India Today is a fortnightly Indian English-language news magazine published by Living Media India Limited. In 2014, India Today launched a new online opinion-orientated site called the DailyO. India Today was established in 1975 by Vidya Vilas Purie, with his daughter Madhu Trehan as its editor and his son Aroon Purie as its publisher. At present, India Today is published in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu; the India Today news channel was launched on 22 May 2015. In October 2017, Aroon Purie passed control of the India Today Group to Kallie Purie. India Today website
Doordarshan is an autonomous public service broadcaster founded by the Government of India, owned by the Broadcasting Ministry of India and one of Prasar Bharati's two divisions. One of India's largest broadcasting organisations in studio and transmitter infrastructure, it was established on 15 September 1959. Doordarshan, which broadcasts on digital terrestrial transmitters, provides television, radio and mobile service throughout metropolitan and regional India and overseas through the Indian Network and Radio India, it began modestly as an experimental broadcaster in Delhi on 14 September 1959, with a small transmitter and a makeshift studio. Regular daily transmission started in 1965 as part of All India Radio, with a five-minute news bulletin read by Pratima Puri. Salma Sultan joined Doordarshan in 1967, became a news anchor. Krishi Darshan debuted on Doordarshan on 26 January 1967, is Indian television's longest running program. Television service was extended to Bombay and Amritsar in 1972.
Until 1975 only seven Indian cities had television service, Doordarshan was the country's sole television provider. Television service was separated from radio on 1 April 1976; the All India Radio and Doordarshan were placed under the management of separate directors-general in New Delhi. In 1982, Doordarshan became a national broadcaster. National telecasts were introduced in 1982. Colour television began in India with the live telecast of the Independence Day speech by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 15 August of that year, followed by the colour telecast of the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. Live telecasts of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics were broadcast on its national channel, DD Sports provided round-the-clock coverage. On 17 November 2014, Doordarshan director-general Vijayalaxmi Chhabra introduced a pink-and-purple colour scheme and a new slogan: Desh Ka Apna Channel. Doordarshan transmitted over a network of nearly 1,400 terrestrial transmitters in 2017, with 46 studios producing TV programmes.
After the introduction of private channels Doordarshan is struggling to keep its position in the television space. Doordarhan is trying to improve its studios and programmes while its primary aim is to serve the country. Doordarshan operates 46 Studios, it operates 21 channels: two all-India channels, 17 regional satellite channels, 11 state networks, an international channel, a sports channel, DD Bharati, DD Urdu and DD Kisan. On DD National and local programs are carried on a time-sharing basis for terrestrial broadcasting only. DD News, launched on 3 November 2003 and replacing DD Metro, provides 24-hour news; these channels are relayed by all terrestrial transmitters in India. The regional-language satellite channels have two components: a regional service for a particular state, additional programs in the regional language available through cable operators and DTH operators. DD Sports broadcasts sporting events of international importance, it is the only sports channel which telecasts rural sports such as kabbadi.
A new regional channel, DD Arunprabha was scheduled to begin on 15 February 2018. DD Arunprabha was launched on 9 February 2019. On 9 March 2019, Prasar Bharati brought 11 more State DD Channels on the Satellite footprint of India through DD Free Dish; this includes five channels for Northeastern states. This will go a long way in fulfilling people's aspirations; these are - DD Chhattisgarh, DD Goa, DD Haryana, DD Himachal Pradesh, DD Jharkhand, DD Manipur, DD Meghalaya, DD Mizoram, DD Nagaland, DD Tripura and DD Uttarakhand. The international DD India entertainment channel began broadcasting in English and Hindi in 1995. Doordarshan has a big network of regional channels; these are state owned channels for that particular state or region broadcasting in regional languages. They are GECs; the regional state networks serve people living in the Hindi Belt and states without their own DD channel. Their programs and broadcast from each state capital from 3:00 to 8:00 pm, are relayed by the state's terrestrial transmitters.
