Pakistan plans to build dams on Indus River

“Cow” a short film made by a Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute(SRFTI) has own hearts in Hollywood. The film is of 6 minutes and is a critique on eating habits of being forced on people. The film has made it to the film festival in Los Angeles.

Ashok Moorthy, the director of Cow, said, “’Cow’, part of a long-take exercise, shows a person reporting an incident in a house to the police. Cops come to arrest the suspect. As he is whisked off, the camera enters the house, there is blood on the floor. The film ends with the visual of a beheaded cow in the kitchen. “We used a model of a beheaded cow and no animals were injured during filming. In ‘Cow’, I wanted to show that big issues are not getting addressed while the government is more concerned about what you should or shouldn’t eat”.

Commenting on the strict censorship of the films, Director Ashoke Viswanathan, the dean of SRFTI, said, “”As per I&B ministry guidelines, it has been decided that selection of films to various festivals will be done by a core committee comprising faculty members from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and SRFTI, besides the deans and directors of the two institutes and possibly an official from the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) to coordinate the whole exercise. Probably, this committee will come into effect in 2018.”

As a more careful committee is now being active, SRFTI students fear that this may be their last few anti-establishment films to make it to the SRFTI film festival.

Sources-

  1. TIMES OF INDIA-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/cow-goes-to-hollywood-srfti-takes-festival-guard/articleshow/59906962.cms?from=mdr

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Pakistan plans to build dams on Indus River

On Thursday V. K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs said in a written reply in  Rajya Sabha, Pakistan has decided to construct water dams with on the Indus River with the help of China.

The Indian Government has issues demarches to both Beijing and Islamabad over the new construction. The demarche states that the construction is void and it will violate India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, as V.K Singh informed the Rajya Sabha

V.K Singh said, “”India has a clear and consistent position that these territories are illegally occupied by Pakistan and that any collaborative activity there is in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,”.

In addition, he also told, “accordingly, we have made demarches to both Pakistan and China conveying the position. The government will continue to maintain this position.”
However, Pakistan is abided to follow the Indus water Treaty signed with India. The treaty gives both the countries equal distribution of river water. Recently India has been engaged in border issues with China and on the other side, Pakistan has elected its new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Sources-

  1. ASIANAGE- http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/040817/pakistan-constructing-6-dams-on-indus-in-pok-with-chinas-help-government.html

2. TIMES OF INDIA- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pakistan-constructing-6-dams-in-pok-with-chinas-assistance-govt/articleshow/59910509.cms?from=mdr

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A new legislation for immigrants in the USA

After the immigrants’ issue in the USA, President Donald Trump announced that he supports a legislation which will cut in half the number of legal immigrants allowed into the US while moving to a “merit-based” system favoring English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards.

If this new legislation, Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act,  is passed then it can be beneficial for technology professionals and highly-educated people  from countries such as India.
Taking factors in account such as education, English language skills, , high- paying job offers and age, the new act will be a points-based system for earning a green card.

Speaking at the end Trump highlighted the event by saying that the Act will help in reduce proverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billion dollars.
Trump said at the White House during the event, “Trump said this legislation will not only restore America’s competitive edge in the 21st century, but it will restore the sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens.This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and that puts America first,”.

Sources-

  1. The Times of India- http://m.timesofindia.com/india/donald-trumps-merit-based-immigration-system-may-benefit-indians/articleshow/59891768.cms

2. NDTV- https://www.google.co.in/amp/m.ndtv.com/indians-abroad/donald-trumps-merit-based-immigration-plan-may-benefit-indian-professionals-1732768%3famp=1&akamai-rum=off

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Legal fight for Nehru Bhavan

On Tuesday the Lucknow Municipal Corporation asked the Congress to submit documents to prove its ownership of Nehru Bhawan on Mall Avenue in Lucknow after a city-based businessman laid claim to the property. Presently and for the last 38 years, the Bhawan has housed the state Congress headquarters.

Mohsina Kidwai, who was the state Congress president in 1979 when the party office was inaugurated was sent a notice by Municipal Corporation.

Kidwai said to The Indian Express, “the party had purchased the property at an auction in January 1979. A plaque outside the building states that former AICC president Indira Gandhi inaugurated the party office on December 3, 1979. The plaque also lists the names of the then executive committee members of the state party unit.”

