New Delhi: Father of India’s first green revolution and noted agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament.
Swaminathan, 81, till recently the chairman of the national commission on farmers, was credited with engineering the first green revolution to make the country self-sufficient in foodgrain production.
The agriculture scientist also headed the International Rice Research Institute at Manila. He has set up the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai with focus on strengthening information communication system in villages.
He is a recipient of several national and international awards.
TDSAT poser to Trai on Nimbus rates review
New Delhi: Broadcast tribunal telecom disputes settlement and appellate tribunal (TDSAT) on Tuesday asked sector regulator telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) whether it could give a fresh hearing to sports broadcaster Nimbus, which has been seeking a review of the price fixed for its cricket channel.
TDSAT, headed by justice Arun Kumar, directed Trai to give reply by 16 April. During the proceeding, Nimbus contended that Trai had fixed the prices without giving it proper representation.
Nimbus, which bought telecast rights for matches featuring the Indian team from the Board of Control for Cricket in India for $612 million (Rs2631.60 crore), also asked TDSAT to direct Trai to disclose the material based on which it fixed its price.
BSP fields most with criminal charges
Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded the maximum number of candidates with a criminal background, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first and second phases of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, an election monitoring organization has claimed.
While the Samajwadi Party (SP) topped the chart of crorepati (millionaire) candidates in the first phase, arch rival BSP claimed that position in the second, Uttar Pradesh Election Watch (UPEW) said.
Analysing the affidavits filed along with their nominations by the candidates, UPEW claimed that BSP topped the list of candidates with criminal background as 33.33% of them facing such charges followed by BJP (27.03%) and SP (26.5%).
US files two cases against China at WTO
Geneva: The US on Tuesday filed two new complaints against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over copyright policy and restrictions on the sale of American movies, music and books, trade officials said.
The move comes a day after US trade representative Susan Schwab said American companies were losing billions of dollars annually from piracy levels in China that “remain unacceptably high.” The Chinese commerce ministry expressed “strong dissatisfaction” at the US action.
One case contends that Beijing’s lax enforcement of copyright and trademark protections violates WTO rules. The other argues that Beijing has erected WTO-illegal barriers to the sale of US-produced movies, music and books in China.