Maintain law and order, Supreme Court tells Punjab, Haryana

first_imgEven as Punjab denied any liability on its part to share water with Haryana, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stood firm by its decision to construct the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal and urged the neighbouring States to maintain law and order at any cost. A Bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Amitava Roy raised concern about violence after reports that the Indian National Lok Dal, Haryana’s main opposition party, had asked its workers to gather on Thursday at Ambala and march inside Punjab to start digging the SYL canal.Status quoThe Supreme Court’s call for status quo in the inter-State water dispute came amidst Punjab’s affidavit that the Punjab Termination of Water Agreement Act of 2004 was still in force. It argued that a recent Supreme Court verdict that declared the 2004 Act as unconstitutional was only an opinion given by the court on a presidential reference and not a verdict as such to be complied as law.Haryana, represented by senior advocate Shyam Divan, submitted that the verdict allowing the SYL canal to be built has to be executed.The court asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, for the Centre, that the Union government should don the role of an arbitrator if both sides were willing to settle their dispute amicably.last_img read more

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Jury of global experts at Pune International Film Festival

first_imgThe 16th edition of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), to be held from January 11 to January 18, will feature a jury of global cinema experts, including Italian filmmaker Maurizio Nichetti and Polish screenwriter-director Joanna Kos-Krauze.Fourteen films have been shortlisted for the PIFF competition, while nearly 200 films will be screened at the festival. A highlight this year will be the Kapoor family handing over 23 original negatives of films produced under the R.K. Studio banner to the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) on opening day of the festival, NFAI director Prakash Magdum said at a press conference on Thursday evening.“Actor Randhir Kapoor will hand over this rich trove to be deposited in the NFAI vaults. The 23 films include blockbusters like Awaara, Sangam, Bobby and Ram Teri Ganga Maili,” Dr. Magdum said. He said these are the original negatives, the best source and ideal format for long-term preservation of films. “We are thankful to the Kapoor family for entrusting NFAI with this prestigious collection so that it can be preserved for future generations.” The NFAI had been in talks with the Kapoor family for over a month. Randhir Kapoor is said to have visited the NFAI last month to inspect the vaults and storage facilities. Tribute to Raj Kapoorfire in September last year gutted Stage 1 of R.K. Studios in Mumbai, resulting in loss of priceless memorabilia and artefacts. The film negatives, stored in another building, were not damaged.PIFF will also feature a pavilion dedicated to Raj Kapoor, where five of his works — Aag, Mera Naam Joker, Shree 420, Sangam and Bobby — will be screened, said Dr. Magdum. “There will be a discussion on these films with director Subash Ghai, and actor Rishi Kapoor is expected to attend,” he said.Filmmaker Jabbar Patel, who is the festival director, said Bobby was chosen as it went with this edition’s theme of ‘Youth’. Dr. Patel said noted filmmakers and scriptwriters like Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara, scriptwriter Kamlesh Pandey, Mexican director Rodrigo Pla, Canadian director Mathieu Denis and Iranian actress Gelareh Abbasi would be part of the jury along with Mr. Nichetti and Ms. Kos-Krauze. In memoriam“We are also organising homage screenings in memory of actors and filmmakers who passed away recently. These include tributes to director Kundan Shah and actors Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Reema Lagoo and Shyama. There is also a section titled ‘Women’s Empowerment’, which will feature films like Bimal Roy’s Parineeta and Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya,” said Dr. Patel.In addition, seven Marathi films, including four unreleased ones, have been shortlisted for the PIFF competition. Since 2002 the eight-day festival has been organised by the Pune Film Foundation in collaboration with the Maharashtra government.last_img read more

