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Justice Katju condemns girl’s arrest for Facebook post

Markandey Katju, former Supreme Court judge and Press Council chairman  wrote 2 emails of protest to the Maharashtra CM Mr. Prithviraj Chavan strongly decrying the arrest of two girls Shaheen Dhada and Renu who criticized on Facebook the state "bandh" after Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s death. Mr. Markandey Katju called for an action against those involved their arrest.

Katju wrote to to the Maharashtra CM Mr. Prithviraj Chavan:

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TDSAT reserves order on Tata Teleservices-Vodafone dispute on SMS fee

Tata Tele took Vodafone to Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against Vodafone’s notice threatening to disconnect termination of SMSes on its network over a dispute on certain fees.

A single-member Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) bench of P.K.Rastogi reserved its order on the interim plea of Tata Teleservices.



The Central Govt has established an Appellate Tribunal known as "Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) under Section 14 of TRAI Act, 1997 as amended by TRAI Amendment, 2000 to settle and adjucate disputes and dispose off appeals relating to telecommunication, broadcasting and cable services.


The functions of the appellate tribunal are to adjudicate any dispute  between a licensor and licensee, between two or more service providers, between a service provider and a group of consumers, and to hear and dispose of appeals against any decision or order of TRAI,  the appellate tribunal consists of  Chairperson and two Members.


Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Chosen for Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf chosen for this year’s Indira Gandhi Prize for imagePeace, Disarmament and Development for being an "inspiration" to women and ensuring return of peace and democracy in Liberia. An international jury, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, selected Sirleaf for the award.

Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development was set up by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

  • Ms Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.
  • Ms Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen.