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CNN-IBN-ADR's Rate your MPs survey raises questions
The survey hopes to influence the agenda of elections by highlighting voter priorities. But there are limits to the usefulness of the conclusions drawn from the survey.   ANKITA PANDEY explains why 
Employee takes Zee News to court
A labour court in Mumbai has ordered the reinstatement of a woman reporter of Zee News Ltd whose services were terminated because she got pregnant.   GEETA SESHU reports. 
A tale of two interviews
If Ansari did not probe Rahul on the charges levelled against Robert Vadra, nor did Rajat Sharma grill Modi on Snoopgate or Kejriwal's charges regarding the Adani group.   RANA AYYUB rues two wasted opportunities. PIX: Rahul Gandhi during his interview on Headlines Today 
Tehelka up for sale
K.D. Singh said that while he did not want the Tehelka brand to die, he was negotiating with different individuals to sell the 65.75 per cent stake in Anant Media held by Royal Building.   PARANJOY GUHA THAKURTA and MOHAMMAD GHAZALI explore the financials of the company and its principal stakeholder. Pix: KD Singh and Tarun Tejpal 
Increase in censorship in India
Chilling effects of at least 52 instances of censorship in the first quarter of 2014 by the state, Hindu groups, publishers, student groups and others.   A FREE SPEECH HUB report. PIX: The books that were banned. 
"People don't ask about issues that journalists are obsessed with"
As Delhi voted, the fortunes of three journalists who made their political debut in this general election as the candidates of the Aam Aadmi Party were also being decided.   ANJALI PURI caught them at the tail-end of their campaigns. PIX: Ashish Khetan campaigning in Delhi 
Not enough direct accountability
As successive polls bring us closer to a “Modi Sarkar” we have to wonder about how publicly accountable Mr Modi will be if he does become prime minister,   says SEVANTI NINAN. PIX: Modi at a rally 
Pronouncing on the BJP manifesto
The Hindu whose response to what the BJP says or does has always been one of disgust and contempt, actually wrote a fair editorial on its election manifesto.   DARIUS NAKHOONWALA trawls the wisdom different papers offered. PIX: BJP's manifesto release 
In Assam too, scribes take the plunge
The star attraction this election in Assam is prolific journalist and former Deputy Editor of the television news channel DY 365, Manorom Gogoi.   Both journalism and politics are tools to change society, candidates tell TERESA REHMAN. PIX: AAP candidate from Guwahati Pranjal Bordoloy 
Covering the polls out of Columbia U
Inspired by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight news site, a group of Indian students in the US conceived the idea of the election-focused thefivefortyfive.com.   NAUSHEEN HUSAIN tells their story. PIX: Team members of thefivefortyfive.com 

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Narendra Modi has gone from giving no interviews to giving two a day. The gratified interviewers ask what they have to but don't press. On CNBC Awaaz Sanjay Pugalia's treatment of him was in sharp contrast to his treatment of Arvind Kejriwal in an earlier interview with the latter. Most curious was Times Now's choice of an interviewer: how come it wasn't Arnab Goswami?

Some sixty  well-known directors, actors, screenwriters, editors, producers, lyricists and others have put out an appeal to "vote secular". No party names mentioned, of course. The list includes Vishal Bhardwaj, Govind Nihalani, Saeed Mirza, Zoya Akhtar, Nandita Das, Anand Patwardhan, Rakesh Sharma, Hansal Mehta, Saket Chaudhary, Mahesh Bhatt, Shubha Mudgal, and Kundan Shah.

Loksatta today (April 18) reported EC serving notices to 146 Lok Sabha candidates in Maharashtra, including Praful Patel, for "paid news" use in the poll campaign but no media organisation receiving payments was identified.

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