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Breaking- Bombay High Court Grants Bail To Ex-BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta In TRP Scam Case

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking- Bombay High Court Grants Bail To Ex-BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta In TRP Scam Case Sharmeen Hakim1 March 2021 10:41 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council(BARC), Partho Dasgupta, in the case registered by the Mumbai police over the alleged manipulation of Target Rating Points(TRPs) of news channels to give undue favours to Republic TV.’The applicant is permitted to execute provisional cash bail of 2Lakhs for a period of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday  granted  bail to Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council(BARC), Partho Dasgupta, in the case registered by the Mumbai police over the alleged manipulation of Target Rating Points(TRPs) of news channels to give undue favours to Republic TV.’The applicant is permitted to execute provisional cash bail of 2Lakhs for a period of 6 weeks’,Justice PD Naik said.Dasgupta was arrested on December 24, 2020 and is currently lodged in Taloja Prison. He was BARC’s CEO between June 2013 to November 2019 and is accused of receiving US $12,000 and Rs. 40 lakh cash from Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, for manipulating TRPs for his channel. He approached the HC after his bail application was rejected by a sessions court, last month. The HC reserved his plea for orders on, February 16. During the bail hearing Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hirey relied heavily on a BARC forensic audit report which names several ex-BARC officials including Dasgupta, WhatApp chats allegedly between him and Goswami, and statements of witnesses. Justice Naik sought to know more about the alleged Pulwama conversation between Goswami and Dasgupta, and if a separate offence had been registered after the revelation of the chat. The prosecutor responded in the negative. Senior Advocate Aabad Ponda, appearing on behalf Dasgupta, vehemently argued that his client’s further detention was not required. He submitted that his client’s paid Rs. 10 crore Income Tax over the last three years to demonstrate he did not need to manipulate TRPs for a pittance. He dismissed the WhatsApp chats to be loose talk. Ponda argued that the alleged offence was triable by a Metropolitan Magistrate Court and every other accused, including BARC COO Romil Ramgharia, were already granted bail. He submitted that according to the audit report, Ramgharia has indulged in actual TRP manipulation whereas he is only accused of turning a blind eye toward it. Ponda closed his arguments citing a WhatsApp chat, from August 20, 2019, where Dasgupta allegedly tells Goswami, he would always stand by the latter as a friend but would not compromise his values. “You have too many enemies. But I will be your friend- whichever role I am in, but not compromise my values. Goodnight,” the chat read. The Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch registered an FIR in the Television Rating Points Scam in October, last year, on a complaint by Hansa Research Group Private Ltd. The police have accused 15 persons in the TRP Scam including Dasgupta, former BARC COO Romil Ramgarhia and Republic Media Network CEO Vikas Khanchandani. The forensic audit report accuses several news channels, including Republic and Aaj Tak of TRP manipulation through ex-BARC’s top executives. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Athlete’s Visit

first_imgIt is always nice when a coach’s former athlete stops by for an unexpected visit.  This has happened twice in the last week for me.  While I was at track practice Pete Schmidt (now living in Mishawaka, Indiana) stopped by.  Pete was a track and cross country runner at Batesville High School in the 70’s.  Pete held the 800 meter and 200 meter record at Batesville until a couple of years ago.A few days later, Dan Weisenbach (now living in Carmel, Indiana) stopped by the house.  Dan was also a track and cross country runner from the same era as Pete.  Dan, at one time, held the 400 meter record at Batesville.  This record has been broken several times since.  Dan is now a financial advisor and has a part-time office in Oldenburg.It was a lot of fun talking with both of them.  It is nice for any coach to see the young men/women they have coached become successful adults with families of their own.  Thank you Dan and Pete for stopping by!last_img read more

