A debate on censorship has erupted again after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) asked filmmakers in Bengaluru for affidavits stating that they will not release any part of their film online without getting a certificate first. The CBFC regional office in Bengaluru has asked the filmmakers to sign an affidavit in this regard.
This comes at a time when a number of cases involving cringe online content, promoting misogyny and sexism have surfaced on social media.
Earlier this month, CBFC had decided to facilitate industry interaction to refine the movie certification process and this was decided at the first board meeting of the newly instituted censor board a month after writer-ad man Prasoon Joshi was appointed its chief.
But the question is will the new CBFC chief take this in the right direction?

India bids farewell to Marshal Arjan Singh with 17-gun salute, ‘missing man’ fly past

With a 17-gun salute and a ‘missing man’ fly past, Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh was laid to rest with the highest military and state honours. Arjan Singh’s last rites were performed at Delhi’s Brar square. He was a war hero of the 1965 India-Pakistan war and was the only air force officer to be promoted to five-star rank. He passed away at the age of 98 at an army hospital in Delhi due to cardiac arrest.

Rohingya revised stack; top Al-Qaeda operative arrested

While politics continues to rage over the migration of Rohingya Muslims to India, a new arrest has sent shockwaves across the security community.
Top Al-Qaeda operative has been arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell. Shammim-ur- Rehman alias Shumon Haq had indoctrinated children of top Bangladesh officials. His main mission was to set up camps for Rohingyas and also set up a base for Rohingyas sympathisers in Mizoram and Manipur.

School Reform: Maneka Gandhi, Prakash Javadekar, CBSE officials hold meeting on safety guidelines in schools

Centre convened a high-level meeting with the various concerned bodies to issue safety guidelines for schools children. The meeting was called in the wake of the recent murder of a 7-year-old boy in Gurugram’s Ryan International School.
Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar attended the meet with bodies like CBSE, NCPCR and NCERT so that the safety guidelines for the schools are issued soon.

Yesudas Temple row: Singer applies for permission to enter Padmanabhaswamy temple

Eminent Carnatic vocalist and playback singer KJ Yesudas has applied for permission to worship at the centuries-old Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram where only Hindu devotees are permitted. Yesudas has asked for permission to visit the shrine on Bijaya Dashami and temple officials have said that as per their customs, anyone who believes in Hinduism can visit the temple. However, the singer had earlier requested the famous Sree Krishna temple in Thrissur district and Kadampuzha Devi temple in Malappuram but was denied entry for being a ‘non-Hindu’.

By the time Mamata Banerjee will realise, it will be too late: Amit Shah to NewsX

This is a big NewsX exclusive interview with BJP president Amit Shah. He’s also spoken on Mamata Banerjee blocking his events in Bengal and the controversy over Mamata’s diktats on Durga idol immersion. Amit Shah has also dismissed the Congress’ chances ahead of the Gujarat Assembly Elections. The BJP President spoke exclusively to our Senior Editor Brijesh Pandey.

Team Kamal Rajini: Will Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan launch political party together?

Three days after actor Kamal Haasan confirmed that he was considering launching his own political party, Rajinikanth’s close friend Tamilaruvi Manian has said that both Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth must join hands. Tamilaruvi believes that it will be good if Kamal Haasan works with Rajinikanth. He further added that if everyone has different parties and different flags, it will only create a possibility of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam coming back to power. Nearly a month ago, Tamilaruvi Manian had declared that Rajinikanth will be making his political entry soon.

Dinakaran loyalists: Tamil Nadu Speaker P Dhanapal disqualifies 18 AIADMK MLAs

It is a massive setback to the TTV faction as Tamil Nadu speaker has cracked the whip by disqualifying all of his 18 MLAs. Under the anti-defection law, this disqualification has reduced the strength of the house, thereby opening an opportunity for the EPS govt to prove their majority. The battle is likely to take course in the court. As the TTV faction has called it unconstitutional, they are likely to approach the court to seek justice.