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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kejriwal's book SWARAJ on Team Anna's 'Aandolan'

New Delhi: Social crusader Anna Hazare, who began his fast unto death at Jantar Mantar against corruption and for his demand to bring strong Jan Lokpal Bill in the system, today released a translated version of book 'Swaraj' written by his key team aid Arvind Kejrival in the presence of Ex-Editior-in-Chief of Outlook magazine, Vinod Mehta. Calling to people to establish the real 'swaraj' (people's rule in the country), 75-year old social activists said, "It is time for the return of swaraj in the country." 

Using familiar idioms, he cited politicians as "public servants" and the people as "owners" of the society, Anna said, "But the picture today is that people have become servants and politicians are the owners."  "The owner has slept by handling over their treasury to his servant, and servant began to steal money from the treasury." "Our movement is to awaken the people," he added. Calling to strengthen 'Gram Sabha', the unit of democracy, Anna Hazare said, "Gram Sabha should be made strong and let it decide what to do for itself, not the politicians who sit in air condition room."

"If the gram sabha empowers, it will make a corrupt free and strong nation as it better knows its necessities." Kiran Bedi, a key activist of Team Anna and promoter of India against corruption, in her address said, "The root cause of corruption is that our police in not independent and is still a slave of the politicians and bureaucrats because the policeman has to pay off bribe to get recruitment and promotion." "Where there bureaucracy and politicians ties to make corruption, the system became corrupted there," added Bedi.

Vinod Mehta, the Ex-editor-in-chief of Outlook magazine describe the characteristic of Swaraj. 'What is called real Sawaraj?'. He also hails Arvind Kejrival for writing such an informative book in a very simple language.He also advocated to translate this books in several regional languages. 'The vernacular books put more impact rather than book in English or hindi,' he said. Arvind Kejriwal, who is sitting on fast since last five days, said, 'How much difficulties had we faced in getting the rights of 'Right to Information?', but after 10-years marathon efforts, we finally able to get our one of the rights.' "Now, it's time to struggle for 'Swaraj', for 'Janlokpal Bill'."

He also informed that the price of translated version of Swaraj is fixed Rs.99 on shops while if you buy this book from stalls of Jantar Mantar, you can get it in just Rs.40 only.'I don't want any royalty, as I have not written this book for royalty but to acknowledge the common citizens of India,' he added.He appealed to people to buy the book and share it with their friends, so cognizance spread all over the country. Earlier, Anna Hazare began his hunger strike at 10.30. A total of 350 others including three Team Anna members - Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai - have been fasting since Wednesday. Gopal Rai was in hospital but stable after being in critical condition earlier.

Meanwhile, 15 hunger strikers had to be taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after their condition deteriorated.The Lokpal Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in the winter session last year, but got stuck in the Rajya Sabha and was referred to a parliamentary select committee.
It was expected to be tabled during the budget session but was not. Team Anna members are demanding that their version of the bill be incorporated and passed by parliament.Team Anna has permission to fast at Jantar Mantar till Aug 8, the day the parliament's monsoon session is expected to begin. This is Hazare's third indefinite hunger strike demanding a Jan Lokpal Bill.

About the Book : The year 2011 was defined by the Anna Hazare-led agitation against corruption. The fakir from ralegaon siddhi shook the bastions of power in Delhi to their foundations. Even the middle class and the elite, who normally confine themselves to drawing room discussions on politics, joined the movement and took to the streets. Arvind Kejriwal played a key role in this agitation. The main demand of the group was the implementation of the Lok Pal Bill. Many promises were made by the political class, but nothing much actually happened – the bill has still not been passed by Parliament. This book shows us the way forward, what we the people and what the opinion makers and political establishment in India can do to achieve true Swaraj – Lok Pal is only one facet of this true devolution of power to the people. Kejriwal’s vision deserves consideration by anyone who wants power to vest with the people, not with netas.  

About the Author : Arvind Kejriwal is a social activist fighting for transparent and participatory governance. He is considered to be one of the main architects of the Jan Lokpal movement or the Anna movement, which shook the nation in 2011.He graduated in mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1989 and joined Tata Steel. In 1992, he joined India Revenue Service (IRS). He took a long leave from the government in the year 2000 to set up an NGO, Parivartan. In 2006, he resigned from the government. In 2006, he was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for his work on Right To Information (RTI).

