The information and Broadcasting Minister said “The violence in the neighboring States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the wake of the direction of the Supreme Court to release Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu is quite disturbing. Such violence cannot be justified on any ground. Violence and destruction of property ultimately impacts the life of common man”.
Minister for Information & Broadcasting Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Information was ammunition to fight social evils such as corruption, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. To ensure last mile reach, and keep pace with the changing communication paradigm, Government communication needed to incorporate innovative and out of the box ideas. Innovative ideas such as Mann ki Baat and the MOU signed with Amar Chitra Katha for comic books on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan influenced the masses at large. Shri Naidu mentioned this while interacting the Indian Information Service Officer Trainees of 2015 batch currently undergoing at training at IIMC here today. Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for I&B and Senior officers of the Ministry were also present on the occasion.
Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has stressed on the need for self-regulation and reasonable restrictions in the context of rapid expansion of different forms of media in the country and the attendant competition in reporting on various events to maintain public order and ensure integrity and sovereignty of the country. He spoke at length on various aspects of functioning of the media after inaugurating a two day ‘Regional Editors Conference’ at Chennai today.
In a reshuffle the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has appointed K Sanjay Murthy as joint secretary for broadcasting while Anshu Sinha who filled the gap after R Jaya left, has been moved as the joint secretary for films. R Jaya had joined as joint secretary in November 2014 replacing Ms Supriya Sahu. Anju Nigam has been made joint secretary for FM radio.
To promote tourism in Arunachal Pradesh, the state government has decided to go the PPP way with BE Viacom18, the brand solutions arm of Viacom18. BE Viacom18 had handled the strategic marketing and communication drive for Vivo which is Chinese handset brand.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning for the launch of a record 68 satellites in one year next year.
Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha has urged C-DOT to find new invention, new research and new technology and to give World Class products for achieving Prime Minister’s vision of Transforming India through Digital Revolution. Delivering the key-note address at the C-DOT Foundation Day, Shri Sinha said, there is need for innovation as India cannot afford to emulate the Developed Economies due to limited resources. He said, if India will lag in catching up with emerging technologies in the coming 15 to 20 years, the very existence of the country will be at stake. He exhorted the officials and other stakeholders to “Walk the Talk” and underlined that it is our bounden duty to digitally empower the huge chunk of population particularly in rural areas who are still deprived of IT revolution. He added that Digital divide should end as fast as possible.
Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha has urged C-DOT to find new invention, new research and new technology and to give World Class products for achieving Prime Minister’s vision of Transforming India through Digital Revolution.
Joint secretary Ms R Jaya’s tenure ended in the end of July. She has since been repatriated to Tamil Nadu, her home cadre.
Government is considering a proposal to raise FDI limits to 100 per cent in broadcasting carriage and content services, including DTH and cable networks, aimed at attracting overseas investment and improve infrastructure.
The I&B ministry on 27 July issued an advisory to all television channels not to broadcast the live coverage of anti-terrorist operations by security forces.
Based on the recommendations of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in its 219th meeting held on 15th June 2015, Government has approved 10 proposals of Foreign Direct Investment amounting to Rs. 1675.15 crore approximately.
Addressing at an event on waste management in New Delhi, Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar said that the government is mulling to launch an online channel soon to spread awareness among the people about environment related issues. The minister also informed that the content shown on the channel will also be made into an hour long programme and will be aired daily on recently launched DD Kisan channel.
The NDA government is mulling over raising the FDI limit in news and broadcasting sector to 49% from current 26%, after making considerable FDI hike in other sensitive sectors like-railways and defense.
As per the recommendations of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in its 218th meeting held on 28th May 2015, the government of India has approved a total number of 16 foreign investment proposals worth Rs 6,751 crore, while 21 proposals have been delayed and six others were rejected. Out of the 16 approved proposals 2 were in favour of the media sector that amounts to Rs. 2502.05 crore approximately.
The Parliament select committee which was formed on 12 May 2015 to study the constitutional amendment bill for Goods and Services tax (GST) is expected to hold its first meeting on 22 May.
International news channel Al Jazeera has been penalised by government to go off air in the country for five days for repeatedly showing wrong maps of India.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has issued an advisory to all TV channels against telecasting live coverage of counter-terrorism operations by security forces.
As the term of TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar, is going to end in mid-May, the government is inviting applications for selecting a new chairman. The tenure of post is upto three years or till the age of 65 years. The government employees who are wishing to apply will take retirement from their current positions. The last date for applying is April 9.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said the government had set up Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) in 2008 to monitor channels and record them on 24/7 basis. Presently, it monitors 600 TV channels. The ministry has acted on at least three cases in 2015 against channels over violations of Programme and Advertising Code.
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