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Grammy award to tribute Steve Jobs

A creative visionary, Mr Jobs’ innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased,” the organizer of the prestigious award, The Recording Academy, said in a statement

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc, will be posthumously honoured by the Grammys with the Trustees Award for 2012, to be held in February, for his contribution in the area of music technology.

The Trustees Award is given to individuals to acknowledge their contributions in non-performance fields.

The organizer of the prestigious award, The Recording Academy, in a statement said, “As former CEO and co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs helped create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies and books. A creative visionary, Mr Jobs’ innovations such as the iPod and its counterpart, the online iTunes store, revolutionized the industry and how music was distributed and purchased.”

Mr Jobs, who died on 5th October this year after battling with pancreatic cancer, is respected for his innovative products like iPod, iPad and iPhone.

Apple Computer Inc was a recipient of a Technical Grammy Award in 2002 for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

“The company continues to lead the way with new technology and in-demand products such as the iPhone and iPad,” the statement added.

Mr Jobs is one of several individuals among the recipients of 2012 Trustee Award. Others include Antonio Carlos Jobim, a Brazilian composer and arranger, Gil Scott-Heron a soul performer, and audio engineer Roger Nichols, will also be honoured posthumously.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on 11th February 2012.

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CIC drafts its own Citizen’s Charter

The charter aims at timely disposal of appeals and complaints; RTI activists have welcome the move 

In order to ensure timely and speedy disposal of appeals and complaints, the Central Information Commission (CIC) is considering implementing its own Citizen’s Charter. A draft proposal has been moved by information commissioner Sailesh Gandhi. Chief information commissioner Satyananda Mishra has directed that the proposal would be put for up for discussion in a meeting of the commission on 27th December.

Right to Information (RTI) activists have welcomed this move by the CIC.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal, a Delhi-based RTI activist, while welcoming the move said, “Provision for priority hearing of petitions filed by senior and differently abled persons, and of petitions involving public interest are should also be included. Also there should be a special compliance officer in each registry of every central information commissioner to monitor compliance of CIC verdicts.”
 
He adds, “There are numerous such cases where public authorities do not care to respond to CIC verdicts. Registry of every information commissioner costs much to the public exchequer. But it can and should be best utilised by adequately increasing staff attached to each of the commissioner.”

The draft Citizen’s Charter emphasises on the following –

  •  All appeals and complaints filed under Section 18 and 19 of the RTI Act will be decided as expeditiously as possible.
  • Appellants and complainants will be given acknowledgement of their appeals or complaints within 30 days.  
  •  Steps will be taken to ensure that every public authority including the CIC is disclosing the prescribed categories of information suo moto. The CIC will monitor whether such information is being updated periodically
  •  Recommendations will be made to public authorities to take steps for confirming with, or promoting the spirit of the RTI Act. This may be done by CIC by way of its decisions, by holding meetings, seminars, etc.  
  •  Efficient work practices will be adopted within every office of the CIC. This includes, among others, regular entry and updation of relevant records, speedier movement of files/correspondence, proper maintenance of files/documents, response to communications received by CIC in a reasonable time.
  •   Efforts will be made to impart the requisite skills and training among officers, staff and other persons working in the CIC so that the work delivered is of high quality and standard.
  •   Helpline facilities will be available on all workings days during working hours to assist in relation to matters arising out of the RTI Act.
  •  The working and functions of the CIC must be subject to systematic and timely review by citizens. A system of inviting suggestions, comments or inputs from citizens by way of a suggestion box or any other means will be put in place. CIC will take cognizance of the feedback received and implement those measures that may improve its working and functioning. CIC will appoint an advisory council consisting of citizen’s representatives and government officers to suggest ways to provide better services and to evaluate its working with respect to its Citizen’s Charter.  
  •  CIC will strive to increase awareness among citizens, including government officers, about the RTI Act. This may be done by putting information on CIC’s website, notice boards, distributing pamphlets.   
  •   A complaint cell will be set up in the CIC to take cognizance of all complaints against the commission or its staff. The cell which will send a report to the complainant within 60 days of action taken on the complaint.

According to report by the Press Trust of India (PTI), the commission said the move has seen strong opposition from its legal department. The department is of the view that there is no precedence of such a charter in any judicial or quasi-judicial body in the country. During a recent meeting of the commission, the minutes of which have been made public, joint secretary (law) at the CIC informed the commission that since the Citizen Charter is now part of the Lokpal Bill, currently under consideration in Parliament, it would be advisable to wait for the final outcome in Parliament in this regard.

The draft proposal aims to ensure that over 95% of appeals and complaints are adjudicated within 120 days of reaching the CIC and digitization of records and use of E- processes in the working of CIC by 2015.

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Angel Broking Launches Angel Swift

Angel Swift is unique because it is simple to download and a user friendly application which runs on multiple devices, a robust tool that makes online trading seamless.

Angel Broking, the first movers in online and mobile trading have launched Angel Swift the mobile trading service for retail investors on tablets. The firm is India’s first broking house to offer its clients a unique mobile trading platform on tablets. This service enables Angel’s clients to select from the option of streaming and refresh mode to suit individual needs of bandwidth usage and helps them get the convenience of customized and multiple market watch and the facility to monitor historical charts, stock portfolio, latest stock price and other stock details. The service empowers techno savvy and gadget enthusiast clients to connect to the markets anywhere at any time and make crucial investment decisions on the go.

Angel Swift is unique because it is simple to download and a user friendly application which runs on multiple devices, a robust tool that makes online trading seamless. Customers can use the same login credentials as that of online trading and also view orders / trades executed from online platform. It gives them an option to trade in NSE Cash, NSE F&O, BSE Cash, MCX, MCX – SX and NCDEX and supports multiple advanced tablets.

Special features and highlights include freedom to trade in multiple exchanges, single account linked to mobile/tablet trading and online trading platform giving user the convenience to access multiple online trading products with same user id and password and facility to monitor and manage order book, trade book, net position, funds view and stock portfolio.

Speaking at the launch of Angel Swift on tablets, Angel Broking’s Vinay Agrawal, executive director, equities broking, said: “Mobile trading is quickly becoming recognized as an essential tool for risk management -especially in volatile markets where fast and convenient accessibility to the trading platform could be the crucial difference between making a profit and taking a loss. At Angel we believe in innovation and realized that there was new breed of investors and traders waiting to trade at the convenience of their time and place – using latest technology. We had analyzed that a trading application on tablets will soon be the need of the hour. Angel Swift is the result of that need and we are proud to announce that Angel Broking is the first to launch this service on tablets. This service will provide access and trade in stock market, Intuitive usability and risk management tools no matter where you are through Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity.”

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