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Govt Rejects MS Dhoni, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Neerja Bhanot for Padma Awards

Padma Awards

The government has turned down the proposals to grant the prestigious Padma Awards for the most prominent personalities of the country. The rejected list includes most of the politicians, celebrities such as controversial spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, BJP MP Baijayant Panda, air hostess Neerja Bhanot (the late), table maestro Zakir Hussain and the former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

According to the list of 18,768 nominations made by the Public Home Ministry, the maximum number of nominations received is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, NeerjaBhanot (who was killed during hijack in 1986) nominated by BJP MP Kirron Kher.

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Apart from these, the other famous names that are turned down include journalist Arnab Goswami and music composer Anu Malik. The Padma Awards are expected to be awarded by the President Pranab Mukherjee later this year at the ceremonial function which will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

For this year, President Pranab Mukherjee approved 89 recipients for Padma Awards which includes 75 Padma Shri, 7 Padma Bhushan and 7 Padma Vibhushan awards. As per the reports, Veteran BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi and Nationalist Congress Party Leader Sharad Pawar who was awarded as the country’s second-highest civilian honour but they are not in the list of Padma Vibhushan nomination.

Senior Journalist Arnab Goswami to Start a New Channel Called ‘Republic’

Arnab Goswami new channel Republic

Senior Journalist Arnab Goswami will soon start his new channel named as Republic and Arnab himself announced this latest news. Earlier he worked as a chief editor in Times Now channel and recently he had resigned for that job. Rahul Shivshankar has taken charge as Chief in Editor in place of Arnab.

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According to the Latest updates, Arnab Goswami new channel Republic will start airing before the much awaited Uttar Pradesh elections in the first part of 2017. Goswami became most familiar with his daily debate show “The News Hour” which has brought more than 60 percent revenue for the news channel and got a huge viewer base across the country. He also played an essential role in the program “Frankly Speaking” which includes interviews with politicians, sports persons, and celebrities.

Because of the Goswami’s Primetime presence, the channel Times Now has been able to sideline a lot of the older players in the English, new space. This big success had led to Arnab being promoted as President, News of Times Now.

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He contributed his services to Times Now for ten years and finally he was out from the familiar channel. Goswami started his career at the Telegraph in Kolkata. Due to his talent and hard work he earned a job at NDTV in 1995. He was one of the most noticeable faces along with Vikram Chandra and Rajdeep Sardesai. In 2006, Arnab joined in Times Now as Editor in Chief and emerged as one of the best journalists in India. However, now he decided enter into his own venture and we hope he may get huge success with this future project.


Zakir Naik Sues Arnab Goswami for ‘Media-trial’ serves Rs.500 cr Defamation Notice

Zakir naik Sues Arnab Goswami

Zakir Naik Slams Arnab Goswami with a Defamation Notice

Times Now Editor-in-chief and anchor, Arnab Goswami lands in trouble, he was served a legal notice. The Islamic preacher and  founder of the Islamic Research Foundation, Zakir Naik seeks damages worth Rs 500 crore for running a ‘hate campaign’ and ‘media trial’ against him.

It is mentioned in the notice issued by the Naik’s lawyer Mubin solkar, and the IRF founder wanted an outright apology from Goswami for hurting religious sentiments of Naik’s and Muslim’s. Zakir Naik also claimed against the channel for creating enmity and hatred between religious communities.

Barkha Dutt slams Arnab Goswami, Calls Narendra Modis‘chamcha

Solkar also issued notices against Arnab Goswami, Avinash Kaul, CEO Times Now, Megha Prasad, Bureau Chief Times Now, Sunil Lulla, CEO Times Global Broadcasting Co Ltd, and Times Global Broadcasting Co Ltd.

Zakir Naik is currently abroad, accused of inspiring terrorists in the Islamic state to attack and is attending the investigations for the recent Dhaka attacks. Naik didn’t return to India after the accusations made against him and only addressed Indian media through his video appearances. This is for the first time that Naik is filing a legal notice against media.

“The legal notice seeks that Goswami furnishes in writing his sources of information and any evidence for making defamatory statements and charges against Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik and withdraw the defamatory statements made by him during the live telecast of The Newshour Debate on Times Now,” said Mubin Solkar. “Peremptorily, we have fixed the damages at Rs 500 crores and asked for those damages as well.

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Dr Naik has claimed Five hundred crores of INR for the damages that have been caused to his reputation and his image in India and the entire Islamic world. In fact, the damage that Goswami has caused my client is far more than Rs 500 crore.” He added.

Government Authorities of India and Bangladesh had taken action against Naik’s “Peace TV.” The Islamic preacher is also banned in certain countries like the UK for his speeches which provoke hatred. Naik’s lawyer blames Times-now channel for promoting disharmony and feelings of hatred. The controversial preacher has alleged that the news channel is defamed and hurt the sentiments of his community who holds him as a great idol.

Barkha Dutt slams Arnab Goswami, Calls Narendra Modi’s ‘chamcha’

Barkha dutt slams Arnab Goswami

NDTV consulting editor Barkha Dutt yelled at her former colleague Arnab Goswami. Barkha criticised Goswami tagging “cowardly hypocrisy.” The Spat took place a day after Times Now Editor-in-Chief demand for strict action against “pseudo-secular and pro-Pakistan” journalists on his primetime News-hour debate on July 26.Barkha dutt slams Arnab Goswami via social networking site became viral.

Barkha Dutt expressed disgust over tagging media ‘ProPakistanDrove’ and slams Arnab Goswami. She lashed out Goswami tagging “cowardly hypocrisy” Barkha tweeted about Times-Now and Arnab and questioned about his ‘chamchagiri.’

Barkha stated in a Facebook post that she is ashamed to be from the same industry as Goswami, who gave a call for stopping of media. Goswami labelled some channels ‘sympathizers of militants and pro-Pakistan’ and demanded stringent punishment for them. Barkha made a significant omission on the ‘ProPakistanDoves’ term used by him.

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She also questioned his muteness over the alliance agreement between BJP and PDP which tends them to talk with Pakistan and Hurriyat and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pakistan surpass.This kind of open opposition is unusual in Indian media. But, Goswami encouraged argumentative declarations in recent course of the year. Times-now editor is blaming all criticism by them in the name ‘professional jealousy’ someone who is unable to tolerate the success of TimesNow.

Barkha mentioned her antipathy against the media’s silence on Goswami calling then ISI agents. “Imagine, a journalist actually exhorts the government to shut down sections of the media, misrepresents them as ISI agents and terror sympathisers, calls for them to be tried and acted against. And our fraternity remains locked into politically correct and timid silence,” wrote Barkha.

“Times Now calls for gagging of media & for journalists to be tried & punished. Is this man journalist? I am ashamed to be from same industry as him. What’s striking is his brazen and cowardly hypocrisy. So he drones on and on about Pro-Pakistan Doves without one word on the JK alliance agreement that commits the BJP and PDP to talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and is silent on Modi’s own Pakistan outreach- neither of which I object to- but since Arnab Goswami measures patriotism by such views why he is so silent on the government? Chamchagiri?” Barkha on a Facebook post.

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Barkha got a tremendous response on Twitter for her tweet “Times Now calls for gagging of media & for journalists to be tried &punished. This man is a journalist? Ashamed to be from same industry as him.”