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Rajaratnam to Face a Decade Plus in Prison for Largest Inside Trading

BY CHRIS DOLMETSCH & CULLEN WHEATLEY MANHATTAN (BWB): Raj Rajaratnam began his odyssey through the court system in silence, remaining mute on the day of his insider-trading arrest two years ago. In the end, after choosing not to testify at his trial, he uttered next to nothing as he was sentenced to prison for 11 years. The hedge fund manager’s silence stood in contrast to a government case built on his words -- words secretly recorded by investigators using wiretaps for the first time as part of a federal insider-trading investigation. As prosecutors said during yesterday’s sentencing in Manhattan federal court, the offense was all about talking. “The crime of insider trading is essentially committed through communication,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Reed Brodsky said as U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell imposed sentence. The number of words Rajaratnam uttered yesterday might have been counted on one hand. He said, “Yes,” when Holwell asked whether he had read the probation department’s presentence report, and “No, thank you,” after being asked if he wanted to speak before he was sentenced. His final word was “Yes,” when the judge asked whether he understood his right to appeal. Rajaratnam, 54, must report to federal prison Nov. 28 after being convicted in what prosecutors said is the largest insider- trading case ever. The co-founder of the Galleon Group LLC hedge fund didn’t speak publicly before his trial, take the witness stand during it, or comment afterwards. The only indication of what Rajaratnam was thinking came in a court filing last month, when

prosecutors said he told a probation official he wasn’t “clear” on “the line between permissible ‘detective work’ and impermissible insider trading.” In court, Rajaratnam gave no hint of how he viewed the case against him. His expression remained inscrutable -- he exhibited neither

Nor did the court hear from Rajaratnam’s wife, Asha, who sat in the third row in the gallery and listened as Holwell weighed her husband’s fate. As she left the courthouse, Rajaratnam’s bodyguard stood between her and members of the media. Rajaratnam’s taciturn manner

swayed by the “nonstop” media attention to the case. And four former Securities and Exchange Commission commissioners wrote to the judge detailing why insider trading harms the public markets. Scores of Rajaratnam’s friends, family and associates wrote about his charity, good works and public spiritedness. The last word, however, belonged

to the judge, who rarely if ever voiced his opinions about the case. “Simple justice,” said Holwell, looking down on Rajaratnam from the bench, “requires a lengthy sentence.” The case is U.S. v. Rajaratnam, 09-01184, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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Raj Rajaratnam, 54 year old founder of Galleon was sentenced to prison for 11 years for insider trading that may have helped his company gain or save from $72 million in losses, the goverment estimates. This is one of the largest insider trading cases so far

anger nor excitement, even when the judge handed down a sentence that was less than half of the maximum sought by the government. In a striped blue tie and charcoal suit, Rajaratnam sat still in his seat as Brodsky called his crimes “brazen, pervasive and egregious.” He didn’t react when defense attorney Terence Lynam said the prison term sought by prosecutors was as long as a murderer might get. At most, Rajaratnam swayed slightly as Holwell said he would remain on probation for two years even after leaving prison about a decade from now. Otherwise, the hedge fund manager was motionless. He never expressed remorse or apologized, often part of the usual ritual of sentencing.

inside the courtroom differed from his effusiveness outside of it. Friends testified during his trial that Rajaratnam was a friendly, outgoing man. On wiretaps played in court, he cracked jokes and chuckled. In the hour before sentencing, he sat in the courthouse cafeteria talking with his lawyers, his hands arched beneath his chin as the attorneys leaned forward to hear. While Rajaratnam didn’t say much in court since his arrest Oct. 16, 2009, most other key players in his prosecution did. Brodsky called for a sentence that “sends a clear and unmistakable message to money managers and hedge funds” that insider trading will be punished. Lynam urged Holwell not to be

