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State Funeral For Journalist Gauri Lankesh Amid Outrage Over Her Murder
MMNN:6 September 2017
Hundreds lined up at Bengaluru's Ravindra Kalakshetra cultural centre to pay their respects to senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, who was buried this evening with full state honours at a cemetery in Chamarajpet.
Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot dead at point-blank range at her doorstep last evening. There is outrage across the country and editors and others have condemned the murder and expressed concern over what they described as a growing intolerance to dissent.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who has called the murder an "assassination on democracy," was among politicians, activists, journalists and other citizens who paid homage to Ms Lankesh at the Kalakshetra, where her body was kept for a few hours this afternoon.
The police have reportedly spotted one of three Mr Lankesh's killers on CCTVs that were installed at her house in the western part of the IT hub. The suspect is seen wearing a helmet, said police sources, adding that three teams have been formed to identify and track down the killers, who were likely paid assassins.
Journalists from across the country as well as prominent residents of Bengaluru were worried that Ms Lankesh's shooting at point-blank range was in retaliation to her anti-establishment voice, her criticism of those in power ignoring those on the margins.
"This shows dissent will not be tolerated," said BT Venkatesh, a lawyer who represented Ms Lankesh in a defamation case brought against her a few years ago by a BJP parliamentarian. At a condolence meeting held in the heart of Bengaluru, some attendees carried posters saying, "Namma Gauri" (I Am Gauri). They denounced intolerance and any threat to free speech.
Ms Lankesh ran a weekly Kannada paper in which she often wrote in support of the rehabilitation of Naxals and against divisive politics. Frequently, she contested right-wing ideology.
Journalists in different cities have organised meetings today and protest marches against her murder. "Gauri Lankesh's murder drills a hole in the heart of the journalist community. Are we sliding into the heart of darkness?" said editor Nalini Singh.
Ms Lankesh, whose father P Lankesh was one of Karnataka's best known journalists lived alone. Last night, as she returned from work and headed to her house after parking her car, seven shots were fired at her by men on a motorcycle. Three bullets hit her, including one on the head.
A total of seven bullets were fired out of which four missed the target and hit the wall of the house. Three bullets had hit her -- two in her chest area and one in the forehead," Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar said.
Karnataka Law Minister TB Jayachandra said there could be links between the murder of Ms Lankesh and that of rationalist and scholar MM Kalburgi who was killed in 2015 at his home in Dharwad, around 400 km from Bengaluru. When the 77-year-old Sahitya Akademi award winner opened his door, the attackers shot him twice at point-blank range. His case has yet to be solved.
Google search sammelan held
MMNN:10 July 2017
Google search sammelen for the online publishers was held at Hotel Noorus Sabha.Google team members enlightened the delegates about the Google search engine working and discussed Various useful points for the publishers Ms. Snigdha Bhardwaj welcomed the delegates and said that the number of internet users in india would rise to 65 crore by 2021.The number of indian language users have already overtaken the English users, she said.
Mr.Syed Malik and Abhash Tripathi explained to the delegates how to keep the web safe.They said we provide tools to help webmasters make the webpages mobile friendly.
Google provide many tools for the web masters.They also advised webmasters to access g.co/Search console that would provide all vital information about the website.
While exclusively talking to Metromirror.com Mr.Abhash Tripathi told "demand for the local language content is growing and online News is the top search category"
Ms.Sinha said by the year 2020 Adspend on the local language Ads would cross 9700 crore.
She also elaborated about the Google's Adsense program and how publishers are generating significant revenue allover the world.
Ambreesh Suresh Chouksey weds Rounak.
Our Correspondent, 3 July 2017
Ambreesh Suresh chouksey tied knot with Rounak at Nagpur.Mr.Ambreesh chouksey is MD of LN Star newspaper & Director of LNCT group.A grand reception party was hosted by the choukseys at hotel Sayaji on 3rd July.the venue was lavishly decorated with live band and sumptuous buffet spread.Friends and Families including the key personalities from cross-section of the society congratulated the newlyweds...
Digital Press Club pays Tributes to respected Sh Ramesh Chandra Agrawal Ji, He was down to earth Humble person.
Our Correspondent, 12 April 2017
Had opportunity to interact with Sh Ramesh Chandra Agrawal Chairman Bhaskar Media Group.
he was really very down to earth Humble person, despite being among the Top 50 Most Powerful Persons of India, as Honoured by India Today Group twice.
