Stocks snap four-day rally

Sensex sheds 57 points to close at 17,344, while the Nifty falls 17 points to 5,169

Stock prices fell marginally on Wednesday, ending a four-day rise that had lifted them to their highest level in 19 months. The BSE Sensex lost  57 points to close at 17,344 while the NSE Nifty ended at 5,169 points, down 18 points.

The market was volatile as traders rolled over positions in the derivatives segment from the December 2009 series to the January 2010 series ahead of the expiry of the near-month December 2009 contracts tomorrow (31st December).

The government has expressed concern about India’s rising fiscal deficit, which currently stands at 6.8%, and stressed the need for balancing economic growth and the fiscal deficit.

C Rangarajan, chairman of the prime minister’s economic advisory council, on Tuesday forecast the GDP to grow at 7% to 7.5% this fiscal, signaling an improvement in the domestic economic climate.

Shyamala Gopinath, deputy governor of the RBI, said the focus has now shifted to managing recovery and controlling inflation from fostering growth after the meltdown last year.

During the day, Aban Offshore (up 1.44%) informed that Credit Analysis & Research (CARE) has revised the ratings for the preference shares issued by the company.

Fortis Healthcare (down 0.45%) has announced the addition of a 175-bed hospital in Shiwani, Haryana. The hospital will be will be managed by Fortis under an O&M management deal.

Harrisons Malayalam (up 1.24%) has informed that HML Plantation workers in Kerala are on strike since December 28, 2009 on the issue of bonus.

Negotiations with various unions are under way to resolve the issue.

Hindustan Construction Company (down 0 .3%) has been awarded a contract worth Rs 374.66 crore from Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd (ISPRL) to construct a strategic crude oil storage cavern at Padur in Karnataka. The scope of the project includes engineering and design, underground excavation, access tunnels, water curtain galleries, main storage cavern, shafts and associated underground civil works including geological mapping.

Cement shares gained on speculation that prices will rise on the back of an increase in infrastructure activity. 

Reliance Infrastructure (up 1.64%) extended yesterday’s gains on reports that its subsidiary, Reliance Power Transmission, has bagged two transmission projects worth Rs4,100 crore. 

European markets were trading marginally higher, reversing their early fall, led by bank shares. Key benchmark indices in the UK, Germany and France were up by between 0.02% and 0.07% Asian markets ended higher after rebounding from early losses. Key benchmark indices in South Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were up by between 0.06% and 1.58%. However, the Japanese Nikkei 225 index fell 0.86%.
 

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Maharashtra extends deadline for verifying ration cards

Phase I of the verification drive will end on January 31. Ration cards of high-income consumers will be verified in the second phase.

The Maharashtra government has extended the deadline for ration card verification to 31 January 2010. However, ration cards issued to high-income consumers have been exempted from the ongoing survey, said Anil Deshmukh, minister for food, civil supplies and consumer protection.

“The white cards (issued to high-income consumers) have been left out from the first phase of verification and will be taken up in the second phase,” said Mr Deshmukh. Stating the reason for not including the white ration cards in the first phase, he said, “There is a lot of processing load and hence the yellow and orange ration cards are being covered in the first phase.”

The government issues three different cards to consumers. The yellow-coloured ration cards are issued to persons in the ‘below poverty line’ category, while the orange-coloured cards are issued to people in the ‘above poverty line’ category. The white-coloured ration cards are issued to people in the high-income group with an annual income of above Rs1 lakh and who also own a four-wheeler and more than four hectares of land.

Around four years back, a similar exercise was undertaken by the state government. The minister, however, categorically said that the earlier exercise was meant for the computerisation of ration cards and should not be confused with the ongoing verification drive.

On being questioned why the computerisation drive was abandoned half way, the minister said, it would be re-started “very shortly”.

“Very shortly means we will first float the tender, call the concerned party and then the concerned party will conduct the process,” he clarified.