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Gujarat Dalit activist, who set himself ablaze, succumbs to burn injuries

first_imgDalit activist Bhanu Vankar, who attempted self-immolation in Gujarat on February 15, succumbed to severe burn injuries late on February 16. Mr. Vankar has sustained 80% burn injuries and was admitted in Ahmedabad’s Apollo Hospital, where he died. To protest the Patan district administration’s failure to regularise a piece of land he was allotted a few years ago, he set himself on fire in the Collector Office in North Gujarat. Despite repeated visits to the district administration officials, his case did not move, which apparently distressed him to take an extreme step of ending his life. His suicide is likely to trigger Statewide protests by the Dalit community and organisations working for the rights of Dalits and other marginalised sections in the State. “We have lost him. We hold the district administration responsible for his death. He was forced,” a relative said. Earlier in the day, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered inquiry into the incident. “I have asked Chief Secretary to get all details of the incident after an inquiry,” Mr. Rupani said, adding, “the State government will also bear all medical expenses of Mr. Vankar, who is presently under treatment in Apollo hospital in Ahmedabad.”Moreover, nine other Dalit men were detained by the police after they also tried to storm into the premises of the collectorate with the intention to commit suicide, and were later released. “As many as nine people were detained briefly after they tried to storm into the office of the collector with the intention to commit suicide. They had expressed their intention to the Collector on a previous date and police were deployed in large numbers to prevent any such attempt,” a police official from Patan said. “However, Banubhai Vankar from Unjha village managed to enter the Collector Office premises by jumping over the barricade and set himself on fire. He has been shifted to a hospital in Ahmedabad,” the official had said.The incident triggered a huge backlash among the Dalit community in the State. A leading organisation Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, fighting for the rights of Dalits, gave a call for Patan bandh on February 16 to protest against the “administrative negligence” in the transfer of land to Dalits, “which forced a group to attempt suicide”. The bandh evoked mixed response in the North Gujarat town.A prominent activist and Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani, who is also the convener of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, in a statement said it was a “matter of shame” for the BJP government that Dalits had to resort to extreme steps to fight for their rights in Gujarat.Mr. Mevani demanded suspension of the Collector and Superintendent of Police holding them responsible for driving the community members to take extreme steps to press for their rights.last_img read more

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Cong. MLAs bat for Haryana’s sugarcane farmers

first_imgCongress legislators on Wednesday staged a symbolic protest outside the Assembly complex against the Haryana government, accusing it of ignoring the plight of sugarcane farmers in the State. The MLAs shouted slogans against the State government while holding sugarcane stems in their hands.“Sugarcane farmers are forced to sell their produce in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand because the State-owned and private sugarcane mills in Haryana are not purchasing their produce at the assured price,” alleged Congress leader Kuldeep Sharma.Later in the House, while participating in the debate on the Governor’s Address, Mr. Sharma raised the issue to which Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar reacted sharply, saying that the Congress was trying to create an issue. Separately, Mr. Dhankar said that the government has been working actively for the past three years to develop an international horticulture and vegetable market over 600 acres at Ganaur.last_img read more

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Maharashtra extends insurance cover to crops damaged due to weather

first_imgFor the first time Maharashtra will extend insurance for damaged crops after factoring in fluctuations in the weather conditions. As per a new policy, a correlation between weather patterns and crop damages will be assessed before deciding the premium or the compensation to be paid to farmers, senior officials told The Hindu.The new Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) was announced on Wednesday. A 15-member committee has also been formed to set parameters for the scheme. “So far a committee of bureaucrats along with farm representatives would sit down and decide an amount. But we want to now scientifically establish these correlations between productivity/weather changes, losses and wind conditions,” additional chief secretary (agriculture department) Bijay Kumar told The Hindu.The variables for considering a correlation would, among others, be wind speed, and drop and rise in temperature, which could affect all kinds of crops. The 15-member committee will put in place further guidelines and a scientific model for connecting the weather patterns to damages. “If the temperature drops, how will it affect the quality of mango quality. When the wind changes directions it hurts the productivity of bananas. These are the kind of parameters we want to put in place for the WBCIS,” said an official.The committee has been asked to establish parameters for two specific standards: Trigger Value and Weather Perils. This will then assess quantifiable losses based on weather patterns. “We want to establish demonstrated correlation with historical weather and yield data,” according to the government proposal.last_img read more

