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Bitter succession battle threatens India’s The Hindu daily

By Sun, Oct 27, 2013 2:10PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Squabbling families battle it out for control of newspaper, reports Asia Sentinel’s Cyril Pereira India’s dynastic successions have virtually paralyzed some of the country’s biggest and most powerful institutions including the Reliance, Bajaj, Birla and Ranbaxy groups. Now it is the turn of the fifth-generation descendants of Kasturi & Sons Ltd, the public company which...

India: Journalist exam proposal sparks media backlash

By Thu, Aug 22, 2013 12:43PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

India’s minister for information and broadcasting Manish Tewari has come under heavy fire this week after raising the idea of a licensing exam for Indian journalists. Words like ‘preposterous’ and ‘laughable’ have been commonly heard in media circles as journalists made their feelings known. Tewari’s suggestion was that a ‘common examination’ should be conducted for...

Court lifts gag order on India gang rape trial

By Fri, Mar 22, 2013 3:25PM UTC Comments Off

NEW DELHI (AP) — A defense lawyer says an Indian court has ruled that the media should be allowed to cover the trial of four men accused in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman on a New Delhi bus in December. Journalists had been barred by a court order from covering the...

Internet expert criticizes Indian cyber blockades

By Fri, Aug 24, 2012 7:45PM UTC Comments Off Internet expert criticizes Indian cyber blockades

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government’s attempts to block social media accounts and websites that it blames for spreading panic have been inept and possibly illegal, a top internet expert said Friday. Earlier this month, thousands of people from the country’s remote northeast began fleeing cities in southern and western India, as rumors swirled...

Indian govt’s Diwali gift: Pay hike for print media journalists

By Tue, Oct 25, 2011 9:31PM UTC 1 Comment Indian govt’s Diwali gift: Pay hike for print media journalists

The beleaguered United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has decided to give a Diwali gift to Indian journalists. The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the final Majithia Wage Board recommendations, which will benefit more than 45,000 journalists and non-journalists in the country. The revised wages, with hikes ranging from 10 per cent to 30 per cent,...