BEIJING: India is playing with fire by agreeing to explore for oil with Vietnam in the disputed South China Sea, a major Chinese newspaper said, advising the Indian company to reconsider and pull out. India’s state-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp said its overseas investment arm had signed a threeyear deal with PetroVietnam for developing long-term cooperation in the oil sector. The news came as China and Vietnam signed an agreement seeking to contain a dispute over the South China Sea that has stoked tensions between the two Communist-ruled neighbours divided by a history of mistrust. The China Energy News, published by Communist Party said cooperation between India and Vietnam in these seas was a bad idea. “India’s energy strategy is slipping into an extremely dangerous whirlpool,” it said on the front page. Both China and India have huge energy needs, which had led them to compete in some parts of the world and cooperate in others, it said. “But oil companies must have

a bottom line, which is to follow international law and respect the structure of international relations,” the newspaper added. “On the question of cooperation with Vietnam, the bottom line for Indian companies is that they must not enter into the disputed waters of the South China Sea,” it said. “Challenging the core interests of a large, rising country for unknown oil at the bottom of the sea will not only lead to a crushing defeat for the Indian oil company, but will most likely seriously harm India’s whole energy security and interrupt its economic development. “Indian oil company policy makers should consider the interests of their own country, and turn around at the soonest opportunity and leave the South China Sea,” it said. The pact between ONGC Videsh and Vietnam’s oil and gas agency covers new investments and strengthening presence from drilling-to-dispensing in Vietnam, India, and other countries, ONGC said. ONGC Videsh, along with TNKBP and PetroVietnam, has a stake in a gas field in the Nam Con Son basin, off Vietnam’s south coast.


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fected and here too it was the poorer sections which suffered much. The daily wage earners have irrevocably lost their livelihood, but the salaried sections though might lose their pay but eventually they would be getting their salary once the situation is normalized. The ongoing agitation that is now more than a month old has left its scars on almost every section. The power supply is on the verge of total collapse since thermal power station could not get their coal supplies due to strike. Schools and colleges have remained closed. Parents do not mind if their children suffered but all this suffering is being justified in the interest of a larger cause of creation of Telangana. All and sundry seem to be making one or another sacrifice in the hope that they would be better Pro-Telengana agitators on railroad tracks and roads caused the off when the dream of Telangana bepolice to bodily lift and move them. Road transport was almost comes a reality. Their faith and trust paralyzed. Railways managed to run 35 suburban trains in the state is unshakable. However, it is a frightcapital ening prospect when the benefits of sides adopting rigid and stern stances. resume a semblance of rail traffic by the new state would go only to the While supporters of Telangana Joint restoring the Hyderabad-Mumbai politicians and bureaucrats while the Action Committee (T-JAC) resorted Hussainsagar and Hyderabad-Rajkot “man in the street” will bear the cross to “Rail Roko”, the state govern- Express trains since the Wadi station of the new state. Raj Kanwar ment used police force to forcibly had become functional. The railway is a Dehra remove squatters from some of the authorities also managed to run 35 Dun based rail tracks. Yet, the agitators by their suburban trains in the state capital. freelance sheer numbers out-maneuvered the Nine MPs including eight from journalist and police which, had been inducted the ruling Congress were arrested in write columns in large numbers, and were suc- different parts and were charged with on current afcessful in stopping much of the rail obstructing rail traffic under the Railfairs for local traffic. The railway authorities had way Protection Act. TRS president and national earlier cancelled nearly 130 trains K. Chandrasekhar Rao and T-JAC newspapers. and diverted many others as a precau- chairman M. Kodandaram were also He is also tionary measure. The pro-Telangana charged with similar offences. agitators also adopted “sit-in” tacA large number of Telangana resi- the author of the official history of tics in order to stop traffic on roads dents including housewives came ONGC, which is one of the top three but the police also bodily lifted the out on the streets in large numbers in companies in India in terms of market agitators. The road transport too was support of the agitation giving it an capitalization. Kanwar is also associalmost totally paralyzed. As a result, emotional twist. In every agitation, ated with World Oil as its Contributskirmishes were reported from many it is generally the poor who are af- ing Editor for South Asia. BY RAJ KANWAR SECUNDRABAD: The ongoing agitation in Andhra Pradesh for the creation of a separate state of Telangana gained further momentum on Saturday (15th October) with both

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This is the time of the year when you have back to back festivities. Karvachauth, Diwali, Halloween and before you know, it will be the time to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. All of you must be having lots of fun preparing for the Diwali next week. This festival of lights is always fun with new clothes, beautiful decorations, rangoli, fire crackers, friends and family gettogether and lots of good food. In the Diwali special edition, here are 2 easy recipes for you. One is a delicious homemade Saffron Kalakand and the other is a finger licking Dahi Bhalla Chaat. So get ready to host a party this Diwali and entertain your guests with these homemade delicacies. Wishing all of you a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali.