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Bypoll result reflects voters’ anger: Praful Patel

first_imgBhandara: Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday snatched the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha seat from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.Madhukar Kukade of the NCP defeated BJP’s Hemant Patle by a margin of 48,097 votes in the by-election necessitated due to the resignation of the sitting BJP MP Nana Patole who quit the BJP to join Congress earlier this year.The election assumed significance as Mr. Patole had quit the BJP by accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “pseudo OBC and anti-farmer”. The Congress and the NCP contested this election in alliance.The Shiv Sena and Bahujan Samaj Party did not field candidates making it a direct fight between the NCP and BJP.The election was in the news due to large-scale complaints of EVM malfunctioning on the day of voting prompting the Election Commission to order re-poll at 49 centres and the transfer of Gondia district collector.It was the Congress, led by Nana Patole, which took this election seriously. When NCP workers were complaining about lack of resources and support from the party, Congress leaders and workers were spending from their own pockets for the NCP candidate. “It was an election of Nana Patole versus Narendra Modi. This election was fought by poor people and farmers, against the powerful central and state government which is why every Congress leaders and workers worked extra hard,” Mr. Patole, now the vice-president of the state unit of Congress told The Hindu at his village Sukdi.“Today’s results show that voters have a lot of anger towards central and state government. This also shows that people are losing confidence in state and central government,” senior NCP leader Praful Patel.This Lok Sabha seat is considered a stronghold of Mr. Patel. However, in 2014 Mr. Patole, then a BJP candidate, defeated him by 1,49,254 votes.When asked about the BJP’s defeat despite campaigning by CM Devendra Fadnavis and union minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP’s active machinery, BJP candidate Hemant Patle said that high temperature resulted in low voter turnout which impacted his party’s performance.“Also, there was no division of vote this time and the contest was the BJP versus all. We will introspect this defeat,” Mr.Patle told The Hindu.Out of total 9,48,849 votes polled, the NCP’s Madhukar Kukade secured 4,42,213 votes whereas the BJP’S Hemant Patle got 3,94,116 votes and 6602 votes went to NOTA.The NCP’s victory, despite Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh candidate L.K.Madavi securing 40326 votes, shows that general vote consolidation cutting across caste lines against the BJP.last_img read more

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Modi gifts projects worth ₹550 crore to his Varanasi constituency

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday donned the hat of a parliamentarian as he gave an account of the work done in his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, over the past four years to his “high command”, the people of the temple city.Launching or inaugurating projects worth more than ₹550 crore in Varanasi, Mr. Modi said that though the constituency had given him the post of PM, he was still accountable to the people as their public representative. “As a people’s representative, as your sevak, you are my master, my high command…it is my duty to provide you an account of the money and time spent,” Mr. Modi said.Listing the works done by him since 2014, he said modern facilities would be provided without disturbing the city’s identity, tradition and ancient culture.Addressing a gathering at the BHU amphitheatre, Mr. Modi said that since he came to power the change in the life, infrastructure and beautification of the city was there for all to see.“Four years ago, when the people of Kashi resolved to walk the path of change, the change, then and now, can be clearly seen,” said Mr. Modi, adding that the city earlier was at the mercy of Lord Shiva. It was “entangled in its poor infrastructure, just like the overhead electric cables,” said the PM.With the path of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, it is setting its own future, said Mr. Modi, promising the city that many infrastructural projects would be completed in the coming months.Among the projects launched on the day were the Atal Incubation Centre at BHU, the Integrated Power Development Scheme for old Kashi and the Regional Ophthalmology Centre, also at BHU.last_img read more

