The Aam Aadmi Party’s Goa unit has criticised the BJP-led ruling coalition and the Congress over the proposed all-party delegation to raise the issue of mining ore licenses with central ministers in New Delhi.In a press release issued here AAP leader Siddarth Karapurkar questioned the “nexus” between the ruling and opposition parties in planning the Delhi meeting to urge the Union Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to “find out means and ways so that mining operations in the State were not affected due to Supreme Court order”.The Supreme Court has directed that all mining activities on 87 cancelled leases be stopped from March 15.Mr. Karapurkar called it as yet another case of a friendship between the Congress and BJP and its alliance partners to sell the interests of the State to a few miners. AAP also lamented that the absence of a responsible opposition in the legislature is strikingly visible.The AAP has alleged that a few MLAs of both parties, whose stakes in the mining business is no secret, are grouping together in the name of this all-party delegation to New Delhi.Mr. Karapurkar demanded that the people of Goa must know what dialogue this delegation will have with the Central Ministers and people must also know what are the advantages and disadvantages of such a course for the State.“Mining resource is a wealth of the people,” he asserted and lamented that the all-party delegation, was “surely carrying a brief of a select few who have been enjoying the mining wealth of the State hitherto as payback for the funding they have been receiving for their political careers.”The AAP leader pointed out that while the senior-most Minister in the government, Sudin Dhavlikar, had in justification of their proposed Delhi delegation, said the State faces a loss of ₹3,500 crore and the ban will affect 2 lakh people, he has not spoken of who is going to recover the “loot of the mining wealth as estimated by Justice (retd) M. B. Shah Commission in its report on illegal mining. Why is there no clarity on that?” he asked.
Digital TV and broadband technologies company Pace will preview its multiscreen Whole Home solution at IBC.The platform lets service providers distribute linear pay TV services and on-demand content to connected set-top boxes, tablets, smartphones, games consoles and connected TVs in the home.Pace said the pre-integrated Whole Home hardware and software solution lets pay TV and broadband providers extend their content reach while delivering an experience that engages subscribers with more screens and longer viewing.The Pace Elements software platform includes content protection with Titanium’s Unified Rights Management, Tungsten’s open standards-based device software, Helium’s gateway software that connects and distributes broadband media services around the home, and Cobalt’s Service Delivery Platform for interactive, personal and customisable services.It also uses Oxygen’s customisable user interface and Elements Framework and SDKs so operators can develop apps and services, and is integrated with Pace’s ECO Service Management platform.“Subscribers want TV technology that simply works, is invisible and instant, with an intuitive and consistent user experience across multiple devices. Discovery, playback, pause and resume should be effortless. Operators need technology platforms that are standards-based, flexible and free from vendor lock-in; that can quickly and easily be integrated into existing pay TV head-ends with minimal disruption,” said Pace International president, Shane McCarthy.At IBC Pace said it is also launching an enhanced version of its ECO Service Management platform, designed to optimise and simplify the delivery and management of triple-play and connected home services.It offers support for multi-vendor hardware and software networks, comprising remote configuration, trouble-shooting, device management and customer analytics to reduce opex and capex costs and improve the subscriber experience.Pace will exhibit at IBC at stand B19, Hall 1.