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HAL receives RFP for 15 limited series LCH from IAF and Army

State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) today said it has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 Limited Series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army.LCH is a 5.5-ton class, combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL.The RFP for LCH comes days after IAF issued the request for proposal to HAL for the procurement of 83 Tejas light combat aircraft at a cost of over Rs 50,000 crore.Powered by two Shakti engines, the LCH inherits many technical features of the Advanced Light Helicopter, HAL said in a release.Stating that presently, four technology demonstrators are under flight testing, it said the LCH has the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land in forward bases at Siachen, 5,400 metres above sea level.In August, the then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had launched the production of LCH at Bengaluru and IOC documents of the basic version were handed over to HAL by Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC).HAL said the features that are unique to LCH are sleek and narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crashworthy landing gear, crashworthy and self-sealing fuel tanks, armour protection and low visibility features which makes the helicopter lethal, agile and survivable.The helicopter would have day/night targeting systems for the crew including the helmet pointed sight and electro-optical pod consisting of CCD camera/FLIR/Laser Range Finder(LRF)/Laser Designator(LD), it said.The LCH is fitted with Self Protection Suite consisting of Radar/Laser Missile warning systems and Countermeasures dispensing system.

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No ban on movie ‘Muzaffarnagar the Burning Love’ in UP: SC told

The Uttar Pradesh government today told the Supreme Court that there was no ban on movie – ‘Muzaffarnagar, the Burning Love’ – in any of the districts in the state.The state government told this to a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which was hearing a plea alleging that there were ‘verbal instructions’ by authorities not to release the movie in six districts of Muzzaffarnagar, Meerut, Shamli, Saharanpur, Baghpat and Ghaziabad.The movie, ‘Muzaffarnagar, the Burning Love’, is a love story of a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl set in the backdrop of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh.The bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, disposed of the petition filed by Morna Entertainment Pvt Ltd, producer of the movie, after hearing the submissions of advocate Sanjay Kumar Tyagi, representing Uttar Pradesh.The apex court noted in its order the statement by the counsel that no order for banning the movie was passed by the authorities and the film was running in theatres even today.The bench disposed of the plea saying nothing remained to be adjudicated in the case but if the producer and distributor wanted police help in screening the film, it would be provided to them.The film producer had approached the top court seeking directions to the authorities of these districts to allow the film’s screening without any hindrance and also sought directions to provide adequate security for it.It had alleged that the authorities in these districts had “illegally and without any authorisation” warned and threatened the cinema theatres not to screen the movie, which was released on November 17 this year.The plea had said the movie was granted ‘U/A’ certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification and censor board had cleared it to be shown to the audience.The plea had alleged that the authorities had not issued any formal order to the theatres “but only on verbal instructions, the release of motion picture has been stalled thereby causing a great financial loss to the petitioner and also violating the fundamental right…”The petitioner had alleged that such ‘verbal instructions’ were patently illegal and arbitrary exercise of power.

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Padmavati row | Parliamentary panel grills Sanjay Leela Bhansali over ‘selective media screening’ of film

‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali today faced a barrage of questions from a parliamentary panel which asked him if the “selective” media screening of his film was aimed at influencing the CBFC, sources said.Bhansali appeared before the parliamentary standing committee on information technology to share his views on the controversy surrounding the film.Sources said the members of the panel asked him, “How could you assume that the movie could be released on December 1 when you applied to the CBFC on November 11. As per the cinematography act, the CBFC may take 68 days before certifying a movie?””Is selective media screening of the movie fair and ethical? Was it an act to influence the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC),” they asked.They asked if the creating a controversy was a new trend to sell the movie, sources said.Also readPadmavati row: Nana Patekar says death threats to Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are unacceptableThe panel said media was giving free space due to the ongoing controversy and even social media had given the movie immense space.They said it seemed that his movies tend to target communities which produced tension between them.Also readSamajwadi twist to Padmavati row: When Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘chhoti bahu’ Aparna Yadav did beautiful ghoomar Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi was also scheduled to appear before the panel today, sources said.The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief had told another parliamentary panel earlier in the day that a decision on the film would be taken after showing it to experts, the sources said.Also readPadmavati: BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu, who offered Rs 10 crore for Deepika, Bhansali’s heads quits party postThe panel on information technology, which also looks into the issues of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, had called the meeting to discuss the problems and issues faced by the film.It is headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur and its members are senior BJP leader LK Advani and film actor Raj Babbar, a Congress leader.Various Rajput groups and political leaders have accused Bhansali of distorting history in the movie by using a romantic dream sequence between the Rajput queen Padmini and Sultan Alauddin Khilji, a claim repeatedly denied by the filmmaker.Historians are divided over whether Padmini actually existed. The Deepika Padukone-Shahid Kapoor-Ranveer Singh film was was earlier scheduled to release on December 1. The makers have deferred the release till they receive a certificate from the CBFC. They recently applied for 3D certification.
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Body with ‘Padmavati ka virodh’ message found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing row and threats to actors over Bollywood movie Padmavati, a body was found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort with a message ‘Padmavati ka virodh’.’Padmavati’ has been facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused Bhansali of distorting history.A message ‘we don’t burn effigies, we hang people’ was found written near the body.However, Karni Sena which has demanded a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film denied their involvement in the incident.”This could be a suicide. This is not our way of protest. We condemn this,” Karni Sena President Mahipal Singh Makrana told CNN NEWS-18.On Thursday, Karni Sena had threatened to burn theatres in the UK after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared Padmavati for the UK audience.“I myself wanted to go there to protest but the Indian government has confiscated my passport, so I will ask the Rajput community there to protest,” Sukhdev Singh, a leader of Karni Sena told a news channel.Meanwhile, a functionary at Viacom 18, however, said there was no plan to release the film globally without it being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As the film was supposed to release on December 1, there are over 50 countries where this process (of certification) is on, he said.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour.Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state.

