Viacom 18 bags TV and digital rights for Indian cricket team's home matches
Viacom 18 bags TV and digital rights for Indian cricket team's home matches for five years. Viacom18 won the media rights for all BCCI India matches for a total of ₹5963 crore. It will pay ₹3101 crore for digital rights which is ₹35.23 per match and for TV, it will pay ₹2862 or 32.52 crore per match.
Jay Shah, Secretary, BCCI in a tweet wrote," Congratulations Viacom18 for winning the @BCCI Media Rights for both linear and digital for the next 5 years. India Cricket will continue to grow in both spaces as after @IPL and wplt20 we extend the partnership @BCCI Media Rights as well. Together we will continue to capture the imagination of cricket fans.
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Best 32 inches smart TVs this September 2023 from Samsung
In today's tech-savvy world, we are presented with a plethora of remarkable gadgets, and among them, smart televisions stand out. These cutting-edge devices now come equipped with HD resolution, video streaming capabilities, and AI features, making them more advanced than ever.
In this article, we have compiled a selection of the top rated smart TVs on Amazon that deliver exceptional performance and value for your money, all priced under ₹15,000. If you are on the hunt for a new smart TV, look no further than our list.
TOSHIBA V Series HD Ready Smart Android LED TV 32V35MP
This smart TV is currently priced at ₹12,499 on Amazon. It offers up to 60 Hz of refresh rate, two HDMI ports, two USB ports and supports Dolby audio. Moreover, it runs on Android TV 11 OS and can stream multimedia from OTTs like Netflix, Prime Video and more.
Samsung Wondertainment Series HD Ready LED Smart TV UA32T4340BKXXL
It is up for grabs at ₹14,990. The smart TV from Samsung offers up to 60 Hz of refresh rate and two HDMI ports. Moreover, it runs multimedia from OTTs like Netflix, Prime Video, SonyLiv and more.
LG HD Ready Smart LED TV 32LM563BPTC
This smart TV from LG is currently priced at ₹13,490. It offers up to 60 Hz of refresh rate and two HDMI ports. Moreover, it runs multimedia from OTTs like Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, Zee5 and more.
OnePlus Y Series HD Ready LED Smart Android TV 32Y1
It is up for grabs at ₹12,499. The smart TV from OnePlus offers up to 60 Hz of refresh rate, 20 Watts of audio output along with Dolby audio and two HDMI ports. Moreover, it runs on Android TV9. The television can also run multimedia from OTTs like Netflix, Prime Video, SonyLiv and more.
Redmi Android 11 Series HD Ready Smart LED TV | L32M6-RA/L32M7-RA
This smart TV from Redmi is priced at ₹11,999. It offers up to 60 Hz of refresh rate, 20 Watts of audio output along with Dolby audio and two HDMI ports. Moreover, it runs on Android TV9. The television can also run multimedia from OTTs like Netflix, Prime Video, SonyLiv and more.
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Horrifying Video Shows Car Crashing At Roadside Due to Two Wheeler
Incidents of road rage in India have become a common occurrence. With CCTVs installed at every road, videos and images keep emerging from time to time. Now, a horrifying video which is currently doing rounds on social media shows a car crashing at the roadside due to a two wheeler. How did it happen? We will tell you. The video has been uploaded on Reddit on a SubReddit named ‘CarsIndia.' As soon as the video was uploaded, it gathered attention from netizens.
“Incident due to the mistake of a two wheeler,” read the caption of the scary video. The video begins with showing a normal road setting. Not for too long though! As the video progresses you see a two wheeler entering frame. The driver is trying to cross the road. At the same time, the car enters. Since the two wheeler driver disagrees to budge, the car driver had to suddenly shift sides which clearly did not go well.
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As soon as the car crashes, a big crowd gathers, making sure everyone is fine. Here, have a look at the video:
“When you find shops to the side of the road, always slow down, doesn't matter if its even a highway, there will be some or other activity happening. For us its a highway but for the local people its like a street that they need to cross everyday. I am not defending the 2 wheeler's actions, but just being a realist. We currently don't have the capacity to enforce rules in our massive country, so we need to adapt for the current situation and hope for better in future,” wrote a Reddit user. Another person mentioned, “Always stay in your straight path and brake softly. It doesn't matter if the stupid 2 wheeler turns to flesh on the tarmac. Don't die for their mistake.”
