Ten leading filmmakers including Dibakar Bannerjee and Anand Patwardhan have returned their National Awards. Questioning the government’s commitment to protect freedom of expression, they also expressed solidarity with Film and Television Institute of India students who ended their strike earlier. » Narendra Modi has made it to the list of the world’s most admired personalities. A World Economic Forum survey revealed that he ranked 10 globally. Nelson Mandela topped the list while Mahatma Gandhi featured on 4th position. » Answering rather vaguely when asked about net neutrality, Mark Zuckerberg at IIT Delhi emphasized that Internet.org and Facebook fully supported the issue. He went on to say that those pushing for net neutrality already have access to the internet adding that “We all have a moral responsibility to look out for those who don’t have access.”
BBC World News’ flagship show ‘Talking Business’ will launch an India special episode. To be broadcasted on 30th October at 8pm, the show will be broadcast from Mumbai’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. Business presenter Yogita Limaye will be joined by students of the college and a panel to discuss India’s skill gap. » Times Network’s real estate and property channel ‘MagicBricks Now’ has been officially launched and will begin beaming from November 1. Initially slated to be called Property Now, the re-christened channel will offer a rich array of programs ranging from news bulletins to property hotlines, debates, leadership insights and more.
NDTV Convergence welcomes its new Chief Sub-Editor, Roydon Cerejo. With Technology as his forte, he has earlier worked with Network 18, Techtree.com and Asus. Mumbai based Roydon can be reached @r0yds. » Congrats to Ajeet Bharti for joining NewsGram, an online news portal as Deputy Editor. He was previously associated with The Times of India, The Economic Times, and IANS Publishing. Delhi based Ajeet blogs at ‘the naked mind’ and can be connected @ajeetbharti.
India moves up 12 places in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report. The implementation of the ‘elimination of minimum paid-in capital’ and a ‘certificate to commence business operations’ caused the jump from last year’s 142nd spot to 130. Considering India’s mammoth economy, World Bank’s Chief Economist & Senior VP Kaushik Basu called it a ‘remarkable achievement’. » Facebook’s Townhall meeting is set to take place at IIT Delhi today. To be hosted by CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself, 900 students are expected to attend the Q&A session. Posting about the event earlier this month on his page Zuckerberg said, “More than 130 million people use Facebook in India. I’m looking forward to hearing directly from one of our most active and engaged communities.” » Telcos have a new move up their sleeve in their petition against TRAI to roll back its “coercive and grossly unjust” order of paying penalties for call drops. Top operators Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance have grouped up claiming that “to recover this cost of compensation, telecom operators will have to increase tariffs, leading to customers spending more to purchase telecom services.”
CNBC seems to have struck gold with the Republican Presidential debate. Advertisers are fighting over 30 sec slots on the already sold out program, “Your Money, Your Vote”, and are ready to pay upwards of $250,000 to secure their place. This means 5 times more money than usual for CNBC and can probably be attributed to Donald Trump’s presence. » Radio Mirchi gets a Punjabi tadka, with a new online radio channel in its kitty – Yo Punjabi. Popular singer, Mika Singh was roped in for the station’s exclusive launch on Gaana.com. Radio Mirchi now houses 12 online stations from different music genres. » ‘HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan’, a new nine-episode series celebrating the triumphant human spirit, is all set to premiere on Discovery Channel on November 2nd. The show, to be hosted by Hrithik, will feature 9 real-life heroes including dancer, Sudha Chandran and wrestler, Sangram Singh.
Denied visa could not stop Pakistani author Kanza Javed from launching her book ‘Ashes, Wine and Dust’ in India. The author, due to attend the Kumaon Lit Fest for the launch of her book, coordinated with her publisher Aanchal Malhotra for a last-minute launch over Skype, after her visa request was rejected. » Taking a page out of Apple’s marketing book, Microsoft has launched a page for MacBook users that will facilitate a smooth migration to its recently launched laptop, the Surface Book. Microsoft has created quite a buzz with claims that its laptop is two times faster than Apple’s – a strategy Apple has been using for years. » Can Public Relations salvage broken trust? Taking an instance from the Maggi case study, PR news site- ‘Image Management’ gives an interesting take on how efficient PR can offer solutions in times of crisis.