Dahi Bhalla Chaat

Ingredients: 1 cup urad split no-skin dal 4 cups yogurt (whisked well) salt- to taste

red chilli powder- to taste a pinch asafoetida 15-20 raisins tamarind chutney 1/2 tsp of roasted cumin powder 1 tsp mango powder fresh coriander leaves (chopped) fresh mint leaves (chopped) Oil- to deep fry

Method: 1. Wash and soak the urad dal in 3 cups of water overnight. Drain off the excess water the next day. 2. Grind the dal to a smooth paste. Whisk some salt, pinch of asafoetida and raisins in the batter. Now beat the batter using an electric beater for 2-3 minutes. This will

make the batter frothy and light which would result in softer bhalle. 3. Heat sufficient oil in a deep fry pan or kadhai. Keep the flame to medium low. Drop batter in tablespoon-fulls in the oil carefully and fry until light golden. 4. Drain onto absorbent paper. These are called “Bhalla’s”. 5. Now soak warm bhalla’s in cold water for 30-40 minutes. 6. In a bowl, whisk yogurt well with some salt and cumin powder. Keep serving bowl ready. 7. Squeeze bhalla’s to remove excess water out of them and arrange them in the serving bowl. Cover the bhalla completely with salted yogurt. 8. Sprinkle some red chilli powder, mango powder and cumin powder on the top. 9. Then add some tamarind chutney and finish by sprinkling some chopped coriander and mint leaves. Enjoy the finger-licking Dahi Bhalla Chaat!

Kesari Kalakand Ingredients: 2 litre milk (divided equally) 1 tbsp vinegar OR lemon juice 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp cardamom powder few strands of saffron chopped nuts to garnish (pista, almonds) Method: 1. Boil 1 litre milk. As it boils, add the vinegar or lemon juice. 2. Switch off the gas once the chenna (fresh curd cheese) settles down. Sieve through muslin cloth, rinse the chenna under cold running water, press out excess water, take in a plate and press down. 3. Put the remaining milk in a heavy pan and boil to half. 4. Add the prepared chenna and boil till the mixture thickens. Stir continuously so it doesn’t burn. 5. Add the sugar, few strands of saffron and cardamom powder. 6. Continue to cook, stirring all the while till the mixture turns lumpy ( You will notice that all the liquid is evaporated from the sides once its ready) 7.Set in a greased tray and sprinkle chopped nuts and few more strands of saffron on the top.

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when the Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling). The subjects who loved the Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the earthen lamps.

BY EL JAY AREM (Hinduism Guide): Why do we celebrate Diwali? It’s not just the festive mood in the air that makes you happy, or just that it’s a good time to enjoy before the advent of winter. There are 10 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali is a great time to celebrate. And there are good reasons not just for Hindus but also for all others to celebrate this great Festival of Lights. Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday: The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day (amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean (samudra-manthan), hence the association of Diwali with Lakshmi. Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi: On this very day (Diwali day), Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman-avtaara rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali and this is another reason of worshipping Ma

The Victory of Rama: According to the epic ‘Ramayana’, it was the new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana and conquering Lanka. The citizens of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and illuminated it like never before.

Larkshmi on Diwali. Krishna Killed Narakaasur: On the day preceding Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasur and rescued 16,000 women from his captivity. The celebration

of this freedom went on for two days including the Diwali day as a victory festival. The Return of the Pandavas: According to the great epic ‘Mahabharata’, it was ‘Kartik Amavashya’

Coronation of Vikramaditya: One of the greatest Hindu King Vikramaditya was coroneted on the Diwali day, hence Diwali became a historical event as well. Special Day for the Arya Samaj: It was the new moon day of Kartik (Diwali day) when Maharshi Dayananda, one of the greatest re-


formers of Hinduism and the founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana. Special Day for the Jains: Mahavir Tirthankar, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on this day. Special Day for the Sikhs: The third Sikh Guru Amar Das institutionalized Diwali as a Red-Letter Day when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings. In 1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali. In 1619, the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was held by the Mughal Emperor Jahengir, was released from the Gwalior fort along with 52 kings. The Pope’s Diwali Speech: In 1999, Pope John Paul II performed a special Eucharist in an Indian church where the altar was decorated with Diwali lamps, the Pope had a ‘tilak’ marked on his forehead and his speech was sprinkled with references to the festival of light.