Deccan Chronicle scrip hits fresh 52-week low

Shares of Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd, whose promoters have pledged a significant portion of their holdings in the past few days, slipped down further today to a new 52-week low, after attempts to recover from yesterday’s lows proved to be short-lived. The stock, which had closed at Rs 16.70 yesterday, pulled back today to a high of Rs 18.25. But it was not able to hold on to the gains and slipped down to Rs 15.20, a new 52-week low, before recovering to Rs 16.40.There was a surge in trading volume in the counter with about 88.73 lakh shares being traded. Promoters of the company, who had pledged 11.28 crore shares forming 54 per cent of the equity capital with Future Capital Holdings Ltd to raise funds, have pledged an additional 14.46 per cent stake with Religare Finvest.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Only an American journalist could ask such an extraordinary question

COMING from the nation that crowns its baseball and football premiers "world champions", it probably should come as no surprise that the US is viewing the clash in the pool of American teammates Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte as determining the greatest swimmer in history.
-The Australian 

Lochte, to his credit, didn't immediately bite. He's cool. He knows not to get ahead of himself. He has three Olympic gold medals _ two fewer than Ian Thorpe, just as a matter of interest, one fewer than Dawn Fraser but, hey, who's counting? _ and Phelps has 14.It seemed utterly extraordinary that anyone could possibly pose him that question. Lochte could win six golds and Phelps none _ which can't happen because they would be relay teammates for a couple of them _ and still Phelps would reign supreme, the single-most ruthless swimming machine the world has seen. But Lochte treated it as a legitimate hypothesis.

Jigna Vora gets bail after 8 months, questions remain

Mumbai: Jigna Vora got her first breather in the eight months since her arrest for her alleged involvement in the murder of veteran journalist Jyotirmoy Dey on Friday when the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court granted her bail. Vora was granted bail on a cash bond of Rs1 lakh after the court observed that she had no criminal antecedents. The judge allowed the bail on the grounds that since a charge sheet had already been filed, her custody was no longer required and that she suffered from frequent bouts of asthma.

National media policy needed: I& B council recommends

PIB: The Sectoral Innovation Council of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, under the Chairpersonship of Smt.Asha SwarupRetd Secretary, Government of India, today submitted its Report to Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Ambika Soni.   The Sectoral Innovation Council of the Ministry of I&B is the first amongst the various SectoralInnovation Councils set up in various sectors of the Government to submit its Report to the concerned Ministry.  The primary objective of the Council was to design a policy ecosystem in which new ideas would be integrated into the mainstream and get converted into policy initiatives by the Government.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Stringent norms for news channels for Olympics telecast

Broadcasters are not allowed to use words such as Olympic or London 2012 to brand or position their shows 
Narrow field: A shooter trains ahead of the London Games. New rules for Olympics coverage in India are restrictive in nature, say news channels.(Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP)
Narrow field: A shooter trains ahead of the
London Games. New rules for Olympics
coverage in India are restrictive in nature, say
news channels. (AFP)
New Delhi: Television news channels in India cannot go overboard with their coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games thanks to News Access Rules of the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, or LOCOG. A reminder of these rules was sent by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) to its members two days ago.
The news channels in India will not be able to show pictures of “breaking news” even when Indian athletes win gold medals as the live telecast rights of the Games rest with the state-owned Doordarshan and the private sports broadcaster ESPN. “We are not allowed to show the events at the Games till three hours after the official broadcasters finish telecasting them,” said an executive of the Hindi news channel Aaj Tak. The channels will have to make do with file footage of the participants in such cases, said the executive who did not want to be named as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Olympics coverage norms upset news channels

NEW DELHI: Rigid News Access Rules of the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games prevent news channels from even giving live news breaks of achievements by Indians.Thus, while a channel can make an announcement whenever any Indian wins a medal, it can get the footage only around three hours later as the rights lie with Doordarshan and ESPN Star Sports.

