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IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/01/2017

Malini Parthasarathy, former editor of The Hindu, took a dig at India Today inviting Sasikala to inaugurate its South Conclave 17, tweeting   “Sasikala's entry legitimised by India Today which invites her to inaugurate its ‪#SouthConclave17!” Rahul Kanwal of IT: ‪”@MaliniP‪ do you seriously believe that Sasikala ascension dependent on our invitation or her  status as supremo not in dispute in any case”. @MaliniP: “Ascension not dependent on you guys but certainly public legitimacy strengthened by invitation."           

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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.               

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