The Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam has said that India needs to achieve a growth rate of double digits of GDP for removal of poverty and making the country a really developed nation. He said the rate of poverty has to be brought down from 40 per cent to zero per cent, in a time bound manner.

    Dr. Kalam was delivering the first lecture in the series on the subject of ‘Ideas that Have Worked’ organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances of Government of India, the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Civil Services Officers’ Institute, here today. The Minister of State for Planning & Programme Implementation and Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Shri Arun Shourie presided.

    Dr. Kalam said that India has the capability to achieve the highest in the field of science and technology, but in order to achieve this, the empowerment of scientists is absolutely essential.

    Shri Arun Shourie described Dr. Kalam ‘ a living national treasure’ and a man of great ideas who has really brought India to the top in the field of science and technology. He said that the purpose of the lecture series is to gather ideas from personalities like Dr. Kalam in order to change organisations around.





    The Minister for Information and Broadcasting , Shri Arun Jaitley has called for an extensive debate for evolving a certain amount of self-discipline by the media for its growth and giving proper place to real social issues like women empowerment, health, education and children development. He said, no amount of legislative measures or regulations can be effective unless the mind -sets of the owners of media organs, the mediapersons and the society as a whole are changed. He said even the censorship is losing its relevance in the light of fast developing convergence of technologies which defy all boundaries and regulations.

    Presiding over a session on ‘Media and Law Enforcement’ at the two day Workshop on ‘Gender Justice-Forging Partnership with Law Enforcing Agencies’, organised by the National Commission for Women, here today, Shri Jaitely said that investigating agencies in the area of crime against women, children and other weaker sections also need proper training and orientation. He said that hardly any crime against children is reported and in case of crime against women also very few cases get limelight.

    Referring to the ill-effects of violence and sex on television on young minds of children, the Information and Broadcasting Minister said that what is really required is a dedicated children’s channel. He said a recent study by UNESCO has revealed startling effects on the young minds of children in India and they become worst sufferers of violence shown on TV. The study shows that even in case of the programmes showing thE good prevailing over the evil, the depiction of violence overpowered by counter-violence , acts adversely and the violence is ultimately registered by the children. Even in the special daily pullouts in some of the national dailies, a new class of glamour oriented role-models is being thrown up, he said.

    Co-chairing the session, the eminent journalist, Smt Usha Rai lamented that the media today has become a commercial activity and lost much of its social responsibility. The mind-sets of proprietors have to be changed in order to emphasise on the social responsibility of media. Though the women in the media have come a long way up, yet the top most post of editor is still eluding them, she regretted.




    The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today finalised the selection of private companies to operate FM channels one each at Jaipur, Jallandhar, Jamnagar, Kanpur, and Ludhiana and three at Lucknow. For three channels in Lucknow, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd., Music B’casting Pvt. Ltd. and Observer Network Pvt. Ltd. bagged the licence for Rs. 555 lakhs each. Suraj B’casting Pvt. Ltd. got Jaipur (one channel) for Rs.365 lakhs, Bollywood B’casting Pvt.Ltd. got Jallandhar (one channel) for Rs.325 lakhs, Observer Network Pvt. Ltd. got Jamnagar (one channel) for Rs.160 lakhs, New Media B’casting Pvt. Ltd. got Kanpur (one channel) for Rs.330 lakhs and New Media B’casting Pvt. Ltd. got Ludhiana (one channel) for Rs.500 lakhs.

    The period of licence would be ten years from the date of issue of operational licence by the Wireless Coordination Committee, but the amount mentioned is for the first year with a provision for 15 per cent increase every year.

    There were nine companies in race for Lucknow, six each for Jaipur and Kanpur, five for Jamnagar, four for Jallandhar and eight companies for Ludhiana.