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NBA accuses Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV of employing unethical distribution strategy

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New Delhi: TV journalist Arnab Goswami’s Republic channel, may get into trouble in the near future. The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has said that the Channel used unethical distribution strategy to bring more viewers. According to the website of Best Media Info, NBA wrote to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and alleged that Goswami’s channel was running many feeds on multi-system operators platforms. This is for the first time that NBA has raised a case against any channel for employing unethical methods to garner more viewership.

According to reports, the NBA has alleged that the Republic channel was listed simultaneously at several locations in different genres.The NBA while terming this aspect as illegal has asked TRAI to take strict action against the channel, so that no other TV channel could adopt such methods in the future. Republic channel’s dual and in some cases triple feed was traced in 171 cities of the country with the largest concentration in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarkhand. According to the TRAI notification of 2017, it is mandatory for the distributors to run the channels under the same genre.

According to a source in Arnab Goswami’s former channel, Times Now, he was always suspected of relying on unethical means to boost the viewership of his new channel.A week ago, an e-mail was sent by the Times Network to all its employees to report on any of the unethical aspect resorted to by Arnab Goswami’s Republic channel.

Republic, which was launched on May 6, has already courted controversy on more than one occasions.

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Sukma: CRPF personnel killed in Naxal encounter

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Sukma, April 21: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost his life in an encounter with Naxals near Kistaram camp in insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on late Friday.

The gunfight erupted when troops of 212 battalion of CRPF, 208 CoBRA, along with Chhattisgarh police were carrying out a cordon and search operation last night.

The deceased was a native of Madhya Pradesh.

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Raipur: 7-year-old sexually assaulted in school

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Chhattisgarh, April 21: In yet another case of crime against minors, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at Raipur School.

Speaking to ANI, Victim’s father said “It was her first day to the school on Wednesday. She went to the school and we wanted to meet her at the school, but we weren’t allowed to do so. While changing her clothes after she returned from school, my wife noticed blood on her private parts and she was not wearing undergarments.”

On being asked if she had reported about the incident to the teacher, the minor replied that the teacher was absent on the second day of her school.

Meanwhile, the police said that they were investigating the matter and were examining CCTV footages of the school. An FIR was lodged for the same.

The president of Child Right Commission, Prabha Dubey, said “I have spoken to the girl personally. She is saying that a ‘bhaiya’ had allegedly molested her. We asked the peon of the school about the undergarment, to which she replied that she had thrown away the undergarment since the girl had urinated on it. I will constitute a team to investigate the matter.”

In the wake of recent Unnao, Surat Kathua rape cases, Indian social media has been abuzz with the words – “rape horror”.

Massive countrywide protests are being held demanding death penalty for those accused of raping minors.

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Accused in fake facebook post on Manohar Parrikar’s health, gets bail

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Panaji, April 20: A city Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMFC) court on Friday granted bail to Kenneth Silveira, who was arrested by Crime Branch of Goa for posting fake information about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death” on Facebook.

He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000, reported The Hindu.

In a related development, members of civil society staged a protest outside the Goa Police headquarters here on Friday morning condemning the arrest.

Kenneth, 35, was arrested by the Crime Branch on Wednesday, a day after he put up the post on social media, on a complaint by a BJP office-bearer.

Parrikar is undergoing treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer in the US.

On Friday, a few dozen protesters rallied at the police headquarters and accused police of trying to “muzzle” free speech.

The Opposition has also criticised the police for the arrest of Silveira, who contested the 2017 by-poll in Panaji but lost to Parrikar.

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