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be caught napping this time as it was in 1962. Shocking to see the level of activity at border by the Chinese. The last the Leh rail line project was heard of was during Mamata Banerjee¶s Rly budget speech The CAG report said the price at which the spectrum was allotted in 2008 was based on 2001 prices, which was quite low and resulted in a huge loss to the government exchequer. MINISTER¶S MISCONDUCT BENDING RULES FAILURE TO PERFORM DUE DILIGENCE : The Department had no wherewithal to examine the shareholding patterns and business operations of the companies which had applied for spectrum. But rather than refer the matter to the Department of Company Affairs, it chose to accept the claims made by companies at face value. As a result, as many as 85 licenses out of 122 issued by it were actually ineligible, found the CAG. ENTRY FEE AT 2001 PRICES FAILURE TO CONSULT TELECOM COMMISSION : The Department bypassed the high-level Telecom Commission, which comprises official representatives of various ministries, including Finance and Law, before allocating spectrum in 2008. No consultation was held with the Commission. IGNORED ADVICE IT SOUGHT KEPT FINANCE MINISTRY AT ARM'S LENGTH SPECTRUM is radio frequencies, the entire range of wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation, that is allocated to different regions by the International Telecommunication Union at 'World Radio Communication Conferences' from time to time. The frequencies are then allocated by each government to different service providers. 2G SPECTRUM is second generation spectrum that was allocated by the Department of Telecommunication ( DoT) in the year 2008. 122 is the number of licenses issued by the DoT in January, 2008 85 is the number of licenses that should not have been allocated, says the CAG, because companies which received them were not eligible as per conditions laid down by the DoT. RS 1,658 CRORE is what the DoT fixed as the base price for a pan-India license in 2008. RS 12, 386 CRORE is what the DoT actually received RS 65,909 CRORE is what the DoT should have received from 122 licenses and 35 licenses for dual technology RS 2,561 CRORE is what the DoT received for allocating additional spectrum RS 12,000 to Rs 37,000 CRORE is what the CAG estimates the DoT should have received from allocation of additional spectrum RS 1.76 LAKH CRORE is the total amount that the government should have earned, estimates the Comtroller & Auditor General ( CAG) of India's audit.
There were reports that some rogue firms were charging hefty interest rates and resorting to coercive ways to recover their dues. Mr Pranab Mukherjee has given the assurance that ³a regulatory architecture´ for microfinance institutions will be in place after the RBI report is received. Remedy worse than disease Don¶t kill microfinance institutions Microfinance companies. needs Iran¶s cooperation for safeguarding its interests in Afghanistan and Central Asia. An RBI committee is looking into the issue and will submit its report in January.EDITORIAL India. The state should have left it to the RBI to police the erring firms. notorious for overcharging interest rates and exploiting hapless borrowers. India. The Indian number of pneumonia-related deaths is the highest in the world. which are proven to be the safest for children with pneumonia. also known as non-banking financial companies. issued by WHO and UNICEF last year had recommended that all countries should reach 90 per cent coverage of seven simple life-saving interventions by 2015. Interest rates are stupendous because collection costs are high. Killer pneumonia Lakhs of children can be easily saved CHILDREN with pneumonia can be easily saved if only they are taken to a health facility in time and receive treatment with antibiotics. This has led to Andhra MLAs raising a hue and cry and the issuance of the Ordinance. in India the rural finance experiment seems to have hit a roadblock. of course. It is in the interest of both countries to avoid hurting each other¶s interests for long-term mutual gain. India¶s record of preventing diarrhoea-related deaths is also equally poor. But Iran. It is possibly the gentle pressures from these friends that moved the regime on the path of elections and release of Suu Kyi. That comprises almost a quarter of the 16 lakh deaths recorded in the whole world. Yet. A REALITY CHECK . to say the least. too. NEEDED. Iran need each other But friendship is not one-way traffic IRAN¶S supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei equating the situation in India¶s Jammu and Kashmir with that in Gaza in the Palestinian Authority Area. Yet. Iraq and Pakistan is unfortunate. requires India¶s help at various international forums where it has fewer friends because of the US efforts to corner it at every available opportunity. India still has shown equanimity by abstaining from voting on the UN resolution tabled on Thursday to censor Iran for its poor human rights record. as many as 3. thanks to the support received from China. To what extent Suu Kyi can secure support from the regime¶s traditional friends in her call for ³national reconciliation¶ remains to be seen. Afghanistan. A cap on interest rates is considered impractical. function under the supervision of the RBI and have been encouraged to replace obnoxious private moneylenders. MYANMAR The Myanmar regime has not been unduly perturbed about the pressures from the ³international community´. India and ASEAN. India is still stuck at a lowly 38 per cent of the coverage. Health Ministry is yet to introduce pneumococcal and Hib vaccines. resulting in suicide by some borrowers. The Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP). It had the option of going along with the 80 countries which voted for the resolution. Recent data show that approximately 1. in rural areas where banks are inaccessible.7 lakh children die every year in India.2 lakh children in India died from diarrhoea caused by rotavirus ± the leading cause of diarrhoea around the world.
