Padmavati row: Know what Bollywood filmmakers say about the whole issue

As we all know that Padmavati’s controversy is burning fire day by day, we will let you know what Bollywood filmmakers have to say on this issue. The lead actor Deepika Padukone and directed Sanjay Leela Bhansali have received many death threats from various fringe groups for allegedly distorting with the historical facts in their film on Rani Padmini.

It was recently reported that a Thakur leader in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, had offered Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika or Bhansali. These fringe groups not only promoted goondaism but also slapped Bhansali on the sets of the film. However, the director later cleared in a video that he uploaded on social media that he promised “in our film, they have no such scene together which hurts anyone’s sentiments”. But nothing happened well for the film yet and as a result, the filmmakers had to postpone the film release for an unspecified time.

It is quite common that the whole industry feels threatened due to such events. The Bollywood ace filmmaker Aanand L Rai said, “This is something that stays inside and kills the creative person within you. It’s going to be there with you for a longer time and affects at least four-five stories that you have in your mind, for the next couple of years. This shouldn’t happen to any creative person.” Adding to the list of filmmakers who were hurt due to the Padmavati row, filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia said that “This is not happening for the first time — it’s discouraging for any artist. Filmmakers and artists don’t feel secure at all, [and since] the government is not saying anything, we feel unsafe, which is not a good trend. [Such behavior] shouldn’t be encouraged by any party. Artists have always been at the gunpoint in history, and questioned authority”.

The director of Dear Zindagi, Gauri Shinde, who had to face many issues last year for having Pakistani actor (Ali Zafar) in her film, said that “Anything and everything can go wrong today. To live in fear has become the norm, rather than an exception. Filmmaking is a big game, with huge investments of time, money, and energy. Till the film actually hits the theatres, kuchh bhi ho sakta hai! [Now] there’s no sense of security”. The director Madhur Bhandarkar said that “People get emotional when it comes to politics and history. [While making a film] there’s so much at stake. The kind of money put in by technicians and filmmakers is huge. We are creative people, so I hope this controversy becomes a triumph for Bhansali”.

Indian train passengers can track their trains in real time with the help of GPS

In a move to improve the railways’ slower manual system and provide exact train timings, a GPS-enabled device fitted in trains will let passengers track their train on a real-time basis. The Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has asked all 16 railway zones in India to adopt the new system, called real-time punctuality monitoring and analysis (RPMA), to make sure punctuality and protection.

In the initial phase, the Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes by February-end and complete the whole country in later phases. Talking about the current national train inquiry system (NTES), it is based on manual entry data by train controllers. A railway source said that “If a train passes, let’s say Ghaziabad at 8.30am, the station master informs the controller who makes an entry into the system and this gets reflected in the NTES”. The new device was examined in the Mughalsarai division in October in association with MapmyIndia, which is a private entity. The Mughalsarai divisional railway manager Kishor Kumar described that “The system keeps plotting the train on the map and on the speed chart. The station locations are pre-fed and plotted on the map and the speed chart in addition to the cautions”.

He added that the speed chart will let officials know if a train is running at the maximum allowable speed, excess controlling by the drivers at cautions, extra stoppage, signal checks and late start. The manually driven NTES data were not accurate, as per Railway sources. If a train starts late by half an hour, the station master might not inform the controller about the delay. Officials tend to overlook delays to show a good punctuality record,” one of the sources said.

Tamil Nadu depression expected to step up into cyclone, heavy rains may hit Kerala

Just a time ago, Tamil Nadu had a sigh of relief after being submerged for several days and experienced some sunshine, but the most southern part of the state is expecting another cyclone. The meteorological department has said that a casual system is developing in the Bay of Bengal, which may turn cyclonic and hit the east coast around December 4.

The low-pressure system is expected to increase and become a deep worry on Thursday, November 30, leading heavy rains to the southern parts of Tamil Nadu. As per the IMD, winds may have a speed of 45-55 kilometers per hour and may even touch 65 kilometers per hour amid the next 48 hours. The head of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai, SB Thampi quoted Scroll as saying that “So far, we expect a low-pressure system to form in the Andaman sea in the next few days. In the next few days, it will move towards the Bay of Bengal and is likely to come closer to Chennai and take a northerly turn. Whether it will reach cyclone intensity or not, it cannot be said at this point in time. We will have to wait and see”.