Brainpower Media Group, Digital Press Club, Forward India Forum, Metromirror.com pays Tributes to the respected agrawal saheb. Sadar Naman.
Journalists agitate against IPS officer's misconduct
Our Correspondent, 30 March 2017
Bhopal,(UNI)Scribes took to the streets here today in protest against an Indian Police Service probationer misbehaving with senior photojournalists and other mediapersons who had gone for coverage following an incident of loot at Ayodhya Nagar on Tuesday.
The members of the press, who gathered in front of a local cinema hall, submitted a memorandum to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Raman Singh Sikarwar seeking action against Mr Dharm Raj Meena who broke Mr Nirmal Vyas' camera and behaved inappropriately with Mr Sudheer Verma and a reporter.
The DIG spoke to the agitators, apologised for the incident and assured that action would be taken vis-a-vis the demands.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said yesterday that, if any journalist had been subjected to misconduct, an inquiry would be ordered. The Assembly's Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh also condemned the incident.
Mr. Suhalka meets Sh. Lokendra Parashar, BJP Media Chief - Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 23 Jan. 2017
Chief Editor of MetroMirror.com paid a courtesy visit at the office of Mr. Lokendra Parashar at MP BJP Headquarter today.
Mr. Suhalka said "BJP MP Media cell chief Sh. Lokendra Parashar is Humble, Intelligent and have sense of humour also.
Impressed with his ideas and strategies to boost image of BJP in MP "
Society's role is important in regulation of social media
Our Correspondent, 25 Oct. 2016
Everybody has its own version of truth in the society. People believe on half truth and forward it on social media. They don't want to see other's half truth. Social media is the channel of communication where messengers or others have no control once the message is circulated on it. It is not known what impact the message has on the society and how would it be put before the audience. The message without consideration some time causes unrest.
It is needed self regulatory guideline to be formed with social consensus so that positive use of social media increases and its negative uses decrease. Director General of MP police Rishi Kumar Shukla expressed the views in inaugural session of two-day workshop on 'Social media for law and order', organised by Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication today. Police officers, media experts are participating in the workshop.
Shri Shukla said, print and electronic media have editing system for contents to be circulated but the social media, having a wide spread impact on the society, has no such editing system. There should be some system for editorial balance in information on the media, is the need of the hour. Any law or regulation cannot be effective without the support from the public. Social consent is necessary for regulation of social media.
He further said, this new medium of communication has unprecedented possibilities and they are more challenging. Once they cross the limit, it is difficult to deal with them. Shri Shukla said earlier technology used to be absorbed in the society gradually but now, it has affected the society to fast that it creates unrest.
Special guest of the programme and Special Director General (training) Swaran Singh said the constitution provides us the right to express but at what limit it should be applied. We should consider whether we are not hurting others and what can be contribution of our words and ideas in the society. Shri Singh put examples of different countries where social media is contributing with its positivity in tacking crimes.
Understand 'Swaraj of Smwad': Chairing the session, university vice-chancellor Prof Brij Kishore Kuthiala said that the nature expects us that we should adopt technology amending it as per the nature. Social media has materialised the concept of 'Smwad Ka Swaraj'. To understand it, we will have to get the meaning of Swaraj- the word Mahatma Gandhi used in 1909. We will have to get the meaning from that time. Prof Kuthiala said, 'only me' sense has been dominated and that should be changed in the feeling 'I also'.
It is a matter of concern. Political parties, other institutions working in social media, police and researchers can play a major role in inculcating this change. Referring a research, the vice-chancellor said, in the history of ten lakh years of human race, the period of 2010 to 2015 has been full of change. What is matter of concern is that this change was not planned. He said Nagarjun's view was that there is one common thing 'Brahma' in conscious and unconscious things. They are not only connected with each other but also depend on each other.
The concept is applicable on social media. He said now world expects from India that it should put ideal society system. We should consider how to increase positivity on internet and new media and decrease negativity on it. Rector Lajpat Ahuja conducted the proceedings. HoD of New Media Technology department Dr Sasikala shed light on objectives of the workshop.
Police should utilize full potential of social media
Our Correspondent, 25 Oct. 2016
Police department should utiilse full potential of social media. It is not mere a tool to promote corporate communication. It can be helpful in controlling crime, intelligence gathering, investigation and public order maintenance and community policing.
