CM Pema Khandu invites content creators to explore AP, offers single-window clearance

Khandu met members of film, media and entertainment industry in Mumbai on Friday

e4m by Priyaankaa Mathur
Published: Jun 14, 2019 6:58 PM  | 4 min read
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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu met members of film, media and entertainment industry in Mumbai on Friday. During the meeting, he highlighted the state’s rich cultural, religious and scenic diversity that can be explored by content creators across platforms.

The interaction brought out interesting insights on how entertainment platforms can generate exclusive content, be it for film or OTT shows, from Arunanchal's cultural diversity. The Chief Minister promised that his government will help them navigate the processes with ease by providing single-window clearances.

"Last year, PM Narendra Modi, while inaugurating the national film museum in Mumbai, highlighted the need to provide single-window clearance to filmmakers so that they can shoot with ease across Indian states. Taking his thought forward, Arunanchal Pradesh is the first state to initiate single-window clearance to provide all support and help to filmmakers and the entertainment industry," said Khandu.

Giving an overview of the state, Khandu said, "Arunanchal Pradesh is known as the land of rising sun and the healing paradise. Very few people know about Northeastern states. Arunachal is the biggest state in Northeast. It boasts of a vast cultural diversity with 26 major tribes and around 100 sub tribes. The state has the richest biodiversity with around 81 per cent forest coverage. We have around 25 lakh hectares of fertile land, of which, we are using only 3.5 lakh hectares.”

“Over the years, road, air and communication connectivity has drastically improved and now my vision is to leverage this to attract investment in the state. Arunachal has a lot to offer. Its idyllic locations are no less than any European country and we want to build on the strengths that we have to offer,” Khandu elaborated.

Talking about the state’s association with the film industry, Khandu said," Film Koyla was shot here in 1997. Rangoon movie was shot in AP. The film is based on the life story of Jaswant Singh, a soldier who was shot in Arunanchal Pradesh."

"Today media plays a very important role, and with the help of the film industry, we want to showcase the culture, beauty and diversity of Arunanchal Pradesh to the people. This will help tourism and also generate business for us as well as the entertainment industry. So it is a win-win situation for all of us," Khandu added.

Present on the occasion were ace adman Prahlad Kakkar, filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, and music director Anu Malik, who shared their experiences of the support the Arunanchal Pradesh government provided them when they visited the state.

Reminiscing his visit to the state, Imtiaz Ali highlighted the key things that the state offers to filmmakers. "I visited Tawang for a short time, and I think the most important things for me as a filmmaker are people, their cooperation and their will to participate in the process. These factors are more important than the cash rebate or other infrastructural presence of any destination. I see a lot of possibility in Arunanchal since the Chief Minister and his team can give you tailor-made solutions to handle all your requirements. Also, the state offers various good locations, cultural diversity, languages, food and culture. It is such a large state that it has every kind of location. Also, there is a lot of talent in music in the state that is yet to be explored."

Music festivals held in Northeast such as Orange and Ziro can be tapped to showcase the rich folk and tribal music culture of the state. This will connect the mainland listeners and travel enthusiasts to Northeast through radio, TV & OTT, it was said.

Sonam Chombay, Secretary to the Chief Minister, talked about content creation possibilities for OTT platforms. "Arunanchal boasts of very interesting tribal folklore which will be ideal stories for web series on OTT platforms. There are very interesting stories about tribal clashes and survivals, how Buddhism came to Arunanchal Pradesh and its heritage. Writers have written very interesting books in Assamese language which can also be adopted to make shows."

Talking about his experience in Arunanchal Pradesh, Anu Malik said, "I visited Arunanchal Pradesh as a judge of Indian Idol. I was overwhelmed by its scenic beauty, warmth of the people and the talent that it has."

"We are always on a lookout for exotic talents. Arunanchal Pradesh is a state that is about to develop its talent, diversity and beauty. So it's important to take an initiative to explore and promote this exotic state of India and since the CM is here the initiative of single-window clearance has already begun," added Malik.

