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Unclear when CAS bill will come up for debate

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NEW DELHI: The information and broadcasting ministry managed to cross one big hurdle today. Get the Cable TV Network (Amendment) Bill 2002, which aims at facilitating addressability in Indian cable homes through conditional access system, listed on the agenda of business of the Upper House (Rajya Sabha) of the Indian Parliament today.

Now it will have to get the matter discussed in Parliament. Parliament's Business advisory committee has approved the bill's listing but when it will come up for hearing remains the question.

Though it was listed for hearing today, the item occupied the No. 7 slot and could not be taken up for discussion.

Since the CAS issue was not discussed today, it is expected that it will automatically figure in tomorrow's agenda as well, by way of elimination of issues which are to be taken up for discussiion.

However, according to latest indications, and judging from the manner in which other items on the agenda were disposed off, it may not come up for hearing tomorrow either.

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