On the face of it. It's a debate about the society we want to build. With millions glued to every word out of Dolly's mouth. I ought to sleep well at night knowing that I'm not arm-twisting viewers. News channels in a bid to get a brand's attention are turning themselves into reality shows too with programmes on anything but news. But then that matters very little to its viewers. The debate around reality shows is far from over. However the issue of reality TV is barely an issue of children vs adult viewership. the emphasis on success at any cost and judgement based on little or no evidence. The secrets. Perhaps the adult vs universal content distinction needs to be outlined. Fair. but buying nevertheless). that reality TV makes great business sense today.. No court judgement can curb this. Instead. The scandals. As brand marketers we struggle to find a way to reach out to the maximum number of people. it's only fair that people get to watch what they want.year olds (anyone older can read lips just fine). They've been pushed to later time slots so that. There was a time when our weakness was Bollywood and cricket. We agonise over the loss of a Kyunki Saas. Reality TV wasn't created to corrupt us. It isn't even an issue of morality. We have goods we'd like to sell and people willingly seem to buy them (some hiding their faces as they do. Reality TV today makes a lot of unpleasant things acceptable. It's also only our cross to bear. they keep a voyeuristic eye on Rakhi as she renders relationships unrepairable. Only they rope in the brands. We choose channels and programmes where we think the middle class Indian is likely to hang around. In the business of entertainment. A channel's programming reflects a society's weakness. The debate around reality TV isn't about freedom or the right to expression. but what is one to do when women clawing each other on Splitsvilla do garner more eyeballs. anything is fair as long as the TRPs are high. Abusive language is the least of the grimacing middle-class' concern. Only they make the money. The 'characters'. Only those channels that really understand the repressed desires of the viewer make good with TRPs. An ordinary Indian's meteoric rise to fame only to be destroyed by an unkind judge and brought back to life like a phoenix by the tabloids. It just doesn't make business sense. just to exploit the corrupt in us. A brand would happily invest in a family show with happy healthy messages. In a world where news networks are business houses first. In a free market and a democracy. While the Indian middle class espouses middle-class morality in its hatred for all that is inappropriate. of course. today it is reality TV. Reality TV is like a circus of human emotions. . Only that reality TV isn't really reality. I toss and turn thinking about how worryingly simple it is to sell reality TV. It is this that a society perhaps should guard against. No wonder then. it is a symptom of our times. Instead. It's the disrespect for a fellow human being. the shows don't become dinner-time entertainment for Indian families. However a society's worth is not just in how seemingly balanced the scales seem to be. As a marketer the country can't ask me to stop supporting reality TV. For the viewers it provides great entertainment. it's the most desirable situation for any free market.REALITY TV is entertaining. Our schadenfreude is our weakness. because no other show seems to hold women anymore. channels running reality shows are only doing their job. misplaced aggression and baseless judgement with abuses beeped for the benefit of only five. but in keeping an eye on how the scales may tip in the future. who in return is only too happy to finally watch the entertainment regular TV was too embarrassed to provide. it's no surprise that it's a great place for brands to be. Un-restrained emotion. It dances to the votes of the viewer.
but their world revolves around you. Stop watching and it'll stop selling. the viewer. It's a free market.It's easy to blame the channels and the advertisers that support them. . You're at the centre of it all.
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