Monday, December 11, 2006

A sigh of relief for Delhi traders

The Apex Court on November 23, extended relief to nearly 18,500 traders in Delhi from the ongoing sealing drive conducted by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Terming it as interim relief, the Traders Association said that the Supreme Court’s order would make an impact only on a particular section of the traders and not all of them. The court’s order protects those traders who have complied with the undertaking that they would no longer misuse the premises meant for residential purposes. Meanwhile the traders have demanded from the government to bring about a legislation amending the current MCD Act and take away the sealing powers from the MCD.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Lessons learned?

Two impressions from my exploration into the world of entertainment soft ware: First, as Castronova suggests, virtual worlds could be a powerful tool for economic and social experiments and will undoubtedly be the subject of future scholarly research. My second impression is tinged with dismay at the oft en violent nature of games as well as the apparent lack of real world fulfilment, which in part must motivate participation in virtual worlds. Have real world social, government and religious institutions & organizations failed so badly that gamers feel a need to seek virtual fulfilment? Generally though, I marvel at the wondrous virtual worlds created by the game designers and players and cannot help but agree with famous 19th century philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche: “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” For more information on IIPM Editorial Article, please click here...,

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Turku Cathedral: Are we near the Pearly Gates..?

For the globetrotter, there are few things that provide a greater rush of exhilaration than the thrill of visiting a land unlike any other previously known to the mind. Mankind at large abhors change, but the nomadic traveller can barely conceal the twinkle in his eyes when faced with an undiscovered realm. While I don’t consider myself fit (yet!) to compose “The Hitchhiker’s guide to the third rock from the sun”, I do believe that I have been struck by wanderlust, prone to traversing the globe at any given point in time. I had heard rave reviews of Finland’s coldsheathed beauty, and could barely conceal my glee at getting a chance to delve deeper first-hand. Rumour has it that a common expression abounds for Finns, and as trite as it sounds, it goes like this; “As talkative as a Finn”. Now if anything were ever a misnomer, this would be up there vying for the grand prize. Finns are at worst reticent and at best prone to short bouts of speech. Not good for someone who’s a regular jabberwocky, and it was with some effort that I enlisted the services of Arttu to help me find my way around. I had half a mind to introduce myself as Deetu just for kicks, but I bet that the joke would be lost on him (or most non Star Wars' buffs), or if it did he wouldn’t crack so much as a crack-jawed grin. For more information on IIPM Editorials, please click here..., Also visit: Arindam Chaudhuri Initiative

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views...

There were also intellectuals who were greatly respected in the era of the prophets; the flatterers at the court. The Gospels warn of “false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits ye shall know them.” The dogmas that uphold the nobility of state power are nearly unassailable, despite the occasional errors and failures that critics allow themselves to occasionally condemn. A prevailing truth was expressed by US President John Adams two centuries ago: “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.” That is the deep root of the combination of savagery and self righteousness that infects the imperial mentality – and in some measure, every structure of authority and domination. We can add that reverence for that great soul is the normal stance of intellectual elites, who regularly add that they should hold the levers of control, or at least be close by.

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

CNBC TV18 (4Ps Publication, IIPM)

The Indian television industry was in its nascency when CNBC-TV18 started beaming into Indian homes, Star had arrived in India and Zee was just a year old. In the year 1993, when India was standing with its gates ajar for the winds of globalisation and liberation to take the country by storm, the crew of CNBC-TV18 was ready with its cameras rolling to catch every bit of the marketing action that took place on the Indian soil or elsewhere. And with time, the dedication has not got worn away, in fact its grip on the Indian markets has just got stronger and stronger. CNBC-TV18, a joint venture between CNBC Asia-Pacific and Television Eighteen India Ltd (with TV18 holding 90% stake) is one of the biggest media houses of the country with an impressive hold on the 24 hour news space and on the loyalties of the Indian viewers. Despite the arrival of the new kids on the block like NDTV Profit and Zee Business, CNBC-TV18’s English business news channel is still the most popular among those for whom business means serious business. And to counter the competition from these channels that threw a ‘Hindi’ linguistic bait at corporate India, CNBC-TV18 launched a Hindi 24 hour business channel Awaaz. Needless to say that with such a powerful backing and an experience of more than a decade in this field, Awaaz is going great guns. In this age of Internet revolution, CNBC-TV18 has launched itself in that space too, and is riding high on this new wave with its websites like moneycontrol.com, commodities control. com, ibnlive.com and is going on increasing this web portfolio. Recently TV-18 decided to look beyond business and came up with a 24 hour English news channel, CNN- IBN. In just a few months of its launch, the new channel, with a mercurial on the job leadership from charismatic Rajdeep Sardesai, has proved to be a great success, and is already boasting of some handsome numbers. TV-18 also acquired Channel 7, a 24 hour Hindi news channel from the Dainik Jagran group and with this, has completed its presence in all the genres of Indian news space. CNBCTV18 innovated the concept of providing business news, and never stopped. With its ever expanding footprint in various media, it has the potential to be the first ‘profitable’ news conglomerate!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

IIPM Editorial -> Pink Floyd the most popular band of the 60s...

When he discovered that the senior Salvador would get even more distressed at the mishaps his son got into at school, the decidedly contrary Salvador began getting himself expelled from schools. This habit of getting kicked out stayed on and he managed to be expelled from the formal Surrealist movement in 1934. Born on January 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England, Barrett was credited with making Pink Floyd the most popular band of the 60s. From incorporating crazy lighting to Zippos and echo boxes in Pink Floyd concerts, Barrett never hesitated to experiment with innovative techniques. With this fame came his rapid downfall when he extended his experimentation to drugs. For a while his bizarre antics like strumming only one guitar-string for an entire concert and slicking back his hair with a fistful of Brylcreem mixed with crushed Mandrax (which, under the harsh stage-lights, made him look like he was decomposing) proved to be an entertaining factor. But when Barrett dived into a drug-induced world and was incapable of even remembering the songs, the band decided to let him go.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Days of Adversity :: IIPM Publication

This thumbs up is a far cry from the doggone years of the new millennium when Zee was battered by both Star and Sony. The launch of successful programs like Kaun Banega Crorepati and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Th i by Star Plus and the novel initiatives by Sony had made life miserable for Zee. Lower TRP ratings had a clear impact even on advertising revenues, which declined steadily between 2002 and 2005. The stock markets also vividly reflected this downturn in the fortunes of Zee and from a high of about Rs.1,600 (when Zee was one of the favourite scrips of alleged scamster Ketan Parekh) in 2000, the company share plummeted to below Rs.70 in 2003. Some analysts even went to the extent of writing off the future of Zee, citing the all too frequent changes in the senior management of Zee during this period as signs of chronic instability and inability to cope with competition. The sceptics of course wrote their obituaries too soon – because Subhash Chandra's Zee seems to be now back in style. Two key additions to Chandra's core team seem to have made a key difference. The first is Pradeep Guha, the former blue eyed boy and marketing wizard of Times of India Group, who has been the CEO of Zee Telefilms for a while now. The other is Subhash Chandra's son Puneet Goenka, who operates as business head of Zee. Insiders as well as industry analysts say that the team of Guha & Goenka has clicked in a big way and is largely responsible for the 'stability' at Zee.

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Source: (Business& Economy), IIPM; Editor: Arindam Chaudhuri