On March 6, nearly 10,000 farmers embarked on a long march from near Nashik to the Maharashtra Assembly in Mumbai. By the time they reached Maximum City on March 12, walking about 25 km a day to cover the 180 kilometres, their numbers, by some estimates, touched 40,000.Men and women of all age groups walked in searing heat — the temperature peaked at 38 degrees Celsius on some days. Some were in their late seventies, and many walked barefoot as they tried to draw attention to their distress in a silent, dignified manner. En route, hey cooked simple meals for themsleves and refilled their bottles with water from tankers. By day, they kept up their spirits with slogans enunciating their rights and the strength of unity. At night, many relaxed with music and singing; some even had the energy to dance. Walking at the crack of dawn, they were off again by 6 a.m. every morning.As they neared Shahapur in Thane district, residents came out in support and provided water and refreshments. As they reached Mumbai’s border on March 10, the long strip of red evoked a poignant response from a city that is usually insular to reral distress. On March 11, , as they reached Vikhroli, residents showered flower petals on them and provided water. A nearby gurdwara cooked poha and served it to the marhcers. For the rest of the way, scores of people chipped in with refreshments at regular intervals.The original plan was to start from Sion on the morning of March 12, Monday, and gherao the Assembly. But that was dropped to avoid disrupting life in the city, particularly when schoolchildren are in the middle of exams. Displaying an empathy rarely seen among protesting groups, the farmers found secret reserves of energy to attain their goal and let the city go about its business. They marched through the night after just a few hours’ rest and assembled peacefully at Azad Maidan before daybreak. In the process, the farmers, with their tired limbs and steely resolves, not only won over Mumbai’s heart but also left the Chief Minister “humbled”. By evening, the government yielded to most of the demands of their long march, and special trains were arranged to take them back to their fields.
A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to journalist Upendra Rai, who was arrested by the CBI last month for allegedly using fake information to gain access to airports across India.Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted bail to Mr. Rai on furnishing a bail bond of ₹5 lakh, with two sureties of a like amount. The judge had last month refused bail to the journalist.The counsel for Mr. Rai submitted that no purpose would be served by keeping him in custody as the court had on May 9 rejected the CBI’s plea seeking further custody of Mr. Rai.The other accused in the case are Air One Aviation Limited, its chief security officer Prasun Roy and unidentified Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) officials.
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Telefónica Digital has chosen Mariner Partners’ Mariner xVu as the exclusive end-to-end monitoring tool for its Global Video Platform (GVP).The GVP offers two types of services: a pay TV service using IPTV or satellite hybrid TV; and a pure OTT service, commercially named Play, which is a video-on-demand service available over a wide range of devices. Both products have been launched in Brazil and will be implemented in European and Latin American countries over the coming years.GVP IPTV services are based on Microsoft Mediaroom middleware and technology provider OTT Networks’ MiB (Media-iBox) technology. Mariner xVu was the first and most widely deployed end-to-end monitoring solution for Mediaroom.“Our objective is to deliver reliable, high-quality video services to a growing number of screens and devices, which requires consistent, end-to-end monitoring across all GVP services,” said Luis Velo, head of media services at Telefónica Digital. “We chose Mariner xVu real-time IP video analytics software based on its unique ability to identify network and content issues affecting multiple consumers, as well as provide in-home and neighborhood status for individual consumers.”Mariner’s IP video monitoring solution, Mariner xVu, harvests data from multiple sources to build a real-time view of the video performance associated with consumer devices, households, neighbourhoods, networks, and content sources. This allows for identification and localisation of issues affecting customers, and provides customer care with valuable, enhanced visibility, according to the company.“Consumers value a superior video quality, and we are seeing a global trend for new service offerings that include internet and mobile video delivered to a diverse array of consumer devices,” said Curtis Howe, President and CEO of Mariner. “Mariner xVu software is in its fourth generation of deployment and is a proven solution for increasing video reliability and customer satisfaction as the network scales. Our consumer-centric monitoring at the edge of the network is efficient at reducing OPEX costs for network and field operations teams as they scale and support more devices.”Mariner xVu and Telefónica Digital are finalists in the TV Connect Industry Awards 2013. Mariner xVu is shortlisted in the category of Best Network Technology for IP TV & OTT TV, while Telefónica Digital is shortlisted for Global Video Service in the Best Multiscreen TV Service category and the Telefónica Global Video Platform in the Best Service Delivery Platform for IPTV & OTT TV category.
Pay streaming giant Netflix expects its US$8 billion content investment in 2018 to result in 700 originals on the service by year-end.Netflix original series, NarcosNetflix CFO David Wells told delegates at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference that 80 of those would be produced outside the US.“Let’s continue to add content,” he said. “It’s working. It’s driving growth.”However, he mentioned marketing spend would also increase, noting: “We used to think every incremental dollar was best spent on content. We [now] think marketing is a multiplier on the content spend.”Netflix’s original shows include Narcos, Orange is the New Black, Dark, The Crown, Bojack Horseman, Stranger Things, Marseille and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and also exclusively distributes movies such as Beasts of No Nation, Mudbound, The Cloverfield Paradox, Okja and Annihilation.In recent months, it has also scooped exclusive production talent such as Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.Wells said there was “no magic line” that demonstrated were content spending should stop.Despite concerns over its increasing debt pile and massive content spend costs, Netflix continues to impress Wall Street with its performance.It scored a record 8.3 million new subscribers in the last quarter and currently has more than 117 million overall.In January, Netflix’s market value exceeded US$100 billion for the first time.