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Nagpur advocate files PIL seeking regulation of web series, HC issues show cause notice to Govt of India

Nagpur-based advocate Divya Ganeshprasad Gontia, represented by well-known advocate Shyam Dewani, recently filed a PIL seeking regulation of web series.
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Nagpur-based advocate Divya Ganeshprasad Gontia, represented by well-known advocate Shyam Dewani, recently filed a PIL seeking regulation of web series. The PIL apart from demanding bringing in web series under the scanner of a body like Censor board, also demands strict action against the web series makers, service providers, web portals and other stakeholders for promoting obscenity, vulgarity and violence.

Responding to the PIL, the Division Bench of Bombay High Court, Nagpur Bench, consisting of Justice BP Dharmadhikari and Justice MG Giradkar, has issued show cause notices to Government of India through:

a) Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,

b) Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology,

c) Ministry of Law and Justice

d)? Ministry of Home Affairs and

e) Commissioner of Police Nagpur, making them returnable on 31st October, 2018. 

While well-known advocate Shyam Dewani assisted by Sahil Dewani represented the petitioner, Additional Solicitor General of India Ulhas Aurangabadkar held brief for various Ministries of the Government of India and Government Pleader Suman Devpujari represented State/Commissioner of Police.

By citing various examples of increasing uncontrolled vulgarities, obscenity, excessive violence, etc., the petition seeks following reliefs:

(a) Direct the Respondent Authorities to take appropriate action against all such Web Services Providers for exhibiting the programs containing obscene, nude, and vulgar scenes/remarks, which are found to be cognizable offences punishable under various provisions of law such as Cinematograph Act, Indian Penal Code, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986 and Information Technology Act, 2000.

(b)? Direct the Respondent No 1 to set a pre-screening Committee before streaming of web shows, any advertisement pertaining to web series, online shows, and movie or any other program which  is directly screened/released on online platform by any of the Channels around the Country whether Indian or International;

(c) Direct the Respondent No 1 to frame Guidelines/Policy not to depict/screen/ exhibit any web shows, any advertisement pertaining to web series, online shows, and Movie or any other program, which is directly screened/released on Air without prior approval of the any appropriate committee as soon as it constituted in this behalf;

(d) Direct the Respondents to take appropriate action for striking off all obscene, vulgar and nude scenes and delete offensive dialogs on web series and it should be restricted for public exhibition, in accordance with the provisions of the Cinematograph Act and various other laws.

(e)? Direct the Respondents to take all such steps by making strong recognition of children from being access over such adult shows streaming online and also take some measures towards parental control.

f) Direct the Respondents to take all such action as may be permissible in law to restrain internet web service providers from exhibiting/screening of all obscene, vulgar and offensive acts on online platform, which are considered as offences under various provisions of law.

(g)? Direct the Respondents to take all such action as may be permissible in law to take appropriate steps to restrain internet web service providers from exhibiting/screening of advertisement of the Programs/shows/web series on online platform and other forms of social media to promote such obscenity etc.

(h)? Direct the Respondents to take all such action as may be permissible in law to regulate the broadcast of web shows on public websites in compliance to norms laid under Cinematograph Act and various other provisions of law.

Advocate Shyam Dewani

Speaking to Nation Next, advocate Shyam Dewani said, Web portals are trying to take complete ill advantage of authorities believing that they cannot be regulated by them. Till the time appropriate provisions are made, action should be taken for the obscenity, vulgarity, excessive violence, etc., under the existing provisions of law pointed out in the petition.”

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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