Rupert Murdoch resigns from newspaper boards

LONDON: News Corp chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch, preparing to split his media empire into entertainment and publishing businesses, resigned from three of the company's boards, including the News International newspaper division in the UK. Murdoch, 81, alsosteppeddown as a director of Newscorp Investments and Times Newspapers Holdings, according to UK regulatory filings. News International publishes The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers in the UK. The resignations were presaged by his son JamesMurdoch ,wholefttheboardsof News Corp's newspaper companies earlier this year.

CCTV to Be Installed in Media Houses in Arunachal

-Press Trust of India
ITANAGAR : The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to install CCTV cameras in all media establishments of the state to instill confidence among working journalists.The media fraternity represented by the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Arunachal Press Club (APC) had on July 20 met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and expressed their concern on the safety and security of working journalists.They had also sought fast- tracking of all pending cases related to assault, manhandling and threats to media persons and media houses in the past.

CCTV to Be Installed in Media Houses in Arunachal


Monday, July 23, 2012

Media hails new India president Pranab Mukherjee

-BBC News
India's media has applauded the election of former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee as the new president.The newspapers, however, said the ruling Congress party-led government would miss Mr Mukherjee's political acumen and administrative skills.The position is largely ceremonial but he could help determine who forms the next government after elections in 2014 if there is no clear winner.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Reliance Media jumps 10% in a flat market

Reliance Mediaworks, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, shot up on the bourses today after it agreed to raise Rs 605 crore from a foreign private equity fund. Shares of the company are trading 9.5 percent higher at Rs 64.25 while the BSE Sensex is trading 27 points lower at 17076 levels.“We have signed a term-sheet agreement…to sell a substantial minority stake in the company’s film and media services division,” said the source, without giving further details about the foreign investor.The company, with a market capitalisation of about $50.8 million, plans to use the funds to primarily cut debt and for expansion.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Guwahati molestation case: NCW thanks media

-IBN Live
New Delhi/Guwahati: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday thanked the media for highlighting the incident where a teenage girl was molested by a mob of at least 30 people in full public view in the heart of Guwahati. Speaking to CNN-IBN, NCW chief Mamta Sharma said the incident was brought to notice by the media. "They (media) brought it to the notice, otherwise it wouldn’t have come to light," said the NCW chief.Sharma is slated to meet Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at 12.30 pm in Guwahati on Wednesday.


Outrageous scripts for a ghastly incident

Popular Hindi television channels chose patently disgusting phrases to present the heart-rending assault in Guwahati. The words employed were as detestable as the crime itself, writes ABHISHEK UPADHYAY source-thehoot.

One might call it the act of inexperienced or inept journalists, who possibly form the core team of these channels. One might see it as part of a particular modus operandi the channels have adopted to give succour to their viewership or one might think of some other interpretation, but there cannot be any doubt that the treatment meted out at the script-level to such a sensitive incident was ghastly and outrageous. 

Media bodies condemn attack on woman journalist

Tongam Rina
GUWAHATI: The recent brutal attack on a lady journalist in Itanagar has evoked strong reactions from various media organizations across the country, including international women's organization.The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned the attempt on the life of Tongam Rina, associate editor of Arunachal Times, on July 15 last in Itanagar."We extend our support to the journalists of Arunachal Pradesh who are observing a day-long ceasework in protest against the attempt on Rina's life. We call on the state authorities to thoroughly investigate this attack, as well as all previous instances of overt threats made to journalists, which may all be linked," the federation said in a communique on Tuesday.

Media houses to stay shut to protest scribe attack

-Times of India
ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Press Club (APC) and the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists on Monday (APUWJ) held a discussion on the brutal attack at Arunachal Times associate editor, resolving to shut down all media houses on Tuesday in protest. It also decided to boycott all news and advertisements of the state government for 15 days, which will be reviewed if the culprit is arrested within the period.The organizations demanded that the state government book the attacker under non-bailable section within seven days and the case be fast-tracked through a special court to award exemplary punishment to the culprit. The organizations said that the case should otherwise be handed over to the CBI. 