DD 2: Renamed DD Metro. DD Metro: Converted to DD News. Metro Gold: Aired on DD Metro. DD International: Renamed DD World. DD World: Renamed DD India. DD CNNi DD 3: Merged with DD Movie Club and renamed DD3-Movie Club. DD Movie Club: Merged with DD 3 and renamed DD3-Movie Club. DD3-Movie Club: Converted to DD Sports; the DD India satellite channel has been broadcast in 146 countries. In UK, it was available through the Eurobird satellite on the Sky system's channel 833. Transmission via Sky Digital ended in June 2008, via DirecTV in the United States the following month. Prasar Bharati is Doordarshan's parent body, its board members are appointed by the Government of India through the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Doordarshan has been used during the Emergency, to disseminate government propaganda. During Operation Blue Star in 1984, only government sources were used to report the story. Doordarshan was complicit in the production of a video claiming acts of violence which, when investigated by independent journalists, were found to be false.
In 2004 it censored a controversial documentary on Jayaprakash Narayan, an oppo
T. N. Seshan
Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan is a retired 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, best remembered as the man who cleaned up elections in India. He was the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India, who reformed elections by ending its malpractices in the country, and redefined the status and visibility of the Election Commission of India. An Indian Administrative Service officer, he earlier served as the 18th Cabinet Secretary of India in 1989, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service in 1996. Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan was born on 15 December 1932 in Thirunellai, Palakkad district, Kerala, he completed his schooling from Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School and intermediate from Government Victoria College, Palakkad. He obtained his graduation in Physics from the Madras Christian College, he worked for three years as demonstrator at the Madras Christian college, when he passed the IAS exam. He went to study at Harvard University on Edward S. Mason Fellowship where he earned a master's degree in public administration.
T. N. Seshan and E. Sreedharan are classmates at BEM High Victoria College in Palakkad. Both of them were selected for Engineering in Kakinada however E. Sreedharan decided to pursue it, while T. N. Seshan decided to join MCC. In 1959, while serving as Dindigul sub-collector, Sheshan married Jayalakshmi, she was the daughter of R. S. Krishnan, the vice chancellor of Kerala University. Jayalakshmi died on 31 March 2018. Seshan wanted to join the civil services like his brother T N Lakshminarayanan (who incidentally was among the toppers in the first batch of Indian Administrative Service. In 1953, Seshan was under-aged to appear for the IAS. To test his abilities, he sat for the Indian Police Service and stood first in India in the 1954 batch; the next year, he appeared and joined the 1955 batch of IAS, having been placed among the top rankers. An officer of the IAS, he was Secretary of many departments in the Tamil Nadu and the union governments, he was Cabinet Secretary, the senior most position in the Indian civil service hierarchy, Member, Planning Commission of India, before being appointed the Chief Election Commissioner.
He contested for the post of President of India in 1997 and lost to K. R. Narayanan, he is known for his crisp one-liners, be it during his service to his superiors and ministers or while facing the media. On 17 October 2012, The Madras High Court appointed T. N Seshan as an interim administrator to run the Pachaiyappa’s Trust in Chennai As the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India, T. N. Seshan's name became synonymous with transparency and efficiency when he managed to stamp his authority on the country's electoral system by conducting the cleanest elections in living memory. "Nobody dared to violate the law." Poll changes ushered in by him would pit the political class and their media cronies not just against each other, but against him, the election watchdog, getting labelled, in turn as - "Al-Seshan" so much so, that electoral'battles' would be dubbed by them as: "Seshan versus Nation" Implementation of the law in election process: Instrumental in strict implementation election code of conduct Issuance of Voter IDs for all eligible voters Limit on candidates expenditure in his/her election Progressive and autonomous Election commission machinery.
