“Not really launched”: Clean Chit from Nepal to Patanjali TV channels

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Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba launched the channels in Ramdev’s presence last week. PTI

Kathmandu:

Two TV channels belonging to yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali group received an unequivocal note from a Nepalese government investigative team after discovering that no infrastructure had been installed by them in Kathmandu in violation local laws.

Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Center Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ jointly launched the two television channels – Aastha Nepal TV and Patanjali Nepal TV – in the presence of Ramdev and his close collaborator Acharya Balkrishna last week.

The launch of the two channels sparked controversy because Nepalese law does not allow any foreign investment in the media sector.

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The director general of the Nepalese Department of Information and Broadcasting, Gogan Bahadur Hamal, said that two TV stations had never requested registration and that the authorities would take action if it was found that these stations have built infrastructure to broadcast television programs without completing any legal formalities and even registering.

“We found that they had not actually launched the TV channels and had not even registered the channels in our department,” Hamal told PTI by telephone on Thursday.

The Patanjali group has just symbolically launched the TV channels and it was also found that no equipment was brought here to operate the channels, he said.

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“If the group had installed the equipment and started operating the TV channels, we would have taken action against them under the law,” he said.

“Nepalese law does not allow foreign investment in the media sector. If the group wanted to start a TV channel in Nepal, it should be a Nepalese investment and the company should be duly registered in Nepal,” he said. He underlines.

“If they meet all the necessary criteria, we would certainly grant them permission to operate the channel in Nepal,” he added.

Earlier, Patanjali Yogpeeth Nepal said in a statement that he has already gone through a process of verifying TV channels with the office of the registrar of companies and the process has been initiated to obtain further authorization from the relevant bodies to operate the channels. TV channels.

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“We did not actually broadcast the TV channels, we only made technical preparations for them. We only inaugurated the building of the TV broadcasting office,” he said. .

He said the TV channels – aimed at broadcasting programs related to yoga, Ayurvedic education, culture, literature and spiritual philosophy – would only start operating after due procedures.

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