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06 Jan, 2016

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Reading Comprehension

Worksheets on Current Topics for Banking English Test Papers.

Nirdeshak is developing tailor made comprehension section from the recent news articles published in leading newpapers across the world. It is important to recognizing letters and words in the passage, as it is the first step in learning to read. For students it is vital that students comprehend, or understand, what they are reading. They must be able to get the meaning of the text: What is the author telling the reader?


Topic: Call drops – Telecom companies

Telecom carriers, interpreting a court order in their favour, said they will ignore the regulator’s directive to pay compensation for call drops till they are legally required to, although Telecom Regulatory Authority of India reiterated that its decision stands.

“The matter remains sub judice, so things stand as they are. We will only pay the compensation if the court directs us to,” Ashok Sud, secretary general of the Association of Unified Service Providers of India ( AUSPI), told ET.

Sudeep Sengupta, spokesperson of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), backed AUSPI’s stand and said operators will not provide any compensation till the court decides on the matter.
Top executives at leading telcos said they will wait for the court’s decision on the subject because the matter has financial and other implications. “It is not entirely a telco’s fault that call drops occur,” one of the executives said, asking not to be identified.

The Delhi High Court last month directed Trai not to take any coercive action against telecom operators in the matter of compensation for call drops until the next date of hearing on January 6. Trai has maintained that the court hasn’t stayed its order, which means telcos still need to abide by it.

Trai officials couldn’t be reached for comment on the matter. The telecom associations had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against the regulator’s October 16 order mandating that they must compensate subscribers for each call that gets disconnected due to a fault at their end. The compensation was set at Rs 1, with a cap of Rs 3 per day per subscriber. The order was to have come into force on January 1.
Telecom analysts at Credit Suisse estimated that the regulation could shave off close to 3% of revenue and 7-8% of Ebitda on mobile operations at telecom companies annually.

The telcos opposed the order on the grounds that it went beyond the regulator’s powers and that subscribers may ‘game’ the system to claim compensation.
COAI, in an official communication to the regulator, said if 50% of the almost 1 billion subscribers in the country were to game the system, it would hurt the telecom industry by as much as Rs 54,000 crore a year. The regulator criticised the estimate and said that in no case would the maximum figure exceed Rs 800 crore annually.

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Q1. Interpreting

a) Following
b) Understand in a particular way
c) Not following
d) Reading


Q2. Directive

a) Specific order
b) Transferring
c) Considering
d) Direct action


Q3. Reiterated

a) To say again
b) Loop through
c) Describe
d) Order


Q4. Sub judice

a) Court order
b) Court directive
c) Judicial theory
d) Under judicial consideration


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