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India expects 400 bln rupees from sale of mobile phone airwaves-finmin

NEW DELHI, Oct 8 (Reuters) - India hopes to get 400 billionrupees ($7.71 billion) from the sale of mobile phone airwaves in2012/13, finance minister P. Chidambaram told reporters onMonday.

The country is for the first time selling 2G mobile radioairwaves through open auction, following a Supreme Court orderin February to revoke all permits awarded in a scandal-tainted2008 state grant process and redistribute them in an openbidding process.

($1 = 51.8850 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing by PrateekChatterjee)

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