Saturday, 20 August, 2022
TopicMinistry of Information and Broadcasting

Topic: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

India bans 8 YouTube channels, 1 from Pakistan, for spreading ‘religious hate, security lies’

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said the cumulative viewership of these channels were 114 crore, and they had a subscription base of 87 lakh.

Centre blocks 8 YouTube channels for spreading disinformation under IT Rules, 2021

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting blocked seven Indian & one Pakistan-based YouTube news channels for sharing fake news linked to national security, foreign relations among others.

Centre has approved aid for 35 families of journalists who died of Covid

According to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, this includes 16 families of journalists who died of Covid-19 and were covered by the Journalist Welfare Scheme.

I&B ministry asks media to refrain from advertising online betting platforms

The ministry in its advisory said betting and gambling are illegal in 'most parts' of the country and pose significant financial and socio-economic risk for consumers.

Are there no checks? How offensive Layer’r SHOT body spray ads reached your TV

Two advertisements released by Layer'r SHOT for their body spray have been accused of distasteful innuendo. They have been pulled down from all platforms.

‘Baseless rumours’ — Bharti Airtel denies govt charge it sold viewership data to news channels

I&B ministry sent show-cause notice to Airtel in March. A few broadcast networks had allegedly cited data from Airtel to claim that their popularity had gone up.

Netflix & Modi govt collaborate for video series on ‘women change-makers’

By 15 August, Netflix will release around 30 videos for the I&B Ministry. There is also a plan to push more content on 'freedom struggle' through the streaming platform.

Why govt has blocked 16 YouTube ‘news’ channels from India & Pakistan in 2nd crackdown in a month

The YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership of 68 crore. Earlier this month, government issued orders for blocking another 22 'YouTube news channels'.

I&B Ministry warns mainstream TV news against using ‘unparliamentary language and hyperbole’

An advisory from the ministry cites TV news debates using ‘unverified claims’ and ‘fabricated pictures’. It cites two recent coverages — Jahangirpuri and Russia-Ukraine conflict.

‘A’ in Rajasthan but ‘U/A’ in Kerala: Film-makers want censorship to be sensitivity-centric

Representatives from various film bodies held a meeting with I&B Ministry to suggest changes in India's film certification process, including keeping pace with OTT.

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Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

IAF operation underway to rescue Italian mountaineer stranded on Mount Nun in Ladakh

The IAF deployed its ‘Cheetah’ helicopter to rescue mountaineer Federico Nicoli. Mount Nun is the second highest peak in the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.