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  Raj Musix Kannada launches
Posted by: Sathish - 03-06-2009, 07:25 PM - Forum: Television News - Replies (1)

MUMBAI: Raj Musix Kannada – a 24 hour Kannada music channel has been launched by the Raj Television Network on Friday.

The network, which boasts a slew of channels in Chennai, is foraying into Karnataka with this music channel. Raj TV has tied up with MQ Networks Pvt. Ltd., a professionally managed multi media company for exclusively handling the Raj Musix Kannada operations in Karnataka.

MQ Networks, a Bangalore based 360 degree media company, is providing the entire content and management to the Channel. MQ Networks managing director M S Mahesh says, “Raj Musix Kannada will offer an array of refreshingly new programs to the viewers. The content is aimed at the upwardly mobile Kannada youth in the age group of 12 to 24 and will offer them a never before viewed experience.” The channel has roped in Arvind Kumar, former deputy CEO of Zee Telefilms and a media professional with over 25 years experience in Media, Advertising and Marketing as its CEO.

Talking about the group’s plans for Karnataka, Raj Tv managing director Raajhendhran says, “The Kannada market is now maturing and we felt it is the right time to step into this region and replicate our success in Tamil Nadu”. We have tied up with MQ Networks, a Bangalore based professional media company, to handle the entire programming, production and marketing of the channel."

Raj Musix (Kannada) is the third music channel in that language, following SS Music and U2 from the Sun TV Network stable. The music channel, for Raj TV, is based on a low investment and high return model.

Raj Musix will offer to the Kannada viewers, an experience in their own language, on the lines of a VH1 or MTV. “It will not only offer non-stop entertainment to its Viewers but also shares with them an attitude, Poise and the outlook to face today’s world. We are striving to see that urban youth identify with this channel and wear it on their sleeve, like a fashion statement – like its cool to be with Raj Musix,” says Raj Musix CEO Arvind Kumar.

Raj Musix will include phone-in shows, SMS requests and celebrity chat shows. The 24-hour music channel will target the youth as well as music lovers.

MQ Networks executive director Prasanna Vasantha Kumar says, “We have designed shows to suit the moods of our viewers during various times of the day. Escape, Sakkath, Majaa madi, famous, bombart are some of our shows named after the typical lingo of today’s youth and strike an instant cord with them.”

The channel has been on test mode for the last two weeks and is officially being launched on Friday. Raj has tied up with most of the MSOs and operators across the state. Post the launch of Raj Musix, Raj Network will be launching a Kannada News Channel soon and subsequently plans to launch a Kannada a GEC and Kannada movie channel, it is learnt.

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  UTV Spot Boy's next to hit theatres on 3 July
Posted by: Sathish - 03-06-2009, 07:24 PM - Forum: Entertainment - No Replies

MUMBAI: After creating ripples with its cult movie Dev D, UTV Spot Boy is now ready to release its next, Main Aur Mrs Khanna, on 3 July.

Co-produced by Sohail Khan Productions, the film casts Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Sohail Khan in pivotal roles and also marks the foray of debutante Prem Soni into direction.

Says UTV Spot Boy chief operating officer Vikas Behl, "Main Aur Mrs Khanna is a big budget movie that will be distributed by UTV Motion Pictures."

The film revolves around the story of Samir and Raina who have a fairy tale marriage. Samir gets his dream job and they both have a great life until one wrong decision leads to them to part ways.

"Post Main Aur Mrs Khanna, we will be releasing Aage Se Right and Pan Singh Tomar. We have not yet finalised on the release dates yet," Behl adds.

Written and directed by Indrajit Nattoji, Aage Se Right is a contemporary satire about co-incidence and real life humour based in the present day Mumbai. The cast of the film includes Shreyas Talpade, Shiv Pandit, Mahi Gill, Kay Kay Menon, Shruti Seth and Shenaz Treasurywallah.

Pan Singh Tomar, directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, stars Irrfan Khan as the lead protagonist and is based on the life of a soldier named Pan Singh Tomar.

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  Sun Direct launches easy recharge plan
Posted by: Sathish - 03-06-2009, 07:22 PM - Forum: Sun Direct - Replies (3)

MUMBAI: Direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Sun Direct has made it easier to watch uninterrupted entertainment with their easy recharge options for all subscribers.

Currently this service will be applicable to all its existing and new subscribers in South India covering Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka.

The new recharge options are through phone, SMS and online. Subscribers will have the freedom of making the payments from anywhere/ anytime in the country at their own convenience.