Delighted To Be Off And Running: Eoin Morgan

first_imgLondon: Visibly happy after registering an emphatic win in the World Cup opener against South Africa, England skipper Eoin Morgan said he was satisfied with the team’s performance who ensured that the hosts get off to a flying start in the showpiece event.Ben Stokes’ brilliant innings of 89 and excellence in the field, alongside a sterling bowling performance from Jofra Archer, helped England register a 104-run win over Proteas at The Kennington Oval here on Thursday.“Delighted to be off and running in this tournament. It’s more satisfying than normal,” Morgan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.After being put into bat, the hosts rode on half centuries of Stokes, Morgan (57), Joe Root (51) and Jason Roy (54) to put 311/8 in their 50 overs. However, considering the batting line-up and the attacking brand of cricket which England has been playing in the last two-three years, this was a sub-standard total put by Morgan and Co.The England skipper admitted that they weren’t able to execute their plan with the bat due to the tricky nature of the wicket. “We were very good today, the wicket didn’t allow us to execute our plan which is to try and score quite a considerable total, but I thought the maturity and smart cricket we played shows the effort we put in the last two years and the experience as well.”It was some disciplined bowling by the hosts which helped them garner an impressive win as Archer picked three wickets conceding 27 runs from seven overs while Liam Plunkett and Stokes also supported him by bagging a couple of wickets each as the trio dismantled the Proteas middle order.Praising Archer, Morgan said, “It was a slowish pitch and he (Archer) bowled fast and accurate and it’s outstanding. He is taking everything in his stride at the moment and he is improving everyday and that’s very exciting.”Meanwhile, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis admitted that his team was outplayed in all the three departments.Chasing 312, the Proteas were bundled out for 207 runs in just 39.5 overs after their batting line-up suffered a massive collapse as the likes of Du Plessis (5), Aiden Markram (11) and J.P. Duminy (8) were all dismissed cheaply. Quinton de Kock (68) and Rassie van der Dussen (50) put up a fight but their effort went in vain as they failed to get their team over the line.“I think we have been outplayed in all three departments. Basically we were 3 down in 12 overs and I think we were looking for 330-340 but when we took the pace off we thought 300 was par,” said du Plessis.The South Africa skipper expressed confidence in his bowling attack and said they will be a different team with Dale Steyn back in the mix. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Cosmologists Use Natural Selection to Explain Fine-Tuning of the Universe

first_img(Visited 77 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In a mathematical tour de farce, two Oxford evolutionists have applied Darwinian natural selection to the multiverse to try to explain why it looks designed.A press release from the University of Oxford tells how evolutionary theorist Andy Gardner and theoretical physicist Joseph Conlon figured that universes give birth to other universes through black holes.  The ones with the “fittest” parameters of physics get better at it and survive:Cosmological natural selection proposes that, if new universes are born inside black holes, a ‘multiverse’ of many possible universes could be shaped by a process similar to natural selection so that successive generations of universes evolve to become better at making black holes….‘This idea of cosmological natural selection is controversial, and physicists have pointed out all sorts of problems with it. But we were interested in seeing if its basic evolutionary logic actually works,’ said Dr Andy Gardner of Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, lead author of the paper.‘We found that a general equation from evolutionary genetics, Price’s theorem, can help us to model how selection can work not only at the scale of genes and organisms but also at that of something as unimaginably vast as multiple universes,’ said Dr Gardner. ‘Our model uses maths similar to the mathematical theory underlying Darwinian adaptation in biology, which explains how the dynamics of natural selection leads to organisms appearing designed to maximize their fitness.’The Price equation, however, is not universally accepted as a valid description of evolution, dependent as it is on controversial ideas of kin selection and group selection.  Van Veelen and others criticized its use in the Journal of Theoretical Biology last year.  Tutorials at Evolution and Games illustrate how Price’s theorem can produce misleading results.The Oxford team of two admitted that “the evolution of universes is very different from the evolution of animals,” but decided that “models of evolving universes are quite similar to models of bacterial evolution,” so they felt the similar logic made the exercise worthwhile.  Their original paper, published in Complexity, is available online in PDF format.So if models of evolving universes resemble models of biological evolution, what does that say about the latter?Let’s use this paper with all its whiz-bang equations to show how to respond to pseudo-erudite atheists, without being intimidated by their jargon and flawed mathematics.  The idea to master is that if your thesis is illogical, no amount of jargon or math will make it logical.  You don’t have to be able to follow the math of these Oxford scholars to conclude that their ideas are laughably absurd.Suppose, for instance that you want to prove that gnomes are capable of painting birds’ eggs in the middle of the night.  In your paper, you let G stand for the available gnome population, E stand for the egg density per acre, r the effective egg coloration rate and F the gnomic fitness increase derived from the Price equation, assuming the egg-painting activity allows gnomes to produce more offspring.  It doesn’t matter if you can derive F = cov(G1 – G2) + cov(E1 – E2) r –ewT or anything else, even more impressive-looking.  If the assumptions are wrong, the conclusions must also be wrong.Gardner and Conlon’s reasoning (and math) is a house of cards on sand in a whirlwind.  They assumed Darwinism accounts for finely-tuned adaptations in biology, like avian flight, blinding their eyes, as did Francis Crick, who said that “Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved.”  They leapt from that error to assume that evolution can account for fine-tuning in the fundamental constants of physics.  They borrowed Lee Smolin’s controversial notion of “cosmic natural selection,” which they admitted “is only weakly analogous to Darwinian natural selection.”  They further assumed that finely-tuned, life-giving universes can emerge from black holes rather than dissipate in a sea of random particles by Hawking radiation.  They trusted the shaky math of Price’s theorem, which embeds evolutionary assumptions into the terms of its equation just like our example embedded gnomes into its terms.They know exactly what they are doing.  Look at the intellectual hurdles they simply walked around instead of facing:This idea relies on several important assumptions, all of which are controversial. First, it is key to the ideas of Smolin that the endpoint of black-hole formation is actually a new universe, rather than simply a quantum mechanical state that will decay over time and ultimately disappear through Hawking radiation….Second, Smolin suggests that the fundamental constants can change during the formation of new universes, but no physical mechanism is known to account for this. Third, Smolin assumes that the new universe inherits the constants of the previous universe, up to small variations. However, in the context of the multiverse, one should expect not just the constants of the Standard Model to be ambient, but also the gauge group (set of forces) and particle content of the Standard Model to be ambient properties as well. In this case, one would expect far more dramatic changes to the physical laws (e.g., the absence of electromagnetism as a long-range force) than simply a change in numerical constants. These are all substantial caveats (see [16] for an in-depth review). Here, we proceed on the assumption that they are surmountable.With a leap of faith like that, you can simply discount everything they say as foolishness.  Isn’t that exactly what Paul said the wise of this world do when facing clear evidence for design?  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.  These two fallible men know fully well how designed the universe is:The precise numerical values of these constants determine much of the physics of our universe and pose a double conundrum for physicists and philosophers. First, the values have a high degree of arbitrariness: they are dimensionless parameters that range over eight orders of magnitude, for no known reason. Second, it is generally acknowledged that even rather small modifications to some of these values would lead to universes that are vastly less complex than our own….No known reason?  Here you witnessed a willful escape from reason.  Because they stubbornly refuse to consider actual design by a designing intelligence, they would rather leap into absurdity, using their God-given talents for abstract reasoning to manipulate numbers that exclude the obvious out of existence in a fantasy multiverse of their own imagination. It’s just what Paul said: “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:19-21).  Futile thinking implies the self-refuting fallacy.  By thinking their own reason emerged from a mindless cosmos, Gardner and Conlon just undermined its validity.  Such thinking deserves pity, not funding from the Royal Society, whose founders believed design came from the Designer about whom Paul wrote.  Today’s members honor fools by publishing their folly.last_img read more

