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News Broadcasting Standards Authority Appoints New Members

The new members will reportedly succeed Nitin Desai, S. Y. Quraishi, Leela Ponappa and Vijayalakshmi Chhabra whose terms at the NBSA have completed.

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The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has appointed four new members. The new appointments are Nazim Zaidi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Stuti Kacker, former Chairperson of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Zohra Chatterji, former Secretary of Ministry of Textiles and Navtej Sarna, India’s former Ambassador to the United States.

The new members will reportedly succeed Nitin Desai, S. Y. Quraishi, Leela Ponappa and Vijayalakshmi Chhabra whose terms at the NBSA have completed.

NBSA is an independent body which was established by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for self-regulation both as a watchdog body. The body also issues guidelines for covering sensitive news from time to time.

Nasim Zaidi was Chief Election Commissioner of India from 2015 to 2017. He had also previously served as Election Commissioner from 2012 to 2015. He is credited with several reforms at the Elections Commission including the introduction of digital technology in several areas such as inclusive voter registration, election monitoring and 100% use of VVPAT (voter-verified paper audit trail) with EVMs (electronic voting machines).

Stuti Narain Kacker was previously Secretary to Government of India, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities where she established the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. She was also Chairperson of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), a statutory body of Government of India, under the Ministry of Women and Child.

Zohra Chatterji previously served as Secretary at Ministry of Textiles in the Government of India in 2014. Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, Navtej Sarna also served as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador to the State of Israel and Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs.


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