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This Firstpost article lists four reasons given by PM Modi himself to explain why he will not take a media contingent on foreign trips. One, it is a new age in which journalists' requirement of news and information can be met instantaneously wherever they are located and they don't need to travel with the PM for that. Two, it was a flawed policy as the same journalists from the same big organisations went, and proprietors represented small newspapers. Three, selecting 30 journalists for PM's trips abroad invariably displeased the rest. Four, if there is a major policy announcement, Modi will address a press conference at Delhi airport on his return.

Another weekly edition of India Today has come out with no change in the masthead since  Shekhar Gupta joined a few weeks ago. Though he is designed vice chairman and  editor in chief of the news properties of the group,  he does not figure as yet on the magazine's masthead. Nor do the journalists he has recruited though their stories figure in the magazine.  Odd, but it may be because   proprietor Aroon Purie  apparently has a convention of not putting someone on the masthead till they have been there for a certain period of time.

 

The Election Commission of India now says that the paid news is not an illegal activity. “First of all paid news is not an illegal activity. Secondly, laws related to paid news are very weak and mostly importantly, there is no law to deal with political parties in cases of paid news,” V.S. Sampath, chief elections commissioner said. (Deccan Chronicle)

Makes sense if a joint interview indicates which of the interviewees responded to which question. Or else it confuses the reader for two persons cannot say everything in unison, word to word. But The Times of India doesn't think it mattered. The Q&A on its edit page with CS Krishna and Karthik Laxman on satire does not specify this. If it were a joint reply to emailed questions, it could be assumed one spoke for the two, or both drafted the responses, but that is not mentioned either.

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