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Poland fined US-owned broadcaster TVN

United States criticized a decision by Poland’s media regulator to slap a $415,000 fine on TVN, a US-owned private broadcaster, saying the ruling appeared to undermine media freedom.  PiS has been at loggerheads with the European Union over policy, including placing the country’s media under increased state control.
TVN24 is the most widely watched independent channel in Poland, and critics on Monday interpreted the fine as an effort to mute its criticism of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party amid speculation the state may take the broadcaster over.
The broadcaster was fined by regulator KRRiT on Monday over its coverage of protests in parliament last year.
“This decision appears to undermine media freedom in Poland, a close ally and fellow democracy. Free and independent media are essential to a strong democracy,” the U.S. Department of State said in a statement on Tuesday.
It added that it remained confident in the ability of Polish authorities to ensure democratic institutions were fully functioning and respected.
The regulator said it had fined the broadcaster’s TVN24 channel for “promoting illegal activities and encouraging behavior that threatens security,” without giving details.


~Top names in the field are Udayan Mane, Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Om Prakash Chouhan, Mithun Perera

Jamshedpur, December 12, 2017: The TATA STEEL Group and PGTI have announced the 16th TATA Open Golf which will be held in Jamshedpur from 14th – 17th December, 2017. The four-day tournament will be hosted at the Golmuri Golf Course in Jamshedpur. The Pro-Am will be played on 13th December, 2017. The event offers a rich prize purse of Rs. 1 crore.

The tournament will feature some of the top Indian professionals such as Udayan Mane, Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, M Dharma, Om Prakash Chouhan, Shankar Das and Amardip Sinh Malik, to name a few. The top foreign players in the field are Sri Lankans Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Kunal Bhasin of Australia, Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, South African Damian Naicker and Swaziland’s Arthur Horne.

The local challenge will be led by professional Karan Taunk of Jamshedpur. The field also features two leading amateurs from Jamshedpur, Kurush Heerjee and Navtez Singh.

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel said “We are pleased to host the 16th Tata Open Golf Pro – Golf event at our Golmuri Golf Course. The event has grown from strength to strength over the years. The golf course has also matured and we are looking forward to witness some very competitive golf.”

Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We thank the TATA STEEL Group for partnering with the PGTI in laying a strong foundation for professional golf in India. The 16th edition of the TATA Open promises to bring out the best from the Indian and foreign professionals playing on the PGTI as they strive for the honour of winning the coveted PGTI Order of Merit title. We wish the players all the best.”

89% of auto sales in India are digitally influenced:

89% of auto sales in India are digitally influenced: Google & Kantar TNS Report
~Smartphones, Search and Online Video are poised to disrupt auto sales in India~

New Delhi, December 13, 2017: Google India, along with Kantar TNS, today released a comprehensive report on the influence of digital on the decision-making journey of an automobile shopper. The report titled “The Drive to Decide” states that in 2017, 89% of Indian car purchases are digitally influenced, up from 75% in 2016. These auto shoppers exhibited three key digital behaviours: 96% of them are searching online, 80% are watching online videos and 88% of them prefer to research on their smartphones.
Talking about how digital is transforming this industry, Vikas Agnihotri, Industry Director, Google India said, “Online video has emerged as the biggest disrupter for the four-wheeler industry in India. YouTube has over 225 million* Indian smartphone users watching online video every month, auto content itself has witnessed an astounding 225% year-on-year watch time growth. From an advertiser perspective, what makes this trend even more relevant is that car manufacturers can now measure the exact impact that online is having on offline sales, and we believe that is a real game changer.”
Elaborating on the influence of digital on the path to purchase, the report shows in the last two years, there has been a 2.5x increase in consumers who are taking only two months to buy a four-wheeler. Concurrently, the number of dealer visits have also dropped by 50% in the last three years. Finally, two-thirds of digitally influenced buyers are searching and discovering dealers online. Together, all of these are leading to shorter, more efficient buying cycles.
As per the report, online video is fast becoming a preferred information source that is allowing buyers to explore a new car from different perspectives. The percentage of online video usage in the process of buying a car in 2017 has nearly doubled, to 80% from 43% in 2016. Breaking up the types of videos consumers are watching; the report shows that 41% are vehicle safety tests; 41% showcase the technology and features of the car; 38% are on performance and 33% of them are customer reviews. Further, the report highlights that 79% of consumers who are watching online video are taking an action – underscoring the important role of online video in the decision-making process.
Speaking about the challenges that marketers face today and some future trends, Gabri Herrmann, Kantar TNS said, “The modern auto shopper walks into the dealership armed with a staggering array of information.  Delivering on research needs and inspiring the consumer is critical — brands that succeed in this will win the sale!”.

