The Local Government elections will take place in February next year.(Colombo Gazette) Nominations by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for more areas, including Jaffna, have been rejected.Returning officers said that SLPP nominations have been rejected for the Jaffna Municipal Council, Valikamam North and Valikamam East Pradeshiya Sabhas, the Delft Pradeshiya Sabha and the Thirapanne Pradeshiya Sabha. Nominations by the SLPP for the Dehiattakandiya Pradeshiya Sabha and Padiyathalawa Pradeshiya Sabha were also rejected by the Returning officers. Last week nominations of the SLPP were rejected for the Weligama Urban Council, Maharagama Urban Council, Panadura Urban Council, Agalawatta Pradeshiya Sabha, Badulla Pradeshiya Sabha and Mahiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha.
by News Staff Posted Jul 10, 2012 12:49 pm MDT MONTREAL – Bell (TSX:BCE) proposed Tuesday tangible benefits valued at $200 million to help support the country’s broadcasting industry in its effort to obtain approval by the CRTC of the company’s acquisition of Astral Media.Approval by the federal broadcast regulator of the Astral acquisition will also require Bell to sell 10 radio stations in five markets: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa-Gatineau and Winnipeg, the company said.“By increasing funds available for Canadian programming and talent, and ensuring those in the North can access programming on the broadband screens of their choice, Canadians in all parts of the country will gain from this initiative,” said George Cope, president and CEO of BCE and Bell.The payment of tangible benefits is a condition of approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.The proposed benefits package includes $96 million for the development and production of Canadian programming and $61 million to help support, promote and develop Canadian musical talent and to assist community radio and other initiatives.The deal also includes $40 million to help make Canadian programming more widely available in the North through the extension of new broadband services and $3.5 million to help raises money and awareness to help combat mental health issues.Astral Media shareholders voted in May to approve the $3.4-billion acquisition of the TV, radio and billboard company by BCE Inc.BCE has said it expects the deal will be completed in the second half of the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bell proposes $200M in benefits for broadcast industry as part of Astral deal