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The Third Wife wins best film award at KIFF

first_imgThe Third Wife, a film from Vietnam featuring the story of a 14-year-old girl’s arranged marriage to a married man from an affluent family, won the best film award at the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival.The producer of the 96-minute film, Tran Thi Bich Ngoc, received the award presented by KIFF jury members on Saturday at the concluding ceremony of the seven-day film festival.“The film is based on a real-life story witnessed by one of the family members of the crew. At the centre of the story is a 14-year-old who encounters strangers after she is married into a wealthy family,” the producer told The Hindu.Speaking at the concluding event of the festival, director Shoojit Sircar said that the cash award given at the KIFF is one of highest given at any film festival. The award for best director in the international competition category went to Abu Bakr Shawky for the Egyptian film Yomeddine (Judgement Day). The NETPAC (Asian Select) award went to The Sweet Requiem by directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. The film is a drama set within the Tibetan refugee community in India. In the competition for Indian language films, Widow of Silence, a story from conflict-ridden Kashmir directed by Praveen Morchchale walked away with the top honours.last_img read more

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Woman activist seeks CBI probe into assault

first_imgOne of the two activists assaulted allegedly by a mob in Meghalaya’s coal-rich East Jaintia Hills district on November 8 has said that there was no hope for “meaningful investigation” into their case because of the nexus between the police and the coal mafia.A mob of about 40 people had attacked Agnes Kharshiing and Amita Sangma of Civil Society Women’s Organisation when they were following trucks carrying illegally-stocked coal.On Thursday, Ms. Sangma submitted an affidavit in the Meghalaya High Court seeking a probe into the case by the CBI. She underlined the nexus between the police and coal miners and traders who were carrying on illegal extraction despite a ban by the National Green Tribunal.‘Larger conspiracy’ “…some persons lower down will be prosecuted to make a show of an investigation being done but it is impossible, because of the connivance of the police with the coal mafia, that the larger conspiracy will be unearthed,” she said in the affidavit.Ms. Sangma also submitted photos of Nidamon Chullet, the prime accused in the assault case and a National People’s Party leader, posing with Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma besides referring to an FIR filed by Marshall Biam, the chairman of North East Indigenous People’s Federation.In his FIR on November 8 at the Khliehriat police station, Mr. Biam had alleged that the East Jaintia Hills Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger had forced him to withdraw a complaint against coal dealers.Five arrested“Many prominent politicians run coal mine business in the names of their relatives, family members and friends and this connection would undermine the investigation. This is why I pray for a direction to the CBI to do so,” she said in the affidavit.The police have so far arrested five people in connection with the assault case.last_img read more

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Crackdown on liquor parties in Gujarat ahead of new year celebrations

first_imgGujarat police on Thursday launched a state-wide crackdown on liquor parties during New Year celebrations in the State. The State police chief has asked all district SPs and range IGs to ensure no liquor was bootlegged in their respective areas. According to a senior police official, this instruction came from Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.Police have also deployed special squads at border check posts from where liquor is brought into Gujarat, a state with stringent prohibition laws. In Gujarat, liquor is normally brought in from Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the three states with which Gujarat shares a border, and union territories of Daman in South Gujarat and Diu in the Saurashtra region.In cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat, police raided private farm houses. In Ahmedabad, a police team raided a private bungalow and arrested six people who were allegedly drinking. Vadodara Police commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot issued a notification warning the city dwellers to refrain from wearing “revealing clothes” during the new year celebrations. “Indecent behaviour, vulgar postures and show of skin will not be allowed during parties or in public,” Mr. Gehlot told media persons in Vadodara.last_img read more

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Portals of Kedarnath to reopen on May 9

first_imgThe sacred portals of the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath will be thrown open for devotees on May 9.The gates of the famed temple dedicated to Lord Shiva will be opened at 5.35 am on May 9, Badrinath-Kedarnath Mandir Samiti official Harish Gaud said at Omkareshwar temple, Ukhimath, on the occasion of Maha Shivratri on Monday.Omkareshwar temple of Ukhimath is where an idol of Kedarnath is worshipped during his winter sojourn.The date and time for the reopening of the temple gates were announced in the presence of the chief priest of the temple Rawal Bhimashankar Ling, local Brahmins, teerth purohits and devotees.One of the famous four Himalayan shrines of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath, is located at a height of around 11,755 feet above the sea level. It is closed for devotees annually during winter when it becomes snowbound.last_img read more

