After speaking with NCP, the civil aviation minister is trying to get support from Trinmool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee and the DMK for FDI in aviation
New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh will soon discuss the issue of allowing foreign airlines to pick up stake in Indian carriers, with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee which her party has been opposing, reports PTI.
"We will talk to Mamata and we will talk to DMK. We have already talked to NCP," Singh told reporters here after a meeting with Home Minister P Chidambaram.
Before meeting Chidambaram, he had told reporters, "We are still talking to our allies" on the issue of allowing foreign airlines to invest in Indian carriers. Singh had met Banerjee once earlier to pursuade her to give a go-ahead to the proposal.
The proposal was mooted by the Commerce Ministry which was later approved by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Trinamool Congress, a key UPA partner, has been opposing it for quite some time.
The RLD chief also said he had discussed with the Home Minister the issue of providing OBC status to Jat community for getting Central government jobs and the forthcoming Presidential election.
Asked about his preference for any candidate in the President poll, Singh said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was "qualified" for the highest constitutional post but his views were "positive" on others as well.
Maintaining that UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi would take a call on the Presidential candidate in consultation with UPA allies, Singh said, "My views are positive on him (Mukherjee), but my views are positive on others as well."
NBA, the body of private television news and current affairs broadcasters said digitization would provide significant transparency and enable the government to enhance its revenues
New Delhi: The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) on Wednesday urged the government to ensure digitisation of cable network is made effective from 1st July, and said the move will help the "crippled" industry, reports PTI.
The NBA board which met today lauded the government's move to usher in digitisation from 1st July next.
In a statement, the body of private television news and current affairs broadcasters said it will provide for significant transparency and enable the government to enhance its revenue by way of income tax, service tax and entertainment tax.
"Importantly, from the news broadcasters' view there is a significant ray of hope with the potential reduction of carriage and ban on placement fees, both of which have crippled the industry", it said.
Referring to speculations that the implementation date could be extended, NBA believed that the government would continue with its "determination and assurance" that the date will be adhered to.
The PIL filed by BJP's former leader Govindacharya, seeks recovery of taxes on incomes of Google and Facebook from India and data safety of 50 million Indian users
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought responses of the Centre, Facebook India and Google India on a plea by former BJP ideologue KN Govindacharya for recovery of taxes on their income from operations in India, reports PTI.
"Issue notice to the respondents. The Centre is to file its reply within four weeks," a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajiv Shakdher said.
Govindacharya, presently a patron of 'Rashtriya Swabhimaan Aandolan', in a public interest litigation (PIL) petition, has also sought directions to the Centre and the two websites to "ensure proper accounting compliances as per RBI guidelines".
The petition also sought a direction to ensure safety of the data of 50 million Indian users, which were transferred "to the USA and being used for commercial gains in violation of the right to privacy."
"Issue a writ of mandamus ...to ensure verification of all existing users and future new members of social networking websites with instructions not to do agreements with children below 13 years," said the plea, filed through lawyer Virag Gupta.
The plea also sought creation of a national register of persons, indulging in sexual offences and heinous crimes and stopping such persons from joining social networking websites.
The petition, which listed the alleged violations of various terms by the websites, also sought a direction to the Centre to ensure that government officers "do not use social networking websites through government computers" as they may pose threat to sensitive data and national computer network.
"As per telecommunication ministers statement in Parliament, the government lost $4 billion every year due to cyber-crimes and approximately 90 million government websites were hacked in last 3 years," it said.
Govindacharya, in his PIL, said "Facebook gross revenue for previous year was approximately $37 billion but they are not paying due taxes on their Indian operations as per the provisions of Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and the government is not taking any action to safeguard the national interest and the sovereignty of the country."
Anonymous hackers have again threatened to attack the government websites from 9th June "to protest blocking of websites illegally sharing video contents," the petition said.
It also sought directions to the Centre to impose penalty on social networking sites and other internet companies "for non-verification of users and to recover damages for causing huge loss to the government and the Indian economy due to anonymous users' illegal operations through such sites."
Referring to a report of Mumbai ATS, the PIL said the accused of the 13th July blast in Mumbai last year were in touch with each other and the Indian Mujahideen operatives through Facebook since 2008.
"Facebook is one of prominent social networking website with more than 50 million Indian users and as per their own records approximately 5% to 6% of their accounts are fake or being operated by anonymous users due to non-authentication of details by the company before opening of accounts as required by their terms of agreement," it said.
The Centre's KYC (know your customer) guidelines, applicable to the telecom companies are not being followed by the social sites which is "causing the biggest security risk to the nation", it said.
"As per reports, Facebook has further allowed account opening by children below 13 years of age who may be 1/3rd of their registered users just to exploit online gaming market and increase advertisement revenue," it said.