Congress President Sonia Gandhi has forcefully refuted allegations of financial impropriety against her son-in-law Robert Vadra labeled by anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal and senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan.
Sonia claimed that there had been no wrongful use of either the office of the Gandhi family or any misuse by businessman Vadra.
Defending Vadra, she said, "Robert Vadra is a businessman. His transactions are transparent and above board. There has been no misuse of either the office of the Gandhi family or any misuse by Vadra."
The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has confirmed that it has written to the Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, requesting a directive to prevent Television Audience Measurement (TAM) from reporting viewership data for the time being.
In its letter to the information & broadcasting ministry, the NBA raised concerns over the TAM systems & methodology of measuring TV audiences, and alleged that TAM continued to provide skewed data.
The new national telecom policy, which has been approved by the union cabinet, will abolish the roaming charges.
The abolition of roaming charges will allow subscribers to use their numbers from one part of the country in another without worrying about additional charges. The union cabinet gave its approval to the new telecom policy after making minor changes to the policy that will determine the way in which telecom industry is regulated by the government.
The union cabinet has given its approval to the new telecom policy after making minor changes to the policy that will determine the way in which telecom industry is regulated by the government.
Ambika Soni, minister for information and broadcasting announced that the National Telecom Policy has been approved and will now replace rules thaw were formulated a decade ago. She said that the approval was given after making some small changes but she did not announce further details. She was speaking after a meeting of the cabinet ministers.
New Delhi, Oct 10 - With the government's decision to recast policy guidelines for TV channels sparking outrage, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni Monday assured broadcasters her ministry will hold discussions with them to allay their apprehensions.
"We will be holding discussions with broadcasters' bodies," Soni told reporters here, adding that the government would prefer self-regulation by broadcasters.
New Delhi, Oct 10 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Monday condoled the death of Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh.
In her condolence message, Soni said: "The untimely death of Jagjitji has left a void which will be difficult to fill. As a singer and composer, he understood the tastes of the common people. He amalgamated Ghazals with lyrics and Geet in such a way that he narrowed the gap between the understanding of classical music and modern Ghazal singing.
New Delhi, Aug 26 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has appealed to the media to act responsibly and to be objective and impartial, while reporting of events.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has emphasized that India's image as an entertainer was not because of Bollywood only.
While launching the three-day Retrospective of Kamal Haasan's flick in the national capital, the minister observed that regional cinema had an identical role to play.
She said that the country's brand identity as a nation of entertaining cinema is not owing to the Hindi film industry only.
The administration is considering setting up a nodal broadcasting authority, to handle issues like foreign direct investment (FDI), digitalization, spectrum and growth of TV ratings, aside from content regulation.
In December 2009, a working party was established for such an agency, and on Monday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni pointed out that a concluding decision could come shortly.
It is expected to be named as the Broadcasting Authority of India, she said.
Government of India made it clear that it not only is impossible but also difficult to maintain the consistency over uniform control or regulation on television channels.
New Delhi, Dec 7 :The government Monday said the information and broadcasting ministry was in touch with the home ministry to curb the showing of illegal and unlicensed television channels by cable operators.
The centre has asked states to take action and also written to the union home ministry in the matter, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour.
New Delhi, Dec 7 : Denying any plan to curb the number of TV channels in the country, the government Monday said that in view of spectrum constraints the information and broadcasting ministry has sought TRAI's advice on the maximum number of channels that can be permitted in the country.
New Delhi, Dec 7 : The government has given up its plans to close down the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), that has run up losses of over Rs. 27 crore and has now decided to restructure the organisation, the Rajya Sabha was informed Monday.
"We had thought of closing down the NFDC. Now, we are looking at revamping and rejuvenating NFDC," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said during question hour.
"We have also introduced a voluntary retirement scheme and have been able to reduce the staff from 211 to 141," she added.
New Delhi, Dec 7 : Not enough is being done to prevent obscenity on satellite TV channels and the government is working to rectify this, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said in the Rajya Sabha Monday.
"Not enough is being done. We are working with all stakeholders to monitor content in a more effective way," Soni said during question hour.
"I can tell you that I am personally monitoring this," she said. "Some channels have shown the aptitude for self-regulation."
New Delhi, Dec. 5 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Saturday condemned the piracy of films, saying that crores of rupees invested in the film industry are being lost due to piracy.
Speaking at the 27th Biennial Conference of State and Union Territories held in New Delhi, Soni expressed grave concern about the malpractice looming large at the entertainment industry.
New Delhi, Nov 30: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Monday said that that her ministry has initiated wide ranging consultations with stakeholders for arriving at a consensus on the issue of regulating the content of television news channels.
Soni added that it would also try to create an independent autonomous body to look into all aspects of the broadcasting sector.
Panaji, Nov 24 - The controversy over Amitabh Bachchan not being invited to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) simply refuses to die down. Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said that there was no bar on any person from being invited to the festival.
"This is not a question of someone being called or not called... We can't call all distinguished film stars in one year. We can't give them all places of honour at one time," said Soni who was here to attend the inaugural function of the 40th IFFI Monday.
New Delhi, Nov 12 : The cabinet Thursday approved a proposal to issue policy guidelines for Headend-in-the-Sky operators, and raised the cap on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector to 74 percent.
Also known as HITS, Headend-in-the-Sky is a digital satellite service that provides cable channels to cable television operations.
"The essential difference between a HITS operator and a multi-system operator (MSO) is that the former transmits the bundle of channels to the cable operators using a satellite, whereas the latter does the same through cable," said a government press release.
New Delhi, Nov 9 : The government will act only as a facilitator for foreign direct investments (FDI) in print media and make amendments in the existing laws to ensure this, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said here Monday.
"We are now nearing the end of the amendment process. I hope by the end of the financial year, you will see lots of amendments in the Press and Registration of Books Act-1867," Soni said.
New Delhi, Nov 5 : Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni today called upon all the stakeholders in the magazine sector to harness the potential available in the sector so that it can grow with faster pace.
Speaking at a seminar on India Magazine Congress in New Delhi today, she said that the government has liberalized the FDI policy norms and they should tap these opportunities.
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