Karni Sena threatens to burn theatres in UK after Britain Censor Board clears ‘Padmavati’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on Thursday cleared Sanjay Leela Bhansali flick Padmavati, Karni Sena has threatened to burn theatres in the UK.BBFC cleared the movie ‘Padmavati’ without any cuts for release in the UK. “Padmavati’ (12A) moderate violence, injury detail,” stated the official website of the British censor board. “All known versions of this work passed uncut,” it said.However, Sukhdev Singh, a leader of Karni Sena has threatened to burn every UK theatre screening Padmavati.“I myself wanted to go there to protest but the Indian government has confiscated my passport, so I will ask the Rajput community there to protest,” he told a news channel.Singh said that that will go to the international court to get the movie banned.Meanwhile, a functionary at Viacom 18, however, said there was no plan to release the film globally without it being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As the film was supposed to release on December 1, there are over 50 countries where this process (of certification) is on, he said.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour.Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January.

‘Padmavati’ row: British Censor Board clears Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film for UK audience

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In India there have been protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversy-ridden ‘Padmavati’, but the movie has been cleared for a scheduled release in the UK. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has cleared the movie for release on December 1. The BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult.The British Censor Board has listed the film on its official website, stating, “‘Padmavati’ (12A) moderate violence, injury detail.”It also mentioned that “all known versions of this work passed uncut”.On the other hand in India, the producers of the controversy- ridden film Padmavati will take a call on its release only after the censor board’s go-ahead, a source said today.The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role of Rani Padmavati, with Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji. The film was earlier scheduled to release on December 1.But media reports have claimed that the film is now pushed for next year in India and the promotions have been put on hold. The source from the production house, however, revealed that no concrete decision has been reached yet.On Sunday, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind “Padmavati”, had announced that it was voluntarily deferring the release of the film, earlier scheduled on December 1, out of “respect and regard for the law of the land” and the Central Board of Film Certification.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January.Bhansali, through a video statement, has sought to clear the air surrounding the film, saying he was careful in depicting the “Rajput honour and dignity” in the film.

Haryana BJP leader echoes fringe group’s call to behead Deepika and Bhansali, raises offer to Rs 10 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suraj Pal Amu, Haryana’s BJP Chief media coordinator launched an astonishing attack on the cast and crew Padmavati. He congratulated the Meerut youngsters for announcing a Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali and added that he would reward them RS 10 crore and take care of their family’s needs.Attacking Ranveer Singh, he said that if he didn’t take back his words, he’s break the actor’s legs. He also said he would ask BJP if needed and asked PM Modi to ‘exercise his powers to strike down the film’.The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday booked a Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community who announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika PadukoneDemanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Kshatriya Samaj has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading film Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone who played the character of Padmavati in the movie.“A case has been filed against Som under section 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC at the Nauchandi police station,” Meerut superintendent of police (city) Maan Singh Chauhan told Times of India. The proposed release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” has been deferred, the makers of the film said today. In a statement to PTI, a spokesperson of Viacom18 Motion Pictures said it had taken the decision “voluntarily”.”Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017,” it said.The spokesman said it had the highest regard for the law of the land and statutory bodies such as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As a “responsible and law-abiding corporate citizen”, it was committed to following the established procedure and convention, it said.”We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film,” the statement read.Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi had yesterday slammed the makers for allowing the film to be screened for various media channels before obtaining a certificate from the board.The CBFC had sent the film back to the producer as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.”…We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification,” the statement said.The studio said it would soon announce the new release date for the film.”We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Queen’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and many more,” it said.The makers reiterated that the film was a cinematic masterpiece capturing “Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory”.”The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe,” it said.”Padmavati” has been facing controversy since Bhansali started shooting the film earlier this year.The director was roughed up by members of the fringe group Rajput Karni Sena in Jaipur. Its elaborate sets were also vandalised during shooting schedules in Jaipur and Kolhapur.The first poster of the movie was released in October this year and triggered a storm with various Rajput groups and others claiming that the director had “distorted” historical facts.Bhansali and lead actor Deepika Padukone have received threats. Their security has been beefed up by the Mumbai police.Meanwhile, the film fraternity has come out in support of Bhansali and the team, with many leading artistes calling it an attack on creative freedom.With inputs from PTI

