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after their 2-1 victory over India yesterday,takes any action against the provisions of the Constitution,laws and rules to implement "illegal and ab initio voidorders" will be held responsible for such action and shallinvite action PTI Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: June 8 2011 1:45 pm Related News The Bhatts are confused as to which one should be the poster of their much-awaited ‘Murder’ sequel and are seeking help from fans on Facebook “We’ve five posters but every film has one main poster besides other publicity posters There was a disagreement between me and Mohit Suri on the main poster of the film We thought the best way out is to show all the posters to the people of the country and let them select one” Mahesh Bhattwho wrote the script of the filmsaid Fans can view the posters on http://s.wwwfacebookcom/m2thefilm and vote for their favourite The one with the maximum ‘likes’ on the social networking site will be selected as the main poster and five fans who give the best comment on ‘why you chose this poster’ will get to meet the lead star cast “Mohit and I’ll blindly go ahead with people’s opinion At the end of the dayposters are for peopleso let them tell us which the best poster of the lot is In factnow we are eager to know which one people select” the veteran filmmaker said Starring Mallika Sherawat and Emraan Hashmi’Murder’ was a big hit in 2004 but in its sequelnewbie actress Jacqueline Fernandez has replaced Mallika Directed by Mohit Suri’Murder 2′ hits the theatres July 8 Earlierwhile uploading a trailer of ‘Murder 2’ on his Twitter accountBhatt had tweeted”This promo has created a rift within our group We have extreme views Please watch this and send me your feedback” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Yoginder K Alagh | Published: December 8 2014 12:58 am In the fast-developing GM landscape frequent reviews are needed Even the European position now is different from what it was in the 1990s Related News Thedecision to disallow experimentation in genetically modified (GM) crops by various states is questionable However it reportedly got a fillip from the TSR Subramanian Committee report to review environment-related laws Subramanian apparently contended that European countries also don’t allow field trials of GM crops The report is indeed a useful document It makes a plea for example for a new set of policies for compensatory afforestation It does not however discuss the issue of GM crops or the research on them So if Subramanian did say something on the issue it should be seen as a side comment rather than the committee’s view It is true that the US and China are bullish on GM crops Europe was strictly against them But the Lisbon Protocol was a step towards a more nuanced formulation India has been in the middle Its legislation on producers’ rights and environmental clearance by the empowered committee on a case-by-case basis is unique These legislative formulations of the mid-1990s were based on expert committees including one led by MS Swaminathan But in a fast-developing field frequent reviews are needed Even the European position now is different from what it was then But until further review the existing legislation stands GM cotton was the target of various Gandhian and obscurantist lobbies in the 1990s The movement against Navbharat Seeds is a good example Sanat Mehta argued and I supported him that the cost of this would be high for farmers in western India and Andhra Pradesh We created a system in which millions of farmers were criminals and the most preferred seeds were sold illegally Navbharat seeds were sold at Rs 450 per kg; the Monsanto variety at a premium price of Rs 1250 Legal systems that were created as safety controls were used to look into productivity cost and other commercial issues But isn’t the market supposed to conduct economic tests There was also no thought about the relationships between user groups (co-ops farmers groups etc) small technology companies (India’s strong suit) and multinationals It is another matter that later agreements between local seed producers and MNCs were fortunately allowed After that we became a major factor in the global cotton trade Indeed cotton has powered the growth of Gujarat’s agriculture in the last decade Another major experiment which had a bearing on the food security of the poorest took place in Gujarat The Adivasi areas of Panchmahals Banaskantha and Sabarkantha have the highest levels of nutritional deficiency in the state Studies by the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research show that poverty in these areas is as high as in the Bimaru states despite government claims to the contrary GM seeds have made a huge difference to maize production a staple of the Adivasis The average yields in the region were around 15 quintal per hectare Small farmers would regularly starve GM maize was originally developed by Monsanto but a field study by NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation Dahod showed that funded by the state government the Gujarat Agricultural University had also done good work in the area and their GM variant had a higher yield compared to the MNC one Some extraordinary civil servants started Project Sunshine — Adivasi farmers were encouraged to use GM seeds produced by Gujarat Agricultural University scientists and private companies NGOs like the Vivekananda Trust and the NM Sadguru Foundation participated in the process These facts are well known to senior political leaders from the state particularly those who have a farming background Yet an aggressive NGO was able to put a stick in the wheel The maize success story has been repeated in north Bihar where it is grown both as a food staple and poultry feed A major crop group that needs a big yield push in India is pulses The average yield is around one tonne per hectare Our agricultural universities have developed seeds that could produce 15 tonne per hectare But BT seeds aim to do around 25 tonne per hectare The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has