"Its about Adani"

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/02/2018

Last year ABC Four Corners, an Australian news team, was threatened by the Crime Branch of Gujarat Police in October while it was at Gujarat’s Mundra port to investigate the Adani group. It was forced to leave Gujarat and India. Now comes  this post from an Indian origin Australian journalist working from ABC saying that they have been denied visas to come and do interviews here for a series of programs about India since independence for Radio National. "A highly placed govt. source" apparently told them "it is about the Adani story."                     

                 

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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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