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Paid news in The Hindu?
A Kerala government enquiry has pointed to instances which smack of ads for coverage in the paper, and another report of a finance inspection wing has questioned the manner in which it was given advertising.   PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA reports. 
The noose is tightened
After banning two TV channels eight months ago, the Telangana chief minister has ordered journalists to get out of the Secretariat.   ALAPATI SURESH KUMAR reports on how media freedom is being eroded in the new state. Pix: K. Chandrasekhar Rao; credit: topnews.in 
Mystery of the missing edits
Why are some topics ignored in edits? Why does science rarely feature?   Editorial writer T.C.A. SRINIVASA-RAGHAVAN ruminates on this mystery (Pix: Mehbooba Mufti's meeting with Amit Shah on February 24). 
Making fun of the princeling
News of Rahul Gandhi's 'break' triggered understandable mirth and mockery.   DARIUS NAKHOONWALA analyses the edits on this strangely timed rest. Pix: Rahul Gandhi, from Scoopwhoop.com 
New times, new words please
Why do we continue using hoary words that either date back to the Raj or are out of tune with the character of our modern Republic?   SAMEER SINGH offers an alternative political lexicon. 
Internet.org comes to India
What does Facebook's ostensibly philanthropic move to offer the internet for free actually mean--for its competition, for the consumers targeted, and for the concept of net neutrality?   SMARIKA KUMAR explains.Pix: Mark Zuckerberg 
Shireen Dalvi: Urdu-English press divide
Between the reaction of Urdu journalists to the Shireen Dalvi controversy and the reaction of the English press lies a huge gulf.   JYOTI PUNWANI reports 
Better late than never
Narendra Modi's belated statement condemning religious violence was either welcomed in fairly pedestrian editorials or ignored by some business papers.   DARIUS NAKHOONWALA was a bit underwhelmed. 
The Newshour or the Rant-hour?
Arnab Goswami plumbed new depths in a discussion over the Greenpeace activist stopped from going to London.   AMRIT DHILLON watched, appalled, as he yelled at the top of his lungs and sneered. 
A budget campaign
How indispensable are professional PR and advertising agencies to a political party at election time?   If you happen to be the AAP, they are quite dispensable, says SEVANTI NINAN 

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Is the Lok Sabha TV channel now being run by the information and broadcasting ministry? Yesterday LSTV recorded an interview with the railway minister, and the channel staff were bemused to find that the feed went out without the LSTV logo on it, even as Doordarshan telecast it with its own watermark.  The LSTV anchor was taken off the interview panel too while a DD  person did the programme.  Asked by her staff why that had happened,  the channel CEO responded that the direct feed  to DD  was on the  orders of I & B minister Arun Jaitley and his minister of state R Rathore.

A new Marathi daily, Mi Marathi LIVE, was launched last night amid much fanfare in Mumbai. Its owners are the same as those of the TV news channel, Mi Marathi. Given the traditional reluctance of newspapers to carry advertisements announcing new rivals, it had adopted a strategy -- a four-page broadsheet, masthead and all, were distributed by asking vendors to insert it as a flyer in all Marathi newspapers. More expensive, but each subscriber of any Marathi daily got it. Nikhil Wagle, Kumar Ketkar, and Bharatkumar Raut, formerly Maharashtra Times editor and Shiv Sena MP, are consultants who will also be writing columns.

Adding to the flurry of comments about Rahul Gandhi's vacation, Dainik Jagran on Feb. 25 went a step further and produced a career “report card” which asked whether Gandhi's performance inside the parliament or outside had been substantial enough that his break should evoke such  a hue and cry. He was the most active in the 14th Lok Sabha but has not asked a single question in the house, or presented any private members bill  since, in the 15th and 16th Lok Sabhas.
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