation in procedures while awarding radio frequency spectrum to telecom firms and all decisions were taken after due consultation on legal and other matters, Communications Minister A. Raja said Tuesday.

"All my predecessors followed the same procedure. So did I. In terms of legal rules and procedures, there has been no deviation," Raja told reporters here on the sidelines of a conference on information and communications technologies with state ministers.

Congress defends Raja in spectrum controversy

Congress defends Raja in spectrum controversyNew Delhi, Oct 26 The Congress Monday strongly defended Communications Minister A. Raja, saying his name did not figure in the case related to the controversy over awarding 2G spectrum licences last year.

"The minister's name has not figured in the FIR (first information report). Only some officials' names have been figured," said party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed here.

BJP demands sacking of A.Raja over 2G spectrum scam

A.Raja New Delhi, Oct. 26 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday reiterated its demand that Telecom Minister A. Raja be sacked for his controversial role in the allocation of 2G spectrum.

Addressing a news conference in the capital here this afternoon, BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitely claimed that by allocating 2G spectrum at prices that were in existence in 2001 and not what was the prevailing rate in 2009, A. Raja had colluded in a fraud and loss of more than Rs. 60,000 crores, making it the largest scam in independent India history.

A. Raja assures probe into spectrum fraud

Coimbatore, Oct 25 : Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, A. Raja, has said that action would be taken against those responsible in the wireless spectrum fraud.

"I made it clear any deviation in the lower level after the policy decision, which was taken by the government, to show favouritism to a specific company by a lower level officer, it will be dealt with," Raja said on the sidelines of a function here on Saturday. Raja added that the spectrum allotment was made under the regulator''s guidelines.

Congress upset with Raja for dragging PM into spectrum controversy

Congress upset with Raja for dragging PM into spectrum controversyNew Delhi, Oct 23 : The Congress party is "unhappy" with Communications Minister A. Raja for dragging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's name into the controversy over the allotment of 2G spectrum licences.

"The PM is not in the picture at all. The Congress is unhappy over his remark," a party leader said here Friday.

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