Padmavati row | Don’t release film without making changes, think of consequences, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje writes to Smriti Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opulent period drama ‘Padmavti’, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has written to Union Minister Smriti Irani to put the film’s release on hold.In a letter to the Information and Broadcasting Minister, the Rajasthan CM is said to have said that “Padmavati (should) not be released until some changes are made to it so that it ‘does not hurt the sentiments of any community’,” news agency ANI said on Saturday.Raje also suggested that a committee should be formed “to to discuss the film and its plot and then suggest amendments to avoid ‘hurting sentiments’.”Warning about the fallout, Raje wrote, “the Censor Board must think of consequences before certifying Padmavati.”The letter comes on a day when the Central Board of Film Certification Chief Prasoon Joshi slammed Bhansali for holding private screening of the movie without getting mandatory certification. He accused Bhansali of subverting the issue.“It’s myopic to treat certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand,holding CBFC responsible and pressurizing to accelerate process and on other hand,attempt to subvert the very process,sets an opportunistic precedent,” Joshi was quoted as saying to ANI.On Friday, the CBFC had returned the film to its makers as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.Raje becomes second Chief Minister to request ban on Padmavati. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had had urged I&B Ministry to defer the release of the movie due to ‘public anger’ over the makers ‘distorting historical facts’ only because it could affect law and order on the release date.

Govt fails to explain deletion of CBFC certified film S Durga for IFFI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A political controversy erupted over the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry’s decision of dropping two of the 20 films recommended by a jury to be screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Goa scheduled later this month.The I&B ministry had overruled the recommendation of the 13-member jury and omitted Malayalam movie ‘S Durga’ and Marathi film ‘Nude’ from the 48th edition of the film festival to be held from November 20 to 28, prompting filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh to resign as the head of the jury of IFFI’s Indian Panorama section.Defending the ministry’s stand, government sources said that the ministry had received several complaints against the Sexy Durga title and held that it may affect the law and order situation with Durga being a principal Hindu Goddess, when it was to be screened at the MAMI. About the film ‘Nude’, sources said it was technically not complete when it was submitted.”In fact, the ministry had also suggested that the film ‘S Durga’ should seek certification from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in due course. The examining committee found the film to be violative of guideline 6, ie provocative and disrespectful to certain faith/religion. Therefore it recommended for grant of U/A certificate with excisions and modification to the film that included changing the title of the film and deleting vulgar words,” a ministry source said.Even though the title of the film was changed S Durga as per the recommendations of the CBFC, the government failed to clarify why was the film was taken off the IFFI’s list.The jury submitted its list to the ministry around September 21, but the line-up was made public recently, deleting the two films.While ‘S Durga’, earlier titled Sexy Durga, is a thriller, ‘Nude’ depicts the struggle of a woman working as a nude model in Mumbai. Former I&B minister Manish Tewari hit out at the government for interfering in the decisions of the IFFI jury.Tewari tweeted, “PREPOSTEROUS -that I&B Ministry got two Films dropped from #IFFI2017. Interference with Jury decisions a new LOW. When Ministry tasked with defending Freedom of Speech & Expression becomes it’s SLAYER it is time for the creative community to revolt against this CRUDE censorship.”

People from Dubai want to show Muslim kings as hero: Subramanian Swamy on Padmavati row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday hinted an international conspiracy behind Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ row.Joining the ongoing controversy over the film Swamy asserted that it should be enquired if there is international conspiracy behind it.Speaking to ANI, Swamy said, “Many big budget movies are made these days, we should see if there is conspiracy in it. People from Dubai want Muslim kings to be portrayed as hero; they want to show as if Hindu women wanted relationships (with them).”This is a controversy, and showing (Queen) Padmini in poor light was its part. They tried the same with Jodha Bai. Many such films have come in the last 10 years. Under UPA regime, such things got a push,” added Swamy.Earlier on Friday, Supreme Court rejected the petition filed against the release of ‘Padmavati’, saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not yet issued a certificate to the movie.
ALSO READ Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be tried for treason: CBFC’s Arjun Gupta writes to Rajnath SinghThe period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.The Karni Sena, which demolished the sets of the movie in Jaipur and thrashed Bhansali, had warned the director of dire consequences on showing distorted historical facts.

‘Commie senior citizens beware’: Twitter reacts to Anupam Kher’s appointment as FTII chairman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anupam Kher has been appointed as the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), replacing Gajendra Chauhan. Prior to joining the FTII as its chairman, Kher has also held the chairman’s post in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and National School of Drama (NSD). He is also the chairman of the acclaimed acting school ‘Actor Prepares.’The Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016) awardee actor has more than 500 movies and several plays in his repertoire. FTII is India’s premier film and television institute, under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India. Here’s how Twitter reacted:

Anupam Kher deeply humbled to become FTII chairman, Gajendra Chauhan wishes him well

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Anupam Kher was appointed chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India, Information and Broadcasting ministry officials said. Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan, who had a controversial tenure as head of the Pune-based institute. Reacting to the change of guard, Gajendra Chauhan said: “Anupam Kher has been appointed now as FTII Chairman, I hope he works well. My good wishes are with him.Prior to joining the FTII as its chairman, Kher has also held the chairman’s post in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and National School of Drama (NSD). He is also the chairman of the acclaimed acting school ‘Actor Prepares.’The Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016) awardee actor has more than 500 movies and several plays in his repertoire. FTII is India’s premier film and television institute, under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India. His term had ended in March. A notification regarding Kher’s appointment has been issued, officials saidWith inputs from PTI

