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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.

Big Babol, India’s beloved bubblegum that came with the quirkiest commercials

Launched in India in 1994, Big Babol, the 'bade kaam ki cheez', became a hit with its wacky commercials and gifts slipped into packaging.
Reema Lagoo in a still from Marathi film Sinhasan | Photo via Film History Pics on Twitter

Reema Lagoo was so much more than just Bollywood’s favourite mother

Known for her maternal roles in some of Hindi cinema's biggest hits, Reema Lagoo also made her mark on the Hindi and Marathi stage and screen.
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What’s common between Kejriwal and Nimki Vidhayak? Both swear by Hanuman

Nimki Vidhayak, aired on Star Bharat, stood out in a cast of TV shows that feature a galaxy of young women characters overdressed and under-employed.
PM Narendra Modi releases butterflies at the Butterfly Park on the occasion of his 69th birthday, in Kevadia | PTI

Not Howdy Modi, Indian TV channels were busy eating cake & saying HBD Modi

As the Modi birthday festivities wound up, Zee News found a Pakistan ‘kabootar’ with a mysterious phone number on its back.
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Media-bashing as a political strategy works for Modi. The opposition could use it too

The first step to countering the negative media narrative against the opposition must be to question the media itself.

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A participant at the 'Love World Peace Parade' in Berlin on 21 September

Why we’ll need masks even with a coronavirus vaccine

One study has shown that if everyone wears masks that are only 75% effective, the number of people infected by each coronavirus carrier will shrink fourfold.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Investors continue to flock Mukesh Ambani, now KKR to invest $754 million in Reliance Retail

US private equity group KKR will hold a 1.28% stake in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail, valuing India’s biggest retailer at Rs 4.2 lakh crore or $57 billion.

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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.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

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?