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Sit with builder and iron out differences: Supreme Court to MoS Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court asked Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to sit together with the representatives of Parsvnath Developers and settle the dispute with regard to the possession of a flat in the Exotica project in Gurgaon.A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar asked the the realty firm to remove the deficiencies in the flat as pointed out by Rathore and the panel of lawyers which had visited the site and hand it over to the Minister. The counsel appearing for Rathore said that the court should direct the builder to given some other flat in the project which had access to common facilities that were promised to him at the time of booking.Counsel appearing for the firm said that the prayer cannot be accepted as all the flats in the project have been sold out.”You (Rathore) have to be reasonable in your demands. We cannot compel the petitioner (Parsvnath builders) to allot another flat to you,” the bench said. The court directed that both the parties should sit together and try to sort out the issues with regard to the flat. Earlier, the apex court-appointed lawyers’ panel had said in its report that their was no access to common facilities from the flat of Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting but the parking problem pointed out by him can be rectified by the builder. The court had asked the builder to file a response to the finding of committee in ten days after Rathore claimed the flat was “uninhabitable”.He had said that the tower in which his flat was located had a ‘kachcha’ access road which opened into a slum cluster, there was no parking facility and the tower did not have even the occupancy certificate.Rathore had booked the flat in Parsvnath’s Exotica project in Gurgaon in 2006 and paid around Rs 70 lakh for it.The firm was to deliver the flat in 2008-09. In January this year, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission had directed the builder to refund the principal amount with interest and compensation to Rathore. The apex court had on October 21 directed Parsvnath Developers to hand over possession of the flat to Rathore in two days, saying he should not pay any more amount to the builder. The court had said the issue of compensation to be paid by the realty firm to Rathore for the delayed possession would be dealt with at a later stage.

Govt to provide 90% subsidy for starting community radio stations in northeast states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to give a boost to the community radio sector, the government on Saturday announced that 90% subsidy will be provided for starting such stations in the northeastern states and 75% in other states.Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu made this announcement at a conference of state ministers, organised by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry after a gap of around seven years.As per the present rules, I&B ministry gives a subsidy of 50% up to a limit of Rs 7.5 lakh, for starting community radio stations. In his concluding remarks, Naidu also announced that a new dedicated Doordarshan channel for the northeastern states will come up in the first half of January. This channel will show the richness, variety and diversity of the local culture and seamlessly integrate these states with the rest of the country, he said.Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore said collaboration between states and Centre is the “bedrock for good governance” and there is a need to “move forward together as Team India” in scripting the development of the nation.Later, speaking to mediapersons at the sidelines of the event, to a question about reports that the Uttar Pradesh government wants to start a news channel, Naidu said, “There has been no direct communication. Why are they communicating through you (media)?” “I have not received any such information. If it comes, I have an open mind, but we will see it in light of the policies that are there,” he said.The present Act only allows Doordarshan and All India Radio. States do not have their own channels, he said.

‘FTII-initiated’ short courses on film-making to conducted across India soon: Gajendra Chauhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The country’s premier film school FTII has decided to conduct several short courses on film-making across the country. The first such “FTII-initiated” 20-day course would be conducted in Guwahati this month, following which more such short courses would be organised in various cities including Delhi, FTII chairperson Gajendra Chauhan said in Delhi.”Number of seats in FTII is very limited. But the film industry needs huge numbers of professionals. This industry is no longer limited to Mumbai. It is in Delhi, southern states and other areas. So we have decided that FTII-initiated courses will be started in most of the states,” he said.There will be courses in screen-play writing, acting and cinematography. The FTII chairman said the institute would write to various state governments for fixing venues for conducting these courses. “Depending upon the response, we will move to more cities,” he said.Chauhan said these short courses would help talented individuals across the country hone their skills. Speaking about the institute, he said there is a view that the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) should be self-sustained and able to raise more resources.Asked whether there is any proposal to increase fees, Chauhan said a 20% fee hike had been effected recently. The hostel fee has also been increased from Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000 per year. Chauhan, along with other FTII functionaries, had met Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday to apprise him of various issues related to the functioning of the institute. He also met Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, an official said.Chauhan, who had played the role of ‘Yuddhisthir’ in iconic tele-serial ‘Mahabharata’, was appointed FTII chairperson in 2015, following which there was a student strike for months. The strike ended in October last year.

Arun Jaitley led committee to boost outreach of ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Ganga Rejuvenation’

New Delhi: In a bid to bolster the communication outreach of its two key flagship programmes ‘Swacch Bharat’ and ‘Ganga Rejuvenation’, the government has formed a High Powered Committee headed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley which will hold its first meeting on 22 June .

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

Apart from Jaitley, who holds Finance and Information and Broadcasting portfolios, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Birender Singh, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati, Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi, HRD minister Smriti Irani and Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore are membersof the committee.

“The committee will look at the progress made under the schemes and work to coordinate and monitor intensive Multimedia Campaigns for dissemination, outreach and advocacy,” a senior official told PTI on Tuesday.

The panel has been formed in line with the recommendations of a Group of Secretaries on ‘Swacch Bharat’ Mission and ‘Ganga Rejuvenation’.

