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Unlock 5.0: Relaxations for tourism sector, cinema halls reopening likely

28 Sep 2020

Unlock 5.0: Relaxations for tourism sector, cinema halls reopening likely

As the fourth phase of "unlocking" from the coronavirus lockdown nears its end, India awaits the central guidelines for 'Unlock 5.0'.

Rakul Preet moves HC alleging 'media trial,' court issues notice

17 Sep 2020

Rakul Preet moves HC alleging 'media trial,' court issues notice

Actor Rakul Preet Singh has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court alleging a "media trial" over reports that she was named by arrested actor Rhea Chakraborty among those in Bollywood who consumed drugs.

Mika Singh banned from film industry post performance in Pakistan

14 Aug 2019

Mika Singh banned from film industry post performance in Pakistan

The All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) banned popular singer Mika Singh yesterday from the Indian film industry, over his performance at a wedding function in Karachi, Pakistan, at a time when India-Pakistan relations are abysmal.

NaMo TV an advertisement platform, doesn't require government nod: I&B

06 Apr 2019

NaMo TV an advertisement platform, doesn't require government nod: I&B

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) is learned to have responded to an Election Commission notice on NaMo TV yesterday, saying it is an advertisement platform launched by DTH service providers, which doesn't require government nod.

#FreeFromCensorship: Netflix contradicts 'The Print' reports, denies censoring content

16 Nov 2018

#FreeFromCensorship: Netflix contradicts 'The Print' reports, denies censoring content

Streaming giant Netflix has denied reports that it is self-regulating its content after a meeting with the Information & Broadcast Ministry.

Media should stop using the word "Dalit", says government

04 Sep 2018

Media should stop using the word "Dalit", says government

In a letter, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has directed media outlets to refrain from using the word "Dalit" henceforth.

Actors smoking on-screen to convey anti-smoking message through short films

12 Aug 2018

Actors smoking on-screen to convey anti-smoking message through short films

The government is looking into suggestions by a panel that short films could be made to convey an anti-smoking message to viewers by the "same actor who is depicted as smoking on screen", Anurag Srivastava, the CEO of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said.

UGC recommends deemed university status for IIMC

03 Aug 2018

UGC recommends deemed university status for IIMC

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) to grant deemed university status to the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).

Pakistan: Ban on Indian-films during Eid reduced to one week

05 Jun 2018

Pakistan: Ban on Indian-films during Eid reduced to one week

Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Ministry has decided to reduce the ban on the screening of Indian films during Eid from two weeks to one week, clearing the way for the release of Salman Khan-starrer "Race 3" and biopic "Sanju".

Modi government plans to track social media to promote 'nationalism'

30 May 2018

Modi government plans to track social media to promote 'nationalism'

In a bid to boost 'nationalism,' the Narendra Modi-led Center is hiring a team to analyze social media and neutralize "media blitzkriegs by India's adversaries."

IIS officers hope new I&B minister will reverse Irani's orders

18 May 2018

IIS officers hope new I&B minister will reverse Irani's orders

Following the removal of Smriti Irani as the Information and Broadcasting minister, the association of Indian Information Service (IIS) officers now wants her orders of mass transfers that were initiated in November 2017 to be reversed.

Cabinet Reshuffle: Smriti removed from I&B Ministry; Piyush gets Finance

14 May 2018

Cabinet Reshuffle: Smriti removed from I&B Ministry; Piyush gets Finance

Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, there has been a major cabinet reshuffle in the Modi-led government.

Prasar Bharati-I&B tussle nears close? Former to discuss rightsizing, Free-Dish

14 May 2018

Prasar Bharati-I&B tussle nears close? Former to discuss rightsizing, Free-Dish

After months of a standoff with the I&B Ministry, the Prasar Bharati (PB) board is expected to discuss key issues of contention at a board meeting today.

National Film Awards breaks with 64-year-old tradition; winners boycott ceremony

04 May 2018

National Film Awards breaks with 64-year-old tradition; winners boycott ceremony

The 65th National Film Awards, held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, has been marred with controversy.

