New Delhi: A special court here Monday ordered framing of charges against industrialist Naveen Jindal and four others in a coal scam case. Special judge Bharat Parashar ordered framing of charges under sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code against Jindal and the others. Besides Jindal, the charges have been framed against Jindal Steel and Power Limited’s former director Sushil Maroo, former deputy managing director Anand Goyal, chief executive officer Vikrant Gujral and the company’s authorised signatory D N Abrol. The court was hearing a matter pertaining to the allocation of the Urtan North coal block in Madhya Pradesh. It has now put up the matter for July 25 for formally framing the charges against the accused.
21 May 2007Voicing hope that the ceasefire reached by Palestinian factions operating in the Gaza Strip will hold after a week of deadly clashes, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all sides to abide by its terms and urged the Palestinian Authority to “take the necessary steps to restore law and order.” In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban thanked Egypt for its work in brokering the ceasefire, which took effect on Saturday after a week of fighting in which dozens of people have been killed in Gaza.The statement noted that Mr. Ban is deeply concerned about recent Palestinian rocket attacks targeting Israeli civilians, calling them “completely unacceptable” and a violation of international law.“The Secretary-General is also deeply concerned by the mounting number of civilian casualties from Israeli military operations, especially the targeted attack on the home of a Hamas legislator in Gaza, which killed six members of one family,” the statement added.“While recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself, he calls on Israel to abide by international law and to ensure that its actions do not target civilians or put them at undue risk.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes.It’s a digital format that packs nearly seven times the data found on CDs, touted as producing crystal-clear sounds with a sharpness that’ll blow consumers away. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that’s the high end of what’s known as “high-resolution” audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music compressed into formats like MP3s or Apple’s AAC.But some recording-technology experts say this super high-res format — known by its 192 kHz, 24-bit technical specs — is pricy digital overkill, an oversized “bit bucket” that contains sounds only dogs or dolphins can truly enjoy.Some cynics say the push to high-res audio is just another attempt to get consumers to rebuy music they already own.Marc de Oliveira did just that in February when he bought Bob Dylan’s latest album, “Shadows In The Night” from the Young-backed PonoMusic store. Already having bought the CD from a physical record store, the Copenhagen-based 49-year-old IT consultant splurged on a 24-bit version, hoping to feel more present in the room where Dylan recorded.Instead, he stumbled on a blog that analyzed the file and found no more than 16 of the 24 bits were used, the same as on the CD. After months of de Oliveira trying to get a refund, Pono’s Vice-President of Content Acquisition Bruce Botnick replied to his posts saying that Dylan himself liked sample CDs cut in the studio. Engineers mastered the album from those discs, forever locking this particular release at the lower specs.Still, that hasn’t changed what Pono is charging for the file, $17.99, versus the physical CD, which costs $9.70 on Amazon.“They should have probably been more active about not accepting that as a real 24-bit file,” de Oliveira said.More than 90 per cent of the PonoMusic store is represented essentially by digital copies, or rips, of CDs, Botnick acknowledged to The Associated Press in an interview at his Ojai, California-based studio. To be fair, they’re labeled as such. And those files are still in a higher category than AAC files or MP3s, which eliminate some sounds in the compression process.But of the other albums on PonoMusic labeled higher-than-CD quality, Botnick says about 70 to 75 per cent “we know are real,” meaning they’ve researched the recording history to verify the file has more information than just a CD rip or has some other quirk in the original recording justifying a mixed or lower resolution.He said efforts are being made to further assure consumers of the “provenance,” or origins of recordings, and how they got to be labeled high-resolution.“It’s a real fact-finding job” and “it’s going to take some time” to handle the thousands of albums in question, he said. Until then, it’s a case of “buyer beware,” he said.And while audiophiles may be aware of the rarified, often hard-to-detect benefits of the high-resolution files, average music lovers can easily over-value the claims made by backers, according to Mark Waldrep, a recording engineer, college professor and writer of the “Real HD-Audio” blog.Studios are re-releasing older recordings in giant data containers that are sometimes barely merited, he says.That conclusion was reinforced when he analyzed high-res Warner Music re-releases of Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want” from the 1971 album “Blue” and “Ain’t No Way” from Aretha Franklin’s 1968 album “Lady Soul,” which The Associated Press bought from the PonoMusic store.“You’re buying a container that’s really 50-60 or even 70 per cent zeroes. It’s all empty information,” he said. “The frequencies you’re buying up here are either all zeroes, or hiss, which contributes nothing to the enjoyment of the music, unless you’re into hiss.”And very few, if any new albums, are being made in the super-high resolution specs that Pono is touting.Giles Martin, the Grammy-winning producer of the “Love” soundtrack for The Beatles-Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, says the highest fidelity he records at is 96 kHz, 24 bits, after which there’s no benefit in boosting the playback specs. “You can’t upscale audio,” he says. “There’s a compromise in having huge high-res files that don’t sound any different than other ones.”From the record labels’ point of view, part of the re-mastering process is simply to preserve aging analog tapes at the highest practical digital format.George Lydecker, a vice-president of engineering and archiving at Warner Music, says a CD-specification release of Franklin’s “Lady Soul” wouldn’t have been as accurate a reproduction partly because placing a necessary filter at the lower frequency required by CDs creates some distortion. Instead, the 192 kHz, 24-bit file that was released “is like standing in the studio live and hearing Aretha belt it out.”The album goes for $17.99 on the PonoMusic store. A CD can be had for $4.99 on Amazon.While not all people will be able to hear a difference, some will.