KCS-content whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap whatsapp The Christmas spending season is well under way, but there are some worrying signs for UK retailers in the latest Bloomberg/YouGov Household Economic Activity Tracker (HEAT).Particular concern is warranted around consumers’ willingness to purchase big ticket items, which can make or break a brand’s Christmas retail season.The report found that UK consumers have considered themselves less capable of making major purchases as 2010 has progressed. CONSUMERS LESS CONFIDENTAs the graph shows, since June this year consumers have become steadily less confident that it is a good time to spend money on big ticket items: October’s net buying intention score was -31 per cent. These figures put consumer spending intentions below what they were in October 2009 (net -24 per cent), suggesting that November and December 2010 could also struggle in comparison with last year. Some retailers are looking to head off upcoming difficulties by offering time-sensitive promotions, like Sony’s promise to return VAT on pre-Christmas purchases.This unwillingness to commit to big spending is also concerning when considered in the context of the fact that one in four respondents said that their household had saved less money in October than in September.Consumer attitudes to spending suggest that money not saved is not being spent immediately: YouGov respondents were asked what they would do with a windfall of one month’s income; a question which acts as a proxy to judge how bullish consumers are feeling about spending. A majority of 80 per cent claimed they would either save it or use it to pay off existing debt, rather than spend it.Brands will have to work hard in order to get consumers to part with their hard-earned pounds this year.Stephan Shakespeare is co-founder and chief executive of YouGov. Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solutionmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmDaily Finance StoriesChrissy Metz, 40, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoDaily Finance StoriesAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For LifeLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Health Consumers are not willing to splash the cash Tuesday 16 November 2010 8:19 pm Share Tags: NULL
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The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar It’s been a couple of years since I last covered equipment rental company and small-cap stock VP (LSE: VP). Back then, I decided not to buy the stock because of concerns about the company’s high level of borrowings. However, I’d buy shares in VP now.Why I’d buy this small-cap stock nowToday’s full-year results report sets out strong progress with debt reduction. The company used incoming cash flow in the period to pay off a big chunk of its borrowings. And on 31 March, net debt had fallen by around 24% compared to a year earlier, to just under £122m.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…That’s still a thumping pile of other people’s money, but I reckon VP will continue to work at paying it down. However, one of the risks with the stock is the underlying cyclicality of operations. If there’s another general economic downturn, big borrowings could become a problem. That’s why I like to see cyclical firms getting into a strong financial position when trading is booming. And, right now, the outlook for the business is bullish.If VP keeps paying off debt year after year until it’s gone, it can then direct its cash flow straight to reinvesting in equipment. When, and if, that happens, the business will probably be in great shape. And the good news is the financial record shows an improving trend now.There’s also been a conclusion to the Competition and Markets Authority’s long-running investigation. The bottom line is VP must pay a penalty of £11.2m after a breach of competition law involving three “major” suppliers of groundworks hire equipment.VP reckons it “fundamentally” disagrees with the CMA’s conclusions but the directors have decided not to fight the findings. In that way, the company and its shareholders will be spared further costs and uncertainty. I reckon that’s a good decision because the process has been dragging on for around four years.Trading well and a positive outlookThe business is trading well. And looking ahead, the directors reckon the market backdrop for VP is “positive”. Major infrastructure sectors, such as water, rail and transmission are “primed for escalating growth in the coming year.” I think the recovery we’ve been seeing in the building and construction sectors is encouraging. And there’s a potential tailwind for VP from the government’s drive to “build back better” following the pandemic. It’s hard for me to imagine anything other than booming demand for rental equipment in the years ahead. Although I could be wrong in that assessment and lose money with VP’s shares.Nevertheless, chief executive Neil Stothard said in today’s report the management team is “excited” about the prospects for the business in the coming year. And I’d embrace the cyclical and other risks and buy the small-cap stock now as part of a diversified portfolio.With the share price near 865p, the forward-looking earnings multiple is around 13 for the current trading year to March 2022. And the anticipated dividend yield is about 3.7%. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis mymission2 launches “Beat The Credit Crunch 2009 Calendar” in aid of Shelter 35 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: calendar credit crunch recession Trading mymission2 launches “Beat The Credit Crunch 2009 Calendar” in aid of Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.While homelessness is growing in the UK, corporate and individual donations to Shelter are decreasing as people feel the squeeze of the credit crunch. mymission2 is offering a helping hand to the struggling charity with the launch of their “Beat The Credit Crunch 2009 Calendar”. £1 from every calendar purchased in the UK will be donated to Shelter.To celebrate reaching 100,000 members last week, mymission2 also pledged to donate a further £50,000 to Shelter when they sell 50,000 calendars, making a total donation of £100,000.The calendar highlights the fact that you can look fabulous even when you are on a budget and help charity at the same time. We all need to tighten our belts in the current economic climate and looking chic on the cheap is a good way to start. The models featured in the calendar are ordinary people who are keen to offer advice – serious or otherwise – on how to cope, have fun and look great on little or no cash. Professional stylists dressed the models from top-to-toe using clothing and accessories from charity and vintage shops such as Traid, Oxfam, Rokit and Paper Dress Vintage.The calendar is a fantastic and unique gift and can be purchased online at:www.shop.ends-uk.com/acatalog/mymission2.htmlYou can view a short “behind the scenes” documentary about the making of the calendar, which includes interviews with the stylists and models at:http://mymission2.