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“I've seen this happening with many, people steer right and left but won't brake hard. Many friends of mine almost died trying to save people on 2 wheelers. Same happened here,” commented another person.
What do you think?
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Best smart TVs under ₹50
In today's tech-savvy world, we are presented with a plethora of remarkable gadgets, and among them, smart televisions stand out. These cutting-edge devices now come equipped with 4K Ultra HD resolution, video streaming capabilities, and AI features, making them more advanced than ever.
In this article, we have compiled a selection of the top rated smart TVs on Amazon that deliver exceptional performance and value for your money, all priced under ₹50,000. If you are on the hunt for a new smart TV, look no further than our list.
LG (55 inches) 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV 55UQ8020PSB
This smart TV from LG is currently priced at ₹49,990. Customers can avail a flat ₹1250 instant discount on OneCard credit card EMI transaction. It features a built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, supports Apple Airplay along with Homekit. The device runs on WebOS 22 with user profiles. It boasts a filmmaker mode, HDR 10 Pro, HLG, game optimizer, ALLM, and HGIG mode. Moreover, it comes with a magic remote with hot keys and supports voice commands. Interestingly, it also supports various OTT platforms such asNetflix, Prime Video, Zee5 and others.
Sony Bravia (43 inches) 4K Ultra HD Smart LED Google TV KD-43X74K
It is currently priced at ₹41,990 on Amazon. Customers can avail a flat ₹2000 instant discount on all banks credit and debit card transactions. It offers 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and X1 4K processor. The television provides 20 Watts sound output and supports Dolby Audio. It features Google TV, voice search, Google Play, and Chromecast.
Moreover, it runs OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and others. Additional features include Apple Airplay, Apple Homekit and Alexa.
Samsung (55 inches) Crystal iSmart 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV UA55CUE60AKLXL
The Samsung Crystal iSmart 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV comes at a price tag of ₹47,990. Customers can avail a flat ₹3000 instant discount on all banks credit and debit card transactions. This smart TV supports Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and other OTT platforms. It features screen mirroring, Tap View, mobile camera support, AI speaker, app casting, Wireless DeX, SmartThings, Smart Hub, and IoT Sensor.
Mi (55 inches) 5X Series 4K Ultra HD LED Smart Android TV L55M6-ES
This smart TV from Mi comes at a price tag of ₹44,999. Customers can avail aflat ₹1250 instant discount on OneCard credit card EMI transaction. It offers Android TV 10, PatchWall 4 with IMDb Integration, kids mode with parental lock, universal search, and 300+ free live channels. Moreover, the television supports streaming platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, YouTube and others.
Nu (65 inch) WebOS Series 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV LED65UWA1 (Black)
It is priced at ₹48,990.IT provides 60 Hz refresh rate and offers 20 Watts audio output. Interestingly, the television supports Dolby Atmos audio. This television comes with Gamma cinema mode, AI voice assistant, and miracast facility.
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Can Mukesh Ambani disrupt India's wind energy sector
Mumbai: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's proposed plan for Reliance Industries' foray into the wind energy space could disrupt the sector in the same way his group did with refineries, petrochemicals, telecom, and retail.
To his credit, Ambani has created the world's largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar, Gujarat, doubling its capacity from 33 MTPA in 2010 to over 72 MTPA now.
Ambani launched the retail business in 2010 and today Reliance Retail Ltd is the largest retailer in India. RIL launched telecom services under the Jio brand in 2016, and it is now the largest telecom operator in India. In 2020, RIL raised a record $20 billion by selling stakes in its digital and retail businesses.
Under Mukesh Ambani, RIL's market capitalization has grown from $5.5 billion in 2002 to over $200 billion now.
With Ambani announcing his mega wind energy plans, the industry could be in for a rapid makeover.
On 28 August, Mukesh Ambani addressed shareholders at his $200 billion RIL group's annual general meeting, stating that RIL's large-scale "carbon-fibre" manufacturing capabilities (used to make wind turbine blades) could place the company in a unique position to reduce the cost of wind turbines.
