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Raju Vernekar

Raju Vernekar

Raju Vernekar is a Media Professional based in Mumbai and is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He had served as Chief Reporter at Free Press Journal (1996 – 2015 ). His Activities includes writing for different news papers, script writing/production for TV channels, Films Division. Writing poems in Marathi, Hindi, English, Guiding mass media students and helping people to solve their problems. Raju may be contacted at [email protected]

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Airtel Digital TV silently hikes NCF for Multi TV Users

By Raju Vernekar

Ahead of implementation of the National Tariff Order (NTO) 2.0, Airtel Digital TV has hiked the Network Connection Fee (NCF) for Multi TV users, who now will have to pay Rs 100 as NCF every month for the first 100 channels. NCF is an amount that subscriber is required to pay to the service provider per month to keep the connection on.

Airtel Digital TV used to charge a reduced NCF of Rs 80 (taxes extra) for every Multi TV connection before the latest revision. Now, it will be charging Rs 100 (taxes extra) for 100 SD channels for all Multi TV connections. “NCF of Rs 100 (taxes extra) for 100 SD channels, for all multiple TV connections getting activated under the same account in a home. Additional NCF of Rs 20 (taxes extra) will be applicable for subsequent slots of 25 SD channels over and above the 100 channels,” noted Airtel Digital TV.

On the whole, Airtel Digital TV Multi TV users will now have to pay slightly higher NCF every month. For 100 channel users, the charges will be Rs 118 every month. As against this, Dish TV and D2h are charging just Rs 50 as NCF from every Multi TV user for the first 100 channels.

The National Tariff Order 1.0 by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has given full rights to DTH operators whether to provide any discount on NCF for Multi TV connections. While Tata Sky is charging full NCF even for secondary connections, other DTH operators are providing at least some discount.

Now the NTO 2.0, which will come into effect on first March, is expected to revise the Multi TV charges again as it allows a DTH or Cable TV operator to charge only a maximum of 40% NCF for Multi TV connections. As of now there is a tussle between broadcasters and TRAI, over the proposed hike.

TRAI has given full rights to DTH/Cable TV operators whether to provide any sort of discount on NCF for Multi TV users as part of the current tariff regime. When the NTO 1.0 became effective last year, Airtel Digital TV was amongst the three DTH operators who were charging discounted NCF from Multi TV users.

As part of the NTO 2.0, TRAI will be making some major changes to the Multi TV policies of DTH operators. TRAI has already confirmed that a DTH operator would only be able to charge 40% as NCF for Multi TV users from the overall charges of primary connection.

As of now, the initial slab of Rs 130 now offers all the 200 FTA channels. This means the maximum NCF for Multi TV users will be around Rs 64 every month. When implemented, this move will come as a massive relief for Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV users. Tata Sky is currently charging full NCF even from Multi TV users. And now, Airtel Digital TV has hiked the NCF for Multi TV connection holders. The new NCF charges are already live for Airtel Digital TV Multi TV owners.

The hike, however, will still keep Airtel’s multi TV NCF as the second-highest Multi TV NCF in the DTH industry. Tata Sky had earlier this year started charging Rs 130 plus taxes extra for Multi TV NCF which was then followed by cable operator Hathway charging the same amount as well. Dish TV and Dish TV owned d2h continue to charge Rs 50 plus taxes extra for Multi NCF. However, with Airtel Digital TV likely to merge with Dish TV and d2h one can expect them to revise their Multi TV NCF as well on par with Airtel later on.

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Delhi riots: HC asks police to decide on FIRs against BJP Leaders; FIR likely against BJP leaders- Kapil Mishra ,Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma

By Raju Vernekar

While 106 persons were arrested and FIRs registered against 18 persons on charges of indulging in an arson for the last 4 days over anti-CAA agitations in Delhi, a division bench comprising Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh at the Delhi High Court, on Wednesday asked the Delhi police why no FIRs were registered against leaders who allegedly incited violence by their hate speeches.

While hearing a petition, by civil rights activist Harsh Mander and Farah Naqvi, seeking FIRs against three BJP leaders, for their alleged hate speeches which resulted in the riots, the bench asked Delhi Police to review the speeches and take a “conscious decision" on the registration of FIRs against the political leaders who alleged incited violence through their speeches. The petition has also sought the setting up of a special investigation (SIT) team to inquire into the riots in Delhi and compensation for those killed and injured in the violence.

Justice S. Muralidhar slammed a Delhi police officer for saying he had not watched the video in which BJP leader Kapil Mishra issued threats to anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protestors and played the clip in court. Clips of speeches made by Minister Anurag Thakur, MP Parvesh Verma and MLA Abhay Verma were also played in court. These leaders led crowds to chant ‘shoot the traitors’ and also accused the peaceful protesters at Shahen Bagh ‘rapists and murderers’. BJP leader Kapil Mishra  also addressed a pro-CAA rally at Maujpur on 23 February.

