AERB to reassess safety measures at Indian N-plants

Out of the 20 reactors (19 are in operation) in India, only Tarapur Atomic Power Station's units one and two are Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs), similar to ones at Fukushima, AERB stated

Mumbai: The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) today said it would carry out a comprehensive reassessment of safety and emergency mitigation measures at all the Indian nuclear power plants, in the light of the crisis in Japan, reports PTI.

Emergency preparedness plans exist for all nuclear power plants in India, and they are periodically "rehearsed", AERB said here.

"However, in the light of the unprecedented event in Japan, AERB will be carrying out a comprehensive reassessment of safety and emergency mitigation measures of all Indian nuclear power plants," AERB secretary R Bhattacharya said here in a statement.
AERB is constantly monitoring the situation at Japan's crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear plan, he said.

"A detailed review will be taken up by us as soon as full information (on situation in Japan) becomes available," Mr Bhattacharya said.

Out of the 20 reactors (19 are in operation) in India, only Tarapur Atomic Power Station's units one and two are Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs), similar to ones at Fukushima.

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Cricket World Cup boosts TV ratings, but Indian team’s performance may still cloud the picture

The matches so far have received better-than-expected ratings compared with previous tournaments; however, a lot hinges on the Indian team

The cricket World Cup is good news for sports channels. But has it been as good as it was supposed to be?

Midway through the cup frenzy, sports channels look satisfied with the kind of ratings that are pouring in. Although, the indications are that it could have been much better. Now, after the defeat of the Indian team by South Africa on Saturday, much depends on India's encounter against the West Indies on Sunday.

NP Sathyamurthy, CEO, Karishma Initiative, said, "India matches have given an average TVR of 10-plus. It is evident that this year's World Cup has been viewed with much higher interest than in 2007." TVR stands for television viewer ratings which is a measurement of the popularity of a programme or advertisement in a target audience.

After India's disastrous performance in 2007 World Cup, which was cut short by the humiliating defeat at the hands of Bangladesh, fans and broadcasters were looking forward to better show this time round. But while India's performance cannot be described as stellar by any account, it has ensured enough ratings and advertising revenues to keep most people happy.

In 2007, the total 51 matches pulled an average of 2.06 TVR. This time, with a total 49 matches, the tournament has seen a top rating of 12.63 TVR, which is a huge improvement. Pratap Bose, CEO, Mudra Max, asserts that the ratings have been "higher than expected", with the India-Bangladesh and India-England matches garnering an average TVR of 9 and 12 respectively.

Overall, advertising revenues have been reasonably good. The broadcasters' strategy to give access to advertisers to most Indian matches has worked well and has generated good revenues. However, advertisers are worried that post India's loss to South Africa, the ratings may drop.

As it is, the kind of euphoria that erupted when India reached the finals in 2003 is missing. An analyst from Edelweiss said, "With India being the host, some more enthusiasm was expected. Cricket continues to be the most popular game in India, but the cup mania could have been more."

Where did cricket, 'India's secular religion', falter? The answer may lie in the Indian Premier League (IPL). It has been reported that advertisers have reserved investments for the IPL, which will follow later this year, as the tournament seems to be more popular with women. Some suggest that "too much cricket" has rubbed spectators the wrong way.

Sports channels that have failed to win broadcasting rights for either of these big events have been affected particularly badly. The worst sufferers are Zee Sports and Ten Sports (a part of Taj Entertainment Network in which Zee has a majority stake), who lost more than Rs100 crore in the December quarter, following the premature termination of broadcast rights for the Asian Games. The cricket Test matches and tournaments that these channels have hosted have had very few spectators.

However, media experts are not giving up hope yet. "In our estimation, the interest level will continue till 20 March 2011, when India plays the West Indies," Mr Sathyamurthy said. Heavyweight non-India matches that feature Pakistan, Holland, South Africa and the West Indies have also generated considerable interest and it is expected that they will also contribute to good ratings.

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COMMENTS

R Balakrishnan

6 years ago

With so much at stake, the Indian team is sure to be in the finals. No matter what it takes.
India matches are all on weekends, to ensure TRP's. So, clearly, money talks, walks and plays cricket

vivek

6 years ago

you can see complete world cup matches schedule
http://www.techplazza.com/sport/icc-worl...

RBI submits draft norms on new banking licences to finance ministry

The RBI, which brought out a discussion paper in August last year on dispensing banking licences to business houses and NBFCs, received comments from all stakeholders. Reliance Capital, IndiaBulls, Religare, IL&FS, IFCI and Aditya Birla Financial Services are among those seeking to enter the banking space

New Delhi: The finance ministry has received draft guidelines on the new banking licence from the Reserve Bank of India, which is expected to make it public by the end of this month, reports PTI.

The guidelines are at a draft stage and no firm view on the paid-up capital and other issues has been taken, sources said.

The RBI is likely to issue guidelines for new banking licences by the end of the current fiscal.

"The RBI is planning to issue the guidelines for banking licences before the close of this financial year," finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had said in the Budget speech last month.

After the finance minister's announcement in 2010-11 Budget, the RBI had brought out a discussion paper in August 2010 on dispensing banking licences to business houses and non-banking finance companies, besides regulations for the same to foster greater competition.

The RBI also sought to know "whether industrial and business houses could be allowed to promote banks." Further, it sought stakeholders' views on whether non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) should be allowed to convert into or promote banks.

The apex bank has received comments on its discussion paper from all the stakeholders.

Various entities like Reliance Capital, IndiaBulls, Religare, IL&FS, IFCI and Aditya Birla Financial Services are reportedly mulling entering the banking space.

At present, India has 27 public sector banks, seven new private sector banks, 15 old private sector banks, 31 foreign banks, 86 regional rural banks, four local area banks, 1,721 urban co-operative banks, 31 state co-operative banks and 371 district central co-operative banks.

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