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Qutub Minar turns blue on World Austism Awareness Day

ACE has associated with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to light up the monument.



Qutub Minar

New Delhi, Apr 2 : The Qutub Minar was today lit in blue coloured lights to observe the ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day as a part of the international #lightitupblue campaign to raise awareness about the disorder.

“Lighting up the minaret in blue is a symbolic representation towards inclusion for disability and a real attempt to create a shift in consciousness,” Archana Nayar, Founder, Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE), said.

Recognised internationally, World Autism Awareness Day witnesses events across the globe that attempt to sensitise people towards the disorder as well as aim at increasing acceptance of autistic individuals in the mainstream society.

“The #lightitupblue campaign is an internationally led effort to create awareness about autism involving architecturally significant structures.

“The Qutub Minar is a unique historical monument which is a visible and accessible part of our capital city while being a popular landmark,” she said.

ACE has associated with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to light up the monument.

The move, Nayar said, was an expression of India’s support for the global autism community.

Keeping in mind the spirit of inclusion and acceptance, ACE has also collaborated with PVR Cinemas for a sensory friendly screening of the 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy “Sing” at PVR Sangam here.

“For us to have a proper movie experience, the sounds qualities are higher as compared to the lights and viewers are obviously not allowed to move around the movie theatres. But, for autistic people, it is the other way round,” Nayar said.

The screening was slightly modified wherein the lights were turned up while the sound was turned down, and the viewers were able to move about freely.


Uttar Pradesh: Class I student stabbed by senior girl in Lucknow school, principal held



New Delhi, Jan 18: A senior girl student suspected of stabbing a Class 1 boy in a Lucknow school has been detained,while the school principal arrested on Thursday. 

Hrithik was found bleeding profusely and unconscious at Brightland school in Triveni Nagar on Tuesday.

The crime took place after the morning assembly and that the boy was rushed to the Trauma Centre at King George’s Medical University.

The boy told police that a ‘didi’ sporting a boy-cut hair style first took him to the bathroom, thrashed him, and then stabbed him with a knife. He told his parents and police that he could identify the girl, news agency IANS reported.

Officials asserted the bathroom on the second floor was sealed on Wednesday and police were looking for the accused.

A teacher said that though all closed-circuit televisions in the school were operational, there was no CCTV near the bathroom and hence it was becoming difficult to zero in on the accused girl.


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Padmaavat Row: Protesters vandalize cinema hall in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur



Padmaavat protest

Bihar, Jan 18: Despite the Supreme Court’s stay on the ban of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” by the Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana governments, the protesters on Thursday allegedly vandalised a cinema hall at Muzaffarpur in Bihar. 

The court order came on a plea by “Padmaavat” producers — Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures — challenging the ban on the screening of the film by the three states that didn’t want it to be screened over alleged distortion of historical facts.

Rajput outfit Shree Rajput Karni Sena, which is at the forefront of the protests against the movie, has chalked out its next strategy.

A leader of the group told IANS that they it reach out to cinema hall owners across the country asking them to not show the movie or face consequences.

Film fraternity members Shyam Benegal, Manish Mundra, Madhur Bhandarkar and Ashoke Pandit were among those who lauded the Supreme Court decision.

Benegal told IANS that it’s “quite clearly a victory of freedom of expression” while filmmaker Pandit said: “It’s a very big success for the film industry.”

“This judgement has broken the arrogance of the political parties who banned the film thinking they can do it,” Pandit told IANS.

Producer Mundra tweeted: “Banning the film ‘Padmaavat’ even after CBFC certification was a cowardly act by the states. Were trying to do vote bank politics and or shying away from their responsibilities of managing law and order.”

Trade expert Komal Nahta said the judgement was “a tight slap on the faces of the states which banned the film”. “Red letter day … the film industry and lovers of cinema all over.”

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana hailed it as the “best news of the day which restores faith in our democracy”. Filmmaker Bhandarkar welcomed the decision for the movie, which features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

Author Chetan Bhagat said it’s a “great decision” as “every story can’t be told how bullies want it”.

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty hoped the movie gets a “great release”.

“Padmaavat”, which was earlier scheduled to release as “Padmavati” on December 1, is hitting the screens after facing multiple hurdles.

Bhansali was first assaulted on the film’s set in Jaipur last year, after which the film’s set in Kolhapur was vandalised.

Rajput outfits and some groups backed by the BJP have been actively protesting its release, contending that it plays with Rajput pride – something that the makers have repeatedly denied.

Bhansali has said the film is inspired by 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem “Padmavat” and that it’s a film Indians will be proud of.


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Shortage of pharmacists, machines in Delhi hospital: Kejriwal



Delhi Chief Minister , Arvind Kejriwal (File Photo)

New Delhi, Jan 18: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said after a surprise visit that there was a shortage of pharmacists and ultrasound machines at the Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) Hospital here.

“There were patients who stood in line for the whole day and did not get medicines and have come back today. We have to solve this issue soon,” Kejriwal told reporters outside the hospital.

“Long queues at pharmacy. Need to increase number of counters and pharmacists,” Kejriwal later tweeted.

Kejriwal also spoke to patients admitted to the hospital and said people were most satisfied with the medical services.


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