The Nation’s opinion: Azad J&K is India, Hina immotional & stranded Paks in B’desh

At least in new secondary education textbooks for class three in Indian Army schools in Srinagar, the Indian government accepted existence of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The new textbooks depict the map of Jammu and Kashmir exactly how Pakistan claims it to be.
Indian government officially used to call this part of the disputed territory between two nuclear armed countries as ‘Pakistan-occupied Kashmir region’ but the new textbooks now have shown it as ’Azad Jammu and Kashmir’, a term used by Pakistan to describe the region.
Further, the books showed Gilgit-Baltistan region, which India says is a part of Kashmir, is called the Northern Areas.
Indian opposition Bhartiya Janta Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that the Education Ministry must get to the bottom of the matter. he said.

“The Education Ministry must look into the matter immediately. They must find out if this was a mistake or done deliberately. This is a serious matter because Jammu and Kashmir is a controversial topic. If wrong information about the country’s boundaries is being taught to young children, then it must be stopped at once because it is goes against the good of the country.” 

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said action would be taken against those responsible. “We do not have information on the issue. If such a thing has been done, action will be taken,” he said.
Reportedly, some Indian army commanders have now asked some of the school principals to get back to them with the books so that they can take a look. In the meantime, the Indian army has decided to write to the Education Ministry regarding the issue.
Indian army has been maintaining that its position vis-a-vis the issue is very clear since the army is not a publishing authority. Also, the book was published by a leading publishing house based in Karol Bagh in Delhi, which means that, probably, the Education Ministry is going to sit up and take notice.
Later, the Indian army withdrew the controversial class three textbooks from schools, without giving any explanation.

(Hina’s) Incomprehensible judgement
It appears emotions, rather than pragmatism, have become dominant (in Hina) in this regard.

It appears emotions, rather than pragmatism, have become dominant (in Hina) in this regard.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s remarks on ties with India and other neighbours that Pakistan cannot afford to be selective in relations with them are contrary to what has traditionally been our foreign policy.

It appears emotions, rather than pragmatism, have become dominant in this regard.

Not only does this reflect a betrayal of the Kashmiris suffering under India’s brutal occupation, but also the disputed state’s singular importance to our very survival. Terming Kashmir as jugular vein is not a philosophical view, but a hard reality.

In its quixotic venture to cosy up to the Indians the government seems to be fascinated by the idea of bilateral trade. Ms Hina’s view that we can’t be selective in relations means compromising on this core issue. Peaceful co-existence can follow when Kashmir is resolved according to UNSC resolutions? As of now India is not even ready to talk about this outstanding issue? The government cannot be blind to Indian armament programme also that makes its intentions to push Pakistan to the corner, militarily as well as economically, quite clear.

Donaton for stranded Pakistanis in Banglades !

Donation for stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh !!!

Incredible India: A mini HYD in Kutch,Tirupati Balaji temple & Kutch-AP seva samaj !!!

A theatre in Gujarat’s Gandhidham village is showing the Telugu film Rachcha. The house is packed. Surprising? Kutch, India’s largest district, is home to a large number of people from Andhra Pradesh. At 60,000, Andhraites are the single largest non-local community in the Kutch. Most of these 60,000 Andhraites have migrated to Gujarat from the West Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

A majority of the Andhraites here are second generation Telugu-speaking people whose ancestors had emigrated in the 1950s in search of employment. Trivia holds it that since there was no direct route to Kutch back then, they had to make a five- to six-stage journey and finally reached Jamnagar by sea.

“From the illiterate population working in the small scale industries, our people have come a long way,” said Mr Abis Jesudas, a local businessman. Primarily engaged in shipping and export sectors, Andhraites in Kutch are a thriving community accounting for a bulk of engineers and workers in the Kandla and Mundra ports.

“We try to preserve our social way of life,” said Mr Bokha Srinivas. “There is an Andhra Pradesh Vidyalaya School catering to our people, a Tirupati Balaji temple and Sai Baba temple as well.” N.T. Rayudu, who has his roots in West Godavari, said that theatres play latest Telugu films and local newspaper vendors supply Telugu newspapers.

The Andhraites have formed an umbrella organisation – Kutch Andhra Abhuydya Seva Samaj — to look after the social well being of the community. The Samaj organises a weekly Annadanam for the poor and also celebrates festivals like Ugadi with pomp. With no direct rail connectivity, going back to their roots in Andhra Pradesh is a nightmare for most. The Samaj has launched a campaign to petition the authorities concerned to establish a rail link with Andhra Pradesh. courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

India’s Chief Info Officer:Bigamy for an MP is a “personal matter” !!!

