Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and ex-Sikkim Governor Shriniwas Patil will take on ex-NCP MP and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate, Udayanraje Bhosale, in the Satara Lok Sabha bypoll to be held along with the Assembly elections in Maharashtra on October 21.Mr. Patil, a former IAS officer and a close associate of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, staged a show of strength in Satara after filing his nomination on Thursday.Mr. Pawar had earlier urged senior Congressman Prithviraj Chavan to contest the by-election. However, Mr. Chavan, the sitting MLA of Karad South (in Satara) had declined, preferring instead to focus on the Assembly elections.Mr. Patil has been elected MP twice, in 1999 and 2004, from the erstwhile Karad Lok Sabha constituency in Satara before its delimitation ahead of the 2009 polls.Political equations have changed overnight in Satara, which was completely dominated by the NCP before this year’s Lok Sabha polls after the defections of both royals — Shivendrasinh Bhosale, the former NCP MLA from Satara and Udayanraje Bhosale, the ex-NCP MP from Satara Lok Sabha constituency — to the ruling BJP.The NCP currently holds three of the six Assembly segments in Satara — Koregaon (Shashikant Shinde), Wai (Makarand Patil) and Karad North (Balasaheb Patil) — while Mr. Chavan holds the Karad South seat, the sole Congress borough in the district.Mr. Chavan, a former Maharashtra Chief Minister, too filed his nomination on Thursday, accompanied by Mr. Patil and other supporters. He is pitted against the BJP’s Atul Bhosale, who staged a spectacular show of strength in Karad before filing his nomination.“Our aim is to weed out the BJP’s socially divisive policies. Karad has been the wellspring of progressive thought. I am confident that the people here will reject the regressive ideology of the current government in the upcoming elections,” Mr. Chavan said.
14Feb Rep. Canfield sets office hours for Sebewaing, Caro ### Categories: Canfield News,News State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., will host local office hours in Sebewaing and Caro within the next few weeks.The details:3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Sebewaing Village Hall located at 222 N. Center St. in Sebewaing.4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 3 at the Caro Area District Library located at 840 W. Frank St. in Caro.“This is a good opportunity to meet and talk about the issues that are most important in Huron and Tuscola counties,” Canfield said.No appointment is necessary.Canfield, of Sebewaing, is in his second term as a state representative.For those unable to attend, you may contact Canfield’s office any time at 517-373-0476 or through email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov.
Nokia Lumia 1020Netflix is teaming up with Nokia to give UK buyers of the phone maker’s latest smartphones free access to the subscription video-on-demand service. The offer, which is available via Vodafone, will give new customers who buy a contract for Nokia’s September-released Lumia 1020 Windows Phone a 12-month free subscription to Netflix.The operator will also give a 6-month Netflix subscription to customers that buy the June-launched Nokia Lumia 925 or the August-released Nokia Lumia 625.UK mobile phone retailer Phones4U is also offering six-months of Netflix to Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 625 customers.The Financial Times, which first reported the tie-up, said that Nokia is running similar Netflix campaigns in other countries, including Finland, where it working with operator Gigantti on a similar six-month deal for buyers of Nokia’s Lumia 625 handset.
Swisscom grew its TV base by 13.3% year-on-year to the end of September, despite what it described as “fierce competition” from cable operators.Swisscom said it had 688,000 TV 2.0 customers on its books at the end of September, out of a total TV base of 1.275 million. TV 2.0 custoemrs increased by 124,000 in the third quarter, most of whom upgraded from another offeringThe overall TV base grew by 37,000 in the third quarter. Fixed-feee subscriptions account for 1.11 million of the overall TV base.The number of retail fixed-line broadband connections saw a year-on-year increase of 65,000 or 3.5% to 1.94 million. The growth in the number of TV and broadband connections – up 152,000 together – more than offset the decline in the number of fixed network connections, according to Swisscom. The number of revenue generating units increased year-on-year by 182,000 or 1.5% to 12.5 million.By the end of September 2015, the number of customers using a bundled package had increased year-on-year by 202,000 or 17.5% to 1.36 million. Revenue from bundled contracts rose year-on-year by CHF 242 million or 17.2% to CHF 1,647 million.Swisccom’s Italian subsidiary Fastweb saw its broadband business grow by 156,000 or 7.7% to 2.17 million over the year.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic has made its Horizon Go mobile TV service available to users with internet subscriptions but no pay TV contract for the first time.Horizon Go in the Czech Republic offers access to the My Prime video-on-demand service and 24 TV channels.UPC is also making HBO Go, the mobile service from the premium content provider, available to those without an existing HBO subscription for CZK199 (€7.35).Horizon Go with My Prime is available on up to three devices simultaneously, while HBO Go is available on two devices.UPC Czech Republic marketing director Jan Kohout said that the new services were targeted at the growing number of customers that did not own a TV.