Swachhagraha: ‘by the children, for the children, of the children’

Dirty water kills 6,000 children every day. Infant and child mortality is the hidden reason why people in developing countries have more children. What is shocking is that diarrhoea kills young children than malaria, AIDS and TB combined.

Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a Swachh Bharat, Aquakraft Projects Pvt Ltd., and iTV Network launched Swachhagraha, an advocacy platform in association with the Children’s Film Society of India on August 15.

“Children are the future of our country and clean drinking water, sanitation, nutrition, health and hygiene are the fundamental rights of every child irrespective of caste, creed, sex, religion, demographic, social or economic strata. Swachhagraha is a platform to aggregate support, donors, partners, volunteers, ideas and innovations to make clean drinking water, safe toilets, adequate nutrition and hygiene across schools in India, thereby enabling a healthy and clean India. We will aggressively advocate the cause of Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat, Sampann Bharat,” said Kartikeya Sharma Founder & Promoter of iTV Network.

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The Great India Run flagged off

The Great India Run, India’s first multi city marathon, is all set to flag off after a ceremony at the Amar Jawan Jyoti from the capital early on Sunday morning.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Khel Ratna Anju Bobby George, ProSportify CMD Kartikeya Sharma and actor Gul Panag were present during the ‘Great India Run’, India’s first multi-city marathon at India Gate in New Delhi on July 17, 2016.

The ‘Great India Run’, which is going to be an annual event and is being organised this year just ahead of the Rio Olympics, is an attempt at inspiring the people of the country to get fit. To propagate this message, the run will also see a five kilometre ‘Fun Run’ at every pit stop (Ghaziabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Silvassa and Mumbai) for beginners to inspire them to take up running as a regular activity in their life.

“The aim of this endeavor is to urge our countrymen to actively focus on their fitness and well-being. Through The Great India Run we also aim to showcase what phenomenal milestones a disciplined runner can achieve,” said Gul Panag.

In an attempt to promote the culture of running in India and to motivate our athletes for the upcoming Rio Olympics, NewsX and ProSportify is organising the ‘The Great India Run’.

The first multi-city ultra marathon will see 12 elite marathoners traversing through six states, 2 Indian landmarks and cover a distance of 1,480 kms from Delhi to Mumbai in 21 days. It’s going to be a world record attempt and we hope that the participant’s will break it.

iTV Network receives the prestigious India Business Roundtable Awards

In a first for an Indian news channel, Kartikeya Sharma, Founder & Promoter, iTV Network, received the prestigious Maryland India Business Roundtable Awards for his network’s contribution to the Indian diaspora.

US representative for Maryland, Elijah Cummings, read out the letter from Barack Obama addressed to Kartikeya Sharma and presented the award.

The occasion was the 10th anniversary of the Indian Business Roundtable where Mr Kartikeya Sharma announced that the iTV Network will be going global and NewsX, India News will be catered to the Indian diaspora through Maryland in the United States.

iTV Network set to pick up stake in Trilogic Digital

iTV Network, which owns and operates six news channels including NewsX in English and India News in Hindi, is set to acquire a significant stake in broadcast management and audiovisual content syndication company Trilogic Digital Media Ltd (TDML).

TDML, which is a listed company, has interests spanning TV and digital media. It manages the complete operations of Hindi general entertainment channel (Sahara One), Hindi movie channel (Filmy), and fashion and lifestyle channel (FTV). The company is planning to launch a Bhojpuri entertainment channel called Phulwaa (next fiscal) and a travel channel in the near future.

Earlier in October, the two companies had entered into a long-term strategic partnership, according to which TDML was to look after the operations, including programming, marketing, distribution, and monetisation, of the soon-to-be-launched regional entertainment channels from iTV Network, apart from Insight.

The TDML board has approved the preferential allotment of 17,300,000 warrants, convertible into equity shares to non-promoters.

TDML has 23,682,600 shares, out of which 38 per cent is with promoters while the remaining 62 per cent is with the public as of 30 September.

Kartikeya Sharma’s iTV Network is also looking at building a non-news TV network in parallel. It has recently launched UHD channel Insight as its India partner and has plans to launch a bouquet of regional entertainment channels, including an Assamese-language general entertainment channel, tentatively named ITV Hi Life and a Haryanvi entertainment channel, likely to be named ITV AND.

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NewsX Presents News Next 2014

The news broadcast ecosystem is one of the most dynamic places to be, with the business of news in a state of continuous evolution. After a comprehensive feedback from the industry, exchange4media presents its annual conference NEWSNEXT 2014 on the business of news. It will provide a platform both to news broadcasters and brand custodians to deliberate issues pertaining to the industry now and moving forward. From contextual issues like the advertising cap regulation by TRAI, FDI recommendations and the digitization progress, there is much to be discussed on the credibility of news itself.


Alok Agrawal – CEO (Zee Media Corporation Limited)

Currently associated with Zee Media Corporation Limited as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Alok Agrawal has been the head of the entity since October 2012. A B.Tech from IIT, Kanpur, MBA from IIM-Bangalore he has also completed an Executive Program on Social Media Marketing from Wharton Business School, Mr. Agrawal comes with career experience across various capacities in Advertising, Marketing & Media.