“We will be partnering with the world's leading technology players in wind equipment manufacturing to deliver most cost-efficient solutions," said the billionaire business tycoon.
Ambani's plan to rope in global firms for wind energy business came as a bit of a surprise because RIL's first priority, according to Ambani, is to deliver a fully integrated, end-to-end Solar PV manufacturing ecosystem, which is something similar to plans of solar-cum-wind energy hybrid renewable power production plans being drawn by Adani Group and other conglomerates in India.
Ambani says RIL will set up one of the largest, most technologically advanced, flexible, and most cost-competitive solar giga factory globally, and will be converting sand into solar PV modules.
"Our Solar giga factory will include manufacturing of PV Modules, Cells, wafers and ingots, polysilicon, and glass at a single location in Jamnagar. We will target to bring the factory on-stream in a phased manner by the end 2025," said Ambani in the AGM, adding that RIL will also pursue cost-effective wind power generation through in-house carbon fibre blade making capacity.
Adani group has already installed a hybrid renewable energy capacity of 8.5GW through solar and wind.
Ambani feels integration of energy storage with wind and solar power generation is critical to providing grid-connected, round-the-clock electricity.
Inside RIL's solar energy plans, a key attempt is the deployment of grid-scale of batteries to convert intermittently captured photons (from the Sun) into electrons and make them available round the clock for RIL's captive requirements, as well as for India's growing energy needs.
"Reliance has a golden chance to enable India to transform itself from a net energy importer to a net energy exporter. Therefore, as I look into the future, I can clearly see Reliance creating substantial wealth for India and for all our shareholders in perpetuity," said Ambani in his AGM speech.
Ambani's statements in RIL's 46th AGM not only indicates that India could be leading from the front in Asia's net-zero journey but also hints that a fierce battle may be in the making in the world of wind energy.
Why is RIL, the country?s most valuable private firm, keen to enter wind energy biz?
India is the world's third-largest carbon emitter, after China and the US. India is also the world's third-largest wind energy producer, catering to both onshore and offshore consumers. The government wants to curb dependence on imports of oil and gas. For this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed to meeting 50% of energy demand through renewable sources and reducing the carbon intensity of the economy by more than 45% by 2030.
According to a 29 June ICICI Securities report, Indian power grid needs more wind in its mix.
Alongside, clean energy transition is a global priority aiming to restrict the average global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, forcing companies across the globe to pace up their multi-billion dollar green energy transition roadmaps and large investment managers to shift their bets on green energy-compliant firms. Asia alone accounts for over 50% of global carbon emissions.
In hindsight, clean energy has emerged as one of the most promising businesses of the future for many global industrial groups, including RIL. With oil prices breaching the $90 per barrel due to prolonged supply cuts from Russia and Saudi Arabia, the migration to renewables such as wind and solar could be faster.
“Towards this, we have made significant progress in developing a manufacturing ecosystem critical to achieving cost-efficient Wind Power generation at giga scale.," said Ambani.
RIL wants to leverage its engineering capabilities, along with its giga-scale manufacturing ecosystem, to accelerate installation of at least 100 GW of renewable energy generation by 2030, said Ambani.
RIL owns a vast land at Jamnagar, Gujarat that may help it integrate capacities at mega-watt scale in the next few quarters.
Billionaire Gautam Adani-led Adani group too has set an ambitious green energy target, entailing investments worth $50 billion. But, RIL sees the enormous business opportunity, which is why it accelerated the journey to achieve Net Carbon Zero by 2035 and has mentioned that the group is ready to double its investment to Rs. 1.5 trillion to establish renewables and green bioenergy business.
“We are well on our way to build the New Energy ecosystem of manufacturing solar, wind…," said Ambani, who is competing with the likes of Tata, Vedanta, Adani group and L&T among others in the race to go green.
Currently, Suzlon is the leader in domestic wind energy space, with a market share of 33% (based on total installations).
However, RIL's entry may change the wind energy landscape altogether, given its financial superiority compared to hundreds of other Indian and global firms.