125 films denied certification by CBFC in ’16-’17: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 125 Indian and foreign films were either held or refused screening by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) during 2016-17, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, in a written reply said that out of 125 films, 78 were Indian and the remaining were foreign. As many as 153 films (94 Indian and 59 foreign) were held up or refused in 2015-16, while in 2014-15, the number was 156 (114 Indian and 42 foreign), he said. During 2016-17, Rathore said that out of a total 19,532 films which had applied for the CBFC certification, 19,407 got the certificate. He said the majority of the remaining films which made representation to ‘Revising Committee’ or ‘Film Certification Appellate Tribunal’ also got certification. The Minister said that in case of a film being rejected by the CBFC, an appeal could be filed in the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, and “the Central government has no powers to intervene”. To another query, Rathore said that the rate of advertisement of the All India Radio for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is Rs 2 lakh for 10 seconds. He also said as many as 33 editions of the address have been aired since the broadcast of first programme on October 3, 2014. He said the programme is also aired in all regional languages and translated with the resources available with the All India Radio. “Apart from a meagre amount for regional translation as per AIR s fee structure, no significant expenditure is incurred,” he added. Rathore said as many as 38 clients, including various ministries, booked advertisements before and after the broadcast of the radio address since January 2015.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Indu Sarkar’ gets Supreme Court’s nod; to release tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today cleared the decks for the release of Bollywood movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ tomorrow by dismissing a plea of a woman, who claims to be the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, for a stay on its screening. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed movie, which is based on the 1975-1977 Emergency period, is an “artistic expression” within the parameters of law and there was no justification to stall its scheduled release tomorrow. Bhandarkar’s counsel told the bench, also comprising justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar, that they have already carried out the cuts suggested by a committee of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the disclaimer put forth in the movie was absolutely clear that it has no resemblance with any person, living or dead. “As far as exhibition of the movie is concerned, we are of the convinced opinion that it is an artistic expression within the parameters of law and there is no justification to curtail the same,” the bench said. The apex court said that the plea filed by the woman challenging the Bombay High Court’s July 24 judgement was “devoid of merits”. Priya Singh Paul, who claims to be the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, had moved the apex court against the Bombay High Court’s verdict dismissing her plea to quash the certificate granted to the movie by the CBFC. During the hearing today, her counsel alleged that the film contains “concocted facts” and maligned the image of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cyber security a priority area for railways: Prabhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ensuring cyber security in day to day operations is one of the priorities for railways which is moving in a big way towards technology driven operations, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said today. Speaking at a conference attendended by senior rail officials, Prabhu said that as part of modernisation and maintenance of railways, the ministry has lauched several initiatives over the past three years like RailCloud Server and Rail Saarthi App and is working on a enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. “We are working on a complete transformation of the railways through investment of huge amounts of money and transformation of each and every aspect of operations to make them better. We are using high-end technology for maintenance and detecting defects in tracks through one application,” said Prabhu “So if we are doing all this and using the cyber space for digital transactions, obviously, the vulnerability of that transaction becomes very critical. “When we do everything manually, the challenge is manual error and if we are shifting from manual to technology oriented operations, then the flaws in technology or someone who can potentially hoodwink it is as high and sometimes even dangerous. So cyber security is one of the top priorities,” the minister added. The meet on ensuring cyber security in Indian Railways, attended by Chairman, Railway Board, A K Mittal and other railway board members and senior officials, saw discussions on cyber threats, security incidents and advanced solutions. Computerisation in railways started about three decades ago and major activities like ticketing, freight operations, train operations and asset management now rely heavily on IT systems. Railways launched RailCloud this month, a virtual server with an inbuilt security system that will enable faster connectivity at a reduced cost. RailCloud technology enables maximising the usage of available server and storage resulting in accommodation of bigger data and more applications within same server space. Till now all IT applications had separate servers which increased the cost of operations and purchases. Cyber Security has now been identified as the focus area by the railways. Auditing of IT Systems by Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) and close coordination with Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) are some of the steps taken by Indian railways.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong turns to Indira to regain lost ground

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Opposition Congress in Maharashtra, which is struggling for to revive itself especially after successive defeats since its rout in the Lok Sabha and assembly poll in 2014, has turned to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to regain lost grounds in Maharashtra.The trigger being the release of Madhur Bhandarkar’s directorial venture Indu Sarkar. Party workers from across the state have decided to step up protest against the release of the film slated for July 28 and rejuvenate the ailing party organisation. Congress workers have argued that the film is an attempt by Bhandarkar to malign the Congress party’s image.In the recently held election to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the Congress managed to win only 31 of the total 227 seats in Greater Mumbai. The party lost its traditional bastions Vidarbha, western and northern Maharashtra to the BJP and Shiv Sena.Veteran Congress leader Ratnakar Mahajan said Gandhi’s connect with the rank and file of the party was so alive that a man who distributed milk in the Lutyens’ Delhi became an MP that was Rajesh Pilot.”So the Congress party at present needs to take leaf out of Indira Gandhi’s life of standing up to challenge to the unity and integrity of India and secular and democratic fabric of the polity. For that the organisation at the grassroot level will be enlivened and the present leadership will have to go beyond the events and press conference,” he told DNA.Party spokesman Anant Gadgil said Indira Gandhi is still relevant as she was a fighter with charishma. “Despite defeat, she toured the entire nation and revived the party organisation. Congress cadre in Maharashtra is not willing to accept any kind of historical distortion that maligns Gandhi’s image especially when the party is celebrating her birth centenary,” he said, adding that, “I am confident the Congress will have several box office hits in forthcoming elections.”Further, the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Sanjay Nirupam worte to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) expressing his concern over the portrayal of Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and other Congress leaders in the movie. He demanded that the special screening be organised for Congress leaders but his demand was rejected by Bhandarkar.