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/looking-chic-on-the-cheap-for-charity/.mymission2 is the world’s first aspirational network where people help each other to achieve their goals in life, whatever they may be. Launched in April 2008, the mymission2 community now has over 100,000 members around the world.www.mymission2.com About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 14 January 2009 | News
Houston’s youth and political activists support oil workers’ struggle.WW photoAs you enter the United Steelworkers Local 13-227 union hall in Pasadena, Texas, just outside Houston, the signs and notices announce that oil workers are on strike. Entering strike central, a large room with a big table in the middle, you see and hear the low-level but constant buzz of organizing activity. Union Vice President Jeff Lewis is signing in workers who come in for their picket shift. Another union worker is on the phone reminding workers when their shift is scheduled.Of 11 facilities involved in the national oil strike, five of them are in the Houston area, where the union represents 5,000 oil workers.As plant gates are assigned, a few workers eat a meal of spicy boudin, a Cajun sausage that someone has prepared for the strikers. The shuttle driver comes in to find out who needs a ride to the Shell plant gate. A community activist supporting the strike brings in a $25 donation for the strike fund before he volunteers to walk a picket line.One striker told Workers World that he has been forced to work 36 hours straight. “I was operating a control board with buttons, and after 24 hours the buttons started to blur into each other. I was so sleepy I literally couldn’t see.”Tensions heated up this week at the Shell Deer Park refinery when officials ordered strikers off the picket line with fabricated stories of workers blocking entrances.Community supports strikersThe union together with the community has held several protests, a major one at Shell headquarters in downtown Houston led by U.S. Reps. Gene Green and Al Green. Over 300 workers, their families and community leaders and activists surrounded the square block occupied by the major oil company, chanting, singing and carrying picket signs.The Oil Workers Strike Solidarity Committee was formed in Houston to organize support and build community solidarity by walking the picket lines at the refineries. One young activist, Marie Brignac, grew up with a father who worked for Shell. As she walked the picket line to honor him, she recalled worrying as a child if her father, a refinery worker, would come home safely from work or be injured in an explosion.After putting in 35 years with Shell, her father was fired for trying to enforce safety on the job.In the Houston area, workers who are not on strike are showing solidarity by cooking food, barbecuing, getting food donated to the strikers and even baking cookies. Others are finding temporary jobs for strikers.Texas has never had a high rate of union membership. Politicians often brag that the low rate of unionization is one of the state’s biggest assets in attracting new business. Lately, however, union membership has been slowly increasing, going from 518,000 in 2013 to 543,000 last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.The oil industry is the richest industry in the world, but the owners’ greed and their bad faith bargaining have prevented efforts to improve serious health and safety challenges in workplaces. This endangers not only the workers but people living in proximity to facilities.While I walked the picket line, one of the workers pointed out the irony that Shell and the other companies where workers are striking could afford to pay for extra security at each of the plant gates for 24 hours a day, yet they couldn’t pay for more workers to cut the forced overtime in their plants.The five largest oil companies — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Shell — made a combined total profits of $93 billion in 2013, or $177,000 per minute, according to American Progress.org. But the big five’s profits declined by 27 percent in 2014, so they’ll probably use this decline to pressure Congress to retain their $2.4-billion-per-year tax breaks, opines American Progress.As one of the strikers said, “Yes, we do make good wages, but the profits of the oil industry are so astronomical that the refusal to cut forced overtime and consider worker safety as well as the safety of the community is criminal.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Home Indiana Agriculture News New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and… Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Oct 29, 2015 SHARE Facebook Twitter New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers SHARE Previous articleSenate Has Enough Support to Tackle WOTUS RuleNext articleIndiana Agriculture Well-Positioned to Deal with Climate Change Gary Truitt USDA Deputy Secretary – Krysta HardenUSDA announced Thursday a commitment to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started. The new web tool was designed based on feedback from new and beginning farmers and ranchers around the country, who cited unfamiliarity with programs and resources as a challenge to starting and expanding their operations. The site features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner needs to know, from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan to grow their business, to filing taxes as a new small business owner, according to USDA.made the announcements at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The web tool can be found at USDA dot gov slash new farmers (www.usda.gov/newfarmers).
News Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 16, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more October 29, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders has expressed deep concern over the deterioration of “Le Venin” (“Venom”) editor Gaston Bony’s health. Bony isimprisoned in the Agboville penitentiary, just outside of Abidjan.”The deplorable conditions of (Bony’s) detention and a five day hungerstrike have considerably weakened him. Moreover, he claims to have receiveddeath threats from individuals close to the Agboville mayor. We thereforeurge the Ivoirian authorities to end this appalling and completelyunjustified detention and to guarantee the journalist’s safety with respectto these threats, should they prove to be genuine,” said the organisation.Bony, who is also a radio host with La voix de l’Agnéby (The Voice ofAgnéby), a local radio station, has been in prison since 31 March 2004. Hewas sentenced to six months in prison and fined 500,000 CFA francs (approx.US$927; 760 euros) for defamation, following the publication of an articleentitled, “Agboville Mayor Tetchi Chiedou Claude misappropriates threemillion (CFA francs) from radio station’s grant to pay for secret servicesof a friend”.This is the first time a prison term with no parole has been handed down toa journalist since Laurent Gbagbo became president in 2000, when he declaredthat there would be no more prisoners of conscience in Côte d’Ivoire.Bony is serving his sentence in very difficult conditions, sharing a tinycell with four other prisoners. He expressed disgust over the sentence andhas begun a hunger strike in protest, which has only worsened his physicalcondition. He now walks with difficulty and requires a cane to get around.His family and friends are extremely concerned about him and visitregularly.Bony has also been receiving death threats from Agboville Mayor Claude Tetchi Chiedou, the subject of the “Venin” article. According to the journalist, the mayor and individuals close to him have told him, “We will get you, whatever it takes,unless you’re no longer in Côte d’Ivoire. Whether you’re in Agboville or inanother part of the country, we will get you.” Bony now fears for his lifeonce he is released. RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections News June 2, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders expresses concern over health and safety of jailed editor Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Organisation to go further Reports Receive email alerts Côte d’IvoireAfrica Help by sharing this information
Twitter Previous articleCHAPMAN: The irrelevant 2nd amendmentNext articleNew bond issue, re-zoning talks begin admin Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Falcon Early College High School. Atlas XIII GoFundMe. Twitter Students at Falcon Early College High School are preparing their experiment for launch to the International Space Station this summer.Elizabeth Gray, Falcon Early College High School AVID coordinator, has said the experiment looks at whether bacteria that degrades plastic will work the same way in microgravity as it does on Earth.The 13 students who devised the experiment are called Atlas XIII. Gray said Atlas is a Greek god condemned to hold up the sky for eternity. The 13 comes from the number of students involved.Gray said the launch date is June 9. Students are planning to go to Washington, D.C., this summer to attend the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program National Conference hosted by NCESSE and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.Students may be able to present on their experimental designs and attend featured presentations by nationally recognized scientists and engineers at the event.A fundraiser is planned for March 8 at Chili’s restaurant at 5025 E. 42nd St. Chili’s will donate 15 percent of its sales that day to Atlas XIII @ Falcon.Gray said three Falcon students called Chili’s, asked about having a fundraiser and a meeting was set up.“We all went and got it scheduled from there. They did it all. I didn’t do anything,” Gray said.The goal is to raise $35,000 to pay for the students and seven chaperones’ travel to Washington, D.C.Depending on how the March 8 fundraiser goes, Gray said there could be others there. She added that the manager of Chili’s offered to pay for their food while they are in D.C.Meanwhile, the students are in the beginning phases of working on the experiment.“Hopefully, in the next few weeks we’ll start actually growing the bacteria and making the media and really trying out the experiment,” Gray said.Damien Galindo, a 16-year-old sophomore and president of Atlas XIII, said things are going smoothly and progressing faster and faster. He added that he’s excited about the upcoming launch.“I can’t wait to watch it on the news and hear feedback from the astronauts up there about how the bacteria are doing and how it’s responding,” Galindo said.Fifteen-year-old sophomore Juan Mendoza agreed that things are going smoothly and he’s also anticipating the launch.“I think it’s pretty cool because it’s close to my birthday …,” Mendoza said.He added that he and his peers are privileged to have this opportunity and he urges everyone to come out and support them March 8.More Information Falcon students anticipating experiment launch WhatsApp Pinterest By admin – March 6, 2018 Facebook Local NewsEducation WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest
Top Stories[Central Vista Project] SC To Take Up Plea Challenging Centre’s Decision Of Redevelopment & Renovation Of Lutyens’ Delhi On July 29 Sanya Talwar23 July 2020 12:29 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the plea seeking for a stay against the Central Vista project which sets out to build a new Parliament and other Central Government offices in Lutyens Delhi.A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari & Sanjiv Khanna took note of the Solicitor General’s submission that he shall not be able to account for time to make arguments…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the plea seeking for a stay against the Central Vista project which sets out to build a new Parliament and other Central Government offices in Lutyens Delhi.A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari & Sanjiv Khanna took note of the Solicitor General’s submission that he shall not be able to account for time to make arguments today.In light of this, the matter was adjourned, with the parties being directed to file their replies (if any) to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in the interim and listed the case for further consideration on July 29.The Centre’s Counter Affidavit submits at the outset that the Central Vista Development/Redevelopment Plan was proposed in order to “meet the present and future needs of space for the Parliament, Ministries and Departments, as well as to provide better public facilities, amenities, parking facilities et al. Citing fire safety, acoustics concern, the Counter refers to the dilapidated condition of the century-year old construction to shed a light on the need for the Redevelopment plan”.The plea contends that 20th March notification of the Government, which supersedes a Public Notice issued by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on 19 December, 2019, is a subjugation of the Rule of Law and judicial protocol as the 2019 notice is currently sub judice before the Supreme Court.Further stating that the number of seats in Lok Sabha will likely increase substantially after 2026, the Counter states that both the Houses of the Parliament are “packed to capacity and have no space for addition of seats if the Parliament is expanded. The seating arrangements are cramped and cumbersome, there are no desks beyond second row and movement is extremely constrained”.The affidavit states that the project will address not only the space requirement but will also “facilitate to keep and maintain the existing iconic building intact as a symbol of vibrant democracy”.”The new Parliament building to house our nation’s bicameral legislature with complete indigenous technology, knowledge and expertise will be a showcase to the rest of the world.This building will be constructed with enhanced structural life, which will last for centuries. Therefore, this project will become a symbol of national pride and inspire citizens to participate in the democratic traditions of India”, the counter says.On 17th July, the Supreme Court had directed the Respondents to file a consolidated Reply in 10 days in the plea challenging the use of land for the Central Vista project. A Bench headed by Justice UU Lalit observed that it was not the time for formalities, but it was time to do substantial justice, when Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde had requested for the issuance of notice in the plea.The plea seeking a stay on the Project, contends that 20th March notification of the Government, which supersedes a Public Notice issued by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on 19 December, 2019, is a subjugation of the Rule of Law and judicial protocol as the 2019 notice is currently sub judice before the Supreme Court.With regard to the Government’s Rs. 20,000 crore Central Vista project, the DDA had issued a Public Notice inviting objections against proposed changes in land use in December 2019.This notification was challenged before the Delhi High Court on account of being ultra vires Section 11A of the Delhi Development Act 1957, as well as being beyond the powers of DDA to do so. It was further contested that the plan was not in conformity with the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 (MPD2021) and in violation of “larger laws of the country”.On March 6, a Bench comprising of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari transferred the matter to itself.On April 30, the Supreme Court refused to stay the project, stating that “during COVID-19, nobody is going to do anything”, referring to possible construction on the allocated land.On 19 June, the Central Government informed the Supreme Court that it could not give an assurance that no work on the ground would be done with respect to the Central Vista project, despite Hegde submitting that administrative clearances were being given, with no objections. The Bench, however, raised the question whether the Apex Court could restrain the authorities from acting as per the lawSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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ColumnsHate Speech In News– Inefficacies Of The Regulatory Framework Chitranshul Sinha29 Aug 2020 12:00 