Current Affairs – November, 2013

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Toll free number ‘1037’ for registering telecom complaints coming soon: DoT

A new toll free telecom consumer grievances helpline with a special number ‘1037’ will soon be made available to subscribers across the country to register their telecom related complaints.

At present, a subscriber has to call customer care centre of the service provider to lodge a complaint. Customers can go to nodal officers and finally to the appellate authority in case of unsatisfactory reply. More often than not subscribers fail to get satisfactory resolution of their complaints.

According to the Department of Telecom (DoT), short code ‘1037’ has been allocated to the Public Grievances Cell in the Department of Telecom (DoT) headquarters in New Delhi as a telecom consumer grievances helpline. In 2009, the Supreme Court had held that section 7B of the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885 barred a consumer from seeking remedy under the consumer act.  The complaint thus remained limited between the subscriber and the telecom company. The new number will bring subscriber grievances into the notice of DoT.

Breakthrough deal at Iran and P5+1 nuclear talks

A key breakthrough deal has been clinched at Iran and P5+1 group of nations negotiations aimed to curb Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The Chief Negotiator for the P5+1 nations, Catherine Marie Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarief inked the deal to this effect at UN Headquarters in Geneva. The interim agreement for 6 months is intended to provide time and space to the international community to work out a comprehensive agreement.

What are the key features of the deal?
  • Iran will stop enriching uranium beyond 5%, the level at which it can be used for weapons research, and cut its stockpile of uranium enriched beyond this point.
  • Iran will provide greater access to inspectors including daily access at Natanz and Fordo nuclear sites.
  • In return, there will be no new nuclear-related sanctions for 6 months.
  • Sanctions relief worth about $7 billion on sectors including precious metals.