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BY KRIPA KRISHNAN (IT): Four design bloggers share their living spaces and Diwali plans with Kripa Krishnan. Get some tips for a stylish festive season. What do Chandan Dubey, a writer based in Mumbai and Priya Iyer, a physician living in California have in common? If you are a netizen clued into the buzzing world of design blogs you may know already. They are the writers of popular web diaries and their musings about all things related to design with devoted followers around the world. When Chandan Dubey, a former journalist, moved back to Maximum City last year after more than a decade in Hong Kong, she decided to translate her “unabashed love of color” into her new home. The writer, photographer and motherof-three charted the process through vibrant photographs posted on ‘Girl About Home’. The blog was born in 2008 while Dubey was a student at Hong Kong Art School and her newly developed interest in photography resulted in an overflowing hard drive and endless hours online. The blog which chronicles her many loves, from Buddha iconography to Burmese lacquer and handwoven baskets, now gets upto 47,000 hits a day. Her home is testament to her myriad influences and her living room, with red, white and charcoal walls, brings it all together. Art deco chairs in polished wood accented with jewel-toned bolsters share space with framed Chinese scrolls and a multi-colour miniature truck and other eyecatching curios. “Setting up home in India, there is no way one can ignore colour which is so ambient, be it Bollywood, a walk down the bazaar or the

shimmering sarees. The colours of my study room are inspired by the color of photographs I took in Tibet,” says Dubey who recently did a series dedicated to her favorite rainbow hues. This festive season, she is planning to run riot with colour. Think mounds of sindoor, strings of marigold and the green mango leaves plus some golden shimmer courtesy her treasured textiles and zari. Tip: Bring a touch of whimsy into your home for the festival. Repaint discarded wooden crates to use them as magazine holders. Use spoons as tealight holders and make an interesting arrangement combining them with fresh flowers. Desi appeal: It was Sundeep Sandhu’s sister who suggested that she start blogging after getting tired of the Toronto native’s long gushing descriptions of her latest decor finds. She started Designwali one and a half years ago and there has been no looking back. Sandhu showcases her pick of contemporary design through her blog, scouring through Etsy shops, web catalogs and design stores to find the perfect mix of modern and traditional. “I lean towards a more clean minimalist look, but am endlessly inspired by all sorts of design, some mid-century modern mixed in with a global aesthetic. The blog is my little showcase of the finer ‘desi’ influences in home decor or interior design. You can call it boho, ethnic, rustic, Indian, South Asian and I want to highlight the best of it in

my blog,” says Sandhu. Her home is an ode to the aesthetic with grey and white walls and subtle accessories. The Indian influence shines through her choice of accoutrements. Tablas picked up from a trip to India are proudly displayed in the living room and brass figurines lend grace to an otherwise ‘mod’ metal and glass

cabinet. Diwali means candles, flowers and sweets for Sandhu who believes that it is the small details that add up to the festive spirit. “A vase full of peonies for a console table or colourful cushions for your upholstered chair can add depth to a space without changing its character,” suggests Sandhu. Tip: Add some sparkle to your home. Mix and match glittery ornaments and shiny crystals to up the glamor. California girl, Priya Iyer, a physician and scientific researcher living in California, began her blog ‘Once Upon A Tea Time’ in

2009 as an online diary “to store memories”. The San Francisco Bay Area resident has since become an influential member of the blogosphere, dishing on all things interior design, from her antique shop finds to styling ideas and posts on designer trends. Her home is an embodiment of her influences, the laidback California vibe mixed with traditional Indian elements. Earthy colours like browns, greens and reds on the walls are accented with bright kilim rugs and mirrorwork cushions. Her home showcases an enviable collection of curios, postcards and artefacts collected from her travels across the US and abroad. “Diwali is the beginning of a long festive season and diyas are central to it. I arrange them in stacks around the house days before the festival to prep for the big day,” says Iyer. Tip: Make a spectacle out of your sweet meats. Create a dessert table laid out with a colorful spread arranged in platters and cake stands. She dispenses advice to corporate honchos by the day and back at home, Bhavna Bhatnagar can be seen typing away at her laptop, helping homesick NRI’s bring a touch of ‘desi’ into their homes with her blog ‘An Indian Summer’. Introducing Indian staples like urlis and bharanis to her international readers, dispensing easy DIY tips, showcasing new design talent, and posting pictures of the interesting nooks and crannies