The verification drive for ration cards was started on 1 December 2009. However, the process was marred by a number of glitches, including citizens not being given receipts after filing application forms for the verification. On this, the minister said, “Such people will be given their receipts.”

This verification drive is now being publicised through advertisements in the newspapers, which wasn’t the case when it was started on 1st December.

Speaking about the main reason for not advertising on a large scale, Mr Deshmukh said, “Earlier, the local ration shops were a little reluctant due to the expected load the process would create. Now that we have decided that the white cards will be verified in the second phase, the load has been reduced. In Mumbai and Thane alone, the load of 6.5 lakh (white) cards has been reduced.”
 

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COMMENTS

Sanjay Shinde

3 years ago

we have white card but after my fathers death our annual income also decrease below 1 lakh. and because of white card we cannot get any thing from ration shop.
How we can change the colored of card from white to kesari. so what should I do please advise

shahir

6 years ago

I am a govt employee and I applied ration card in 2007 and I got orange colored card by mistaken(they gave white card but inside they wrote Kesar colour) that i didnt see. and i never take any benefits from the card, but i want to change my card from orange to white. but now they said form are not available. so what should I do

Paul

6 years ago

In Mumbai Many person are obtaining and misusing yellow card for avoiding court fees.
Where to make the complains.
Thanks.
Paul

Hello

6 years ago

get details

vishakha

7 years ago

where would i get this form for verifying ration card

yogesh

7 years ago

This is applicable only for Maharashtra so people from other states should not worry. For forms, pls check http://fcs.maharashtra.gov.in/english/dcmNew/RationCard.html
Keep in mind that these forms are only for people residing in Mumbai/Thane, as per the website. Other residents from Maharashtra should contact nearest Tehsil Office. check this for more details.. http://india.gov.in/howdo/service_detail.php?formid=314

Rakesh tripathi

7 years ago

From where would I get this form for verifying Ration card. Is it available online service.Pl call 8080419966.

Haresh

7 years ago

hey, how would i know if the verification for white card holders has started, or when is the first phase getting over???.any idea?

Mayuresh

7 years ago

You will get the forms at your local rationing shop.

Savita

7 years ago

From where would i get this form for verifying ration card

Airtel DTH to replace WorldSpace with AIR channels

Airtel DTH is all set to replace WorldSpace services from its platform with 10 radio channels of All India Radio

Indian subscribers to WorldSpace radio services are praying for a miracle so that it can continue to broadcast signals beyond 31st December. However, there is a thin line of hope for the continuation of WorldSpace operations in India.

Airtel direct to home (DTH) that offers WorldSpace radio services to subscribers in India said that from 1st January, it will replace WorldSpace with 10 radio channels of All India Radio (AIR).

According to sources, Airtel DTH will start sending messages to subscribers from Thursday. Interestingly, just last month, Airtel DTH's chief marketing officer, Sugato Banerji, had said that when other DTH service providers selected AIR FM channels, Airtel went for WorldSpace and this was a key differentiator.

India accounts for over 95% of WorldSpace’s worldwide subscriber base with over 450,000 subscribers, more than 50% through the Airtel DTH pay-TV package. However, WorldSpace India was not earning enough cash from its deal with Airtel DTH. The DTH services provider offered 10 channels of WorldSpace for Rs10 per month or Rs120 a year, with subscribers to its Rs200 package and above getting the radio channels absolutely free of cost.

At the same time, WorldSpace charged Rs2,000 per annum for its 40 channels. So in a way, the deal was not profitable for WorldSpace but helped it to increase subscriber base in the country.

Secondly, the emergence of FM channels throughout the country, especially in the metros, proved to be a major hindrance to WorldSpace's growth. There were a few factors that worked in favour of FM channels. The major factor was the ease of listening to FM channels while travelling across the city. Due to licensing limits, WorldSpace was not able to offer the same.

According to analysts, the radio services business in the country is worth Rs830 crore and it will grow by a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14% to Rs1,600 crore over the next four years. The Indian government had announced the bids for phase III licenses across 700 frequencies in about 200 cities. This will further boost growth of FM channels in India.