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ICE Created A Fake University To Trick Indian Immigrant Students And Arrest Them

first_imgThe “university,” which began “admitting” applicants in 2015, involved a total of at least 600 students.On Jan. 30, the sting operation was disclosed to the public, including the arrest of eight Indian recruiters who were charged of faking visas and harboring aliens for profit.Additionally, a total of 146 students were arrested — 145 Indians and one Palestinian.Read it at NextShark Related Itemslast_img

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Filmy Rajniti Chakkar

first_imgNothing is too bizarre for the India silver screen. Laloo Prasad Yadav with film actress Mausami on the set of the film ‘Padamshree Laloo Prasad Yadav’But Lady Sita hobnobbing with her abductor Ravana?As Indian Rajniti (politics) falls under the spell of the filmy chakkar (vortex), the stars of the silver screen are making the strangest political bedfellows.Take Deepika Chikhalia and Arvind Trivedi, Sita and demon king Ravana respectively, in the Ramanand Sagar’s television serial Ramayana, who teamed up in support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in recent national and state elections. They could be found together on the road in BJP marked cars, their modern-day Raths, into the early hours of the morning in remote towns and villages.Film stars took center stage, both in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year as well as the just concluded elections in Maharashtra.Take that Arnold Schwarzenegger.Reel-life has always been intertwined with Real Politics in India. Nitish Bharadwaj, Krishna in B. R. Chopra’s blocbuster TV serial Mahabharata, came to the Steel City of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand from his hometown Mumbai to contest the Lok Sabha polls on the BJP ticket.Bollywood heartthrob Jayaprada deserted her home state of Andhra Pradesh to stand for the Lok Sabha from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party. A BJP poster taunts Laloo Prasad Yadav for boasting that he would turn Bihar’s roads as beautiful as Hema Malini’s cheeks. Instead, the BJP ridiculed, he made them as pock marked as Om Puri’s cheeks.Lord Krishna may have prevailed in everyone of his epic battles in Mahabharata, but Bharadwaj didn’t quite have the steel to make it this time from Jamshedpur, the constituency from which he had won eight years earlier in the 1996 polls. Lady luck was kinder to Jayaprada, who succeeded in her maiden effort.Until recently, Bollywood stars were inclined to enter politics through the less messy route of the Rajya Sabha, which did not involve the hurly burly of an election campaign. No longer.True, Indian film stars, both in Bollywood and regional Indian cinema, have sought to influence Indian politics since 1923, then as champions of the freedom struggle with the launching of Rani Padmini, a silent film or “walkie.” Their more direct involvement in the Indian political process began some 50 years ago with the induction of the patriarch of India’s cinema world, Prithvy Raj Kapoor, into the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament, by the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.Subsequently many of the doyens of Indian cinema, including Shabna Azmi, Sunil Dutt, Nargis Dutt, Vaijantimala Bali, Vinod Khanna, Rajesh Khanna, Dilip Kumar and Hema Malini, served in the Rajya Sabha. Hema Malini, the real thing, campaigns for the BJPFilm stars also lent their support to political campaigns. As early as 1967 the “Tri-Murti” of Hindi cinema – Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar – campaigned for V. Krishna Menon, the former Indian defence minister, in the Mumbai Lok Sabha constituency.Their magic silver touch eluded them at the ballot box, however, and Menon lost. In the years since, India’s two main political parties, BJP and Congress, have both built up a cadre of cine-stars for their campaigns.As icons and role models, Indian film stars are now an integral part of the Indian political process.Election meetings are electrified by the participation of “Dreamgirl” Hema