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Indian news channels line up outside hospitals in opposition-ruled states, skip BJP’s Gujarat

Republic TV took us to Safdarjung and LNJP hospitals for a medical horror show. NDTV 24x7, India TV, and Mirror Now found patients' families describing 'harrowing experiences'.
A man watches a television news report on the confrontation between Indian and Pakistani fighter jets in an electronics store in New Delhi

Don’t go looking for fire in TV news anchors’ belly. It’s China, not Pakistan

Be it Aaj Tak, ABP News, Zee News, or Republic TV, there was no fire and brimstone, no grand claims of India destroying enemy China, all of which is reserved for Pakistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation Tuesday | Photo: ANI

Massive said Republic, gift said Zee News — TV channels outdid all in praise of Modi package

When Modi delivered his lockdown speech and announced a Rs 20-lakh crore package for India, many TV anchors felt their chests swell with patriotic pride.
People in queues for buying alcohol as liquor shops reopen in Delhi. Photo | PTI

When Rajat Sharma said corona can’t stop tipplers and Sudhir Chaudhary agreed on Zee News

As Indians stood in queues to buy liquor under relaxed lockdown, TV channels, from Zee News to News 24, saw red as if they had been binge-drinking.
File image of Tablighi Jamaat attendees being moved out of the Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in New Delhi | Photo: ANI

Zee News, India TV, News18 India have OCD. They are still stuck on Tablighi Jamaat

Hindi news channels are not listening to the pleas of Modi and Bhagwat who urged people not to stigmatise any particular community during the Covid crisis.
Doctors wearing protective suits check residents with an electronic thermometer inside a slum in Worli, Mumbai | PTI

India is in many good hands, not just PM Modi’s — Covid reveals on TV news

After a long time, the focus of Indian TV news isn’t Delhi Durbar, but virologists, healthcare workers and chief ministers of states from Bengal to Kerala.
Mumbai: Footwear of protestors lying on the road after police action on migrant workers who assembled at Bandra Railway Station, Tuesday | PTI

How not to report: A lesson from Republic TV, Times Now, ABP covering Bandra migrants

Was the gathering of migrant workers at Bandra railway station the result of a masjid, a conspiracy or is the clue in absent luggage? Indian TV picked all.
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DD gets back viewers with Ramayan, Shaktimaan, Byomkesh Bakshi. It’s most watched channel now

Until the lockdown, DD was not the viewers’ go-to destination for entertainment. The telecast of old popular sitcoms may help it get some eyeballs.
Arnab Goswami | YouTube screengrab

Tablighi Jamaat brought out Republic, Zee and Times Now’s fangs that Covid-19 had withdrawn

The unity of TV channels against coronavirus was too good to be true. The Tablighi Jamaat gave most of them the chance to show their true colours.
File photo| PM Modi interacts with journalists and stakeholders from the print media on tackling COVID-2019, in New Delhi, March 24 | PTI

Zee News to Times Now, TV got Covid coverage right, till it invited Sri Sri and Sadhguru

TV news is normally the butt of our unkindest jokes or violent outrage. It’s time to recognise that it finally did its duty during India’s coronavirus outbreak.

On Camera

A man watches a television news report on the confrontation between Indian and Pakistani fighter jets in an electronics store in New Delhi

TV debates can improve only when party spokespersons are hired differently

National and regional TV news debates have made political spokespersons the face of their parties, but many do not have real political experience and it shows.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI’s March rate cut was biggest surprise in history of monetary policy panel, paper says

India’s rate-setting panel is due to meet in the first week of August as the economy heads toward its first annual contraction in more than four decades.

Defence

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Indian Army to order second batch of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from US

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.