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

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.

Anti-hijacking law set to be made tough
Thu, Jul 30, 2015

In the new Bill, the perpetrators of a hijacking shall be punishable with the death penalty in case such an offence results in the death of any person.

Gurdaspur terror attack: DD News flouts I&B ministry guidelines on ‘live’ coverage
Tue, Jul 28, 2015

The news channel run by state broadcaster Doordarshan — violated the very guidelines that the ministry was asking private broadcasters to follow.

Gurdaspur attack: I&B ministry asks news channels to desist from live coverage of anti-terror operations
Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Security forces are involved in an operation to flush out terrorists in Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district in Punjab

Broadcast Licence: I&B Ministry likely to stick to MHA line on Sun TV channels
Sat, Jul 18, 2015

Just over a month back, the MHA had denied security clearance to the 33 channels and asked the I&B Ministry not to renew their broadcast licence.

FTII row: Centre struggles to defend appointment of Gajendra Chauhan
Sat, Jul 11, 2015

Arun Jaitley said the government could not retract the decision on Gajendra chauhan, added Resul Pookutty.

Censor panel with two Muslims clears ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ with five cuts
Wed, Jul 08, 2015

MHA feared that film’s content could spark communal tension

Oil Ministry document leak fallout: Govt wants yearly police verification of PIB-accredited scribes
Mon, Jun 29, 2015

The MHA stated that “it has been observed that this procedure has not been followed before making endorsements” of the Chief Security Officer of the MHA on Press Identity Cards in 2015.

Without meeting BJP leadership, CM Raje flies in and out of Capital
Sun, Jun 28, 2015

Congress has been piling up pressure on BJP to sack Vasundhara Raje, accusing her of quid pro quo in helping the former IPL boss Lalit Modi.

In Fact: Why EC finally cracked the whip on Sangma’s party
Mon, Jun 22, 2015

All political parties who contest the Lok Sabha elections are mandated to file their election expenditure statement within 90 days of the completion of the polls.