There’s something unsettling about the idea of Prashant Kishor. Here’s a man whose fundamental premise — that he helps politicians and parties win elections, for a fee — can seem to be thumbing its nose at democracy. If elections can be won for a fee, then won’t they be reduced to bidding contests? It could be argued that Indian elections are to an extent a battle of financial muscle anyway, and it’s better that political parties invest in research, surveys and communication through a professional organisation than spend money trying to bribe voters. Some of the discomfiture about him is also because while his methods have been used in elections elsewhere for decades, he virtually pioneered it in India. The public opinion, such as it is, appears divided — he is both admired as a maverick and reviled as a charlatan, going by reactions to his tweets, comments on articles about him and other online chatter. Swooning fans and committed haters … [Read more...] about The X factor: Is it time to take Prashant Kishor seriously?
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Justice Muralidhar’s transfer to Punjab and Haryana High Court notified, Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at governmentThe timing of the transfer has become controversial as the Congress accused the Central government of transferring Justice Muralidhar after a Bench comprising him and Justice Talwant Singh came down heavily on the Delhi police for not registering a case against BJP leaders for their hate speeches. … [Read more...] about Top news of the day: Delhi violence death toll climbs to 38, two SITs formed to probe riots, and more
Pointing out the lack of regulation for digital advertising, he highlighted the need for formulation of a code for the purpose. He said that while self regulation in the media was proving to be inadequate in certain circumstances, allowing the government to regulate will certainly turn out to be a bad alternative. … [Read more...] about ‘Tamil news channels not sensationalist’
DUBAI: A staggering 50 people have died in the Iranian city of Qom from the new coronavirus this month, Iran's semiofficial ILNA news agency reported on Monday. The new death toll is significantly higher than the latest number of confirmed cases of infections that Iranian officials had reported just a few hours earlier which stood at just 12 deaths out of 47 cases, according to state TV. An official from Qom, Ahmad Amiriabadi Farahani, was quoted in ILNA saying that more than 250 people are in quarantined in the city, which is a popular place of religious study for Shiites from across Iran and other countries. He said the 50 deaths date as far back as February 13. Iran, however, first officially reported cases of the virus and its first deaths on February 19. The new coronavirus originated in China sometime around December. There are concerns that clusters in Iran, as well as in Italy and South Korea, could signal a serious new stage in its global spread. A top World Health … [Read more...] about Death toll from new virus in Qom is at 50: Iran news agency
Steep viewership targetKidzByte founder Chetan D’souza said news videos will be streamed on the over-the-top media platform and expects a viewership of around one lakh children. He said, “Through a study, we learned that children in the age group of nine to 17 spend an average of 60 to 120 minutes on smartphones, primarily for games, social media or video surfing. With KidzByte TV, children can watch content which will impart knowledge. Every child hates watching news, but this application will attract the children by offering child-friendly and knowledge-based content when it comes to current affairs.” … [Read more...] about Making children fall in love with news