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‘Maut, mahant aur mystery’ — Hindi news channels had a headline competition this week

The mahant’s ‘murder mystery’ lives on after him but chances are Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US will put it to rest—at least on TV news.
A file photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. | Photo: ANI

‘Abba jaan’ politics delights Indian news channels, dying kids in UP an afterthought

As per news channels' promotional videos and 'special features', it's all bright and beautiful in Yogi Adityanath's Uttar Pradesh. The state has been completely transformed.
A screen grab of Sonu Sood's programme on Good News Today | Twitter/GNTTV

Video game, fake visuals — It’s a bad week for TV news. ‘Good News Today’ wants to change that

Pakoda party, chai pe charcha, Kashi cruise — Is good news 24x7 really good for India?
A boy selling Taliban flags brings his ware towards a military vehicle in Kabul on 20 August 2021 | Marcus Yam | Bloomberg via Getty Images

Taliban, Taliban, Taliban. Indian news channels serve ‘exclusive’ interviews, source-less videos

CNN News 18, India Today, Republic Bharat, Times Now – all dangle videos seemingly sourced from social media before Indian viewers, and at least once getting fact-checked.
File photo of Amitabh Bachchan on set of KBC | Facebook

Why Indians trust Amitabh Bachchan in a world divided by Taliban and TV anchors

Ravish Kumar is trusted by one set of people, Arnab Goswami by another. But everyone can watch an episode of Amitabh Bachchan’s KBC.
Screenshots from BBC World (L) and Republic TV (R) coverage of the Afghanistan situation | Twitter/ThePrint

Here’s how Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN reported on Afghanistan. And how Times Now, Zee, Republic did

While CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera showed notes of restraint, Indian news channels threw caution to the winds and said, ‘Terror group wins Game of Thrones’.
English news channels, saw a dip of 2 per cent in their viewership in 2020 (representational image) | Flickr

A Hindi news channel is good business. You don’t need to be an Ambani to understand that

Hindi news channels, unlike most English ones, sensibly begin their debates/discussions early evening – 5pm onwards – so they don’t interrupt or upset our dinner.
Shooter Manu Bhaker during the 10m Air Pistol Women's Qualification at the Summer Olympics 2020, in Tokyo, on 25 July 2021

The many joys of watching Indians at Tokyo 2020. But it’s the commentary that excites more

Want to cry tears of joy watching Indian athletes in Tokyo? Let Sony's Olympics coverage add to it.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Pegasus, porn, Punjab, Parliament. Indian news channels didn’t pause this week

Pegasus divided the press – Times Now’s Navika Kumar said allegations were not ‘conclusive’. CNN News18’s Zakka Jacob read the story as calmly as a story about delayed monsoon.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath waving crowd before addressing the public | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

UP 2022 election ‘maha yudh’ has begun. And news channels already have a winner

Advertorials and interviews have interspersed with coverage of a succession of developments in UP. Does this signal “all is well” for the CM?

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Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed is UAE’s new royal troubleshooter — and maybe next big boss

The brother of de-facto UAE ruler Mohammed Bin Zayed has emerged from obscurity to handle sensitive foreign-policy files and stewardship of an extensive business portfolio.
Representative image | A bottle of rice bran oil | Commons

Govt’s plan to tackle edible oil price rise: Push for domestic rice bran oil production

India is witnessing record-high inflation in edible oil prices. Food Secretary says country can produce up to 18-19 lakh tonnes of rice bran oil, up from current 11 LT.


BrahMos supersonic cruise missile | Representational image| Photo: ANI

India among few countries developing hypersonic missiles, US Congressional report says

According to the report, India collaborated with Russia to develop BrahMos II and is reportedly developing an indigenous, dual-capable hypersonic cruise missile.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.