Recently, US-based Liberty Media Corp bought all debt of WorldSpace through its unit Liberty Satellite Radio LLC. Earlier this year, Liberty Media rescued another satellite radio service provider Sirius XM from bankruptcy by providing a timely loan of $520 million. In return, Liberty Media secured 40% stake in Sirius XM.

According to media reports, Mel Karmazin, chief executive of Sirius XM, had said that the company may partner with fellow satellite radio services provider WorldSpace, which is also partially controlled by Liberty. He said that the deal most likely would involve using its relationships to help the struggling company build satellite radio equipment and connect with automakers, with Liberty adding financial support.

WorldSpace has revenues of $4.70 million as of 30th November; however, during the same period, its operating expenses and reorganisation costs stood at $52 million. WorldSpace had $1.10 million unpaid post-petition debts outstanding for end-November that were supposed to be paid in December.

According to media reports, Liberty Media, which has bought the assets of WorldSpace, is most likely to redirect it towards Western Europe, which boasts of 300 million vehicles on the road. The other possibility is that Liberty Media may use these WorldSpace assets to target South America, especially Brazil, which has hardly any players in the satellite radio space. This could mean robust growth for the company.

The question whether Liberty Media would continue WorldSpace's India operations or use the assets for other lucrative regions, remains unanswered. The only thing we can say at this moment is that WorldSpace radio services will be no longer present in India from 1st January, unless of course, there is a miracle!
 

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hkchatterjee

6 years ago

i was a l istener/subscriber of worldspace radio. suddenly they stopped broadcasting. this was a very painful affair to me and am frantically looking for any source who could provide such music. could you help me?

Jan Lee

7 years ago

Its very sad that they are clsing down, and unfortunately I did not know this via the newspapers. Despite the fact that they kept chasing us to pay up and subscribe for a year's service and we did so. Good music and entertaining.. now what happens to our money?? almost 1,000.. Its high time the concerned officials do something abut this.. also all their toll free numbers are dead!!! Now who will read these frusttraing comments and take action?? Is this another way of making bucks in a cunning way? I know not..

dhanvantri

7 years ago

very saad that I miss a desciplined listening without any unusual meaning less phone in calls as cheap fm channels. worldspace is a matter of proud for indian music transmitters. Bankruptcy may let it closed but its quality can not be achieved by any indian transmitters. I love worldspace. I hear worldspace. Its discourses of religious matters by shri ravishankar, and discourses throughout day in moksha station and sai global harmony like stations can not be broadcasted by any indian or government channels throughout the day without any single advertisement. it is the main cause that advertisements should not dominate the transmission causes. Much more, is the educative values of our old day traditions for music, spiritual,sports, cenemas is a high and dedicated service done by world space. I am having much concern not over my loosing of listening the radio, but for the yeomon service rendered by the company and they have potential to make some other alternative of transmission which may go in the same stream. I hope worldspace radio livelong.

Prof.V Maruthi Rao

7 years ago

What a tragedy!.When we were enjoying those golden hits on farishta suddenly the voice stops.An irreparable loss to music lovers like me when I was reliving those wonderful moments of my younger days. FM stations are all trash. only noise and ads. nothing to beat WS. What an excellent digital music we were enjoying. What we lost in some unexpired subscription is nothing before what we are losing everyday. Not a day or a moment passed without listening to those immortal melodies from those legends Mohd.Rafi, the monarch, Lata, the queen, Kishore, the greatest and Mukesh, the incomaparable and many more. We feel orphaned and soulless now. I pray that all those days come back again. Let Liberty Media know this and understand sentiments of millions of Indian music lovers

SOMESWARAN>R

7 years ago

i personnely feel its a great lose to the music lovers and spiritual listeners apart from finance loss as the worldspace kept its termination plan a top secret till end and accepted annual subscription till the 1st week of Dec 2009.we 1eel cheated in all the way.

