FTII students protest ‘BJP’ chairman
Students at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune have launched an indefinite boycott of classes, using graffiti and protests to express their disapproval of the ‘political’ appointment of BJP member and actor Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s president and chairman of the governing council. Harikrishnan Nachimuthu, head of the students union, warned that the protests would deepen if the appointment wasn’t revoked. FTII director D J Narain’s efforts to resolve the matter with students in a meeting failed. Meanwhile Chauhan said that he will talk things out with the students, though he doesn’t see a reason behind such ‘blind protests’. Chauhan was picked “ahead of lyricist Gulzar and filmmakers Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, who were learnt to have been shortlisted by the ministry for the top job”, the Indian Express reports.
Respect privacy of kids, says HC
In response to a custody dispute in which a father submitted his ward’s diary entries, Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court issued an order noting that there was a “growing trend” among parties in family disputes and their lawyers to place “private and personal details” on record before the court. The curt issued directions to protect the privacy of children in custody and matrimonial disputes. In case of documents concerning privacy of another individual, it directed that the “party and/or the lawyer will first apply to the court seeking leave to produce such document in a sealed cover.”
Bengal Assembly opposes Land Bill
West Bengal is the first state in the country to pass a private resolution against the ‘Land Ordinance Bill’ proposed by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. The motion saw the opposition and ruling parties united, as TMC was backed by the CPM and Congress in the debate over the same. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Centre, ” respecting the mood of the people”, should withdraw the bill which has failed to clear the Rajya Sabha.
Graft taint against anti-corruption body
Karnataka’s top anti-corruption agency is embroiled in an extortion allegation with a man claiming to be a joint commissioner of the agency apparently demanding money from a government engineer. The Lokayukta’s top police officer, Sonia Narang, told the registrar that the engineer was allegedly summoned to the Lokayukta office by unidentified persons and threatened with a corruption case unless he managed to cough up Rs 1 crore. The engineer promptly reported the case to the police wing of Lokayukta, which has now sought an investigation in the case.
India, Iran look to strengthen ties
India is looking to ramp up its engagement with Tehran and will speed up the processes and clearances that are required in the construction of Chahbahar port in Iran. India had previously signed an agreement with the Islamic Republic over the construction of the port. These developments come in the background of Iran’s improving relations with world powers, driven in turn by the prospects for a nuclear deal with the United States. India had reduced its oil imports from Iran following US sanction, but is looking to increase its imports again.
Nepal in transport deal with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India
Nepal is all set to sign the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement, which would facilitate the movement of people and good across the four countries. The agreement would be a precursor to the Saarc Motor Vehicles Agreement. The agreement is expected to promote safe, economical and environmentally viable transport between the four countries.
US probes H1-B visas for Indians
The US Department of Labour has initiated a probe against two of India’s biggest outsourcing companies, TCS and Infosys, for possible violations of H1-B visa norms violations. The investigation comes in the wake of a recent New York Times report that people on H1-B visas were replacing US workers at the Walt Disney Company. The US government’s current investigation is into the contract TCS and Infosys have with the Southern California Edison power company, which recently laid off 500 employees, and allegedly replaced them with Indians with H1-B visas.
YouTube gaming launched
YouTube, the online video streaming website owned by Google, is looking to make a big entry into the gaming market with the launch of its gaming content as YouTube Gaming. The company is also looking to make it easier for gamers to broadcast their games live, which it believes it a complicated process currently. The move comes after Amazon last year purchased the game streaming website Twitch in a hugely successful move. The service will be launched at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) beginning Tuesday.
Mahi sole Indian on Forbes’ richest athlete list
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only Indian on the Forbes’ list of 100 highest paid athletes for 2015, coming in at number 23. Dhoni took home $31 million, but dropped one place compared to last year’s list. Meanwhile, Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has shattered the record for athlete earnings by more than double, as he took home $300 million. The previous record was $115 million that Tiger Woods made in 2008. The astounding figures have been reached in part due to the ‘fight of the century’ between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao that broke boxing sponsorship records. Mayweather has topped the list thrice in the last four years.