Rock star PM

IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/03/2018
Prior to Narendra Modi's address at CNN TV 18's Rising India summit on Friday, the Group's Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi made such a flattering  introductory speech about the PM that even Mr Modi  looked a trifle embarrassed. He narrated how much the PM had achieved while leading from the front, and said the network's channels were there for him to use to put out his message.  He introduced him as India's rock star prime minister. Mr Modi then  went on to do a power point presentation about the achievements of his government and said there was "darkness" in the country before he took over the reins of power in 2014.                        
 
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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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