Ditching the Times Group

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/03/2017

Why did the PM and his ministers and bureaucrats, and Chandrababu Naidu (whose state is an official partner of the summit)  all pull out of the ET  global summit at the last minute? It started on March 27. The reason offered by a gossip portal, that the PM and his men were upset with ET because of its build up to Akhilesh Yadav before the elections,  does not explain a last minute ditch. But the paper seems to be trying to make up. Each of the  first four pages of today's ET had prominent stories on the PM with his picture.             

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In the controversy over the ANI story on accounts from Russia, Kazakhstan and Indonesia retweeting Rahul Gandhi's tweets, Altnews.in has found  that the BJP's IT cell head Amit Malviya tweeted a screenshot of one of  the Twitter accounts taken two hours before ANI's story was published at 1.05 pm. The screenshot records the time it was taken.  That was also true of a screenshot  of another account which Malviya tweeted. Ten accounts are listed in ANI’s article. So did the evidence of these retweets get fed to ANI by the BJP?  Or did the BJP have prior knowledge of the story ANI was going to do?  Malviya began tweeting right after the ANI story was published.                               

The Hindu reports that a  journalist with the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran and a member of the RSS, Rajesh Mishra, was shot dead in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. His brother was also shot at and critically injured. Several rounds were filed at him by unidentified motorbike-borne assailants. Police said suspected enmity could be the reason for the murder. Mishra worked as a block-level stringer with Dainik Jagran and was also a block in-charge of the RSS.                                                                   

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