The Indian media, print, television and social, seem to think nothing much of the Rs 1,400 cr scam of siphoning off public money in building statues and parks during the Mayavati regime, uncovered by the Lok Ayukt, Uttar Pradesh. IPL, with the ball-by-ball coverage of leaked information by police seems to be of far greater consequence. Even in alleged scams, Mayawati is less newsworthy than cricket players, Bollywood stars and bookies. How so?
A reader writes, "TV pe breaking news haaye re mera ghagra haaye," sings Madhuri Dixit (that's the latest item song). How aptly it captures the state of television news today, doesn't it?
Three staffers of a newspaper in Tripura, Dainik Ganadoot, were killed on Sunday after armed men attacked the paper's office. According to police, the motorcycle-borne assailants barged into the office at the Palace Compound at about 3 pm and stabbed a proof reader and a driver on the ground floor before proceeding to the first floor where they stabbed the office manager. As it was Sunday afternoon, only a reporter was present at the office. He fainted on seeing the assailants stabbing the two men on the ground floor and was left unharmed. (CNN IBN, PTI)