In the latest development on salary issue of Prasar Bharati, the Unions of various departments of All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) have written to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) not to route their salaries via Prasar Bharati. They requested MIB to work out a mechanism for paying salaries directly.
On 19 March, the Madras High Court reserved its verdict on a writ petition filed by Karti Chidambaram, son of the former Union Minister P. Chidambaram, challenging a Look Out Circular against him by the Bureau of Immigration under the Union Home Ministry on June 16, 2017, at the request of the Central Bureau of Investigation probing the INX Media case.
While the Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson has reached the Delhi High Court against Aircel and its units for recovery of arrears worth Rs 251.40 crore, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has extended a stay on encashment of both financial and performance-based bank guarantees of Aircel, saying it will wait till the Supreme Court hears a separate matter on one-time spectrum charges in a case involving Aircel and DoT in near future.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has appointed the multi system operator (MSO) Ortel Communications MD Jagi Mangat Panda as the new chairperson of Eastern region for one year. She is the first woman to hold such a post at CII’s eastern zone.
Mahesh Barve, who has been leading the sales and marketing division at Bollywood Hungama, has been appointed as Associate Vice President, Content Partnerships by Vidooly Media Tech, India’s leading marketing analytics platform.
In a business-friendly move, India Post has partnered with the direct-to-home (DTH) operator Reliance Big TV; it will book HD STB in Maharashtra and Goa.
The leading OTT platform YuppTV has won the exclusive digital and television media rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 for South East Asian countries, Europe and South America, apart from securing non-exclusive rights for Australia.
The dangers posed by Chinese hackers have been echoed by the Indian Army. On 18 March, the army issued a video accusing Chinese hackers of targeting users in India via WhatsApp. In the video, the army spokesperson requested Indian users to use the social messenger application safely measures.
To ensure full implementation of the digital addressable system (DAS), the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) will continue the 12th Plan Scheme ‘Mission Digitisation’ up to 31 March 2020 with an outlay of Rs. 12.70 crore.
The content monitoring arm of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC), will install logging and monitoring facility for 100 private satellite TV channels and 150 direct-to-home (DTH) platform services channels during FY18-19.
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