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No state role in FIR against poet, publisher: Parrikar

Panaji, Oct 20 (IANS) Under attack for allegedly targeting the author of a poetry anthology, Sudhir Sukta, which is critical of Goa's elite Gaud Saraswat Brahmin caste, and scrapping the state award for which it was shortlisted, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said his government had no role in the FIR filed against the poet. Author of the anthology Vishnu Wagh is also a former...

2 days ago
Unesco decries Maltese reporter's murder

Paris, Oct 18 (IANS/AKI) The head of the UN cultural organisation Unesco has condemned the killing of prominent investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was blown up in her car in Malta. I condemn the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, said Irinia Bokova. I welcome the pledge by the Prime Minister of Malta to bring to justice this crime against a person and against the rights ...

7 days ago
ABVP calls for rally in Kerala against RSS workers' killings

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday announced a big rally on November 11 in Thiruvananthapuram to protest the cold blooded murders in Kerala it alleged were being committed by the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)- affiliated students wing said that it expects to see nearly 25,000 students...

8 days ago
Vice to launch film on Arvind Kejriwal

Mumbai, Oct 12 (IANS) American media company Vice is set to launch An Insignificant Man -- a biographical film on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, An Insignificant Man is a non-fiction political thriller that chronicles the rise of Kejriwal from a social activist to a politician. Terming it a masterpiece, Vice has announced that i...

9 days ago
Verses from difficult times: The return of Perumal Murugan

New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) Tamil writer Perumal Murugan was not known as a prominent Indian writer till about three years ago. Thanks to the resentment of conservative religious groups, he has now gained national as well as international acclaim. And after a three-year hiatus, Murugan is back with a book of poems. The poems in Songs of a Coward (Penguin/ Rs 299/ Pages 291) were written whe...

2 months ago
NDA regime committed to empowering minorities sans appeasement: Naqvi

Gandhinagar, Aug 19 (IANS) Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance Government treated every section of the society equally and was committed to minorities' empowerment with dignity but without appeasement. Addressing a cheque distribution programme of Gujarat Minorities Development Finance Corporation here, he said: Mi...

2 months ago
Be cautious of hostile forces: Minister

Gandhinagar, Aug 19 (IANS) Asserting that the government was committed to empower minorities with dignity, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday urged people to be cautious of hostile forces trying to disturb an atmosphere of trust and development. We have to remain cautious against these elements. Every section/community of the country is feeling a sense of trust and developmen...

2 months ago
Art of filmmaking needs one to exercise freedom of expression: Mohit Suri

Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Filmmaker Mohit Suri, who will be seen mentoring aspiring directors for a new digital show HP MTV Fame-istan, feels that a filmmakers perspective gets lost if ones freedom of expression is restricted. The art of filmmaking needs one to exercise his/her freedom of expression else it would be a half-baked attempt. I really feel that a filmmaker's perspective seems to ...

2 months ago
Bollywood voices India's concerns on Independence Day

Mumbai, Aug 15 (IANS) From melody queen Lata Mangeshkar to veteran actress Shabana Azmi to actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bollywood celebrities have shared what independence means to them. Lata Mangeshkar: Independence is a state of mind that we Indians have not understood correctly. Independence is not only about what we eat or wear or the right to freedom of expression. Freedom of ex...

2 months ago
Bihar minister calls mediapersons Pakistani supporters for not chanting 'Bharat Mata...'

Patna, Aug 8 (IANS) Bihar Minister Vinod Kumar Singh on Tuesday triggered a controversy when he called mediapersons, who did not shout Bharat Mata ki Jai during a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) function, supporters of Pakistan. Earlier in the same function, Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai said sound of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' should replace azhan from mosques and sounds of bells from church...

2 months ago
'Curbing freedom of expression is absurd, scary'

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Indian filmmakers are living in absurd and scary times, given how they don't know what the rules really are, says Vikramaditya Motwane, who is one-fourth of the Phantom Films banner that produced the controversial Udta Punjab. I worry about curbing of ideas... not so much about what you can make or what you cannot, because you don't know what the rules are. I unde...

2 months ago
I believe in freedom of expression: Raghu Ram

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Raghu Ram of MTV Roadies fame, says he believes in freedom of expression but feels there has to responsible self-regulation too, when it comes to television shows. Asked if he feels that reality TV shows should tone down a bit for family viewing, Raghu told IANS: I will not assume to tell people on how to make shows... I believe in freedom of expression and being ...

2 months ago
Turkish media employees in terrorism trial

Istanbul, July 25 (IANS/AKI) Seventeen staff reporters and directors of the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet were among 19 people who went on trial in Turkey on Monday charged with aiding armed groups. We want justice, ran a Cumhuriyet frontpage headline on Monday announcing the trial,which opened in Istanbul amid chaotic scenes outside the courthouse. Eleven of the Cumhur...

2 months ago
Free speech faces 'real danger', says former EPW editor

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) India faces a real danger to freedom of expression, says Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a veteran journalist, who quit as editor of Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) after he was asked by the trust that manages the internationally respected journal to withdraw two articles critical of the government for favouring the Adani business group. I do believe that in India, ...

2 months ago
Free speech faces 'real danger', says former EPW editor

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) India faces a real danger to freedom of expression, says Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a veteran journalist, who quit as editor of Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) after he was asked by the trust that manages the internationally respected journal to withdraw two articles critical of the government for favouring the Adani business group. I do believe that in India, ...

3 months ago
Meira Kumar congratulates Kovind, says battle for ideology will continue

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Opposition candidate Meira Kumar on Thursday congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on being elected the 14th President of India but said her battle for ideology would continue. I want to congratulate Kovindji on his election as the President of India. I extend my good wishes to him as it has fallen upon him to uphold the Constitution of India in this most challenging ti...

3 months ago
BJP accuses Congress of bringing out 'dossier of disruption' to polarise country

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The BJP on Wednesday termed a purported 32-page Congress dossier on cow vigilante lynchings and attacks on Dalits and other issues as a dossier of disruption aimed to divide the country on communal lines and disrupt the Parliament session. The Congress has in turn accused the BJP of circulating fake documents to some news channels to discredit the party. ...

3 months ago
ASEAN parliamentarians urge Myanmar to release 3 journalists

Bangkok, July 19 (IANS) ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) on Wednesday urged the Myanmar authorities to release three journalists who were detained in June after visiting rebels in the conflict-ridden northeast. Thein Zaw from The Irrawaddy news magazine, along with Aye Nay and Pyae Phone Aung from the Democratic Voice of Burma media house, were arrested on June 26 along wit...

3 months ago
Pahlaj Nihalani on exact cuts in Amartya Sen documentary

Mumbai, July 18 (IANS) While there has been an intellectual uproar over the cuts ordered by the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) in Suman Ghoshs documentary The Argumentative Indian, the CBFC chairperson speaking on the cuts argues that the mere deletion or beeping of six words is no reason to feel creatively smothered when those words indicate a clear contempt for Indian culture and de...

3 months ago
Writers now pre-censoring their screenplays: Neeraj Ghaywan

Mumbai, July 18 (IANS) National award winning director and screenwriter Neeraj Ghaywan says that writers in today's time are pre-censoring their screenplays and the reason behind this is the constant resistance that artistes face from various factions for showing true picture. Ghaywan has directed a digital film to flag off Quaker's 'Fuel For The Real Fit' campaign that focuses on mental...

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