Drafted election officials from states other than the one facing polls. Elimination of several malpractices like: Bribing or intimidating voters Distribution of liquor during elections. Use of official machinery for campaigning. Appealing to voters' caste or communal feelings. Use of places of worship for campaigns. Use of loudspeakers and high volume music without prior written permission. Biography Ramon Magsaysay Award website. G. C. Shekhar. "Autumn of Al-Seshan". The Telegraph. 7 April 2014. Govindan Kutty. "Seshan: An Intimate Story 1994"
Braj known as Brij or Brijbhoomi, is a region in Uttar Pradesh of India, around Mathura-Vrindavan. Brij, though never a defined political region in India, is well demarcated culturally; the area stretches from Mathura, Agra and Aligarh right up to Etah and Farrukhabad districts. It is derived from the Sanskrit word vraja; the main cities in the region are Mathura, Gokul, Bharatpur, Farrukhabad, Dholpur, Etawah, Mainpuri, Etah and Firozabad. The term "Braj" means'Pasture', a settlement and abode of Yadavas who are known as Yaduvanshi Aheer/Abhir. Geographically and culturally Brajbhoomi is a part of the Ganges-Yamuna-Doab region, which has had an extensive influence on the entirety of Indian Subcontinent culture. Brajbhoomi falls right in the middle of the Doab; the area midlands. The region lies well within the golden triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra. Covering an area of about 3,800 km2 today, Brajbhoomi can be divided into two distinct units: the eastern part in the trans-Yamuna tract which includes Gokul, Sadabad, Baldeo and Manigarhi Bajna.
Contrary to the popular belief that Braj is Mathura and Goverdhan alone, this region comprises Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, Kaman Tehsil of Bharatpur district of Rajasthan and Hodal, Hassanpur of Palwal district of Haryana, it spans 1300 villages. The land of Braj starts from Kotban near Hodel, it covers Agra, Hathras, Bharatpur and Dholpur. The residents or natives of Braj are called Brijwasi. Braj bhasha or Brij bhasha related to spoken Hindi with a soft accent, is spoken throughout the region. Braj is famous for Chaat. Pede from Mathura, Petha from Agra, Gajak from Aligarh,Soan Papri from Kasganj, maal puye from Nauhjheel, Soan halwa from Raya, chamcham from Iglas,desi ghee from Auraiya, Boora & Batasa from Hathras and Milkcake from Bajna are famous throughout India. Hathras is known for its sindoor and heeng; the region is related to the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Krishna is said to have spent his childhood and adolescence in Braj and therefore, the region has an important status in Hinduism.
Krishna performed his numerous popularly called lilas in the 137 sacred forests, at the 1000 Kunds, on the numerous holy hills and on the banks of the river Yamuna. In Srimad Bhagawat, he himself says to his foster father, Nandbaba that Braj is a culture of forests and hills and not of city. Nowhere in the history of mankind, can one find such an emphasis on the harmony of human life with the environment. Thus, the Brajbhasa, the language of Braj was the language of choice of the Bhakti movement, or the neo-Vaishnavite religions, the central deity of, Krishna. Therefore, most of the literature in this language pertains to Krishna and was composed in medieval times. Many international Hindu communities and disciplic successions established temples in the heart of Braj, the holy city of Vrindavan. In May 2014, Braj was added to the lexicon; as The 2014 word had been selected, Braj had an early selection for the 2015 Word of the Day of the Year. The vast heritage of the region is thought to be deteriorating.
Out of the 1000 kunds which used to be the source of fresh and potable drinking water source and rain water harvesting, 90% of them have dried and silted up, been encroached upon and reduced to sludge tanks. Out of the 137 forests, only 3 are left and the rest have been cut down. Out of the 27 picturesque ghats on the banks of river Yamuna, only one remains and rest have been encroached upon and smuggled out. Due to the wide scale illegal mining of Braj hills, the heritage spots associated with Krishna are being lost. There is an overall destruction of the most culturally vibrant and heritage region of Vaishnavas, Hindus and all mankind. Efforts are being made by The Braj Foundation, a voluntary organization towards the revival of the 5000-year-old holy region of Braj; the Braj Foundation is dedicated to the all round development of Braj – the culturally vibrant region lying in close vicinity to Taj Mahal and associated with the legend of Sri Radha-Krishna. The Foundation works directly on projects to restore Braj as an idealistic rural society by conserving its 5000-year-old heritage and environment through planning, conservation and encouraging local community participation.
