Tantia Constructions secures two new projects

Tantia has also received an order from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, Government of Nepal

Tantia Constructions has received a project from Municipal Corporation of Delhi for remodeling and covering of Subhash Nagar Drain starting from Najafgarh Road to Najafgarh Drain for worth Rs69.85 lakh.

The company has also received an order from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, Government of Nepal for execution of various water supply & sanitation projects in Nepal in the name of Tantia-Tundi (JV) worth Rs46.87 lakh.

In the late afternoon, Tantia was trading at around Rs43 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.94% up from the previous close.


L&T Construction wins orders worth Rs1,454 crore

In the water and effluent treatment segment, L&T won orders worth Rs579 crore from Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board

L&T Construction said it had secured orders worth Rs1,454 crore across various verticals, including power transmission and water and effluent treatment, in February and this month.

In the water and effluent treatment segment, the company bagged orders worth Rs579 crore from Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board.

"The scope includes providing combined water supply scheme to Attur-Narsingpuram municipalities and the Vallore Corporation. The scheme will cater to 20 town panchayats and 1,345 rural habitations in Salem District and 11 municipalities ... In Vellore district," it said.

In the power transmission and distribution area L&T Construction bagged orders worth Rs671 crore in both domestic and overseas markets.

"Domestic orders...Include construction of an electrical balance of plant works for a 2x660 MW super thermal power plant from a leading developer and another order from Gulbarga Electricity Supply...For various electrical works in Gulbarga and Bidar districts in Karnataka," it said.

As far as the building and factories vertical in concerned, L&T Construction bagged orders amounting to Rs204 crore from different ongoing projects, it added.

In the late afternoon, L&T was trading at around Rs1,235 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.08% down from the previous close.


The inconclusive truth about the media

How much can we really learn or understand from news reports and what are the actual facts

The recent instance of attack on the media by lawyers in Karnataka has drawn widespread criticism from all quarters. Yet, many citizens have raised their doubts as to why the media remains silent when it comes to self-introspection.

The Broadcast Editor’s Association (BEA) has condemned the attack on media persons by the lawyers in Bangalore while reporting a strike by the Karnataka State Bar Council.
“The BEA has decided to constitute a five-member fact-finding committee to go into the Karnataka Assembly incident and subsequent developments. The committee will be headed by NK Singh, general secretary, BEA,” said the BEA in a media statement.

While acknowledging that the attack is unwarranted and unjust, many activists and journalists have also pointed out that while the media has every right to protest against the attack, it is high time that it also needs to be equally active when it comes to issues related to its own workings.

Veeresh Malik, a veteran seaman and journalist, says, "Please note the absence of any set points, agenda, or even inviting the public for their views and opinions on the issue. Also, why not make the unedited footage of the incident available? Most importantly, after the attack, why did the media regroup and go back in the second part of the day to the place again?"

Mr Malik opines that the media itself has many things to answer for. "I would like to know as to what the BEA has been doing about the paid news phenomenon,” he asked. "Where is the BEA when the media pounces on people without any regards for privacy? What about the broadcasters’ (and publishers’) liability to people for the ads they carry?”
It is well known that controversial entities like SpeakAsia and IIPM legitimize their positions by placing ads, and sometimes, even advertorials in leading publications.

The inconsistency of media reportage on issues is also glaring. A prominent example in this regard is the case of the murder of veteran crime journalist, J Dey and an alleged conspirator in the case, Jigna Vora, the deceased’s former colleague and another senior crime reporter. Right after the murder, speculation was rife as to the motive behind the murder. Some suggested that Dey was silenced because he was pursuing a story on the oil mafia, while others pointed fingers at a senior police who has issues with Dey. At the same time, senior journalists have publicly discussed Dey’s closeness to a particular senior police official, who seems to be silent after his death.

