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50 years on, Rachel Carson still a role model

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring" published over 50 years ago, got special mention at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting at Boston recently.

Jaitley, Katju join issue, demand each other's resignation

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday charged Press Council chairman Markandey Katju of partiality to the Congress and demanded he resign, drawing a strong retort from the former apex court judge who accused him of distorting facts and asked him to quit politics.

Jaitley demands Katju's resignation, gets strong retort

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday asked Press Council chairman Markandey Katju to quit, saying a person holding the post must be impartial, and drew a strong reaction from the former apex court judge who charged with him with distorting facts.

Katju must quit Press Council: Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) BJP leader Arun Jaitley Sunday asked Press Council chairman Markandey Katju to quit, saying a person holding the post much be impartial.

Police probing shooting of Sri Lankan journalist

Colombo, Feb 16 (IANS) The Sri Lankan police Saturday launched investigations into the shooting of a journalist attached to a leading independent newspaper, reported Xinhua.

Time for Kerala media to introspect

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 16 (IANS) Even as the three pillars of democracy -- legislature, executive and judiciary -- come under routine scrutiny and churning, the fourth estate in Kerala, however, has few occasions to look inward and retrospect.

Vayalar apologises as activists fume at comment

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi Thursday apologised after his comment with sexist innuendo against a woman journalist from Kerala landed him in trouble with women activists and the BJP.

Centre can not intervene if states restrict media: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) With the four-day gag on newspapers in Kashmir Valley coming under criticism, union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Thursday said the centre could not intervene when a state government imposed curbs on media.

Government plays down sexist comments of Vayalar Ravi

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Thursday said that his colleague and Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has apologised for his sexist comments, and the matter should rest there.

YouTube files lawsuit against Russian watchdog

Moscow, Feb 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) YouTube has filed a lawsuit against Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor over a controversial Russian content-restricting law, its parent company Google said.

Six NoTW scribes held over phone hacking scandal

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Six former News Of The World (NoTW) journalists were arrested Wednesday over phone hacking scandal, police said.

Gang-rape: Police want media coverage ban to stay

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Police Wednesday told the Delhi High Court to continue the ban on media access to the trial in the Dec 16, 2012 Delhi gang-rape case.

SC notice to centre on Zee News plea

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday issued notice to the central government on a petition by Zee News TV channel alleging an "unholy conspiracy" and seeking the quashing of three FIRs lodged against it by Delhi Police.

Kashmir newspapers to be available from Wednesday

Srinagar, Feb 12 (IANS) Local newspapers in Kashmir would hit the stands Wednesday as their editors said authorities had told them to resume publication, while cable operations were again normal.

Low-flying chopper pilot, French photographer held at Kumbh

Allahabad, Feb 12 (IANS) Cases were slapped on a helicopter pilot, flying a French photo-journalist, who had hovered dangerously low over the pilgrims at the Kumbh Mela here, police officials said Tuesday. The two have been detained and are being questioned.

Editors Guild condemns detention of Iftikar Gilani

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The Editors Guild of India Sunday condemned the detention of senior journalist Iftikhar Gilani, son-in-law of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, and his family members by the Delhi Police.

No newspapers in Srinagar

Srinagar, Feb 10 (IANS) The residents of Srinagar did not wake up to read the newspaper at leisure this Sunday. The city reeled under curfew for the second day, receiving no print editions of local newspapers.

Ex-judge's comments on Suryanelli victim spark protests

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 9 (IANS) A retired judge's comments on the Suryanelli sex scandal victim recorded on video during a sting operation by a news channel here have sparked protests in Kerala.

Facebook, Twitter abuzz with Afzal

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) As parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was executed here Saturday morning, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter saw a deluge of comments with many expressing delight while some condemning the capital punishment.

Censor board denied clearance to 256 films in 10 years

Lucknow, Feb 9 (IANS) The Censor Board denied certification for release to 256 films in the past 12 years, an RTI query has revealed.

First ever Twitter conference held on community radio

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) In the first ever such initiative, the ministry of information and broadcasting Friday held a live Twitter conference on community radio which saw more than 200 questions being received on different aspects of the programme.

Fresh guidelines for journalists at Kumbh

Lucknow, Feb 8 (IANS) Anticipating a huge media presence from across the world to cover Mauni Amavasya, the most important royal bathing day, the Kumbh administration Friday issued fresh guidelines to journalists.

Man held for Facebook posts denied bail

Agra, Feb 6 (IANS) A school chairman, arrested for posting "communal and inflammatory" material on Facebook, was denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Feb 18 Wednesday, police said.

Afghan media pessimistic over trilateral summit

Kabul, Feb 5 (IANS) Newspapers in Afghanistan were Tuesday pessimistic about a summit of President Hamid Karzai, Pakistan's Asif Ali Zardari and Britain's David Cameron aiming to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Indian political system can respond when needed: Post

Washington, Feb 5 (IANS) An influential US daily has hailed India's new laws against sexual violence, saying the political system can respond to urgent demands for change, and wondered if the US would respond the same way to the massacre of innocent children in schools.