DNA Morning Must Reads: Updates on Indo-Pak battle of bullets, Exclusives on Delhi terror alert and Kerala Cricket Association, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. India, Pakistan LoCked in a battle of bullets, hunt on for LeT commander Abu IsmailTwo soldiers were martyred when the Pakistan Army opened unprovoked fire in north Kashmir’s Kupwara on the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, prompting an “appropriate” response from the Indian side. Read more here2. DNA EXCLUSIVE: New bill lets govt take over Censor BoardWhile the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) courts controversy over beeping out of four words in Suman Ghosh’s documentary on Amartya Sen, the new cinematograph bill may empower the government to take over the certification body under special circumstances. Read more here3. DNA Exclusive | Terror alert: Massive drive to scan Delhi hotels, cafésThe Delhi police has, in a secret operation against suspected terror activities, scanned about 5,000 second-hand car dealers, 11,000 non-registered guest houses and hotels, besides 22,000 cyber cafés. Read more here4. DNA Exclusive: KCA spent Rs 12 crore on project office that does not existThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may have ignored complaints that the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) was siphoning off a large sum of money in connection with the construction of a stadium. Read more here5. Athiya Shetty can be Basanti in Sholay remakeDad Suniel Shetty on why he wants his daughter to take up more comedy roles. Read more here

DNA EXCLUSIVE: New bill lets govt take over Censor Board

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) courts controversy over beeping out of four words in Suman Ghosh’s documentary on Amartya Sen, the new cinematograph bill may empower the government to take over the certification body under special circumstances.On Wednesday, the Kolkata regional office of CBFC asked Ghosh to mute the words ‘Gujarat’, ‘Cow’, ‘Hindutva view of India’ and ‘Hindu India’ in the documentary ‘The Argumentative Indian’, which he has refused to implement.A new provision in the draft of Cinematograph bill — which would replace the Cinematograph Act of 1952 — will allow the central government to take control of the CBFC for a certain period under special if it feels that prevailing “circumstances” are making it necessary to do so in “public interest”.However, the bill does not elaborate the nature of the circumstances or public interest, leaving it open to interpretation.As per the draft bill, the government can take control of the CBFC by putting out a notification in the official gazette. The provision also allows the government to extend this period or reconstitute the board.Under section 6(1) of the earlier Cinematograph Act of 1952, the government only had revisional powers over the decisions of the Board or the Tribunal. However, a Supreme Court judgement in 2000 called the section unconstitutional.The draft bill — on which the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry is holding consultations with stakeholders — has also taken away the CBFC’s power to suggest cuts or modifications to a film before certifying it. It has also added a new ‘Adult with Caution’ category. Both these provisions featured in the 2016 recommendations of the Shyam Benegal committee for the revamp of CBFC.The CBFC will, however, retain the power of denying certification to a film if it contravenes a section of the Cinematograph bill which is based on article 19 (2) of the Indian constitution, dealing with interests of (the sovereignty and integrity of India) the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, defamation or contempt of court or inciting commission of any offence.”The current cinematograph act entitles the CBFC to suggest cuts or modifications before certifying a film,” said an official, “but the new provisions will give the filmmaker the freedom to decide on the cuts he wants to make if the CBFC refuses to certify it or denies it a specific category.”Delhi-based media lawyer Divvya Kesaar says the bill clips the CBFC’s wings and could also affect its autonomy. “Certain provisions in the proposed bill such as the power to supersede the board and also the power to take a suo moto decision to suspend exhibition of a film are a matter of concern,” she said.Filmmakers, too, are not sure whether the new bill will address their concerns.Filmmaker Pankaj Butalia whose documentary ‘Textures of Loss on the Kashmir’ turmoil has been stuck in Delhi High Court said that nothing will change if the CBFC continues to exercise the power of not clearing films at all. “Without a set of Supreme Court-offered interpretations on the section based on article 19(2), all films on subjects such as war and riots will be left to CBFC’s interpretations. The Benegal committee should have mentioned that in the report,” he said.In such a case, there would be further confusion and harassment to filmmakers if the CBFC refuses to certify a film without offering any explanation, leaving them at their wits’ end to figure out the reason.”The new provision of the bill of allowing the central government to take over the CBFC will only ensure a stricter government control over films,” he said.

‘Every single voice of Oppn being muzzled’: Mamata Banerjee on censorship of Amartya Sen documentary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit out at Modi government saying, every single voice of Opposition is being muzzled.Mamata Banerjee’s reaction came after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) verbally communicated to a film maker to mute four words including ‘cow’ in his documentary on Amartya Sen.”Every single voice of the opposition is being muzzled. Now, Dr Amartya Sen. If somebody of his stature cannot express himself freely, what hope does the common citizen have,” the Chief Minister said in tweets.On Tuesday, attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she had accused government of creating unrest in the country. “Our Prime Minister is making foreign trips while the people of the country are getting killed.” she said.The four words CBFC’s regional office wanted to be muted are ‘Gujarat’, ‘Cow’, ‘Hindutva view of India’ and ‘Hindu India’, Suman Ghosh, director of the documentary said.In the documentary, Sen speaks of social choice theory, development economics, philosophy and the rise of right wing nationalism across the world including India.

