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Withdraw proposed amendment to Cinematograph Act: M.K. Stalin

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Tuesday urged the Centre to withdraw the proposed amendment to the Cinematograph Act 1952.

He also urged the Centre to allow for functional autonomy of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), so that the ‘country remains as a progressive nation, and where creative thinking, that includes art, culture and filmmaking, blossoms without fear or favour’.

In a letter to Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad referring to the Draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Stalin said: “The draft Bill has given rise to serious apprehensions not only in the minds of the film fraternity and film industry but also among all well-meaning sections of the society that cherish freedom of expression.”

Stalin said a vibrant democracy must be provided adequate space for creative thinking and artistic freedom.

“However, the proposed amendment to the Cinematograph Act seeks to restrict it by restoring the revisionary powers of the Union Government that was struck down by the Supreme Court two decades ago,” Stalin said.

He said once a film is certified for public viewing by the CBFC, it falls within the domain of the state governments first and hence, it must be left to the states as the Law and order is a state subject.

“But now, the Union Government, by the proposed Act, tries to go against the spirit of cooperative federalism and transgress the powers of the State Governments and its own Central Board of Film Certification,” he said.

“Incidentally, as a prelude to this amendment, the Film Certification Appellate Board which was functioning as an appellate body against the CBFC was dismantled,” Stalin added.

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BJP claims better performance than UPA govt in economic domain

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The political tussle between Congress and BJP has intensified with respect to the ‘politics of performance’. While Congress is constantly trying to put the Modi government in the dock regarding the economic condition of the country and rising inflation, BJP claims that their government has fared much better in the domain of economy.

Comparing the size of the country’s economy in the tenures of UPA and NDA governments, BJP expressed on twitter that during 10 years of the UPA government, India moved up just one notch as the world’s largest economy. On the other hand, the Indian economy has climbed up five places to become the world’s fifth largest economy in just eight-and-a-half years of under Modi.

India moved from 11th to 10th largest economy in ten years of UPA while India has moved from 10th to 5th largest economy in eight and half years of BJP-led NDA.

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Mumbai Police takes underworld don Chhota Shakeel’s relative Salim Fruit’s custody

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The Anti extortion cell (AEC) of the Mumbai Police on Tuesday said that it has arrested Underworld gangster and Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Chhota Shakeel’s relative Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit in a fresh case of land grabbing.

The police said a family based in South Africa had filed a complaint saying that their property in the Umerkhadi area of South Mumbai was allegedly grabbed by preparing fake documents. A case under relevant sections of the IPC was registered by the Economic Offence Wing of the city police and it was later transferred to the AEC.

Initial investigations revealed the involvement of five people including Salim Fruit in the matter following which the police arrested the suspects, an official said.

The police said the complainant had said that his property which is worth over Rs 25 crore was grabbed by making fake documents. The property was originally owned by his father.

“Salim Fruit was lodged in jail. He had been arrested by the NIA in a previous case. With the court’s permission, we have taken him into our custody and he is arrested in the matter,” said DCP Prashant Kadam.

The police said the arrested suspects were produced before a court that sent them to police custody. Further investigations into the matter are going on.

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Maharashtra: Shinde-Fadnavis government launches Disability Welfare Department

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The Maharashtra government of Shinde Fadnavis established a separate Disability Welfare Department for the holistic development of the disabled. The department will be operational beginning December 3.

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