Tireless AIR

IN Media Watch Briefs | 21/11/2017

All India Radio, unsurprisingly, is a tireless promoter of the PM's Mann ki Baat.  At this year's India International Trade Fair AIR has a stall on the theme of MKB, which is a big tourist draw, we are told by DD News. People are queuing up at the stall to drop their suggestions for the forthcoming edition of Mann Ki Baat, in a large box placed at the stall to collect letters addressed to Prime Minister.  This PMO certainly knows how to deploy the public broadcaster.               

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