Chinese netizens slam accident report that lauded officials

Beijing, Feb 4 (IANS) Chinese netizens have criticised a news story in which a total of 1,134 words in the 1,300-word report were dedicated to praising officials' efforts to direct rescue work following an accident.

Getting snappy: Congress to use social media to reach out

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) Getting snappy with quick responses on Twitter and Facebook to social media criticism is likely to be part of the Congress party's new outreach strategy, according to a party report being drafted.

Suryanelli sex case all the rage on TV

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 3 (IANS) With six full-fledged 24X7 news channels and four other channels that beam news for long spells each day, the most sought-after topic these days on TV in Kerala is the infamous Suryanelli sex case.

Industry opinion to form input in media policy: Tewari

Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari has assured the media and advertising fraternity that industry views would be taken into consideration while framing policies relating to the sector.

Russian priest wants church in social networks

Moscow, Feb 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Following a high number of anti-church posts that have appeared on the internet, Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church has said the church he leads should be present in social networks to tell the "truth".

Indian publishing growing, healthy: Tharoor

Kolkata, Feb 2 (IANS) Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor expressed hope for the proliferating Indian publishing sector saying it is in a "healthy shape".

France, Google reach deal to end row

Paris, Feb 2 (IANS) French publishers and Google Friday announced their accord to end a month-long dispute over whether the search engine giant should pay to display news content in its search results.

Faith stifles free speech in India

Both Hindu and Muslim fanatics are up in arms against artistic and literary freedom in India. One of their targets is the old "sinner" Salman Rushdie. But there are two others.

Complaint filed against fake Press Club of India

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) The Press Club of India (PCI) Friday lodged a complaint against an organization run by two people taking undue advantage of its name and misleading journalists, police said.

Don't accept any inducements, poll panel asks northeast media

Agartala, Feb 1 (IANS) Media organisations in the election-bound northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland have been asked not to accept any kind of inducement, financial or otherwise to project a candidate or a party, poll panel officials said here Friday.

French journalist detained in Iraq

Baghdad, Jan 31 (IANS) A French journalist has been held here in the Iraqi capital for taking pictures without prior permission, Xinhua reported Thursday.

Choice is forcing change in TV, cinema content: Amit Khanna

Jaipur, Jan 30 (IANS) In an age of multiple entertainment choices, the ways of consuming media has changed, forcing a rethink in TV and cinema programming for crisp and shorter content, as people's attention span is also getting shorter, says an industry leader.

SRK launches Times of India Film Awards

Mumbai, Jan 29 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan launched the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) awards Tuesday evening and called himself very fortunate to be a part of the ceremony.

Pitroda-headed panel set up to review role of Prasar Bharti

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) A high-level expert committee, headed by technocrat Sam Pitroda, has been set up to review the institutional framework of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, including its relationship with the government.

Need to open up government data to public: Pitroda

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Sam Pitroda, adviser to the prime minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, Tuesday called for "democratisation of information" and "opening up of government data" to the public.

Freedom of speech must not extend to right to offend: Tewari

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) "Democratisation" of the information sector, with easy access to news and social media platforms, should take into account implications on social ethics and norms, and freedom of speech should not extend to the right to offend, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said here Tuesday.

Australian radio show axed but prank call RJs keep jobs

London, Jan 28 (IANS) An Australian radio show whose hosts were behind a prank call that led to the death of Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha has been axed by the parent company but the RJs were not fired.

TV channel gets notice over gurdwara poll campaign telecast

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The government has issued notice to PTC News channel for violation of rules by telecasting campaigning of candidates for the Delhi gurdwara polls even after campaigning officially ended, an official source said Sunday.

Anti-Pakistan content gets video games off shelves in Pakistan

New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Two hugely popular video games, including "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II", have been ordered off store shelves in Pakistan for portraying Pakistanis as terrorists.

Myanmar dissolves press censorship division

Yangon, Jan 25 (IANS) Myanmar has dissolved its Press Scrutiny and Registration Division, a follow-up move after domestic media publication control was totally liberalized in August 2012, the official media reported Friday.

'Movies, TV impact tobacco users more than newspapers'

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 24 (IANS) A nationwide study has revealed that movies and television have a far greater impact on the use of tobacco than newspapers.

BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall charged with rape

London, Jan 23 (IANS) Veteran TV and radio broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with rape and 14 counts of indecent assault.

Indian animation industry stuck in mythological mode

Chennai, Jan 23 (IANS) It's sad but true that the $2 billion Indian film industry, touted as one of the largest in the world, still treats animation as an orphaned child.

Humans are plague on Earth, says David Attenborough

London, Jan 22 (IANS) Popular television presenter David Attenborough has said humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the world's resources.

Barbara Walters hospitalized

Washington, Jan 22 (IANS/EFE) Veteran US journalist Barbara Walters suffered a fall at one of the weekend parties prior to President Barack Obama's second inauguration and had to be hospitalized, ABC said.


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