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Thursday October 20, 2011 10:13:17 PM, IANS

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Finally, a law to end pesky calls is in place

The government Tuesday brought into force a regulation barring commercial calls and messages, giving relief to mobile subscribers nagged by the telemarketing companies. To avail the service, customers will have to get themselves registered with the National Customer  

New Delhi: The government currently has no mechanism to control unwanted commercial calls and messages generated through the internet, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Thursday.

"People are very smart now (and) they are using internet to send such messages. Now we don't have any control on the internet," Sibal said while addressing the Economic Editors Conference here.

"The internet is a difficult thing to regulate because the server may be somewhere else outside the country. You may put your calls or message through that server. How will we deal with that server over which we have no jurisdiction," he asked.

The government had introduced a regulation last month which barred unwanted commercial calls and messages from disturbing mobile subscribers by levying huge penalties on the defaulters, including fines ranging from Rs.25,000 to Rs.250,000.

To make the telemarketing firms identifiable, the regulation also ensured that their their phone numbers begin with '140'.

However, after silence of a couple of weeks, the pesky messages have again started nagging customers. According to reports, many of these messages are generated online.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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