ITV Media acquires NewsX for an undisclosed sum

-VOM News
New Delhi:Information TV (ITV), which operates Hindi news channel India News, on Monday said it had acquired English news channel NewsX for an undisclosed sum.“The ITV group has taken over the NewsX channel. We have acquired 100 per cent stake,” Piccadilly Group of Companies Managing Director Kartikeya Sharma said.ITV is part of the New Delhi-based Piccadilly Group of Companies that has multiple interests in print as well as electronic media.
Sharma, however, declined to comment on details of the transaction and also on whether NewsX would be rebranded.

Guwahati molestation case: Editor of TV channel that filmed the incident resigns

-Press trust of India
GUWAHATI: The editor-in-chief of the local television news channel, which had videographed the molestation of a girl outside a pub here, on Tuesday resigned after expressing doubts over impartial enquiry into the allegations that a journalist had instigated the incident.Addressing a press conference at the Guwahati Press Club, the editor-in-chief, Atanu Bhuyan, said he was surprised at chief minister Tarun Gogoi's comment yesterday criticising journalist Gaurav Jyoti Neog for not informing the police.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Beginning of the end of India's main stream media?

-M R Venkatesh 
They swarm the Internet like locusts. They hunt in packs like wolves. They strip you to bare bones within minutes like a school of Piranhas. They are knowledgeable. They are incisive. They are humorous. They tolerate no nonsense. They are impatient. They care too little for your reputation. They are unconventional. Yet, they are "in thing."
From politics to economics, from cinema to sports, to arts to culture, they have a view on everything. They discuss, debate, and digress amongst themselves, openly and fearlessly. Love them or hate them, the fact is you cannot ignore them. One has to concede they have come to occupy the national central stage of debating, opinion making and critiquing. 

Sarah Jessica Parker to play journalist in 'Glee'

Sarah Jessica Parker 
London: 'Sex And The City' star Sarah Jessica Parker will play a frazzled, eccentric journalist of a fashion magazine in her guest appearance on 'Glee'.Parker, 47, will play the editor of Vogue in her guest appearance on the musical drama, reported Femalefirst."Sarah Jessica Parker is gonna be running Vogue.Com. That's sort of where we encounter this character, who's sort of frazzled, eccentric, hilarious. It's gonna be good," Ian Brennan, the show's co-creator and executive producer, said.The actress' storyline sees her encounter both Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) in New York.

Woman journalist's condition stable, no arrest so far

On Sunday July 15, gunmen in Itanagar
shot journalist Tongam Rina of the
Arunachal Times from close range when
she was entering her office at about
 6:15 pm, police said. Thirty-four-year-old
Rina is the associate editor of Arunachal
Times, a popular daily and the first English
newspaper of the state owned by former
chief minister Gegong Apang.
ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Times journalist Tongam Rina (32), who was shot at by an unknown gunman on Sunday evening, is recovering at the R K Mission Hospital here. The doctors successfully conducted a surgery on her on Sunday night. However, she will be kept under observation for the next 24 hours though her condition is stable.The associate editor of the daily was shot at when she was about to enter her office in Itanagar. Journalists in Arunachal Pradesh demanded the immediate arrest of the attacker on Monday. A case has been registered in the Itanagar Police Station and a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against the unknown gunman.

Chief minister Nabam Tuki also convened a high-level meeting on Monday to assess the situation, calling for a serious and thorough investigation into the incident. The meeting was attended by the chief secretary, DGP, DIG and capital deputy commissioner.Tuki condemned the attack on Rina, saying that "attack on the media is an attack on the people and therefore, an attack on the government." 

Penguin India launches eBooks

New Delhi: Penguin Books India has launched its first tranche of eBooks. This will be the first extensive list of Indian ebooks to be published internationally by an Indian publisher and will be available from all the major international ebook retailers – Amazon, Apple, Kobo and Google, Gardners, Sony, OLF, Apabi, Go Spoken/Mobcast, OverDrive, Txtr,, IGroup and Baker & Taylor.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Kartikeya Sharma-led India News’ parent co in talks to buyout NewsX

English general news channel NewsX may have finally found a buyer. The company that has been on the market for a while is said to be in advanced stages of conversation with Kartikeya Sharma-led news company ITV Media (Information TV) that operates Hindi news channel India News. A part of Piccadilly Group, ITV is the parent electronic media company for the Group. It also has presence in Haryana and Bihar through region-specific ‘India News’ channels.

