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TRAI and reverification

TRAI has ordered reverification of customer data of all telephone companies. This is unnecessary and a problem for customers. This is similar to security check of every commuter at Churchgate station. It caused lot of inconvenience to people.

Reverification has caused hardships to people. People had to submit documents again. Leave has to be taken. The exercise of reverification should be abandoned.

Thoughts on 25/1/2007

Tamil Nadu has demanded a new Constitution for India. The reason is wrong. They want to preserve 69% reservation in educational institutions. Many amendments to Constitutions were wrong.

Jayalalitha could not contest elections and could not be chief minister because the lower court had found her guilty. Navjot Singh Sidhu is found guilty by High Court. Supreme Court has stayed the sentence and conviction and praised him for resigning. Navjot Singh Sidhu wants to contest the election to be MP of Amritsar, the seat that became vacant due to his resignation. Elections cost lot of money and time. Those who resign should not be allowed to contest the seat again for the remainder of the term. Sonia Gandhi and Chandrashekhara Rao had done it. The persons who resign should be made to reimburse the expenses on elections. No candidate should be allowed to contest two seats at one time. Once elected as MP or MLA the person should not be able to hold any other office for the duration of the term except President or Vice President of India or Governor of an Indian State.

KBC is a good programme. All who give correct answers must be given a chance.

At one time there was one sports channel, Prime Sports, which later became Star Sports. Then came ESPN. These two channels were rivals for some time. Then they joined together. Then came Ten Sports followed by Sahara One which got telecast rights for a cricket series and Zee Sports. Neo Sports was the next entrant. Somewhere came DD Sports, owned by the Government of India.

Private Sports channels may begin as free to air channels but soon become pay channels. Every time a new sporting event comes up if a new channel gets telecast rights it becomes difficult for people. They have to pay for existing channels which become useless and have to pay additional amount for a new channel. Now there is CAS in four cities and DTH is spreading to many places. If people make their choices wisely TV channels cannot take them for granted. The channels that become useless must be dumped. If people don’t demand live telecasts then the channel that holds the rights will be the loser.

Delayed telecast of seven minutes will not make much difference.

Laws against bigamy must be stringent. Monogamy should be the rule for all people. Having a second wife must be punishable with imprisonment. Whether the wife, who becomes first wife later, consents or not is immaterial. If the wife is unable to conceive and the husband wants a child there should be divorce. This also raises the question about women who knowingly become second or subsequent wives. Many such women are rich and famous.

There can not be temporary marriage. What goes for temporary marriage among Shias of Iran and Iraq is a cover for concubinage or prostitution.

Germany’s population declined for fifth year in succession in 2006. Population is declining in most countries of Europe. Germany does not grant citizenship to non-Germans. USA’s growth in population is mainly due to immigration.

Thoughts on 20/1/2007

If something is offensive TV channels should not show it. Sometimes TV channels give publicity to clips they say are offensive. IBN 7 showed a clip of which it said insulted Gandhi. More people came to know about the clip. The Government of India issued a notice to IBN 7 and the channel had to apologise.

There are demands for ban of various types of films but no demand to ban a film that glorifies tax evasion, bribery and smuggling.

Use of Internet for destroying someone’s reputation should be punished.

Affairs, break-ups, engagements and marriages of actors and actresses are not news that deserve telecast on news channels as headlines. They can be shown in entertainment or film sections.

Advertisements of food items, toilet articles, stationery, jewellery and cosmetics should be banned.

Indians should not attach importance to Oscars. Getting Oscar award does not mean that film is great. Some films that got best foreign film award are not better than some of our Hindi films. It the idea is to get publicity and market the producers should dub or sub-title their films and distribute in other countries. However song and dance sequences do not make sense to many foreigners.

Racism should not be confused with dislike for someone’s food or making fun of accent.

It is ridiculous to ban the wearing of a crucifix in a school as a health and safety issue. This happened in England.

There should be a change in the process of selection of Indian cricket team. First the team should be selected. Then the captain should be selected out of the players selected. Those who are not fit or out of form should not be selected. Captain should be for a series. After every series there should be fresh selection.

There should be no Special Economic Zones. Governments should not be acquiring land for private enterprises. Why should some places have tax concessions? Let the whole country be Special Economic Zone and have tax concessions.

China has tested anti-satellite missile. It is a warning to USA. USA did not want such tests to be banned. Now it is concerned.

Full details of Nithari killings are not available. We may have to wait for the trial to begin to know who all are guilty and of what crimes.

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