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Permanent Cancellation of Accreditation of Journalists Thrice Involved in Fake News

It would be obligatory for journalists to abide by these guidelines.

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During a recent tragedy in Mumbai, a man was falsely accused of molestation when he was actually trying to help a woman. The #FAKENEWS was carried by prominent news media in India

UPDATE: The circular was withdrawn by the government within 24 hours of its issue.

NEW DELHI: The government on April 2 said the accreditation of a journalist could be permanently cancelled if the scribe is found generating or propagating fake news, as it came out with stringent measures to contain the menace.

As per the amended guidelines for the accreditation of journalists, if the publication or telecast of fake news is confirmed, the accreditation of that journalist would be suspended for a period of six months in the first violation and for one year in case of a second violation.

In case of a third violation, his or her accreditation would be cancelled permanently, the information and broadcasting ministry said in a release.

It said any complaint of instances of fake news would be referred to the Press Council of India (PCI) if it pertains to print media, and to the News Broadcasters Association (NBA), if it relates to the electronic media, for determination of the news item is fake or not. This determination is expected to be completed within 15 days by these agencies, the ministry said.

Once the complaint is registered for determination of fake news, the accreditation of the journalist, whoever “created and/or propagated” the fake news will be suspended till the determination regarding the fake news is made, the ministry said.

The Accreditation Committee of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), which consists of representatives of both the PCI and the NBA, would be reached out for validating any accreditation request of any news media agency, it said.

While examining the requests seeking accreditation, the regulatory agencies would check whether the ‘Norms of Journalistic Conduct and Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards’, prescribed by the PCI and NBA respectively, are adhered to by the journalists as part of their functioning, the ministry said.

It would be obligatory for journalists to abide by these guidelines, it said.

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Jhulan Goswami Honoured with Commemorative Stamp for 200 ODI Wkts

Jhulan remains to be one of the pillars of the Indian women’s cricket team, despite having her ODI debut in 2002.

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KOLKATA (West Bengal): A postage stamp, featuring Goswami’s mugshot in India colours next to an image of Kolkata’s iconic Victoria Memorial, has been issued in honour of her claiming a record 200 wickets in women’s ODIs.

The unveiling of the stamp took place on Friday at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club, in the presence of former India men’s captain Sourav Ganguly.

Adjudged the ICC Women’s Player of Year award in 2007, Goswami, 35, recently became the first female player to pick up 200 ODI wickets when she had Laura Wolvaardt caught behind in the third ODI during India’s tour of South Africa in February.

In May 2017, Goswami found her 181st ODI wicket in South Africa’s Raisibe Ntozakhe, during the Quadrangular series, and surpassed Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick as the leading wicket-taker in the format. During the same tour, Goswami pipped Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway to the honour of the most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in women’s ODIs.

The recognition was lauded by fellow professionals from across the world. Former Australian woman cricketer Lisa Sthalekar was one of the first ones to react on Twitter:

Jhulan remains to be one of the pillars of the Indian women’s cricket team, despite having her ODI debut in 2002.

Interestingly, former Indian skipper Kapil Dev was the first cricketer ever to claim 200 ODI wickets. Even Kapil Dev took 166 matches to achieve the feat.

She had joined the Indian women’s cricket team back in 2002 against England, almost a week before her Test debut against the same team. In 2007, she was announced as a part of the Asia squad in the Afro-Asia tournament in India. A year later, Jhulan was named the captain of India for the then tour of Australia. Her captaincy stint lasted for just 25 games.

In 2010 she received the Arjuna Award. Two years hence, the 35-year-old was honoured with the Padam Shri.

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Sikkim Panchayat Bags Six Awards, Reps to Receive Awards from PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would bestow the awards to state representatives from the Directorate of Panchayati Raj.  

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NEW DELHI: Sikkim will have another reason to bask in the national glory when awards in various categories in e-panchayat are presented on National Panchayat Raj Day on April 24 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

The awards would be handed over to state representatives from the Directorate of Panchayati Raj, RM & DD and Rural Local Bodies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sikkim managed to secure the first position among the first category States for excellence in implementation of e-Panchayat initiatives.

Sikkim has also bagged one of the three National Awards for effective implementation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan in the very first year of the institution of such an Award by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

(1) e-Puraskar: First Prize under Category I to the State
(2) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) to South District Zilla Panchayat
(3) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) to Martam Gram Panchayat Unit, West Sikkim
(4) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) for Namphing Gram Panchayat, South Sikkim
(5) Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (NDRGGSP) to Gram Panchayats for outstanding performance of Gram Sabha GPDP Award to Tingvong Gram Panchayat, North Sikkim
(6) Gram Panchayat Development Plan Award to Maniram Phalidara Gram Panchayat, South Sikkim

The Sikkimese delegates will be leaving for Jabalpur to attend the two-day event starting from the 23rd with a Maha Panchayat wherein 2-3 Panchayat Presidents of Sikkim will be participating in the Panel Discussions on various aspects of PRIs.

This will be followed by the Awards ceremony on April 24, 2018, which is also celebrated by PRIs across the country as National Panchayat Raj Day.

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Defence Minister Felicitates the Winners of “Solution to (Defence) Problem” Challenge

Six experts from Chennai won the second prize for an innovative technology that can enable location-based tactical messaging.

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CHENNAI (Tamil Nadu): Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on April 12 gave awards to eight winners of the national level open challenge competition: “Solution to Problem” in Chennai.

The competition, organized during Defence Expo 2018, was aimed at finding solutions to the defence related problems by Innovators, Students, Professionals, Participants and Foreign Nationals.

A team from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, won the first prize with a cash award of Rs 50,000 for finding a solution for flying in areas that interrupt GPS signals.

Six experts from Chennai won the second prize for an innovative technology that can enable location-based tactical messaging.

Another participant from Bengaluru won the third prize for his work on identification of drones/UAVs.

Congratulating the students, the Defence Minister expressed hope for India’s bright future in the research and development in the Defence sector.

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