Mr Kumaraswamy recently admitted that he had also secretly tied the knot with actress Radhika and has a daughter with her. The state Lokayukta had demanded disqualification of Kumaraswamy as an MP for violating the Hindu Marriage Act that prohibits polygamy

Former Karnataka chief minister, HD Kumaraswamy, has the support of the ministry of Parliamentary affairs in protecting his “personal life”, which relates to his (second) marriage to a Kannada actress and the assets held by her.

RTI activist Subhas Chandra Agrawal had filed a query with the ministry seeking rules and regulations pertaining to submission of personal information of Members of Parliament (MPs) and the actions to be taken against them in case they fail to furnish all details. The CPIO (chief public information officer) HL Negi, however, seems to agree with Mr Kumaraswamy that whether or not he furnishes the details of his (second) marriage and the assets his wife and children, is his “personal matter”.

Mr Negi said, “The ministry culls out press clippings relating to important political developments, from national newspapers only for information of the joint secretary and secretary of this ministry. The issue of HD Kumaraswamy having more than one wife is a personal matter and therefore this issue was not culled out by the ministry.”

Mr Agrawal has filed an appeal with the ministry, asking for the details. He said, “Furnishing incomplete details of spouse/s and his/her assets and wealth to concerned public authority is improper. I appeal that the learned CPIO may kindly be directed to revisit the relevant queries and furnish me a proper reply, if necessary after seeking details from the concerned honourable Parliamentarian HD Kumaraswamy.”

Mr Kumaraswamy’s name has been associated with the land grab scandal in Karnataka, in which former CM BS Yedyurappa is also involved. The Karnataka Lokayukta has summoned both of them along with others to appear before the court on 24th May. Mr Kumaraswamy had already moved the high court for anticipatory bail, and was granted the same on Friday.

Mr Kumaraswamy is married to Anita, who is a member of Karnataka assembly. However, he recently admitted that he had also secretly tied the knot with actress Radhika and has a daughter with her. The Lok Sabha member had refused to divulge details of assets in the name of Radhika and her child and had told the media that his marriage is a “personal matter”.

The Lokayukta had demanded a list of assets held by his wife shortly after a PIL was filed in the high court that demanded disqualification of Kumaraswamy as an MP for violating the Hindu Marriage Act that prohibitspolygamy. However, the PIL was rejected. courtesy:

India’s perkytweets: ‘Lawyer ban gaya Donor’ starring AMS

Breaking: AMS (You know who) will be starring in the sequel of Vicky Donor. The movie is tentatively titled ‘Lawyer ban gaya Donor’ :) #fakingnews. Taking forward the humour thanks to AMS and Vicky Donor, we present to you this week’s #perkytweets. Read, Share, Smile.


“Takiye se samosa nikaal yaar” ~Anna Hazare #unknownquotes

— Gabbar singh (@GabbbarSingh) April 22, 2012


Ganguly is the new brand ambassador for Havells switches?

— VNS (@degree_kaapi) April 21, 2012

Matthews gets the wicket. But so that it does not count for Dada. Conspiracy. I want my own newspaper.

— greatbong (@greatbong) April 21, 2012

Well bowled dada! U need to put gel next time you take a wicket ! #ipl

— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 21, 2012

Bangalore is so Americanised that part of Richmond Road drives on the wrong side of the road

— Nitin Pai (@acorn) April 21, 2012

A M Singhvi is a man of many talents. Usually he puts his foot in his mouth. At other times, He holds his Shirt in his mouth.

— Amit (@amsrjn) April 21, 2012

If you donate some money to Wikipedia, will you also be called Wiki Donor?

— Comedian Praveen (@Funny_Leone) April 20, 2012

Will Abhishek Manu Singhvi make it to Big Boss this year ? #AMS

— feluda (@feluda) April 20, 2012

Just saw in a resume :- “Here are my qualifications for you to overlook.” #LOL #HR@_imonlyindian

— Vivek Mishra (@iVivekHr) April 20, 2012

Why does Kunal Khemu look like the guy who brings new cylinders to your house on a cycle?

— Roshni (@DhinchakChokri) April 20, 2012

Burning Desire -When u discover that the Vaseline u applied before sex in the dark was actually Zandu balm.

