The Vijay Rupani government in Gujarat has increased accidental death cover for accredited journalists from Rs 50,000 to 5 lakh. Also families of accredited journalists will now get Mata Amrutm (MA) card for cashless treatment upto Rs 2 lakh in govt or designated pvt hospitals in the state. The MA card is actually given to those whose annual income is less than Rs 1.5 lakh, but a special exception has been made for journalists. Both theses announcements were made in the budget presented in the assembly on February 21st.
A year and six months after he was jailed in September 2015 Bastar journalist Santosh Yadav was granted bail by a division bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan today. Yadav was arrested in September 2015 on charges of aiding Maoists.
On Monday Feb 27 the TOI building caught fire again, and staff now have to work from home and the press club. On Sunday there was a fire which according to other newspapers took 25 fire tenders to douse. Sunday's fire occurred less than a year after a fire in the same building in May 2016. What's going on?
The Jagran Group is going in for an IPO in early March to raise Rs 400 crore for its radio property Radio City. Music Broadcast Ltd, the Jagran subsidiary which runs its radio business, now has 39 radio stations. This will be the first Media IPO of 2017, reports Daily Post.
What to make of a gossipy site which runs items which make the ruling party bosses and the PM look good? And then then has Bollywood gossip as well? The 'about us' has no names at all. The gossip targets the Gandhis and Naveen Patnaik. The lead story on the CBI chief in the UPA's time has a lot of inside dope. "India will be told and read differently," the site claims. Who is behind this one? BJP and some Bollywood honcho? What a combo.
Reporter Akhilesh (@Akhilesh_ET) is a parody Twitter handle that has been trolling three ET journos for their friendly coverage of Akhilesh Yadav and the Samajwadi Party in UP. Two of them have blocked it. Akhilesh (with the CM's photo) turned an ET reporter tweets:"Actually I'm finding journalism better & safer. I can continue making fact free claims & don't even have to worry about my job every 5 years." And this one alluding to the terror accused acquitted after 12 years in jail: "Raja Bhaiyya says even he can prove that he was in college while people were killed by crocodiles in his pond. Let me talk to ET office."
Former journalist and human rights activist Teesta Setalvad who is a constant bugbear for the present government, and frequently the target of investigations, is launching her memoir on Feb 24 at the Literature Live! event hosted and curated by Anil Dharkar in Mumbai. Titled Foot Soldier Of The Constitution, it traces her experiences during the Mumbai riots as well as the Gujarat riots in 2002, among other events and influences which shaped her life.
While the relaunched Hindu does not look strikingly different its Delhi edition is now probably the most expensive daily in the country at Rs 10 a copy. Other editions of The Hindu do not cost that much. If the paper can pull off the hike without losing circulation it will have shown the way to reducing dependence on advertising.The Sunday edition of the paper will now cost Rs 15.