Cannily commercial

IN Media Watch Briefs | 23/08/2012
 The Indian Express reports that the  Raipur administration has slapped notices on major newspapers in Chhattisgarh for violating the deed under which they were given government land at a concession. The Dainik Bhaskar, Navbharat, Samvet Shikhar, Dainik Chhatisgarh, MP Chronicle and Tarun Chhattisgarh are among those named as having made commercial use of such land. The same correspondent earlier investigated a Bhaskar exclusive in great detail. Interesting to see the media scrutinizing  the deeds of its own fraternity.
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ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    

Doordarshan interviewed  two BJP ministers in the afternoon about what they thought of Rahul Gandhi's speech during the no-trust motion, and why BJP MPs had felt the need to come outside Parliament and attack him. Ministers of state Ashwini Chaubey and Ram Kirpal Yadav answered at considerable length and were allowed to have their say. The reporter also asked one of them what he thought about RG's hugging the PM and he effectively snorted in disapproval. When a panel discussion began after this,  more leading questions from the news anchor about this 'jadu ki jhappi."  And more criticism followed.                        

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