The organisation is headed by Vineet Narain The current focus is on the restoration of 1000 ancient water retention tanks, revival of 48 important sacred groves, regeneration of around 18,000 acres of hilly terrain into lush-green pasture lands and forests and the resurrection of River Yamuna. Till now the foundation has restored 46 ancient water bodies and 1 sacred forest out of the 3 forests left in the entire region. A small group of dedicated professionals has achieved all this in a period of 10 years; the Foundation is making several interventions in areas like organic farming, dairy industry, rural education, health care etc. towards the realization of its broader mandate. Some Indians still carry the name of Brijen, one way how the story of Krishna coming down to the Earth will be preserved in oral tradition; the tourism is fourth major source of income after Agro Business, Retail sector and IT sector in Braj with Agra,Mathura being the tourist hot
Frontline is a fortnightly English language magazine published by The Hindu Group of publications from Chennai, India. R Vijaya Sankar is the editor-in-chief of the magazine; as a current affairs magazine, it covers domestic and International news. Frontline gives a prominent place to various issues of development and hindrances in the Indian states. Apart from topics of politics and political economy, it covers a wide range of topics including Arts, cinema and English language. Frontline was first published in December 1984, it was intended to be a newspaper when it was started by the founders, they had differences in opinion regarding the content and intent of the publication and the magazine was sold to PL Investments Ltd, which sold it to The Hindu Group. Its regular contributors include known progressive writers such as C. P. Chandrasekhar, Praful Bidwai, R. K. Raghavan, Jayati Ghosh and Bhaskar Ghose. Aijaz Ahmad, a Marxist literary critic and political analyst contributes occasional essays on various topics.
Vijay Prashad, the Marxist historian, writes a regular "Letter from America" for the magazine, as well as reports on American issues. Frontline is noted for its serious coverage of issues; the magazine has made it a point to analyse issues related to the working classes, the unorganized sectors, tribal regions, etc. in India. Since, 1991, the magazine has opposed the economic reforms of successive governments comprising divestment in state owned corporations, opening of areas like telecom and insurance to private and foreign players among others. Regular correspondent, Dionne Bunsha received the Ramnath Goenka in 2007 for outstanding reporting in the field of environment and books. Journalist, P. Sainath, a frequent contributor to Frontline won the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award in the fields of creative arts and communication. Other journalists such as Asha Krishnakumar and Praveen Swami are recipients of prestigious awards in journalism, such as the Lorenzo Natali prize; the Hindu Business Line Official website
Hindustan Times is an Indian English-language daily newspaper founded in 1924 with roots in the Indian independence movement of the period. The newspaper is owned by Congress Rajya Sabha M. P. Shobhana Bhartia, it is the flagship publication of an entity controlled by the KK Birla family. Hindustan Times is one of the largest newspapers in India, by circulation. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, it has a circulation of 993,645 copies as of November 2017; the Indian Readership Survey 2014 revealed that HT is the second most read English newspaper in India after The Times of India. It is popular in North India, with simultaneous editions from New Delhi, Kolkata, Patna and Chandigarh; the print location of Jaipur was discontinued from June 2006 and that of Nagpur edition was discontinued from September 1997. HT launched a youth daily, HT Next, in 2004; the Mumbai edition was launched on 14 July 2005 and the Kolkata edition was launched in early 2000. In The Brand Trust Report 2012, Hindustan Times was ranked 291st among India's most trusted brands and subsequently, according to the Brand Trust Report 2013, Hindustan Times was ranked 434th among India's most trusted brands.
