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California has best to offer for Bollywood industry, says Colleen Bell

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New Delhi, Jan 16: After a decade of a proactive mission of United States to promote tourism,a large team of representatives from US state of California landed in New Delhi for Sales Mission to India and this year the key focus is Bollywood entertainment industry.

California President & CEO Caroline Beteta led a delegation which includes Colleen Bell, the executive director of California Film Commission (CFC) who signed an MoU with the Film Producers Guild of India and discussed ways to increase participation of Bollywood in California Film Commission by offering a set of incentives from California Destinations.

Bell, who also produced the drama series “The Bold and The Beautiful,”said that entertainment has a strong capacity to maintain peace and prosperity around the world and production is looking for other ways to mutally benefit which could translate in reducing cost for logistics, produving the film.

Terming India as an incredible reognisance, Bell said,“Also Visit California is providing the first stop for helping producers find what they need, whether it is the contact information for film commissions or working through permitting issues.”

“So, if an Indian production company chooses to film in our state, we want it to be the best possible experience for them,” said Bell.
” I feel there’s a strong and sustainable connect regardless of political administrations or otherwise. As film commissioner, I would love to see how we expand on the bonds that already exist between both the countries and how we can look for mutually beneficial economic opportunities to enhance both our economies, moving forward,” Bell said.

Specifying opportunities, Bell highlighted opportunities that would be mutually beneficial for India and the state of California is what she is looking at.

“I think by cooperation and sharing information, sharing resources can make the difference,” she said.

Bell, who also served as US Ambassador to Hungary from 2014 – 2017 under the Barack Obama administration, said California Film Commission will offer than good locations for films, TV.

One can visit Warner Bros studios and California Film Commission can offer assistance to Bollywood depending upon the filming , get the filming permits, locations where the shooting can take place .

“India is the number one target and we want to capitalize by providing offers to any film producer who is interesting in shooting in our city,” Tom Kiely, CEO, West Hollywood Travel and Tourism Board said.

For a Bollywood film director to shoot a movie in Warner Bros studio is the offer that still needs time to materialise.

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Jamia video war gets murkier

The videos — and there are several of them — bear the date December 15, 2019. That is the day when there was a confrontation between the police and students and the police allegedly caned students inside the university library.

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : In a series of videos that have emerged over the weekend attempting to give a fresh narative to the Jamia violence, a new set released on Tuesday showed alleged rioters hurling stones from inside the Jamia Millia Islamia campus here, adding yet another dimension to the attritional war between students and police.

The video war is over what happened at the university on December 15, 2019, while students were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)– with both sides pointing fingers at the other for provocating the violence that spilled all over the country.

The source of the videos and their authenticity could not be established by IANS.

The videos — and there are several of them — bear the date December 15, 2019. That is the day when there was a confrontation between the police and students and the police allegedly caned students inside the university library.

The new set of videos that emerged on Tuesday showed alleged rioters hurling stones from inside the university campus. The time shown on the videos indicate they were recordings of happenings that evening.

In one of the videos, people can be seen hurling stones from the central library gate, which has been in the news ever since the video war broke out.

Other videos that entered the public domain on Tuesday showed a large crowd entering what appears to be the hallway of the university’s central library. Many of them were seeing running inside the library. Some were seen carrying chairs as well.

Neither the university administration nor the police have commented on the authenticity of the latest videos that have entered the public domain.

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Plea on error in CBSE sample papers dismisses Delhi High Court

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking rectification of errors in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 accountancy sample question papers and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.

The petitioner, named Ravinder Nath dubey, has been teaching accountancy for the past 26 years.

Asserting that accountancy examination is on March 3, the petitioner sought court’s direction to immediately remove eight fundamentally and conceptually wrong answers from the CBSE’s website.

“If the students write these wrong answers in the board examinations, the examiners may deduct 7-8 marks of students,” Dubey rued.

A bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar called the petition “frivolous” and imposed a hefty fine on him.

“You are not talking about an exam paper but sample papers. The model papers are for students’ practice,” the bench said.

When the petitioner retorted that he has come with a proof, the court said, “The fine can be increased. I don’t want to do it.”

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Those born in TN won’t be affected by CAA: Palaniswami

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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Chennai, Feb 18 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Tuesday said those who were born in the state would not be affected by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Speaking in the Assembly, Palaniswami said the opposition DMK should explain who in Tamil Nadu would get affected by CAA.

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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