The detainees who were arrested and kept in a Jodhpur prison following the Army operation to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984 will finally get some relief with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh scheduled to hand over compensation money to them today, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday.The Chief Minister will distribute cheques totalling ₹4.5 crore to 40 of the detainees here at a programme in the presence of all members of his Cabinet, the spokesperson said.Capt. Singh had recently written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and also spoken to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on the matter. He had said if the Centre failed to pay its share of the compensation, then the State government will take over that liability too.300 people arrested Around 300 people were arrested and detained in the Jodhpur jail in June 1984 in the wake of Operation Blue Star, and were later released in three batches, between March 1989 and July 1991.Of these, 224 had appealed for compensation in the lower court, alleging wrongful detention and torture but they failed to get any relief from the court in 2011.However, 40 of the them went in appeal to the District and Sessions Court, Amritsar, and were awarded ₹4 lakh each as compensation with 6% interest (from the date of filing of the appeal to payment of compensation) in April last year.Appeal by CentreThe court had held the Union and the State governments jointly liable for payment of the compensation, and although the Punjab government had given an undertaking to the court to pay half the amount, the Centre had moved an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the order, the spokesperson said.Earlier, the Chief Minister had also met the Jodhpur detainees and assured them of his government’s full support.Strong reaction The detainees had been suffering for the past several years for no fault of theirs, the Capt. Singh had said, while pointing out that the Centre’s decision to go in appeal against the compensation award had evoked a strong reaction among the Sikh community and was further likely to lead to a sense of alienation and perceived injustice among the community.
25Jan Rep. Glenn votes to provide tax relief to Michigan families, seniors Categories: Glenn News State Rep. Gary Glenn today voted to approve a package of bills aimed at providing substantial income tax relief for families and seniors.The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens.Glenn, R-Williams Township, voted for the three-bill package that will enable people to keep more of their hard-earned money.“This legislation delivers much-needed tax relief to the hardworking taxpayers in Bay and Midland counties,” Glenn said. “The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $172 per person on state income taxes each year – that’s $688 for a family of four. Raising the personal exemption provides an additional $102 in relief for a family of four.”The legislation, House Bills 5420-5422, will:Ensure Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month, and increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,300 for the 2018 tax year, with gradual increases reaching $4,800 for 2020;Certify taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions; andHelp senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase by providing a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older – or $200 for joint filers.House Bills 5420-5422 now go to the Senate for consideration.###
Categories: VanWoerkom News State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced where he will be available to meet with Muskegon County residents during scheduled coffee hours for the month of June.“I am hard at work making sure we the priorities of my district and its residents are represented at the Capitol,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “If you have anything you want me to advocate for, please join me at one of my upcoming hours and share your thoughts.”Rep. VanWoerkom will be available Monday, June 17 at the following times and locations:7 to 8 a.m. at Toast ‘N Jams, 3462 Henry St. in Norton Shores;8 to 9 a.m. at Ravenna Round Table, 12396 Stafford St. in Ravenna;9:30 to 10 a.m. at Country Charm Coffee & Café, 1558 Newaygo Road in Bailey; and2 to 2:30 p.m. at Blue Lake Township Hall, 1491 Owasippe Road in Twin Lake.Additionally, Rep. VanWoerkom will be available on Friday, June 21, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Gary’s Restaurant, 906 E. Colby St. in Whitehall.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times, but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. VanWoerkom may call his office at (517) 373-3436 or email GregVanWoerkom@house.mi.gov.### 14Jun Rep. VanWoerkom announces June coffee hours
UK-based Oasys Automated Playout Limited is due to launch and showcase its new line of playout software called Chameleon at IBC.The new product consolidates relevant Oasys software into a single configuration for a variety of channel playout requirements, the firm said.Chameleon is designed to adapt to the broadcast workflow environment in which it is deployed so that operating parameters for specific environment are configured to their most efficient use.“Chameleon is the best example yet of the flexibility and value-added strength of our software solution architecture. We believe it is the ideal way to ensure optimal performance and functionality, unique to every facility in which it is installed,” said Fraser Jardine, vice president of global sales at Oasys.Oasys said it will also use IBC to featuring its strategic partnerships with key broadcast vendors such as Loft London Solutions.Oasys will present at IBC on stand 8.B16