— Amit Sharma (@DesolateCranium) April 19, 2012

Those MLAs in Karnataka and Gujarat were watching Abhishek Singhvi!

Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 19, 2012

They should play one Ashish Nehra dentistry benefit match. Quickly.

— Suo Motu™ (@suo_motu) April 19, 2012

A request – Please don’t raise very obvious questions. Thanks. RT@sardesairajdeep …Is Mumbai’s train system creaking?

— Amit Paranjape (@aparanjape) April 19, 2012

Lalit modi live tweeting abt Ipl is like spkng to colleagues how good was ur paycheck @ the old off

— The Artist (@prash_prince) April 16, 2012

Can’t get over this at all “Marol is the Andheri East of Andheri East” Hahahahaha :D

— Shilpa Rao (@shilparao11) April 18, 2012

The news is dat the mango of Slice ad has become Katrina’s best friend these days

— I Live Ranbir (@TheBarfigirl) April 18, 2012

BTW, If Arnab Gozwami marriez Dolly Bindra, their child would be ze most advanzed sound system the universe will ever see, noe? #Yuss

— S S Sodhi (@SimpooSir) April 18, 2012

(courtesy: BlogAdda)

Mamata, Pawar, Ramesh, Sibal & Selja in que to start channels

After West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her desire to start her very own television channel and newspaper to ward off the negative publicity that she has been garnering, it looks like there are many other politicians in the fray who wants to utilize the media, the Didi-way.

Similar requests have emerged from several UPA ministers to the government expressing their keenness to start TV channels to make the common man aware of the “ministries’ achievements” and “people friendly policies”. Mamata was the first among the lot who wanted a dedicated channel to propagate her and her party’s views.

Among the ministers who want themselves and their ministries featured on TV are agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, Jairam Ramesh (rural development), Kapil Sibal (HRD) and culture minister Kumari Selja. Sources have been quoted as saying that the ministries were of the view that dedicated channels were required considering the specialised nature of their domains.

The proposals are, however, stuck at the proposal level before the planning commission. The commission is taking it easy for the time being since the cost of setting up each channel would cost close to Rs 200 crore each.

courtesy: OneIndia News

Absence of Digitization, main culprit behind ‘Imagine TV’ no show !

All eyes on India

India has finally rekindled its cable digitisation programme and upbeat growth is now forecast in the country’s already sizeable pay-TV sector. Gün Akyuz reports.




India’s pay-TV sector has attracted a steady stream of inward investment over the past decade, thanks to its sheer scale (160 million TV homes by 2015) and rapid expansion of an upwardly mobile younger adult demo (65% of the population are under 30). The latest example is Sony Pictures Television’s deal this month to take a 30% stake in Indian broadcaster MAA Television Network, which owns a stable of Telugu-language channels.


However, the country’s faltering cable digitisation programme has hindered its established but fragmented cabsat pay-TV industry’s route to profitability. This, as well as strong comptetion, may well have been a contributing factor in Turner Broadcasting System’s recent decision to close its Indian channel Imagine.

A key culprit is India’s sizeable cable infrastructure, which remains largely analogue thanks to the absence of a legislative framework to convert to digital. The programme launched in 2006, but digital still accounts for only around 7% of India’s 90 million or so cabled TV homes.

At the end of 2011 the cabsat sector totalled a sizeable 136 million TV homes (source: PINC Research), yet pay-TV channels remain heavily dependent on ad revenues. Notably, while channels continue to compete for carriage on restricted analogue bandwidth, local cable operators are able to under-report subscriber levels thanks to unaddressable (and untraceable) analogue set-top boxes. Also, they reportedly fail to pass on as much as 80% of subscription revenues to pay-TV broadcasters.

India’s already sizeable pay DTH market has gone some way to counter this creaking analogue cable infrastructure and practices. It now accounts for more than 40 million TV homes, but is also one of the most competitive markets anywhere, featuring six DTH operators – among them Tata Sky, Zee-owned Dish TV and Reliance Digital TV – all competing for a slice of the sector.

However, a government mandate to digitise India’s cable networks is now back on track, with a number of investor reports from the likes of PINC, KPMG and PwC now forecasting significant growth for India’s cabsat industry.