“A key aspect related to these schemes is awareness so that people have a sense of ownership towards these key schemes. The panel would try to outline a communication outreach with regard to strategy, design, content creation and implementation of these key initiatives,” the official said.

Apart from Jaitley and other ministers, senior officials of the concerned ministries and top officials of Doordarshan, All India Radio, Department of Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP) etc will also be present in the meeting.

Among the terms of references of the group are, planning for integrated media campaign and allocation of integrated Multi-Media campaigns.

The panel, which will meet at least once every month, will also come up with communication innovations on the two schemes.

Two years of Modi govt: Congress hits out at Amitabh Bachchan for hosting PM’s anniversary event

The Congress on Wednesday questioned Centre’s decision of selecting super star Amitabh Bachchan to host its show marking two years of the NDA government and said the step might send wrong signals to Multi Agency Group (MAG) probing Panama paper leaks.”We have no objection to Amitabh Bachchan hosting the NDA programme, but what signal will it send to investigation agencies,” said Congress leader Randeep Surjewala, while addressing a press conference.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a nod to Bachchan’s selection after he had a detailed meeting with Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.Bachchan’s name featured in the Panama Papers.However, Amitabh Bachchan clarified to Times Now that that it would be actor R Madhavan, and not him, who would host the event.First, records from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca showed Bachchan served as director of four offshore shipping companies – an allegation he denied. Later, more damning records emerged that suggested that the actor attended the companies’ board meetings via telephone conference.According to several media reports, Bachchan will host a five-hour-long show on May 28 to highlight the achievements of the Narendra Modi government in the last two years at the iconic India Gate.However, he said that he was only hosting a small segment of the programme on the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme of the Centre, for which he is the brand ambassador.”I don’t think they (Congress) are aware that I am not hosting the event. I have been invited as the brand ambassador of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign. It is up to the government to decide whether to have me there or not,” the senior Bachchan told Times Now, pointing out that he was also a United Nations Ambassador for the Girl Child.The event is likely to comprise talk shows over the government’s achievements, interspersed with cultural programmes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the function. (With ANI inputs)

Govt taking steps to modernise Doordarshan: I&B Minister tells Lok Sabha

New Delhi: Government has taken a number of steps to modernise Doordarshan news and entertainment channels by bringing in latest technology, strengthening regional bureaux and hiring fresh talent, Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.

Observing that DD News provides “only news and complete news” and a vast population of the country continue to watch it, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said, “modernisation process of Doordarshan is on. New technology is being brought, regional bureaux are being strengthened, fresh talent are being hired and salaries increased.”

Doordarshan logo. Wikimedia Commons

Doordarshan logo. Wikimedia Commons

The Minister was responding to a question by Congress member Ranjeet Ranjan who said that when “people get headache after watching private TV news channels”, they switch over to state-run DD News.

He said that government will soon bring a new entertainment policy where slots will be sold so that more entertainment programmes could be telecast.

Responding to BJP member Virendra Singh’s complaint that TV channels gave too much importance on telecasting cricket matches, he said a kabaddi league could be started and all such matches could be shown through DD Kisan channel.

Rathore said that Doordarshan had recently shown a reality programme on folk songs of the country which became immensely popular and several private channels too started similar programmes.

The Minister said that it was Doordarshan’s constant endeavour to improve upon its programmes by reviewing content and
quality from time to time with the view to sustain the interest of the viewers.

“Doordarshan has been procuring content through various notified schemes such as self finance commissioning, revenue sharing mode producers, advertisement funded programme and acquisition category,” he said.

LK Advani’s wife Kamla cremated

Friends, family and top politicians cutting across party lines on Thursday bid farewell to BJP veteran LK Advani’s wife Kamla, whose mortal remains were consigned to flames here.The body was taken to Nigam Bodh Ghat crematorium from Advani’s Prithviraj Road residence, where it was kept for people to pay their last respect. The funeral pyre of the deceased was lit by her son Jayant at around 4:30 pm.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Among those who attended the final rites were BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Piyush Goyal. LG Najeeb Jung, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, BJP Vice President Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, party General Secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal, former RS MP Amar Singh, industrialist Anil Ambani, actor Ashutosh Rana and Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay, besides family members of Advani, including daughter Pratibha, were present.83-year-old Kamla died yesterday at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here due to heart failure.She had been suffering from age-related problems for some time and was on wheelchair for the last few months. Earlier in the day, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti paid tributes to Kamla, saying she was a motherly figure and a “pillar of strength” to L K Advani. “She played a big role in Advaniji’s life. She never considered herself as wife of a tall leader, she always came across as a mother to us. She was a pillar of strength for Advaniji,” Bharti said.