Can Netflix’s business plan elevate the company from teenage upstart to dependable adult? Kate Bulkley reports.Eighteen is a difficult age for humans and so, it seems, for at least one media company. Netflix, which came to life in 1997 as a DVD rental company by post and then in 1999 as an SVoD service, made headlines in 2010 when it became the biggest source of internet traffic in primetime in the US.Netflix took the media business by storm. Users loved its ease of use and its inexpensive and flexible pricing and it transitioned easily through its teenage years into a major media player. It picked up programming awards for its original series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards and launched internationally, while its stock price rose almost as fast as its subscriber numbers. Cable pioneer John Malone admitted that companies he invests in were caught out by the super-fast rise of Netflix, which fed on subscribers’ disillusionment with big cable bills.Netflix has recently tweaked its model to achieve CEO Reed Hastings’ ambition of breaking even next year and achieving what he described as “material global profits” in 2017. Some investors on Wall Street even think it could become a US$100 billion (€90 billion) company by market capitalisation.But there are problems afoot. The root of concerns over Netflix in 2015 remains its business model: how can it justify a soaring stock price and a market valuation of nearly US$45 billion – over 255 times earnings – when for the past four quarters Netflix’s cash flow has been negative?Netflix recently dropped large chunks of its library to focus on acquiring original programming. It has also been signing up both cable and telco distribution partners, increasing its footprint as it moves towards its stated goal of being in 60 countries by 2016. It has continued to beat the odds with its growth plan, adding a better than expected 3.28 million new subscribers in the second quarter. In October it will launch in Spain, Portugal and Italy and it aims to add more countries by the end of next year, including China and India. Subscriber numbers stood at a healthy 65 million in Q2.Netflix’s stock has recently plunged – falling by 21% over three days in August – partly on the back of China’s problems and their potential impact on global economic growth, but also because media analysts had already begun questioning a model based on continued growth.While there is plenty of evidence from the US that people want to pay less and cut the cord in favour of a ‘skinny bundle’ from the likes of Netflix and others including Sling TV, naysayers are also looking at how Amazon and other digital players are starting to nip at Netflix’s heels. For example, in Japan Netflix recently announced a partnership with Softbank to distribute its service but Amazon also has a Japanese business and is hungry to compete, including moving into the funding of original programming, emulating the Netflix model. Meanwhile, Netflix has plans to launch in China, but local player Alibaba recently announced that it will launch a similar service there.At the same time, Netflix has said it will not be renewing its licensing deal with Epix, so a major part of its library (including the likes of The Hunger Games and the Transformers series) will move to its competitor Hulu. Original material from stars including Ricky Gervais, Idris Elba and Adam Sandler is great but, as anyone in the TV business knows, not all the new projects with big name talent actually work. Will Ricky Gervais really create more subscribers than Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence?Nor is Amazon standing still. Origination is now on the top of its agenda, most recently with the acquisition of the former Top Gear team Jeremy Clarkson and his chums. Together they will make a new motoring show that could help make Amazon a brand name for middle aged men all over the world.But even more interestingly, Amazon has recently announced a download service – something that even Netflix has shied away from. The multi-layered Amazon is still a long way from challenging Netflix in terms of subscribers (the UK figures alone show this – 4.4 million subscribers for Netflix against 1.2 million for Amazon, according to Ofcom), but Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is not usually the kind of man to play the underdog role for too long.On top of Amazon, Netflix also now has to keep Spotify, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and loads of other high profile web brands in its sights because they are turning more towards video content to attract eyeballs. YouTube is also set to add SVoD channels to its platform, bringing another potentially bruising source of competition to the body of Netflix.All in all, by the time Netflix lights the candles on its 21st birthday cake in three years time, things might look considerably different than it did as a teenager. Nothing stays the same for very long in the media business. Even for Netflix.Kate Bulkley is a broadcaster and writer specialising in media and telecommunications. firstname.lastname@example.org