Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP and bahubali (strongman) Mohd. Shahabuddin began his journey to Delhi’s Tihar Jail from Siwan Jail in Bihar on Saturday. The move follows a February 15 Supreme Court directive to the State government that the MP be shifted following complaints from families of his victims of the “nerve-wrecking terror” he wields in Siwan.Shahabuddin was moved by district authorities from Siwan jail at 2:40 a.m. and brought by road to Patna’s Beur Central jail in a six hour journey. A cavalcade of his supporters followed him to the State capital. At Beur jail, sources told The Hindu, that independent MLA and another bahubali [strongman] from Mokama, Anant Singh, met Shahabuddin; several hardened criminals lodged in the prison also allegedly jostled to meet Shahabuddin in the ward, said sources. Shahabuddin’s transit was kept completely under wraps with media speculation on how he would be conveyed to Delhi alternating between a journey by the Rajdhani Express or an evening flight.At around 3 p.m. the MP was taken out of Beur jail in a blue prisoner’s van amid tight security. Scores of media persons and supporters followed the van which however, did not stop at Patna junction as expected but moved further to the Rajendra Nagar Terminal. The entire move was telecast live on local channels. A large number of security personnel, led by a senior STF officer, cordoned off the prisoner’s van. As the supporters and media waited, Shahabuddin remained in the van. At around 5 p.m. when the Delhi-bound Rajendra Nagar-New Delhi Sampoorna Kranti Express reached at the platform, gun-totting security personnel escorted the high profile prisoner, clad in jeans and a jacket with a black and white muffler, to the train. While photographers and television crew jostled for the best view, Shahabuddin, in a ring of policemen, crossed the foot over-bridge and was taken to coach S-2. The security personnel then shut both the doors to the coach. A senior police official told The Hindu that about 16 policemen would be travelling with Shahabuddin. While reserved passenger of coach S-2 were forced to move to other coaches. the MP’s suporters boarded the train without tickets. “We’re travelling without ticket but ready to pay fine…we’ll see off our leader upto Tihar jail,” one of them said.
The UK has completed its eight-year long digital switchover process with the switch-off of analogue transmissions in Northern Ireland today.John Cresswell, CEO of transmission services provider Arqiva was joined at Belfast’s Divis transmitter site by Olympic pentathlete Mary Peters to turn off the last remaining analogue transmitter.UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has welcomed the successful completion of digital switchover and said that the way is now clear for the process of auctioning digital dividend spectrum to enable the delivery of 4G mobile services.Ofcom will begin the process of auctioning digital dividend spectrum at the end of this year.“The UK’s switchover to digital has been a huge success. Not only has is created more TV choice for consumers, it has also freed up vital capacity that will be used to deliver mobile broadband services to 98% of cities, towns and villages across the UK,” said Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards. “Now that switchover is complete, Ofcom is looking forward to delivering the 4G auction as the next step in delivering new higher speed mobile broadband services.” The completion of switchover in Northern Ireland marked the end of an eight-year process to migrate UK terrestrial broadcasting to digital.Ofcom cited BARB figures to show that TV viewing had increased from three hours 34 minutes in 2002 to four hours today, while the number of channels broadcast in 2002 was 236, compared with 523 today. The average number of TV sets per household, however, has fallen from 2.03 in 2002 to 1.92 today.In 2012, according to Ofcom’s technology tracker, 70% of UK homes owned an HD-ready TV set, while 5% own a Smart TV. Since 2012, 2.9 million Smart TV sets have been sold, and in the first quarter of 2012, sales represented one fifth of total TVs sold. According to Ofcom, among owners of Smart TVs, 65% said they had used the internet connection on their TV. read more