Mr. Agrawal has been associated with various leadership roles during his 23 years of career, having worked with some of the leading Corporates. He was associated with companies like BlowPlast Ltd., Grey Advertising, Euro RSCG Advertising and Bates 141 and marked his presence with unmatched leadership qualities.

Prior to joining Zee Media Corporation he was associated with Cheil Worldwide, as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for four years, known for his leadership Mr. Agarwal took the company to the pinnacle of success.

At Zee Media Corporation Limited, Mr. Agrawal has been entrusted with the role to take the news channels to new height of success through his able leadership qualities.

Kartikeya Sharma – Founder (iTV Network)

Kartikeya Sharma, is the Founder and Promoter, ITV Network, India’s fastest growing news network, which owns NewsX, India News and four regional news channels in the Hindi heartland. The Network also has in its portfolio ‘Aaj Samaaj’, North India’s fastest-growing Hindi daily and ‘The Sunday Guardian’- India’s finest Sunday newspaper.

Kartikeya Sharma is an Oxford graduate with Masters in Business Administration. He is young, dynamic and a talented entrepreneur whose management style has created new benchmarks in the Indian news Broadcasting Industry. Under his leadership, the two national news channels of ITV Network – NewsX and India News have attained leadership position in a short span of time. His strategic approach towards business and commitment to constantly innovate has been the secret behind the success of ITV network.

Why Google Is Doubling Down On VR Division

More than a year and a half after Google introduced what still looks more like a mockup of a virtual-reality device than a real virtual-reality device, it’s finally getting real on VR. But not for the reason most people seem to think.

Today, Google confirmed that it has created a new virtual-reality group headed by Clay Bavor, a vice president for product management who has headed apps such as Gmail, Docs, and Drive–and Cardboard, the cheapo device that turns a smartphone into a crude but surprisingly effective VR headset.

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The assumption by many observers is that Google is playing catch-up to Facebook’s Oculus, which just released its high-end Rift device, and other VR headsets such as the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR introduced last fall.

But Google is playing a rather different game than Facebook, in particular, and other makers of VR devices. For one, it’s betting that smartphones will be the route to a mass market for virtual reality. (Samsung is also betting on the smartphone, but only its own smartphones, at least for now. If you have an iPhone, or any Android phone besides two Galaxy S 6 models, you’re out of luck.)

Cardboards can be had for less than $10, which makes them not only cheap enough to be impulse purchases, but cheap enough for many companies to give them out free. The New York Times, for instance, gave out 1 million of them to subscribers to jumpstart its move into VR content. As primitive as they look, it has been clear–and now is even clearer to everyone–that Google has been putting serious thought and effort into Cardboard.

Given the Oculus’ high price–$600 plus a capable enough personal computer at a cost of at least $1,000–it will not be a mass consumer device anytime soon. Moore’s Law will change that sometime down the road, but not for at least a year or two, maybe more.

What Google aims to create is a critical mass of users–tens of millions and eventually hundreds of millions–for virtual reality content that will keep its advertising system humming for decades to come. In that sense, it’s not really competing with Oculus, which for the foreseeable future will be mostly for hard-core gamers.

Lenovo and Google partner on first 3D-sensing Project Tango smartphone

Remember Project Tango, Google’s 3D-sensing smartphones and tablets? It looks like the long awaited consumer version of the handset was just made official.

Lenovo is working with Google to make the first consumer version of a smartphone that uses Project Tango technology, the two companies announced Thursday during CES. The handset will be released during the summer of 2016, Lenovo says.

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Project Tango uses a combination of computer vision and motion sensors to create 3D experiences on smartphones and tablets. In addition to the accelerometer, gyroscope and camera that most smartphones are equipped with, Project Tango devices come with additional sensors that enable them to better track depth and motion.

When these sensors are combined with custom computer vision software, the resulting devices are able to create augmented reality experiences that would not be possible with the typical smartphone or tablet. Games, for instance, can be more immersive while other apps allow you to more accurately visualize digital content overlaid onto your surroundings.

A Project Tango app called Car Visualizer, for example, allows you to use a Project Tango tablet as a “window” to view and interact with a virtual car by moving the device around your surroundings.
Of course, as with any new platform, developers must create apps that are customized to take advantage of Project Tango’s capabilities, even though the devices run Android. There are already more than a dozen Project Tango-ready apps in Google Play, since Google began giving developer kits for Project Tango tablets last year. Google and Lenovo are also launching an app incubator for interested developers to encourage the creation of more apps for the platform ahead of the smartphone’s release.

Details of what the device will look like, how much it will cost or exactly when it will go on sale are not yet clear, though Google showed off some design renderings, pictured above, of what the Android-powered device could look like. Lenovo also revealed the handset will be equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor.

Until now, Project Tango, which was first introduced in 2014 by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, has been limited to research projects, prototypes and developer kits. The summer release of the Lenovo smartphone will mark the first time it will make it into consumer hands.