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News Snippets

  • Terrorists strike on the outskirts of Srinagar, kill 2 BSF men
  • Alluding to the border dispute with India, Nepal PM says "Indian virus" is more dangerous than the Chinese or Italian virus
  • Bengaluru hears a mysterious booming sound. Agencies investigating the matter. Met says not due to earthquake. IAF says could be due to supersonic speeds attained by test flights but inquiries ar on.
  • Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Puri says it will not be viable to keep the middle seat of aircrafts vacant when air travel starts from Monday, 25th May
  • JEE(Main) registrations reopened. Candidates can apply until May 24
  • Junaid Sehrai, a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, killed in an encounter with the security forces at Nawa Kadal in Srinagar
  • Railways to run 200 non-AC trains from June 1
  • Centre changes rules for Shramik special trains, terminating states' permission no longer mandatory
  • Rahul Gandhi asks the government to reconsider the economic package, advises it transfer money directly to the poor
  • SBI gets Rs 1.25 lakh crore growth in deposits in April 2020
  • Cereals, edible oils, oilseeds, pulses, onions and potatoes to be de-regularized
  • The Centre decides to amend the Essential Services Act to ensure better prices for farmers
  • Housing subsidy scheme CLSS for middle-income group extended till March 2021
  • 50 lakh street vendors to be provided Rs 10000 each as working capital loan
  • Free food will be given to migrants. Each family to get 5 kgs of wheat/rice and 1 kg chana. Measure to benefit 8 crore families with the government spending Rs 3500 crore
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Media Outlets Would Do Well To Be More Responsible In These Distressing Times

By Linus Garg
First publised on 2020-03-30 13:42:46

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.

There is no respite from the alarmist stories being put out by some digital media outlets and even regional news channels on television. There are some reports in digital that are spreading the ‘rumour’ that the lockdown will be ‘extended’ by a week. Then, regional news channels are talking about curfew being imposed. None of these reports are true.

The rumour about the extension of the lockdown is being supported by the chaos caused by the exodus of migrant workers. It is being said the purpose of the lockdown is being defeated by the army of migrant workers who are roaming about on the streets of Delhi and on the border of many states. The reports invariably cite “informed sources” and “well-placed” persons to make this conjecture. But Prasar Bharti News Servies (PBNS) exposed the fakeness of the claim. It said that it got in touch with the Cabinet Secretary to verify the news and he categorically said that there was no plan to extend the lockdown.

Then, some regional news channels have been similarly quoting ‘highly-placed’ sources to claim that due to the fact that some people are not strictly following the lockdown, the administration is thinking of clamping curfew in addition to the lockdown. There is no basis to these reports and the administration has asked the people not to believe these rumours but stay at home and stay safe. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is continuously advising people not to believe in rumours.

In these difficult times, the onus is on the media to keep people calm by providing them with true reports that are verified from authentic and official sources. If fake reports or conjectures and views are published, people will be unnecessarily alarmed and might panic. Hence, all media outlets must desist from publishing such reports. If they continue to publish such alarmist stories, the government must take action against them as per law.