Counting day winner

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/05/2018

NDTV was trailing early on in getting the accurate trend in Karnataka, compared to  CNN News18 which lead  all the channels in coming closest to the eventual result. It announced early on that it had is own reporters in every counting centre in Karnataka, and was showing the yawning gap between Congress and BJP long before the others did. And at the hour of 11 am which all the parties and channels had said would show the definitive picture, the fastest results were not from TV but from ECI via Nielsen on the web, which was showing 120 seats going to the BJP.              

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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

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.                    
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