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Cable TV digitisation: Exclusive teams to verify digitisation progress in metros

The I&B Ministry has formed exclusive teams comprising technical experts to visit headends of MSOs in the four metros for cross checking preparedness for switchover and also to verify subscriber data

New Delhi: With the deadline for switching over to digitisation in four metros ending on Wednesday, the Union Government has said exclusive teams have been set up for physical verification of the progress made, even as it refuted charges about inaccuracies in the transition figures, reports PTI.


It questioned the basis of claims by some groups that only 40% of cable TV homes have opted for digitisation.


"Our data is purely based on the Census figures and the Government is transparent on the issue because digitisation process is a win-win situation for everyone," officials in the I&B Ministry underlined.


Multi-system operators (MSOs) too would not provide inaccurate data as they are registered ones and face the possibility of losing their license for doing so, they said, adding only 12% of cable TV homes are left for digitisation.


"We are very confident the data provided by them is correct data. This is a digital data. If you have installed a set top box (under the digitisation process), then it will also be reflected in the subscriber management system (SMS)," they said.


It said teams comprising technical professionals from Prasar Bharati and Broadcast Engineering Consultants of India have been constituted to visit the MSOs in the four metros.


"They are exclusive teams comprising technical experts to visit headends of MSOs in the four metros to cross check and see their preparedness for switchover and also to see the data provided by them is accurate and credible," said officials.


Headend is a master facility for receiving television signals for processing and distribution over a cable television system.


Kudankulam unit-I to be operational shortly: Sinha

According to the AEC chairman, the operation of unit-1 at Kudankulam is expected to commence shortly while commissioning of the second unit is expected to follow early next year

New Delhi: The much-delayed Kudankulam nuclear power project is expected to become operational shortly, reports PTI quoting Ratan Kumar Sinha, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).


"The work on the construction of the first of the two 1000 MW light water reactors (LWRs) at Kudankulam is complete," Sinha said addressing a function in Mumbai to commemorate the 103rd birth anniversary of Homi Jehangir Bhabha, the founder of India's nuclear programme.


"The operation of unit-1 is expected to commence shortly and commissioning of the second unit is expected to follow early next year," he said.


Officials in the know said the first unit on the Kudankulam nuclear power project may go critical as early as next week.


Loading of 163 bundles of enriched uranium fuel into the reactor began on 19th September and was completed on 2nd October.


Engineers of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd and experts from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and the International Atomic Energy Agency carried out in depth review of the reactor.


Last week, the reactor pressure vessel of the 1,000 MW was closed after getting the go ahead from the AERB and IAEA.


A series of pressure tests would be carried out on the reactors in the presence of the AERB and IAEA experts.


Pressure and temperature inside the reactor would be increased artificially in a gradual manner to rule out any discrepancies.


Commissioning of the first unit of the Indo-Russian project was originally scheduled for December last year, but has been delayed due to protests.


CA gets life term for creating mid-air hijack scare in 2009

The Court said the CA was aware that his "terrifying act" would have endangered the safety of the 160 passengers and the crew members on board the Goa-Delhi Indigo flight

New Delhi: A chartered accountant (CA) was on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here for triggering a mid-air hijack scare in February 2009 by claiming aboard a Goa-Delhi Indigo airlines flight that he had infected needles and a gun, reports PTI.


"The accused Jitender Kumar Mohla is awarded life imprisonment under section 3(1)(d) of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation," District Judge IS Mehta said.


The court, which had also convicted Mohla under sections 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 170 (impersonating a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code, awarded him varying jail terms which were set off against the period spent by him behind bars since his arrest on 2 February 2009.


The court also imposed a fine of Rs7,000 on him.


According to the police, Mohla had entered into the cockpit on 1 February 2009 and had sparked panic by claiming that he had hijacked the plane.


Mohla had also warned the crew members that he was one of the accused in the infamous Kandahar hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1999 and was carrying needles with which he would "infect" others if they resisted him, it had said.


The crew members and some passengers, however, had overpowered Mohla and he was arrested the next day.


Police had said Mohla's behaviour had forced the Indigo pilot to send a hijack alert, leading to a scare and panic at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport at New Delhi.


The plane had made an emergency landing and was kept in isolation for two and a half hours after it was confirmed that the landing took place due to unruly behaviour of Mohla.


The court, in its judgement convicting 45-year-old Mohla, had said he had intimidated the crew members by claiming to be an official of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).


It had also said that Mohla was aware that his "terrifying act" would have endangered the safety of the 160 passengers and the crew members on board.


The court, in its judgement, had said every person on board a flight should observed certain "standards of behaviour" as per the norms laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the DGCA as India is a signatory to the Montreal Convention.


The court had, however, acquitted Mohla for the offence under the Anti Hijacking Act saying that nothing incriminating was found from his possession at the time of his arrest.


Mohla has been in judicial custody since his arrest in February 2009 as his bail plea was earlier rejected by the sessions court and the Delhi High Court after which he had approached the Supreme Court which too had refused to entertain his plea.




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