“There are so many TVs in your office, how can a police officer say that he hasn’t watched the videos. I’m really appalled by the state of affairs of Delhi Police.” the judge said “Let all of you watch the clip.” After the video was played, the DCP identified the police officer present in the video as DCP (north east) Surya. The court also clarified that its orders were not limited to the BJP leaders, but to any leaders who may have made hate speeches.

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta said that FIRs will be “registered at an appropriate stage”. To this, Justice Muralidhar asked Which is that appropriate stage? After the city has burnt down?” Mehta shot back that the city is not burning, “It is only a few areas”. Mehta claimed that the petitioners had handpicked only three speeches, claiming that there were other speeches made from all quarters that have resulted in the violence. He claimed to be in possession of more videos showing hate speeches.

The bench responded saying that this submission only portrays the police in worse light. “So apart from these three, there are other hate speech FIRs also that have not been registered? I will take your word for it that those clips also make out cognizable offences … You are saying that the police not only failed to take action in these three clips but many more clips?” Justice Muralidhar said.

“How many more lives have to be lost, how much property has to be destroyed?” Justice Muralidhar asked, to which SG Mehta requested the court not to get “angry”. “This is not anger, this is anguish,” the judge responded.

The judge said  “Just register an FIR, communicate it to your commissioner of police. This is the anguish of a constitutional court. Why are you not showing alacrity when it comes to registration of FIR in these cases? We want peace to prevail. This city has seen enough violence. Let us not repeat 1984.”

The further hearing of the petition is slated for Thursday. However Justice Murlidhar is not expected to be present to hear the petition, since late on Wednesday the Centre notified his transfer to Punjab and Haryana high court.

In another development, the Supreme court will be hearing applications by Bhim Army Chief, Chandra Shekhar Aazad and others for registration of FIRs based on complaints pertaining to the violence that began on February 23 in the city's North-East area.

Yet another petition filed by CPM leaders Brinda Karat and K.M. Tiwari is posted for hearing before Justices GS Sistani and Anup J Bhambhani at Delhi High court on Thursday. The petitioners have “made a presumption” that the speeches incited violence such as the shooting on Jamia students and anti-CAA protesters at  Shaheen Bagh. The petition seeks FIR against Mishra, Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh and others for hate speech.

 “This is a case of immediate attention, since the slogans like “goli maro gaddaroan ko” were raised. Thakur, a minister asking people to go ahead and kill! another person, leader Abhay Verma gives a hate speech at Lakshmi nagar” This was appalling the petitioners have stated.

In the meanwhile former and present India cricketers, including Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj , on Wednesday appealed for peace and harmony in violence-hit northeast Delhi, saying the incidents of arson and rage were unfortunate and heart-breaking.



106 arrested, FIR registered against 18, Death toll 27, over 200 injured

Compensation: Rs one crore to the family of slain Had Constable Ratan Lal, Government job to one member of the family.

Compensation (general)- Families of those killed-Rs. 2 lakh, seriously injured Rs.50,000

Advocate Zubeda Begum appointed as an amicus curie

Injured admitted to GTB Hospital and LNJP Hospital.

Curfew (section 144) for one month in Seelampur

The issue of violence in the national capital did not figure in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday

Delhi police helpline (112) (22829334) (22829335)

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Convicts assault prison officer, offence registered

IT News
Nagpur Feb.26

Two convicts, including a convict on a death row, in July 2006 Mumbai suburban train serial bomb blast case, have been booked on charges of manhandling an officer of the Nagpur Central Prison, by Dhantoli Police in Nagpur (Maharashtra).
The offence has been registered under sections 353, 160, 34 IPC, which stipulate punishment for an assault or use of criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, against both the accused.
On Tuesday, the convict Naved  Hussain Khan Rashid Hussain Khan (40) (No C/9169) and Mohmed Azam Aslam Butt (40) (No.C/9589) had altercations with each other, when they were brought out of their cells for breakfast. Soon, both began delivering fisticuffs and assaulted each other.
When the Prison Inspector Ishwardas Tulshiram Bahekar (44) tried to intervene, they beat him up and pushed him, as a result of which he fell on the ground. The guards rushed to the spot, over powered the duo and sent them to their respective cells.
Naved  Hussain Khan Rashid Hussain Khan has a death penalty on his head, along with 4 others, for his active role in planting the bombs stuffed in pressure cookers, in different train on 11 July 2006. In the seven blasts, on crowded trains within 11 minutes, 207 people were killed  700 were wounded.
Thirteen were nabbed (of whom one was acquitted by the MCOCA court), while 17 are still absconding. Besides death to 5 accused, life imprisonment was awarded to 7 by Special MCOCA Judge Y D Shinde on 30 September 2015. The prosecution had claimed that the absconding accused included 13 Pakistanis and members of the Lashkar-e-Tayyba, a Pakistan-based terrorist outfit. Due to pending litigations, none of the death sentences have  been carried out as yet.
Whereas Mohmed Azam Aslam Butt, is a notorious criminal serving life imprisonment on charges of killing one Kashinath Gharat at Andheri in Mumbai in September 2005. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on June 21, 2014. He was granted parole in 2014 and 2016, while he was lodged in Nashik Central Jail, and both times he had jumped. Then he secured 30-day parole on 26 October 2017, with an extension of 60 days. His parole expired on January 24, 2018 and when he didn’t show up the next day, a case was registered against him. Subsequently he was nabbed and was brought to the Nagpur prison.
There are many hardened convicts in Nagpur Central Prison, considered as high security prison. Yakub Abdul Razzak Memon, a  convict on a death row, in 12 March,1993, serial bombing in Mumbai, in which 257 persons were killed and 713 others were injured, was hanged in the Nagpur Central Prison on 30 July 2015.  After that the Nagpur Central Prison has been a focus of attention with more convicts are brought in due to its vast expanse.

