PM Narendra Modi gets more sway in India’s new-look Censor Board with BJP …

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Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’, ‘Messenger of God’ rows: VHP slams former Censor Board chief Leela Samson over hurting Hindu feelings.

Indian politicians, writers and Bollywood film makers linked to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have been named to the censorship panel, battling allegations they were hand-picked by a pro-Hindu government with a partisan agenda. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today accused former censor board chief Leela Samson of playing politics over why she was “not moved” when two board members resigned after grant of certification to Aamir Khan-starrer ‘PK’ saying it may hurt Hindu feelings and yet chose to resign over ‘Messenger of God’ featuring Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Pahlaj Nihalani, a movie producer, was chosen as chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification on Monday along with nine new members to replace incumbents who quit last week citing government interference.

It also urged the government to remove ‘political’ persons appointed by Congress on various posts on a ‘purpose’ and replace them with nationalists. “The way censor board members have resigned, it seems they are playing politics. Nihalani, the producer of Bollywood hits such as “Aankhen” in the 1990s, created a promotional campaign video for the May 2014 election that saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi come to power. “I’m a big fan of Mr Modi and his vision … but when it comes to passing films, there is a constitution and you have to follow that,” Pandit said, adding last week’s mass resignations were a political move to discredit the ruling government.

The Chairman and the members were appointed in accordance with the sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 and Rule 3 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983. • Film director Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi – he is known for his epic TV serial Chanakya and critically acclaimed national award winning film Pinjar Haitian President Michel Martelly on 18 January 2015 announced the formation of new government that will be led by newly elected Prime Minister Evans Paul. The panel had kept the film out of cinemas on the grounds that it was a promotional film about the leader of a religious sect and would encourage superstition.

Despite promising a new government, Martelly kept several current cabinet members in their posts including the Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Health, Tourism, Education and Public Works and appointed his allies to the key positions of Planning Minister and Secretary of State for Public Security. Demonstrators from the Sikh community shout slogans and hold placards during a protest against the impending release of an Indian film “MSG: The Messenger of God”, in New Delhi January 16, 2015. Martelly has been in power since 2011, but he has failed to end Haiti’s long-running political turmoil and protesters have called on street protests aimed at resignation of Martelly. REUTERS The film has been at the centre of a controversy with all members of CBFC besides Samson resigning over the issue of granting certification to it by the tribunal over-ruling the Board.

Haiti’s parliament was dissolved in the second week of January 2015 after the last-minute negotiations to extend the terms of the members of Haiti Parliament collapsed. Haiti has a long history of coups, uprisings and dictatorships and now the dissolution of parliament raised fears that the nation is again on a way to violent unrest.

It is the poorest nation of the America and is still recovering from a devastating earthquake in January 2010 that destroyed large parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince. ONGC as the winner of the tournament received the Savio Cup and a cheque of 1.3 lakh rupees while IOB as the runners-up received prize-money of 70000 rupees.

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