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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on 7 June 2021 | BJP | Twitter

Mystical Modi to migrating Jitin Prasada — News channels offer ‘real’ entertainment

Why watch ‘CID’ and ‘Crime Patrol’ when you can watch Mehul Choksi’s ‘Antics in Antigua and Dominica’ on prime time TV?
Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, 14 April 2021 | PTI

‘Corona jihad’ to ‘holy dip’ – India’s TV channels shocked at Kumbh but it’s no ‘human bomb’

News channels’ coverage of Haridwar continued to dip in and out of Kumbh Mela. But no channel called this a ‘human bomb’ or ‘corona warfare'.
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Who holds the TV remote in India? Women give it up around 7 pm to men, study shows

A recent survey of urban Indian households showed that more and more Indian men are taking over the remote control — especially during primetime.
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How Covid spelled doom for LGBTQI+ characters on TV

The GLAAD organisation, which includes creators like Shonda Shonda Rhimes, says Covid-19 may be partly to blame for the declining LGBTQI+ presence on TV.

Bollywood wives, matchmaking — 2020’s cringe binging scrapes Netflix, Amazon barrel

If you thought watching Roadies, Splitsvilla or Emotional Atyachar on TV was bad — we now have new online versions, though much better shot & strung together.
File photo | Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik arrive for questioning by CBI in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, at Santacruz, Mumbai, 28 Aug | PTI Photo

‘Drugwood’, ‘Umar Lobby Secret Tape’, ‘UPSC jihad’ — You aren’t watching news but masala TV

A reporter climbs Ladakh mountain, another asks a postman why he tore down Kangana Ranaut’s office, and yet another calls an FB session a ‘secret tape’. TV isn’t news anymore.
Media coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput's death and controversies around it | YouTube

Aatma, autopsy, jadu—After Ayodhya, TV news went right back to magnificent Sushant obsession

As soon as the Ayodhya bhoomi pujan was done and PM Modi had spoken, news channels scuttled back to their favourite obsession — conspiracy theories about Sushant Singh’s death.
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India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
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Sachin Pilot has done the unthinkable — united all TV channels from NDTV to Republic

Nearly every single anchor on English and Hindi news channels praised Sachin Pilot – from NDTV to Republic. But they just couldn’t get the headline they wanted.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

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.

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I asked historians what find made them go ‘wait, wut?’ The answers didn’t disappoint

I asked a simple question on Twitter. About 300 historians replied.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 45th GST Council meeting in Lucknow, on 17 September 2021

GST Council levies 5% tax on food delivery apps, extends concessional rates on Covid drugs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the Council decided that it was not the right time to include petroleum products within the GST ambit.

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A Dassault Mirage 2000 aircraft

IAF signs deal with France to purchase phased out Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft

None of these aircraft would be used for flying and they are being acquired to help improve the serviceability of around 50 Mirage-2000s in the Indian fleet, sources said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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