Human resources can be managed at reduced cost through this medium. These views were expressed by former director of CBI Padmashri DR Kaarthikeyan in valedictory function of two-day workshop on 'Social Media for Law and Order' organised by Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication today. He said the university is the best media university in the country and it has special recognition.
Shri Kaarthikeyan said, social media and digital platforms are changing private and public sectors. Leadership in police department must embrace social media and update pattern of policing. It can be a tool for gathering evidence and information about suspects and identifying criminal networks. Underling importance of social media, he said social media has become a part of daily life and every one of four is active on social media.
This has given voice to common man. Referring cyber laws, Shri Kaarthikeyan said, the laws are not sufficient and there is need to update them. Misuse of social media is at beginning stage in the country and would increase further, if proper attention is not paid. He said, prosecution under IT Act and for violation of the norms must be publicised so that people can realize that it is no free for all medium.
Computer sent to USA for retrieving data in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Shri Kaarthikeyan, who carried out investigation in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, said a computer seized from the accused was sent to USA for retrieving data. It could not be done. Now the facility to retrieving data is available in India.
Innovation to pave the way: Chairing the valedictory function, university vice-chancellor Prof Brij Kishore Kuthiala said the one who does innovation always shows the path not only to the country but to entire world. Madhya Pradesh police has an opportunity to formulate structure for use of social media in law and order and put before all. He said, things will be carried out at administrative level but police officers at personal level too can use the technology for better output. Prof Kuthiala quoted a reference of a book and said internet would bring the change as Mahatma Gandhi brought revolution through 'charkha'. ADG (police reform) Maithili Sharan Gupta said opinions for police reforms should be gathered through social media. Workshop coordinator and HoD of New Media Technology department Dr Sasikala presented report. Head of Mass Communication Department Sanjay Dwivedi conducted the proceedings.
Cyber Army needed: During discussion on 'law and order problems due to social media', senior journalist and author Vivek Agrawal said nudity is a big problem on social media, along with morphing. Cheating and forgery cases also come afore. He said, present situation and circumstance demand formation of cyber Army. State spokesperson of AAP Neha Bagga said public is not aware of cyber laws. She put various examples of use of social media in solving various problems. Chairing the session, IPS officer Yogesh Chaudhary said, social media is being used by large population but there is no maturity level in the use that is required. Shri Chaudhary said all police stations in Madhya Pradesh are technology-savvy. Professor of Lady Shriram College, New Delhi, Dr Rachna Sharma conducted the proceedings.
In another session on 'Case studies and discussion', Assistant Professor of Journalism department of Mysore University Dr Sapna MS presented on various success stories of Karnataka police in use of social media. She said Mysore police not only tackled crimes by using the media but created its good image. BSNL senior DGM Mahesh Shukla put live picture of misuse of social media in Jammu & Kashmir where he was posted six years ago and explained the circumstances in which decision was taken to put a ban on internet. Senior photographer Pradip Tiwari informed about use of social media by Chandigarh police and its benefits.
Senior journalist Shiv Harsh Suhalka advocated for monitoring mechanism. Senior journalist Sarman Nagele put nformation about promotion of social media by the governments. IPS officer Pawan Jain said social media is now a weapon of common man against powerful persons. He said journalism was mission at the time freedom struggle and turned as profession after the freedom. As interests of owners involve, it became 'commission'. Now, the information world is being used as weapon which has pros and cons. Director (production) Ashish Joshi conducted the proceedings.
Two-day national workshop on 'Social Media for Law and Order' in MCU on Oct 24-25
Our Correspondent, 24 Oct. 2016
Police officers, media experts, technical persons of major political parties and academicians to participate
Bhopal, October 22. Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication will hold a two-day national workshop on 'Social Media for Law and Order' on October 24-25. Officers of Indian Police Service, DSPs, media experts, academicians and persons handling IT cells in political parties will participate in the workshop.
Issues related with law and order maintenance and role of social media, its potentials, need to establishing linkages between public and police on social media,
law and order problems due to social media and some prominent case studies will be discussed in the national workshop. Recommendations of the workshop will be presented in the valedictory function. Sixty five persons including police officers, academicians and media experts from different places will participate in the workshop.
The workshop will be inaugurated by Director General of MP Police Shri Rishi Kumar Shukla at 11 am on October 24. University Vice-Chancellor Prof Brij Kishore Kuthiala will be the chairperson of the session. Special DGP (training) Shri Swaran Singh will be key speaker. Discussion will be held on 'Evolution of Social Media and Changing Scenario in Law and Order' in the session. University Rector Shri Lajpat Ahuja will coordinate it.
Panel discussion will be held on 'Need of Linkages between police and society' in which editor of Nationalist Online Shri Shivanand Dwivedi, BJP IT cell's Shri Vikas Bhondriya, news editor of Bastar Impact Shri Hemant Panigrahi will be speakers. IPS officer Shri Maithili Sharan Gupta will chair it. In the third session, news editor, Dainik Bhaskar Shri Vijay Manohar Tiwari and Rekha Tripathi of ABP News' social media wing will speak on 'Used and Unused potentials of social media for law and order'. IPS officer Shri Rajendra Kumar will chair the session.
On the second day, session will be held on 'Law and order problems due to Social Media' in which Additional Commissioner Dr Ashok Bhargava, crime reporter and author, Mumbai, Shri Vivek and Professor of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, Dr Rachna Sharma and state spokesperson, AAP, Ms Neha Bagga will address it. Senior IPS officer Shri Yogesh Chaudhary will chair it. Further session will take place on 'Case studies and discussions' . Professor of Department of Communication and Journalism University of Mysore Dr Sapna, Shri Harsh Shukla of Metro.com, photographer Shri Pradip Tiwari, editor of MP post.com Shri Sarman Nagale and MPCC IT cell head Tanima Dutta will address it.
Senior DGM of BSNL, Bhopal Shri Mahesh Shukla will chair it. Suggestions and recommendation will be presented. Director Ink Media Institute, Sagar Dr Ashish Dwivedi, Pranav Pawar from Pune, news correspondent of Doordarshan, Bhopal, Shri Ajit Dwivedi and Ms. Karuna Sharma of MPCC IT Cell, Bhopal will address it. Shri Raj Nehru (Delhi) will chair it. Former Director General of CBI, Padmashri Shri DR Kaarthikeyan will be the chief guest of the valedictory function to be held on October 25 at 4 pm. University vice-chancellor Prof Kuthiala will chair it.
Sapre Museum is Unique Center of Journalism and Literature
Our Correspondent, 28 Sept. 2016
Minister for Public Relations, Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Narottam Mishra visited Madhavrao Sapre Newspaper museum today and observed old news papers, magazines, other important literature and documents.
Dr. Mishra said that museum is playing an important role by protecting special heritage and to apprise new generation about our heritage. This museum is an ocean of knowledge and a unique center. Activities of this museum are exemplary to other institutions also, he added.
Informing about the museum, founder Shri Vijay Dutt Shreedhar informed Dr. Mishra that material published in the news papers related to awaken people for the freedom of the country has been compiled in the museum from the first freedom struggle of 1857 to 1947.
Beside this, rare copies of main news papers-magazines and original manuscripts of several writers are saved in the museum. Several old gazettes, gazetteers of districts and volumes have been put in order in the museum.
The museum had started taken shape in the year 1984 and it has been one of its own kind of museum in the country. People in lakhs have visited and observed the museum so far.
This museum plays an important role among the students and researchers as it provides all the research material under one roof. Several literature enthusiasts and journalists visit and observe the rare documents from time to time.
Many publications have been released by the museum related to journalism. Minister Dr. Mishra congratulated Shri Shreedhar for managing and running the museum. He also saw various blocks of the museum.
Comics for Change- Dainik Bhaskar's initiative to spread awareness about Sustainable Development Goals
Our Correspondent, 8 June 2016
“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So we have to hand over to them at least as it was handed over to us” - this famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi aptly forms the basis of today's ever-growing focus on sustainable development and inclusive growth. Every day 190 million people in India go to bed hungry, on the other hand privileged Indians waste 1/3rd of their food daily. Every day 350 million people in India do not get access to water, and yet privileged Indians over-use water by 1.5 times. Even today 18,000 villages in India do not have electricity, yet on an average privileged Indians waste 5-10 % electricity on daily basis.With just 2.4% of world's total land area and supporting 17.5% of world's total population, it is all the more essential in India that limited resources are used judiciously, without any wastage. The challenge therefore lies in bringing about an attitudinal shift in behavior towards responsible consumption patterns. With more than 500 million people under the age of 20, India is amongst the world's largest and most youthful nation. There can therefore be no better time than today to initiate this initiative.
