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Court blocks STAR’s Space

Mumbai: In a setback to STAR TV, Gwalior High Court put down the Centre for not examining guidelines properly while clearing the way for issuing of licence to the STAR-backed Space TV for direct-to-home (DTH) transmission, reports our correspondent.

Hearing a PIL, the court questioned the basic eligibility of Space TV to obtain the licence, given the amount of foreign investment in the organisation and added that proceedings on the “issue of licence shall remain stayed till further orders”.

The court said the secretaries of information and broadcasting, home, finance and space — respondents in the case — did not look into the basic eligibility of Space TV while giving it the green light.

Space TV is owned by two STAR employees, G. Jagdish Kumar and Ajay K. Sharma, who are the domestic promoters with 80 per cent equity with STAR TV as contributor of 20 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

According to a finance ministry report, Kumar and Sharma raised their contribution of Rs 10.01 crore against a deposit made by STAR TV.

Government guidelines stipulate that foreign equity cannot exceed 49 per cent and within that FDI cannot exceed 20 per cent.

Monsoon session from July 21

Patna (PTI): Parliament will take up important Bills, including those on the Central Vigilance Commission and the Representation of People’s Act, during the month-long monsoon session scheduled to begin on July 21, reports our special correspondent.

Parliamentary affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the Cabinet on Saturday decided that the session will start from that date and continue till August 22.

Of the 33 days, the House will have 22 sittings because of weekly off days and two holidays on account of Raksha Bandhan and Independence Day, Swaraj said.

Several important Bills will be considered and passed during the session. The Bills passed by the Rajya Sabha — like the Foreigner’s Amendment Bill, 2003 and the Representation of People’s Amendment Bill, 2003 — will be taken up by the Lok Sabha for discussion and voting, she added.

Similarly, there are Bills passed by the Lok Sabha which would be introduced in the Upper House for clearance, the minister said.

Minister faces Dalit charges

Sitamarhi (PTI): Two cases of atrocities against Dalits have been registered against Bihar public relations department minister Sitaram Yadav, superintendent of police Piyush Amrit Beck said.

He said the district police registered the cases on the orders of Sitamarhi’s sub-divisional judicial magistrate. The cases were lodged following complaints of illegal harvesting of wheat from the field of one Ramashish Ram and unauthorised construction on the plot of one Ram Nandan Chamar.

Poisoned girl dies

New Delhi (PTI): A 17-year-old girl died after being offered poisonous food by a co-passenger in a bus in north-west Delhi, police said. Nisha, a resident of Bawana in west Delhi, was found unconscious on her bus seat in Karala early on Friday. She was rushed to hospital where she died. Police said she had been given something to eat by an unidentified co-passenger.

Notice to Shinde

Nagpur (PTI): The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has issued a notice to Maharashtra chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for withholding the results of elections to a local cooperative housing society.

Truant train staff

Jodhpur (PTI): Senior railway officials conducting a surprise check found the entire staff, including the conductor, missing on a running passenger train. There was no staff and conductor on the Jodhpur-Samdari shuttle train to check tickets of the passengers, an official release said. The train had only the driver and the guard. The surprise check team also found 17 passengers travelling without ticket.

6 of family hacked

Hyderabad (PTI): A Congress village chief and five of his family members, including a three-year-old girl, were hacked to death at Peddavaram in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. About 20 people, armed with swords and sickles, went to the village and raided the home of village head k. anjaneyulu, district superintendent of police Charu Sinha said.


Producer Himansu Rai’s silent masterpiece, Shiraz, has been adjudged the second best feature film at the Sydney film festival. The film was screened with live music accompaniment by international musicians Linsey Pollak, Tunji Beier and Lone Sherfig.

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