Oldest scribe fêted

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/10/2016

Lalbiakthanga Pachuau, editor of the Mizoram newspaper,  Zoram Tlangau,  has been declared at age 90 to be the oldest working journalist in the country at a function held in Aizawl. The Nagaland Post reports that Pachuau,  a war veteran-turned-journalist, wrote his first article on May 16, 1953 in Zoram Thupuan newpaper and later went on to edit and publish his own newspaper in 1970. 

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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

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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