Tarun Katial

Tarun Katial

A report issued to clients by Mumbai-based PINC (aka Pioneer Investcorp) in December, for instance, forecast “a revolution” in the country’s cable and satellite sector on the back of the long-overdue digitisation. According to the report, India’s pay-TV industry, which currently generates around INR270 billion (US$5.36bn), is forecast to reach around 83 million digital TV homes (21% CAGR) between 2012 and 2015. And as a whole, India’s cabsat sector is set to cover 166 million homes over that period, including 64 million DTH and 20 million digital cable subscribers.

Under the latest timetable, India’s four largest cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Madras and Calcutta – turn fully digital by this June, followed by 35 other cities with more than a million residents in 2013, and then nationwide by 2015.

This won’t necessarily translate into significant extra landgrab for pay-TV players. Consolidation is already underway in a cluttered market of well over 500 channels, six DTH firms and several multiple system operators and local cable operators. But the overhaul will allow existing players to turn a profit, and PINC estimates this could begin to happen in 2013.

“We see great opportunity in the Indian television industry, which projects a high growth rate,” says Tarun Katial, CEO of Reliance Broadcast Networks. “Accurate reporting of subscriber bases, regulated pricing and the formation of an organised sector at a pan-India level will surely be the positives that can be expected from this migration to digital.” But he warns: “Generating finance for this mammoth migration stills remains a crucial factor, especially for the smaller players in rural and semi-urban areas.”

Ajay Chacko

Ajay Chacko

An immediate challenge is the not inconsequential capital outlay required for the first deadline in June, with about seven million digital boxes and around US$500m in hardware required, says Ajay Chacko, president of A+E Networks/TV 18. “This time around, one hopes that it will go through. But India being India, you can’t say it’s done until it’s done,” he notes.

And not before time, as India’s TV ad market is showing signs of strain. Worth around US$2.5bn, Indian TV advertising had been growing at annual rates of up to 20% over the past five years, but has now slowed to around 10-12% in urban areas. This, in turn, has sparked a shift by many players who are turning to local regional audiences as an alternative route to growth.

One of India’s largest general entertainment channels, Sony-backed SET, is among several now focusing on growth by making itself relevant to small-town as well as metropolitan audiences in the Hindi-speaking heartlands.

A more recent entrant into the Indian channels business is Reliance Broadcast Networks, through its joint-venture English-language channels partnership with CBS Studios International set up in autumn 2010. The venture, Big CBS Networks, has pioneered three entertainment channels called Big CBS Spark, Big CBS Prime and Big CBS Love, offering Indians new US content virtually simultaneously with its US airing, thanks to its digital infrastructure.

But the venture is also increasingly focusing on the regions. The latest Big CBS launch, in January, was regional Punjabi-language channel Spark Punjabi. Last year, Reliance also launched the separate, wholly owned Hindi-language net Big Magic.

“India’s booming regional television industry with limited regional entertainment options is an opportunity that we are leveraging,” says Katial. The firm’s parent Reliance Group, which spans radio and mobile infrastructure as well as a DTH platform and its growing channels business, stands to benefit from cross-promotional marketing. Spark Punjabi, a fledgling ‘best of’ net carrying content from Big CBS’s English-language channels, is backed by a regional network of 22 radio stations. “It is seeing some very good traction, and is already the number one channel in primetime,” says Katial.

Meanwhile, Big Magic, which launched in April 2011 targeting India’s Hindi heartland (Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand), is now the number one channel in the region, says Katial. Positioned as a network with local content built around local insights ‘for the people, by the people,’ it includes India’s first devotional singing reality show Big Bal Kalakaar, which launched this January.




Other local schedule drivers on the channel include comedy series Hasya Panchayat, Hamaar, Nadaaniyan and Bulbulay, and music show Des Hamaar Sangeet.

But Reliance is also looking further afield for ideas for Big Magic, such as its recent deal with FremantleMedia for a local version of gamehsow Let’s Make a Deal, due to launch on the channel in the second quarter.

The company is also in the final stages of preparing two channels under a separate channel agreement forged last year with Europe’s RTL Group. Originally due to launch in December, a Hindi-language action entertainment channel is set for an expected June premiere, with a second reality-based channel to follow.

Another approach is TV18′s new joint-venture channel with A+E Networks, History TV18, which launched last October with no fewer than seven language feeds (English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Gujarati) to tap into India’s different regions.

The channel also appears to have unlocked a growing appetite for factual entertainment, says Chacko. “Around 55-60% of the country watches general entertainment, but this is changing gradually,” he says. History TV18 launched on the back of viewer research and feedback indicating an opportunity for other forms of entertainment serving semi-urban, small-town India, as well as urban India.

