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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Two months after a journalist was killed in Tripura by mob violence, another scribe was shot dead today by the personal security officer of a commandant of the Tripura State Rifles. Shantanu Bhaumik's murder in September this year was followed by the murder on Nov 21 of Sudip Datta Bhaumik who was a senior journalist with the Syandan Patrika, a leading Bengali newspaper in Agartala, reports The Indian Express. He had gone to meet the commandant with an appointment, and had an altercation with the PSO.                         

Thenortheasttoday.com  reports  that  Imphal-based newspapers left their editorial columns blank to protest  the burning down of a daily on Nov. 18,  allegedly by members of the BJP’s youth wing. "Copies of the vernacular newspaper   Poknapham were set on fire by unidentified miscreants in front of BJP’s party office at Nityapat Chuthek on Saturday over alleged disparaging content against the prime minister", the website said. The All Manipur Working Journalists Union has termed the act of burning the newspaper copies as  "promulgation of mob culture."                      

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