1496983563712The Japanese Parliament has opened the door to modernising the Chrysanthemum Throne, unanimously passing a special law allowing the ailing Emperor Akihito to retire, and proposing that the government consider letting the royal bloodline pass through the women of the imperial family.

Ever since Emperor Akihito, 83, announced his desire to abdicate on television last August, the parliament has deliberated over whether to grant his request. With the passage of the special bill by the upper house on Friday, the stage is now set for the emperor to step down and pass the throne to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito. The lower house passed the legislation last week.
At a time when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is promoting a political message of women's empowerment, the rules of succession governing the world's oldest monarchy do not permit women to be put in line for the throne.

But with public pressure mounting to allow women to reign, the shrinking size of the imperial household  and the dwindling number of male heirs has pushed the question of the role of royal women to the forefront of the abdication debate.
According to the new law, which applies only to the current emperor, the government has three years to set a date for his exit. Akihito, who is hugely popular in Japan, will become the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years.

Japanese media have reported that the likely timing of the abdication will be around the emperor's 85th birthday next year, in December.
When Crown Prince Naruhito, 57, ascends to the throne, he will follow a much beloved emperor who gently but insistently transformed the role he took over from his father, the wartime emperor Hirohito.

In 1989, Akihito succeeded Hirohito, once considered a deity in Japan and whose voice was only first heard by the Japanese people when he went on the radio to announce the country's surrender at the end of World War II.
Emperor Akihito became enormously popular as he abandoned the aloof style of his father and sought to spend more time among the people. The Japanese revere him for his support of the pacifism enshrined in the nation's postwar constitution, and his role as the nation's consoler-in-chief during natural disasters. Together with his wife, Empress Michiko, he has travelled extensively, acting as an envoy of reconciliation with surrounding Asian countries that suffered during Japan's wartime aggression.  

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2017-06-08Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani on Wednesday said filmmakers will need to obtain a no-objection certificate (NoC) from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the movie The Accidental Prime Minister. The movie is based on Manmohan Singh after  he sworn in as the prime minister in May 2004.

Bollywood star Anupam Kher will play the role of Manmohan Singh in the movie which is scheduled to release ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Nihalani has warned that the film’s makers would have to abide by the guideline regarding all films based on real-life characters. “The makers of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, producer Sunil Bohra, would have to get an NoC from Manmohan Singhji, Sonia Gandhiji and all the other real-life politicians who are part of the narrative. This rule applies without fail. There are no exceptions",Nihalani said.

“And although my current tenure as the CBFC chairperson ends in January 2018 and this film will come up for censorship after that, I am sure the guidelines regarding biopics would remain unchanged".
He hopes that the film’s team is aware of this. “Anupam Kher was himself the CBFC chairperson not too long so. Ashoke Pandit who considers himself a part of the CBFC, is also a part of the film on Manmohan Singhji. And Hansal Mehta who is writing the film, claims to be a victim of the censorship guidelines every time his film is on release. I can’t imagine how these people cannot be aware of the NoC required for censor clearance of films based on real-life figures", Nihalani added.

On June 7, the first look of the movie was released and received much appreciation.

The book The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh is written by Sanjaya Baru, who was the media advisor of Manmohan Singh.

Earlier, Nihalani had asked filmmakers of documenatry on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to get a NoC from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The filmmakers had also claimed that the CBFC have asked them to remove references of Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress. Director duo Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s ‘An Insignificant Man’ traces the rise of Kejriwal and the birth of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

News Source: India News


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armyAccording to the Army, infiltration attempts have been foiled at Gurez, Machhil, Naugam and Uri sectors in the last 48 hours, in which seven armed intruders have been eliminated. "In the current year, 22 infiltration attempts have been foiled and 34 armed intruders eliminated on the Loc", a senior Army officer said today.

"The relentless operations by the security forces have defeated the desperate attempts by Pakistan and its agents to spread terror in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan," he said.

As compared to this, 28 infiltration attempts took place in 2015 and 88 such attempts in 2016.

Minister of State for Defence, Subhash Bhamre had said in the Parliament that 116 cross-border infiltration attempts were made in the Valley in 2015 and 2016, including 88 last year.

A total of 59 Army personnel have been killed in counter-terror operations in the state since 2016. 

News Source: EEnaduIndia News

Published in Politics
Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:34

Now, pay your traffic challan with Paytm

paytmMobile payment platform Paytm has enabled payment of traffic challan on its platform. Users can simply log onto the app, tap on 'Traffic Challan', enter their vehicle number and proceed to make the payment after verifying a few other details.

"Traffic challan payments in India largely happen at select counters and in cash," says Senior Vice President at Paytm, Kiran Vasireddy, "We are glad to partner with the state traffic police departments to enable challan payments on the go," he adds.

The service will generate a digital invoice and the customer’s surrendered documents will be dispatched via postal services by the respective police department, the company said in a statement.

"This is a new stride in our vision to add convenience to every payment use-case in the country," says Vasireddy.

Currently live in Mumbai, Pune and Vijayawada, the company has stated that it will be expanded to other cities soon.

News Source: Telecom News

Published in Technology
Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:54

PCMC to repair all dug up roads

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India skipper Virat Kohli today conceded that Champions Trophy is qualitatively much more competitive than the World Cup, with top eight teams battling it out in a condensed schedule. "The competitiveness of the tournament is much higher from the word go. In a World Cup, you still have league games (to get into groove) and may be dominate during the later half, but in Champions Trophy you need to be on top of your game from game one.

If you are not, then your chances go down pretty soon," Virat told reporters at the pre-departure media conference here. India play their first match against arch rivals Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham but something that the skipper doesn't want his team to put too much weightage to the defending champions tag.

"The first challenge is not to think about the fact that we are defending the title. When we went there last time (to the CT in England in 2013), we just wanted to enjoy as a young unit and we ended up winning the tournament," Kohli said talking about how it went on creating a core which is still intact coming into this tournament.

"It ended up (the 2013 triumph) creating a team which has done so well so far. There are a few changes (in current side) but the mindset is similar to go out there and enjoy our cricket. In Tests, we have been able to reach the top with that mindset -- the hunger to win and we want it across all formats."

Kohli expects that the two senior pros former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and stylish Yuvraj Singh will go out there and express themselves with a free mindset.

Source: Economictimes

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India is trying to extend its influence over the disputed South China Sea by exploring the possibility of setting up a tsunami early warning system for the region something that China has reportedly also been working on. India's system would provide South China Sea littoral states such as Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia with early alerts in the case of a tsunami high waves caused by a quake in the sea that can cause unmitigated damage.

China's tsunami warning centre in the region was expected to start trial operations this year, its official news agency, Xinhua, reported from Beijing in March. M Rajeevan, secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said India already had a system in place to provide tsunami warnings to south-east and south Asian nations.

"India is the chairperson of RIMES (Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System for Asia and Africa). We are also a major contributor in terms of resources. So we are exploring the possibility of having a tsunami early warning system in the South China Sea," Rajeevan said.

India also has economic interests in the disputed waters, especially in offshore oil exploration, along with Vietnam's PetroVietnam.

Source: Economictimes

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