Power of Patidar producer seeks PM’s help in getting censor clearance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost a year after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused permission to release Gujarati movie ‘Power of Patidar’, its producer Deepak Soni has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention. In a letter to him on Wednesday, Soni, who had made the film based on the reservation stir in Gujarat, sought Modi’s help in getting a censor board clearance.“I had not made the movie with an intention to gain profit but its non-release has rather led to losses. I am not writing to you for a loan-waiver or any other profit but to help me in avoiding unnecessary losses in my business,” the letter stated.Soni, a resident of Surat, stated that under the banner of Kesar Bhawani Film Productions, they made ‘Power of Patidar’ with an aim to entertain the audience keeping the reservation stir in Gujarat in mind. It was finished in 2016 but its release stopped due to unknown reasons.“None of the castes has been insulted nor favoured in this film. Neither the objective of the movie was to harm or favour any political party. It has probably been stopped from release as the name of the main protagonist is Hardik,” the letter read.Soni said his lifelong savings and the money he had borrowed from his friends are on the line. If the film is not released, he said, it would be difficult for him to bear the expanses of his family and the debt burden.The producer also stated that if the board is worried that the movie could flare up public sentiments, several such films based on sensitive issued and incidents have been released in the past. “I have asked the home minister and the chief minister of Gujarat to watch Power of Patidar several times. I also invite you to watch the film and if you feel that it is apt that the movie should not release, I will burn its reel,” Soni concluded in the letter. Timeline:July 16, 2016: The production house receives refusal letter from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).Soni appeals to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal.December 13, 2016: Tribunal upholds the Censor Board’s order. Soni approached the Gujarat High Court four months back. Though the CBFC officials had appeared before the court, those from the tribunal are yet to do so.The letter“You are the PM of the country and also a Gujarati, thus I expect help from you. Through you, I want to ask the Censor Board whether it would have curtailed the release if well-known actors like Shahrukh or Salman Khan had acted in it. Similarly, if the movie was based on the life of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray or any other person of a strong repute and caliber had the Censor Board’s response been the same,” the letter remarked.

Special cell to be formed to enforce ban on burning of waste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special cell would be constituted in Haryana to enforce a ban on burning of waste, receive complaints regarding improper disposal of construction and demolition rubble, and to monitor pollution levels in the state. This was disclosed today at a meeting here for implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan to combat air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR). During the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary in Environment Department, K K Khandelwal, said that the Transport Department was preparing software for auditing and assessing Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certification for vehicles. This would enable monitoring of all centres where PUC certificates are issued, an official release quoted Khandelwal as saying. A special cell equipped with tools for testing emission levels of vehicles would be constituted, and the Haryana State Pollution Control Board would provide the financial assistance for this purpose. Apart from this, 19 stations would be established in the state to monitor air pollution levels. Inter-sectoral public transport system would also be implemented in Gurugram under which electric buses would be introduced on an experimental basis along with CNG buses, he added. The work to set up a plant at village Basai in district Gurugram for the disposal of construction and demolition waste, also known as C and D waste, is underway. In view of the large quantity of C and D waste generated in Gurugram city, it was planned to establish four more such plants to deal with it. The officers of the Pollution Control Board informed that fines to the tune of about Rs 1.50 crore had so far been recovered from various construction sites in the NCR.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Transfer scam: Police to search homes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai police will be conducting searches at the residences of four persons arrested on Thursday for allegedly trying to dupe a Maharashtra Police Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) by offering to facilitate a posting of his choice for a price. A probe revealed that the accused persons had contacted several other police officers with the same offer.Police said the accused Ravindrasingh Yadav, Kishor Mali, Vishal Ombale and Vidyasagar Hirmukhe had a fixed role. Hirmukhe and Mali would bring the prospective clients using their political and bureaucratic contacts, while Yadav would pose as a central government officer who has strong contacts in Center. Ombale would arrange the forged work.According to police, during the raid, they found several incriminating documents from the accused, including visiting cards of a few central government officials, stamp papers, and a government ID card of Yadav with the emblem of the Government of India. Yadav would give his visiting card mentioning him as a member of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). However, police suspect that all these documents/IDs are forged and police is in the process of verifying them.Police will be contacting those whose visiting cards have been found from Yadav to confirm whether they know him. They would also make inquiries with CBFC to verify if Yadav was a member of the board.Police would be sending teams to the residences of the accused in Pune, Solapur, Delhi and Mumbai to conduct searches. They have a few contacts of IAS and IPS officers in Solapur and other places in Maharashtra, who the accused had contacted with transfer offers. Police would be checking if they have also fallen prey to the scam.