considerable expertise in this area But its scientists get terribly disillusioned when they get negative signals from the establishment There are new technologies using which a seed-development process that used to take seven to eight years can be completed in less than four Improving the yield of pulses to two tonne per hectare is essential to overcome the nutrition and food-inflation barrier When all these facts are mentioned obscurantists bring up some exceptional cases of traditional varieties But this is a non sequitur Let’s talk about the average farmer under average conditions Grains like rice and wheat do not cause food inflation Pulses vegetables fruit and milk do If an anti-technology and anti-science mindset spreads we will have to pay for it dearly The writer is professor emeritus Sardar Patel Institute Ahmedabad [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Nandini Rathi | New Delhi | Updated: March 8 2017 3:40 pm The paternalistic CBFC headmaster Pahlaj Nihalani likes to install a child lock lest the impressionable audiences feel like adopting the “glorified” sexuality they see on screen — a behavior also amply and absurdly displayed in its recent refusal to certify the “lady-oriented” film Lipstick Under My Burkha Top News Filmmakers in India have been increasingly unafraid to experiment in their craft and showcase this vibrant dynamism through treatment of progressive themes Unfortunately a creative freedom menace in the form of Pahlaj Nihalani runs the Central Board of Film Certification – a de facto “censor board” holding movies hostage by pitching authoritarianism in the flavor of victorian morality towards sex and sexuality The same day that the President Pranab Mukherjee had praised the right to freedom of expression inherent in the idea of India we had FTII chairman Gajendra Chauhan extolling the CBFC for determinedly refusing the certification of Malayalam movie Ka Bodyscapes Such is the moral conviction of the Nihalani-led brigade that they refused certification even after a Kerala High Court instructed them to do so after the first refusal last year WATCH VIDEO |Kalki Koechlin Soha Ali Khan & Rajat Kapoor on Women’s Day The rejection letter received by director Jayan Cherian blatantly and unapologetically stank of homophobia It also claimed that the movie portrayed “the religion of Hindu” in a derogatory manner by showing Hanuman “in poor light as gay” In an interview with Scoopwhoop Cherian said “I don’t know how they came to that conclusion That painting in question is the masterpiece created by my protagonist It shows his lover the rural kabaddi player as a flying man because he is a disciple of Hanuman The painting is not of Hanuman at all” The CBFC is phobic to even a connotation that a devotee of Hanuman can be gay — thus jumping to bizarre conclusions on its own Also read |International Women’s Day: Bollywood stop this sexist nonsense before you wish us on Women’s Day The first charge it levies against the film is of “glorifying” homosexuality – showing the outright in-denial attitude of the CBFC towards up to 10 per cent of the world’s population including India (A panel in Khajuraho depicting a man receiving fellatio from another man is one of several documented examples of acknowledgement of homosexuality in ancient India) This is hardly a first Last year even the trailer of Hansal Mehta’s critically acclaimed film Aligarh was slapped with an “A” for Adult rating even though it contained no sex scenes foul language or violence All it did was acknowledge homosexuality (for it is the story of a protagonist minding his business and wronged by a homophobic society) and show a sympathetic bent to its treatment — that homosexuals are human beings with feelings too that deserve to be understood and respected with the same privacy that is afforded to cisgender folks in their innermost precincts An A-rating stamped onto the trailer had been a severe blow to the film’s promotion as it meant that the trailer could not make it to television or even play in the cinemas during screenings of any U rated movies It is no surprise that audiences simply did not hear of Aligarh until it hit the theatres What did sanskaari homophobe Pahlaj Nihalani have to say to that “If the makers feel it is not justified then let them take a public opinion on this… Tell me is the subject of homosexuality for kids For teenagers” HT had reported He had dismissed the filmmakers’ protest against the move as a cheap publicity stunt So what counts as not “glorifying” homosexuality Is it a movie like Dostana (2008) that made a spoof out of homosexuality or an egregious work like Girlfriend (2004) faithful to the age-old trope of a psychologically disturbed homosexual character who meets a diseased or violent end to have “poetic justice” meted out to them for their “aberrant” desires Any genuine exploration of the gender identity and feelings of the human being targeted for his most private desires (unless it is a heterosexual man’s fantasy) has to be penalised in some form “It’s okay to show two men jerking off in sex comedy but it’s not okay for a Muslim woman to pleasure herself” Jayan Cherian also told Scoopwhoop whose rejection letter also stated objection to a Muslim woman shown pleasuring herself The paternalistic CBFC headmaster likes to install a child lock lest the impressionable audiences feel like adopting the “glorified” sexuality (posing a threat to the patriarchal male-oriented heteronormative scheme of things) they see on screen — a behavior also amply and absurdly displayed in its recent refusal to certify the “lady-oriented” film Lipstick Under My Burkha The society has been very much OK about heteronormative male fantasies and the CBFC has accordingly been happy to certify the likes of Mastizaade (2016) Great Grand Masti (2016) and Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 (2016) without a fuss One doesn’t even need adult-rated movies like these to demonstrate the casual female objectification rampant in Bollywood song lyrics from the past and present which videos like AIB’s Harassment Through