The Power of Comics- ‘Comics for Change'
ComiComics provide a unique way to communicate, using both visual images and animated text to convey the relevant message effectively. Comics can therefore trigger behavioral change among children instilling in them good values. Comic characters like Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Captain America, Shaktiman, Chacha Chaudhary and more recently Chhota Bheem are seen as Heroes of change.
The occasion of this year's World Environment Day, Dainik Bhaskar, India's largest and World's fourth largest circulated daily , has unveiled the first of the 3 part series of comics named ‘Comics for Change' to promote responsible consumption of water, food and electricity through creative storytelling. Just as vividly as comics convey the feats of superheroes, ‘Comics for Change' will also leverage the power of visual storytelling to amplify awareness amongst children and youths about the Sustainable Development Goals related to minimizing Water, Food and Electricity wastage thereby helping them to become more responsible citizens. The other two comics will be published on Food and Electricity
‘Sundarvan Adventures'-Mystery of the missing water is the first comic to be published in this series. ‘Sundarvan Adventures', done in alignment with World Environment Day's theme, tells the story of a fun loving, energetic school going rabbit-Adi along with his adventurous set of friends including a jovial little Parrot Cheenu, a pretty little Doe-Roli and an intelligent Tortoise –Golu who saves the day for the villagers of Sundarvan from the villainous acts of Paplu Bhai–a notorious Jackal. Abhijeet Kini, creator of popular characters like Suppandi and Angry Mausi has done the art and layout for the Comic Series. Comic workshops will be conducted in more than 400 schools in the country to spread awareness about the need to use water resources judiciously.
Mr. Girish Agarwal, Director, Dainik Bhaskar Group said “Using Superheroes to weave stories around issues that matter to us is an interesting way to bring about a significant change in the society by creating super heroes of tomorrow”. Ms. Isabelle Louis, Acting Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific complimented Dainik Bhaskar's initiative and said “The launch of this comic book series in India for children and teens to help them better understand the importance of environmental conservation and a sustainable lifestyle, strengthens UNEP's World Environment Day's global advocacy of awareness and action to protect our environment,” said. Ms. Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, New York conveyed her support and said “The UN Global Compact's Ten Universal Principles provide a universal definition for responsible businesses. Global challenges like food and water crises are in need of contribution from the private sector. Companies that do business responsibly find opportunities to innovate around sustainability will be the business leaders of tomorrow”. Mr. Pooran Chandra Pandey, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network India, also praised the initiative and said “I would like to congratulate Dainik Bhaskar to come up with such a wonderful initiative to make children aware of Sustainable Development Goals, also called as Global Goals, pertaining to Water and Climate action”
Being signatory to UN Global Compact Network, Dainik Bhaskar Group's CSR initiatives contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals of Quality Education, Zero Hunger, Clean Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Cities and Communities and Climate Action.
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K G Suresh is new IIMC head
New Delhi: MMNN:31 March 2016
After weeks of speculation, the government on Wednesday appointed journalist K G Suresh as the new Director General of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Suresh, currently serving as Senior Consulting Editor with DD News, will have a tenure of three years from the day he assumes office.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) cleared his appointment.
Suresh, who was earlier with news agency Press Trust of India, has also served as Senior Fellow with New Delhi-based think tank Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), as its editor for website and in-house publications.
The post of IIMC DG fell vacant last November after Sunit Tandon completed his tenure.
After a selection process, the IB ministry forwarded Suresh's name. But his candidature hit a roadblock after the Cabinet Secretariat reportedly opposed it, citing Suresh's lack of "administrative experience".
The ministry's view, however, appears to have prevailed with the ACC.
10th Global Communication Conclave held at Kolkata: Dainik Bhaskar won 11 Awards including the prestigious Chanakya Award for Social Excellence
BHOPAL: MMNN: 4 Feb. 2016
The two-day 10th Global Communication Conclave hosted by Kolkata, the City of Joy, was indeed a joyous experience.
Held on January 22 -23, 2016, the Conclave had a large number of PR, media, HR, Advertising professionals, mass communication academicians and students attending.
West Bengal Minister for Women Welfare and Child Development Ms Sashi Panja was the chief guest who along other dignitaries such as Swami Jitatmananda Maharaj, Vice President, Ramkrishna Math, lighted the traditional lamp to mark opening of the Conclave.