“For the first time, you can get the file (that was) approved by the mastering engineer in the studio,” says Jim Belcher, Universal Music’s vice-president of technology and production. “And for a lot of people that doesn’t make sense. For a segment of the market that really cares about audio quality, they want that.”And that’s the other thing. Even with a $400 PonoPlayer or some other high-end playback device like a Sony Hi-Res Walkman or Astell and Kern AK100II, or even the latest smartphones from Samsung and Apple, audiophiles who want to hear the true benefits of high-resolution audio should also have headphones or speakers capable of playing back those high frequencies that only few humans can hear. In some cases, that could require a headphone amplifier.John Siau, director of engineering at high-end equipment maker Benchmark Audio, argues that consumers are fooling themselves if they believe they can appreciate high-res audio without the proper high-end equipment.“There’s no point in having high-resolution playback formats if your playback equipment can’t even match CD quality,” he says. Sounds behave differently: Benefits of ultra ‘high-res’ audio can be hard to make out FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, Musician Neil Young speaks during a session at the International CES, in Las Vegas. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that’s the high end of what’s known as “high-resolution” audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music compressed into formats like MP3s or Apple’s AAC. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2015 8:46 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2015 at 9:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Reading Town Hall, where the inquest took place Credit:INS Picture Desk/INS News Agency Ltd Miss Adams said he was worried that his girlfriend was going to leave him but would not speak about the failing relationship as he claimed this made him prone to panic attacks and suicidal thoughts.Michelle Mbayiwa who conducted a review into the mental health trust’s conduct after George’s death, said that the 18-year-old was still waiting for his appointment with a counsellor when he died.She said that four to six weeks waiting time was normal for a patient deemed by psychiatrists as at “moderate risk”, but believed this assessment should have been upgraded when George told of his previous suicide attempts.George’s line manager, Simon Wright, who admitted to playing a number of pranks on George, told the inquest: “I was in the workshop when a prank was played on George and he was set on fire.”It did not go too far. We knew where to draw the line,” he said.”It was not bullying.”He said that several of the things he had done to George, such as locking him in the boot of a car and hosing him down with a pressure cleaner, were things most of the apprentices were subjected to and that they would always be laughing at the end.The dealership’s manager, Terry Kindeleit, giving evidence at the inquest, told the coroner that some of the pranks were “in response to George’s behaviour such as being cheeky or lippy”, but added that his personal makeup would not allow him to turn a blind eye to anything inappropriate. She said that in the final months of his life, the verbal abuse from his colleagues had cut much deeper than his physical injuries and she told the inquest in Reading, Berkshire, that he had arrived at work one morning and was greeted by his boss who said: “Oh, so you are alive after all”.As his mental illness became known around his workplace, his mother said comments such as “take your happy pills George, you’re going to need them” became a regular occurrence.When George complained to his boss about the abuse, she said the man had replied: “Those naughty boys, I have told them about this.” The Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford was told that no action was taken after George reported the problem and he had later told his mother that his boss had seen him the day he got locked in the cage and had reacted by laughing and walking away.On top of everything else, Mrs Cheese said that George had been going through a rough time with his girlfriend, Chloe Skidmore-Lewis, who he had been dating on and off for almost two years.George had enlisted to become an Army mechanic in February 2014 but had to quit when he suffered stress fractures to both legs and applied for the job at the Audi dealership in the hope that he could still follow his dream.In a statement read by coroner, service manager Julie Adams of the Reading mental health team said that during a call following his first overdose, George had told her his employers “could really take it too far sometimes”, to the point when it “actually got a bit dangerous.” “I made it clear that George was important to the value of the dealership,” he saidMr Kindeleit told the coroner that when George’s parents had approached him to talk about the abuse, George had been sitting in a corner of the room with his head down and had later told him that he did not wish to make a formal complaint.Based on this, Mr Kindeleit said he had concluded that George was making it up and said he would not have been surprised if the story was completely fabricated by the “troubled individual.”However, Mr Kindeleit did not deny that he had witnessed George being locked in a cage and set on fire and had reacted by laughing and walking away, but he could not recall telling George’s parents about this at the meeting.After George’s death, the manager said they had worked hard to prevent future Audi apprentices from having a similar experience at their garage.As well as allowing employees to file weekly appraisal forms about their superiors, Mr Kindeleit said they were organising more team building exercises and promoting communication in the workplace.The inquest continues. His father told the inquest that the evening before his death, George had been pacing around the house, saying “I have to quit, I can’t go back there” over and over again.Having told his son not to resign from his job and that things would get better, Mr Cheese said he now realised how “ridiculous” this response was.George’s mother, Purdy Cheese, said she had been aware of the decline in her son’s mental health for several months and that she had been able to ensure he took his medication until the final few days of his life, when she had fallen ill. He had previously taken an overdose of his medication. A teenage apprentice mechanic at Audi killed himself after bully colleagues burned his clothes and locked him in a cage, an inquest has heard. George Cheese, 18, was “over the moon” when he got the position at the car dealership, his parents said, but soon started coming home covered in bruises and had multiple holes burned into his clothes.A coroner heard that on one occasion, the young man said his colleagues had locked him in a cage at the garage by force, doused him in a flammable liquid and set fire to his clothes.His father, Keith Cheese, told the inquest that he would never forgive himself for missing the warning signs leading to his son’s death. He said that his son had approached him and tried to start a conversation the day he killed himself but he had not looked up, captivated by a pre-recorded golf tournament on the TV.George committed suicide on 9 April 2016, around six months after he started working for Audi. “I have to quit, I can’t go back there”George Cheese Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.