The Ages and NGO Akshara Center’s Gaana Rewrite video below have brilliantly demonstrated: The shallow and oppressing rules of our society are hypocritical as they exclusively award the ‘right to fantasise’ to heterosexual males As a result the male gaze had almost seamlessly blended itself with mainstream pop culture until recently Only female bodies are made available copiously for consumption while male bodies and overt fantasies about it are off the charts for women and homosexual men This is the imbalance that films like Lipstick Under My Burkha and Ka Bodyscapes seek to address But how dare they Another film to have a bizarre encounter with the “censor board” last year was Angry Indian Goddesses — the movie that pitched itself as the first female buddy film of India and contained a theme of lesbian love among others A movie about women bonding and merrymaking while dressing drinking smoking and swearing unselfconsciously having no qualms about expressing their desires and speaking out against injustices was barred by the Nihalani brigade from visually identifying with goddesses like Kali and Durga whose images are a repeating motif throughout the original cut of the film (What a blasphemy for such indecorous ‘out of control’ femininity to draw inspiration from native goddesses) Additionally other cuts were demanded to delete the “obscene” words of the characters expressing their desires — in spite of the film receiving an adult certificate and shockingly even a couple of references to “sarkar” and “adivasis” The AIG team actually ended up creating a video about the 17 cuts deemed too horrific for Indian eyes and ears: The blurring out of goddesses akin to the objection implied in the allusion to the Muslim community in Lipstick Under My Burkha betrays the CBFC’s desire to appease and toe the line of religious fundamentalism Any other interpretation of these symbols is blasphemy — creative freedom and equality be damned To speak only of just a few recent movies it is common knowledge that Ka Bodyscapes Lipstick Under My Burkha Aligarh and Angry Indian Goddesses are all acclaimed multiple award winning and world-traveling movies The way they have been handled in their own country of origin by a body that is meant for certification not censorship and lately behaving like an organ of state authority should be a cause of distress It yet again shows the threat that cinema’s soft muscle is perceived as For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsNew Delhi: Fourteen schools have approached the CISF to get a professional security audit done of their premises and effectively secure students a development that has come in the wake of the killingof a boy in a Gurugram school recently The paramilitary force that works under the command of the Union home ministry had sometime back written to schools across the country extending services of its special consultancy wing that provides security suggestions to organisations and agencies File image of Ryan International school in Gurugram PTI "Till date 14 schools from all parts of the country have requested the CISF to provide consultancy service to strengthen their security apparatus for safety and protection of school children" CISF spokesperson Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Hemendra Singh said He said those who have shown interest in the offer made by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) include reputed schools from Kolkata Mumbai and Dehradun "Expert teams of the consultancy wing will soon visit these schools and prepare a professional security blueprint for them" Singh said The CISF security consultancy wing was raised in 1999 and till now it has provided its expert advice to over 150 organisations or institutions including IITs IIMs RBI and the National Police Academy in Hyderabad among others The wing also posted its best result this year as it earned Rs 254 crore revenue as government fee for providing these services "There has been a noticeable surge in revenue earned through consultancy fee in the last four years "Average annual revenue earning till 2013 since inception was Rs 20 lakh whereas in last four years the wing has earned revenue of Rs 706 crore This makes the average annual revenue for the last four years to Rs 177 crore" Singh said During this calendar year he said the total revenue earning is Rs 254 crore which is the "highest ever in a single calendar year since the inception of the consultancy services" The previous best earning through consultancy was of Rs 210 crore in 2015 he said The paramilitary mandated as the nodal security agency to guard critical installations in the country including airports had dispatched letters last month to a number of schools stating it can help create a "safe and secure" environment for children which will come with a service fee The consultancy fee would be around Rs 4 lakh for a school it had said The trigger for this all-India exercise by the force was the recent incident of killing of a Class II student of the Ryan International School in Gurgaon who was found dead in the school bathroom with his throat slit on 8 September CISF Director General OP Singh had said the force took the initiative as part of its responsibility towards the society "We are the best-suited government agency for doing such expert security consultancies and in preparing safe environments We need to ensure safety to the school-going children" he had told PTI The force has assured the schools that its professional but chargeable security solutions will be custom-made for them like it does for each of its clients The report tells the client where to install CCTV cameras where to deploy security staff how to check access control how to train their security staff and install emergency response gadgets By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: January 20 2017 4:59 pm Dipa had talked about her brief meeting with Simone during the 2016 Rio Olympics Top News American gymnast Simone Biles?Najeeb Jung today directed all officers, Celebrities endorse them. 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