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WDC South Asian Film Festival

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WDC South Asian Film Festival

Patna: Come September, and the  fifth annual Washington DC South Asian Film Festival will kick off. Indo-Canadian director-scriptwriter Deepa Mehta is expected to inaugurate the event. Other eminent film personalities expected to attend are director Jeffrey Brown, actress Seema Biswas, actor Rajit Kapur, Rati Agnihotri, Palomi Ghosh, and Pakistani actress Amna Ilyas and Pakistani director […]

SC throws out ‘ban WhatsApp’ plea

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SC throws out ‘ban WhatsApp’ plea

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation petition seeking a complete ban on messaging platform WhatsApp. Well, that’s one more attention seeking chappie being shown his place, but this entire episode does smell somewhat like a basket of not-so-fresh sardines! A Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur asked an […]

Journalists to decry state sponsored intimidation on May10

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Journalists to decry state sponsored intimidation on May10

May begins with workers’ day followed closely by Press Freedom Day, but working journalists are anything but secure in the hinterland in India. On May 10, journalists of Chhatisgarh will be protesting in Delhi against the State sponsored intimidation and violence against them. Chhattisgarh continues to be one of the most dangerous places for journalists […]

James Bond kiss snipped by Indian censor board

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James Bond kiss snipped by Indian censor board

New Delhi: 007 cannot kiss for too long in India, thanks to the dictates of chief censor Pahlaj Nihalani had also “unofficially” reviewed the film “Spectre” and suggested the cutting the length of the kissing scenes! In yet another ‘nanny act’, Indian censors have shortened the lengths of two kissing scenes in the latest James […]

Church says, ‘play on’: Agnes of God

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Church says, ‘play on’: Agnes of God

BOMBAY: The bluff has been called. The tunnel vision of fundamentalist groups like the Secular Christian Forum is not the voice of Christians or the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has clarified that it is not seeking a ban on the play ‘Agnes of God’ although it is offended by its promotional material. The theatre […]

Criticize Modi, RSS and you  ‘encourage violence’: I&B Ministry

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Criticize Modi, RSS and you ‘encourage violence’: I&B Ministry

NEW DELHI: Here it comes! The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has begun to harass channels critical of Narendra Modi  and the RSS. First target, a Gujarati channel that criticised Nathuram Godse. Will the I&B Ministry cancel the TV channel’s license?  Earlier this month, a Tamil news channel has moved Delhi high court challenging a notice […]

365 Days of  hate-mongering and insecurity?

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365 Days of hate-mongering and insecurity?

Is the social and multi-cultural fabric of India being undermined by a socio-political- religious nexus supervising a cadre of communalised grassroots workers who constantly attack and threaten the liberal Hindus and the religious or ethnic minorities? A report compiled by human rights activists says the past year has seen an increase in the number of […]

‘Vicious’ a second season of deliciously Gay insults

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‘Vicious’ a second season of deliciously Gay insults

This TV series is superbly vicious: that’s a review in a nutshell. Sometime in 2013, fresh from his latest turn as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies,Sir Ian McKellen headed to the small screen. He’s moved in with Sir Derek Jacobi in the ITV sitcom ‘Vicious.’ The British acting icons play partners Freddie and Stuart, […]