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Is Youtube making money out of I&B ministry's content, HC asks Google
New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked Google Inc and Google India whether its video sharing site Youtube was making money out of content placed by the Indian information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry.
 
A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the counsel representing Google to take instruction in this regard and file an affidavit on the issue.
 
Advocate Virag Gupta, appearing for former BJP ideologue K.N. Govindacharya, who filed the PIL, told the court that the government has given rights to its contents to Google free of cost which he said was "illegal".
 
He added that Google is using the same content to generate money through advertisements.
 
To this, the bench said: "Youtube is accessible to millions, so government is actually saving money. If the government is to telecast an event through Youtube, is it not a free of cost advertisement for it?"
 
It also asked Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain to file affidavit on agreements that the central government has with other companies such as Facebook, Twitter and other social networking app like Whatsapp.
 
During the hearing, advocate Gupta also alleged that Google was dodging the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of spending 2 per cent of its average net profit in India.
 
CSR is an enforceable law in India under the Companies Act and applies to Indian Companies including foreign companies operating in India with effect from April 1, 2014.
 
He further contended that as per contracts the government has with Google, it was "transferring/ surrendering" all intellectual property rights of the data being uploaded. He added: "These are government data and its rights cannot be surrendered."
 
The court was hearing a PIL by filed by Govindacharya raising questions on social media usage by the government.
 
The next hearing will be held on March 9.
 
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Backward classes panel for quota in private sector
New Delhi : The National Commission of Backward Classes has written to the social justice ministry to bring a bill for providing 27 percent reservation for backward classes in private sector jobs, a member said on Tuesday.
 
Shakeel-uz-Zaman Ansari said that panel had sent its recommendation for a bill for private sector quota to the ministry ahead of the budget session of parliament that begins February 23, adding the decision to make the recommendation was taken at a meeting of the panel held earlier this month.
 
He said the issue had been taken up by the commission in "a routine manner" as part of its work for the welfare of backward classes. 
 
"We have made a specific recommendation to bring a bill to provide 27 percent reservation in private sector jobs to OBCs," he said. 
 
He said the issue of reservation in private sector jobs was not new and suggestions have also been made for reservation in private sector for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
 
The commission is a statutory body under the social justice ministry.
 
The government has said in the past that there is no proposal under its consideration for reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in the private sector. 
 
It had formed a coordination committee under the chairmanship of the principal secretary to prime minister in October 2006 to carry forward the dialogue with industry on affirmative action for SCs and STs. 
 
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Nifty, Sensex precariously poised – Tuesday closing report
Declining US markets may put further pressure on Indian markets 
 
We had mentioned that Nifty, Sensex were buffeted by overseas markets and that unless the US markets stabilise, the bulls will have tough time in India. The Indian equity markets suffered a further sharp correction after Monday and the day’s losses were over 1%. The trends of the major indices of Indian stock markets in Tuesday’s trading are given in the table below:
 
Disappointing macro-economic data, coupled with a massive plunge in Japanese indices and a weak rupee subdued Indian equity markets on Monday. Furthermore, absence of any positive triggers and investors' doubts over the government's ability to perk up investments dragged markets lower. Further, investors were seen disappointed over the third quarter (Q3) earnings results of corporate India, as well as a fall in the country's Q3 GDP (gross domestic product) numbers. In addition, a weak rupee unnerved investors. The Indian rupee again breached the level of 68 to a US dollar.
 
Despite official forecasts of a decent growth of the Indian economy during the current fiscal year, key stock market indices continued to lose ground on Tuesday, in line with global cues, amid extended holidays in most Asian markets for the lunar New Year.
 
Government-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) closed its third quarter of the current fiscal with a drastic Rs723.55 crore fall in its net profit. In regulatory filing in BSE, PNB said it posted a net profit of Rs51.01 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, whereas the same was at Rs774.56 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The total income is Rs13,891.20 crore for the quarter ended on December 31, 2015 whereas the same was Rs12,904.85 crore for the quarter ended on December 31, 2014. The provisions went up to Rs3,775.53 crore during the third quarter this fiscal up from Rs1,467.77 crore provided during the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The PNB's non-performing assets (NPA) stood at Rs22,983.40 crore as on December 31, 2015 up from Rs13,787.76 crore as on December 31, 2014. According to PNB, it has recognised deferred tax assets amounting to Rs1132.04 crore which was hitherto recognised as at the year-end, in accordance with the applicable Accounting Standards. Accordingly, figures of previous corresponding reporting periods are not comparable. PNB shares closed at Rs87.85, down 6.89. 
 
More changes might be required in the Companies Act and in the markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) regulations for listed companies to strengthen corporate governance, the government said on Tuesday. "There are more changes that might be required in the Companies Act...there are more changes that may be required how SEBI deals with listed entities to strengthen corporate governance," Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said at an event here on corporate governance organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci). "We are seeing major changes on corporate governance...major changes in the nature of capitalism. This is well established within the framework we are following being a pro-poor as well as pro-market government," he added. The minister also said the whole process and manner of corporate governance is very important for building businesses. "So governance is going to be very important for us. If we are not able to sustain and follow the best standard of corporate governance it will be very difficult for our corporates to attract investment and talent to build businesses," he said.
 
Japan shares ended the trading Tuesday sharply lower, with benchmark Nikkei stocks index plunging over 5% on the yen's rapid appreciation to a about 15-month high. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average plunged 918.86 points, or 5.40%, from Monday to 16,085.44. The Japanese yen was quoted at 114.6 yen versus the US dollar, compared with lower 117 yen level on Monday. Yen's appreciation always triggers selling of export-oriented issues. Traders said the dollar's slide was sparked by selloffs in the US and Europe, with the yen often a preferred choice as a safe currency haven in times of economic turbulence or severe market jitters, which drives its value up versus its major counterparts. The sharp plunge in the Japanese stocks market followed weak performances in the overnight European and US stocks market amid fading outlook of interest hike by the US Federal Reserve and declines in oil prices. The day's turnover was about 3,055.6 billion yen ($26.68 billion).
 
The top gainers and top losers of the major indices are given in the table below:
 
 
The closing values of major Asian indices are given in the table below:
 

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