Current Affairs India - 29 April 2014

1. The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) ruled in favour of private telecom operators and said that 3G intra-circle-roaming (ICR) used by them does not violate any condition of licence agreement. A TDSAT bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam quashed all penalties imposed by Dept of Telecom on Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone for providing the 3G facilities through ICR agreements under which they had agreed to acquire customers in area where they did not win spectrum.

Earlier, DoT had issued notice to these telecom operators asking them to stop 3G ICR service and imposed penalty of total Rs 1,200 crore. Telecom operators moved the Supreme Court against the High Court order which was ruled in favor of DoT and sought that the case be transferred to TDSAT. The Apex court allowed them to move their case to TDSAT in September 2013.

2. Retired Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne has been appointed as India-s next Ambassador to Norway as per announcement made by the Ministry of External Affairs.  He had recently retired and succeeded by present Air Chief Arup Raha.

3. Volvo India has appointed Kamal Bali as managing director with immediate effect. She will report at the Volvo Group level to Niklas Gustavsson, EVP, Corporate Sustainability and Public Affairs, and Chairman of the Board of Volvo India, and operationally to Philippe Divry, President VIPL. Prior to joining Volvo India, Bali was working as the President and CEO of LeeBoy India Construction Equipment Private Limited.