Sun Direct COO Tony D'Silva said, "Easy recharge is part of our customer service initiative to bring in superior entertainment experience and ease of service reach and usage to our fast growing customer base. We will be soon taking this service national to enable our subscribers enjoy a hassle free and uninterrupted viewing experience."

Recharge through Phone: Subscribers can now recharge through phone by purchasing a recharge voucher of the desired denomination from a Sun Direct Dealer.

Recharge through Online: Sun direct offers the facility of online recharge, the subscriber has to log on to the sun direct website ( and click on Recharge through Online.

Recharge through SMS: Here a subscriber can avail the services by just sending an SMS.

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  Govt secured items through Mallya: Soni
Posted by: Sathish - 03-06-2009, 04:44 PM - Forum: General News - Replies (1)

Mahatma Gandhi's belongings including a pair of his iconic glasses were auctioned in New York where they were bought by India's liquor and airline baron Vijay Mallya.

He bought them for 1.8 million dollars which is about Rs 9 crore.

India's Union Minister for Culture, Ambika Soni who had earlier said that the Indian government would do all it could to get Gandhi's items back where they belonged in India, addressed the press earlier on Friday, saying that the government had, with the help of Vijay Mallya managed to secure Bapu's legacy.

However, she expressed that it was impossible to have an inventory on Gandhi's belongings.

Ambika Soni also put forth that Gandhi had made Navjivan Trust the sole heir to his belongings.

"We had been trying to stop the auction," she said, adding that all bidders were involved in getting the items back in India.

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  Tata sky is charging for active services as well
Posted by: saurabh_g - 03-06-2009, 03:36 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - No Replies

I have seen on Tata sky website that some of their active services are paid. My question is why active services are paid on tata sky when all other DTH providers are giving it free. lIke in dishtv all the active services are free to all subscribers.

But tata sky is just looting their customers by charging them for active services as well.

Paid Active services;
Active learning
Active Stories
Active wiz Kids
Active Topper
Active Cooking
Active Darshan

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  Tata sky packages are very costly
Posted by: saurabh_g - 03-06-2009, 03:32 PM - Forum: Tata Sky - Replies (1)

Today i have compared the max pack of all the packages of tata sky with other DTH and found one thing that tata sky packages are very costly as compared with other dth.

Like consider their Max pack for North.

Super saver Pack = Rs.275/- (But Don’t have any sports channel, missing all new entertainment channels)

Sports Platinum Pack = Rs. 65/- (Espn, Star Cricket, Star Sports)
Sports Gold Pack = Rs.40/- (Neo channels)
Ten Sports = Rs.20/-
Life style Gold Pack = Rs. 45/-
Education Gold = Rs.30/-

Total Cost = Rs.275/- + Rs.200 = Rs.475/-

That is you have to spend Rs.475 for Accesing all channels and packages on available on tata Sky. and if you are a south customer then Rs.310( South Jumbo) + Rs.200 = Rs.510 for all channels.

That Is too costly Rs.500 per month and still lots of channels ae missing on tata sky platform.

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  Tons of Windows Vista customizations and tweaks!
Posted by: Sathish - 03-06-2009, 02:23 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

You'll find hundreds of tweaks and add-ons to customize Vista to your liking.

I hope you guys like it. Smile

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  Inzamam urges India to help Pakistan
Posted by: Sathish - 03-06-2009, 02:04 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Following is a column written by former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq in the aftermath of the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore:

Professional cricketers have large fan following, particularly in the Indian sub-continent where the game generates so much passion. Yet, we never thought that anybody could try to harm players. On Tuesday, all that changed when the Sri Lankan cricketers came under attack.

When I heard about the attack on television, it was shocking and the first thing that went through my mind was: 'God please dont let any player or official be harmed.'

We are fortunate that no player was seriously injured neither were the ICC match officials or else it would have been catastrophic for Pakistan and its cricket.

My mind initially refused to accept cricketers could be directly targeted because in the last few years playing in Pakistan has always been linked with security issues.

But I guess times have changed for the worse and I feel sorry for the Sri Lankans that they came here when no team was willing to tour Pakistan and this is how we treated them. I spoke to a few on telephone and wished them well but the way they responded and behaved after the attack is exemplary, insisting it was not Pakistan's fault nor did they have any complaints with the people.

They behaved like true ambassadors. A little bit of panic on the part of the Sri Lnakan players or their government could have caused so much more damage to cricket in Pakistan.

Unfortunately, now having read about what Match Referee Chris Broad and umpire Simon Taufel had to say about the attack on returning home, it looks like Pakistan cricket is in for really hard times.

