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Top news of the day: Govt approves amendments to POCSO Act; ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is BJP’s propaganda, says Congress; and more

Section 9 of the POCSO Act has been made more stringent, according to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. (Image for representational purpose only.)

Section 9 of the POCSO Act has been made more stringent, according to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. (Image for representational purpose only.)   | Photo Credit:

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Govt approves amendments to POCSO Act

The government on Friday approved amendments to the POCSO Act 2012, to bring punishments for sexual assaults against boys on par with those against girls, including the provision of death penalty when a child is under 12-years-old.

Cabinet nod for ₹10,000-crore Gaganyaan human space mission

The Union Cabinet on Friday approved the Gaganyaan project, under which a three-member crew would be in space for at least seven days, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is BJP’s propaganda against our party, say Congress leaders

“The Accidental Prime Minister”, a film starring Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh, is BJP’s propaganda against their party, Congress leaders said on Friday as the former Prime Minister evaded comment on the growing controversy over the film on him.

Foreign journalists violating Indian laws liable to be punished: MHA

All foreigners have to respect the Indian laws and those found in violation are liable to be punished. However, that does not mean they are blacklisted forever, a Home Ministry official said on Friday after a Reuters journalist was denied entry into India for allegedly violating visa rules.

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’: don't we even have freedom to extend wishes to a film, asks Rathore

With the Congress attacking the BJP after the latter lauded the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister, starring Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore on Friday asked whether his party doesn’t even have the freedom to extend wishes to a film.

Militant shot dead by security forces in Pulwama district of J&K

A militant was killed by security forces in a gun battle at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday, police said.

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is my life’s best work, says Anupam Kher

Calling The Accidental Prime Minister his “life’s best performance”, actor Anupam Kher on Friday said he will not back off from the snowballing controversy over the film on former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

‘Simmba’ review: Nothing woke about this problematic entertainer

Keep quiet and read what other women have to say - that was one rule many set for themselves as stories of #MeToo were shared online. Why create needless noise when you have nothing substantial to contribute to the debate but much to assimilate, absorb and process from the experiences of others? It is also the rule that one would want to wave at the boys' club behind Simmba — don’t try to wear that feminist hat just to capitalise on the mood of the times, it just doesn’t fit.

10 Telugu films from 2018 that you shouldn't miss

Did we just witness a watershed year in which content took precedence over star power? A few films in the first part of 2018 made many of us avid trackers of Telugu cinema. Soon after a big star-driven film that hinged on a wafer-thin storyline and lazy narration tanked in January, hope came in the form of smaller films like ChaloTholiprema and Awe. The last one, in particular, was a brave move. The genre-bender did have its missteps, but showed that a debut director (Prasanth Varma) could instil confidence in well known names to enact characters they would have never dared to earlier – lend their voices to a tree, a fish.

 

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