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Dr Ved Pratap Vaidik's death is a big loss to journalism: Alok Mehta

Mehta, former President Editors Guild Of India, expressed his condolences over the demise of Dr Vaidik whose contributions to Hindi journalism are unmatched

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 14, 2023 3:34 PM   |   1 min read

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Dr Ved Pratap Vaidik, a well-known political analyst and freelance columnist, passed away at the age of 78. Dr Vaidik was associated with the Press Trust of India as the founder-editor of its Hindi news agency "Bhasha."

Padma Shri Alok Mehta, former President Editors Guild Of India, expressed his condolences over the demise of the veteran journalist: "It is very sad to hear about the sudden death of Dr Ved Pratap Vaidik. He was a great journalist and a great writer on national and international affairs. Above all, he was a very kind person who upheld human values and deeply believed in our social values as a country.

He has contributed to Hindi Journalism in a big way and was the President of the Bharatiya Bhasha Sammelan. Despite being entrenched in Hindi, he had no bias for the English Language, and he wrote a book too in English. He has given lectures across continents and had a personal relationship with almost all of our prime ministers despite being a socialist at heart. His death is a big loss to journalism."

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Senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik no more

The political analyst was the Founder-Editor of PTI’s Hindi news agency Bhasha

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 14, 2023 11:58 AM   |   1 min read

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Veteran journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik has passed away. He was 78.

He was a political analyst and freelance columnist. Vaidik was associated with the Press Trust of India as the founder-editor of its Hindi news agency "Bhasha".

He was earlier Editor (views) at Navbharat Times of the Times Group.

Vaidik was currently Chairman of Bhartiya Bhasha Sammelan and the Council for Indian Foreign Policy.

His columns were published in over 200 newspapers.

While doing research on Afghan Foreign Policy, Vaidik enrolled into Columbia University. He has also studied at School of Oriental and African Studies, London and Institute of the Peoples of Asia, Moscow.

An expert on international affairs, Vaidik had rubbed shoulders with various world political leaders and thinkers.

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Dr Praveer Sinha to be part of enba jury panel

Sinha is the CEO & MD of The Tata Power Company Limited

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 14, 2023 8:18 AM   |   2 min read

Praveen Sinha

Dr Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD of The Tata Power Company Limited, India’s largest integrated power company, has joined the exchange4media News Broadcasting Awards (ENBA) jury panel. With a rich experience of nearly 36 years, Dr Sinha has expertise in Power Generation and Distribution sector in India.

Dr Sinha previously served as the CEO & MD of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a Public Private Partnership with the Delhi Government. He is also the Co-Chairman of the CII National Committee on Power as also on various Industry bodies.

Dr Sinha is a qualified Electrical Engineer and has done Master’s in Business Law from National Law University, Bangalore and has also completed his PhD. from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is a visiting Research Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA and is also a distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Canada.

ENBA was formulated by the exchange4media Group in 2008 with the objective of recognizing the best in television news, and to reward industry leaders who are responsible for shaping the future of television broadcasting in India. This year, ENBA is in its 15th edition and the jury will be led by Sunil Arora, a senior bureaucrat and former Election Commissioner of India.

In the last editions, the ENBA jury was led by Harivansh Narayan Singh – Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Dr Kiran Karnik – Former President – Nasscom, Dr Nasim Zaidi - Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, SY Quraishi – Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, N Ram – Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd., Former Editor–in-chief The Hindu and Group Newspapers, Sanjay Gupta – Managing Director – Star India.

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Varanium Cloud to acquire shares from Fastway Transmissions

The acquisition will be worth Rs 2,683 crore

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 4, 2023 6:25 PM   |   1 min read

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Varanium Cloud Ltd. will be acquiring up to 14,53,44,256 equity shares with a face of Rs 10 each from Fastway Transmissions Private Limited. The total purchase consideration will amount to Rs 2,683 crore.

As per the company, the consideration payable shall be discharged by way of consideration in cash, the company's statement said.

The acquisition will be subject to execution of the Share Purchase Agreement and other related definitive documents.