Col.A.R.Ganapathy(retd)

7 years ago

When it comes to music, worldspace was offering all varities which even the hazar fm's in india are not offering. If there is anyone who is replacing them we will be the first to join. Kindly do call us or send us email so that we can get our music back

meena ganapathy

7 years ago

We stay in Kerala and my only lifeline for hindi music was world space. I hope someone offers the music the same way. It is sad we are loosing this wonderful music channel. please please let some miracle take place.

s devarshi

7 years ago

i agree with you raj ,kisan,shivalata . no worse way to begin the new year. the last hope was airtel. that is gone too. sunil mittal is a businessman. he would have looked at it from business angle. the radio has fallen silent. i wonder about priymbada and all her colleagues in farishta. what are they upto ? the unexpected thing is that our hyper tv channels have not picked up the news. they are busy reporting sleaze while a lovely thing has passed away. let's pray for a miracle.

yogesh

7 years ago

Special Announcement for India Subscribers to WorldSpace Satellite Radio


On December 31, 2009, the WorldSpace satellite radio broadcast service will be terminated for all customers serviced from India.

This action is an outgrowth of the financial difficulties facing WorldSpace India’s parent company, WorldSpace, Inc., which has been under bankruptcy protection since October 2008. The potential buyer of much of WorldSpace’s global assets has decided not to buy the WorldSpace assets relating to and supporting WorldSpace’s subscription business in India. As a consequence, WorldSpace, Inc. must discontinue its subscriber business in India. Your subscription contract is with WorldSpace, Inc., a US company that is in a bankruptcy proceeding in the United States. The company recognizes that you may have paid for services to be rendered beyond the termination date, but is not in a position to offer a refund for any unused portion of your subscription.

You may have a potential remedy under the U.S. bankruptcy law. You may file a claim under the claims procedure that is intended to protect creditors of the bankrupt company. Sometime early next year, a claim servicing company will send notice to all creditors listed by the company. In order to ensure that you receive timely notice, we would request that you send the following information by mail or email to Rakesh Raghavan at WorldSpace, Inc. headquarters in the United States.

1. Name
2. Address
3. Email
4. Subscription Account Number
5. Date of Subscription
6. Length of Subscription
7. Amount paid for your current subscription

Send this information to: By email -- [email protected] or by regular mail – Rakesh Raghavan, WorldSpace, Inc. 8515 Georgia AV, Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA.

Shivalatha Bolledula

7 years ago

I am used to listening to WorldSpace contineously from the morning till late in the night. I found a friend in worldspace to pass my time when all my housemates are out on their usual works. The pain of loosing it is making me very sad. I hope, something goes in our favour and we start the new year with the music flowing from world space.

Prashanth Arpula

7 years ago

We are very fond of our favoriurite oldies in Farishta, Gandharv et al. I had renewed my subscription on 19th Dec 2009 for 2 years. The pain of loosing our favourite music is more than the pain of loosing the money though I am feeling cheated for the money collected by Worldspace from me just 2 weeks before their closure. Hope there is some miracle and the music starts flowing.

Udaya S Mishra

7 years ago

It is quite unfortunate that such a service is abruptly discntinued leaving its customers high and dry. As it has 450,000 customers in place some indian company need to take over and continue the show with a rapid promotion campaign to sustain this brilliant service. Otherwise it seems like a surrender to foreign companies who use us for trial and withdraw as and ehen they like

Kisan Bhat

7 years ago

Very very sad that it had to close down. My radio was on almost ON through out the day since past four years. My favourites were RIFF, Faristha and Gandharva.
I had recently bought a new set and two years subscription in Sept. 2009 and even gifted one set with one year subscription to my friend.

I will miss it very badly. Today I took out all my old cds and tapes and am playing the same right now while I am writing this message.

SUNIL GUPTA

7 years ago

Thank you for this input. You are the only one who has reported on Worldspace in depth. Hope the service revives

Chethan

7 years ago

Oh! Sad! Cannot live without Worldspace. RIP

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