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Delhi on the boil over CAA, High alert in Mumbai I & B Ministry asks TV channels, not to broadcast content that promote ‘anti-national’ attitude.

IT News
Delhi, Feb 26:

While Delhi continues to be tense over ongoing anti-CAA agitations, Mumbai police have sounded a high alert and banned agitations in the city, except at the court approved site at Azad Maidan in South Mumbai.
On Tuesday police registered cases against 30 to 35 protestors who staged a sit in dharna late  Monday night at Marine Drive in South Mumbai, in support of Delhi anti-CAA protestors. In fact the protestors wanted to hold agitations at the Gateway of India in South Mumbai, but the police prevented them from holding agitation. Eventually they moved to Marine Drive, popularly known as Queen’s Necklace.
Maharashtra Home Ministry officials said that an alert has been sounded in Mumbai after violence in Delhi. The police are taking precautionary measures to maintain law and order in the state. Other than the designated area in Azad Maidan, no permission will be granted for any other protest in Mumbai, the official added. Maharashtra Minorities Minister Nawab Malik said that the Central Government is responsible for the anti-CAA agitations and its aftermath.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an application, filed by former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and others, seeking direction to the police to lodge FIRs on the complaints regarding the ongoing violence in Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The application will come up for hearing before a bench of Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, on Wednesday.
In another development, IPS SN Shrivastava was appointed as Special Commissioner (Law and Order) in Delhi Police, with immediate effect, by the Central Government. A notification regarding this was issued by the Directorate General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
While nearly 13 persons were stated to be killed and over 140 including 48 policemen and 98 civilians, were injured, in stone pelting and firing, one Shahrukh, who allegedly opened fire at police during violence in northeast Delhi was taken into custody. Besides Delhi police registered FIRs against 11 protestors.
Delhi Metropolitan Railway Corporation (DMRC) temporary closed down metro stations at Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar and terminated trains at Welcome Metro station. The CBSE postponed Class 10, 12 exams in northeast Delhi which were scheduled  to be held on Wednesday. However, exams in the remaining areas of the National Capital will be held as per schedule.
The police imposed a curfew in Maujpur, Jafrabad, Kabir Nagar, Chand Bagh, Karawal Nagar, Gokulpri, Yamuna Vihar, Kardam Puri, Ghonda, Brahamouri areas of North East Delhi. In addition to local police, 35 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed. The police staged a flag march in Khajurikhas area on Tuesday.
Since the protestors blocked the road, the injured were being brought to hospitals on bikes and vans, Harjit Singh Bhatti, ex-president of the Resident Doctor’s Association, AIIMS said and condemned the attitude of the protestors.
Similarly the high alert was sounded and section 144 of the CrPC, banning assembly of four or more people, was imposed in NOIDA (outskirts of Delhi). The Police Armed Constabulary (PAC) was deployed in large number. Liquor shops near Delhi border areas were closed down and the patrolling and security was increased along the Ghaziabad and NOIDA borders by the Uttar Pradesh Police.
The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry issued an advisory to TV channels, urging them not to broadcast content that promotes ‘anti-national’ attitude.
In the meanwhile the tributes were paid the slain Head Constable Ratan Lal, who was succumbed to bullet injuries during riots, by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and others at New Police Lines, Kingsway Camp, New Delhi.
A native of Sikar in Rajasthan, Ratan Lal has left behind a wife -Poonam and children - Siddhi (13), Kanak (10) and Ram (8)- remain inconsolable.  His body will be taken to his native village – Fathepur Tihwali in Rajasthan’s Sikar district – where cremation is scheduled for Wednesday. Residents of the village, have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for a government job for a family member and pension for his elderly parents.

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