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Don’t Blame Us For Farhan Akhtar-Milkha Singh Blooper: Bengal Government

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Kolkata | A day after actor Farhan Akhtar pointed out an error in a textbook depicting him as legendary athlete Milkha Singh, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien today said the book was neither a part of government school curriculum nor was it published by the state.

The senior TMC leader, however, assured Mr. Akhtar that efforts were being made to track the private publishing company that printed the school textbook. “Thanks, Farhan. Ref the wrong pic of Milkha Singh. Checked with education minister of state. He tells me it isn’t a textbook for government schools. Nor is it published by the government,” he tweeted last night.

“Trying to track the private publishing company. They ought to correct the mistake in future editions,” he said. The actor, too, thanked O’Brien for his response. “Appreciate your response. Tagged you since you take education very seriously,” he tweeted. The error went viral on social media yesterday and Mr Akhtar had urged the state government to rectify it.

Milkha Singh, known as ‘The Flying Sikh’ was the first Indian to win an individual athletics gold medal at Commonwealth Games in 1958.

The 44-year-old actor, who essayed the role of Milkha Singh in the 2013 biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, took to Twitter to point out that a still from the film had been incorrectly used in the book instead of the athlete’s photo.

The actor-director tagged West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee and Derek O’Brien in his tweet.

Mr. Chatterjee yesterday said the government will take necessary steps after finding out the details. Mr. Akhtar received critical acclaim for his performance and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ bagged National Awards in two categories – Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Choreography.

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Goa women Congress chief questioned in POCSO case

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Panaji | Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (GPMCC) president Pratima Coutinho was on Wednesday questioned in connection with a POCSO case lodged against her for allegedly revealing identity of a molestation victim, a police official said. Investigation officer police sub-inspector Sandhya Gupta questioned the Congress leader for over an hour at the Women’s Police Station here this afternoon.

Coutinho was booked under section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act,section 4 ofthe Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and section 8 (2) of Goa Children’s Act on complaints lodged by the Shiv Sena and some NGOs earlier this year. She was questionned in this connection on July 14.

The Congress leader had courted a controversy after she allegedly posted a picture of her with the mother of the minor girl who was allegedly molested by a man from Jharkhand earlier this year. The victim is a resident of Netravali village in Sanguem assembly constituency in South Goa. A delegation of the Mahila Congress led by Coutinho had visited the victim, after she filed a formal complaint with local police station.

Meanwhile, Coutinho Wednesday alleged that she was being “harassed” by the police, “as the accused in the molestation case works with an influential minister in the Goa government”. “All attempts are being made to harass me so that my voice is suppressed. I am being targetted by using police machinery because the Mahila Congress has taken up several causes, which has caused discomfort to the Goa government,” she alleged.

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Bengaluru court grants bail to G Janardhan Reddy in alleged bribery case

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Bengaluru | The  Bengaluru court on Wednesday granted Mining baron and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader G Janardhan Reddy on a bond of Rs 1 lakh. The Karnataka minister was arrested in connection with a multi-crore Ponzi scheme case.

The Court had earlier reserved orders on the bail petition filed by BJP leader G Janardhan Reddy. Reddy was arrested on Sunday in connection with a money transaction worth crores of rupees allegedly linked to a Ponzi scheme. He was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Money Laundering Ac, and remanded to judicial custody till November 24.

 Reddy’s lawyer on Tuesday had submitted that his client had no connection with the ponzi case and he had not cheated any investor. The lawyers said, “The irony of this case is that the accused number one — Ahmed Fareed of Ambidant Marketing pvt Ltd — is roaming free on bail and my client (Reddy) has been sent to judicial custody”. Reddy has claimed the allegations against him were part of a “political conspiracy”.

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Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on guidelines regarding explicit content on Netflix and Amazon prime

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New Delhi | The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought Central governments response on the seeking regulations and guidelines on online platforms like Netflix and Amazon.

The bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao responding to the petition was filed by NGO, Justice for Rights has given the Union government a 4 week period and scheduled the further hearing on February 8. The Court had also asked the government whether there are any specific guidelines or license for the content.

The petitioners in its plea claimed that the content of the online platform violate the  Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act alleging that the online platforms offered vulgar, sexually explicit, pornographic, profane, virulent, religiously forbidden and morally unethical contents in order to attract more subscribers and generate profit.
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