Not only Tamil Nadu, but Kerala and Andhra Pradesh are also expected to experience some wet weather and Sri Lanka and Maldives could also be impacted because of the low-lying trough. The weatherman expected Chennai is to receive light to moderate shows, residents have said that the city has been witnessing heavy rainfall for the last few hours. The renowned commercial weather forecast Accuweather has cautioned some parts of Tamil Nadu could have to harden for flash floods and mudslides, states like Telangana, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh could also witness rain. The Bengaluru in Karnataka is also expecting light rain.

88 girl students allegedly forced to undress in Arunachal Pradesh by teachers as punishment

In a school in Arunachal Pradesh, students of a girls’ school were allegedly forced to undress by three teachers for writing vulgar words against the head teacher. The police said that 88 students of Class 6th and 7th of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Tani Happa (New Sagalee) in Papum Pare district were led to humiliating treatment on November 23.

This issue came to light after the victims approached the All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU) on November 27, who later filed an FIR with the local police. As per the complaint, two assistant directors and a junior teacher forced 88 students to undress in front of other students after the recovery of a piece of paper having vulgar words against the head teacher and a girl student. On Wednesday,     Papum Pare Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo confirmed the filing of the FIR by ASSU. He added that the case has been shifted to the women police station here. “The officer-in-charge of the (women) police station said the victims and their parents along with the teachers will be interrogated before registering a case,” Amo said.

A release by APPDSU said that a team of APPDSU had met the teachers and students on Tuesday, and they found that an unidentified student has used vulgar words on a piece of paper referring the name of the head teacher and a girl student. It said that the teachers asked an explanation from all the 88 students of Classes VI and VII, who were later said to undress in front of other students as punishment. The APPDSU President Nabam Tado said that “The school authorities did not speak to the parents of the students before punishing them”. The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has criticized the event and said such “heinous act” by the teachers could impact the students.

They said in a statement, “Tempering with a child’s dignity is against the law as well as the constitution.” “To discipline, a student is an attitude, character, responsibility, and commitment of a teacher. Undressing a student is definitely not a corrective measure…Imposing such punishment is a total violation of child rights, and more likely it may accelerate the risk of child abuse,” the party added.

Unveiling the Vyapam Scam

The Vyavasaik Pariksha Mandal, popularly known as the Vyapam in Madhya Pradesh, is a self financed autonomous institution that conducts various recruitment exams for jobs, medical courses, engineering and other professional courses.

The institution had been tainted with the rigging of exams being conducted for entry into the medical courses and various other jobs under the state government. This scam was unearthed by a journalist of a local hindi newspaper in Devas district. This revelation was not the first occasion when irregularities had come to light. In 2005, 2009, and 2011, there were several reports lodged with various police stations across the state to look into the matter of faulty merit list and scrutiny results declared by Vyapam. This mater was probed and there was no evidence traced to an organised cartel running the fair.

The state machinery was not set into motion despite repeated reports in the media alleging irregularities and the complaints. A committee though was set up in 2009 to look into the alleged irregularities in the medical exams, the outcome of the inquiry came in the year 2011, where it was revealed that there were several ‘Munna Bhais’ and impersonation was routine.

It was the first time the government was also told that there may be some officials involved in the scam. The government responded by assuring students who were proved to have been using fraudulent means to be rusticated from the respective courses. Yet this just remained the tip of the iceberg.

In 2013 when a racket of over 50 people being involved in the PMT exam that year was unearthed by the MP STF, there came information about the following recruitment exams being rigged as well; which were Pre-PG, Food Inspector Selection Test, Milk Federation test, Subedar-Sub Inspector and Platoon Commander Selection Test and Police Constable Recruitment Test, in the year 2012.

The Vyapam scam further was given another cool off when the state government handed over a thorough investigation into the scam to the STF. The STF and the media utilised the cool off and no report was made until in 2015 a journalist was found murdered who had credible information about the Vyapam scam.