Guwahati molestation: Electronic media forum demands high level enquiry

Guwahati: The electronic media in Assam on Sunday demanded a high level probe into the allegations by RTI activist Akhil Gogoi against a local news channel scribe of instigating the molestation of a girl by anti-social elements in the city causing public outcry."We urge Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who also holds charge of the home department, to initiate a collective analysis of all the footage of the incident and initiate a high level probe into the allegations after necessary forensic tests," president of Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) Nava Thakuria said.

Live India' owners sell channel to Mahesh Motewar

Hindi news channel Live India has a new ownership structure, as its present owner HDIL has decided to sell the channel to Prosperity Agro, previously known as Samruddha Jeevan.The terms of the deal and the effective date of when the new ownership comes into effect were not available at the time of filing the report.

HT Media among India’s hottest employers

HT Media Ltd, the publisher of Hindustan Times, has emerged as the top media employer in a “Great Place to Work” survey of 600 companies. Google’s India unit has topped the overall winner list of 25 for the country. The survey, part of a global series, also listed winners by 14 
categories.The recipe to make an organisation a great place to work involves three ingredients,  trust, pride and love , experts said at a function to announce those who made it to the elite list for India.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Televised assault, molestation

Television channels in Guwahati seem to be consciously hunting for scenes of crime, sex, and sleaze. TERESA REHMAN presents two cases to illustrate the media’s lack of sensitivity.
Picture this. A Guwahati street. Around 10 p.m. A 16-year-old girl comes out of a bar in an inebriated condition. As she stands on the road to look for a transportation to go home, she is pounced upon by a group of 20 to 25 men who happen to be “mere” passersby. They paw her for almost 30 minutes and tear off a part of her dress before a police team comes to her rescue.

Olympics wins as DD decides to give India-Sri Lanka series a miss

MUMBAI: Olympics takes first priority over cricket as pubcaster Doordarshan decides to give the upcoming India-Sri Lanka series a miss.DD declined to telecast the bilateral series which coincides with the London Olympics that will see the largest ever Indian contingent taking part in the world's biggest sporting event. “We approached Doordarshan with a bid for the India-Sri Lanka series but they have refused since they will be focusing on the London Olympics,” Zeel chief sales officer Ashish Sehgal tells Indiantelevision.

I & B ministry opens a facebook page on 'Community Radio India'

New Delhi : In order to establish a direct communication between the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and various stakeholders of community radio fraternity in the country, the ministry has launched a dedicated page on facebook- 'Community Radio India'. This page can be accessed from .The objective of the page is to disseminate community radio information to a wider public and engage with over 134 operating community radio stations of the country and other stakeholders.

Yahoo Confirms 400,000 Passwords Stolen in Hack

Less than 5 percent of the Yahoo accounts had valid passwords listed, the company contends. Yahoo officials confirmed that an older file from the Yahoo Voices (formerly Associated Content) was stolen July 12 by hackers, allowing them to get their hands on more than 400,000 user credentials.Of that amount, less than 5 percent of the Yahoo accounts had valid passwords, the company told eWEEK. Besides Yahoo email addresses, the list also included email addresses for Gmail, Hotmail, AOL and other services. Users of the Yahoo Contributor Network can sign up using their Google or Facebook IDs, which accounts for the various emails listed.

