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A front-page Loksatta report today says leading Maharashtra newspapers are into pre-election paid news business. A Hindi newspaper is marketing its reach with data on its readership as voters. Another has stopped routine coverage of ticket aspirants unless Rs 1.5 - 2.5 lakh was forked out per constituency. Coverage of foundation-laying, ribbon-cutting ceremonies to beat the imminent code of conduct was only if they were paid for. No newspapers were named but the paper said Loksatta was not  among them.
The Times group has raised staff hackles by appropriating their personal Twitter and Facebook accounts and has inserted clauses in service contracts to the effect that personal and company accounts are merged. According to reports, staff will have to post regular updates. Curiously, the company will continue to hold the account even after the employee quits, privacy be damned.
At a India Today conclave on women being telecast on Headlines Today,  Rahul Kanwal, seated in the audience, popped THE question to Smriti Irani, the HRD Minister : the discrepancy in her affidavit on whether she was a graduate or not. In the first .. more>>
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