Sunday, 26 June 2016

DINKAR RAIKAR to be felicitated

Following from Mr. B N Kumar:
DINKAR RAIKAR to be felicitated

Senior member and former President of the Mumbai Press Club and Group Editor of the Lokmat Group, Dinkar Raikar, is completing 75 years, and 46 years in Journalism. It is a milestone well-achieved. The important thing is Raikar has no intention of slowing down or hanging up his boots. He is firmly in the saddle and continues to gallop as an active and leading journalist. 

Please join us felicitating a doyen of Mumbai and Indian journalism at the Press Club on Thursday, 30 June, at 4.45 PM

For those who have worked with him and have a story to tell, please be there to share it with all of us. 


Dinkar Raikar was an employee with the Indian Express Group with the technical services department before he entered journalism. In 1970, he was promoted and offered an editorial post in the Indian Express, which he grabbed; and there was no looking back since. He was not parachuted into senior positions, but made his way up steadily from the ranks working as a reporter and finally becoming the City Editor of the Indian Express. In 1993, he was elevated as the Deputy Editor of 'Loksatta' - the largest selling Marathi daily in those years; and he became the front face of the newspaper till he retired in 2002. 

Raikar took a break only for a few months before he was made Editor of Lokmat, then a Hindi and Marathi daily largely circulated in Vidharbha region of Maharashtra. From 2002, under Raikar's leadership, Lokmat expanded not only to a multi-city newspaper all over Maharashtra, but also grew as an English title with multiple editions in all major cities of the state.

He says he has no intention of retiring from journalism in the near future, and is all set to hit his half century in the profession in the coming years and months.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Living Legends: Mumbai Samachar

Following from Prof Mrinal Chatterjee, courtesy the Hoot

The Mumbai Samachar

Asia's oldest continuously published newspaper, the Mumbai Samachar, a Gujarati language daily, celebrated 193 years of its event-filled existence on 1 July 2015. First published as the weekly Bombay Samachar in 1822, it comprised three small quarto sheets, 10 inches by 8 inches, and a half sheet supplement, in all containing 14 pages of printed matter.
It was published as a weekly till 1832, a bi-weekly till 1855 and a daily since then. It continued to grow and became one of western India's premier newspapers, read by a large segment of Gujarati-speaking people both in India and abroad.
It was founded by Fardoonji Murazban, a Parsi scholar and priest. Fardoonji was a pioneer not only of journalism in western India but of all Gujarati printed literature. He founded the first native press in 1812 and in 1814 brought out a Gujarati Calendar, six years before the first Bengali Calendar was printed and published in Calcutta.
Mumbai owes much to the Parsi community, including its print industry and newspapers. Although the first printing press was imported into Bombay as early as 1670 by the Parsi businessman Bhimjee Parikh, it was more than a hundred years before the first newspaper was printed.  The first newspapers in Bombay were owned and printed by Parsis. The first English newspaper in Bombay was printed by Rustomji Keshaspathi in 1777.
Read on

Monday, 13 June 2016

DD to appoint 27 Anchor-cum-correspondents

 Following from Prof. Ujjwala Barve:

DD News invites applications for 27 Anchor-cum- Correspondents in 18 RNUs on a one year contract basis, at a consolidated remuneration of 33,000/ per month for engagement as per the contractual policy of Prasar Bharati.

Marathi edition of book by C K sardana

 Following from Mr. C K Sardana:
Mr. C K Sardana, Chairman, PRCI, Bhopal Chapter, had authored, jointly with Mr. K S Mehta (now Late) a book in Hindi -- JAN SANCHAR -- KAL, AAJ AUR KAL. The book got Award from Sahitya Academy as an Outstanding Book in Hindi on Mass Communication.
Marathi edition of the above book has just come out. Details as under:
Jansanwaad --  kaal, aaj aani udiya; Uruvela Prakashan, Vivekanand Nagar, Hingoli, Distt. Hingoli - 431513. (Dr. Sanjeev Sawale, Publisher -- M 0- 09422863665; Rs. 240. Pages 184.
Those interested may contact the above Publisher. Already, some universities in Maharashtra have prescribed this book for their UG/PG students of Mass Communication.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Awards for Photographs and Articles in any Indian language

The following is from Mr. Sashi Nair:

The Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), New Delhi, are together organising a competition for the best three articles on a humanitarian subject.
This year too, we have extended the competition to the area of photography, and prizes are being offered for the best three photographs as well.
The article or photograph should have been published in an Indian national or regional newspaper or magazine between April 2015 and March 2016 and can be in English or in any Indian language. 
The participating candidate will have to produce proof of his or her article having been published.
The top three prizes in each category are worth Rs 60000, Rs 40000 and Rs 25000, respectively.
A poster with details about this year's awards is attached.
Last year's prize winners for the Best Articles were Neha Dixit (Outlook)Shazia Yousuf (Women’s Feature Service), and Priyanka Borpujari (The Times of Indiaand Saurabh Yadav (The Hindu BusinessLine). 
In the Best Photograph category, photojournalist Biju Boro of Asomiya Pratidin and Rishabh Jain ofDainik Bhaskar, jointly received the third prize. The first and the second prizes in the Photograph category were not awarded.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Pak Defence Minister faces flak for sexist remarks When US Nave plans to Drop “man”

Pak Defence Minister faces flak for sexist remarks
When US Nave plans to Drop “man”

Read on the two attitudes

With more women in combat, US drops `man' from job titles

Newport (US): AP
Makes Them Inclusive, Gender-Neutral
Engineman? Yeoman? Not so fast. Now that women will be allowed to serve in all combat jobs, the US navy and Marine Corps are dropping “man“ from some of their job titles to make them inclusive and gender-neutral.
Much like the term “fireman“ has evolved to “firefighter“ and “policeman“ to “police officer,“ an engineman could be called an engine technician and a yeoman could be called an administrative specialist.
“This is one more step in how our force has changed,“ secretary of the navy Ray Mabus said. “Our force has evolved, our force is different. And I believe it's stronger and better.“
Some army and air force titles end in “man,“ too, but the services aren't considering changing them. The names are historically significant, and the focus now is on bringing women into the jobs rather than on what to call them, both services said.
Defence secretary Ashton Carter ordered the military in December to open all military jobs to women, including the Marine Corps and speci al operations forces like navy SEALs and army Green Berets.
During a visit to Newport, Rhode Island, Carter was asked by whether job titles that end in “man“ should change throughout the military . Carter spoke about the benefits of opening jobs to women to make “full use of the wonderful talents of half of the population of the country .“
“Signifying that in all appropriate ways is, I think, exactly that, very appropriate and needed,“ he said.
Carter said that he didn't offhand have a good alternative for titles that were stripped of “man“.
Mabus called in January for a re view of navy and Marine titles. There are nearly two dozen in the navy that end in “man“ and roughly a dozen in the Marines. Mabus said he wants titles that more accurately convey who is doing the job and what the job is.
“In the overall scheme, it's a small thing, but I think it's important because it's what sailors and Marines call each other, and words do matter,“ he said. Mabus, who is reviewing the services' recommendations now, said the navy and Marines will announce changes this summer.
Some iconic titles will stay the same, and others will change to make the jobs easier to understand outside of the military, he added.
For example, few civilians know what a hospital corpsman does, Mabus said. A corpsman could be called a medic or an emergency medical technician, much like “messman“ was previously changed to culinary specialist, he added.
Pak defence minister calls woman oppn leader tractor trolley in House, apologises
Omer Farooq Khan
Islamabad: TNN
Pakistan's defence minister on Thursday apologised for his sexist remarks on the floor of the House referring to the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party's woman chief whip a “tractor trolley“, and asking her to “transform her masculine voice into a feminine one“.
A day earlier, defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif had used grossly derogatory language against PTI's Shireen Mazari, known for her hard-hitting criticism of government policies.
“Someone make this tractor trolley shut up!“ Asif said.As if that wasn't enough, he added, “It will be better if you first transform your masculine voice into a more feminine one.“ Soon, several MPs from government benches were heard shouting: “Sit down aunty!“ Rather than challenging the minister's indecent remarks, the speaker blamed Mazari, telling her off for not sitting down and remaining si lent when told. Some TV channels reported that Mazari appeared on the verge of tears.
“I told Khawaja Asif that if he had any `sharm-o-haya' he would know how to deal with women but he was `besharm and behaya'. Luckily , my voice louder than his,“ Mazari tweeted. People from across the country condemned Khwaja's behaviour, compelling him to tender a half-hearted apology which was rejected by Mazari besides the opposition.
Responding to Asif 's outburst, PTI spokesman Naeemul Haq said, “Khwaja Asif should be hung upside down for his vulgarity and misbehaviour, and should be beaten with a shoe 25 times in the morning and 25 times in the evening.“ Nafeesa Shah, PPP MNA, said sexism is unacceptable. “If you continuously insult a colleague on her appearance, voice or gender, it's an insult of the entire assembly .As women, we felt insulted,“ Shah said, and reminded the Speaker of an incident in the British Parliament “when a lawmaker called David Cameron `dodgy Dave'.“
“The speaker ordered him to retract his statement and apologise. When he refused, he was thrown out of the house.We expect you, as speaker, to take similar action in this regard -in fact, to go one step ahead,“ she said.
Real Apology demanded
It doesn't matter that I am not an Insaafian — one doesn't have to be a PTI supporter to call out the appalling attitude towards women in our National Assembly. What does matter, however, is which side of this debate you and I stand on.
Defense Minister, Mr. Khawaja Asif, yesterday insultedPakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf MNA Shireen Mazari. And he did so in a manner horridly inappropriate for a minister clothed in enormous respect and entrusted with the responsibility to maintain composure through provocation that his position naturally comes with.
Using grossly sexist language against the PTI parliamentarian, Asif snapped: “Someone make this tractor trolley shut up!”. According to
to an eyewitness, he further insulted Mazari for "talking like a man", and urged her to “make her voice more feminine”

