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For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Published: June 19 2013 5:23 am Related News More than two years after they reportedly detained SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh by erecting barricades and stationing a large police force outside their house in Lucknowthe Privilege Committee of the Lok Sabha will on Thursday hear two Uttar Pradesh officerswho were considered close to former chief minister Mayawati SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had complained against them to the committee Both the officers the then Lucknow district magistrate Anil Kumar Sagar and former Lucknow DIG D K Thakur have confirmed their presence at the hearingwhere a 15-member committeeheaded by P C Chakowill question themsaid sources in the Lok Sabha Secretariat The incident reportedly took place in March 2011prompting Yadavs to write to the Speakerwhoin turnreferred it to the panel Since Akhilesh is no longer a Lok Sabha MPonly Mulayams complaint will be followed Both these officials were transferred after the SP government took over in March last year Sagara 1998 batch IAS officeris presently Special Secretary of Disabled Welfare department while Thakuran IPS officer of 1994 batchis posted at Police Training CollegeChunar Earlierthe National Human Rights Commission had taken cognizance of a photograph published in newspapers showing Thakur dragging a protester from the Samajwadi Party by his hair and pinning him down on the road SP leaderssources saidwant action against the two officerswhich could result in negative entries in their CRs There is another item in the agenda of the meeting Congress MP Meenakshi Natarajan had given notice of a question of privilege around two year ago against BJP president Rajnath Singh for levelling falsebaseless and mendacious allegations against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and accusing her of forcibly acquiring land belonging to Haryanas farmers for the Rajiv Gandhi Trust For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Dipti Nagpaul D’souza | New Delhi | Published: April 9 2017 12:00 am CBFC’s hammer began with Pahlaj Nihalani’s decision to “ban” cuss words from films followed by a rather sanskaari interpretation of the guidelines from The Cinematograph Act 1952 Related News As a teenager Shlok Sharma thought there were three kinds of cinema in this world: Bollywood Hollywood and art Years of watching and dreaming about cinema in various languages led him to a richer idea of movies and motivated him to make films But the 32-year-old filmmaker bruised by a long battle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) over Haraamkhor his film on a love affair between a teacher and a minor student has a new lesson to learn “Producers have begun to ask us filmmakers to veer away from the ‘A’ tag and make ‘U/A’ films to avoid censor trouble Now we have to start making films not by story or genre but by certification category” For years now it has not been able to resist straying from its brief (certifying films) to play censor-censor but since the appointment of Pahlaj Nihalani as chairperson in 2015 the CBFC has taken its role as the cultural arbiter of India’s film-watching audience very seriously It began with Nihalani’s decision to “ban” cuss words from films followed by a rather sanskaari interpretation of the guidelines from The Cinematograph Act 1952 That led to the word “lesbian” being muted from a dialogue in 2015’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha Last year the makers of Udta Punjab were embroiled in a very public battle against Nihalani and went to court to fight the 94 cuts ordered by the board The CBFC has recently denied certification to a film about women’s sexual desires Lipstick Under My Burkha for being “lady-oriented” — in other words for talking about women and their sexual desires It struck down a scene in Phillauri where muttering Hanuman Chalisa proves no shield against a ghost Perhaps Mr Nihalani had some personal experience of exorcising the ghosts of liberalism from CBFC by said method Not surprisingly the CBFC’s many decisions have left film writers convinced that they are in a Pahlaj Nihalani film: there is a lot of song and dance about nothing; every decision feels like a farce and the cycle repeats itself a lot Some filmmakers are responding with the obvious solution: self-censorship Many are just clueless Many are looking for alternative ways to say what they want to “without getting caught” They also have suggestions for their fellow filmmakers on how to get their film past the CBFC Avinash Das director of Anaarkali of Aarah says that perhaps getting Nihalani to co-write the scripts will help Director Raj Nidimoru suggests that censors swoop in at the scripting level Kanu Behl director of Titli wonders if colour grading a film in saffron might help To aid both filmmakers and the audience we came up with a love-sex-dhoka-sanskaar guide to making inoffensive films in India today: LOVE We sell love stories But only of the straight and narrow kind If homosexuality appears as a caricature in films for instance in Badrinath Ki Dulhania where a bunch of men chase Varun Dhawan you will sail through But any respectable presentation of love between two people of the same sex is to be avoided (a kiss between a same-sex couple was snipped from the song Labon ka karobar in Befikre) The rules apply also to Oscar-nominated films such as Moonlight A drama