2 years of Modi govt: I&B Ministry working on publicity drive to highlight achievements

With the Narendra Modi government set to complete two years in office on May 26, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has begun consultations with other ministries to chalk out a strategy for highlighting its achievements.The ministry has already written to the other departments seeking details of initiatives undertaken by them in the past 18 months so that a plan for their publicity across various platforms may be prepared.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The government’s first year in office was marked by the tagline ‘Saal Ek Shuruat Anek’. Now, consultations are on so that a detailed communication plan can be formulated involving the Press Information Bureau, Doordarshan, AIR and other publicity units and ministries,” an official said.Earlier this month, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore held a meeting in which it was emphasised that the flow of information from the ministries and departments to the publicity officers should be made smoother.I&B Secretary Sunil Arora has also written to his counterparts in other departments asking them to share information about their key programmes and initiatives.All media units under the I&B ministry like PIB, the field publicity department. have been asked to share their action plans while department publicity officers have been asked to outline five major policy decisions or initiatives taken by their ministries in last two years.Public broadcaster Doordarshan has also been asked to outline a comprehensive strategy for its regional and national network, including Kisan TV channel, officials said.The ministry may also consider taking the assistance of industry professionals to ensure that a crisp and clear communication strategy is put in place, they said.

Lt Gen JFR Jacob, 1971 Indo-Pak war hero, laid to rest in New Delhi

Lt Gen (Retd) J F R Jacob, who played a key role in the 1971 war which liberated Bangladesh from Pakistan, was laid to rest here.Jacob, who was also Governor of Punjab and Goa, breathed his last at the Army Hospital yesterday at around 8 am. He was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital since January 1 after suffering from pneumonia.His body was first kept at the Brar Square in Delhi cantonment where Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha led the nation in paying their homage.Bangladesh High Commissioner and an Israeli Embassy delegation were also present besides Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan (rpt) Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen V K Singh (Retd) and senior BJP leader L K Advani among others. Jacob was later laid to rest at the Jewish cemetery on Humayun Road.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I had a special relationship with Gen Jacob because when he was the Goa governor, he used to tell me many stories about the 1971 War,” Parrikar said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Wednesday condoled his demise and said India will always remain grateful to Jacob for his impeccable service to the nation. He had also recalled his association with him.Jacob had negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka after the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war when, as Major General, he served as the Chief of Staff of Indian Army’s Eastern Command. Born in 1923 in Bengal Presidency under British India, Jacob joined the army at the age of 19 in 1942 and also fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 before he retired in 1978.Post retirement, he joined BJP and headed its ex-servicemen wing. He was appointed Governor of Goa during Vajpayee government and then Governor of Punjab. He was also the Administrator of Union Territory of Chandigarh.During his stint as Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, he would often conduct check in government offices unannounced. He authored two books – ‘Surrender at Dacca: Birth of a Nation’ and ‘An Odyssey in War and Peace: An Autobiography Lt Gen J F R Jacob’.

I&B ministry set to expand Shyam Benegal panel, may include Kamal Hassan

The I&B ministry may soon add more members, including actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan, to the Shyam Bengal committee that has been set up to look holistically into the functioning of the Censor Board, which has been mired in controversies in the recent past.It has been felt that more regions of the country should be given representation on the panel and so it has been suggested that filmmaker-actor Hassan and eminent directors Shaji Karun and Gautam Ghosh should be included on it, Benegal told PTI.The acclaimed film-maker said that as a large number of films are made in South India and other regions, it was felt that more members could be added to the committee.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Benegal and other members of the committee, including filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film journalist Bhawana Somayaa had last week met Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley in Mumbai, where Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present.The I&B ministry is actively working on the suggestion to add more members, sources, meanwhile, said.While Hassan has long experience of working in the Tamil film industry, Karun has made several films in Malayalam.Bengali film-maker Ghosh’s entry would give representation to eastern India on the panel.The I&B ministry had set up the panel on January 1 to take a relook at the functioning of the Board.I&B minister Jaitley had last week said that film certification guidelines needed contemporary interpretation and should be as non-discretionary as possible.Earlier, before the panel was set up, Jaitley had made his desire known that he would like the Certification Board to be “controversy-free” and added that he had discussed the matter with some experts as to what should be the future role of this body.

Government brings web tools to promote use of Hindi among employees

Government has introduced web tools like audio-typing aid on computers and is working on making available Hindi classic literature digitally to promote use of the language among its employees, a top official on Sunday said.”We have introduced e-tools to make learning and adaption of Hindi easier among our employees. For their self-learning, we have also brought in audio-typing aid for their ease,” Secretary, Department of Official Language (Rajbhasha) Girish Shankar said.The senior bureaucrat said this on the sidelines of a function to mark the 11th ‘World Hindi Day’ in the national capital. “In our bid to promote usage of Hindi, we are also bringing classic works like those of Premchand and others authors available on the web for our employees, who wish to read those literature,” he said.The event was hosted by city-based organisation ‘Vishwa Hindi Parishad’ at the Constitution Club of India, which was attended among others, by BJP Sitamarhi MP Ram Kumar Sharma and noted novelist Narendra Kohli.Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who was scheduled to open the event had to give it a miss, due to some urgencies. “I express my heartfelt wishes to one and all on the occasion of ‘Vishwa Hindi Diwas’. It would have been an honour to attend the programme but due to some urgent work, I couldn’t move out of Mumbai,” he said in a Hindi message sent to the organisers. First ‘World Hindi Day’ was celebrated in 2006 during the then UPA dispensation. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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