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DNA shuts down all print editions, goes only digital

The DNA started operations from Mumbai in July 2005 — a year that saw couple of big players entering the financial capital with a bang.

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New Delhi, Oct 9 : After a 14-year run, Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper on Wednesday announced to shut its last running Mumbai and Ahmedabad editions, with an aim to go digital owing to “changing reader preferences”.

In a later statement, Diligent Media Corporation Ltd (DMCL) that was incorporated in 2005 as a joint venture entity of two media conglomerates — Essel Group and Bhaskar Group – said the newspaper will move to a digital-only format with immediate effect and the print publication of the Mumbai and Ahmedabad editions will be ceased effective from October 10.

Thursday will be the last edition of DNA in both the cities.

“The decision has been taken by the company in order to optimize cost and reduce the losses. DNA is an integral part of DMCL’s news media offering and the company has always invested immense time, resources and energy in enriching it as a news platform, making it relevant and immensely informative for tis readers, and will continue to do so,” said the company.

“The steps taken by the company is to further sharpen the news platform and enhance its offerings keeping the audiences consumption patterns in mind,” it added.

Earlier, in an editor’s note in the newspaper, the newspaper said that “in this rapidly evolving market, a very thin line remains between the print and digital”.

The DNA started operations from Mumbai in July 2005 — a year that saw couple of big players entering the financial capital with a bang, including The Hindustan Times and The Times Group’s Mumbai Mirror that later diversified into several cities.

Earlier in February, DNA bid adieu to its Delhi edition.

Deccan Chronicle Holdings in February also decided to shut down the print edition of Financial Chronicle (FC) across five cities.

According to DMCL, over the last few months, DNA has grown multi-fold into he digital space, and will continue to be the preferred news destination as a web portal.

“The company will be launch the DNA mobile application soon with a higher focus on video based original content,” it added.

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Ram Mandir: Modi’s ex-aide Nripendra Mishra gets leading role

According to sources, he has also spoken of approaching the court in case he is not included in the trust and not given the right to worship Ram Lalla.

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New Delhi, Feb 19 : Former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nripendra Mishra has been appointed chief of of temple construction committee while Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was named Chairman of Ram Mandir Trust at the first meeting of Ram Janmabhoomi Tritha Kshetra Trust held here on Wednesday.

Champat Rai, the international Vice President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has been appointed the General Secretary while Govind Dev Giri Ji Maharaj the Treasurer.

It was decided in the meeting that a joint account would be opened at a State Bank of India branch in Ayodhya. A total of nine resolutions were passed in the meeting, and another meeting would be held again after 15 days in Ayodhya. The construction committee will decide when the construction will begin.

Chartered accountancy firm, V. Sankar Aiyar & Co in anjit Nagar here, was entrusted with the responsibilty of deciding on the mode of donation.

New Chairman of the trust, Nritya Gopal Das said Ram Temple model would be the same as decided by the VHP “but a discussion would take place on making it higher and wider”.

Among those also present in the meeting that lasted about three hours were Mahant Dinendra Das, Joint Secretary, Home, Gyanesh Kumar, Anil Kumar Mishra, Vasudevanand Saraswati, Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Principal Secretary Avneesh Awasthi, Parmanand Ji Maharaj, Ayodhya district officer Anuj Jha, Kameshwar Chaupal, Balendra Mohan Singh Mohan Mishra of thee Ayodhya royal family.

The Mahant of the Nirvani Ani of Vaishnava Vairagi Akharas, Dharmadas of Hanumangarhi in Ayodhya, also reached the spot during the trust meeting. However, he was not a part of the meeting and was seated in another room outside. Mahant Dharmadas had been demanding since long to join the trust.

According to sources, he has also spoken of approaching the court in case he is not included in the trust and not given the right to worship Ram Lalla.

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Jamia student moves High Court, seeks Rs 1 cr in damages

The plea also sought directions to the respondents to register an FIR against the Delhi Police over its alleged brutality on campus.

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New Delhi, Feb 19 : Another Jamia Milia Islamia student here on Wednesday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court seeking Rs 1 crore compensation over alleged police brutality on campus on December 15.

The plea, filed by Md. Mustafa through advocate Nabila Hassan, seeks the court’s direction to the Delhi Chief Secretary, the Home Department and the Department of Law to pay the compensation and provide free medical treatment.

The plea also sought directions to the respondents to register an FIR against the Delhi Police over its alleged brutality on campus.

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Wishful thinking to target $5 tn economy by 2025: Manmohan

Pathways can emerge only through solid dialogue and discussions on the challenges of taking the country forward, he added.

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New Delhi, Feb 19 : Lashing out at the government for its lack of focus, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday termed the Centre’s hopes of turning India into a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25 as “wishful thinking”.

“Today the government does not want to acknowledge the word slowdown. This is not a good sign,” he said after releasing “Backstage – The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years” by former Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

“In such a scenario, raising India to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25 is wishful thinking”, he said.

Pathways can emerge only through solid dialogue and discussions on the challenges of taking the country forward, he added.

At the same time, he expressed the hope that there will be a debate for carrying forward the economic reforms innitiated.

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