Kseeb.kar.nic.in & Karresults.nic.in 12th II PUC / PUE Result 2017 KSEEB: Karnataka Board Class 12 / 2nd PUC Results 2017 declared

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>And the D-day is here! The Karnataka Board of Secondary Education (KSEEB) has finally declared the Karnataka 2nd PUC Result 2017 / Karnataka 12th Class Board Exam Results 2017. The Karnataka PUC Results 2017 has been announced on May 11, 2017 at 3 PM. Please log on to the board’s official websites kseeb.kar.nic.in, karresults.nic.in to check your results. Pre University Certification Examination (PUC II) examinations took place from March 9 to 27 this year. Around 6,84,490 students appeared for the Karnataka 2nd PUC exams.After the Karnataka PUC Results, students choose an undergraduate career to get admission in an University.Here’s how you can check KSEEB 12th / PUC Results 2017:1. Visit websites: kseeb.kar.nic.in or karresults.nic.in2. Click on KSEEB 2nd II PUC/ PUE Results 2017.3. Enter your Karnataka Board 12th XII roll number.4. Click Karnataka Board PUC Result 2017 and ‘Submit’5. Your PUC result will be flashed on the screen.6. Take a printout of the Karnataka Board PUC Result for future use.We wish all the students all the best for the exam results!Students can take a printout of the Karnataka Board PUC Result for future reference. Remember that the results published on the internet are for immediate information to the examinees and cannot be treated as original mark sheets. The original mark sheets will be issued by the Board separately.

SC asks CBFC, Centre to respond to filmmaker Palekar’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) asking both to file a reply on noted actor and filmmaker Amol Palekar’s plea. Palekar had moved the apex court seeking certain relaxations in censorship rules by means of removal of pre-censorship of movies. A notice has been issued to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the censor board, based on the PIL, in order to relax the pre-censorship seen on Indian films.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Trivendra Singh Rawat’s journey to becoming Uttarakhand CM, awkward Trump-Merkel meeting, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trivendra Singh Rawat: Story of a journey from booth to Uttarakhand CM’s chamberUttarakhand’s chief minister-designate, a former pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), had started his political career as a booth worker in the state. Read about his journey here.Has Uttar Pradesh CM’s choice already been made?One senior state BJP leader confided to DNA that the name of the leader has already been finalised, but refused to disclose the name. Read more here. No clue on two missing Indian clerics: PakistanThree days after two Indian clerics, including the 82-year-old head priest of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, went missing in Pakistan, Islamabad on Friday said they have no clue about their whereabouts. Read more here. Awkward: In first Trump-Merkel meeting, uncomfortable body language and a wiretapping quipThe first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel started awkwardly on Friday and ended even more oddly, with a quip by Trump about wiretapping that left the German leader visibly bewildered. Read more here. 77 films denied clearance by CBFC in 2015-2016The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has refused to certify a whopping 77 films in 2015-16, as against 47 films in 2014-15 and 23 films the year before that. Read more here.

Lipstick Under My Burkha: India director vows to fight ‘illogical’ film ban

Censors say Lipstick Under My Burkha is too “lady-oriented” and features “audio pornography”.

Now, certification gets costlier for film-makers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the country’s film certification board awaits a dramatic overhaul, the government has decided to double certification fees per film.Producers of a full feature film will now have to shell out Rs 39,000 as against the earlier fee of Rs 20,000 per film. According to sources, the consultancy fees of the advisory panel members of the board is also set to increase.Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources said an increased film certification fees will help in improving the services of the Central Board of Film Certification and faster certification of films.”The certification fees were constant in the last 10-12 years. Moreover, CBFC will be starting online certification of films by next month, which will substantially reduce the certification time for each film,” a senior official said.”Even advisory panel members get a meagre amount of around Rs 1,000 per film, which will also increase,” the official added.Meanwhile, with little clarity over the implementation of the Shyam Benegal committee recommendations on the revamp of CBFC and the Cinematograph Act of 1952 governing it, the government is planning to amend the existing Cinematograph rules of 1983 through an executive order.The amended rules will also mandate that the examining committee, which first watches a film, will not watch more than two films a day.Simplification of application form and revision of application fee are the other changes to be mandated under the new rules.However, this would not affect the censorship powers of the CBFC. The CBFC, since last year, have drawn flak for recommending ‘indiscriminate’ chopping of films and refusing to certify films like Haramkhor and Lipstick Under My Burkha.

CBFC office vandalised for `not clearing’ a Telugu film

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city police today arrested six youths for allegedly vandalising the regional office of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) here for not giving clearance to the Telugu film “Sharanam Gachchami”. Six protesters, belonging to various student organisations, barged into the CBFC office in Kavadiguda area and damaged the furniture while shouting slogans, said an officer from Gandhi Nagar police station. A CBFC employee suffered minor injuries during the incident, he added. The students were protesting non-issuance of censor certificate to “Sharanam Gachchami”, the police officer said. A CBFC official lodged a complaint with the police and the students were arrested under The Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and IPC offences of trespass, criminal intimidation, etc. “Sharanam Gachchami”, which touches on the issue of reservations, was sent to the CBFC regional office here in the first week of January but was refused clearance, the film’s director Enumula Prem Raj had said earlier.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Navjot Singh Sidhu joined Congress as he might have felt hurt in BJP: Shatrughan Sinha

Sun, 22 Jan 2017-11:59pm , Shirdi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu’s cross over to the Congress could be the fallout of the “hurt” he might have felt in his parent party, former Union minister Shatrughan Sinha said in Shirdi on Sunday.”Sidhu is not a bad man. He was with BJP earlier and now he is in Congress party. He might have felt hurt in the BJP and joined Congress. We have affection for him. Siddhu will continue to remain ours,” Sinha told reporters here after taking darshan of Saibaba.Sidhu recently quit the saffron party to contest on Congress’ ticket from Amritsar (East) seat for next month’s Assembly elections in Punjab. Meanwhile, Sinha refused to offer comments to a query on RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya’s remarks on reservation.Sinha was accompanied by his wife and Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Pahlaj Nihalani. The former Union minister said demonetization augurs well for the development of the country, which he said is on the “right track”.