AMShare This – xA recent judgment of the Bombay High Court (Aurangabad Bench), while quashing First Information Reports (FIR) filed against members of the Tablighi Jamaat for alleged violation of tourist visa conditions, severely criticised the Indian media by noting that, “There was big propaganda in print media and electronic media against the foreigners who had come to Markaz Delhi and an attempt…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA recent judgment of the Bombay High Court (Aurangabad Bench), while quashing First Information Reports (FIR) filed against members of the Tablighi Jamaat for alleged violation of tourist visa conditions, severely criticised the Indian media by noting that, “There was big propaganda in print media and electronic media against the foreigners who had come to Markaz Delhi and an attempt was made to create a picture that these foreigners were responsible for spreading COVID-19 virus in India. There was virtually persecution against these foreigners.” In recent months, we have seen a deeply communal narrative arising in the wake of the pandemic which appears to have been fuelled by irresponsible media reporting. The last few months saw criminal complaints filed against journalists from electronic media for alleged hate speech. Most recently, another electronic media house broadcasted a program claiming Muslim youth qualifying for recruitment to Indian Civil Services was another form of ‘jihad’. Apart from this, there have been cases of electronic media channels displaying private information and communication under the guise of investigative journalism in an actor’s death by suicide case. A full-blown media trial is underway, and privacy of individuals has been ripped to shreds in a matter which is sub-judice. So, the question arises – what is the framework for regulation of news media in India and are the existing regulations sufficient to address these issues? The Press Council of India Act of 1978 established the Press Council of India (PCI) with an object to preserve freedom of press and to maintain and improve the standards of newspapers and news agencies in India with, inter alia, the following functions: “13. Objects and functions of the Council – (2) The council may, in furtherance of its objects, perform the following functions, namely: … (b) to build up a code of conduct for newspapers, news agencies and journalists in accordance with high professional standards; (c) to ensure on the part of newspapers, news agencies and journalists, the maintenance of high standards of public taste and foster a due sense of both the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; …” Pursuant thereto, the PCI has the power to censure newspapers or news agencies if it has a reason to believe that the offender had violated standards of journalistic ethics or public taste etc. Upon an inquiry, and for written reasons, the PCI has the power to admonish or censure the offender. For the purpose of such inquiry the PCI has the powers similar to a Civil Court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, and is thus empowered to summon and examine people and receive evidence, and such inquiry is deemed to be a judicial proceeding. From a perusal of the PCI Act, it is clear that the PCI can only regulate print media and news agencies and not any other news outlets, either electronic or digital. Further, the only punitive power that the PCI has is that to ‘admonish or censure’, which surely does not appear to be of any deterrence to print media. With the advent of cable television in India, the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 (Cable TV Act) was enacted to regulate the operation of cable television networks in the country. It mandates that no person shall broadcast any programme through a cable service unless it complies with the ‘Programme Code’. Programme here means any television broadcast in India. In 2011, the Cable TV Act was amended to bring the transmission of programs through digital systems within the purview of the Act thus bringing all the television channels broadcast via Direct to Home (DTH) systems too within its purview. The Programme Code referred to in the Act is defined in the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994 (Cable TV Rules), as amended from time to time, which inter alia provides that no programme should be broadcast on television which: Offends against good taste and decency;Contains attack on religions or communities or religious groups which “promote communal attitude”; orContains obscene, defamatory, deliberate false and suggestive innuendos and half-truths. Pursuant thereto, the Government of India constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on 25.01.2005 to investigate and adjudicate complaints against programmes which may be in violation of the Programme Code laid down in the Cable TV Rules. The IMC can also take suo motu cognizance of any such violation. The Additional Secretary, Ministry of I&B is the Chairperson of the IMC with the Joint Secretary (Broadcasting) as the convenor member. Other members of the IMC are Joint Secretaries from Ministries of Home Affairs, Law & Justice, Women & Child Development, Health & Family Welfare, External Affairs, Defence, Consumer Affairs and a Representative from the Advertising Standards Council of India. Upon