The channel draws from the extensive A&E library, using shows with an Indian connection, such as Ice Road Truckers, which launched with an episode set in the Himalayas.

“Thrill and adventure shows like Ice Road Truckers and IRT Deadliest Roads have done well, but so have information shows done in a palatable, interesting format, such as Sliced and Food Tech, with a little bit of a connection with history,” says Chacko. “People understand that it’s a history connection, rather than a history lesson. Extensive local research before we launched indicated that if we provide universal shows with local context and languaging, people are ready to experiment with new forms of content.”

History claims to have shaken up the league table in the factual entertainment space, with viewing for the genre soaring by 59%. The channel has a weekly viewing reach of up to 23 million out of around 50 million households. Within a month of launch, History TV18 was the number one channel in large cities. It’s now also the leading factual entertainment channel across India in cities of one million-plus, ahead of Discovery and Nat Geo, and is second to Discovery across India as a whole. Its lead in bigger cities is significant, as it represents 70% of all viewing of factual entertainment, and such towns are home to about 70% of affluent Indians.

“In some areas factual entertainment is beginning to take off. Although I wouldn’t say it’s mainstream yet, it gives us enough positive figures to take things to the next level and introduce more local programming with increased budgets and take bigger risks,” says Chacko.

Leading the way to the next level is History TV18′s first format, a local adaptation of the BBC’s 100 Greatest Britons, remade as Greatest Indians. However, it will deviate fairly significantly from the UK version, as a cross-platform production made in association with TV18′s joint-venture news channel CNN IBN. The show, now in pre-production, is due to launch on History TV18 towards the end of April.

Impressive audience gains notwithstanding, the aim is to grow History TV18′s revenues before launching more local channels, says Chacko. “That’s the big challenge, and I wouldn’t say we’ve crossed that hump yet. It could happen over the next six months to a year, but it all depends on whether subscription revenues come raining in from June.”

Gün Akyuz

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What went Dirty in the telecast of the ‘A’ Picture on Sony?

Does a National Award take away the fact that ‘The Dirty Picture’ was rated ‘A’? Or did the government simply over-react despite a U/A certificate to the film after 59 cuts?

Despite a green signal from Bombay HC, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has put its foot down to restrain Sony Entertainment Channel from telecasting ‘The Dirty Picture’ during daytime hours. In a notice sent to the channel on Saturday evening, the ministry said that if Sony wanted to telecast the film, it should do so after 11 PM.

The channel was supposed to show the movie on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 12.00 PM and 8.00 PM. The channel undertook an extensive promotion lasting over a month. The irony is that the I&B ministry notice came just a day earlier, on Saturday night, making it impossible for the channel to find a legal way out.

Just before the start of the movie, Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television, tweeted:

“I profusely apologise for what is going to happen very soon. Our hands were tied. But “IT” will come soon… with a bang.”

Then the ticker on the channel announced:

“For unavoidable reasons we regret to inform that the film The Dirty Picture will not be telecast today. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.”

On April 19, a lawyer had filed a plea with the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court seeking a restraining order on a TV channel from airing the movie. The court issued notices to the channel, I&B Ministry and the Central Board of Film Certification to file a reply by April 20. The court on Saturday allowed Sony to go ahead with the scheduled telecast after the respondents informed the court that the Central Board of Film Certification had cleared the film after 56 cuts, 36 of which were cut by the film producer himself, and 22 others as suggested by the Board.

The channel of course suffered a huge loss but who should be held responsible? The Chief Marketing Officer of LG India, LK Gupta, told in a twitter reply, “Onus would always lie on the channel to plan and take all possible clearances. They’re not kids and should have known it would be controversial.”

But was it right for the government to bar the telecast of the film that won a National Award along with several other accolades? Weren’t the High Court’s clearance and CBFC’s U/A certificate enough reasons for I&B Ministry to let the movie go on air? As Director-Producer Karan Johar tweeted: “A national award winning film cannot have a national telecast??? This is not an irony but plain and simple hypocrisy!!!!”

LG’s Gupta is of the opinion that it was not just a matter of number of cuts – “the theme is adult anyway”. He said that “I think someone made a mistake allowing a day telecast in the first place.” Gupta went on to say, “The fact that it won awards does not take away the fact that The Dirty Picture was made for adult audiences, hence kids should not watch.”