New Delhi: Joining the pan-India celebrations of Guru Purnima, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) on Tuesday unveiled a statue of sage and theatrologist Bharata Muni who composed the ‘Natya Shastra’, an ancient Sanskrit text on performing arts. The unveiling happened on the Foundation Day of IGNCA’s Kalakosh division, a department dedicated to the rich body of literature surrounding India’s classical arts. The statue was unveiled by Rajya Sabha MP and classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, IGNCA president and senior journalist Ram Bahadur Rai, and National Gallery of Modern Art director-general and sculptor Adwaita Gadanayak. The ‘Natya Shastra’ is the oldest extant literature in the field of dramatic arts. The black-coloured sculpture, conceptualised by classical dancer Padma Subrahmanyam and sculpted by Bengaluru-based artists T.N. Rathna and S. Venkataramana, represents divine forces and the classical arts tradition of India. It can now be seen at the IGNCA’s entrance.
TORONTO — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is indicating that the country’s three dominant wireless carriers may be required to provide their smaller competitors with easier access to their national networks.The CRTC’s message this week comes just days after the Trudeau government signalled it will replace a 2006 policy that puts more emphasis on infrastructure investments than on consumer affordability. The federal telecom regulator says it has officially begun its long-promised review of Canada’s mobile wireless market with the “preliminary view” that there should be more opportunity for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs).Supporters of MVNOs — which pay for wholesale access to networks where they haven’t installed their own facilities — argue prices for wireless services will fall by increasing competition.However, wholesale resellers of wireless and internet services have been at a disadvantage in CRTC decisions because of the emphasis on investments in network facilities and the reliance on “market forces” to determine pricing. The CRTC’s review of the wireless sector — which was already planned to begin this year — apparently begins with the view that smaller operators need some level of guaranteed ability to connect with the bigger networks.The CRTC say it’s seeking public comment about whether MVNOs “should have mandated access to the networks of the national wireless providers (Bell Mobility, Rogers and Telus) until they are able to establish themselves in the market.It’s also looking at whether regulatory measures are needed to facilitate the deployment of 5G wireless networks, which are expected to become the next major advance in telecommunications over the next decade. “While the wireless industry has grown and evolved over the last few years, progress has been slow in certain areas,” CRTC chairman Ian Scott said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon. “We want to ensure that all Canadians benefit from a robust and competitive mobile wireless market that provides a choice of affordable and innovative services.”Scott’s statement follows statements from Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for telecommunications, who said Tuesday that he had begun a months-long process to give the CRTC an new policy directive.“We are ensuring that telecommunications policy will be made through a consumer-first lens to ensure Canadians have access to quality services at more affordable prices,” Bains said.Bains, who has been minister of innovation, science and economic development since the early days of the Trudeau government, continued to hold that portfolio after a mini cabinet shuffle announced Friday.Competition is already one of the CRTC’s long-standing criteria, as are consumer interests and innovation.However, the current policy — established under the Harper Conservative government while Maxime Bernier was the minister responsible for telecommunications — sets a different order of priorities for the CRTC to meet.Under Bernier — who split with the Conservatives last fall and now leads the People’s Party of Canada — the Harper government instructed the CRTC to “rely on market forces to the maximum extent feasible” and to interfere “to the minimum extent necessary” to meet overall objectives.The policy also says the CRTC should ensure “technological and competitive neutrality” when dealing with carrier interconnections and “not to artificially favour either Canadian carriers or resellers.”However, various studies and consumer anecdotes have said Canadians pay significantly higher prices for many telecommunications services compared with consumers in other countries. Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:T)David Paddon, The Canadian Press
“The terrorist threat requires a comprehensive approach if we want to eradicate its root causes rather than be condemned to react to the symptoms,” he said on the fourth day of the 69th annual high-level meeting. “ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is just a part of the problem.“We propose to launch under the auspices of the UN Security Council an in-depth study on the extremist and terrorist threats in all their aspects across the MENA area. The integrated approach implies also that the long-standing conflicts should be examined, primarily between Arab nations and Israel. “The absence of settlement of the Palestinian issue over several decades remains as it is widely recognized one of the main factors of instability in the region that helps the extremists to recruit more and more new Jihadists.”But Mr. Lavrov devoted the lion’s share of his address to rebutting Western charges of Russian aggression in Ukraine, and condemning Western actions in Iraq, Syria and Libya. “The US-led Western alliance that portrays itself as a champion of democracy, rule of law and human rights within individual countries, acts from directly opposite positions in the international arena, rejecting the democratic principle of sovereign equality of states enshrined the UN Charter and trying to decide for everyone what is good or evil,” he declared.He cited the support of the United States and European Union for the “coup d’état” in Ukraine and their justification the “self-proclaimed” Kiev authorities’ suppression by force of the part of the Ukrainian people that rejected the attempts to impose “the anti-constitutional way of life to the entire country.” “It is precisely the aggressive assault on these rights that compelled the population of Crimea to take the destiny in its own hands and make a choice in favour of self-determination,” he said. “This was an absolutely free choice no matter what was invented by those who are responsible in the first place for the internal conflict in Ukraine.”He decried Western support for the Syrian foes of President Bashar al Assad. “The struggle against terrorists in the territory of Syria should be structured in cooperation with the Syrian Government, which clearly stated its readiness to join it,” he added. “We warned against a temptation to make allies with almost anybody who proclaimed himself an enemy of [Syrian president] Assad: be it A1 Qaeda, Jabhat an Nusra and other ‘fellow travellers’ seeking the change of regime, including ISIL, which today is in the focus of our attention.”