Congress Claim:’Conspiracy of silence over Rafale deal’

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New Delhi:-The Congress today accused the central government of stonewalling questions over the Rafale fighter deal, saying there was a “conspiracy of silence” and an attempt to “bypass the national interest”. Party spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi also claimed that the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was not in the loop when the agreement to procure 36… Read more »

Debate on simultaneous polls a healthy sign of democracy; tribute to Vajpayee: PM

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New Delhi -Describing the debate on holding the Lok Sabha and assembly polls together a healthy sign for democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said it was an appropriate tribute to former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee who changed the country’s political culture.He said efforts were afoot and discussions being held about simultaneously holding the… Read more »

AG informs SC as Centre withdraws social media hub policy

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New Delhi: The Centre today told the Supreme Court it will undertake a complete review of its social media policy and has withdrawn its notification proposing a social media hub, which some alleged could become a tool to monitor online activity of citizens. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of Attorney… Read more »

Kamal Haasan and his production to file reply by Monday

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Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday ordered actor Kamal Haasan and his production house Rajkamal Films International to file a reply by Monday in connection with a suit seeking to stall the release of his “Vishwaroopam 2” on August 10. When the civil suit moved by Pyramid Saimira Productions International against Haasan for recovery of… Read more »

Delhi High Court rejects plea alleging glorification of Sati in Padmaavat

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The Delhi High Court today rejected a plea seeking penal action against the producers and the director of Bollywood movie ‘Padmaavat’ for alleged glorification of the practice of ‘sati’. ‘Sati’ is an obsolete funeral custom where a widow immolates herself on her husband’s pyre and the law prohibits it. A bench of Acting Chief Justice… Read more »

Prohibiting dubbed serial on TV violates Competition Act: SC

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Prohibition on exhibition of dubbed serial on television hinders competition in the market and such an act amounts to violation of the Competition Act, 2002, the Supreme Court has said. The apex court said such prohibition prevents competing parties in pursuing their commercial activities and amounts to “creating barriers” to the entry of new content… Read more »

PIL against Bollywood movie ‘Shorgul’

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A petition seeking stay on the release on Bollywood movie ‘Shorgul’ was today filed before the AllahabadHigh Court bench here alleging certain scenes in it threatened to disturb social harmony. The PIL was filed by a Meerut social worker Milan Som who sought a stay on the movie scheduled to be released on June 24. According… Read more »

Bombay HC refuses to ban release of ”Santa Banta”

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The Bombay High Court today refused to grant an interim stay on the release of upcoming film “Santa Banta Pvt Ltd” while hearing a petition alleging the movie had defamed members of the Sikh community and portrayed them in bad light. Justice S C Dharmadhikari, heading a division bench, said, “We cannot stop the release… Read more »

Pratyusha suicide: Rahul Singh’s bail plea rejected

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The anticipatory bail plea of TV producer Rahul Raj Singh, booked for abetment of his girlfriend actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide, was today rejected by a local court after the prosecution said it could be a “pre-planned murder”. Dindoshi sessions court Judge Khwaja Farooq Ahmed dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Rahul, who was booked for… Read more »

Freedom of expression gives no right to destroy nation: BJP

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With the debate on nationalism coming to the fore, BJP today said freedom of expression does not give a right to seek the country’s destruction, as the issue found the pride of place in the political resolution adopted at its National Executive meeting here. The issue of nationalism continued to take the centre stage in… Read more »