India looking to reverse ban on Pakistani TV channels

Pakistanis told the Indian delegation that if
India wants to spruce up people-to-people
contacts, it must allow Pakistani channels
into Indian homes.
-Times of India
NEW DELHI: India has assured Pakistan that it will consider a proposal to lift the ban on Pakistani television channels in the country. This was after Pakistani foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani's strong pitch last week proposing India allow transmission of not just Pakistan government ( PTV) but also private channels, both news and non-news.Making his point, Jilani said all Indian channels are available in Pakistan and Islamabad has done nothing to impose restrictions on their telecast.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sunday Mirror crime reporter and Daily Star Sunday deputy news editor arrested

Scotland Yard said a 37-year man was detained at his home
in Kent and a 34-year-old man also arrested in connection
with Operation Elveden

Two journalists arrested by detectives investigating corrupt payments to public officials have been released on bail, Scotland Yard said.Justin Penrose, crime correspondent of the Sunday Mirror, and Tom Savage, deputy news editor of the Daily Star Sunday, were questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.The latest arrests mean 41 people have been arrested by detectives on Operation Elveden, the investigation into suspected corrupt payments to public officials.It is being run alongside Operation Weeting, the Scotland Yard probe into phone hacking.

Newspaper websites 'would move abroad under statutory watchdog'

Leveson inquiry-Lord Black argued against
statutory regulation of the press.

Lord Black backs self-regulation at Leveson inquiry, claiming that a statutory body would face constant legal challenges
-The Guardian
Newspapers would move their websites abroad to escape UK law or repeatedly seek to take the new press watchdog to court, if the government introduced statutory controls, a leading figure in the industry has warned.Lord Black, the chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, which funds the Press Complaints Commission, told the Leveson inquiry that the "vast bulk of the industry remained opposed" to statutory regulation and warned of the consequences if laws were imposed. "If there was a statutory system there may be some publishers who decide, 'we'll try and get out of this and domicile our websites or whatever' - it might be abroad," warned Black.

Egypt to launch TV channel with fully-veiled women

Cairo: A new satellite TV channel managed completely by women donning the niqab or the full veil will begin broadcast in Egypt on July 20, the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. "It will be the most viewed during the month-long Ramadan," said Maria TV owner Abu Islam Ahmad Abdallah. The channel's name is a reference to Maria, the wife of Muslim prophet Maometto.The idea for the channel came from "discrimination" against women who wear niqab, he said. 

Jammu and Kashmir ‘nightmare’ in UK media

LONDON: Late on Tuesday, Britain's Channel 4 screened an hour-long TV documentary virtually challenging India's credentials as a democracy, accusing security forces in Jammu & Kashmir of being responsible for disappearances of 8,000 Kashmiri civilians and extra-judicial executions in the past 22 years as well as for rape and torture. The same day, the UK's Guardian newspaper carried an extended piece on the same subject in a clearly co-ordinated assault against India's human rights record. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

USA TODAY names David Callaway its new editor-in-chief

McLEAN, Va. – USA TODAY named David Callaway its new editor-in-chief Tuesday, ending a seven-month search that began when former editor John Hillkirk stepped down to head the paper's investigative team late last year.Callaway, 48, who has been editor-in-chief at financial news site MarketWatch and its predecessor, CBS MarketWatch, since 2003, will oversee the overall content strategy for USA TODAY and be responsible for furthering the digital transformation of the newsroom. "It's one of the best opportunities in American journalism," says Callaway, who will relocate here from San Francisco later this month. "It's a famous, iconic brand. It's a different type of newspaper from other national newspapers. It has a focus. It reflects America as America is."

Monday, July 9, 2012

Why untouchability is still a tradition?

New Delhi: Once again the team of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ was on target. It might be a hard fact to digest for urban Indians that the practice of untouchability is still prevalent in a nation that eyes to become one of the super-powers by the end of current decade, but shows like ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a reality check for them.The debate regarding the caste system is not a new thing; it’s been happening for years, and different pressure groups have come up with some solutions too, but these answers couldn’t curb the demon.

Satyamev Jayate on the brutal reality of Untouchability

Dalits or the downtrodden/untouchables are a reality of our society. A modern, educated, urban India may ignore or thinks its non-existent, but that's far from the truth.
Host Aamir Khan on the 10th episode of 'Satyamev Jayate' brought out the ugliness of untouchability and casteism still prevalent in an Independent India.
Heart wrenching was the story of Dr Kaushal Pawar who suffered many humiliations as a child simply because she was the 'other', fringing on the borders of society. As a dalit child growing up, Kaushal was constantly made to be aware of the fact that she was different.