Report Methodology:
These findings were based on research conducted by Kantar TNS. The research covers 500+ respondents in each of the 27 markets (overall 13828 respondents in 27 markets) via online or face-to-face with an average survey length of 15 minutes.

About Google India Private Limited:
Google India Private Limited (Google India) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Google LCC.  It is engaged in the business of marketing & selling advertisement space and rendering Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES).

About Kantar TNS
As one of the largest research agencies worldwide, we provide powerful insights on how to unlock the moments that will help our clients flourish. We are part of Kantar, one of the world’s leading data, insight and consultancy companies.

For further information please contact:

Dipti Mehra
Google India
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Six Degrees Cohn & Wolfe

“Plugging In: Electricity Consumption in India Homes”

Dear All,
In the seventh post of the series, “Plugging In: Electricity Consumption in India Homes by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Prayas (Energy Group), we examine electricity demand in the NCR. 
The burden of managing energy demand is particularly relevant to the National Capital Region (NCR), with Delhi being among the highest residential electricity consuming areas in India. Yet, in spite of the scale of current and future residential electricity use, an understanding of Delhi and the NCR’s household consumption patterns and their drivers is limited. In this post, we examine electricity demand in the NCR, which comprises Delhi, much of Haryana, and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. 
The NCR covers approximately 130 cities and towns, a land area of 22,500 square miles, and has an urban population of over 30 million that is growing at about 20% per decade. We focus our findings around three questions: How much electricity does the NCR resident consume? What are the electricity services that households in the NCR most consume? How is the ownership of cooling appliances changing with increasing incomes and the ability of households to consume more?

Click here to read the full post.
I look forward to your comments, feedback, and questions.

4th Digital India Awards

Dear Sir/ Madam, 
As we all know, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and a knowledge economy. In a bid to give an impetus to this vision, Times Network hosted the flagship ‘Digital India Summit & Awards’. 
The first three editions of the Digital India Summit drew an overwhelming response among both industry and policy makers who deliberated on goals, evaluated performance and identified areas where more attention is required. 
Not only this, the Digital India Awards felicitated digital initiatives in the social and corporate world that harnessed the power of ICT and digital tools to transform business processes, improve delivery of public services and create a positive impact on society. 
Through power packed deliberations & debates revolving around our theme Constructing An Action Plan: 2020, the 4th Edition of Digital India Summit will unearth key challenges, lay emphasis on the headway made on the Digital India Initiative & chart out a definitive roadmap to build an empowered society & knowledge economy. The Digital India Awards 4.0 will continue to recognise those who are converting India’s digital-dream into a reality. 
Join us for the power packed day long sessions & awards ceremony on 16th December 2017 at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi from 10am onwards. (Click here for Google Map)

The summit consists of 6 sessions:
Ø  Special Address: Honourable Minister for Law & Justice and Information Technology, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad
Ø  Plenary Session: Digital India: Where do things stand? A Real-Time Assessment
Ø  Session Two: Developing A Digital Workforce: The Ground Realities
Ø  Session Three: 5G in India: The Avenue to making the Digital India Vision A Reality?
Ø  Session Four: Fintech: The Digital India Game-changer

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BRPL Trippings in Delhi at 1227 MW, Connected 10,000 MW

December12, 2017 (C) Ravinder Singh
There are Frequent tripping of power in South Delhi like Rural Feeders for three days at a time when BRPL Load Fluctuates between 1483 MW to as low as 422 MW today against connected load of over 10,000 MW perhaps over 11,000 MW at present.
Maximum ‘Delhi Load’ today was 3539 MW at 10:10:58 hrs as given in the graph and table and minimum load was 1335 MW at 3:00:25 hrs against connected load exceeding 25,000 MW.
BRPL is not concerned with damage to Rs.Lakhs of Croresworth of equipment connected to it – sensitive gadgets like Computer Systems or Lifts or Traffic Lights or Metro Railway etc.
It was shocking Chairman and a Member Posts are Vacant of three member regulatory board.
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Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 8826415770, 9871056471, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power, Transportation,
Smart Cities, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects

Doug Jones has won Alabama’s special Senate election

Naresh, we did it! Doug Jones has won Alabama’s special Senate election and is headed to Washington to become the state’s next U.S. Senator.
This is a victory for hardworking Alabama families and for Democrats nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of supporters from all over the country rallied to make phone calls, send text messages, share social media posts, and donate whatever they could to help Doug get out the vote today.
And we got the job done. Together.
We’ve proven all year long that we can win anywhere when we invest in our state parties, mobilize the grassroots, and employ all of our best practices, tools, and technologies to help our candidates win.
We have all of the momentum heading into the new year — but we know that Trump and his Republicans are going to fight tooth and nail to keep control of Congress.
Tonight, we proved yet again that we can beat the GOP — with your help, we can take the fight to them in all 50 states.