The Vyapam scam further saw deaths of government officials and police inspectors also. There has not yet been any solid action on the part of the authorities. Today, the case is being dealt over by the CBI, yet the proceedings are going at a snail’s speed.

Further the ex-Minister for Education with the Government of MP, Laxmikant Sharma was the key man who resigned following incrimination charges. The minister was the top most officer of the government in-charge for the Vyapam, and he disclosed names of several other officers.

The blame games have continued and the whole incident has put the reign of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in MP in deep waters. Shivraj Singh on his part as not taken any moral responsibility and has claimed that he is not involved in the high-profile scam, yet the number of deaths that ensued in the aftermath of the disclosure and threats to whistleblowers that came to light indicate a different picture.

The case needs to be independently monitored by an opposition led fact-finding committee of the MP Vidhan Sabha, and must have on board investigative journalists to ensure transparency. The CBI must put the issue at its priority and give results as the time is running by, lest there will be another incident of justice delayed-justice denied.

Vyapam Patwari Admit card 2017, to be out Shortly

The admit card for Vyapam Patwari exam 2017 will be released soon by Madhya Pradesh Professional Exam Board (MPPEB). All those candidates who are applied for vyapam patwari exam and are waiting for their admit card can download from official website www.vypam.nic.in, as the exam is schedule from December 9th to 31th 2018 for more than 9000 posts.

According to official website, “The autonomous incorporate body of Madhya Pradesh government, finance the professional examination board. In 1970 MP government initially setup as Pre-Medical Test Board. Pre-Engineering was constituted later on by 1981. Later on in 1982 both the bodies were combined together as one organization. Then after, the organization was assigned responsibility for entrance tests for MP state.

Vyapam Patwari exam 2017 will be objective type for 2 hours, consisting of 5 subjects: General Knowledge consist 100 question, Mathematics 100 question, Hindi Language 100 question, Rural Economy and Panchayat system 100 question, Computer 100 question. These subjects are always being asked every year in the same exam. So prepare well before exam date and download your vyapam patwari admit card from the official website.

Vyapam Patwari 2017 Examination Centers will be as follows: Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Khandwa, Guna, Damoh, Katni, Sidhi, Gwalior, Ujjain, Nimach, Ratlam, Mandsure, Sagar, etc. Things a candidate should carry along with Vyapam Patwari Admit Card are as follows: Voter id, Driving Lisense, Aadhaar Card, Passport, PAN Card. MP Vyapam Patwari examination is computer based online exam. So candidates no need to carry your wrist watches and other stationary objects. Use the original id for the above written any of those.

Some detail report for Vyapam Patwari Exam Admit Card 2017:

The recruitment of vyapam patwari bharti is to be done by IT department of MP Online. 7400 Posts out of 9235 is for new patwari post and rest 1731 to be filled for old patwari posts. It was decided in cabinet meeting that this year IT department of MP Online will conduct exam. Candidates who are willing to appear in Vyapam Patwari Admit Card 2017.

Congress dislikes me because of my poor origins, says PM Modi in Gujarat

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday once again accused the Congress government of being elitist, this time paying attention to the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited Gujarat. The ANI quoted PM Modi as saying at a rally in Gujarat’s Morbi that “When Indiraben came to Morbi, I remember there was a photo of her in Chitralekha magazine with a hanky over her nose due to the foul smells. But for Jansangh and RSS, the streets of Morbi are fragrant… It is the fragrance of humanity”.

The PM added that “even when we were not in power, we were the people of Morbi and serving society”. Modi also focused on the government’s efforts at water conservation. PM Modi added that “In Gujarat, we initiated a mass movement to conserve every drop of water. This is because we understand the adverse impact of lack of water. Development for us is not about winning polls, it is about serving every citizen”. The PM attacked the Congress for being anti-poor on Monday, claiming that its leaders had always treated him with disrespect because of his humble background.

“The Congress dislikes me because of my poor origins. Can a party stoop so low? Yes, a person belonging to a poor family has become PM. They do not fail to hide their contempt for this fact. Yes, I sold tea but I did not sell the nation,” PM Modi said at a campaign rally in Rajkot.