President giving only 11 National-Film-Awards; 60+ recipients to skip ceremony

03 May 2018

President giving only 11 National-Film-Awards; 60+ recipients to skip ceremony

More than 60 National Film Awards recipients today said they will skip the ceremony this evening because President Ram Nath Kovind will be presenting only 11 awards, a departure from established tradition.

Modi govt is 'surveillance sarkar', says Congress

16 Apr 2018

Modi govt is 'surveillance sarkar', says Congress

The Congress today attacked the Modi government over its proposal to install a chip in television set-top boxes to ascertain viewership data, dubbing the move a serious breach of privacy and the "next stage of surveillance".

Casting-couch: MAA gives in, withdraws the ban on Sri Reddy

13 Apr 2018

Casting-couch: MAA gives in, withdraws the ban on Sri Reddy

After the National Human Rights Commission slapped notices on the Telangana government and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry regarding the practice of casting couch in Tollywood, the Movie Artists Association (MAA) has lifted the ban on Sri Reddy.

I&B to form committee to regulate online media in India

06 Apr 2018

I&B to form committee to regulate online media in India

A day after the government cancelled a controversial 'fake news' circular, the I&B Ministry has decided to constitute a committee to frame guidelines for online media.

Smriti Irani's birthday: 6 interesting facts about the actress-turned-politician

23 Mar 2018

Smriti Irani's birthday: 6 interesting facts about the actress-turned-politician

Smriti Irani once claimed "an ideological umbilical cord with BJP." Her grandfather was a swayamsevak and mother, a booth-activist.

I&B Ministry transfers Officer-Association Chief who complained about "mass transfers"

01 Mar 2018

I&B Ministry transfers Officer-Association Chief who complained about "mass transfers"

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has transferred IIS Group A Officers' Association President Anindya Sengupta with immediate effect, according to an order.

Dear I&B Ministry, not every condom ad is vulgar

13 Dec 2017

Dear I&B Ministry, not every condom ad is vulgar

At a time when the noise around condom use should be louder than ever, the I&B Ministry silenced it completely.

Jury-members request I&B ministry to reconsider decision on 'S Durga'

21 Nov 2017

Jury-members request I&B ministry to reconsider decision on 'S Durga'

IFFI 2017 had quite a grand opening with Bollywood biggies Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Sridevi gracing the event.

Here's all you need to know about the Censor Board

20 Nov 2017

Here's all you need to know about the Censor Board

The on-going row over the delayed release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama 'Padmavati' has once again brought to focus the power of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Radio Mirchi's #MatAaoIndia ad creates major controversy

28 Oct 2017

Radio Mirchi's #MatAaoIndia ad creates major controversy

The Swiss couple assault incident in Fatehpur Sikri left Indians fuming. Top officials of the country condemned strongly.

Sexy Durga can't be screened, may hurt sentiments: I&B Ministry

27 Sep 2017

Sexy Durga can't be screened, may hurt sentiments: I&B Ministry

After having won accolades at international festivals across the world, it looks like Malayalam film Sexy Durga wouldn't be screened in its home country, India.

Report: First film under Prasoon Joshi denied certificate

23 Aug 2017

Report: First film under Prasoon Joshi denied certificate

Only days after taking over as the Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Prasoon Joshi banned the first film that came for certification under his leadership.

Smriti Irani gets charge of I&B Ministry as Naidu resigns

18 Jul 2017

Smriti Irani gets charge of I&B Ministry as Naidu resigns

Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Textiles, has been given charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry after former incharge Venkaiah Naidu resigned.

After Swamy's intervention, Arnab changes channel name to 'Republic TV'

31 Jan 2017

After Swamy's intervention, Arnab changes channel name to 'Republic TV'

BJP Parliamentarian, Subramanian Swamy had raised his opinion against the name of Arnab Goswami's proposed news channel, 'Republic.'

'Republic' in breach of Indian laws

28 Jan 2017

'Republic' in breach of Indian laws

Arnab Goswami, former editor-in-chief of Times Now, has recently announced the launch of his news start-up 'Republic'.