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IN Media Watch Briefs | 20/03/2017

 Is UP's new cabinet an all-caste rainbow or one dominated by ``high'' castes? Depends on whether you read  TOI or Indian Express. TOI's headline says:   `Team Yogi Mirrors Shah's Social Engineering'. Subhead: UP cabinet a balancing act of castes & allies.'  But the IE's Shyamlal Yadav in his analysis:  `How Yogi's rise might change the dynamics of UP politics' writes: `Focus on upper castes: With a Thakur as CM and a Brahmin as one of his deputies, it is clear that the BJP is not focussing on Dalits. Only two Cabinet ministers and 3 ministers of state are Dalits... Several OBC communities have no representation . It is clear that upper castes remain the BJP's main focus.''            

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NDTV reports that two journalists will be sent to jail  after Karnataka's lawmakers decided they should be punished for two-year-old articles in tabloids that were allegedly defamatory about some of them including Speaker KB Koliwad who is from the Congress. It was an unanimous resolution and a first in the state's history. NDTV says the journalists are Ravi Belagere of Hi Bangalore and Anil Raju of Yelahanka Voice - both Kannada tabloids. The journalists plan to approach the Karnataka High Court.                       

Employees of the Hindustan Times were told on June 20 that because of the difficult period the company went through last year, and the continuing "challenge on revenues" there will be no salary increase this year.  A Variable Performance Bonus has been paid to "all eligible people," and  a special fixed monthly payment was announced  (for the period Apr’17-Mar’18) for those people whose relative salary is low. This will be done across HT Digital Streams, HT Media Ltd, and Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd.           

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