ArcelorMittal SA to buy Canadian miner

first_img9 November 2010The board of directors of Canada’s Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation has approved ArcelorMittal SA’s all-cash offer to take over the company, ArcelorMittal South Africa said on Monday.Baffinland is a Canadian junior mining company focused on the exploration and development of the iron ore deposits located on its 100 percent-owned Mary River property.The property has 365-million tonnes of proven and probable reserves grading 64.7 percent iron and 500-million tonnes of additional resources (52-million tonnes of measured and indicated resource grading 64.6 percent iron, and 448-million tonnes of inferred resource grading 65.5 percent iron), as reported by Baffinland.ArcelorMittal SA has offered to acquire all of Baffinland’s issued and outstanding common shares, and all outstanding common share purchase warrants governed by the warrant indenture dated 31 January 2007 by way of a take-over bid, it said in a statement.Under the offer, holders of common shares would receive CAN$1.10 in cash per share, and holders of 2007 warrants would receive CAN$0.10 in cash per 2007 warrant.The offer, which valued Baffinland’s equity at CAN$433-million on a fully-diluted basis, represented a premium of 15.8 percent to Baffinland’s closing share price of CAN$0.95 on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on 5 November 2010.“The board of directors of Baffinland has approved the offer and unanimously recommends that Baffinland’s shareholders and the holders of 2007 warrants tender their common shares and 2007 warrants to the offer,” ArcelorMittal SA said.In addition, each of the directors and officers of Baffinland had agreed to tender all common shares and 2007 warrants held by them to the offer pursuant to lock-up agreements with ArcelorMittal.Baffinland’s largest shareholder, Resource Capital Funds, had also entered into a lock-up agreement with ArcelorMittal pursuant to which it had agreed to tender all of its common shares and 2007 warrants, representing approximately 23 percent of the outstanding common shares, to the offer, ArcelorMittal said.Sapalast_img read more