EU rebuffs Netanyahu’s call

EU’s foreign policy head Federica Mogherini said she told Netanyahu that the bloc supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
She said the EU will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem until the city’s final status is determined through direct negotiations between the parties concerned.
The EU plans to invite Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Brussels in January to convey its stance on the issue.
Europe to follow the US in recognizing Jerusalem as his country’s capital. But the EU’s foreign policy chief has rejected the idea.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to reporters ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.
He said US President Donald Trump’s decision does not obviate peace but makes it possible.
French President Emmanuel Macron met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris on Sunday.  Macron expressed disapproval of the US decision.
He urged Netanyahu to make some courageous gestures toward the Palestinians, suggesting that Israel freeze construction of new settlements in East Jerusalem and other occupied lands.
But Netanyahu made no mention of the settlements during the news conference.
He said the sooner the Palestinians come to grips with reality, the sooner they will move toward peace.

Abbas, Sisi agree to revive East Jerusalem capital of Palestine

Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have agreed on the need to take concrete action to defend the rights of Palestinians.The agreement was made during a meeting between the two leaders in Cairo on Monday.
Sisi is said to have reiterated his support for Palestinians claiming East Jerusalem as the capital of its future state.
Two leaders also agreed to continue high-level coordination to maintain the rights of Palestinians.

Climate change summit in Paris

World leaders gathered in Paris to discuss climate change on Tuesday, exactly 2 years after the Paris Agreement was adopted.
Attention is focused on whether they will be able to issue a clear message to secure funds from the public and private sectors to combat global warming.
The meeting was called by French President Emmanuel Macron. Leaders and cabinet ministers from nearly 100 countries as well as top United Nations officials were invited.
The gathering is part of efforts to ensure the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which established an international framework to deal with global warming beyond 2020.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and others took part in a morning session. Topics of discussion included how to secure 100 billion dollars per year for climate action in developing countries.
US President Donald Trump has announced his country’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. He has also said his country would stop contributing to a fund for developing nations.

Operation in Afghanistan’s north on ISIS

Afghanistan’s military plans to launch a major operation to stop Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) making inroads into the country’s northern provinces, officials said on Tuesday. The operation will target the provinces of Sari Pul, Faryab and Jowzjan, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said. “We know there are foreign fighters among them, but we will eliminate all of them, regardless of their nationality,” he promised. French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, have joined new IS bases in northern Afghanistan

Heavy snow Belgian flights cancelled

300 flights were cancelled at Belgian airports due to heavy snow on Tuesday, according to media reports. The cancellations affected more than 5,000 passengers. On Monday, high winds and heavy snow in Europe stranded thousands of travelers and kept schoolchildren at home, AFP said. It was the second consecutive day of fierce weather across the continent, with Britain still digging out from its deepest snowfall in four years. Flights were also cancelled in the Netherlands and UK.

Services Conclave “Serve India and the World”

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017: Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi

Dear Mr/ Mrs,

It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with the support of the Ministry Commerce and Industry and Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) is organising the Services Conclave: Serve India and the World on 19th December in Delhi.

The Services Sector is emerging across the world as an enabler of economic growth and inclusion. The sector contributes almost one third of the gross value added, half of the world employment, one fifth of global trade and more than half of the world FDI flows.

In India, the contribution of the Services Sector has grown to more than half of the country’s output today, from 30 per cent of GDP in 1950, contributing 62 per cent of the gross value addition with the growth of 7.7 per cent in 2016-17. This fast emergence has thrown open huge opportunities and challenges for the sector.

Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu has agreed to deliver the Inaugural Address at the conclave on the 19th of December.

The Conclave will be attended by Policy Makers, Industry Captains, Academicians and other Stakeholders.  The conclave will  also address on“How IT and ICT is catalyzing growth through Digital Platforms and Sports as an emerging subsector which will drive growth, development and inclusion”.

The main components of the programme are:

·         Conference
·         Knowledge Report on Road map on Building Services Competitiveness
·         White Paper on India: Leapfrogging with Disruptive Tech for 1.3 billion
·         Global Exhibition on Services 2018: Curtain Raiser

The Conclave will attempt to bring in the stake holders: Government and Industry on a common platform to discuss and debate on building competitiveness of the Services Sector by,

  • Identifying and addressing key Competitive Differentiators in the Services Sector  
  • Ideating on bridging the regulatory gaps in the key sub segments of the Services Sector
  • Strategizing to develop a holistic framework for an overarching Services Policy  

I take the opportunity to invite you to join us for the Inaugural Session and also nominate your senior colleagues to attend the Conclave.

Look forward to receiving you at the Conclave.

Warm regards,
Amita Sarkar

Amita Sarkar
Deputy Director General
Confederation of Indian Industry
The Mantosh Sondhi Centre
23, Institutional Area, Lodi Road


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