about a boy coming to terms with his sexuality Moonlight was shown across India with a crucial scene where the protagonist is initiated into sex chopped off A CBFC panel member on the examining committee that certified the film actor Ashok Banthia says he was surprised that the film was nominated for the Oscars “Frankly I didn’t like it very much Maybe it went as far as the Oscars because it deals with African [sic] characters Look at The Salesman such a fine film and didn’t have any kind of nudity” said Banthia Of course The Salesman was an example of how we now have the chops to censor a film from Iran a country which has taught the world a lesson or two in censorship But Banthia believes “those were minor cuts” SEX We all know that long kisses are no longer allowed in India And with post-colonial pizzazz we have shown James Bond his place It is not that we frown upon sex but the characters have to be pure and in love (remember Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania) Casual references to sex between live-in partners Shradhha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur in Ok Jaanu had to go “Why don’t we go back to the era where a flower placed on the women’s lips by the hero represented conjugal desire and the touching of two roses meant sex” asks Jayan K Cherian whose Malayalam film Ka Bodyscapes has been refused certification for being explicit and “glorifying the subject of gay and homosexual relationship” A member of the CBFC panel who did not wish to be named says that while a few decisions are overzealous the board is not always wrong “With Ka Bodyscapes for instance we did ask the maker to remove nude images of Indian gods I may not have a problem with the visual at a personal level but if you see it with respect to the current mood in the country you may understand that the decision was an honest attempt to ensure that there is no law and order situation” he says If sex is iffy sexual harassment needs to be sanitised The opening sequence in Anaarkali of Aarah where a man attempts to grab a dancing girl’s breast was deleted “It’s a film about a nautch girl who fights for her dignity against her molesters Yet such a defining scene had to be edited out Thankfully we expected this and had an alternative scene ready” says Das He adds “Today CBFC comes later The first level of censorship is the producer For instance our producer did not back our fight against the censor board” DESH AUR DHOKA Given how many kinds of activities have been declared “anti-national” — slogans criticism beef-eaters — it’s crucial to snip potential insults to the nation and its leader Filmmaker Dakxin Chhara was asked by the board to delete “mann ki baat” from a dialogue in his Hindi film Sameer because it’s the name of PM Narendra Modi’s radio show The Bengali film Shunyoto on the plight of the common man after demonetisation was not cleared Chhara calls these hurdles state censorship “I was asked to remove a BJP flag from the background that accidentally made its way in a scene and was of no relevance The board also expects me to mute the dialogue ‘Musalman hai kya’ in a crucial scene when in no way does it degrade the character’s religious identity” says Chhara Sameer Bhargav the producer of CBFC board member Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s Mohalla Assi has a few ideas on how to squeeze past the censors Based on respected Hindi author Kashinath Singh’s award-winning novel Kashi ka Assi the film has a number of political references directly drawn from the book Although Bhargav is fighting the CBFC order to delete all cuss words from the film in court he might erase mentions of political figures or parties “Even if the court passes the film intact we may delete references to CPI BJP Lalu Prasad Yadav and so on as we don’t want any litigation in the future” says Bhargav Another panel member explains just why there should be political party workers on the panel “The film industry doesn’t understand patriotism and nationalism They willingly work with Pakistani actors also It’s important that people like us are there to intercept films that will insult the country and its leaders” he says SANSKAAR The most versatile of injunctions it is the most difficult to follow because Indian culture and tradition is enormously varied and protected by elderly uncles prone to taking offence As Alankrita Srivastav director of Lipstick Under My Burkha found out just being “lady-oriented” in thought could be transgressive While objectification of women in item songs may be acceptable nudity of any sort isn’t Director Saijo Kannanaikal is still battling to release his Malayalam film Kathakali on the life of a dancer because in a crucial scene in the climax the protagonist removes his costumes and walks towards the river The film has been banned on grounds of nudity “The Cinematograph Act makes it clear that each case is subjective The nudity in the climax is not shown with a perverse sense or to titillate the audience It reflects the artiste’s state of mind Yet the film has been denied a certificate” he rues Nidimoru co-director of Go Goa Gone says the new restrictions changed the entire film “We managed to retain most of the film for cinemas but on TV an oddly censored version runs where any scene with blood — there are many because it’s a zombie film — is turned monochrome I had no idea I was making a part black-and-white film when I directed it” he says Maybe you could look at it this way he urges The CBFC firmans are