first_imgThe film community expressed outrage after producers Viacom 18 Movie Productions deferred the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansalli’s historical film Padmavati amid spreading protests.National Award winning actor Shabana Azmi said, “Are we fools to not see thru the design of fomenting unrest and polarising votes? I am very angry. The film industry needs to take a strong unified action and refuse to be sitting ducks anymore.”Ms. Azmi, reacting to threats being issued to the film, lead actor Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, said, “If such threats had been made against any member of the political class, would the reaction have been the same? Are the people in the film industry not equal citizens of this country?”Reacting to the producers’ decision, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap said, “It’s infuriating. It’s a shame and it’s harrowing. I don’t have words to articulate my anger.”‘Not unexpected’Director Hansal Mehta lamented that “bullies had prevailed again” and said people had resigned themselves to government inaction on such issues. Mr Mehta expressed concern over filmmakers being targeted and said the stand taken by the government in the Padmavati and IFFI row [dropping of films selected by the jury] was “disappointing but not unexpected”.“After all what is a film compared to elections? S Durga, Nude and Padmavati’to begin with. Many more to come…”“I was told by many industry leaders that it was a wise strategy to delay Padmavati. Truth is that people have resigned themselves to government inaction in the face of such blatant terror. The only advice given is to shut up, retreat and accept these attacks,” Mr Mehta said.“So SLB (Bhansali) should show the film to those who threaten to have him beheaded? And get their approval?” he wrote.Sad day: IFTDAThe Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) member Ashoke Pandit described it as a sad day for Indian cinema and freedom of expression.“This is just the beginning and it has set a bad precedent to films of the future,” he said.IFTDA along with other industry bodies such as Cine And TV Artists Association (CINTAA) and Screenwriters Association had last week protested the harassment meted to filmmakers through the extra-constitutional censoring by fringe groups.Mr. Pandit also disagreed with CBFC Chairman Prasoon Joshi’s criticism of the film being screened for select journalists ahead of certification, saying a filmmaker has the right to screen it whomsoever he pleases. “Private screenings are an industry practice and do not hinder the certification process. I do not think the film makers did anything wrong by screening it to certain media outlets,” he said.Directors Anurag Basu and Nikkhil Advani also took to social media to support Mr. Bhansali.“It’s bizarre! The whole Padmavati row is based on just presumptions. Protestors have not seen a single frame of the film yet, but they know that history has been tampered! How?”last_img read more


first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the West Bengal government to pay ₹25,000 in compensation to the father of a girl of North 24 Paraganas district for police inaction after she was allegedly abducted and trafficked by a Bangladeshi national. “Hence, issue a notice under Section 18(a)(i) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, to the Government of West Bengal, through its Chief Secretary, requiring it to show cause, within six weeks, as to why the Commission should not recommend payment of ₹25000/- as compensation to the father of the victim girl,” the order said. Kirity Roy, secretary of a human rights organisation, told The Hindu that the show-cause notice means the State has to pay the compensation.” The incident took place on April 6, 2014, when the girl, aged about 14, left home at Taranipur, informing her parents that she was going to the market. But she did not return. “On June 7, 2014 at 11.30 a.m., the father of the victim girl went to the Swarupnagar police station with a written complaint that a Bangladeshi man, named Harun, has abducted and trafficked his daughter to Mumbai, but his complaint was not registered,” the NHRC order said.last_img read more


first_imgThe curfew in Jammu continued for the second day and the Army’s presence was stepped up on Saturday, a day after violent protests rocked the city over a suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans in Kashmir. Nine more Army columns were deployed in the city, bringing the total to 18, and the force staged flag marches in sensitive localities. Officials said the University of Jammu postponed all examinations scheduled for the day and mobile Internet services remained suspended across Jammu region. Srinagar-bound vehicles stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway due to a landslide in Ramban were allowed to move forward amid tight security arrangements, they said.last_img read more


first_img The Government now has the authority to spend funds allocated in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, following the passage of the Appropriation Act 2019 in the Upper House on March 22.This annual Bill provides authority for expenditure (other than statutory expenditure) for the financial year 2019/20 and specifies the manner in which the money is to be allocated to the various services and purposes of the Government.The Bill was approved following a five-hour long debate in the Senate, with Senators from both sides making contributions.Piloting the legislation, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jnr, noted that this is “a budget for every single Jamaican regardless of their status or income bracket.”“This budget is a reflection of the positive strides that we have made and though we still have much to do as a nation, we are certainly taking control of our future,” he said.He pointed out that the budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year, will involve and engage all Jamaicans.“It is clear that this administration, led by Prime Minister the Most Hon Andrew Holness, is capable and willing to take the bold [and] creative actions required for this country to take control of its future and maximise its potential,” Senator Charles Jr. added.The Foreign Affairs State Minister noted that the budget illustrates the Government’s commitment to good fiscal management.“We have had low stable inflation for four years, and the lowest inflation rates as an independent country. This is the emergence of a new Jamaica. Domestic interest rates are at levels never seen before,” Senator Charles Jr. said.“The central bank has lowered the policy rate four times this fiscal year, to a record low of 1.5 per cent in February 2019. Interest rates for individuals and businesses have been lower, which means that many… are now able to access single digit interest rates from Jamaican dollar loans,” he added.He noted that the low interest rates are allowing individuals and Jamaican businesses to borrow and invest. This annual Bill provides authority for expenditure (other than statutory expenditure) for the financial year 2019/20 and specifies the manner in which the money is to be allocated to the various services and purposes of the Government. The Government now has the authority to spend funds allocated in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, following the passage of the Appropriation Act 2019 in the Upper House on March 22. The Bill was approved following a five-hour long debate in the Senate, with Senators from both sides making contributions. Story Highlightslast_img read more