Jordan MP whips out gun, hurls shoe in live TV show

A Jordanian lawmaker loses temper during a live talk show, whipping out a gun and hurling his shoe at his rival.
Amman:Mohammad Shawabka accused former deputy Mansur Murad of working as a spy for the Syrian government during the program, which was aired on the private satellite channel Jo Sat on July 6. “You are a spy in the pay of” the Syrian government, Shawabka said. Murad, in return, accused Shawabka of being a spy in the pay of the Israeli Mossad agency and said the lawmaker was “a thief.” 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

India's Best Journalists

Since the article on India’s Worst Journalists-2012 last April I had received many suggestions to do one on India’s best. Some even recommended that the same ‘worst’ should be put to another poll to find out which are the best among them. When I looked up the ‘Charter of MediaCrooks’ there were hundreds of provisions to identify and talk about the crooks but not a single one to identify the good ones or the best in the business. Fair, since that wasn’t the task of MediaCrooks. So I derived inspiration from the 'Worst list' and ‘manipulated’ the Charter to enable this site to identify the best journalists. The candidates on the best journalists list were all picked by people on the social media. (Thanks to all who contributed). If I had left it to the Anti-SocialMedia (MSM) probably none of these names would have figured.

RTI activists Akhil Gogoi and Ramesh Agrawal attacked in past 48 hours

Gogoi was visiting flood-affected areas in Assam; Agrawal is fighting land grab by industries in Chhattisgarh.
Two activists, one leading an anti-dam stir and the other land grab by industrial houses, were attacked in separate incidents. Akhil Gogoi was attacked with sticks and sharp weapons in Assam while Ramesh Agrawal was shot at in Chhattisgarh.

Give Jundal proof to us, not to media: Pak to India

-Times of India
NEW DELHI: The spate of disclosures about the involvement of Pakistani state agencies in 26/11 attacks from the terror strike handler Abu Jundal, who was held in Saudi Arabia and brought to Delhi recently, did not put Islamabad on the defensive as perhaps many here were expecting. On the contrary, the talks this week saw Pakistani foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani accusing Indian authorities of launching a hostile campaign against Pakistan by leaking information to the media. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Dainik Bhaskar ready with 2nd edition of ‘Bollywood Awards’

-VOM News
Dainik Bhaskar Group has announced the second edition of Dainik Bhaskar Bollywood award. Touted as the “truly democratic Bollywood awards of the country”, the announcement was made recently by the star cast of the just released film ‘Bol Bachchan’. 2011 witnessed the first edition of the Awards, where the cine stars are judged by their fans. 

Call for objectivity in journalism

More skill development courses need to be installed in communication and journalism institutes in the State, Minister for Cultural Affairs K.C. Joseph has said.
-The Hindu
More skill development courses need to be installed in communication and journalism institutes in the State, Minister for Cultural Affairs K.C. Joseph has said.He was speaking at the inaugural function of the ‘Take One – Media Fest 2012’, an initiative of the Communication Club and the Alumni Association of the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Kerala, on Friday.

The perils of leaping from journalism to politics

Pierre Duchesne, a former
Radio canada journalist
-TheStar (Chantal Hébert)
MONTREAL:Less than a month ago, Radio-Canada journalist Pierre Duchesne was on television rating the performance of Quebec’s provincial leaders on the heels of an uncommonly hot pre-election season.On Friday, he confirmed that he plans to run in a plum Parti Québécois riding in that election.In between, Duchesne resigned his position as bureau chief for Radio-Canada at the National Assembly. At the time, he dismissed the already rampant rumours of an impending jump to partisan politics.

Press Council institutes journalism awards

Press Trust of India 
New Delhi: The Press Council of India, whose chairperson Markandey Katju has been critical of journalists by and large, has now instituted its own 'National Awards for Excellence in Journalism'.Among the categories under which the Press Council has instituted the awards are Raja Rammohan Roy National Award for Excellence in Journalism which would carry a cash component of Rs one lakh.

Disagreeing on media regulation

-Business Standard.
At a seminar this morning, organised by the Editors’ Guild of India to discuss problems facing the Indian media, a succession of well-known lawyers, politicians, bureaucrats and journalists returned again and again to the subject of media regulation. The chief editor of CNN-IBN, Rajdeep Sardesai, gave the concern context: the Supreme Court’s ongoing hearings on possible guidelines for reporting court proceedings.