Malini, Dhermendra, “Shotgun” Shatrughan Sinha, Raj Babbar, Juhi Chawla, Vinod Khanna and Juhi Chawla. Even Bollywood villains, like Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor, Johny Lever and Gulshan Grover, are major draws at political rallies.The appeal is not one way either. Some politicians are discovering the virtues of reverse osmosis.At least four very prominent Bengali politicians, including the mayor of Calcutta Subrata Mukherjee, are acting, directing or producing films or TV serials. ‘Shotgun’ Shatrughan Sinha campaigning with star crickter Kirti Azad. Sinha has speculated about serving as Chief Minister of Bihar.Mukherjee made his film debut beside famousº actress Moon Moon Sen in Calcutta’s film industry, known as Tollywood, as an honest business executive in Chowdhury Pharmaceuticals. Trinamool Congress leader Ajit Kumar Panja is so busy in the film world that when party workers come to meet him, he often emerges in the attire of the role he is playing. In Ramkrishna, Panja plays the lead role of Ramkrishna Paramahamsa, the guru of Vivekananda.A barrister by profession, Panja has staged several film productions and runs his own theater group in Kolkata.The well known trade union leader Nepal Dev Bhattacharya recently produced a film Chaka, starring Mithun Chakravarty and Deboshree Roy. He had earlier produced Nabarun and Raja Rammohan Roy.West Bengal’s Fire Services Minister Pratim Chattopadhyay also plunged into Tollywood, acting in several films and soap operas.Tamil Nadu’s filmy “chakkar” dates back to 1949 when Tamilian film star M. R. Radha floated the Dravida Khazagham Party. Starting 1960, film stars have dominated the state’s political scene as chief ministers, including M. G. Ramachandran, C. Janaki, C. Annadurai, K. Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha. Other film stars, like Shivaji Ganeshan, S.S. Rajendran, Vijaykant and Rajnikant, are also active in politics.In Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao, a larger than life film hero, served as chief minister. Gautami (now settled in the USA), Jayaprada, Vijaya Shanti and Sharda also proved exceedingly successful in Andhra politics. In Assam, the political importance of film stars Bhupen Hazarika, Vishnu Prasad Rava, Biju Phukhan and Pranjal Saikia cannot be overstated.On the national scene, the marker for actor as candidate was established by Big B Amitabh Bachhan, who as a Lok Sabha candidate of the Congress Party in Allahabad, shocked and trounced the veteran politician H. N. Bahuguna.Noted Indian social worker Meenakshi Swaraj, secretary of Janahit Kala Sansthan, says people associate the film stars with their reel life personae, sentimentally expecting them to crusade for their causes and rescue them against the odds, just as in the movies.That too has a long history.V. Shantaram’s famous 1957 film Do Aankhe Barah Haath, the story of a jailor who attempted to rehabilitate his prisoners, prompted hreforms in prisons both at the national and state level.Amrit Nahata create an international flutter with his film Kissa Kursi Ka in 1977.A former parliamentarian from Rajasthan, Nahata’s film was a veiled attack on Congress, Indira Gandhi and the Emergency she had declared. The film, starring Sabhna Azmi, Raj Babbar, Utpal Dutt, Manohar Singh and Rehana Sultana, evoked the wrath of the political establishment of the day. Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay Gandhi led his Youth Congress brigade into a public campaign of intimidation, including burning down cinema halls screening the film. he film was banned in India and all copies confiscated.An original copy of Kissa Kursi Ka reached the United States, where it was forwarded to the New York Film Academy, one of only a handful of original copies to still survive.Bollywood film personalities found themselves wrapped up in the politics of the Emergency. The axe fell on “Biharibabu” Shatrughan Sinha and all time musical legend Kishore Kumar, both of whom were perceived as unsympathetic to the Congress and Indira Gandhi. Information and Broadcasting Minister K. K. Tiwari banned any film featuring Shatrughan Sinha, a supporter of opposition leader Jayaprakash