of her Gurgaon address, she does it all to “help make a house a home across the world”. Her red brick house in a leafy Gurgaon locality is worlds away from the noisy, teeming highway just a few minutes away. The colour palette is dominated by various shades of white; cream walls, diaphanous curtains, a pristine white sofa, all lit by plenty of natural light flowing in from the large windows and the skylight. The setting is perfect for the bursts of color provided by the accessories. Bhatnagar is a lover of art and her walls are mounted with a selection of Mughal miniatures, Madhubani paintings and prints sourced from museums and galleries around the world. But come Diwali, she throws out subtlety and brings in the bling. “I try to incorporate dull gold and bronze when doing up the home for Diwali. I usually take out the heavy embroidered fabrics, from the time of my wedding, which do not get used otherwise, and use them as dining table cover or bedspreads. I also bring out my collection of traditional fabrics and use them as runners and throws,” says Bhatnagar. Tip: It’s not just how you do up your home, but how you celebrate the festival. Burn incense sticks and oils through the day and by the evening, each corner of the home will be fragrant. String jasmine, genda and mango leaves as ‘torans’ across doorways and dress up in traditional clothes. Take a cue from them and dress your home up in some festive finery this season. Bring out the candles and crystals, throw in some flowers, top off with some handpainted diyas and the compliments are sure to flow in.

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What else is done for Diwali? Melas, or fairs, are held in all Indian towns and villages. In the countryside, the mela includes a festive marketplace where farmers bring their produce to sell and clothing vendors have a heyday. Are there customs for the day after Diwali? The following day, families of-

fer special prayers to Lakshmi for a prosperous year. This ritual worship is also directed to Kubera, the celestial being who distributes wealth to mortals. As Hindus pray for comfort and the family’s material wealth, it is believed that things should not be given away or donated on this one day of the year. What are the giant effi gies that


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Houston Spartans Beat Panthers in TCC Fall 2011 T20 Tournament

BY JAGADISH BIRADAR HOUSTON: Spartans won the TCC Fall 2011 Taped Ball Cricket T20 Tournament. Spartans beat Panthers by 6 wickets with 2 overs remaining in a relatively low scoring match. Spartans won the deserving championship in the well fought out tournament that had 14 participant teams. Spartans won the toss and elected

the end of power play, the score was 23/1. Venky G from Spartans removed 3 wickets (Kiran, Srinivas and Swaroop) in one magical over and put Panthers on the back foot. Then on Spartans kept a tight line and kept pressure on Panthers. Good fielding resulted in 3 run outs. Dilip (23), Adarsh(13), Karthik (11) and Bijeesh(14) played sensible cricket to help Panther score 107

The winners, Spartans at the trophy presentation with Niraj Shah

to bowl first on a chilly day. Panthers got off to a quiet start due to a run out and tight bowling by Nattu and Jhaleel. The innings was rebuilt by Kiran (8) and Srinivas (12). At

in 20 overs. Venky G. was the pick of the bowlers with 4/19 supported by Jhaleel(2/17) and Shekar(1/17). Kashif behind the wickets picked 5 catches with excellent display.

Chasing 108 in 20 overs, Spartans lost in form batsman Kashif(2) and opener Krishna in quick time due to an excellent opening spell by bowler Siju. Jeeva(15) with Nattu (2) steadied the innings but both departed by the end of 6th over due to continued good bowling by Siju with support from Srinivas and Vamsee. The score was 28/4 in 6. Venky G. and Arup started rebuilding the innings without taking risks due to which the run rate climbed up. Once settled, Venky G. unleashed some superb shots all around the wicket to score 17 runs in the 9th over. By the end of 10th over, the score was 54/4. The match was still in balance and Panthers desperately needed wickets to come back in the match. Venky G.(49) and Arup (29) counter attacked and runs started flowing freely after a while. They ended up with a match winning unbeaten partnership of 80 runs. Siju (3/29) was the pick of the bowlers supported by Srinivas(1/13). Suraj from Strikers and Sumit from Houston Arrows umpired the match. A w e l l o rg a n i z e d p r i z e distribution ceremony was arranged by TCC. The presentation party had Nanda Kumar president of TCC and HCL, members of TCC EC (Roshan, Krishna and Srinivas) and chief guest was Niraj Shah, an outstanding cricketer from Houston who has represented USA and is a great supporter of TCC. Niraj

