Tags 10 Phones Share your voice Comments Rumors Sprint T-Mobile T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger may have hit another government snag. Josh Miller/CNET T-Mobile and Sprint have hit another government roadblock in their quest to merge. A group of 10 state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, filed a multistate lawsuit Monday to stop the pending $26 billion deal. The antitrust lawsuit claims that the merger would “deprive consumers of the benefits of competition and drive up prices for cellphone services.” The suit was filed in New York federal court in coordination with Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Connecticut, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the New York attorney general’s office announced. “The T-Mobile and Sprint merger would not only cause irreparable harm to mobile subscribers nationwide by cutting access to affordable, reliable wireless service for millions of Americans, but would particularly affect lower-income and minority communities here in New York and in urban areas across the country,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “That’s why we are going to court to stop this merger and protect our consumers, because this is exactly the sort of consumer-harming, job-killing megamerger our antitrust laws were designed to prevent.” T-Mobile and Sprint did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment. In a press conference, James said that by opposing the deal the attorneys general are “standing up for consumers, standing up for economic development and standing up innovation and standing up for lower prices.” James did, however, say that her office has reached out to the Department of Justice, T-Mobile and Sprint and that “negotiations are ongoing.” Reuters first reported that the 10 attorneys general were looking to block the deal. Since being announced last year, T-Mobile’s push to merge with Sprint has been met with strong government pushback over concerns it would harm competition. In February, nine Senate Democrats signed a letter addressed to Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai urging the agency to block the deal, writing that the merger is “likely to raise prices for consumers, harm workers, stifle competition, exacerbate the digital divide, and undermine innovation.” Several presidential candidates signed off on the letter, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Cory Booker of New Jersey. House Democrats, led by freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, followed suit shortly thereafter by sending a similar letter to Pai and Department of Justice head Makan Delrahim outlining their opposition to the deal, stressing how it would “disproportionately hurt lower-income people and communities of color.” That letter was signed by 36 other representatives. In May Pai and the FCC gave a thumbs up to the deal with the chairman touting the deal’s potential improvements for 5G network deployment and increasing coverage in rural America. The DOJ has yet to rule, though the staff of the department has recommended that the agency sue to stop the deal. James said the litigation will continue even if the DOJ approves the merger. “DOJ and FCC have broad standards,” James told reporters. “We are viewing this primarily through the lens of competition, prices, innovation… as a result of our review, based upon the law, we’ve come to a determination that it is a violation of antitrust laws.” T-Mobile and Sprint have a deadline of July 29 to complete their merger. Update, 10 a.m. PT: Adds New York attorney general comment.Update, 10:26 a.m. PT: The New York attorney general’s office clarified that Connecticut, not Nevada, had participated in the lawsuit. Update, 1:02 p.m. PT: Adds additional comment from the New York attorney general.
Chunky PandayPR HandoutThe screening of the third edition of Shururat, called ‘Shuruaat Ka Twist’ was held at PVR, Citi Mall, Mumbai a couple of days ago. ‘Shuruaat Ka Twist’ is an anthology of six short films mentored by Vikramaditya Motwane, Rajkumar Hirani, Amit V Masurkar, Raj Kumar Gupta.The event witnessed the who’s who of Bollywood from Rasika Dugal, Mukul Chadda, Irshad Kamil, Sriram Raghavan, Sayani Gupta, Sumeet Vyas, Rasika Dugal, Chunky Panday, Delnaaz Irani, Anuritta K. Jha, Gulshan Grover, Mahima Chaudhury, Shahriyar Atai, Avinash Tiwari, Tripti Dimni and Parmeet Sethi. The film received a standing ovation as the audience witnessed an array of genres and emotions.The short film anthology features popular actors such as Chunky Pandey, Neena Gupta and Delnaz Irani offering the best of entertainment with films such as ‘TAP TAP’ directed by Praveen Fernandes, ‘Khauff’ by Hanish Kalia, ‘Adi Sonal’ by Heena D’Souza, ‘Bhaskar Calling’ by Sanjiv Kishinchandani, ‘Guddu’ by Gaurav Mehra and ‘Gutthi’ by Avalokita Dutt.Commenting on the Vinay Mishra, HumaraMovie said, “We are extremely delighted with Shuruaat- each edition has been better, larger and more fulfilling for us, the filmmakers and the audience. Really want to thank the support we get from mentors, the filmmakers, the innumerable cast and crew who work on this probono and PVR which helps us all by showcasing this.”Speaking on the collaboration, actor Chunky Panday said, “It’s a new kind of character I am playing in the film and I hope people like it. It feels good to experiment with different roles. I must commend the great effort to the team at HumaraMovie that enables such good stories to be made in the best way.”The six short films cover a host of diverse genres and topics that include a character study of a washed out music composer, a psychological thriller about fear, a family drama with underlying tensions, a comic take on a common menace, a tale about two female friends and lastly, a love story about breaking away from conventions.At the screening, popular actor Sumeet Vyas said, “My journey with HumaraMovie started back in 2012 and it’s exciting to be here today. The short films in Shuruaat Ka Twist offer a great blend of storytelling. I love the fact that in Adi Sonal, the message is conveyed subtly. It is not an outright film on feminism but it makes you feel for the cause.”The first edition of Shuruaat was launched in 2016, titled ‘Shor Se Shuruaat’. With ace filmmakers such as Imtiaz Ali, Shyam Benegal, Mira Nair, Homi Adjania, Zoya Akhtar, Sriram Raghavan and Nagesh Kukunoor as mentors, the film was well received around the country.Offering the right dose of entertainment that keeps the audience hooked, Shuruaat Ka twist brings together glimpses of present India and how our lived experiences are similar in more than one way.