The Conclave paid glowing tributes to late PRCI Governing Council Chairman N D Rajpal who passed away recently. His daughter Shweta fondly recalled his memories and said he was a great family man while he was always busy with his professional commitments. The delegates observed silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Conclave vice chairman and PRCI East Zone Chairman B K Sahu and organising committee chairman Ravi Mahapatra, who also heads Kolkata chapter of PRCI, welcomed the guests.
Ms Sashi Panja, West Bengal Women welfare and child development minister, who inaugurated the two-day conclave, focused on the communicators' role in ensuring the safety of women and children.
In this context, she appreciated PRCI for complying with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act makes it mandatory for all organizations to have Internal Compliance Committees.
PRCI Chairman Emeritus and M B Jayaram referred to the Conclave theme – Digital Now-What Next – and stressed the need for all PR professionals to be abreast with the fast developing technology to be able to meet ever increasing communication challenges.
PRCI Governing Council chairman R T Kumar said the organization is spreading its pan-India network and at the time spreading wings globally. ORCI recently formed its UAE chapter and will soon set up units in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Germany and the US.
PRCI National Executive president B N Kumar disclosed that the Guest Faculty Pool set up by the Council is becoming popular among institutions teaching mass communication. PRCI will focus on skill development among upcoming communication professionals and periodic knowledge forums.
YCC Chairperson Geetha Shankar said the organization has launched a special drive to involve the student community and planned youth summits in Mumbai, Bangalore and Mysore.
60th Birthday of Mr. Suhalka, Editor-in-Chief of MetroMirror celebrated
BHOPAL: MMNN: 29 Dec. 2015
Mr. Shiv Harsh Suhalka, Editor-in-Chief of MetroMirror and Director of Public Relation Council of India turned 60 on Dec. 28, 2015.
The day was celebrated at Fusion Spice Banquet Hall with the who's who of the city present, noted among them Sh. Atmadeep, Information commisioner, Sh. Ganesh Sakalle, President Central Press Club, Sh Deepesh Joshi, leading Advocate, Sh. Shailendra Bagre, leading Architect, Sh. AC Chandra, Ex Chief Income-tax Commisioner and Past convenor citizens Forum, Sh. Ajay Dubey, RTI Activist and Representative Transparency International, Sh. Vijay Bandriya , Chief Editor Krishak Jagat, Sh. Girish Upadhyay, State Editor, Subah Savere, Senior Journalist Sh. Rajesh Sirothia, Sh Ajay Bokil, Sh. Samdatt Shastri, Sh. Sanjay Dwivedi, and Abhijit Chandra, Prof. Pavitra Shrivastava, Prof. Pushpendra Pal Singh, Dr. HD Verma, Sh. Shekhar Maheshwari, Sh. Vivek Verma, Sh. Pankaj Malik, Dr. M.S. Raghuwanshi, Sh. Vikas Bandriya, convenor BJP State IT cell.
KKR to invest $300m in Media
MUMBAI: MMNN: 16 Nov. 2015
Global investment firm KKR will commit up to $300 million to create a pan-Asian media and entertainment investment platform along with California-based media holding company, Chernin Group, in a long-term bet on Asia's fast growing digital media and technology space, including in India.
The new platform, Emerald Media, which will see KKR hold a majority stake, will primarily focus on providing capital to media, entertainment and digital media companies across Asia. Chernin Group will join as a minority co-investor in the platform. Emerald will look to acquire control or significant minority positions in growing public and private media companies.
The platform will look to invest approximately $15million-$ 75million in any investment. A substantial portion of the investments will come into India, where KKR is building a series of investment platforms. The US buyout fund has a non-banking finance company, a real estate investment platform and distressed assets platform, besides its core private equity business.
As part of the transaction, KKR will also acquire a significant minority stake in CA Media, the existing Asian media portfolio of Chernin Group.
The platform will be headed by Rajesh Kamat, who was former COO of Viacom18 Group and CEO of COLORS in India, and Paul Aiello, the current group CEO of CA Media. Aiello was the former CEO of News Corp's Star TV Asia.
The transaction, which is aimed at creating one of the largest media investment platforms in the region, is expected to get announced later this week. "The media, entertainment and digital media segment across Asia, especially in India, enjoys attractive macro fundamentals, mirroring the trajectory of the region's consumer sector," Sanjay Nayar, Member of KKR and CEO of KKR India, said.
The Chernin Group's Asia investment platform CA Media focuses on a broad range of opportunities in content creation, television networks, sports, education, advertising, and digital media.
