Modi launched a website MyGov on July 26 that aims to help citizens contribute in governance by giving their opinions and views on important issues like clean river Ganga or skill development. The inauguration of the people-centric platform also marks the completion of 60 days of the new government.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today called upon Indian manufacturers to produce set top boxes to meet the growing demand created by the cable TV digitisation drive, and sought their suggestions to take the indigenisation process forward.
Javadekar sought suggestions directly through e-mail or his twitter account.
“I invite Indian manufacturers to produce and provide set top boxes for indigenisation of digitisation,” Javadekar posted on Twitter.
“Manufacturers may contact me on my twitter with hashtag #indigenisationOfDigitisation or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org,” he said in another tweet.
Raúl Rivera, an innovation guru and author of a recent best-selling book, Nuestra hora, soon to be out in English, pointed out in Buenos Aires that, for a variety of reasons, Latin America has developed a reputation for being a small, fragmented region, racked by conflict and populist dictators. Nothing could be further from the truth. In terms of land mass, with some 20 million square kilometres, Latin America has a larger surface than either Russia or Canada, the two largest countries. It is the region with the largest bio-capacity and biodiversity, and the one with the biggest fresh water reserves anywhere. Almost all countries have now democratically elected governments. It is also a peaceful region, with few inter-state wars in the course of the past 100 years, and, accordingly, with the lowest defence expenditures. Its economy as a whole, measured in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms, is the fourth largest in the world — bigger than Japan’s, and only behind the EU’s, the U.S. and China’s. Over the course of the past decade, it has also become one of the growth poles of the world economy and thus a natural partner for India. With a population of 580 million, a GDP of $4.9 trillion (four times larger than that of India) and six per cent of the world’s merchandise trade, it has shown remarkable resilience in the face of the GFC. Although its GDP fell by 1.7 per cent in 2009, its recovery was swift, growing at 6.1 per cent in 2010, and at a (projected) 4.5 per cent in 2011. This is in marked contrast to many European countries now on the verge of bankruptcy and a United States still in the throes of the recession.
Replying to questions from the audience whether industrialists being allowed to own media companies would pose a danger to the functioning of the media business, [Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar] said: “Cross media ownership is being actively debated now. If that boils down to a game of 3-4 owners what happens to the state of media are some questions being raised. We will work extra time and walk the extra mile but come to decisions one these.”
Javadekar said there were issues related to the advertising code which those in the field should address. “Somebody applies a deodorant and all women come running, this is demeaning and not the way an advertisement should be,” he said. He said decency should be there as children also watch television. “I am not saying that the government is imposing anything but as I have said earlier the industry should evolve a code about what is decent and what is not decent,” he said.