meant to push filmmakers to become more creative “For a poster of the film we were asked to replace the cigar in Saif Ali Khan’s mouth Our solution to the problem was to replace it with a shotgun cartridge instead” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Vipin Pubby | Published: September 16 2013 12:56 am Related News Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badals claim that the states finances were in the pink of health will have few takerseven among his diehard supporters As he made his claim 10 days into Septemberthousands of employees were awaiting last months salarycontractual employees were waiting for even longer to get their duesold age pensionerswidows and disabled awaited their promised token dole of several months and the state had mortgaged properties to raise Rs 1500 crore Besidesthe government has failed to release 8 per cent dearness allowance to its employees due since January and they are yet to get 30 per cent arrears of the Fifth Pay Commission Even the governments much-touted atta-dal scheme is in the doldrums The beneficiaries have not been getting pulses for the past seven months and the government has now announced that it shall restart the scheme but is not in a position to give the arrears The state governments debt servicingpay arrears and power subsidy bill during the current year total up to over Rs 6000 crore while the capital expenditure is Rs 600 crore Sukhbirs jugglery of facts and fallacious argument that all statesand even rich industrialistswere under debt had the economists squirming It is a fact that nearly 78 per cent of the loans Punjab took in 2011-12 went for debt servicing and not for investment or generating revenue The steep decline in its per capita income and its GDP and poor growth rate compared to other states are among several indicators of the state of the economy in Punjab Howeverapart from heavy subsidies particularly in poweramounting to over Rs 5000 crorethe government continues to make generous announcements Where it hopes to mop up funds is in hiked rates of basic services like getting a licence It is no wonder then that local taxes are among the highest in the country petrol is Rs 8 per litre costlier in Punjab compared to neighbouring Haryana State Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa had said during his budget speech that he hoped to save Rs 200 crore by a 10 per cent cut on expenditures such as air travelpurchase of new vehicles and fuel by the government That hasnt happened either Howeverinstead of introspecting on what ails the states financesSukhbirs solution is appealing to the good sense of Punjabi journalists for better projection of the state Pubby is EditorPunjab [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | London | Published: June 23 2017 7:48 pm Chris Froome has said he was not aware of other riders in the British outfit taking it (Source: Reuters) Top News Three-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome has said he was never offered or administered the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone by Team Sky and was not aware of other riders in the British outfit taking it His former team mate and fellow Briton Bradley Wiggins who won the Tour in 2012 was legally given triamcinolone shortly before the 2011 and 2012 Tours and the 2013 Giro d’Italia to treat pollen allergies that aggravated asthma Wiggins was allowed to take triamcinolone after being cleared by cycling’s world governing body (UCI) under a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) which allows athletes to take otherwise banned substances to treat medical conditions During an ongoing investigation by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) into allegations of possible wrongdoing by the British team it was disclosed earlier this year that 55 doses of triamcinolone had been ordered by Team Sky between 2010 and 2013 However Froome who like Wiggins had his medical records including the use of TUEs made public by Russian cyber hackers Fancy Bears last year said he had never used triamcinolone “I can only speak about my experiences in the team at the time” Froome who is focused on trying to win a fourth Tour de France at next month’s race told The Guardian “I certainly haven’t been offered triamcinolone in the team” Team Sky has been under a cloud over the contents of a ‘jiffy bag’ delivered to the team’s then doctor Richard Freeman at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine A newspaper report alleged it was triamcinolone although team principal Dave Brailsford said the package contained the legal flu treatment Fluimucil Brailsford told a parliamentary committee in December that “mistakes were made” in Team Sky’s record-keeping but he has always denied that the team was involved in any wrongdoing The saga is likely to drag on throughout the Tour de France and 32-year-old Froome who is negotiating a new deal with Sky where he is under contract until the end of next year said it was an unnecessary distraction “Honestly I haven’t given it much thought” he said “It’s not something I’ve gone and done my own investigation on I’ve been so focused on getting ready for (the Tour in) July “I can only speak about my experience in the team It hasn’t been my experience that triamcinolone has been handed out freely as has been suggested” Team Sky have said that only a small amount of the triamcinolone was administered to riders under TUEs with the rest being used to treat staff members