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Devraj Sanyal elevated to Chairman and CEO of Universal Music India & South Asia

He has also taken on the additional role of SVP, Strategy for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa

By exchange4media Staff | Mar 2, 2023 10:11 AM   |   1 min read

Devraj sanyal

Devraj Sanyal has been elevated to Chairman and CEO of Universal Music India & South Asia. Prior to this, Sanyal was the MD & CEO of Universal Music India and South Asia, based in Mumbai. He has also taken on the additional role of SVP strategy for The AMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa).

He has been associated with Universal Music India since 2011. Prior to that, he was Group CEO of Percept Sports & Entertainment, which includes music, events, television & intellectual properties, branded content & entertainment and talent management divisions. Sanyal also co-founded the prominent Asian electronic music festival, Sunburn, with Percept Ltd.

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MLA Ashish Shelar on ENBA jury panel

Shelar is currently serving as the Bhartiya Janata Party Mumbai president

By exchange4media Staff | Feb 27, 2023 2:39 PM   |   1 min read

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Ashish Shelar, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra, joins the ENBA jury panel.

Shelar is currently serving as the Bhartiya Janata Party Mumbai president. An active sports administrator, he has held several prestigious positions like Vice President of the Mumbai Cricket Association and Vice President of the Rajasthan Sports Club.

He has been the Mumbai Secretary for the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The ENBA jury this year will be led by Sunil Arora, a senior bureaucrat, and former Election Commissioner of India.

In the last editions, the ENBA jury was led by Sh. Harivansh Narayan Singh – Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Dr. Kiran Karnik – Former President – Nasscom, Dr. Nasim Zaidi - Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, S.Y. Quraishi – Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, N. Ram – Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd., Former Editor–in-chief The Hindu and Group Newspapers, Sanjay Gupta – Managing Director – Star India.

exchange4media formulated enba in 2008 with the objective of recognizing the best in television news, and to reward industry leaders who are responsible for shaping the future of television broadcasting in India.

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Internet growth declined in India in FY22: TRAI

The Internet subscriber base in FY22 stood at 824.8 million, compared to 825.3 million as on 31 March 2021, says TRAI report

By exchange4media Staff | Feb 24, 2023 8:42 AM   |   2 min read

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India boasts of having the world's second-largest mobile phone market with more than a billion users. Yet, internet growth in the country appears to have declined over the past year. 

According to the latest TRAI annual report, the internet subscriber base, as on 31st March 2022, stood at 824.8 million, compared to 825.3 million as on 31 March 2021. 

This means nearly 0.5 million (5 lakh subscribers) have fallen off the internet between 2021-22, a year which was marked by covid-19 pandemic and lockdown resulting in massive job losses. 

The degrowth was recorded in both broadband and narrowband segments. The narrowband decline was gradual throughout FY22. But in the case of broadband, March 22 quarter was particularly bad as the number of internet subscribers fell from 792 million to 788.2 million.

This degrowth is remarkable especially since India is gearing up to welcome 5G. 

The overall telecom subscriber base registered a decrease of 34.27 million subscribers in this period; from 1201.20 million in FY21 to 1166.93 million in FY22, the TRAI report says. 

The wireless subscriber base, people who access the internet via mobile phone, was 1142.09 million at the end of 31 March, 2022 in comparison to 1180.96 million a year ago, registering a decrease of 38.87 million subscribers during the financial year 2021-22.

Smartphones are the main gateway to go online - and this is where growth is flattening. India Smartphone Market Declined by 10% in 2022 to 144 Million Units, according to the International Data Corporation ’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. This is the lowest figure since 2019, with a 10% decline YoY (year-over-year). 

The last quarter was particularly bad when shipments declined 27% YoY to 30 million units. Steep rise in the cost of mobile phones due to inflation is being blamed for the dwindling demand. 

“The ASP (average selling price) hit a record US$224, rising 18% YoY in 2022. The entry-level segment (sub-US$150) shrank to 46% of the market, down from 54% a year ago. The dearth of new launches in this critical mass segment was a barrier for new smartphone users, thus limiting the overall market’s growth,” Upasana Joshi, Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India, said in a statement. 

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