Infiltrating edit page?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/10/2012

The head of Hindustan Unilever writes an edit page article in the Economic Times on handwashing initiatives undertaken by the private sector and the government of India. His company ofcourse makes soap. Elsewhere in the same issue of the paper there is a full-page paid feature on Handwashing Day with Lifebuoy soap (made by his company) featured all over the place. A package deal of some sort?

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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.                  says that  HT Media has reported a drop of 86 percent in its net profit for the June quarter to Rs 5.8 crore against Rs 41.5 crore reported by the firm during the same quarter of last year.  In May this year however  HT Media had reported over a two-fold increase in consolidated net profit  over the previous quarter, according to TOI.                     

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