Currently, India's top wind energy production and services firms include Vestas India with installed capacity of 57 GW across 70 countries; Chennai-based Regen Powertech Pvt. Ltd. which manufactures wind turbines and erect wind energy projects; Suzlon Energy Ltd producing 23 GW in wind energy across 30 countries; Enercon India Pvt. Ltd. (runs under the brand Wind World Ltd.) can produce 28 GW of wind energy and is a part of the top 500 companies of Engineering News Record (ENR).
Then, firms including GE Wind Energy Ltd.(26 GW capacity); Chennai-based Indowind Energy Ltd., Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt. Ltd. , Orient Green Power Ltd. (with capacities in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh), and Noida-based Inox Wind Ltd., are engaged in wind energy business.
Will India?s wind energy journey be smooth?
India's fast economic growth has so far largely been fuelled by coal ‐ the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel, which accounts for over 70% of India's power mix.
Ambani said the next few years are going to be “transformational" for RIL, which will help position India to be a world leader and trendsetter in energy transition.
Even though wind generates power in monsoon and nights when solar generation is low, and higher wind will lead to lower battery storage requirement for a decarbonised grid, growing demand for wind energy will require substantial land and air space.
In 2003, when Minnesota-based DanMar & Associates placed an order for 24 wind turbines first time with an Indian wind energy firm -- Gujarati businessman Tulsi Tanti-led Suzlon Energy Ltd., several Indian business houses were possibly enthused to redraw their diversification roadmaps.
But in 2012, the market was shocked when India's biggest convertible debt default occurred as Suzlon failed to repay $209 million, following reports of orders running dry, top level exits and poor quality of blades – the most expensive component of a wind turbine, whose one rotation covers an area equal to the size of a standard soccer turf and can generate power that is enough for an American home for a day, according to global reports.
“Wind power industry faces size problem as blades get longer than football pitches· The growth in offshore wind turbine size is accelerating," said a 29 August report by Financial Times.
“The 169 wind turbines spinning off the Yorkshire coast are an engineering feat: each eight-megawatt model erected by Danish developer Orsted can power a home for 24 hours with a single rotation of its 81-metre turbine blades," said the FT report.
Dozens of miles north, the FT report said, rival wind farm developer SSE is already upping the ante with its newest turbines, where a single rotation of the 107-metre blade can power a home for two days.
The jump in turbine size in the offshore wind industry, where blades can reach higher than New York's Rockefeller Center and provide electricity for millions of homes, reflects the fierce race for scale over the past decade or more.
As a result, windmills will require larger spaces in the future. There is a possibility that RIL, which has built offshore rigs, will now build mega-windmills offshore as well.
A windmill to generate 1 MW energy costs at least ₹10 crore and it requires more land than any other power generation plant. The upfront cost is high but the production cost is cheaper.
However, wind energy could be the trickiest of all the energy businesses.
Wind's occurrence is beyond human control and given the climate change (like the ongoing El Nino storm) wind's intensity pattern may completely change from one geography to another.
While RIL and Adani group are setting up their wind energy capacities in Gujarat, Suzlon already has an 1100 MW wind park in the Kutch district. Apart from Gujarat, Indian companies have set up windmills in Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Also, windmills are set up typically in the countryside since enough lands are not available in cities. Any growth in wind energy business will need more land acquisition, which has been a decades-old problem in India due to fragmented land ownership, importance of agriculture, farming, and changing political influences that impact land acquisition and habitat. With India's population surpassing 1.4 billion, this may turn out to be a major issue.
In India, wind energy business could be even trickier with most of the windmills located in the top-most earthquake-prone states including Gujarat. Any adverse seismic event in these states, where companies like RIL and Suzlon are betting on the most, could expose the wind energy business to bigger threats that could completely disrupt India's wind energy ambitions.
Source: Live Mint
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Team India nahi Bharat
India announced its ODI World Cup 2023 squad amid reports of the government considering changing the country's name from India to ‘Bharat,’ cricket veteran Virender Sehwag said that now our players are Team Bharat, not Team India. Virender Sehwag even tagged BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and said that our player wears a jersey which has “Bharat".
“Team India nahin #TeamBharat. This World Cup as we cheer for Kohli , Rohit , Bumrah, Jaddu , may we have Bharat in our hearts and the players wear jersey which has “Bharat" @JayShah," Virender Sehwag said on X (formerly Twitter).
Source: Live Mint
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