Raghvendra Rao



Raghvendra Rao is Senior Assistant Editor. Covers Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Election Commission, Department of Personnel & Training, the Union Cabinet and Lok Sabha.

No threat to Constitution, assures Venkaiah Naidu while taking a dig at Congress
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

The government also sought to allay fears over a rethink on reservation and the continuance of the word “secular” in the Constitution.

CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani in many controversies but not likely to be ‘cut’ by govt
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Nihalani's “tribute” to the PM, titled “Mera desh hai mahaan, mera desh hai jawan”, was pulled off cinema screens the very next in some places, two days later in some others.

Learn, experiment, transform India: PM Modi tells young IAS officers
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

In a candid interaction with young IAS officers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined that they don't have more than 10 years to learn, do new things and experiment and that whoever makes maximum use of these 10 years will contribute much more for the remaining 20-25 years of service.

Awards public recognition, cherish them: Pranab Mukherjee
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

The President added that "sensitive minds" who get “disturbed by some incidents in society” should express their “disagreement through debate and discussion”.

On National Press day, PCI chief bats to include TV, internet under watchdog’s ambit
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Talking of “constraints” that “shackle” the Press Council of India, its chief Justice (retd) C.K Prasad on Monday talked about the need to expand the Council's ambit by including internet and television within its jurisdiction. Currently, the PCI deals only with the print media.

‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ director Kundan Shah to return National Award today
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

Kundan Shah, who received his only national award for the 1983 cult classic, is all set to return it on Thursday in Mumbai along with several others from his fraternity.

Where’s the intolerance? Opp parties must fight politically: Arun Jaitley
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

“Where’s the intolerance? You are the most vibrant democracy in the world. Everybody has a right to speak and live his life his way,” Arun Jaitley said.

Govt fears FTII row may mar Goa film festival
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

The I&B ministry is perturbed by reports that the Film Federation of India may decide not to participate at IFFI.

IIMC suffering due to erosion of autonomy, excessive red tape: Faculty to I&B ministry
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

“In a nutshell, the erosion of autonomy and excessive bureaucratisation of IIMC has seriously affected the functioning, academic standards and morale of the faculty and employees,” said the letter to Jaitley.

Hardik Patel announces new outfit, supports Gujjar land protest
Thu, Oct 01, 2015

Hardik Patel, who announced his newly formed Akhil Bhartiya Patel Navnirman Sena (ABPNS)’s political plans here in New Delhi on Wednesday, also echoed the concerns of farmers.

Centre to set up fund to help films get Oscars
Wed, Sep 30, 2015

This year, Chaitanya Tamhane’s debut film Court has been chosen as India’s official entry for the Oscars. The Marathi film has already bagged the National Award for the best feature film.

FTII talks today, move to take them beyond Gajendra Chauhan
Tue, Sep 29, 2015

Having managed to get the students to call off their relay hunger strike and bring them back to the negotiating table, the government is now banking on this latest round of talks.

FTII row: Govt open to talks without preconditions
Thu, Sep 17, 2015

The ministry’s letter refers to a communication from the students on the issues for discussion in response to a request for “an immediate dialogue” from FTII director Prashant Pathrabe on September 1.

After rail mishaps, Suresh Prabhu pulls up GMs over safety
Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Since April, as many as 54 accidents, including 29 derailments, have been reported.

Toy train mishap may hit foreign tourist flow
Mon, Sep 14, 2015

The chartered train whose two coaches derailed on the Kalka-Shimla Railway on September 12, killing two UK tourists, was the 19th chartered operation on the famous toy train route this year.

Under Fire: Doordarshan News in dock for fresh ads to fill up eight posts
Sat, Sep 12, 2015

The channel is yet to release results for a recruitment process held in February.

Bihar poll dates: EC’s fine and delicate balancing act with festive season in mind
Thu, Sep 10, 2015

Carefully navigating through the five gazetted holidays and nine restricted holidays spread across October and November, the EC has ensured that voting is completed in a span of 25 days across these two months and the results is out a good two days before Diwali.