Told Kh Asif if he had any "sharm or haya" he wld know how to deal with women but he was besharam & behaya! Luckily my voice louder than his.
Displaying neither an ounce of contrition in his posture, nor a modicum of regret in his tone, the smirking minister unequivocally stated that he would not apologise for his egregious remarks, pompously challenging the opposition to “do whatever they want”.
It’s worth noting that the PTI members were, in fact, interrupting Mr. Asif’s speech. There is much to be said about their lack of decorum as well.Tragically, instead of continuing to cruise along the high road, Mr. Asif made the decision to take an exit into a mud-path that the nation's representatives are not expected to travel. And he did so amidst the roaring applause of his fellow parliamentarians, with a glaring lack of awareness of their own respective seats and statures.
Certain members could be heard yelling, “Sit down, aunty!” at Ms. Mazari, limning a culture of sexism in the house that is bigger than the casual insolence of one minister.
Making no effort at challenging this culture, NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq transferred the blame to Mazari, and chided her for not sitting down and remaining silent when told.
This is not the first time Ms. Mazari, or any other woman parliamentarian for that matter, has been subjected to sexist vitriol.
A few years ago, Hassan Nasir infamously joked about Mazari being referred to as ‘bulbul’ by his friend, and suggested calling her “bull bull” instead. Political caricatures and skits almost invariably lash out at Ms. Mazari's appearance, rather than her political points of view.
The televised assembly of the nation’s elected dignitaries transformed into a street theater where women must always be on guard for incoming ‘jugats’ about their voice, appearance, age, or body weight.
It’s a place where the word “aunty” is laughingly lanced at a professional woman as an insult, because it implies agedness, coupled with stereotypical female naiveté.
It’s a place where men carry an air of entitlement in being able to dictate to their female peers what they ought to look like, talk like, and dress like, before even considering to take them seriously.
Earlier today, resting comfortably in a soundproof cocoon, fondly woven by his (predominantly male) well-wishers, Mr. Asif issued an apology — which continues to blame Mazari and other opposition members for his own outburst — to the NA speaker and not Mazari herself.
This 'half apology' is hardly sufficient, as the point isn’t simply that the decorum of the house was disrupted by a random outburst. There was a sexist, personal attack launched at a female member of the assembly on the house floor itself.
This is about women parliamentarians having a right to work among their male peers without being constantly chided for their appearance, or belittled for their femininity. And in addressing a culture that prevents this from happening again, a direct apology to Ms. Mazari would be a vital stepping stone.
Apologists may attempt to minimise the problem by portraying it as a case of bilateral, aggression; where both Mazari and Asif misbehaved and debased each other. I would encourage the disruptive PTI members to earnestly think about their misdemeanors as well, but combating bigotry – in any form – must take precedence.
Sexism isn’t the same as nominal rudeness.
There will be time to fling mud across the aisle at the political party you have, perhaps reasonably, learned to distrust and despise.
But for now, we must learn to hold our elected representatives to a higher standard in terms of maintaining decorum in the national assembly. And, just as importantly, being able to treat women with basic respect.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Admissions open: PG Diploma in Advertising & Media

Following from Prof. Sunder Rajdeep, 
Admissions open
University of Mumbai
Garware Institute of Career Education & Development
Part Time
PG Diploma in Advertising & Media
Last Date of submission form August 2, 2016
Entrance test will be on August 6, 2016
Contact : 022-26530258/ 59/ 64, Fax : 022-2653063.
Website :

Dual Degree Course : Students can do one full time Master Degree along with this course.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Master’s Proficiency in English

Master's Proficiency in English
The “Master’s Proficiency in English” course, ie, a writer’s workshop, is for students, who wish to excel, ie, write well in English.
At the end of the course, besides learning how to write well, students may wish to prepare or complete a body of writing:
  • Auto-biography, memoir, biography
  • Series of articles / features
  • Collection of miscellaneous writings
  • Blog, diary or journal.
 No qualifications required, except basic writing skills, knowledge of English and an intense desire to write.
No age bar.
This is NOT (NOT) a “creative” writing workshop. Too much is made of “creative” writing nowadays, in my opinion. If U are looking for a creative writing workshop, this is NOT (NOT) the course for U.

