Panama Probe Celebrated

ChaiTime-Image21.6.16The Panama Papers probe has been awarded with the Data Journalism Award 2016 for Investigation of the Year at the Global Editors Network (GEN) summit in Vienna on Thursday, 16th June. A collaborative work of more than 100 media organizations including The Indian Express, the Panama Papers exposed the inner workings of the secretive offshore financial system in Panama. Accepting the award on behalf of ICIJ, data journalist Cécile Schilis-Gallego paid tribute to the global team of reporters and the source of the Panama Papers data. » Celebrating the 15th death anniversary of Moturi Hanumantha Rao, Founder-Editor of Prajasakti, the newspaper presented awards to its journalists in Anantapur on Saturday, 18th June. V Gopi, Staff Reporter bagged VR Bomma Reddy Memorial Best Journalist award for the year 2016 while senior journalist Dasari Alwar Swamy was chosen for the Moturi Hanumantha Rao Memorial Best Journalist award and Dandapani was selected for Best Rural Reporter award. » Today, on the morning of second International Yoga Day, PM Narendra Modi urged people to embrace yoga for better physical and mental health. Modi oversaw some 30,000 yoga enthusiasts in Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex performing deep breathing and stretching exercises before joining them. Over 96,000 people had registered themselves to take part in the event. » With an aim to facilitate loans to financially weak students wishing to pursue higher studies in the national capital after passing their Class XII examination, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launched an online portal on Monday. Students will not be required to furnish any collaterals or margin money in the scheme, which will be universal in nature, regardless of the student’s background. See more.

Encashing Foreign Praise

MediaWatch-Image24.5.16In an attempt to draw one up against the Indian media, Arvind Kejriwal took to citing foreign publications in which the AAP governance has been praised. The Delhi CM, at a public rally in Panaji, spoke about The Washington Post praising the ‘mohalla’ clinics and the Fortune magazine complimenting the ‘Odd-Even’ traffic scheme in the capital. » Times Now signs up Sky Media as exclusive ad sales partner for its London stint. Tarun Sawhney was also recently onboarded as Country Sales Manager for marketing and sales in the UK market. » Read what Rajen Garabadu, Chief Executive Producer, IBN News Network, had to say about the recent rebranding of CNN-IBN to CNN-News18 here. “The new look aims at providing the viewer a more enhanced viewing experience”, said Garabadu as he went on to explain the rationale behind the new identity – logo and design. » Bihar CM Nitish Kumar fails yet again to uphold his promise to protect the fourth pillar of democracy. In another embarrassing moment for the state government, Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar’s Hemant Yadav was abducted from his home on Sunday for not writing a news report in favor of local contractor, Haji Laddan. Thakur, who was taken to Sadar Hospital where he was beaten up and locked, was rescued by hospital staff. » Public Broadcasters of India (DD) and China (CCTV) to exchange mutual interest programs on the eve of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to China. Check out the details of four documentaries to be telecast on DD Bharati here.

Kejriwal Spurted

Trending-Image18.1.16.jpgArvind Kejriwal was attacked with ink as he addressed a thanksgiving rally for the success of the odd-even plan. The attacker, identified as Bhavna Arora, claimed that she was a part of AAP’s Punjab unit and had proof of Kejriwal’s involvement in the CNG Fitness scam. Manish Sisodia was quick to blame the police for not showing urgency as he went on to say that the whole attacked was scripted by the BJP. » The entrepreneurial community has lauded the ambitious guidelines set by Narendra Modi at the Startup India event. However, there exists skepticism in terms of implementation and execution of the proposals. Read more. » Anna Hazare has received an anonymous death threat letter claiming that the social activist will be killed on January 26. The sender has also suggested that Hazare should declare him his heir for all assets and possessions. “Anna has chosen not to comment on such letters as he does not fall prey to such threats”, said Hazare’s PA Shyam Pathade. The police however are taking no chances and have decided to review the security cover for him. » As promised, has released interviews and statements of several witnesses to claim that Subhas Chandra Bose did indeed die after his plane crashed near Taipei. However, West Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee has dismissed the theory and wants the ‘Russian angle’ to be investigated. Read the whole account here.