Shah was honored with a memento from TCC by Roshan. Jagadish Biradar, organizer for TCC Taped Ball tournament coordinated the presentation ceremony. Nattu, the captain of Spartans was presented with the championship trophy and Adarsh, the captain of Panthers was presented with the runners up trophy. The players of

with 158 runs and 17 wickets. Trophies were also given to the man of the match for Semi Finals and Quarter Finals. Kashif from Spartans and Karthik from Panthers were the recipients of the man of the match for Semi Finals. Dinesh from Gladiators, Kashif from Spartans, Kiran from Panthers and Sandip from ECC were the recipients of the

The Runners up, Panthers with Niraj Shah

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man of the match for Quarter Finals. Raj from Stallions was awarded a special award for scoring 96 runs in one innings. Umpires for the final were presented mementoes. Note: To send local sports news, e-mail us at: indoamerican-news. com Subject Line: Local Sports News or call 713-789-NEWS

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SAB TV Breaks into the ‘Free-to-Air’ Market in New York Metro and Dallas

NEW YORK: Sony Entertainment Network is proud to announce the launch of the first free-to-air 24/7 South Asian television channel in the United States. SAB TV, India’s premier family comedy channel is available on channel 23.4 in USA’ s largest Designated Market Area (DMA) of the New York metro area and channel 44.4 in USA’ s fifth largest DMA of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, with a combined reach of over 10 million households. This initiative makes SAB TV the first free-to-air South Asian channel with the largest reach in North America. Viewers can enjoy SAB TV programs for free within the NYC or DFW area with no monthly subscription or fees. To access this free-to-air channel, viewers in the coverage area will need a low-cost UHF antenna hooked to their television sets that are DTV-capable. UHF antennae are available at most electronic retail stores. SAB TV is India’s only family comedy entertainment channel with a core brand promise of „Asli Mazaa SAB ke Saath Hai’.SAB TV’s current programming line-up includes a host of popular shows such as „Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashmah’, ‘Ammaji Ki Gali’, ‘Chintu Chinky Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story’, ‘Gili Gili Gappa’ and more. This light-hearted fare makes for an enjoyable familyviewing experience. Commenting on the tie-up, Neeraj

of Sony Entertainment Network for the “Free-to-Air” distribution of SAB TV. ‘Edison is committed to being a multicast, multicultural TV station. With top-quality programming, an antenna is the best TV investment a family can make, unless its available through other platforms’ says Deepak Viswanath, Managing Director of Edison Broadcasting. About Sony Entertainment Television Asia: Since its launch on the Indian subcontinent in 1995, Sony Entertainment Television (SET) has enjoyed rapid success, leading to the

From left: Neeraj Arora, Executive VP, Head of International Business, SONY Entertainment Network; Deepak Viswanath, Managing Director, Edison Broadcasting; Dr. Banad Viswanath, Edison Broadcasting; John Perez, VP Sales, MEXICANAL; Jaideep Janakiram, SVP International Business-Head of North America, SONY Entertainment Network with others from

Arora, Executive Vice-President, Head of International Business, said, “SAB TV’s foray into broadcast television in NorthAmerica is a great step forward to reach out to viewers who do not have access to South Asian programming on Satellite and Cable television. We’ll continue these efforts and hope that SAB TV will cross cultural boundaries too.” Jaideep Janakiram, SVP International Business-Head of North America, said, “At Sony Entertain-

ment Television, we continue to lead in ways to make our programming available to the widest audience possible. We want everyone to enjoy the best in entertainment. This free-to-air SAB TV initiative is part of that goal. It’s also a unique opportunity for local advertisers to efficiently reach the South Asian target audience in these markets”.Edison Broadcasting, operators of channel 23 WDVB LD (NYC) and channel 44 KLEG LS (Dallas) are the distribution partners


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