Free Press Journal
  • Star’s big bet on cricket defies financial logic

    Six months ago, Star India bagged the consolidated media rights bid for IPL at a humongous price of Rs 16,347.5 crore (US $2.55 billion) for a period of five years. On April 5, Star India once again made an aggressive bid to acquire BCCI media rights for a period of five years at a whopping…

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  • Why Narendra Modi government has a problem with media

    Last week, the Modi government had a Trumpian moment. In a debate reminiscent of the battle between President Donald Trump and the mainstream media in the US – Trump often blames the ‘crooked’ media for all his problems as president – the Smriti Irani-headed Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry announced a notification that the government…

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  • Ball Tampering row: Bad boys spice up a gentleman’s game

    Gentlemen make boring cricketers and equally boring TV characters. Grey characters are better. Bad boys are even better as they make colourful characters and spice up the narrative. That’s the state of cricket today, India included. Ball-tampering is not a new occurrence in cricket. It’s been happening for several decades, in varying degrees involving different…

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  • ‘Make in India’ loses track, while country focuses on employment in IT sector

    India is unable to create millions of low-skilled jobs in manufacturing and industry, while employment is getting concentrated in the highly skilled IT and financial services and in low-productivity agriculture. Speaking at the Rising India event organised by a media group last week in Delhi, well known American economist Paul Krugman, who won the Nobel…

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  • Aadhaar is meandering in a legal maze

    The ambitious programme to provide a unique 12-digit identification number to 1.3 billion Indian citizens, Aadhaar has been a matter of strident and litigious debate. Currently, a five-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench is hearing a collective case over a bunch of 22 petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the 2016 Aadhaar Act on the ground…

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  • Europe’s populist tide sweeps Italy

    One of the reasons for decimation of centre-left and centre-right parties  is the resentment against the EU rule from Brussels, which makes it difficult for traditional parties to secure domestic support for policies that are generated within the context of the  EU and the euro single currency. Since the Brexit vote in June 2016 and…

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  • Growth rebounds, comparison with China unrealistic

    India lags behind China on the level of several infrastructure and social development indicators: power, water supply, public transport, roads, literacy rate, life expectancy at birth, healthcare and poverty. The Indian economy gave a positive surprise last week. According to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on February 28, the economy recorded 7.2…

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  • Sridevi death: Annu Kapoor criticizes ‘insensitive media coverage’ on actor’s death

    Mumbai: Hours before the last rites of veteran actress Sridevi, Bollywood actor Annu Kapoor on Wednesday criticised the ‘insensitive’ media coverage on Sridevi’s death and said media shows what people want to see. “It’s media job to ask questions, it’s people’s call if they want to throw it in the dustbin or not. At this…

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  • youth, young people, china, scams, internet scams, victims of internet scams, scam ratio, internet faud, reports of internet fraud, 90's, Liu Yang, an anti-fraud expert

    Why scams, NPAs abound in PSU banks

    It’s been observed that poverty and under-development leads to corruption: poorer the nation, higher the corruption. An attempt should be made to bring PSU banks on par with private sector banks in terms of efficiency, compliance, pay scales and business targets. The Nirav Modi scam is not the first instance of a public sector bank…

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  • Congress vs BJP in Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections

    Battle of divergent ideologies in Tripura

    Of the three states, Tripura is the most crucial election and its outcome will be keenly watched on March 3. Meghalaya has been with the Congress and it is to be seen whether the party which has been fighting internal troubles will retain power in the state. The Naga People’s Front is in power in…

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  • Pakodanomics: Rhetoric over substance

    The truth is that unemployment is a worrying issue. Selling pakodas is forced self-employment and not job creation. And cherry-picking data to project a rosy picture is an old statistical trick. Pakoda is a popular Indian snack. This is nothing new. What’s new is the attempt to equate selling pakodas with employment. According to International…

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  • Budget: A vision for 2019 elections

    If India is on the cusp of reaping benefits of growth on the back of demographic dividend, it has the potential to grow at arithmetic progression if the education system is overhauled and employment generation is given a boost. One view on Budget 2018 is that Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has managed to strike a…

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