Viva La Laxmi

Trending-Image12.1.jpgActivist and acid attack survivor Laxmi has now become the brand ambassador of a clothing brand Viva N Diva. According to an HT report, the initiative marks the beginning of a campaign where many more acid victims might become the face of different brands. “For a moment, we saw beauty in a very different way and all that we could think of was to capture it in a way that gave it meaning” said Ayushi Rastogi of Viva N Diva. » BMW continues to reign in the luxury car sales for the 11th straight year since 2005. Topping the charts with 1.91 million vehicles sold in 2015, a rise of 5.2 % since 2014. Mercedes grabbed the second spot with 1.87 million cars while Audi ranked third with 1.80 million sales. » Arvind Kejriwal, in an exclusive article for TOI has said that his faith in the people of the country has been proved right. According to him, the success of the odd-even scheme has proved two things. First, that the people of this country are great and second, that the AAP government is capable of governing quite well. Read the full article here. » Zomato has shut down its recently launched online ordering service in four cities. According to co-founder Pankaj Chaddah, “The size of the markets in Lucknow, Coimbatore, Indore and Kochi is small right now as the combined volume accounts for less than 2% of the total order volume.”

Jaitley Crossed Again

Trending-Image06.01.16.jpgArun Jaitley was mocked on Twitter after his statements made at Patiala High Court were publicized by the media. Making his point before the magistrate for the defamation cases he filed against Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders after the DDCA row; Jaitley said that members like Raghav Chadha have defamed him by retweeting Kejriwal’s tweets. Hashtag #RT2DefameJaitley making its way into the trending list, have a look at what people had to say. » According to Syrian Media, ISIS has executed a female journalist for the first time for reporting inside its territory. Ruqia Hassan, an independent reporter continuously challenged the ISIS and often reported on air strikes as they happened in the city of Raqqa. Her execution marks the fifth journalist who reported on ISIS to be killed since October according to Syrian Journalism Organization, Syria Direct. » Mark your calendars for The Hindu Lit For Life. The three day event from January 15 – 17, 2016 will include conversations, debates and keynotes from a bunch of renowned journalists, writers and artists. To be held at Lady Andal School in Chennai, Tamil Nadu; know more about the event at

VIP Entry To Heaven

MediaWatch-Image05.01.16Just look to the skies to get answers to any troubling questions that you might have because – ‘Uparwala Dekh Raha Hai’. Aaj Tak’s fabricated absurdity claims to be the “most unique and most dynamic” astrology show on TV. Interesting predictions for 2016 based on “research” by “experts” are in store for PM Modi, CM Kejriwal and even ISIS. The terror group apparently carried out most attacks on 10th and 11th as those dates opened a VIP entry to heaven. » Continuing the string of defamation cases, the latest to get struck by the Tamil Nadu government are TOI & Dinamalar. Even after the SC asked them not to take offence over criticism of governance, the TN government handed out a suit each to TOI and Dinamalar, for carrying reports attributing the recent Chennai floods to non-natural causes – bureaucratic hassle and negligence. » Read how the Pakistani media reported the terror attack in Pathankot. From praising the Pak Government’s quick condemnation of the attack to India’s ‘muted’ blame on Pakistan, the editorials seem cautious. Meanwhile BBC might have stepped on the axe by referring to the terrorists as ‘gunmen’. » Telecom operators wait for court orders on the matter of compensating users for call drops. TRAI regulations, effective from January 1, dictate that telcos pay users Re. 1 for every call drop due to network glitches, with a cap of Rs. 3 per day. TRAI has said that it will refrain from any coercive action till the next court hearing on January 6th.

Talk Of The Town

^680D56B5AADC59812BDAF4D983FE887DCAE3CDA6D349BEF07D^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrPM Narendra Modi becomes the talk of the town on Twitter, closely followed by Salman Khan. According to a report by social media analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence, NaMo topped the India tweet charts with more than 34 lakh tweets in 2015. Politics, sports and Bollywood led the chatter in the country, the report showed. » In a fresh round of mud-slinging, DDCA has been accused of demanding ‘sexual favours’ for player selection in various age group squads. Terming these allegations as “wild and baseless” DDCA has decided to file a defamation case against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad, and other AAP functionaries. » Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamat (TNTJ), a Chennai based Muslim organization has issued a fatwa against Ramdev’s Patanjali products. According to TNTJ the fatwa is to warn unsuspecting Muslims against the consumption of Patanjali products which contain cow urine, considered ‘haram’ in Islam, as a ‘key ingredient’. Patanjali quickly clarified that only 5 products contain cow urine.