Monthly : March 2017

Hriday Narayan Dixit

Hriday Narayan Dixit elected as the Speaker of UP Vidhan Sabha

Question: Which of the following articles of Indian Constitution provides for the role of Speaker for every Legislative Assembly?
(a) Article 176
(b) Article 177
(c) Article 178
(d) Article 179
Ans: (c)

  • On 30th March, 2017, senior BJP Leader Hriday Narayan Dixit was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 17th Legislative Assembly of the state of Uttar Pradesh.
  • He is also reputed columnist and has a number of books to his credit.
  • He was elected to the 17th Legislative Assemby from BhagvantNagar seat of Unnao District.
  • It is to be noted that under Article 178 of the Indian Constitution, “Every Legislative Assembly of a State shall, as soon as may be, choose two members of the Assembly to be respectively Speaker and Deputy Speakers thereof and, so often as the office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker becomes vacant, the Assembly shall choose another member to be Speaker or Deputy Speaker, as the case may be.”

Reference:
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/hriday-narayan-dixit-elected-up-assembly-speaker/384631.html
http://uplegisassembly.gov.in/ENGLISH/pdfs/PressAdvertisement_Speaker_Election.pdf

Srinath Narayanan set to become Indias 46th Grandmaster

Srinath Narayanan set to become Indias 46th Grandmaster

Question: What is FIDE?
(a) An International Chess Federation
(b) Chess Board
(c) Gaming Software
(d) None of the above.
Ans: (a)

  • Chennais Srinath Narayanan is set to become Indias 46th Grandmaster after he defeated Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro at the ongoing Sharjah Masters 2017 chess tournament on 29th March, 2017.
  • He had become Indias youngest FIDE-rated player in 2002 when he was just eight years old.
  • He also finished as joint winner in the Under-12 World Championship in 2005 in France.
  • Srinath became an International Master at the age of 14 and crossed the 2500 Elo rating a few months back.
  • He had already secured five GM norms. He won his first GM norm in 2012 by winning the Asian Junior Chess Championship, which he won again the next year.
  • The Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE)or World Chess Federation is an international organization that connects the various national chess federations around the world and acts as the governing body of international chess competition.
  • FIDE was founded in Paris, France, on July 20, 1924. Its motto is Gens una sumus, Latin for “We are one people”

Reference:
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/chennais-srinath-set-to-become-indias-46th-gm/1/915731.html

Online Film Certification System

Online Film Certification System

Question: Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they have been certified by
(a) the Central Board of Film Certification
(b) Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
(c) National School of Drama (NSD)
(d) Film and Television Institute of India
Ans: (a)

  • On 27th March, 2017, Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu launched “E-Cinepramaan” the Online Film Certification System of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
  • The objective of the Government is to eliminate the need for human interface to the extent possible. The new online certification system would be an important step in making the CBFC Office paper less and would enable effective monitoring & real time progress tracking for both CBFC Officials and the applicant (Producers).
  • The Salient features of the online film certification system are as follows:
  • In the e-cinepramaan, the status of each application would be visible online in the dashboard of the producer/concerned CBFC official.
  • In case of short films/promos/trailers less than 10 minutes, even for Examination purposes also, the producer need not visit the Office/Theatre. They can merely submit their creations online.
  • For films longer than 10 minutes, the applicant will only have to show the film at the Examining theatre and will not have to visit the CBFC Offices at all except to collect their certificates.
  • The producer/applicant would be informed by SMS/e-mail of the status of their application and any action needed, beginning from the receipt of application to the certificate collection.
  • The transparency in the system and elimination of middle men would mitigate chances of any corruption and would also avoid allegations of jumping the queue or rigging up of Examination committees.
  • The implementation of QR code on the certificates would eliminate chances of fraudulent certificates.
  • The system envisages a robust MIS system for performance tracking and efficient reporting.
  • The system has inbuilt alerts depending on the pendency of the application to ensure that time limits prescribed by the Rules are not violated.
  • Simultaneously, a new CBFC Website has also been developed bringing in new user friendly features and important information at the click of a button.
  • The online system has integrated the payments made by the producers towards certification fees with Bharatkosh portal, a Govt. of India system for all Non-tax revenue receipts. It would be the First Software to fully integrate with the Bharatkosh.
  • Film Industry in India has been growing at a significant pace with a noticeable increase in the number of films getting released every year. The changes in the current processes of CBFC would ensure better facilitation and technological upgradation to match-up with the pace of Indian cinema.
  • The Information and Broadcasting ministry has been proactively taking initiatives to promote Ease of Doing Business in the Media & Entertainment Sector. The Film Facilitation Office (FFO) established in Nov 2015 provided Single window clearance to facilitate film shootings by foreign film makers in India. A total of 41 shooting Permissions were given for foreign films/projects in 2016 which was approximately 33% increase over 2015.
  • Automation of the Film Certification Process would enable Good Governance making the entire process transparent and efficient.
  • It is notable that Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they have been certified by the Central Board of Film Certification.
  • Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a statutory body under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, regulating the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act 1952.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=160030
https://www.cbfcindia.gov.in/main/

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