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 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.
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.
Sudden Growth in Gross domestic product (GDP) from 5.7% in Q1 to 6.3 % in Q2 of 2017-18 has given ample reason to the NDA government to rejoice as it is the fastest pace in three quarters according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) last month. The Government was worried with the downward trend post Demonetisation and GST implementation.
Workshop on Importance of skilling, certification and accreditation- 01 December 2017, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi he IASC-SSC in liason with BECIL organized a workshop to deliberate on the importance of skilling certification and accreditation of the manpower deployed in TV distribution networks on 1st December at Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi, the Worskhop was in line with Skill India mission of the government to create a skill manpower in the country in all the fields.
Privacy, which once was treasured as the most precious thing for a man, is being thrown to the wind in this digital world. While personal data of the people have long been collected by social media giants like Facebook and technology leaders such as Google, in India, Aadhaar has been the first government document to collect the private information about a person. While it is good to stop corruption to a certain extent, the larger question remains about infringement on privacy. The battle has just begun, and the government is adamant on linking Aadhaar with nearly all services despite Supreme Court’s directions and people’s cry.
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