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Cannes film festival : The troubled voice of India

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Cannes film festival : The troubled voice of India

Cannes film festival : The troubled voice of India

The film presented by India at the Cannes Film Festival is from director Nandita Das. According to reports, this movie tells the story of the exile of the writer Manto in Pakistan at the time of the Partition of India-Pakistan. It also echoes the violence shaking India today.

If Manto is about the life of a man whose writings on the partition of India forced him to leave Bombay for Lahore in 1948, shortly after the birth of Pakistan, he also wants to bring to highlight the current harsh realities of the sub-continent where new chapters of violence continue to be written in the present.

Superbly enacted by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saadat Hasan Manto, who defended the cause of the abandoned, testifies to the “pain and suffering” of the one who felt “misunderstood” and who had to abandon his beloved city, where were buried his parents and his son.

Nandita Das has managed to portray a timeless movie and has shown herself worthy to represent India at the Festival de Cannes. Her film is reportedly a response to what is going on around her – from the humanism to the freedom of expression and to the tension during the Partition of India and Pakistan and also to the the problems afflicting today’s India.

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India : Swiss tourist gang raped in front of husband

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India : Swiss tourist gang raped in front of husband

India : Swiss tourist gang raped in front of husband

On Friday night of 18th May, after visiting the famous Taj Mahal Palace in Agra, the victim and her husband cycled back to a small village in Central India where they decided to have a stopover till morning. They were busy setting up their tent in a remote forested area of ​​Madhya Pradesh when 6 men attacked the couple, tied the husband and raped his wife in his presence.

The rapists have been arrested by the local police and they have also confessed to their heinous deeds. Aged between 20 and 25, they all live in a village near the crime scene.They have been charged them with rape… and theft! Indeed, the sex offenders also robbed the couple of their belongings. The police retrieved a laptop, a mobile phone and a sum of 10,000 INR ($ 185) from the assailants.

This tragedy comes as a rapidly growing number of Indians increasingly demonstrating against sexual abuse of women and girl children across the country. The protest was sparked by the gang rape on 29th December 2012 of a 23-year-old Indian student in New Delhi who died of her injuries. That sexual assault, in the presence of the young woman’s boyfriend, who had been beaten, caused an uproar in India but also in the world. The perpetrators of the gang rape have long since been arrested, BUT according to many, it’s as if the victim never got enough justice for such a brutal violation of her body and resulting death. Did she? NO !!!

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3 year jail sentence for Indian official for sharing confidential information with Pakistani boyfriend

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3 year jail sentence for Indian official for sharing confidential information with Pakistani boyfriend

3 year jail sentence for Indian official for sharing confidential information with Pakistani boyfriend

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Madhuri Gupta, who has served in the High Commission of Islamabad, has been convicted to 3 years in jail, on Friday 18th May for having links with Pakistan’s ISI officials. The police said in its charge sheet in 2010 that one of the Pakistani officials was in a relatioship with Madhuri and that they had even planned to get married. However, in court, Madhuri Gupta said that she is innocent and the accusations levelled at her, are all false.

Madhuri was arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police on April 22, 2010 for sharing sensitive information with Pakistani officials and staying in touch with two ISI officials Jamshed and Mubshar Raza Rana.

Discarding the ex-diplomat’s flimsy claim of innocence while announcing the sentence, the judge pointed out that in an email Madhuri sent to Jamshed, she promised to give the latter all information about hydro power projects of India in Jammu and Kashmir. Undoubteldly, this could have led to serious threat to the security of India. Madhuri Gupta was charged with the breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and various other provisions of the Official Secrets Act.

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India to become world’s 3rd largest air market by 2025

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India to become world's 3rd largest air market by 2025

India to become world’s 3rd largest air market by 2025

The commercial aviation market is undergoing unprecedented disruption in India. The country is preparing to become the 3rd largest player in the world and is multiplying initiatives in terms of investments, regional links, the relaxation of security rules and the criteria necessary to operate international flights.

The improved performance of the airlines around the world could be due to the new rules imposed by the DGCA (General Directorate of Civil Aviation) in September 2016. According to the new regulation, if the flight does not take off within five minutes after the fire green of air traffic control, it will have to be pushed back to the back of the queue where it will have to wait for the next slot available to take off.

Previously, on Indian soil, if a flight scheduled for takeoff at a particular time did not leave in time, it also delayed other flights in the queue. With this new procedure, companies that are well organized and take off on time are not bothered by others. Indian airlines are now making efforts to avoid arriving late on the track.

At the same time, in Indian commercial aviation, there has been a clear increase in flight frequencies, routes and passengers. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had published an interesting report in 2017 that foresaw significant future tourism trends around the world. The prediction that India is expected to overtake the UK as the third largest air market by 2025 is pleasing the hotel industry and tourism businesses.

In terms of market size, the United Kingdom will move from third to fifth place. India will overtake the United Kingdom as the third largest air market in the world by 2025. In 2026, the country (India) will have 337 million new passengers and a total of 478 million air travellers. It will be more than Japan (just under 225 million) and Germany (just over 200 million) combined. Of these numbers, growth is expected to come primarily from the Asia-Pacific region. This are will be the source of more than half of the new passengers over the next two decades.

These forecasts encouraged the Indian government to improve the aviation sector, as it has obviously been doing for a few years. India’s government is realizing the potential of this industry and the large middle class population of India of about 35 million people who now enjoys relatively increased purchasing power. In order to make flights affordable for a large proportion of middle class people, air fares have been reduced by 18% since 2016. Air India is also preparing to be privatized…

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