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Hyderabad, March 8 (IANS) The Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) has approached the Telangana High Court, seeking direction to stop the release of the upcoming controversial movie ‘Razakar: The Silent Genocide of Hyderabad’.

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by APCR is scheduled to come up for hearing on March 11.

Advocate Afsar Jahan, Vice President of APCR’s Telangana Chapter, will represent the organisation’s interests in the High Court.

The multilingual film, produced by a BJP leader, is scheduled for release on March 15.

APCR said that the decision to file the PIL comes amid growing concerns regarding the potentially inflammatory and divisive content of the movie, which has raised apprehensions of inciting communal disharmony among the two communities.

Nadeem Khan, Secretary of APCR, has spearheaded this initiative after a unanimous decision was taken by the organisation’s National Executive Committee.

It highlights the organisation’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding civil liberties and promoting communal harmony, Khan said.

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The second trailer of the movie was released last month. The first trailer was released in September last year in the run-up to the Telangana Assembly elections.

The then BRS government had said that it was weighing options following concern in some quarters that the movie may vitiate communal harmony in the state.

Also, then minister K.T. Rama Rao had promised that the matter would be taken up with the Censor Board and the Telangana Police to ensure that the law and order situation in the state is not affected.

The teaser was released on September 17 last year, which marks the anniversary of erstwhile Hyderabad State’s accession to the Indian Union.

The makers of the movie claimed that it depicts the atrocities committed by Razakars on the Hindu population after India’s Independence.

Razakars were the paramilitary volunteer force working with the Nizam government to keep Hyderabad State independent.

Hyderabad State, comprising Telangana and parts of present-day Karnataka and Maharashtra, acceded to the Indian Union on September 17, 1948, after India’s military operation codenamed ‘Operation Polo’ which is also called ‘Police Action’.

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Produced by BJP leader Gudur Narayana Reddy and directed by Yata Satyanarayana, the film is set to release in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.

The director had said that through this movie they have tried to tell the new generation what had happened in Hyderabad State for 13 months after India’s Independence.

–IANS

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday held a meeting with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar at the national capital during which he asserted that Assam must be established as a preferred gateway to South East Asia in the coming days.

Sarma discussed with S. Jaishankar ways to encourage foreign investors to invest in Assam as well as the state’s role to strengthen the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for ‘Act East Policy’.

Taking to X, the Assam Chief Minister wrote: “Today, I had the privilege to call upon Union Minister S. Jaishankar. During this meeting we deliberated upon a constructive role for Assam to strengthen PM Modi’s Act East Policy.”

Sarma said that the governments in the state and Centre have been encouraging foreign investors to be a part of the ‘Assam Growth’ story.

“Firmly establishing our state as a preferred Gateway to South East Asia. It was also an enriching experience for me to learn about the great strides we as a nation have achieved through a pragmatic foreign policy,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Sarma also met Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and discussed with him the agriculture-related situation in Assam.

Sarma posted on X about the meeting, saying ways to optimise the implementation of PM Gram Sadak Yojana and MGNREGA in Assam were discussed.

Moreover, adoption of organic farming practices to be improved along with unlocking supply chain bottlenecks and forward linkages in agriculture will be strengthened, the Assam Chief Minister mentioned in his post.

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'Special court’ will be designated to hear land grabbing cases: Goa CM

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'Special court’ will be designated to hear land grabbing cases: Goa CM

Panaji, July 23 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that his government will designate a special court to hear the around 110 land grabbing cases so that the ownership can be reverted to the original owner.

Sawant was replying to BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral during Question Hour in the ongoing assembly session.

A one-man commission headed by retired justice of the Bombay High Court V K Jadhav had in November last year submitted its report on the land grabbing cases to the state government.

According to the Chief Minister in the last 15 to 20 years a land scam was happening and around 110 properties were grabbed of those people who were staying in other countries or of “No man’s land”.

The SIT, which was headed by then Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch) Nidhin Valsan, was formed in July 2022 to look into complaints of land grabbing and conversion.

Replying to former Law Minister NIlesh Cabral on land grabbing, Sawant said that a special court or district court (single court) will be designated to hear these cases.

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“Till now it is not finalised because the process of filing chargesheet is going on. Once it is completed a single court will be designated to hear these cases and the process will be expedited to give justice to the sufferers at the earliest,” Sawant said.

He said that the one-man commission had given around 17 to 18 suggestions and as per that amendments will be brought in this session.

“Six departments have been given suggestions to curb such fraudulent practices of transferring the land. We have taken action against those who were involved in it,” Sawant said.

