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2017-05-20 ArtNo.46012
◆Modi government mulls launching digital channel that will be India's voice

【New Delhi】National broadcaster Prasar Bharati has proposed a new digital platform and internet channel to challenge the "biases of the elite English media that reduce India's cultural identity" and counter terms such as "Hindu nationalist" to selectively refer to certain leaders or political parties.
 The government is soon expected to take a decision on a detailed recommendation prepared by a Prasar Bharati committee headed by its chairman A Surya Prakash after four months of discussions.
 Top officials in the government are keen on a news medium that will "counter reports by domestic and foreign media that focus on stray incidents of violence and undermine the cultural identity of the country," a person aware of the development told ET.
The Centre has done away with the idea of setting up a global Indian TV channel that was initially mooted because of the high cost involved, top government officials said.
The proposed digital channel will largely focus on economy, geo-politics, elections, international terror, global crises and culture, Prasar Bharati said in the concept note of a detailed report it submitted to the information and broadcasting (I& B) ministry on Wednesday (05-04-2017).
○Now, Narendra Modi Government to decide on how much you eat on your plate

【New Delhi】Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed concern of wastage of food in his monthly radio programme, 'Mann Ki Baat (mind matter)', the National Democratic Alliance Government is planning to fix sizes of dishes in restaurants and five-star hotels
 According to a report by ‘The Hindustan Times, the step by the government has come to ensure that food is not wasted in the country as on a daily basis, there are millions of poor people in the country, especially children who sleep hungry. As per the report, the government has also decided to take suggestions of hotels and restaurants on the matter and ask what dish size they want to serve their customers. The draft bill is currently with law ministry for consideration.
○Centre releases Rs 23,000 crore for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

【New Delhi】The Centre has released Rs 23,443 crore to the states under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) as part of the its early spending push.
 Funds released would be used to undertake priority work under water conservation measures. The amount released also includes all pending liabilities as on March 31, 2017.
 The government had allocated Rs 48,000 crore to MGNREGS in this year's budget. It has also declared drought in eight states, allowing them to offer 50 days of extra manual work under MGNREGS in 2017-18.
【News source】

Prasar Bharati mulls launching web portal to fight 'anti-India bias'

Is government planning to fix amount of food served in hotels and restaurants?

Centre releases Rs 23,000 crore for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

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