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Existing board to stand by EMRI

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The existing board of members of Emergency Management and Research Institute, Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, National Co-ordinator, Lok Satta, Mr. K. Krishnam Raju, Chairman, Suchitra Group, and Prof. Raj Reddy, Carnegie Mellon University, after the resignation of other members including Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as Chairman Emeritus yesterday issued a joint statement saying that they will stand by the cause of EMRI under the current difficult circumstances. Mr. Rajat Gupta, Chairman, ISB Board is out of the country but he continues to be a member of the EMRI board.

The following is the text of the joint statement:

The unfortunate developments in the Satyam Computers have created a difficult situation for the non-profit organisation EMRI which was founded by the family of Sri Ramalinga Raju. In recent days, Dr Abdul Kalam, Chairman Emeritus and five other directors have resigned from the Governing Board of EMRI.

Under the circumstances, the easiest course of action for the remaining members of the Board is to quit as directors, and let events take their own course. All of us are purely honorary members, and we have never accepted any remuneration or sitting fee. We have been giving time to EMRI as a labour of love, and in the belief and knowledge that the pioneering work done by EMRI is vital to provide emergency relief and save lives and limbs. EMRI’s chief contribution to India is to raise awareness and help to establish a nation-wide, safe, reliable high quality emergency relief system that a modern, civilized society deserves and needs.

Therefore, we, the remaining members of the Board have decided to continue to serve on the Board and help EMRI carry out its responsibilities. If the Governments at the union/ state levels feel that the emergency relief can be best provided by taking over EMRI under the laws of the land, we will do everything possible to facilitate such a transition. Meanwhile, we will do everything possible to raise resources to fulfil EMRI’s obligations and continue and expand the excellent work that is being done. We believe that the baby should not be thrown out with the bath water, and the acts of commission or omission of founders of EMRI in other organizations should not undermine public interest in the vital area of emergency relief and management.

We also believe that all financial and operational details of EMRI, including the MOU’s entered into with various state governments should be made public so that people can judge for themselves the work being done. Accordingly, the chief executive has been requested by us to make available all information public, especially every bit of information related to public money received from any agency / state/ union government.

We are also in the process of appointing an independent agency to go into all financial and operational details of EMRI, so that the Board and the public are assured that highest ethical standards are observed in managing the EMRI.

We urge all sections of the public to extend support to the Members of the Governing Board in fulfilling the mission of EMRI undaunted by the problems that have cropped up outside this non-profit organisation.

TIMES NOW dethrones NDTV 24*7 to become the undisputed leader in English News space

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 People want news that has substance and is unbiased. Their preferences are changing and these results show. The old order changes in English news genre. 

TIMES NOW the most watched 24 hour English news channel emerges as the no.1 channel in 2008 according to the audience measurement data released by TAM (Television Audience Measurement). The channel’s news-centric strategy combined with its superior content has contributed towards establishing TIMES NOW as the undisputed leader in English News Channel space in India. In terms of channel viewership share TIMES NOW acquired an average channel share of 28% in comparison to NDTV’s 26% & CNN-IBN 22% for the entire year.

Speaking about the year Mr. Chintamani Rao, CEO TIMES NOW says, “TIMES NOW has made it its mission to be ‘Always with the news’ – whether it’s the big events or it’s the daily news; triumph or tragedy. These numbers tell us that what we do is meaningful to the viewers for whom we work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Since its launch in 2005, TIMES NOW has grown in TV news beyond compare to become the most watched and preferred English news channel:

  • News, relevant to an urban audience, in areas of politics, economics, sports, entertainment in India and across the world has resulted in TIMES NOW becoming a daily habit of viewers across the country to catch their news needs.
  • The focus on news as well as responsible and unbiased reporting and an unparalleled passion for news journalism gives TIMES NOW the clear edge over competition, thus dethroning NDTV, to emerge as the undisputed leader in English news space.

 The New Year will see the channel remain committed to asking tough, incisive and often uncomfortable questions to give the viewer the sharpest perspective on news.

Written by sreelakshmi

31 December, 2008 at 11:02 pm