Urban Development Minister, Venkaiah Naidu has announced the list of first 20 cities selected for the Smart Cities plan. Bhubaneswar topped the list from a total of 97 cities in competition. Other cities selected include Pune, Jaipur, Surat. The government plans to build these smart cities by 2022 and the estimated cost for the project is Rs 96,000 crore. » President Pranab Mukherjee returned the controversial ‘Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime’ (GCTOC) bill once again. The bill twice rejected by the previous Presidents, has been called off yet again by Mr. Pranab Mukherjee for rework and further consultion by the state government.
Doordarshan in hope to revitalize its content have introduced a new ‘slot sale policy’. The National Broadcaster will auction its prime time slots in a phased manner to attract major production houses by the end of this financial year. As per reports Sunday slots are likely to be put up for sale first. » HT Media Ltd. has reported a 43.38% rise in digital revenues for the last quarter ended on 31 Dec, 2015. Its digital business amassed Rs 38.2 crore from Rs 26.7 crore in the same quarter last year. Confident with the current stats, HT now plans to focus on starting new radio stations acquired on Phase-III airwave auctions. » The Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has upheld complaints against 38 out of 72 misleading advertisements first reported on October last year. Out of the 38 ads, 19 belonged to the Healthcare category, followed by 5 in telecommunication and broadband category, 4 in Personal Care category and 10 advertisements from other categories. Click for more.
India Today group on Thursday announced the first ‘India Today Art Awards’ in New Delhi, in partnership with the DLF Group, India Art Fair and EDC. The list of awardees includes prominent names like BN Goswamy (Art writer of the year), Roobina Karode (Curator of the year). See More. » BW Businessworld has been awarded with the Chanakya ‘Magazine of The Year Award’ for excelling in reporting & analysis and its path-breaking style. The award was presented during the 10th Global Communication Conclave of Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) – a national body of PR, media, advertising, and HR professionals, held recently in Kolkata. » The video sharing feature of Facebook, is turning out to be a serious competitor for YouTube. The social platform has announced that it recently hit 100 million hours of daily video watch-time in a day and has recorded 1.04 billion daily active users so far.
Jyotika Sood makes a move to Hindustan Times as Staff Writer. Prior to this she was associated with Daily News Analysis (DNA), The Tribune, and Down to Earth magazine. Delhi based Jyotika who specializes in agricultural journalism can be reached @Jyotika_Sood. » Sabah Kazi joins ScoopWhoop as Entertainment Editor. She was earlier associated with Times Now, TV Today, NDTV, and India TV. Shifting base from Mumbai to New Delhi, Sabah can be reached @sabakazi.
General V.K Singh has lashed out at the Media ‘presstitutes’ again for incorrect reportage. This comes in after a video surfaced on the internet showing Vijay Pal Tomar touching the feet of Amit Shah while felicitating him after he was re-elected as BJP President on Sunday. The media however, mistook the individual for V.K Singh to which the latter responded by saying that it was a case of “mischief by presstitutes.” » Donald Trump will “most likely” not participate in Thursday night’s FOX News-Google debate. Citing the participation of “lightweight” Megyn Kelly, Trump went on to poke fun at FOX news and said “Let’s see how much money FOX is going to make on the debate without me.” » A teacher of Mulluvaady Government Primary School in Pennagaram, Tamil Nadu has been suspended for defamatory posts on Facebook against the CM and local officials. The teacher posted a snap shot of an alleged interview of the 1980s, supposedly given by Ms. Jayalalithaa to a Tamil magazine, on his Facebook page.
NDTV India has landed itself in trouble due to the coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack. The MIB has issued a show cause notice to the channel cited as “prima facie” violation of norms for broadcasting sensitive information. The channel continued to telecast live movements and tactics of the army despite the fact that two of the terrorists were known to be alive. » Hyderabad High Court has refused to grant an interim stay order on Telangana government’s decision to extend financial assistance to IAS Officer Smitha Sabharwal. The state has already released the amount of legal expenses needed to fight the defamation case against the management of Outlook magazine and the court has taken serious objection to the ‘sexist remarks’ made about the officer by the magazine. » CNN International has come up with a comprehensive ‘CNN Politics Package’ for international TV and digital publishers to access exclusive CNN content to boost their coverage of 2016’s biggest news event – the US Presidential Elections. Know more about this offering.
In continuation with Twitter’s long-planned restructuring, Leslie Berland has joined this micro-blogging site as Chief Marketing Officer. Previously working with The American Express as Executive Vice-President; Berland will be responsible for Twitter’s Global Advertising, Marketing & Digital Partnerships. » The Mumbai Police has taken Twitter by storm! Joining the micro-blogging website a month ago, their account has grown to have more than 30,000 followers as their pun-filled tweets are giving stand-up comedians a run for their money. » From empowering the people at village level with knowledge, skill development and core competencies to carving a niche for itself in the Connected India-2020 project, Railtel Corporation’s broadband is aiming to provide 500,000 households through its Railwire network in next two years.