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Court suspends release of movie "Gulaab Gang"
Report dated 06/03/2014 @ 2:08 PM
Delhi High Court has stayed the release of Hindi movie "Gulaab Gang" that is based on the life of activist Sampat Pal, who formed a group of pink sari clad women vigilantes in Uttar Pradesh. The film stars Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla. It was set for release on March 7.
The Court said if the movie is allowed to be released it will cause irreparable damage to the reputation of Sampat Pal who moved the high court seeking a restraining order on the release because the filmmakers did not get her permission before making the film that shows her in a bad light as is seen in the promos of the film.
Sahara chief to be treated as ordinary prisoner in Tihar
Report dated 05/03/2014 @ 4:05 PM
Subrata Roy, the boss of Sahara India, the largest private sector employer in the country, was sent to judicial custody in Delhi for a week by the Supreme Court.
Roy will be kept in the high-security Tihar prison where he will be kept as an ordinary prisoner and sleep on the floor and eat jail food like anyone else.
According to Tihar Jail spokesman Sunil Gupta, visitors will be allowed to see him twice a week and they will be chosen from a list of ten people he will have to submit at the time of admission to the jail.
Once he reaches Tihar, a doctor will examine him for any medical conditions and if necessary treatment will begin at once. He will be kept in a civil cell to save him from other prisoners.
Apart from Roy, the Bench also ordered the Group's other two directors Ravi Shankar Dubey and Ashok Roy Choudhury to be taken into custody. The woman director Vandana Bhargava was allowed to go free.
No more 2-finger test for rape victims
Report dated 05/03/2014 @ 4:03 PM
The Department of Health Research (DHR) and the Indian Council of Medical Research, with the help of qualified medical experts, has revised and formulated a set of national guidelines for dealing with criminal assault cases, including asking all hospitals to set up a designated room for forensic and medical examinations of rape victims and banning the two-finger test performed on them.
The dubious two-finger test was used by doctors to find out whether the victim is habituated to sexual intercourse or not. This has been outlawed and recognised as unscientific and shall therefore no longer be performed.
Among the detailed and carefully prepared revised guidelines is the necessity to obtain the 'informed consent' of the victim before starting treatment, and so is informing the police. In cases where the patient is below 12 years of age the parents and guardians will be responsible for consent.
The revised guidelines have been made available to health care providers who work with victims of sexual violence.
Deadline to exchange pre-2005 currency notes extended
Report dated 04/03/2014 @ 2:45 PM
The Reserve Bank of India has extended for an additional nine months, the requirement that the public exchange currency notes printed before 2005, including Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denominations. The new deadline is now January 1, 2015.
The RBI has also advised banks to facilitate the exchange of the notes for full value and without causing the public any inconvenience. It clarified that the public can continue to freely use the notes for transactions and can unhesitatingly receive these notes in payment as all such notes will remain legal tender.
Post-2005 notes have added security features that help curb the menace of fake currency.
"We’re sailing on a bomb" submarine officer’s warning ignored by Navy
Report dated 04/03/2014 @ 2:42 PM
As the Indian Navy board of inquiry continues to investigate the Feb 26 disaster on board the INS Sindhuratna submarine, a serving officer has turned whistle blower, and divulged a final disturbing conversation he had with officer Lieutenant Manoranjan Kumar, one of the officers who perished on board.
The officer whose identity is being protected currently serves at the Western Naval command. He told of his meeting with Lieutenant Manoranjan just days before he died. When he asked him about the submarine, the Lieutenant said "We sail on a bomb, Sir, the batteries are so old that despite ten times efforts to maintain them they still produce ten times the gas. The hydrogen burners simple can't cope".
When the whistle blower asked why he had not flagged the issue up the naval chain of command, Manoranjan said "Sir, everybody is aware. It's a point at the Commander's Conference attended by the entire higher military leadership. Battery pit fires are the order of the day".
The whistle blower, himself shocked and distraught, felt some part of the accountability should be with those at the Command and Naval Headquarters. He believes it is the collective responsibility of everyone from the electrical officer to the minister or the headquarters responsible for supplies.
As the investigation progresses and the layers of details are uncovered, the deaths of Lt. Manoranjan and his fellow officer have had a particularly grave effect on the naval rank and file.