Narayan.Playback singer Kishore Kumar was similarly barred from All India Radio and Doordarshan during the Emergency. He incurred the wrath of India Gandhi’s cronies for hrefusing to curry favor with the Congress Party. Dev Anand and I. S. Johar lost favor because they floated their own National Party in 1975 to protest the excesses of the Emergency. Between 1975 to 1977, several Indian film personalities fled overseas to escape the wrath of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her inner cabal.Memories of the censorship during the Emergency were revived this month when the new Congress government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the sudden withdrawal of the film Loknayak on Oct 11 from the telecast schedule of the government TV channel Doordarshan.Directed by Prakash Jha, Loknayak portrays the life of the famous Indian freedom fighter Jayaprakash Narayan. A fierce opponent of Indira Gandhi’s declaration of Emergency, Jayaprakash called for “Sampoorna Kranti” or total revolution in India in 1973-74.Jha has also stirred a hornet’s nest in Bihar with a movie titled Gangajal, portraying the flourishing kidnapping industry in his home state.He roused the ire of Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav by naming the principal villain in Gangajal Sadhu Yadav, which happens to be the name of chief minister Rabri Devi’s brother and Laloo’s sala, or brother in law. Bollywood star Asutosh RanaAll hell broke lose when the film was released in Bihar. Theaters were burned and Jha, also a candidate for the Lok Sabha, was pelted with stones at his political rallies. Yadav denounced him as a “dull-headed filamwallah” and a “mental case who joined politics as his films are flopping.” Another RJD leader Nagendra Rai, a former playback singer turned politician, ridiculed Jha as a “100 percent pure lunatic who thrives by portraying Bihar in a wrong ways in Bollywood.”In a further challenge to Yadav, Jha announced bold plans to float his own regional party in Bihar. Jha is yet to declare the name of the proposed party, although he has said that it would field candidates from all 243 Assembly seats in Bihar.An undeterred Prakashº has also announced plans to produce two new movies on corruption and lawlessness in Bihar: Apharan and Rajniti, which between them hreflect a form of Animal Farm.The Nobel laureate George Orwell, author of Animal Farm, was born in Motihari, close to Bettiah, the domain of dreaded dacoit Bhangar Yadav from where Jha contested – and lost – the recent Lok Sabha elections.Jha still has to find his political footing, but Bihari politicians sure lilt to Bollywood lyrics.Laloo Prasad Yadav, once publicly announced that he would transform Bihar’s roads, making them as beautiful as Hema Malini’s gaal (cheeks). During the last Lok Sabha polls, BJP campaigner Pramod Mahajan on a visit to Bihar, retorted that far from matching Hema Malini’s cheeks, the incompetent Laloo government had turned Bihar’s roads as pock marked as the gaal of Om Puri.Now Laloo Prasad Yadav is on a different track. In the new central government, he has taken control of the driver’s seat as India’s railway minister. Now what kind of rajniti chakkar is that?Actor PartyGajendra ChauhanBJPSuresh OberoiBJPBhupen HazarikaBJPDharmendraBJPShatrughan SinhaBJPNitish Bharadwaj BJPVinod KhannaBJPNathusingh GujjarBJPDara SinghBJPArvind TrivediBJPUpendra TrivediBJPMurli MohanBJPRajendra PrasadaBJPSumanBJPSarat BabuBJPPrashant NandaBJPKumar BangarappaBJPRajesh KhannaCongressSunil DuttCongressChunkey PandeyCongressAnnu KapoorCongressGovindaCongressShakti KapoorCongressDilip KumarCongressAshutosh RanaCongressRaja MuradSamajwadi PartyBhairon Singh GujjarCongressSaif Ali KhanCongressAnuj SharmaCongressSekhar SoniCongressTapas PalTrinamool CongressVishnu VardhanCongressJageshCongressAnant NagCongressMcMahonCongressPrem ChopraCongress ActressPartyHema Malini BJPSmriti IraniBJP Rupa Ganguli BJPPoonam Dhillon BJPSudha Chandran BJPDeepika Chikhalia BJPJaya PradaSamajwadiNafisa AliCongressMadhavi Mukherjee TMCJuhi Chawla BJPPadmini Kolhapure BJPNagma BJPMahima Chaudhari CongressShabana Azmi Swami Agnivesh Related Itemslast_img read more

