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Sunil Gavaskar Presents — a ‘little masterclass’ from the 1980s that shaped a generation

While Sunil Gavaskar's name got people to watch, his effortless charm, sharp memory and detailed knowledge of the game kept them glued.
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Govt marks 5 Aug with special shows on AIR, DD but there’s no mention of Articles 370, 35A

AIR and DD have been told to avoid mentioning the scrapping of Articles 370, 35A, political statements on it and the anniversary celebrations in the programmes.
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Shyam Benegal’s DD show Yatra heroed the train in 1986, long before SRK and Kajol in DDLJ

The 15-part series came to life thanks to the Indian Railways, which provided Benegal with a 10-bogey train for 50 days at the cost of Rs 30 lakhs.
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Doordarshan’s Buniyaad, a family drama that masterfully captured the pangs of Partition

Buniyaad was put together by stellar performances, writing that relied on realism and authentic production design that brought pre-Partition Hindustan to the small screen.
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Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, the middle-class comedy that gave Doordarshan loyal fans for life

Directed by Kundan Shah, Manjul Sinha & Raman Kumar, the show was based on the stories of Hindi writer Sharad Joshi.

Bharat Ek Khoj: Shyam Benegal’s adaption of Nehru’s Discovery of India was a Sunday staple

The show covered a range of topics, from the Harappan Civilisation to the freedom struggle, along with mythological epics.

The Rasna girl who stole hearts one ’80s ad at a time

In the 1980s, juice concentrate brand Rasna's ads starred Ankita Jhaveri and a simple, effective tag line — 'I love you, Rasna'.

Sumitranandan Pant, the beloved Hindi poet inspired by Lakshman and Napoleon

The first Hindi poet to be awarded the Jnanpith, he was a poet of nature, influenced by Karl Marx and Mahatma Gandhi.
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PoK weather forecasts will now be a regular feature on DD, AIR news bulletins

The move comes days after New Delhi issued a warning to Islamabad over Gilgit-Baltistan, which India considers a part of Ladakh union territory.   
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Chandrakanta, the show in which Irrfan won hearts four lines at a time

The 1994 Doordarshan show was a supernatural fantasy period drama based on an eponymous 1888 book, considered the first modern Hindi novel.

On Camera

A worker at a utensil factory in Jammu in May | Photo: ANI

How Modi govt’s 3 new labour codes were passed in Parliament, and the changes they will bring

In episode 575 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains why the three labour codes passed in the Parliament Wednesday are mired in controversy and the reforms they will bring about.
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Why Yes Bank, IL&FS, DHFL cases can become a headache for India’s next FATF assessment

India is likely to go through its FATF country assessment early next year. Some issues could prove a sticking point, including demonetisation and crackdown on shell firms.

Defence

Indian pilots climb out of a Rafale fighter jet that was operationally inducted into the IAF on 10 September 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?