New Assembly building for Jharkhand

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate Jharkhand’s own Assembly building at Ranchi on September 12. It is being dubbed as India’s first paperless Assembly.“Jharkhand will have its own Assembly building 19 years after its formation. The credit of having India’s first paperless State Legislative Assembly building goes to Jharkhand,” Chief Minister Raghubar Das said at Ranchi on Tuesday.Built at a cost of ₹465 crore, the Assembly has 57,220 square metres of built-up area. The 37-metre-tall dome has been the highlight of the spectacular edifice.The building, which has come up on 39 acres of land, reflects rich tribal culture of Jharkhand.last_img read more

It can’t get bigger than this: Dhoni

first_imgAn emotional Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said it could not get bigger for his side to bag their second title of the year by winning the Champions League Twenty20 title.Dhoni heaped praised on his team-mates for playing as a cohesive unit to bag their second title in five months after winning the Indian Premier League in April.”It is a big moment. We are playing for the last time as a unit. We know some players will no longer be with us after the IPL auction. It is an emotional moment,” he said after his side scored an easy eight-wicket win over Warriors in the lopsided grand finale at the New Wanderers Stadium.”It can’t get better, winning the IPL and now the Champions League Twenty20,” he said.He also gave credit to the team’s success this season to coach Stephen Fleming and the “fantastic” foreigners.”Fleming took over as coach and we wanted to create an atmosphere that was good for the younger players. The senior players have really done a good job. We had some fantastic foreign players like Mike Hussey and Matthew Hayden who had really helped out the youngsters,” Dhoni said.”I am really happy with the performance in the knockout stages. The bowlers had done really well. The pacers have done well but we had banked more on the spinners throughout the tournament. The line that Ravichandran Ashwin bowled with Muttiah Muralitharan was crucial. Laxmipathy Balaji was also very good,” he added.advertisementHe said his side had faced some fitness issues initially but overcame them to win the tournament.The start of the tournament, a few of the players were infected with flu. But we overcame that and lifted the trophy.It was really satisfying,” said Dhoni.”The environment has been superb. We got a lot of support in Durban. It was 50-50 support for both sides here,” he said.Warriors captain Davy Jacobs said his side was disappointed to have lost in the final but admitted that Chennai deserved to win.”We are disappointed but Chennai deserved to win. They beat us twice in the competition and they deserve to win it,” he said.”We got off to a good start but their spinners tied us down. We lost wickets and some momentum and never recovered from there. We couldn’t get over the line but we’re happy to have been in the final,” he added. .Man of the Series, Ravichandran Ashwin, who took 13 wickets from six matches, said CSK’s loss to Victoria in the Super Over he bowled spurred him to play better instead of getting bogged down.”Nothing more special than finishing the tournament with a victory. The match I played (against Warriors in last group match) after that Super Over defeat (against Victoria) was the best of my life this far. I had three days after the Super Over loss and I bounced back,” he said.”Always bowling with Muttiah Muralitharan gives you an edge because the batsmen go after you and that gives you a chance to pick wickets.”Man of the Match, Vijay said he was satisfied with his batting in the tournament as he became the tournament highest run getter with 294 from six matches.”I’ve been working hard, and it’s a great tournament to be part of. It’s an amazing crowd here today and I’d like to thank them for their support,” he said.”After we limited them (Warriors) to 120-odd, we just wanted to go out there and play our natural game. The pitch was a bit on the slower side. Hussey and I just tried to play naturally and did it.”last_img read more