FM first batch e-auction ends: Govt earns Rs 1,157 cr
Wed, Sep 09, 2015

IN a windfall of sorts, the government has received worth Rs 1,156.9 crore for 97 channels in 56 cities in the e-auction of the first batch of private FM Radio Phase 3 channel.

Waiting for I&B ministry’s nod to take charge at FTII: Gajendra Chauhan
Tue, Sep 08, 2015

While Rajyavardhan Rathore was not available for comment, government sources indicated that the I&B ministry had asked Chauhan to dig his heels in for the time being.

Non-state actors unleashing violence on innocent people: PM Modi
Fri, Sep 04, 2015

"Ideology only believes in unabated truth. So ideologies which close the gates for dialogue have the propensity for violence," said Narendra Modi.

PCI seeks clarification on curtailing media movement
Fri, Aug 21, 2015

“Since the I&B ministry controls the Press Information Bureau that helps facilitate media access, we have asked it to provide us with complete details of the MHA directive," a PCI official said.

FTII row: As FTII headache grows, Govt looks at ‘honourable exit’
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Sources indicated that the government may not immediately cancel the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as FTII president, which triggered the protests in June, as that would be a huge “loss of face”.

‘Hacking bid’ not ruled out as FM Radio auction suffers ‘glitch’
Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Apprehending foul play, sabotage or a hacking attempt, the govt asked for a re-run of the round.

First-ever talkie Devdas, starring PC Barua, now available at NFAI
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

A DVD copy of the first-ever talkie Devdas—made by P.C Barua in 1935--was handed over to the NFAI by a visiting delegation from the Bangladesh Film Archive.

PM Modi reveals: Faced pressure on FM radio e-auction, many ‘big people’ worried
Sun, Aug 16, 2015

In his Independence Day speech on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the ongoing FM radio e-auction had “worried” many “big people” who questioned the need for an auction and put “pressure” on him. Ever since the e-auction of 135 FM radio channels across 69 cities began on July 27, there have been such murmurs […]

DD to put camera on 80-ft mount to capture PM Narendra Modi
Sat, Aug 15, 2015

The Information & Broadcasting Ministry, it is learnt, has proposed that Doordarshan be allowed to capture aerial shots of the Red Fort ceremony using a helicopter.

Arun Jaitley takes a shot at Rahul, says ‘more he grows, more he immatures’
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

The delay in the passage of the GST bill will make it tougher for the government to meet a self-imposed deadline of next April for its launch.

All are learned here, only I am ignorant: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Kharge accused the treasury benches of hyperbole and added that they try to use “Chanakya niti”.

Taunt by BJP MP sends Sonia stomping into well: ‘What did he say?’
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

As the din got louder, the Speaker adjourned the House for almost an hour.

Sumitra Mahajan tells LS TV: Show live footage of protest, let people know
Wed, Aug 12, 2015

As soon as she said this, Lok Sabha TV started beaming visuals that it had not shown throughout the session — of MPs protesting in the well, standing right next to the Speaker’s chair.

Back after suspension, noisy as ever, their placards smaller but flashier
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

The placards, though, were scaled down in size, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan having decried the use of large placards that had blocked her chair and the treasury benches from TV cameras last week.

Gloves off as BJP moves for action against Congress MPs, Youth protesters
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

Party sources said the govt had conveyed to Congress floor leaders that it would not accept their demand for the resignation of Sushma, Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Sushma Swaraj’s defence: Would you have left (Lalit Modi’s wife) to die?
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke at length on the Lalit Modi row in Lok Sabha.

Placards, Lights, Camera Blocked, Action
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Ravneet and Satav blocked Speaker and minister from TV, Ranjeet Ranjan banged Speaker’s table while Hooda rolled his placard into a loudspeaker.

Even ministries dumping DD, I&B report card fails Prasar
Mon, Aug 03, 2015

The Health Ministry has withdrawn Rs 100 crore it had earmarked for campaigns on Prasar Bharati, and the Agriculture Ministry has informed that it is more than halving its spend on Prasar Bharati.

FM radio: Just 5 days into e-auctions, govt witnesses bidding worth Rs 714 crore
Sat, Aug 01, 2015

Centre had pegged revenue generation from the entire auction at Rs 550 crore.