 

Manish Agarwal, a businessman on July 26, submitted an application to the Municipal Corporation stated that his grandfather, Ram Swaroop Agarwal, had bought the property at an auction in 1961. He claimed that as the property was in his grandfather’s name, the names of his heirs should be there in the records.

 

Ashok Singh, Zonal Officer, Zone-1 of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation, said,

“ We held several discussions with Congress office-bearers. But they only gave us verbal information and did not submit any proof. So we were forced to served them a notice”

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  1. Indian Express- http://indianexpress.com/article/india/nehru-bhavan-home-to-up-congress-has-new-claimant-party-gets-notice-4779671/?utm_source=izooto&utm_medium=push_notification&utm_campaign=browser_push&utm_content=&utm_term=
  2.  Financial  Express- http://googleweblight.com/i?u=http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/congress-gets-notice-to-submit-documents-to-prove-ownership-of-nehru-bhawan-in-lucknow/791961/&grqid=HLr-B7lx&hl=en-IN

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Pune airport authorities send out new directions for the staff

After Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha’s direction on Sunday, Pune airport authorities have guided their staff to be more caring about the passengers. During the late evening hours provide them with proper services and reduce their hassles at the airport.

There have been numerous issues rising during the late evening hours at the airport from the unavailability of trolley to absent staff. According to the authorities, they have sent out the notice to improve facilities.
An airport official told TOI, “”As far as the social media message that sent by a passenger is concerned, the matter has been taken up seriously. We have always been providing the best possible service to flyers arriving at and leaving from the airport. The passenger had tweeted a picture of people carrying their baggage around 11.30pm on July 22. This timing comes under the peak hours at the airport. However, necessary instructions have been given and the staff has been asked to follow them,”.

He also added that on a daily basis there are almost 158 flight movements and the airport becomes extremely crowded around 9 p.m.

Officials said that they have instructed the staff to move around and see that the trolleys which have been used and are left outside, should be brought back immediately for the waiting passengers.

 

Source – TOI

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MSRDC to repair potholes on Pune – Mumbai expressway

The potholes on the Valvan bridge near Lonavla on the Pune – Mumbai expressway are being repaired by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation(MSRDC). Between Friday night and Saturday afternoon, tyres of over 28 vehicles, which include two vehicles of the highway police, had flattened or some of them have developed suspension problems after running over the potholes.

The potholes have developed after heavy rainfall for seven days.

“MSRDC and IRB authorities had undertaken the road repair work at the spot. As the stretch is about 500-metre-long, it will take a day or two to repair or resurface all the potholes. The work started on Sunday morning. Thankfully, the rain has reduced and the work is in progress”, said, a senior Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) officer told TOI.

Adding to his statement MSRDC officer also said that after the rains MSRDC inspects and study the roads. After that, roads would be resurfaced with tar to prevent potholes in the future.

Officials from MSRDC have also claimed that they had instructed the IRB infrastructure to appoint two men at the spot to avoid accidents and further damage to the vehicles.

Sources – TOI DNA

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Sikh man shot by a stranger in the US

A week after Hyderabad trainee killing, a 39- year-old Sikh man in the United States was injured, as an unidentified person shot him. It was reported that the alleged shouted, “Go back to your own country.”

The victim has been identified as Deep Rai.

According to the Seattle Times, on Friday, Rai the resident of Kent in the Washington state was busy working on his vehicle outside his home when this stranger approached him.

Kent police mentioned that an argument had started between these two people. In addition, the victim said that the suspect made the statement in effect of the argument was, “go back to your own country.” Then the unidentified man shot him in the arm

Moreover, the victim has given the description of the shooter; he was the six-foot-tall white man and wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face.
Kent Police Chief, Ken Thomas said, the injuries are not life- threatening, but they are “treating this as a very serious incident.”
The report also mentioned, an investigation has started and Kent police have reached out to   the FBI and other “treating this as a very serious incident.”

 

SOURCE-

  1. NDTV- http://www.ndtv.com/indians-abroad/sikh-man-shot-at-in-us-attacker-allegedly-shouted-go-back-to-your-country-1666263

2. TIMES OF INDIA- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/us-canada-news/sikh-man-shot-at-in-the-us-attacker-shouter-go-back-to-your-own-country/articleshow/57473102.cms

 

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