Duration and timing:

Starting July 2016.

Forty (40) weeks per year, ie, forty (40) Sundays per year.
Two (2) hours every Sunday: 10am to 12noon or 11am to 1pm.
Four sessions of ten (10) weeks each, with a four-week break between two sessions,
ie, 10 + 4 + 10 +4 + 10 + 4 + 10.


The batch-size has been deliberately kept to not less than twelve (12) and not more than twenty (20) students, so that I can give personal attention to each student.


Akshar Nandan school, Off Senapati Bapat Road
(Take the lane in between Marriot hotel and Pantaloons mall).


Rs.12,000 (rupees ten thousand only) per year + one-time class admin charges. The fee maybe paid one-time of Rs.10,000/- or in four instalments of Rs.3,000/-, before each 10-week session.

 Content and methodology:
The course consists of two parts:
  1. Generic: common for the entire batch.
  2. Tailor-made: for each student.
 The generic part will include learning to write sentences, paragraphs; reports, features, essays and other short forms; also how to prepare and follow one’s own a style guide.

The genres to be covered will include non-fiction and fiction, with a preference for non-fiction writing. The relationship of English with Indian languages will also be discussed.

This is NOT (NOT) a “creative” writing workshop. Too much is made of “creative” writing nowadays, in my opinion. If U are looking for a creative writing workshop, this is NOT (NOT) the course for U.

Preference will be given to values like:
  • sincerity & honesty;
  • listening to one’s conscience or inner voice;
  • accuracy;
  • effective communication and impact;
  • respect for the reader; readability;
  • a sense of history;
 No lectures. Since I have been a trainer for the last 45 years, the methodology will be interactive and participatory.

 The basic texts are:
  • Elements of Style by Strunk & White.
  • On Writing Well by William Zinnser.
 We will share and discuss various writers and their writing. Selections from the following sampling of works and authors (and others, suggested by students) may be studied (not in order), depending on the interest of students:
 The Old Man and the Sea – Hemingway
Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden – Steinbeck
David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities – Dickens
The Story of my Experiments with Truth – Gandhi
Lessons of History – Will & Ariel Durant


R.K. Narayan,
William Hazlitt, G.B. Shaw, G.K. Chesterton,
D.H. Lawrence, Somerset Maugham. Graham Greene,
Virginia Woolf,
Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, Maupassant, Emile Zola,
Lev Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoevsky,

e e cummings, Emily Dickinson, Shelley, Keats

About the teacher:

 Joseph M. Pinto is a human being, by birth; a journalist and editor, by profession; a trainer and teacher, by choice.

He has worked in journalism since 1973; since 1983, full-time editing on the desk. He has taught editing and print journalism at the Dept of Communication & Journalism, Savitribai Phule Pune University (since 1987); at Symbiosis (since 1990); and various institutions in Pune.

During 1973-83, he has variously:
  • Worked on drought relief programs, in villages;
  • Taught adult literacy classes, in villages and slums;
  • Worked in trade unions, with CITU;
  • Taken science to the working people, with Lok Vidnyan Sanghatana, as a full-timer;
  • Conducted teacher and principal training programs, as well as trustee empowerment programs, with Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana. 
  • Contact Details
  •  Email:
    Land-line: 020-2563-4392 between 9 & 11 pm
    Mobile: 94037-66122.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Assistant Professors' vacancies in Konkan

following from Prof. Sunder Rajdeep, HoD, University of Mumbai: 

There are full-time vacancies to be filled for the post of Assistant Professor for BMM on an urgent basis at the following colleges. 

1. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Model college, Ambadave, Taluka: Mandangad, District: Ratnagiri.

2. Smt. V. V. Dalvi Model college, Tarele, Taluka : Kankavli, District: Sindhudurg.

Interested and eligible candidates can email their resumes latest by Thursday i.e. 9th June 2016, 6 pm, on

Eligibility: Master in Media/ PR/Advertising/ Communication/Journalism /film studies/ television studies and NET/SLET.