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2G scam: Ratan Tata appears before PAC

April 4, 2011 - New Delhi

Industrialist Ratan Tata appeared before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today for questioning in connection with the 2G Spectrum Scam.

According to reports, Tata is understood to have asked the reasons for Tata Teleservices' interest in launching GSM mobile services, when it was already a key player in the CDMA technology for such services.

Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia earlier today appeared before the PAC at the Parliament House complex here.

Radia's tapped phone conversations with politicians, corporates, bureaucrats, and journalists form a key part of the investigations into the 2G Spectrum Scam.

Radia, who runs a public relations agency to promote the interests of several corporate houses with interest in telecom, lobbied to ensure that DMK leader and A Raja gets the Telecom portfolio. Raja is now in jail in connection with the scam.

A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), chaired by Congress leader P C Chacko, has also been set up to look into all the details of the 2G allocation in 2008 and in the telecom sector from 1998 onwards.

Representatives of four telecom firms RCom, Swan Telecom and Unitech, have been called on April 5.

Swan Telecom (now DB Etisalat) chief Shahid Usman Balwa is already in custody in connection with the scam.

The others arrested in connection with the case are A Raja, his personal secretary RK Chandolia and former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behuria.

Raja was forced to resign from the Union Cabinet last year after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) faulted him for undervaluing spectrum to favour companies who were largely ineligible for 2G spectrum, and added that the government had probably lost Rs.1.76 lakh crore in estimated revenue.

Perfect for Lady Gaga - 'a 10,000 dress made from 1,200 biro pens' |Entertainment[London {London, April 4 : A UK designer who has created an incredible dress from a staggering 1,200 biro pens has said that the garment would be perfect for eccentric pop star Lady Gaga.

It took 640 hours to sew all the Bic pens onto the extraordinary garment, which is also covered in 2,000 crystals and is worth around 10,000 pounds.

The dress weighs 8lbs - just over half a stone - but, according to designer Annette Carey, it's completely wearable.

"I wanted to create something incredible from the pens," the Daily Mail quoted Carey, as saying.

"I took an everyday iconic object that everyone has probably used at least once and turned it in to something extremely beautiful.

"It is designed to be worn and it would be perfect for someone who has a bit of a wild, edgier side.

"I was thrilled to work with BIC in creating this anniversary dress," she added.

The main body of the dress is made of 100 per cent silk and tulle netting. he fiddly, dressmaking process took up to 13 hours a day.

The dress went on display at the Inkspiration: Story of BIC Cristal exhibition at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, West London.


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