NEW DELHI: A total of 150 channels including 98 news and current affairs channels are pending uplinking clearance, Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources tell

The applicants include 46 companies in news and current affairs and 35 in non-news channels. There are as many as 32 applications from Reliance ADAG's Big Broadcasting.

A total of 20 foreign channels are awaiting downlinking permission. These include three from the Discovery Channel group (Discovery HD, Discovery Science, and Discovery Turbo); two each from Fox TV (Fox Life and Fox News) and Taj TV (Ten Golf and Ten Sports Two) which owns Ten Sports; Al Jazeera International; ESPN News; two from NDTV India (Grenada TV and Trace TV); the Maharishi Channel uplinked from the Netherlands; Raj TV Asia; Baby First channel; FETV; Hope TV; Property TV; TBN Channel; Tele Viva; and Career TV.

A total of 26 Indian channels are awaiting uplinking permission to be downlinked in other countries. These include 13 from Zee TV, three from Alpha, one each from Kalaignar TV, NDTV, South Asia World, and CNN, and two each from Classic TV, Jagran TV and Action TV.

India in toto receives 480 television channels including 233 news and current affairs and 247 non-news channels from within the country and overseas.

A total of 407 private TV channels (including 218 news channels) are being uplinked from India while 73 (including 19 news channels) are being downlinked. These are in addition to 31 Doordarshan and two Parliamentary channels.