No stay on TRAI’s Tariff Order from Bombay HC, yet

The Bombay High Court did not issue a stay on the implementation of the amended TV channel tariff order issued by TRAI on News Year’s day, but kept the possibility open when it takes up the case again on January 22. Broadcasters, under the aegis of Indian Broadcasting Foundation, had approached the Bombay High Court […]

Broadcasters challenge TRAI’s amended tariff order

With just two days remaining for a deadline to file amended TV channel tariffs, a case filed by India’s big broadcasters in the Bombay High Court has been listed for hearing tomorrow in front of Justice SC Dharmadhikari. Broadcasters, including Star India, Zee Entertainment, Sony Networks and others, have come together under the banner of […]

JNU Violence: ABVP shifts blame to Left students organizations

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (All India Students Federation), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, today sought to distance itself from the violent incidents on Jawaharlal Nehru Campus on Sunday evening. In their first official reaction, officebearers of the JNU unit of ABVP said the violence was carried out by students organizations affiliated to […]

TV Journalists detained by Mangalore police

Journalists belonging to several Malayalam channels have been taken into custody in Mangalore by the police, according to reports by affected media outlets. According to these channels, their TV crews were reporting from Wenlock Hospital, where the bodies of the people killed in yesterday’s police shooting are kept, when a police team led by a […]

Modi says violent protests ‘deeply distressing’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed as ‘deeply distressing’ the violent protests taking place against his government’s move to lend a sympathetic ear to non-Muslims when evaluating whether to deport illegal immigrants to their Islamic homelands. The Citizenship Amendment Act passed last week allows non-Muslim illegal migrants from neighboring Islamic countries to remain in the […]

I&B Ministry urges ‘caution’ in coverage of CAB protests

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has sent a directive to all private news channels urging them to be cautious about the coverage of events that may lead to violence or promote ‘anti-national attitudes’. The missive came in the background of massive protests in North Eastern states, particularly Assam, against a decision by the central government […]

Govt may amend law to deny mercy petitions to POCSO convicts

The government of India may soon bring amend the law to deny the possibility of a presidential pardon to those sentenced to death under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences or POCSO Act. Speaking at an event organized by the spiritual outfit Brahma Kumaris in Hyderabad, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said that opinion […]

Sabarimala sent for consideration of a larger bench

The Sabarimala temple case has been referred to a larger, seven-judge bench, giving relief to pro-tradition activists. The case has been referred to a seven-judge bench on the basis of a 3:2 ruling by the judges. The case refers to a petition filed by some Delhi-based lawyers complaining that women devotees of Ayyappa are not […]

Amazon slowed investment into India due to protectionism – Wilbur Ross

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today said that e-commerce giant Amazon, one of the biggest foreign investors in India, had scaled down its plans for investments in this country after the government came up with new, protectionist and restrictive ecommerce rules. In what was seen as a nasty blow to the likes of Walmart […]

Chidambaram’s Arrest: A Breakdown in Lutyen’s Consensus?

The arrest of former finance minister P Chidambaram has thrown many critics of the current administration into a quandary. On the one hand, they know that there may be some truth to the allegations of corruption made by the investigating agencies. They would, therefore, like nothing better than for corrupt politicians to be probed just […]

FIR against Kerala journalist after questions on CM flood relief fund utilization

A case has been filed by the Kerala Police against new media entrepreneur and journalist Shajan Skariah of MarunadanMalayali.com for ‘misleading essential services forces’ and ‘causing nuisance’ after he questioned the utilization of the funds collected in the aftermath of last year’s funds. Skariah had put up a video on Facebook and Youtube in which […]

Congress secretly wants Article 370 gone- Subhash Chandra

Zee Group Chairman Subhash Chandra, an independent Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana, today said all parties, including the opposition Congress, are secretly in favor of the abrogation of Article 370, but political compulsions force them to adopt a different stance in public. Delivering his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha, the independent member from Haryana […]

Next is Baluchistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir – Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena

The move to the abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to the state of Jammu & Kashmir, seems to have won over BJP’s bickering ally Shiv Sena. Sanjay Raut, one of the prominent leaders of the Maharashtra-based party and a member of Rajya Sabha, even went to the extent of saying that the Narendra […]

TRAI rescues small cable operators, says no net worth rule needed

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, which recently come in for a lot of pummeling from the small cable operators for its new tariff rules, has now emerged as a savior of the same set of operators as it has dismissed government’s suggestion of fixing a ‘net worth’ requirement for cable feed providers. Ministry of […]

We expect TRAI to tweak the new tariff order – GTPL

GTPL Hathway, one of the country’s largest cable feed providers and the biggest MSO in Gujarat, said it expects media regulator TRAI to make further changes to the TV tariff order introduced in February this year. Speaking to analysts after announcing the quarterly earnings of the cable feed provider, officials — including MD Aniruddhasinhji Jadega […]