How Last Weeks Internet Slowdown Proves How the Internet of Things Industry

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 6 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag October 26, 2016 This past weekend, the U.S. Internet slowed to a crawl thanks to a distributed denial of service attack, or DDOS. It was an interesting attack for two reasons. First, the attackers — whoever they are — did not flood a single website with junk requests, as is the usual MO for DDOS attacks. Instead, they went after DNS provider Dyn, which caused numerous websites to slow to a crawl or cease operations entirely. Warnings about the over-centralization of DNS infrastructure suddenly became very interesting.The second, and more important point, is that a sizable chunk of the devices involved in the DDoS attack were so-called smart Internet of Things devices. Usually, attackers spread malware through computers that will then follow the attacker’s command and simultaneously request information from websites until the site buckles under the load. But this time, the shambling digital zombie hoard included security cameras and wireless routers.The teapot did itAt the heart of the attack was Mirai, which is not a particularly exotic piece of malware. It scans for devices connected to the web for what appear to be Linux-powered IoT devices, apparently favoring security cameras and home routers from Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology. It then looks up the default passcode on a table and logs in. Once inside, it hands over control of the device to a central command and control server.While this attack was shocking in what it accomplished, it’s unfortunately nothing we didn’t see coming. At the Black Hat conference in 2013, Craig Heffner demonstrated the ability to easily take over network connected security cameras. His demonstration included big-name companies you’d recognize, including D-Link, Linksys, Cisco, IQInvision and 3SVision. When asked what devices were vulnerable to attack, he said he hadn’t found a brand that couldn’t be controlled.For his demo, Heffner tricked the camera into displaying a looping video, like in a heist movie. But the actual substance of his talk was far more dire. IoT devices like security cameras, tea kettles, fridges and yes, even wireless routers are just tiny computers connected to the internet. If attackers want to target a person or a company specifically, he said, they can attack these poorly defended devices and use them as a beach head to explore the rest of the victim’s network. And because they are tiny computers, they can conceivably be coaxed into executing whatever code the attacker desires.Think of it this way: you can buy the strongest doors with the best unpickable locks to protect your house, but a thief can still break in through the windows.IoT is differentIn the security industry, we like to blame people, not computers. If people had been more alert, they might have caught the Heartbleed bug before it was even introduced. A popular saying is that the biggest point of failure in any security system is between the computer and the chair. Case in point: the hack of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s Gmail account — which introduced us to his risotto recipe, among other things — apparently began with a phishing scam.But in the case of IoT security, consumers cannot be held accountable in the same way. As a car owner, for example, you are required to use caution while driving and provide reasonable maintenance. The car company, in turn, is required to provide you a product that will not actually kill you.As our society changed, so did the expectations of consumers. Consumer advocates point out that some cars were “unsafe at any speed.” And like an evolving creature, cars sprouted new appendages: seat belts, airbags and less obvious features like crumple zones and specially engineered materials designed to keep consumers reasonably safe in a changing world.The same is true for consumer technology. The proliferation of malicious software, and the dangers presented to any device that merely connects to the internet, have pushed manufacturers to take a more active role in protecting consumers. Windows, for example, now ships with antivirus installed and maintained by Microsoft. The company also issues patches on a regular basis, because the challenges facing consumers are too complex for them to deal with on their own.When smartphones began to take off, manufacturers and developers learned from the trials of the PC years. While mobile security has had some bumps along the way, it’s been a cakewalk compared to the history of the PC. We haven’t had that kind of widespread infection on smartphones that we saw with Conficker, and hopefully we never will.The history of IoT charted a different course, perhaps one that used a goldfish as a navigator. Instead of controlling access to the device, and employing best practices learned from connecting billions of computers and phones over the course of decades, manufacturers rushed cheap products to market. Ones that were designed, in some cases, to never be serviced, upgraded or patched. And even if problems could be addressed, it is, arguably, not reasonable to expect individuals to treat labor-saving devices the same way they do computers. The vast majority of consumers assume, and rightly so, that if a device does not have a screen or some kind of input method, it is not intended to be serviced by them.This didn’t have to happenThe most frustrating part of the recent DDoS attack is that IoT manufacturers only needed to look at 30 years of consumer technology to see the proverbial writing on the wall. And if they couldn’t do that, they could have heeded the warnings spouted by security researchers (corporate and hobbyist hacker alike). These people have told anyone who would listen how putting billions more devices on the internet without careful consideration of how they will be used is a bad idea. In 2014, Dan Geer opened the Black Hat conference by saying that the IoT is already upon us and could lead to trouble.Despite my best efforts to remain cynical, IoT feels inevitable and compelling. Sci-fi has promised us talking computers and futuristic appliances for decades, and maybe that’s why the prediction by Gartner that there will be 6.4 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020 sound feasible. These devices are already in our homes: streaming boxes, gaming consoles, wireless routers. In the eyes of attackers and automated attacks, these are just more IP addresses to exploit.As we hurtle towards the holidays and lurch forward into a new generation of IoT devices, let’s put security that is designed to be understood by users at the forefront. If by 2020 the best advice I still have to offer people is to disconnect their smart devices, then this industry does not deserve its reputation for innovation or even intelligence. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more