Add on to the ‘Ban Padmavati’ bandwagon: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar bans screening Sanjay Leela Bansali’s Film

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joins the ‘Ban Padmavati’ chorus. This stand came in after the Supreme Court commented on how people holding public positions should refrain from commenting on films which have not been cleared by CBFC as it is likely to prejudice minds of board members while deciding on the matter.

Nitish Kumar’s stand against Padmavati comes after his counterparts Shivraj Singh Chauhan in Madhya Pradesh and Vijay Rupani from Gujarat announced a ban on this film. He also added that the filmmaker shouldn’t have made the actor playing Padmavati dance in the film.

His statement came right after several Rajput organizations and prominent NDA leader called for a ban on the film. Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, senior JD (U) leader and minister Jay Kumar Singh and BJP MLA Gyanendra Singh “Gyanu” have also criticized screening the film in the state as it could “offend” Rajputs, who account for 4 per cent of Bihar’s population.

Like Gujarat CM’s stand, Nitish Kumar will not allow screening of the film unless producers and directors issue adequate clarification. Agitations took place outside the Bihar legislative assembly, with numerous BJP politicians protesting against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film.

The Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer film was supposed to be released on December 1 but following the protest, the release is likely to be postponed.

Sources- India Today, Indian Express

 

47 dead in 18 days: Amarnath Shrine Board CEO

The terror attack during Amarnath Yatra on July 10 has taken 47 lives by now. Apart from the people who died in the attack, others have lost their lives due to prolonged sickness and accident. “Between June 29 and July 16, 19 pilgrims died due to medical reasons and 20 were killed in accidents. On July 10, eight pilgrims were killed in a terror attack on their bus,” said Umang Narula, the CEO of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) to Indian Express.

This wasn’t the first time that the Amarnath pilgrims were targeted by terror groups. Numerous terror attacks have taken place since 1993 to 2016 due to security lapses.

The  Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board spent around Rs 14,66,975 on transportation and Rs 1,34,75,000 towards ex gratia payments, reported livemint. According to the Indian Express, Narula told a decision has been made to increase the amount of ex gratia relief to the families of those killed in the terror attack.

The CEO also mentioned about sending back mortal remains of the deceased to their respective families by air. The board has already transported the mortal remains of 12 pilgrims to near airports in Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. While 37 others are yet to be escorted back with the coffin to their families.

 

Three gunmen rock Jerusalem: 2 killed

In the wake of the Friday morning, two Israeli policemen have been killed and a third wounded in a shooting attack near a sacred site in Jerusalem. They were shot by three Israeli Arabs near the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary). Police say that the three assailants were aged between 19 and 29 and came from Umm-al-Fahm, a city in North Israel.

The assailants claimed to be of Palestine origin, opened fire at 7 am by the Lion’s Gate in the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that the three armed men, whom he identified as terrorists, mainly targeted the police units in the area. There was an attempt made to stab a police officer as well.

The three gunmen were confirmed shot dead and the area was immediately closed off. The injured were taken care of in the nearby hospitals.

According to BBC, The two policemen who died of their injuries were Advanced Staff Sergeant Major Kamil Shanan aged 22 and Advanced Staff Sergeant Major Hail Sattawi aged 30.

The police has sealed off the area in search for weapons. It is the first time that the compound which contains the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque has been closed for Muslim Friday prayers, in decades.

No terrorist group has taken responsibility for the shootout as yet, but the assailants were praised for the attack as a “natural response to the Zionist ongoing crimes.”

News Source:  BBC, CNN

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UK all set to welcome Baby Brexit

Today, the Queen delivered her speech about policies and new laws designed to prepare UK for its departure from the European Union. 
 
The speech mentions the eight bills related to Brexit and its connotation for key industries. It also addressed to key issues and incidents in the UK such as the terror strikes on Manchester and London and the apartment block fire in the previous week. 
 
Many manifesto plans of the Conservatives are either being axe or delayed or watered down to the least. 
 
The Great Repeal Bill is to be introduced to convert all laws of the European union into laws for UK which include measures on trade, agriculture, nuclear safety, immigration, fisheries and sanctions. This enables UK to decide which laws to retain and which ones to scrap. 
 
With Brexit, now Britain will also try striking new deals with other nations that they were unable to negotiate with while being a part of the European union. 
 
Immigration took center stage as an issue in the campaign to leave the European union. According to BBC, “a bill will legislate for the end of free movement from the European union and make the status of the European union nationals and family members subject to the UK Laws.”
 
On the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, existing laws to counter terrorism have been revise to ensure that the police and other security services have all equipments and power and the length of custodial sentence for such offenses to keep the population safe. 
 
The Queen was accompanied by her son Prince Charles with Prince Philip not being able to make a presence for being hospitalised for a certain infection. The Queen’s demeanour lacked the level of pageantry and fervour as she ditched red and dressed up in blue and swapped a horse drawn carriage for a car.
Sources: CNN, BBC
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UK all set to welcome Baby Brexit

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, in her speech today, spoke about policies and new laws designed to prepare UK for its departure from the European Union.
 
The speech mentions the eight bills related to Brexit and its connotation for key industries. It also addressed key issues and incidents in the UK such as the terror strikes on Manchester and London and the last week’s Grenfell Tower fire. 
 
Many manifesto plans of the Conservatives are either being axed or delayed or watered down to the least. The manifesto is said to be the main reason for the loss of party’s majority in the parliament, reported CNN
 
In her speech, the Queen mentioned that the Great Repeal Bill is to be introduced to convert all laws of the European Union into laws for the UK which include measures on trade, agriculture, nuclear safety, immigration, fisheries and sanctions. This enables the UK to decide which laws to retain and which ones to scrap. 
 
With Brexit, now Britain will also try striking new deals with other nations that they were unable to negotiate with while being a part of the European Union. 
 
Immigration took center stage as an issue in the campaign to leave the European Union. According to BBC, “A bill will legislate for the end of free movement from the European Union and make the status of the European Union nationals and family members subject to the UK Laws.”
 
On the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, existing laws to counter terrorism have been revised to ensure that the police and other security services have all the equipment and power and the length of custodial sentence for such offenses to keep the population safe. 
 
The Queen was accompanied by her son Prince Charles as  Prince Philip was unable to make a presence as he was hospitalised for a certain infection. 
News sources- CNN, BBC