I am no expert to say if a security lapse took place or not. But yes, the fact that the attack was carried out at Liberty roundabout and so close to the stadium stunned me and it also confirmed just how much more vigilant we have to be now against such attacks.

Cricket will never be the same again and the ICC and its member Boards will now have to deal with security issues on the same level as kept for politicians, diplomats and world state heads and most importantly keep in mind that this sort of attack can take place anywhere in the world. It could be Australia, it could be England, India or South Africa.

Just thinking that Pakistan is the most vulnerable as far as security is concerned would be the most foolish thing anyone can do and definitely harm the sport. I just hope and pray we don't see a new trend of sportsmen and women being targeted by terrorists in other countries as well.

For Pakistan cricket, the incident is a big blow and while I don't want to blame anyone but we as a nation need to stand together. If some mistake has been made we need to accept it and ensure it does not happen again.

Pakistan Board would be well advised also to keep on arranging more under-19 and Pakistan A team tours abroad and also try to arrange similar series at home. Because if the ice is to be broken we must get countries to send their second string sides to Pakistan and test our security plan.

It is going to take a long time for other countries to have the confidence to send their teams to Pakistan but it would be a tragedy if only Pakistan was isolated as a international venue because of security issues.

I have no doubt that if security measures are beefed up international cricket can still continue in Pakistan and for this we need the help of our neighboring countries like India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

I have been a bit disappointed by India's reaction to the incident but remember it is humanity that is under threat from these terrorists not just Pakistan. I have not met a single Pakistani who does not condemn the attack on the Sri Lankans. Who does not want peace, who does not want a normal life. In these critical times cricket can only move forward if countries support each other and players show some courage.

Instead of criticising us, India must back us and help our cricket survive because they are the superpowers of world cricket now and have the clout to convince any team to play anywhere they want. We saw that when England agreed to return to India after the unfortunate Mumbai attacks.

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  IPL is on, new schedule to be out soon: Modi
Posted by: Sathish - 03-06-2009, 02:02 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Mumbai: IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on Friday said that a new schedule will be worked out for the second edition of the tournament and that there was no question of hosting it in any foreign country.

Speaking to reporters here after a meeting of the IPL governing council, Modi said, "We are extremely grateful and thankful to Home Minister (P Chidambaram) that security will be provided for IPL matches. We will shortly have a new schedule out. The IPL is on."

Chidambaram had just over an hour ago told reporters in Hyderabad that India was safe enough to host cricket tournaments and that the government will provide security provided the tournament's schedule is re-worked to ensure that they do not overlap with the election dates.

Modi said that as many as 14 cities were available for hosting the matches and the IPL governing council will shortlist eight from this list.

He also rubbished reports that had earlier in the day indicated that the IPL commissioner had decided to move the tournament to another country.

"There have been lots of speculation, please discount those speculations. We are working through the schedule. It is a cumbersome process.

"There will be no matches in the cities on the day they go to polls and there will be no matches on the day of the counting (May 16) at all," he added.

The IPL commissioner also said that the number of days for the tournament will remain the same and that there was no reservation about security.

"There is no reservation about security, we will have a detailed security briefing next week," he said.

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  Govt will extend all help to IPL: Chidambaram
Posted by: Sathish - 03-06-2009, 02:01 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Hyderabad: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said here that the government will try to help the Indian Premier League overcome all issues in holding matches.

The debate over whether the second edition of the IPL could be held along side the general elections have almost reached a crescendo with sources also indicating that the IPL governing council could move the matches to a foreign location.

Chidambaram, however, said that it was the Indian Premier League and "it will be played in India."

Taking questions during a press conference here, Chidambaram said: "I did not say IPL should be postponed.

"IPL and election schedules are overlapping. I don't blame the IPL management at all. They finalised their dates earlier. But once the election commission announced the election dates on Monday, I saw that the election and IPL schedules were completely overlapping."

The Minister said that the "IPL has come up with another schedule now after I asked them to. We will try to help the IPL to the overcome all issues in holding matches."

Chidambaram added that some rescheduling of IPL matches "seems unavoidable", but "the government is ready to help as much as it can".

On the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore on Tuesday, Chidambaram said, "we feel sorry. we condemn it. Even if it was on Pakistan players, we would have condemned it.

"Cricket must be played in India; cricket is always safe in India. We will ensure safety when the matches are played," the Home Minister added.

Chidambaram was on a visit to Hyderabad on Friday as part of his security review of every state ahead of the general elections.

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