“Some persons who have lost their land have already approached the High Court to get the possession of their land. My clear stand is that the original owner should get back his/her land at the earliest,” Sawant stated.

He said that even government land has been sold fraudulently. “People should look into the documentation and verify before purchasing land,” he advised.

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According to Nilesh Cabral, when the SIT and the ED have already submitted reports about how the accused persons have fraudulently sold the lands of the original owners, there is no need to send these cases to court.

“They have already suffered a lot and should not suffer more by sending the cases to court. It is proved that their land was fraudulently sold. Hence it should be reverted to them. SIT and ED have already proved that frauds have been committed. Don’t send these cases to court as people will have to wait for many years for justice,” Cabral pointed out.

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Union budget puts a brake on Kerala's development: CM Vijayan

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Thiruvananthapuram, July 23 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam clearly puts a brake on the state’s development plans.

“I will not complain about giving more to some states, but, I will definitely speak when states like Kerala have not been considered and such a thing should not have happened as it puts a brake on the state’s foray into the future,” he said in his response to the first budget of the third Narendra Modi government.

“This is certainly a challenge to the people of Kerala. Now we will go in-depth into the budget papers and then we will again approach the Centre after trying to arrive at a consensus here,” Vijayan added.

Top leaders of the opposition Congress echoed similar views of Kerala being sidelined in the Budget.

State Finance Minister K.N. Balagopal, ahead of the Budget preparations, had personally called on Union Finance Minister Sitharaman and submitted a memorandum requesting a special package of Rs 24,000 crore, but what has upset all here is that even the word Kerala does not figure in the Budget.

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Vijayan also pointed out that an AIIMS in the state has been a long-standing demand and that too is not there.

But actor turned Union Minister Suresh Gopi, who won a stellar victory from Thrissur to open the BJP’s account in the state, was unfazed and when the media asked him about the state, he shot back: “Why are there no youths, women, or the fisheries sector in Kerala.”

“You (media), please read the budget and then speak,” he said. “You just take it from me… on my first visit to Kozhikode after being sworn in, I have assured that an AIIMS is coming to Kerala and you take it from me, it will come,” Gopi added.

Balagopal, however, took potshots on the Budget and said when the BJP opened its account in the Lok Sabha from Kerala, in the Budget, Kerala’s account has been closed.

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FM announces financial aid to Assam, Sikkim for flood management

Guwahati, July 23 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech on Tuesday announced providing financial assistance for flood management and related projects in Assam and Sikkim.

While presenting her seventh straight budget in the Lok Sabha, she said that Assam grapples with floods every year from the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries, originating outside India.

“We will provide assistance to Assam for flood management and related projects,” she announced.

Announcing financial assistance for Sikkim, the Finance Minister said that recently Sikkim witnessed devastating flash floods and landslides that wreaked havoc across the state.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked the Union Finance Minister for proposing special assistance to the state to meet the challenges posed by recurring floods.

Reacting to the Union budget, the Chief Minister in his statement on social media said: “We are extremely grateful for the special assistance Assam will receive under this budget to help meet the challenges posed by floods.”

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FM Sitharaman while presenting the budget in the Lok Sabha proposed assistance to the flood-affected states like Bihar, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim with flood management and development support, including financial backing for flood control projects.

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NCPCR slaps notice to Netflix for showing smutty content accessible by kids

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Adopting a tough stance, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has slapped a notice on the OTT platform Netflix for allegedly showcasing adult content that is accessible by kids, on Tuesday.

NCPCR has served the notices to Netflix India Vice-President (Content) Monika Shergil and Policy Head Ambika Khurana, directing them to appear before it in person on July 29 in Delhi.

The notice was served following a complaint lodged by former journalist Uday Mahurkar of Save Culture, Save Bharat Foundation (SCSBF) with the NCPCR.

As per the complaint by SCSBF, Netflix is illegally showcasing the most horrendous pornographic content on its platform, which is easily accessible to minors.

The NCPCR had already sent a letter to Netflix on June 10 to take the necessary steps and submit an Action Taken Report within 10 days, but that was not complied with.

It has pointed out that “the unrestricted accessibility of explicit content on Netflix to minors” constitutes an offence under the POCSO Act, 2012, Section 11.

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The relevant section states: “A person is said to commit sexual harassment upon a child when such person, with sexual intent, shows any object to a child in any form or media for pornographic purposes.”

The NCPCR has warned that failure to comply with the notice could attract legal consequences, and directed the top officials to appear before it on July 29.

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