FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 JANUARY 2018 fINd uS ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P10 SENSEx 36,050.44 -111.20 MOdI CALLS fOR MARITIME COOPERATION MEhBOOBA MufTI STRESSES dIALOGuE ‘OPEN TO CITIzENShIP fOR dREAMERS’ P3 NIfTy 11,069.65 -16.35 ` vs $ 63.55 +14 PAISE hOW MR BLATTER BATTENEd ON fOOTBALL P3 GOLd 29,470.00 +255.00 SILVER 39,950.00 +800.00 Padmaavat opens under tight security cover One million cinegoers defy threat of violence, film not released in Gujarat and MP press trust of india New Delhi/MuMbai, 25 JaNuary T WeAtheR Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 27 and 15 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil ReLAtIve humIdIty Max.85% Min. 37% Max: 27.5°C (+1) SuN RISES 06:17 hrs MOON RISES 12.22 hrs Min: 17.0°C (+3) SuN SETS 17:21 hrs MOON SETS 00:39 hrs tempeRAtuRe Full moon on 31 January thumbNAILs he show must go on. And it did today as Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much debated Padmaavatunspooled in single and multiplex screens across the country under the shadow of security personnel and simmering tensions. The film was not released in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. A bandh call by the Rajput Karni Sena against the release of Padmaavat today failed to make any major impact in Gujarat, but none of the theatres in the state screened the movie for security reasons. The Shree Rajput Karni Sena continued to fiercely oppose the controversial film, even as cinema hall owners and multiplexes in Rajasthan decided not to screen the movie in view of the law-andorder situation. As protests against the period drama intensified, Rajasthan Home minister Security personnel guard a theatre hall after the release of the film Padmaavat in the Capital on Thursday. n sns Gulab Chand Kataria said no theatre in the state is ready to screen the movie. A day after a school bus in Gurgaon was attacked by stone-pelting protesters, audiences defied threats of violence to stream into theatres to watch the opening day shows of the period film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. Many of those who watched Padmaavat condemned the violence of the last few weeks and said Illaiyaraja Padma Vibhushan; Dhoni, Advani Padma Bhushan press trust of india New Delhi, 25 JaNuary Republic Day rehearsal at Red Road in Kolkata on Thursday. sns Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir: a day ahead of republic Day, authorities on Thursday snapped the mobile internet services in Kashmir. The internet services on mobile phones and data cards were suspended Thursday evening as part of the security drill of republic Day. This is the first time that these services were withdrawn a day earlier. Korean hockey players team up for Olympics: Female hockey players from the rival Koreas were paired up with each other today to form their first-ever Olympic squad during next month's Pyeongchang winter Games, as their countries press ahead with rare reconciliation steps following nuclear tensions. a dozen N Korean hockey players crossed the heavily fortified border into S Korea earlier on Thursday. GST collections reverse declining trend: halting two months of decline, the GST collections gathered momentum in December, rising to rs 86,703 crore. “Total revenue collections under GST for the month of December 2017 (received in December 2017/January up to 24 January 2018) has been rs 86,703 crores till 24 January 2018,” the finance ministry said in a tweet. P8 Noted music composer Illaiyaraja, Hindutava thinker Parameswaran Parameswaran, former Team India captain M S Dhoni were among 85 people chosen for the prestigious Padma awards of 2018. Among the awardees, 16 are from the category of foreigners, non-resident Indians and three are posthumous. The 74-year-old Illaiyaraja, who has been conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2009, was selected for Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna. Besides him, noted Hindustani classical singer Ghulam Mustafa Khan, president of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari Parameswaran Parameswaran from Kerala were honoured with Padma Vibhushan. Dhoni, cueist Pankaj Advani, former Russian Ambassador to India late Alexander Kadakin, Hindustani classical musician Arvind Parikh, Tamil Nadu-based archaeologist Ramachandran Nagaswamy and Goan artist Laxman Pai were among nine prominent personalities who were honoured with Padma Bhushan. Keeping its promise of honouring “unsung heroes”, the government honoured with Padma awards several personalities who served the poor, set up free schools and popularised tribal arts globally. Lakshmikutty, a tribal woman from Kerala, who prepares 500 herbal medicine from memory and help thousands of people especially in snake and insect bite cases, is among the awardees. She teaches at Kerala Folklore Academy and lives in a small hut made of palm leaves roof in tribal settlement in a forest. She is the only tribal woman from her area to attend school in the 1950s. Arvind Gupta, an IIT Kanpur alumnus who inspired generations of students to learn science from thrash, has also been honoured with Padma Shri. Gupta visited 3,000 schools in four decades, made 6,200 short films on toy-making in 18 languages and also hosted popular TV show Tarang in 1980s. Internationally-acclaimed Gond artist Bhajju Shyam has also been awarded the Padma Shri. Shyam is famous for depicting Europe through Gond paintings, a tribal style of painting of Madhya Pradesh. Born in a poor tribal family, he worked as a night guard and electrician to support family before becoming a professional artist. His 'The London Jungle Book' sold 30,000 copies and it was published in five foreign languages. JLF begins amid protests niVedita r JaiPur, 25 JaNuary Amid protests and a bike rally in the city by the Karni Sena over the release of the film Padmaavat, the 11th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off on Thursday at the Diggi Palace here. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who was supposed to inaugurate the five-day literary event, gave it a miss. It was instead inaugurated by former Rajasthan governor Margaret Alva along with Britishborn American essayist and novelist Pico Iyer. In a keynote address titled “Charting AWorldWithout Borders”, Iyer spoke on the significance of literature in today’s world, and opined that it has enough power to make the world a better place to live. Speaking about its importance, he said, “Nowadays poets are being eclipsed by novelists and novelists by multimedia devices. Therefore, literature has become more indispensable than ever. In the time of travel bans, literature has become more important because it is not respectful of boundaries.” Festival producer and managing director of Teamwork Arts Sanjoy K Roy opined that dissent has a crucial role to play in any democracy. However, he maintained that, “it is safe only as long as it is expressed within the bounds of law”. “Literature is an infectious form of magic, and shared stories and narratives reinforce our human bonds and understanding, and we welcome one and all at the Festival to join in this magical celebration of the word,” said Namita Gokhale, author and Festival co-director. Festival co-director William Dalrymple said, “This year we have gathered talent from across the globe from Afghanistan to Patagonia and Tasmania to Turkey to present writers of genius as diverse as the great literary critic Homi k Bhabha, travel writer Redmond O’Hanlon, one of the most admired playwrights Tom Stoppard and many more. I am sure it will truly make a memorable experience for all of us.” He added, “What makes the JLF stand out is that it is completely free and open to all, and for five days we set up a miniuniversity.” This year the festival is working with 51 different corporate partners, educational institutions, government departments, trusts and foundations who support the event and celebrate the core values of democracy and equality it stands for. The five-day gala will host 500 plus speakers and over 178 musicians. there is nothing objectionable in the film. The Rs 150 crore film was released in 4,000 screens across the country with one million watching it on the first day, maker of the film Viacom 18 said in a statement. P11 The Multiplex Association of India had said the film would not be screened in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa in view of the tenuous law and order situation. The film has been the focal point of protests by various Rajput groups, which allege that it distorts their history and defames their queen Padmavati. The tension was palpable with security personnel mounting vigil at cineplexes and single screen halls but the day passed without any major incident despite violence in some places, including in Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. As protests continued in some places, the Centre made it clear that maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of state governments. States, which have witnessed violence, should deploy the Rapid Action Force, which is trained to handle mob protests, a senior home ministry official said. BRENT CRudE (IN $) 70.97 +0.44 Disagree, but don’t mock a citizen’s dignity: President statesMan neWs serViCe New Delhi, 25 JaNuary Commending India to play its historic international role, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said nationbuilding for the country must ultimately mean contributing to building a better world ~ a world that is composite, cohesive, and at peace with itself and at peace with nature. Addressing the nation on the eve of its 69th Republic Day, he said the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, of the World being One Family, might sound impractical in today’s times of tensions and terrorism but it inspired India for thousands of years, and could be felt in the “very texture of our Constitutional values.” He said “the principles of compassion, of assisting those in need, of building capacities of our neighbours, or even of those further away, underpin our society. These are the very principles that we bring to the international community.” The President said Independence and the adoption of the Constitution were a great legacy which the nation got from its leaders. But nationbuilding was a grand project, and it needed self-less efforts by all sections. Presenting a vision for the country, and how it could be achieved, he laid stress on what good citizenship mean. He said “A civicminded nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, whether in our cities or our villages. Where we respect the next-door person’s space, privacy and rights. Where we do not inconvenience our neighbours – while celebrating a festival or while resorting to a protest or on any other occasion. Where one can disagree with another viewpoint ~ or even with a historical context - without mocking a fellow citizen’s dignity and personal space.”
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