TOI defrauded of Rs 15 Crore

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/05/2018
The Bennet Coleman and Co Ltd, which publishes the Times of India and other publications ,was defrauded of Rs 15 crore from 2013-17 and an FIR has been lodged in Mumbai's Azad Maidan police station. According to a news report, an editorial coordinator created fake bank accounts and vouchers in the name of freelancers and columnists. A senior journalist of an afternoon newspaper was arrested in this connection but the main accused is absconding.                            
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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar.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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