TRAI D2H rule: Despite several notifications by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), implementation of new cable rule is still moving at a slothful speed across the country. According to media reports, less than 50 per cent of customers’ preferences have been recorded by direct-to-home (DTH) platforms and digital cable companies. Reacting to the same, TRAI has warned the DTH platforms and digital cable firms to implement the order within the given deadline of February 2019. The telecom regulatory body also reiterated that failing to the deadline, distribution platform operators (DPOs) would face crackdown ranging from blackout by broadcasters to licence cancellation/suspension. DPOs across the country except Tata Sky have started receiving choices of their customers for the new tariff regime. Tata Sky has moved Delhi High Court against the TRAI tariff order and hence has not initiated the new subscription programme. The case is scheduled for hearing on January 23. … [Read more...] about Alert for TV viewers! Comply with TRAI’s new tariff rule by Feb 1 or face complete BLACKOUT!
Caesars new regime
New Delhi: In the wake of the recently implemented new broadcast tariff regime, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has discarded the notion that new rules would increase bill amount of cable TV and DTH consumers in the country. Rather, TRAI in its recent statement earlier today said that the new framework may actually bring down the TV bill of customers. TRAI’s statement also came in the backdrop of Crisil report which states that the newly implemented changes would result in an increase in bills for the cable TV and Direct-to-Home (DTH) subscribers. Addressing a press conference in the national capital earlier today, TRAI Chairman Ram Sevak Sharma said that the report was prepared on an "inadequate understanding" of the TV distribution market and it was incorrect. “The report is based on choosing top-rated channels on all-India basis and considers only one weekly report dated January 25, 2019, from TV Rating Agency, BARC,” TRAI statement said. Even … [Read more...] about New broadcast tariff rules will cut down DTH, cable TV bills, not raise it; here’s how
Pope Francis is considering introducing 'ecological sins' in a new bid to battle climate change. Pictured: The Pope in Vatican City today Pope Francis is considering introducing 'ecological sins' in a new bid to battle climate change. Speaking in Rome on Friday, Pope Francis said it's 'a duty' to introduce the new sin to the Catholic Church's teachings as a way to protect 'our common home'. This comes after the Pope held a three-week bishops' assembly, called a synod, last month which addressed environmental dangers in the Amazon. Speaking on Friday, he said: 'We have to introduce, we are thinking about it, in the catechism of the Catholic Church, the sin against ecology, the sin against our common home, because it’s a duty.' He was addressing members of the International Association of Penal Law in Rome, Crux Now reports. At the same event, the pope also said that politicians who rage against homosexuals, gypsies and Jews remind him of Hitler. 'It is not coincidental … [Read more...] about Pope Francis considers introducing new ‘ecological sin’ in bid to battle climate change
Are you getting enough protein? The question provides its own answer: if you are worrying about the amount of protein in your diet, then you are almost certainly eating more than enough. This is the paradox of our new protein obsession. For many people, protein has become a kind of secular unction: it instantly anoints any food with an aura of health and goodness. On the menu at the gym where I go, a salad niçoise is now repackaged as “high-protein tuna”. It comes without the usual capers or olives – those are items that merely add flavour, and who needs that? On Pinterest, the lifestyle-sharing site, you can now choose “protein” as one of your interests in life, along with “cute animals” and “inspirational quotes”. In 2017, there were 64m Google searches for “protein”. Anxiety about protein is one of the things that drives a person to drink a flask of vitamin-padded beige slurry and call it lunch. You merely need … [Read more...] about Protein mania: the rich world’s new diet obsession
In a small barely furnished office with some of the electric wiring still showing in half-completed walls, Habtamu Mekonnen sits at his laptop putting the finishing touches to tomorrow's Berbera newspaper edition. Just over a year old, the fledging newspaper is one of a plethora of new publications that sprang to life following the whirlwind of reforms that helped garner Abiy Ahmed the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2019. The Nobel committee cited the prime minister "discontinuing media censorship" as one of Abiy Ahmed's many achievements in paving the way to establish a new and better democracy in Ethiopia. Read more:Opinion: Nobel Peace Prize for Abiy Ahmed a misguided decision Ethnic tensions, journalism and activism But the bonanza of media activity that followed is now generating increasing concerns that new media freedoms are being abused to stoke ethnic tensions. Media are being accused of abetting groups seeking to leverage identity politics to destabilise … [Read more...] about Press freedom under siege again in the new Ethiopia
The United Nations imposed a new slate of sanctions on Iran today in an attempt to force it to comply with international demands over its nuclear programme – even though Tehran has insisted punitive measures will not change anything. The UN security council approved resolution 1929 authorising the sanctions. Twelve countries voted in favour - including crucially all five permanent members, Britain, China, France, Russia and the US. Brazil and Turkey voted against, saying sanctions would not have the desired effect. Lebanon abstained. The new measures include financial curbs, an expanded arms embargo and warnings to UN member states to be vigilant about a range of Iranian activities. Companies and individuals are named in detailed annexes to the resolution. Iran's national shipping company is specifically targeted, as are entities controlled by the powerful Revolutionary Guards, the backbone of the Islamic regime. "This council has risen to its responsibilities. Now Iran should … [Read more...] about UN approves new Iran sanctions