The Conference of Parties (CoP-21) on global climate change is set to kick off today in Paris and will go on till December 11. In the aftermath of #ParisAttacks, the conference for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, will aim to achieve a legally binding universal agreement on climate, hoping to keep global warming below 2 degree Celsius. The conference will also see Indian PM Narendra Modi rendezvous with the US President Barack Obama, review progress in bilateral relationship and discussion on regional and global issues including terrorism. » Nestle’s FDA nightmares are far from over, as it lands in yet another food sample controversy. After Maggi, the sample of macroni pasta was sent to National Food Analysis Laboratory, Lucknow on June 10, in which the lead content was found to be much more than the permissible limit. Addressing the media, designated officer for FDA Mr. Arvind Yadav said that “Nestle were sent a letter over a month ago intimating them about the results. They had a month’s time to appeal against the test but the letter sent by the FDA was not received by the company and was returned here”. Meanwhile, Nestle India today said its products are safe for consumption and it was not aware of any test.


Taslima’s Plea to Didi

^FF6E686F48660656645841C8DEF47B77BEE29F10745DE80DA9^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrBangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen in a tweet directed towards the chief minister, West Bengal stated that “Mamata B should learn from Chidambaram and say banning Taslima’s TV drama series is wrong. She should lift the ban and let the TV to telecast the series”. Ms Nasreen was referring to the ban on the author’s serial about a Hindu family settled in Kolkata back in December 2013 due to objections from muslim fundamentalist. The remarks of the writer, living in exile in India, came a day after Chidambaram admitted banning Salman Rushdie’s novel ‘Satanic Verses’ by the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1988 was “wrong”. Mr Chidambaram was the Minister of State for Home in the Gandhi government when the book was banned. » Top Gear has announced its return to television on May 8th, 2016 with New host Chris Evans. Evans will be replacing the hot headed Jeremy Clarkson who was fired from the show for assaulting one of his producers. Shooting for the 23rd season of the legendary show is planned to wrap up and is said to be an inter-continental North American special edition.

‘Support My School’

sonalibendreranveersinghsupportmyschooltelethonA six hour long Telethon for ‘Support My School’ campaign by NDTV, Coca-Cola and UN- Habitat was co-hosted by bollywood celebrity Ranveer Singh on 29th November. Campaign’s Ambassador Sourav Ganguly and other eminent personalities including chief minister Anandiben Patel (Gujarat), bollywood actors and many more were the part of the campaign. » A multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative is soon to be launched by Bill Gates. This clean tech initiative will help the countries to double their budgets for it by 2020. Read more. » Mother Dairy paid tribute to the Milkman of India, Dr. Verghese Kurien on his birthday by launching a Twitter trend ‘#TweetToFarmer’ on November 26, 2015. The campaign is continued till 30th November asking tweeples to share their love for the farmers and special messages through their tweets. » Udalguri District Journalists’ Union organized a workshop on 28th November 2015 for the journalists of the district. The workshop was themed “Role of media on present day changing society” and was held in the conference hall of the Udalguri Deputy Commissioner’s office.


MoversShakers-Image18.11Vikas Yogi makes a move to The Indian Express as Editorial Consultant. He previously was with NDTV Auto, Cardekho, and CarTrade. Delhi based auto aficionado can be reached @yogivikas. » Congrats to Koustav Das for joining Deccan Chronicle as a Sub-Editor, who will be covering mobile tech and IT sector. Having previous stint with Silicon India, Bangalore based ManU fan can be contacted @koolkoustav.

Oops, Trump Does It Again

Trending-Image27.jpgPresidential aspirant Donald Trump triggers yet another controversy. Berating New York Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski, after he mentioned Trump’s anti-Muslim comments during the 9/11 attacks, Trump appeared to mock Kovaleski’s physical condition arthrogryposis, which visibly limits flexibility in his arms. “We think it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters,” a spokesman for the Times said. » Punjab Shiv Sena Chief Rajeev Tandon has reportedly offered Rs. 1 lakh to anyone who slaps Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for his recent remarks on ‘growing intolerance’ in the country. The Shiv Sena however, was quick to distance itself from the comment made in Ludhiana saying it had nothing to do with it. » Speaking on India’s first-ever ‘Constitution Day’, Sonia Gandhi said that the principles of the Constitution are being attacked and are under threat. “People who never had any faith and role to play in its drafting are now swearing by it and are laying claim to it”, she said. » TO THE NEW’s celebrity index confirms that Sonam Kapoor has made maximum use of her social media accounts for brand promotion. 22% out of her 144 posts across all social platforms in September were promotions for various brands she endorses.

Winter Brings In Digital Wave

MediaWatch-Image27.11.jpgAll thanks to National Informatics Centre (NIC) burning the midnight oil, the parliament has gone truly digital starting this Winter Session. The website has undergone a makeover and now all the reports will be uploaded immediately after they are tabled in Parliament. MPs will be given simple email-ids and will be entitled to purchase an iPad, for which they will be reimbursed. » Sebastian D’Souza, the journalist who photographed Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, got the worst thank-you gift from the Maharashtra Government. The veteran photojournalist ended up with a disputed residential flat in Thane for which he is still unable to sign an agreement, he told The Hindu. » A delegation of writers met Pranab Mukherjee thanking him for condemning growing intolerance. The President also congratulated the media for not compromising on freedom of speech and expression. Media in India has always fought authoritarian tendencies, and they would succeed against modern day challenges as well, he added. » Tibetan journalists aimed to raise the standard of their journalistic pursuits with a three-day tour of leading news agencies in the capital last week. “These visits have reaffirmed my belief that media is indeed an important arm in a democracy”, said Jigme Gyatso who works for a Tibetan newspaper in Dharamshala.


fs_59725.jpgThe International Communications Consultancy Organization’s (ICCO) Global Awards in London saw Genesis-Burson Marsteller bag the ‘World’s Best PR Campaign Consumer Award’ for Ashoka University. ‘Independent Consultancy of the Year APAC’ was won by Avian Media along with Nitin Mantri being honored with the ‘PR Leader of the Year Award’. » Actor Shilpa Shetty along with her husband Raj Kundra has launched Viaan Mobiles, named after their three-year old son. Five variants of the phone priced between Rs. 849 to Rs.12,999 were launched at a ceremony held in Mumbai with celebrity guests in attendance. “For us in India, the choice was mass or class and we decided with Viaan to bring the class to the mass”, said Raj Kundra. » New York City has unveiled a mobile app designed to keep citizens safe. The app named ‘See Something, Send Something’ encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity. “These new efforts are essential pieces in our fight against terrorism,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.