After the underworld don Chhota Rajan claimed that he had got rid of Dey because he suspected that “Dey was getting close to Dawood Ibrahim”, the ruckus died down. However, soon Jigna Vora’s name appeared in the case. It was revealed that she had supplied Dey’s description, bike number and exact location to the contract killers. The startling revelation and her arrest led rise to a situation of palpable confusion and embarrassment within the media.

“Jigna was working under a senior crime reporter. Has he been questioned? And for that matter, why did even Dey’s friends and colleagues not raise the demand?” commented a journalist who had worked with Dey earlier.

Dey’s murder is not a solitary case where the public as well as most of the media is clueless as to what really happened. A more recent example is that of the reportage on the court battle between the army chief and the government. After the Supreme Court disposed of General VK Singh’s petition about his birth date, it was declared that the chief has lost the battle.

The judgement, however, read, “As a matter of fact, the question before us in the writ petition is not about the determination of actual date of birth of the petitioner, but it concerns the recognition of a particular date of birth of the petitioner by the respondent (Union of India) in the official service record. In view of the statement made by Goolam Vahanvati, attorney-general, and the limited controversy in the writ petition, counsel for the petitioner does not wish to press the matter further and he seeks withdrawal of the writ petition. Writ petition is disposed of as withdrawn.”

None reported of a petition which has been forwarded to the president, signed by retired veterans, to ask for her interference into the matter in the capacity of being both the head of the Union and the supreme commander of the armed forces of the country. The petition can be viewed here http://www.satyamev-jayate.com/ .

On the other hand, the media was quick to publish dubious reports suggesting that the army chief’s office had a role to play in bugging Union defence minister AK Anthony’s office. The army chief has vehemently denied this and pointed fingers at a retired army official already embroiled in the Adarsh housing society scam.
“It is possible that the chief, who is known as an upright, honest man has become a thorn that needs to be removed,” said a retired IAS officer, who has also known the chief during his stay in Haryana. “We know that many arms deals are going to take place. India will be buying armaments, vehicles and other technology soon. There is a high chance that efforts are being made to fix the deals. General Singh may thwart such plans, so his absence from the scene is preferable.”
There have been several instances of attacks on journalists and even murders. But none of that has been reported in the media. In November, the Supreme Court upheld the Bombay High Court’s decision to fine the channel Times Now Rs100 crore. Former Supreme Court judge justice PB Sawant had sued the channel for wrongly displaying his photo; instead of the then sitting judge of the Calcutta High Court, justice PK Samanta; in a provident fund scam-related news report. While media bodies were quick to slam the judgement, the mistake was not acknowledged.

However, journalists have defended the method of reporting. On the Karnataka assault, a reporter said, “At one point, it is the very nature of journalism. A reporter has to report on things that are happening. You get beaten up, but you go back and write about it and revisit the place where you were beaten up, because that is your job. You get information, and write your story based on the available facts. If you are proven wrong later, you have to say that, too. We cannot expect journalists to stop relying on ‘insiders’ and sources, because without such information, there will be no news.”
A similar argument has been made by Mihir Srivastava in the last issue of Open, where he talks about the denouncing of his story on the Batla House encounter by a section of intelligentsia and civil society. “I did what any journalist must do—report a story on the basis of available facts,” he says. While his article got a quick rejoinder from Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association that slammed his article and his stance, he hit back by saying: “By all means continue to struggle for justice. Just do not sacrifice facts while doing so.”
But then, when facts lie in between the lines, how much truth can we hope for?



bankim desai

5 years ago

Media is one of the pillar of the democracy. But, in India media is not playing the role it should have been. Complete media sector is running like a competitive company circle fighting for taking the best position in the sector. None of the media is thinking about the social justice to the people of the country. Role of the media if played in the right direction can bring the revolution in the country. No social worker all Anna Hazareji or other NGO' will be working if Media bring the correct story in every aspect of life which is in the interest of the country. But, unfortunately today media is so biased that you can not rely on the authenticity of the news as well as many news under grounded by them in the interest of ? .

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