There are always vast differences between expectations and reality. While the Budget 2018 mostly focussed on agriculture and social sector, not much has been offered to the media & entertainment sector and telecom sector. As a matter of fact, this was the last full-fledged budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government before its five-year term comes to an end. The M&E sector had high hopes from the budget. The industry already being in turmoil due to demonetization and GST failed to get much from this budget. The terribly stressed telecom sector is highly dejected with the Budget.
On 20 December 2017, the Telecom Regulator of India (TRAI) issued a Consultation Paper on ‘Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities’ and requested stakeholders to submit their comments by 22 January 2018, and counter comments by 5 February 2018. Now, the deadlines have been extended; the last date for sending comments is 12 February 2018, and counter comments can be sent by 26 February 2018.
India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty second flight (PSLV-C40), successfully launched the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 613 kg at lift-off. PSLV-C40 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission was launched on Friday, Jan 12, 2018 at 09:29 Hrs (IST).
Excessive ads on almost all major TV channels have become a curse and a great disturbing element, killing the joy of watching TV. Ads are everywhere, on the frontal side of the laptop used by anchors, moving like ghosts on the screen, almost covering half of the running shots, and appearing after every 2 minutes. If there had not been a remote control, viewers would have fainted due to anger. But sometimes, even the remote does not work as every channel seems to telecast ads at the same time.
The CABLE TV SHOW 2018 Kolkata, a B2B trade fair organized by Cable TV Equipments Traders & Manufacturers Association (CTMA), was a roaring success with record footfalls of participants and trade visitors registered during the three-days of January 10 to 12, 2018 at the Science City, Kolkata. Trade visitors from all over eastern India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China, etc. visited the trade fair.
The Union Budget 2018, presented by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 1 Feb, makes it clear that the government will find ways to end the menace of cryptocurrencies. The FM said the government does not recognise these deceptive currencies which are traded online as legal tender and will instead encourage blockchain technology in payment systems.
The 26th edition of Convergence India 2018 expo will take place at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi during 07 – 09 March 2018. The expo will highlight cutting edge converging technologies of Telecom, Broadcast & Digital Media.
The privacy Vs security war regarding Aadhaar has been going on since 2012. The case has witnessed a total of 30 petitions and six interventions so far. On 9 January 2018, the Supreme Court asked the centre, "How can a homeless person get an Aadhaar card? If he doesn't have an Aadhaar card, he doesn't exist in the eyes of the government?"
The budget is out and as usual, there are mixed reactions from people of the industry. However, in general, everyone accepts that the budget is completely designed to lure farmers and poor people who have been protesting so far for not getting their due from the government. The Modi Government will face the Lok Sabha Elections in 2019 and does not want to leave a large chunk of the population in anguish. The health insurance for the poor people and higher MSP for the farmers are the main highlights of the budget.
News channels seem to have become sales headquarters of different parties, and their anchors and correspondents are behaving like sales agents of the parties which buy them. Media which must serve no one except public has now lost all credibility, especially true with Indian news channels.
The Television Broadcasting sector in India has been growing at a fast pace of 15% with more than 880 permitted satellite TV channels, around 80 Teleports, 7 DTH operators, 1500 Multi-system operators and large number of Cable TV operators. The total revenue of TV Industry is INR 58,800 Crore as per the industry estimates. There are approximately 183 million TV households.
Media Blamed for Manipulating Public Perception without Carrying out its own Investigation
It is time to welcome the New Year with new aspirations and new hopes. After Demonetisation ended on 31st December 2016, it adversely impacted the economy throughout the 2017. Implementation of GST, country’s biggest economic reform further added to the woes of the industry due to confusion created by different slabs, lack of understaning of procedures and frequent modifications to the rules and deadlines. Thank God, after an year, there are some hopes of improvement in the economy and businesses are coming to a normalcy. Many small businesses in telecom as well as broadcast industries have however, suffered irrevocably.
Throughout history and human civilization and evolution, new diseases have cropped up now and then, many of them due to technology developments. Modern age with hectic lifestyles as well as development of cities saw spread of several unknown diseases. But the current health issues are so complex that it baffles even the specialists, thanks to the ever-growing wireless connectivity at home as well as offices. Doctors are saying that they had not seen such symptoms in 1980s or 1990s.
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