The Telecommunications Bill takes an interesting approach to defining spectrum as a resource, where it goes on to compare it to “atma”. The use of this analogy originated in a seminar attended by Telecoms Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. When one of the panelists asked the minister to define spectrum as a resource, Vaishnaw reportedly used this comparison to qualify the three attributes of airwaves as a resource: that spectrum has no physical form, but is ubiquitous; it does not deteriorate with use; and it is completely inexhaustible. The subsequent reference in the draft proceeds from there. “In a way, the specter is similar to ‘atma’, which is ‘ajar’, ‘amar’ as described in Shrimad Bhagwad Gita. Like ‘atma’, the specter also has no physical form, but it is ubiquitous,” according to the project.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad are due to meet Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi on Sunday. Nitish was in Delhi earlier this month but was unable to meet the Congress leader as she was overseas for medical treatment. Before meeting Sonia, the duo are also expected to attend a rally organized by the INLD in Fatehabad, Haryana on the birth anniversary of the late former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal. Top leaders of NCP, Shiv Sena, TMC, SAD, TRS, NC, SP and JDS were also invited to the rally.
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At the farewell event for Supreme Court Justice Indira Banerjee who retired on Friday, SC Bar Association President Vikas Singh said her entry into the legal profession was a chance. Singh said Justice Banerjee wanted to try her hand at public service and joined a masters course. A cousin then convinced her to go into law, saying it would be a better option to score more in public service. While in law school, she befriended the daughter of the former Lok Sabha speaker, the late Somnath Chatterjee. A high-profile kidnapping case was before the High Court in Calcutta and the state had engaged Chatterjee’s services. Judge Banerjee accompanied his daughter to HC out of curiosity and those visits motivated her to become a lawyer, he said.