a complaint being made, or the IMC taking suo motu cognizance, of any violation of the Programme Code the alleged offender is issued a show cause notice and the offending programme reviewed. Thereafter, if the programme is found to be in violation of the Code then appropriate recommendations are made, or punitive action directed. This position was affirmed by the Supreme Court in Common Cause vs. Union of India & Ors. [WP(C) No. 387/2000] in an order dated 12.01.2017 when the issue regarding a complaint redressal mechanism against television and radio channels was brought before the Court. After noting that the redressal mechanism already existed, the Supreme Court directed the Government to raise awareness about the process. It also recommended that the Government should create a statutory framework for grievance redressal by virtue of its rule making power under section 22 of the Cable TV Act – viz. the Government is empowered to make Rules pertaining to the Programme Code. The Court said: “11. Even though we have concluded in the manner recorded hereinabove, we are of the view, that the Central Government, having framed Rules in the nature of Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, would be well advised, to frame similar Rules, in exercise of the power vested with it under Section 22 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, to formalize the complaint redressal mechanism, including the period of limitation within which a complaint can be filed, and the concerned statutory authority which shall adjudicate upon the same, including the appellate and other redressal mechanisms, leading to a final conclusive determination. We, therefore, hereby recommend, that the Central Government, within the framework of Section 22 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, deliberate on the issue, and take a conscious decision thereon, and to finalise a similar statutory framework for radio programmes, as well. Till the above issue is considered and finalized, the existing mechanism of complaint redressal, shall remain in place.” However, the Government is yet to follow the advice and recommendation of the Supreme Court and the grievance redressal system still does not have a statutory authority or procedure. Under these circumstances, the current statutory regulatory framework under the PCI Act and the Cable TV Act does not appear to be sufficient or confidence inspiring. Now, coming to the issue of self-regulation by news channels – the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) established a grievance redressal mechanism under the aegis of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA). The NBA currently comprises of twenty-six news and current affairs broadcasters (total seventy-one channels). The NBA has also issued a ‘Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards’ which are intended to be the model of self-governance to be followed by its members. According to the Code, the purpose of self-regulation is to avoid broadcasting content which is “…malicious, biased, regressive, knowingly inaccurate, hurtful, misleading, or aimed at wilfully concealing a conflict of interest.” Among the areas where news broadcasters seek to self-regulate are impartiality & objectivity, and privacy of individuals except in cases of public interest. The Code states, “The underlying principle that news channels abide by is that the intrusion of private spaces, records, transcripts, telephone conversations and any other material will not be for salacious interest, but only when warranted in public interest.” After Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged death by suicide, most news channels have been guilty of violating this principle of self-regulation. However, one imagines that they would take the misconceived defence that violation of privacy of the individuals concerned is warranted in public interest. To test the above mentioned defence if someone wanted to file a complaint with the NBSA, the News Broadcasting Standards Regulations provide that that the NBSA would have jurisdiction only over broadcasters which are members of associate members of the NBA. Conveniently, many news channels are not members of NBA and thus not governed by the Code or Regulations of the NBA. Even in case of complaints against a member or associate member, the worst penalty the NBSA can prescribe for violation of the Code is a fine of a majestic sum of One Lakh Rupees, if deemed necessary. Otherwise the NBSA can warn, admonish, censure or express its disapproval against the broadcaster. Like in the case of the PCI, the punitive powers of the NBSA are hardly a deterrent. This further underlines the need for establishment of a statutory authority as recommended by the Supreme Court in the Common Cause case, and prescription of penalties which would actually act as deterrent and make the editorial staff accountable. Until then errant news channels will continue to create communal disharmony with hate speech and continue with media trials and violation of people’s privacy.Views are personal only.(The author is an Advocate on Record of the Supreme Court and the author of the book ‘The Great Repression : The Story of Sedition in India’ (Penguin – 2019). He tweets at @Ghair_Kanooni) Next Story
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