Petrol and diesel are blood and soul of Indian manufacturing sector and industries as well as common man’s life. Any fluctuation can have debilitating log-term effect on the entire supply chain and prices of basic commodities and goods. Like its value for ‘aam aadmi’, petrol and diesel also hold enormous value for any government as the taxes on these two items are the biggest contributor towards national exchequer which is used to offer subsidies and support many important projects of national importance to win general elections. Even Re 1 concession would mean thousands of crore in losses to the government exchequer; hence the government is always reluctant to bring down the prices of petrol and diesel.
The telecom regulator TRAI had issued a Consultation Paper on "Promoting Local Telecom Equipment Manufacturing" on 18 September, 2017 with the objective of realistically assessing India's true potential in equipment manufacturing and to arrive at the recommendations to the Government that would enable Indian telecom equipment manufacturing sector to transition from an import-dependent sector to a global hub of indigenous manufacturing.
On 26 September 2018, the country’s top court delivered a landmark judgment on much awaited issue regarding Aadhaar. While the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, it however restricted the scope of services for which Aadhaar can be made mandatory by the government. Nonetheless, the apex court added that the document helps in providing benefits to the marginalised sections of society, besides providing them an identity.
The menace of lynching is just not stopping. People are openly taking law in their hands and awarding death to people for minor crimes. This phenomenon which is fuelled by social media platforms such as Whatsapp and Facebook shows two things; people tend to lose their identity by becoming a part of mob and they lack faith in police and judiciary. They want quick results.
The media and entertainment industry has evolved rapidly in recent years. Advances in technology have enabled huge leaps forward in content creation and delivery, leading to an increasingly competitive market. Alongside this increased competition, the threat from cybercrime and piracy also continues to grow. There is no doubt about the challenges that the industry faces, with estimates last year from Digital TV Research predicting that lost revenue to online TV and movie piracy will nearly double to almost $52 billion by 2022.
The remote control was one of the first devices to find its way into our homes. Now it could be given a new lease of life as our homes become smarter and our TVs become the portal connecting all the devices that help support our day-to-day lives. Remote controls could now be at the heart of convergence, providing users with a single device with which to perform synergised functions, controlling everything from the television to your home’s temperature, security and lighting.
On 27 August 2018, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued the National Drone Policy, 2018 (version one). The Policy with the subject matter 'Requirements for Operation of Civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)', will be effective from 1 December 2018. This is the third such regulation by the DGCA which also regulates civil aviation in India. The earlier two daft regulations were issued in April 2016 and November 2017. Stakeholders were asked for comments.
Manoj Rastogi is a typical office goer who uses the Delhi Metro to commute to his workplace five days a week. He has stopped watching TV almost completely for the last six months. Reasons are simple- convenience and freedom of choice. At home, he would not tolerate watching ‘saas-bahu’ dramas on TV; instead he loves to go to his bedroom and watch the latest Netflix series of his choice on his smartphone, or read news and articles. He had stopped buying print newspaper one year back. No need!
The 28th edition of the annual B2B Broadcast India Show will be held from 25-27 October 2018 at Bombay Exhibition and Convention Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai. The three-day trade fair will witness the leading participants from across the globe present a wide array of products and technologies for the broadcast, television, film, audio and radio industry. For over the last two and a half decades, the Broadcast India Show has positioned itself as the single most interactive platform that showcases on one hand, the paradigm shifts in infotainment technology across the globe and on the other, allows technology seekers to connect with the innovators and experience the marvels first-hand.
New Media is gaining ground in the country unabated, thanks to our large population with more than fifty percent youth and growing penetration of mobile phones. Our open door policy has encouraged the global media houses to converge here for the online media business which has overshadowed the conventional methods of media and entertainment business.
People spend a lot of time managing their online accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. They also keep their confidential facts safe on Gmail, as it is handy in times of reference or recall. But have you ever thought who would take control of all your accounts and digital assets once you are gone? Perhaps not! Nobody cares about this.
On 20 August, the telecom regulator TRAI released its Telecom Subscription Data as on 30th June, 2018. Active Wireless Subscribers (VLR Data):Out of the total wireless subscribers (1,146.49 million), 1,000.92 million wireless subscribers were active on the date of peak VLR in the month of Jun-18. The proportion of active wireless subscribers was approximately 87.30% of the total wireless subscriber base.
Prathem Link D2H Service on 24 August launched Prathem Bazar, Home Shopping Channel – a 24/7 and a next-gen start-up in TV Commerce & Online segment in India. This will be a one-stop shop for all categories of products direct from factory after quality checks and include like electronics, home appliances and other indispensable items of everyday life. Channel aims to help consumers in TV shopping by making the whole experience of buying easier with faster delivery, better quality and top brands on board. It will be available in Hindi and later Tamil, Telugu and Malyalam languages will also be added.
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