BJP leader Sangeet Som booked for election code violation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sangeet Som, accused of fuelling the 2014 Muzaffarnagar riots, was booked for allegedly violating the Election Commission’s code of conduct by screening a documentary containing parts of his ‘inflammatory speeches’ related to the Dadri lynching and his arrest earlier.”Som, Virendra Kumar and Chandrshekhar Singh have been booked for violating the poll code under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of IPC and Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarnagar, J Ravindra Kumar said.”Kumar and Singh, while campaigning, screened a documentary on Muzaffarnagar riots, Kawal killings, mahapanchayat in Khera village and Som’s arrest during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots,” SSP J Ravindra Kumar said.The 20-minute video was allegedly recovered on Tuesday night from Som’s election campaign vehicle in Alamgir Faridpur village of the district.However, Som, who is contesting from Sardhana seat, said there was nothing controversial in the CD. He said that parts of the video had already been aired on TV news channels.Meanwhile, the police have sent the CD to the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) for examination.The move came hours after the UP Police received a tip-off about the 20-minute video being screened in different parts of the communally-sensitive Western UP where Som is considered BJP’s strongman and an important figurehead for the upcoming state elections.

EC announces poll dates for 5 states, UP to start polling on Feb 11

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday announced Assembly polls in five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. The elections, especially the one in UP, are being dubbed by observers as the semi-finals before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and a test of Modi government’s popularity post demonetization.Over 16 crore voters are expected to use the right to elect 690 representatives by casting their vote in 1.85 lakh polling stations, an increase of 15 per cent over the last polls. The counting of votes of all the five states going to the polls will be done on March 11.Announcing the elections, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said the EC was also looking at representations made by various political parties. The parties had raised their reservations on having the election dates close to the announcement of the Union Budget.The Budget will be presented on February 1, just three days before Punjab and Goa going to polls on February 4. The first phase of polling in UP, also falls close to that time, on February 11.The Congress, Samajwadi Party, AAP, JD (U) and CPM have asked the EC to stop the advancing of the date of the Budget, as they have argued it would give undue advantage to the BJP by way of announcing populist schemes to woo voters, thus impacting a free and fair poll process.”The Commission has received representations with regard to the presentation of the Budget. We are examining it and will take a call on it in due course,” Zaidi said.A precedent says that if EC wants it can do so. Five years ago, the Union Budget was presented in the middle of March as opposed to March 1, the conventional date, after elections were held in various states.Queried about AAP’s objection to the holding of polls on the same dates in Punjab and Goa, Zaidi said that the election schedule had been decided after due diligence and consultations with all the stakeholders including political parties, state authorities, central armed police forces etc. had been carried out.Asked about the impact, if any, would demonetization have on the state polls, the CEC said the EC is gearing up for the impact of demonetization on polls. He added that there is a possibility that cash could be replaced by kind to influence voters by candidates and political parties.”The Commission would also be keeping watch on television channels owned by political parties and candidates to see that they don’t misuse it for publicity and advertisement,” he said.”The media monitoring committee of the commission will monitor such channels to ensure that expenses made on publicity are included in election expenses of respective candidates,” the CEC added.New forms for electoral candidatesIn a first, the EC has decided that all candidates will have to file another affidavit besides the existing one on criminal cases and property that will contain no demand certificate of electricity, water, telephone, rent of government accommodation held during the last 10 years. Candidates will also have to declare that he or she is an Indian national in the amended nomination paper (From 2A and 2E) that would require the candidate to make a declaration that he/she is a citizen of India and has not acquired citizenship of any other country. This could come into play in Goa where many, including candidates, are embroiled in the controversy of having dual citizenship, of India and Portugal. “These details will be scrutinised by the returning officer,” Zaidi said.First time measures in state polls1. Voter Guide Brochure (in local languages) for every household.Having info on date and time of polls, contact of BLOs, required IDs, Do’s and Don’ts for voters.2. Increase in Height of Voting Compartment for SecrecyTo be increased to 30 inches; will be made of opaque flex material in steel-grey colour.3. Separate Polling Stations for WomenTo be used where women feel inhibited in mingling with males because of local customs.4. Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS)This method of voting will be tested on a pilot basis in all poll going States to help defence and paramilitary personnel cast their vote.5. Press Council of India to monitor Paid News casesOne PCI member will be nominated in Media Certification and Monitoring Committee of each state.6. Candidates’ kiosks to be part of individual election expensesAll expenditure incurred on such booths will be included in individual election expenses of candidates.

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