Virender Sehwag blasts media for 'twisting' comments

"I think MS Dhoni had a very strong team. And it's
always easier to win with such a strong team, just
as Australia were doing at one point,"Sehwag said. 
NEW DELHI: Hours after commenting on how "a strong Indian team" was the reason behind skipper MS Dhoni's remarkable success, opener Virender Sehwag took to Twitter, claiming that his comments had been misinterpreted and "twisted" by the media to make it "newsworthy".Sehwag first suggested - at the launch of former India stumper Saba Karim's academy on Friday - that a strong unit rather than the skipper's tactical skills had helped India win two World Cups (the 50-over and 20-over versions) under MS Dhoni.

Media rights group slams attack on Togo journalist

Protesters in Lome in November 
LOME : A US-based media rights group has condemned an attack on a local journalist covering a protest in Togo and urged the authorities to punish the perpetrators.New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said Atayi Ayi, a reporter for the daily Forum de la Semaine, was taking photographs of a protest in the capital Lome on Monday when he was attacked.

Former Radio-Canada reporter defends PQ candidacy

-The Canadian Press
The Quebec Liberals have written to the province's press council and Radio-Canada's ombudsman questioning the ethics and impartiality of a former reporter who is running for the Parti Québécois in the next election.The Liberals contend that Pierre Duchesne was biased in his reports before his resignation last month.Duchesne worked at Radio-Canada for 25 years and was most recently the network's chief correspondent at the legislature in Quebec City.Duchesne defended his integrity at a news conference on Friday, saying the Liberal complaint is nothing more than intimidation.

Immigration reporter mulls fate after denial of asylum request

By Tom Watkins, CNN
A reporter from El Salvador who has been reporting for years about immigration issues in Atlanta finds himself in a position similar to that of many of the sources he covers. "I understand now what the people feel," Mario Guevara, 34, told CNN on Friday. "Never in my life have I cried so much as in the last couple of days." Last month, an immigration judge turned down Guevara's application for asylum and ordered that he, his wife and their 14-year-old daughter leave the country within 60 days. "It was the worst news of my life," said Guevara, who works for the Spanish-language Mundo Hispanico, which is owned by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A reporter eats crow

I've lately begun investigating recipes for eating crow -- savory, tasty crow. The moment has arrived, as it does for many of us pundits, to confess my bone-headed predictions. Put simply, let me tell you where I was wrong.I may as well begin with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. Early this year, when the mayor was preparing his Measure B pension reform measure for the ballot, I raised the possibility that a compromise with labor might still be possible.My theory rested on the lure of baseball. If a pact with the A's materialized, I theorized, the mayor might be tempted to make a deal on the fractious pension issue.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Immigration Reporter In Georgia Faces Immigration Drama

-Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP): A reporter for Georgia’s largest Spanish-language newspaper who frequently writes about immigration issues has recently found himself caught up in his own immigration drama.When an immigration judge last month denied Mario Guevara’s application for asylum and ordered him and his family to leave the country within 60 days, his world was turned upside down. Guevara said he left El Salvador in 2004 after he was beaten and repeatedly harassed by leftist groups because of his work as a political reporter for La Prensa Grafica, a conservative newspaper with close ties to the political party that was in power at the time, according to documents filed in an Atlanta immigration court.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dainik Bhaskar Digital Business achieves 200 million page views

-VOM News
MUMBAI: The Dainik Bhaskar Digital Business has achieved 200 million page views (PVs) which has made them the second largest site, and this is a major feat, indeed! To commemorate their success, of letting local language and most importantly, Hindi news sustain its importance, the group had noted filmmaker and showmaker Ekta Kapoor visit their Noida office and participate in the cake-cutting ceremony with Pawan Agarwal, Director and Promoter, Dainik Bhaskar group, Gyan Gupta, CEO, Dainik Bhaskar Digital Business, Harrish M Bhatia, CEO, My FM and employees to make the celebration fun and uber cool!