The creation of the platform comes as Indian media and entertainment sectors are poised for a strong growth. The sectors are expected to grow at 13.9% CAGR, to touch.`19,6400 crore by 2019, KPMG said in arecent report. The growth rate is almost double that of the global media and entertainment industry, KPMG said. In India, CA Media has been building a strong portfolio that includes television and film production, live music events, youth media, digital content, intellectual property and graphic novels. Its investments in the country include stakes in content company Endemol India, music and live events company Only Much Louder, and entertainment company-Graphic India.
Deal activity in India's media and entertainment sector rose in 2014 with 61 transactions as against 26 transactions a year prior. Total size of the transactions increased to $2.4 billion from $224 million, KPMG's report said. Digitalisation, Phase III licensing of radio and 4G rollout will provide the required impetus to the industry, KPMG added.
"101 Hindi Media ke Diggaj" book presented
Our Correspondent, 01 Sep. 2015
Sh. Sanjay Dwivedi, Head, Deptt. of Mass Communication, Makhan Lal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Senior Journalist presented a Book written by him on
"101 Hindi Media Ke Diggaj" to Sh. Shiv Harsh Suhalka, Editor in chief of MetroMirror.Com and Secretary General of Forward India Forum - a Think-tank.
He praised the objectives of Forward India Forum and shown his interest to join the forum.
Media and Public Relations Are Complementary To Each Other –Naidu
Our Correspondent, 31 Aug. 2015
Media and Public Relations are complementary to each other and enjoy a symbiotic relationship. The two crafts should harmonise with each other instead of working at cross-purposes.
This was the sum and substance of a thought-provoking presentation by Chandrakant Naidu, a senior journalist, at a panel discussion organized by Bhopal Chapters of Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD) and Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).
Responding to the theme of the discussion, C.K. Sardana, a senior PR practitioner, said PR people formed a useful ‘source' for media persons. Through their understanding of various facets of their own organizations and associated areas, they were able to provide in-depth information – what the media persons really needed – which help prepare good stories for print and electronic media. It was a sort of ‘mutual help and gain' for both, he added.
Rashmi Bhargava, Chairperson, ISTD, Bhopal Chapter and C K Sardana, Chairman, PRCI Bhopal Chapter were present. J.N. Chawdhary, a veteran marketing man, was the patron at the panel discussion. Mahendra Joshi, Secretary, PRCI proposed a vote of thanks.
In his opening observations, former Regional Editor of Hindustan Times, Chandrakant Naidu said the PR specialists excel at bringing forth the strong points of any institution to be highlighted through media. The news media cannot afford to ignore the weak points as their audience would expect them to put things in perspective.
At times the news media's job begins where the PR specialists' ends. In the current media scenario the lines between PR and news presentations are blurring due to commercial considerations of the media ownership.
Large number of persons from different walks of life participated in the inter-active panel discussions. Notable among them were Salil Chatterjee, Sanat Gangwal, R.N. Soni, O.P. Soni, C K Hayaran, Harsh Suhalka and Pradeep Bhargava.
PR Minister pays tributes to MD of People's Group late Shri Ramvilas Vijayvargiya
Our Correspondent, 13 Aug. 2015
Public Relations, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla paid tributes to MD of People's Group and Founder Trustee of Public Welfare Charitable Trust late Shri Ramvilas Vijayvargiya by laying a wreath on his body.
The PR Minister expressed profound grief over his death during visit to residence of late Shri Vijayvargiya here today.
In his condolence message, he said that late Shri Vijayvargiya had contributed significantly in making available quality health services in the state including Bhopal.
Shri Shukla said that late Shri Vijayvargiya was also an able social worker.
Shri Shukla consoled and offered condolences to late Shri Vijayvargiya's wife Smt. Savitri Devi, brother and sister-in-law Smt. Paramanad Vijayvargiya and Smt. Pushpa Vijayvargiya, Shri Suresh Vijayvargiya,
Smt. Urmila Vijayvargiya, sisters Smt. Kasturi Bai, Smt. Kamla Devi, brother-in-law Shri Ramesh Chandra, Shri Shiv Prasad Gupta, Captain Ruchi Vijayvargiya, Captain Ambarish Sharma, Megha Vijayvargiya, Shri Mayank Vishnoi, Neha Vijayvargiya, Shri Rohit Pandit and entire bereaved family.
PR Minister Shri Shukla has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.