In 2014 however, Hindustan Times was ranked 360th among India's most trusted brands according to the Brand Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by Trust Research Advisory, a brand analytics company. Other sister publications of Hindustan Times are Mint, Hindustan and Kadambani; the media group owns a radio channel, Fever 104.0 FM and have education related company called Studymate and organises an annual Luxury Conference which has featured speakers like designer Diane von Fürstenberg, shoemaker Christian Louboutin, Gucci CEO Robert Polet and Cartier MD Patrick Normand. Hindustan Times is owned by the KK Birla branch of the Birla family. Hindustan Times was founded in 1924 by Sunder Singh Lyallpuri, founder-father of the Akali movement and the Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab Province. S Mangal Singh Gill and S. Chanchal Singh were made in charge of the newspaper. Madan Mohan Malaviya and Tara Singh were among the members of the Managing Committee; the Managing Chairman and Chief Patron was Master Sunder Singh Lyallpuri.
K. M. Panikkar was the person of behaviour; the opening ceremony was performed by Mahatma Gandhi on 26 September 1924. The first issue was published from Delhi, it contained writings and articles among others. K. M. Panikkar known as Sardar Panikkar launched the Hindustan Times as a serious nationalist newspaper; as an Oxonian and litterateur, Panikkar must have hoped to make his paper more than an Akali sheet. He became the editor and funds flowed from activist Akali patrons, he exerted himself strenuously, but the paper made little headway. In two years Panikkar could not take the print order any higher than 3,000. By the Akali movement appeared to lose steam and funds dried up; the paper was saved from an untimely demise when Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya stepped in to realise his vision of a newspaper in Delhi. Malaviya raised ₹50,000 rupees to acquire the Hindustan Times along with the help of nationalist leaders Lajpat Rai and M. R. Jayakar and industrialist G. D. Birla, who paid most of the cash.
Birla took full control of the paper in 1933. The paper continues to be owned by the Birla family, it has its roots in the Indian independence movement of the first half of the twentieth century and faced the noted "Hindustan Times Contempt Case" at Allahabad High Court. It was edited at times by many important people in India, including Devdas Gandhi, Sri Mulgaonkar, B. G. Verghese and Khushwant Singh. Sanjoy Narayan was editor in chief of the paper from August 2008 till July 2016; the Delhi-based English daily Hindustan Times is part of the KK Birla group and managed by Shobhana Bhartia, Rajya Sabha member of Congress party and daughter of the industrialist Krishna Kumar Birla and granddaughter of Ghanshyam Das Birla. HT Media Limited is a subsidiary of The Hindustan Times Limited, a subsidiary of Earthstone Holding Limited; the KK Birla group owns a 69 percent stake in HT Media valued at ₹834 crore. When Shobhana Bhartia joined Hindustan Times in 1986, she was the first woman chief executive of a national newspaper.
Shobhana has been nominated as a Rajya Sabha MP from Congress Party. Along with Hindustan Times, HT Media owns Desimartini, Fever 104 FM, the Mint newspaper. Former Executive Editor Shishir Gupta left the newspaper after Frontline reported about his emails to Amit Shah and Mr Shah's Officer on Special Duty; the Frontline story detailed how the Prime Minister's Office was taking extraordinary interest in the Delhi Government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Appointed editor Bobby Ghosh left the newspaper abruptly and The Wire reports that he was asked to leave the newspaper after Shobhana Bhartia met Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. B'rishu HT Education HT Estates Shine Jobs HT Livebhopal ht48hours HT Cafe D. K. Issar: former Chief Reporter, wrote on crime and terrorism Barkha Dutt: Journalist and NDTV Group editor. Writes a fortnightly column. Karan Thapar: President of Infotainment Television, television commentator and interviewer, weekly columnist Manas Chakravarty: Capital market analyst for Mint.
Writes weekly column "Loose Canon" on Sundays'. Poonam Saxena: She is the editor of Brunch, the Hindustan Times Sunday maga