Height of speculation

IN Media Watch Briefs | 03/09/2017

What is media speculation worth in a situation where two individuals hold the cards  close to their chests?  Pretty little, it turns out.  Media patter turned creative in the long period that no hard news on portfolios was forthcoming. First the commentators in NDTV's studio (as in a couple of other studios as well) decided that Defence could go to Sushma Swaraj. They they got enthused about it and speculated about how she would do the same mothering act for soldiers that she had done for NRIs. Then it went to Nirmala Sitharaman.   Several channels elaborated on how Nitin Gadkari might get railways to bring all transport related ministries under one minister.  But the portfolio went to Piyush Goyal.                                                                                  

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The  Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age have reported that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, was her assassin. The confirmation is attributed to a senior official in the Special Investigation Team. He also said the same weapon was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh, as rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi. The weapon has not been traced.The SIT suspects that three more people were present when Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at the entrance of her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.                      

PTI reports that the West Bengal govt plans to come up with a law to tackle fake news and social media posts which cause unrest. The report quotes a Home Dept official saying that the state govt has kept data bank on fake news circulated on social media in West Bengal and other parts of the country in the past couple of years, and has records of past offenders to consider while framing the new law.  recent incidents in Shillong, Godda in Jharkhand and Karbi Anglong district of Assam have added to the concern, the report says.                    

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