Media plays a vital role in communicating science to people: Prof. B.K. Kuthiala, Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal
Our Correspondent, 14 July 2015
Mr. Ranjan Mukherjee Additional Director General, Prasar Bharti, is inaugurating the media workshop on "communicating Science & Biosafety" Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, in Bhopal today.
Empowerment of farmers by creating awareness about new agricultural technologies and to spread scientific temper is the need of the hour. While delivering the key note address at the regional media workshop on communicating Science and Bio safety for Media Personnel at Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, (MCNUJ&C) Bhopal today, Mr. Ranjan Mukherjee, Addl. Director General, Prasar Bharati said that the agricultural research results should go from lab to land so that the farming community will be benefited for increasing agricultural production.
Prof. B.K. khutiala, Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, is inaugurating the media workshop on "communicating Science & Biosafety" Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, in Bhopal today.
Water conservation and irrigation technologies and information about high yielding varieties are to be informed to the farmers by media by rationality, enquiry and method apart from content. 62 national agricultural universities and 642 Krishi Vigyan Kendras in India are doing a commendable work in agricultural research. Kisan Channel of Doordarshan started by the Prime Minister of India aims at agricultural science communication and educating the farmers about relevant agricultural technologies and providing scientific information for increasing the agricultural production. Kisan channel will be a pioneer in creating journalistic standards in scientific reporting. Radio, Television and Print Media are mass communication channels to create awareness about agriculture biotechnology and bio safety. While delivering the inaugural address, Prof. B.K. Kuthiala, Vice Chancellor of MCNUJ&C, Bhopal said that media plays a key role in communicating science to farmers in modern farming techniques and agriculture operations for benefiting the farmers.
Prof. B.K. khutiala, Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, Mr. Ranjan Mukherjee Additional Director General, Prasar Bharti, and Dr. P.J. Sudhakar, ADG, PIB Bhopal are at the media workshop on "communicating Science & Biosafety" Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, in Bhopal today.
The Green Revolution, India is a big success story in agriculture sector. The scientific innovations and research should be over-all welfare of society. Radio is a mass media which popularize the hybrid varieties of rice which was known as ‘Radio Rice'. Bio safety also includes saving the man from the mankind. Media should search for the truth and it should have a truthful reporting and objectivity. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. P.J. Sudhakar, Addl. Director General of PIB, Bhopal said that the government has taken several measures on bio safety which includes setting up of Institutional Bio Safety Committee on Recombinant DNA (IBSE), Review Committee on Genetic manipulation and Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee. The Bio safety regulatory system is governed by rules under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.
Mr. Ranjan Mukherjee Additional Director General, Prasar Bharti, is addressing the media workshop on "communicating Science & Biosafety" Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, in Bhopal today.
The biological warfare should not happen for the betterment of the society and world. The Cartagena Protocol for bio-safety of United Nations framed important guidelines for the biosecurity and biosafety. Indian parliament passed several legislations like Plant Varieties and Farmer's Rights Act, Geographical Indications Goods Act and Bio-Diversity Act for fulfilling the obligations of UN Convention on bio-diversity. Prof. Geeta Bamezai of IIMC explained the objectives of the workshop.
Dr. P.J. Sudhakar, ADG, PIB Bhopal is addressing the media workshop on "communicating Science & Biosafety" Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, in Bhopal today.
Dr. P. Sasikala, HOD, New Media Technology, MCNUJ&C welcomed the gathering. Dr. Anand Pradhan proposed the Vote of Thanks. The two day workshop is organized by Indian Institute of Mass Communication with the collaboration of Ministry of Environment & Forest and Climate Change. UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) and GEF (Global Environment Facility) are the international organizations that are associated with the project. Dr. Rayies Altaf, Project Coordinator of IIMC also participated in the workshop.
Sh. Anil Mathur promoted as Director, public Relations, MP
Our Correspondent, 8 May 2015
Additional Director of Public Relation department Sh. Anil Mathur promoted as Director- Public Relation.
Sh. Mathur started his career from Navabharat as journalist. Sh Mathur is known as honest and dynamic officer.
Various Media organisations and Journalists congratulated him. Sh. Shiv Harsh Suhalka, Editor-in-chief, METROMIRROR.COM congratulated and wished that under Sh. Mathur PR department would work more professionally and gain the lost image.
Sh. Anoop Swarup, chairman of Forward India Forum also congratulated Mr. Mathur and expected that the department would be able to build its image first and gain the confidence of the Media and general public.