Tele-scope

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.
Ramayan

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Tablighi Jamaat brought out Republic, Zee and Times Now’s fangs that Covid-19 had withdrawn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.
India Gate, New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

After COVID-19, Times Now goes to Shaheen Bagh & Zee News confident India will ‘beat’ virus

From News X to Al Jazeera, all TV anchors have become experts overnight on coronavirus, social distancing and flattening the curve.

Not just Scindia’s BJP move, TV channels also kept a tab on Rahu kaal, muhurta, Range Rover

Republic TV didn't let go the car with Scindia-Amit Shah in it out of its sight. ABP News gushed over BJP's ‘foolproof planning’. It was gala coverage.

From ‘one peg a day’ to Ramdev’s recipe — all that TV channels served to fight coronavirus

While reporting on coronavirus, news channels experienced Hamlet’s dilemma, as they tried to tread fine balance between inducing ‘panic’ and reducing ‘panic’.
Times Now's Rahul Shivshankar (L) and Zee News' Sudhir Chaudhary (R)

On Delhi riots, TV channels finally reported news. Then the anchors swooped in

Questions such as "Was this a deliberate, calibrated attempt to 'malign the image of India' during Trump’s visit?" undercut good reporting by news channels.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at a bilateral meet at the UNGA | ANI

ABP News forgot lessons from Mumbai terror attack in its Trump visit coverage

ABP was so impressed by the security preparations for Trump's India visit that it revealed many particulars that should perhaps have remained secured.

On Camera

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Qureshi’s Saudi criticism on Kashmir hints shift in Pakistan’s strategy for the Islamic world

20 years ago, during a meeting at the PPP office in Islamabad, Qureshi had told this writer that he was from Multan where Kashmir had no resonance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Miniter Nirmala Sitharaman and other officials at the online launch of “Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest". | Photo: Twitter

PM launches new faceless I-T assessment & appeal, charter to make tax process ‘painless’

Modi says the reforms are meant to reduce govt interference in taxpayers' lives and encourage more people to pay their taxes. The charter & faceless assessment are effective from today.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses CII Annual Session 2020 via a video conference in New Delhi Tuesday. | Photo: ANI

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.