Playing the National Anthem henceforth not mandatory in cinema halls: SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stated that henceforth, playing the national anthem before a film is screened will no longer be mandatory for cinema halls. On Monday, the government filed an affidavit asking the Supreme Court to reconsider its November 2016 order which made it mandatory for cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before screening a film. It also stated that an inter-ministerial committee was being set up to look into modifications in the existing rules- Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, if required.

The apex court, permitting the request, iterated that citizens ought to show respect to the national anthem and that the committee must look into all aspects. The government also let petitioner Shyam Narayan Chouksey take up his prayers with the committee. The top court added that the earlier order which granted disabled persons an exemption from standing during the anthem would still stand valid.

“We are happy. Part of our demands has been met. We will give our suggestions to the panel,” Abinav Shrivastav, lawyer for the petitioner said.

According to the court’s initial order in November 2016, the audience must “stand up in respect” till the anthem is finished playing. That, in its opinion, would “instill a feeling within one, a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism,” the bench had ordered; led by Justice Dipak Misra, who later became the Chief Justice of India.

Based on the affidavit, the committee will be headed by Additional Secretary (Border Management), Ministry of Home Affairs, with representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Department of Legal Affairs, Department of School Education and Literacy and the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability.

Pakistan government based website hacked

The official website of the government of Pakistan was hacked by anonymous hackers. The hackers posted the Indian national anthem and Independence Day greetings on the website named www. Pakistan.gov.pk. The incident happened at 2:45 pm and the website was crippled for some time. However, within minutes was restored.

 

Just two months ago a similar incident took place. Around thirty Pakistani government websites were hacked to take revenge of the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav. Pakistan had accused him of spying. This just shows that the Pakistani government is still very vulnerable to cyber attacks. The news of the hacking was also re shared several times on micro blogging site Twitter.

 

On the other hand, four months ago, a Pro Pakistan group hacked the official websites of top educational institutes of India. These included Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), IIT Varanasi, Aligarh, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). The hacker group had written abuses about Indian government and Indian armed forces.

 

Therefore, for both India and Pakistan it is a recurring activity that hackers take down each other’s official website. This incident has taken place just a few days before the India’s Independence Day.

 

Sources-

  1. Indian Express- http://official website, Pakistan government, national anthem, Independence Day
  2. Zee News- http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-govt-website-hacked-hackers-post-indian-national-anthem-independence-day-greetings-on-it-2029858.html?pfrom=article-next-story

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SC: Differently-abled people exempted from standing during National Anthem

The Supreme Court today exempted differently abled people from standing while the National Anthem is played in cinema halls. The verdict was delivered by Justice Dipak Misra. The apex court on November 30, 2016 had ordered national anthem be played in all cinema halls across India prior to the screening of the movie. In addition, theatre owners are also required to display the national flag. This mandatory move evoked

In addition, theatre owners are also required to display the national flag. This mandatory move evoked varied reaction from millions of cinema-goers and cinema owners; with comments ranging from forced nationalism to some taking the patriot stand. Moreover, the social media was abuzz with discussion on why playing the national anthem be limited to cinema halls and not in other institutional establishment like the Parliament, State Assemblies and courts.

According to Indian Express, “The directions are issued, for love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag. That apart, it would instill the feeling within one, a sense committed patriotism and nationalism,” said the bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy, giving 10 days for compliance.

SOURCES : The Indian Express, OneIndia

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Sri Lanka celebrates Independence day with Tamil rendition of national anthem

In an uncommon yet symbolic gesture, Sri Lanka on Thursday celebrated its 68th Independence day by rendering the national anthem in Tamil during one of the main events of the day.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena kick started the function by hoisting the national flag, during which the Sinhalese version of the national anthem was played. Later, the Tamil version of the anthem was sung by school children, which caught the attention of people who attended the function.

According to several ministers of the country, this has happened after a long gap. Post the event, social media was flooded with remarks of ministers and many others.

“Yes it’s a very small act but that goes long way forward. National anthem in Tamil after decades. Victory 4 our Coexistence journey,” tweeted Mano Ganesan, Minister of National Co-existence and Dialogue and leader of Tamil Progressive Alliance.

In his Independence day address, Mr Sirisena said that his government was determined to face the United Nations led investigation into war crimes following a UN Human Rights Council resolution last year. He stressed that by implementing the resolution, the country could safeguard its dignity and it would help them to be accepted as a respected member of the international community.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wikremasinghe, leader of Opposition R Sampanthan and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga also attended the function.

Sources: The Hindu, Daily Mail

President’s function begins with National song instead of National Anthem

Kolkata: In a function organised to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the military band erroneously played the National song instead of the National Anthem at the Calcutta University Centenary Hall on Sunday.

The function, organised by the Bidhan Memorial Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru 125th Birth Anniversary Committee was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee. As soon as the announcement of rendition of the National Anthem was made, the members of the audience stood up to pay their respect. But what subsequently played was Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Vande Mataram which took the audience by surprise.

Without pointing out the error, the President in his speech went on to remind the audience about the history of the National Anthem. He mentioned that on 24 January, 1950, it was Rajendra Prasad who had declared that India’s national anthem would be the first stanza of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem Jana Gana Mana.

The organizing committee later apologised for the goof-up. “The officers have pointed to some mistakes. I apologise for the blooper,” said Somen Mitra, the Chairman of the Bidhan Memorial Trust.

Source: http://www.firstpost.com/india/song-anthem-confusion-presidents-function-begins-with-vande-mataram-not-jan-gan-mana-2544168.html

President’s function began with the National song instead of National Anthem Image source: AFP/Getty images
President’s function began with the National song instead of National Anthem
Image source: AFP/Getty images