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CRS begins probe into Kolkata Metro accident

first_imgTwo days after a passenger died in an accident inside the Kolkata Metro, Commissioner of Railway Safety (Metro Circle) G.P. Garg on Monday started a probe into the incident. Mr. Garg visited the Park Street metro station and also inspected the rake which was involved in the accident.On June 13, 66-year-old Sajal Kumar Kanjilal died when his hand got struck in the Kavi Subhas-bound rake at the Park Street metro station. His body was hanging outside the train as it left the platform and ran several metres into the tunnel. Mr. Kanjilal fell on the tracks after the train stopped and was declared dead when taken to a hospital.The Kolkata Police has registered a case at the Shakespeare Sarani police station where charges have been pressed under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence). “A detailed investigation will be done. All the technical features and safety features will be looked into,” Mr. Garg said. The newly inducted rake which was involved in the accident has been withdrawn from operation. Failure of sensorsQuestions are being raised over the alleged failure of the sensors on the metro rake door which allow it to open when anything comes in-between. Subhas Ranjan Thakur, an expert on railways, said the accident was clearly a result of door-sensor malfunctioning. “It is a freak incident when one in a million times technology fails,” Mr. Thakur said.last_img read more

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Missing U.P. law student who accused former BJP MP of harassing her found in Rajasthan

first_imgSwami Chinmayanand booked after girl alleging harassment goes missing in UP  The former MP, who served as a Minister of State for Home Affairs under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, was on Tuesday charged with kidnapping (in order to murder) the student. He was also charged with criminal intimidation. The FIR was filed on the complaint of the woman’s father after she went missing, days after alleging in a video clip that Mr. Chinmayanand, the director of Swami Shukdevanand PG College, where she studies, had been harassing her as well as other girls.Also Read A law student from Shahjahanpur who had gone missing after accusing former BJP MP Swami Chinmayanand of harassing her was found in Rajasthan, the Uttar Pradesh police said on Friday.The woman student along with her friend were located in Rajasthan by the Shahjahanpur police. Necessary legal action was being taken, U.P. police said.Also Read SC takes cognisance of Chinmayanand row  The matter came to light after the woman posted a video clip online on August 24, claiming she and her family were under threat from a “big leader of the sant samaj” and requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene. She did not name Mr. Chinmayanand or specify the harassment or exploitation she allegedly endured, but claimed the “sant” had “ruined the lives of many women” and now wanted to kill her.She also claimed she had all the evidence against him.Unable to find his daughter at her college hostel after the video surfaced, the student’s father blamed Mr. Chinmayanand. He alleged that he suspected that his daughter and the other women mentioned in the video may have been sexually exploited.Though Mr. Chinmayanand did not clarify on the allegations, his lawyer dismissed them as a “conspiracy” and attempt to extort from the former MP. The police are probing Mr. Chinmayanand’s complaint in which he alleged that he received an extortion text message from an unknown phone number demanding ₹5crore from him.last_img read more

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Ateneo rout a ‘wakeup call’ for UP early in UAAP Season 80

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tyler Tio makes up for lost time, debuts with a splash for Ateneo LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “What happened to us was like a wakeup call. We need to recover quickly,” said Desiderio in Filipino after his team slipped to 1-1. “It was really a struggle, we were scouted very well and almost all of our plays were countered.”UP head coach Bo Perasol called it a “rude awakening” but it was also something that his Fighting Maroons were eager to move past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had to move on immediately,” said Perasol in Filipino. “There’s really nothing left to do, we lost badly but it happens. We move on to Sunday and hope that we have a better game.”Against the hot shooting Blue Eagles, the Maroons were dismal on the floor, going 25-of-67 from the field. They also got sorely outrebounded, 51-38. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines was on a high after a dramatic 74-73 opening win over University of Santo Tomas after wingman Paul Desiderio hit a dagger of a three-pointer on Sunday.Come Wednesday, the Fighting Maroons were sent crashing back to reality after Ateneo put on a display for the convincing 92-71 win as the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament continued.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ For Desiderio’s part, he finished with just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting after scoring 17 points against the Growling Tigers.“I think we were complacent and we weren’t focused because of that,” said Desiderio. “I wasn’t able to adjust, I was too focused on scoring.”UP has a chance to bounce back on Sunday against University of the East, which has yet to win in two matches so far.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

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