For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by A Kameshwari | New Delhi | Published: November 29 2016 6:06 pm Bareilly Ki Barfi stars Ayushmann Khurrana Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon Related News After stunning everyone at the box office with Nil Battey Sannata Ashwini Iyer Tiwari is yet again going to send us on an emotional roller coaster with Bareilly Ki Barfi The director along with the lead actors of the film Ayushmann Khurrana Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon announced the release date of the film on Twitter 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PTI "Archery is all about mental toughness.a master plan for reform? It is expected to focus on rebalancing from investment to consumptionaccelerating urbanisation and upgrading Chinas innovative capacity Of coursewhile the technocratic process of China might generate superior short-term resultsit is also a system that allowed Maos repressive regime to exist India must find its own way to policy accountability because the current simplistic interventions are not workingand because it is only a small leap from doing no evil to doing nothing There is also no precedent of any country facing Indias situation of needing jobs for 10 lakh kids every month for the next 20 years A government of clerkspessimists and auditors may seem like good value for money but a less adventurous state cannot solve our problems We need our political leadersbureaucrats and entrepreneurs to think bigboldly and creatively The urbanist Jane Jacobs felt that being magnificent literallymakers of great things has been a characteristic of leaders throughout historynot because they love opulencebut because they need to show the scope of their ambition to bring people along with them The election campaign for 2014 has not yet shown opulence or ambition And consequentlyIndia has not yet seen the hope that comes from fear the reason Spinoza called them twins The agenda for the new government is clear: rethinking our accountability framework in a way that controls policy abuse but restores the magnificent but suppressed ambitiongumption and imagination of Indias policy and private entrepreneurs The writer is chairmanTeamlease Services For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Kriti Sonali | Bengaluru | Updated: August 21 2017 10:32 am Shilpa Shetty shared the images of this year’s India Day Parade held in Toronto Related News Shilpa Shetty became a part of the ‘proud Indian’ moment when she hosted India’s flag in Toronto at the 70th Independence Day celebrations there She shared the photos of the India Day Parade where she was seen all smiles She also took a selfie with her fans present at the event Not only this Shilpa who was accompanied by her husband Raj Kundra also showed some moves on the ‘dhol’ beats Shilpa shared the images of this year’s India Day Parade held in Toronto on her Instagram account and captioned it as “Mera Bhaarat Mahaan Wear my nationality with pridein Toronto at the 70th Independence Day celebrations #proudindian #grandmarshall” Before the celebrations she also shared her look of the day and posted a few more pictures “ll set to be Grand Marshall at the 70th Independence Day anniversary in Toronto Attire @arpitamehtaofficial Ring @anmoljewellers #indoglam #proudindian” wrote the actor Shilpa had earlier tweeted “Landed in Toronto Join me at the India Day Parade on Aug 20 @Panoramaindia @anusrivastava @dineshbhatia #IndiaAt70 #IndiaTOR17 #proundindian #indiadayparade” Though Shilpa Shetty has been away from films for a while now she is super active with her brand endorsements yoga sessions and several social cause We also love seeing her posts with son Viaan Raj Kundra and her loving husband Raj See Shilpa Shetty’s proud Indian’ moment in Toronto at the 70th Independence Day celebrations here: See more posts of Shilpa Shetty: Recently Aishwarya Rai Bachchan too along with her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan experienced such a moment of pride in Melbourne The two hoisted the Indian flag as part of the celebration of 70th year of India’s Independence The mother-daughter not only hosted the tricolor but also sang the National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana” which was a part of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2017 event For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: May 10 2017 2:05 am Top News NEARLY 10 men shot dead a contractor and injured his associate in Dombivli in broad daylight on Tuesday Police suspect the attack was the fallout of a dispute between local contractors and the deceased Kishore Chaudhari (45) who had recently started working as a contractor in Dombivli? All of you ask questions but your question is very different, (Source: AP) Top News Canadian Denis Shapovalov took the tennis world by storm last week with a run to the semi-finals in Montreal that included a win over Rafa Nadal and the teenage sensation is now eager to replicate that success on a much bigger stage. Green shoots of recovery — higher light commercial vehicle and three-wheeler sales,July. Sunil,illustrated most tragically by the massacre at Srebrenica. whether the provision of arms to a party in conflict will be used in self defence or to commit atrocities and revenge attacks; whether it will hasten the resolution of a conflict or encourage its prolongation. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: December 4.
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