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PRMove3Zeno Group appoints Surabhi Virnave as Account Manager. Surabhi had her previous spells at Stayzilla as Assistant Marketplace Manager and Aim High Consulting as PR Executive. Bangalore based avid photographer can be reached @SVirnave. » Praharsh Dixit moves to Gutenberg Communications as Digital Strategist. He earlier worked with SDM Institute for Management Development as Head of Social Media Committee, Pikkol as Social Media Lead, and Tata Consultancy Services as Developer. Mumbai based Praharsh can be reached @Prary17.

PRMove1» Former Consultant at Value 360 Communications Pvt. Ltd., Abhishek Kumar now joins Industrybuying.com as Assistant Manager – PR & Communications. He previously worked as an Account Executive with Value 360 and PRHub in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Connect with this New Delhi based tech geek and SEO expert @abhishekmcj.

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MediaMove1Darpan Singh joins The Times of India as Assistant Editor. He earlier worked with Mail Today as Associate Editor and has been associated with Hindustan Times since 2001 as Sub Editor-cum-Reporter, Senior Reporter, Bureau Chief, and later as Assistant Editor. Darpan has been awarded ‘Journalist of the Month’ five times in the year 2014. Connect with this Delhiite @darpans.
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» Sakshi Joshi starts her new innings with News24 as Anchor cum Special Correspondent. She had her previous stints with BBC India, IBN7, and India TV. New Delhi based Sakshi tweets at @sakshijoshi85. » Parag Jain makes a move to ESPNcricinfo as Consultant. He previously worked with Asian News International as Sub Editor and interned at NewsX and CNN-IBN.  Connect with this Delhi based journalist @parag63.

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MoversShakers-Image29.3.16Congrats to Mukund Padmanabhan for joining The Hindu as Editor. He was previously with the Hindu Business Line and The Indian Express. Chennai based Mukund can be reached @muk22. And Raghavan Srinivasan joins The Hindu Business Line as Editor. New Delhi based Raghavan  can be reached @srinivasanravi. » Rahul Koul joins BioVoice News as Chief Editor. He was previously with MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications and CyberMedia. Rahul has won BioSpectrum Best Person of the Year—Silver and Gold Awards in Journalism, in 2010 and 2011. New Delhi based avid traveler and writer can be reached @Rahipoet. » Anil Uniyal steps down from Network 18. He was earlier associated with Forbes India as its CEO and was the CEO of Network18’s Business channels – CNBC TV 18 and CNBC Awaaz, responsible for strategic, financial and operational management.

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

MediaWatch-Image29.3.16Co-founder and co-chairperson of NDTV, Dr. Prannoy Roy was presented with the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management-2015. In his address at the ceremony, he asked all politicians to nurture, not throttle India’s media. Calling it one of the greatest assets for the country’s people, he said, “Watch this space – watch India’s media – you ain’t seen nothing yet.” » Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) labels Indian media ‘crass’. In a press release urging Pakistani media to be “responsible and professional” while reporting on the recent Lahore attacks, there were specific instructions to “not follow in India media’s footsteps that is driven by crass commercialization”.  » The ABP Group formally announced the launch of their new Gujarati News Channel ABP Asmita. Check details on the show lineup on the channel here» Week 11 of BARC India data saw the entire news genre taking a dip in ratings. Times Now maintained its leadership position in the English News category and CNBC TV18 & CNBC Awaaz held the trophy in English & Hindi Business News respectively.

Don’t Parody Me : Swamy

ChaiTime-Image29.3.16Facebook took down two pages bearing the name of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday, March 23rd. The parody accounts were called “Unofficial: Subramaniam Swamy” & “Unofficial: Dr. Subramanian Swamy”, and run by an anonymous operator and the ShankhNaad website. In December 2014 Swamy had threatened Facebook with legal notice if they don’t delete the accounts. Facebook had also confirmed that they police any fake accounts and that Swamy has no official account on Facebook. » India Today is going to host the premiere of 3 minute short films portraying the expression of ‘India Tomorrow’. To be created individually by renowned directors Imtiaz Ali, Pradeep Sarkar, Rohan Sippy, Hansal Mehta and Meghna Gulzar, the films will reflect the present as well as provide the binocular view of the future conditions of India. They will be available on both TV and digital media. » President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri Awards 2016 to 56 personalities from many areas including art, science, social work, public affairs, and medicine, on 28 March 2016.  Held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the ceremony was also attended by PM Narendra Modi. Personalities like Rajinikanth, Anupam Kher, Priyanka Chopra, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Late. Dhirubhai Ambani among others were honored with the award. See More» Havas Worldwide India has appointed Arindam Sengupta as President – West. Prior to this, Sengupta was working with Ogilvy & Mather at Mumbai. Having an experience of more than 18 years he has also worked with Lowe Lintas, DDB Mudra and TBWA in the past.

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PRmove1PRoact BrandComm appoints Amit Misra as Head of Operations and Ankit Sharma as Assistant Manager. Amit was earlier with Standard Chartered Bank as Process Reengineering Specialist and HDFC Bank as Senior Manager. And Ankit previously worked with Yamuna Power and Infrastructure Ltd. as a Business Development Executive.
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» Ishita Grover starts her new innings in Text 100 as Account Director. She has been with Text 100 since 2007 as Account Executive and later as Senior Account Manager. In the year 2010 she worked with Corbus India Pvt. Ltd. as Public Relations Officer. New Delhi based tech enthusiast Ishita can be reached @ishitag.