It takes courage to dissent. And veteran actor-director Amol Palekar, who was invited by the National Gallery of Modern Art to felicitate the work of seasoned artist Prabhakar Barwe, exhibited just that as he criticized the government even though he was constantly interrupted and snubbed during his speech.A painter himself, Palekar had prepared his speech to reminisce the works of his close friend Barwe, whose retrospective was being exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai. A retrospective is an exhibition or compilation of an artist’s work, showing his/her evolution over a period of time.Opening his speech with an anecdote, Palekar thanked the NGMA for holding a retrospective for Barwe – titled Inside The Empty Box – for the first time after his demise almost 24 years ago.Close “Many of you may not know that this retrospective will be the last show that is decided by the advisory committee of local artists and not by some … [Read more...] about Amol Palekar snubbed and censored for criticizing govt policies. Is his ‘fear of moral policing’ real?
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Ongoing stir in Assam against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, has raised uncertainty over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proposed visit to India. Abe is slated to attend an annual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Assam’s Guwahati on December 15-16.Assam has witnessed massive protests since the contentious Bill was tabled in Parliament. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 9 and the Rajya Sabha on December 11.The protest’s effect is also being seen on the scheduled summit meeting between PM Modi and Abe. According to reports, protesters damaged a stage erected on a road for Abe’s visit.Close Also read: ‘No one can take away your rights’, PM Modi assures people of Assam on CAB related news RBI has not put banks on alert: Shaktikanta Das Modi govt will try to address concerns over Citizenship Bill, Amit Shah assures Tripura delegations Indo-US 2+2 talks opportunity to deepen strong partnership … [Read more...] about PM Modi-Shinzo Abe summit venue may change amid protests in Assam over CAB: Reports
ACI Worldwide, provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, has released ACI Speedpay. The enhanced features boost the bill payment experience for auto finance, consumer finance, government, insurance, mortgage and utilities industries through added digital payment options, as well as improved security, convenience and customer engagement.“This latest release focuses on billing and payments convenience, security and customer communications,” said Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president, ACI Worldwide. “In addition to ACI Speedpay’s agent-IVR conference feature, we’ve improved security with our tokenized payment entry form – safety features that consumers and businesses need. With our Dynamic eBilling, multi-recipient and optional cash payment features, we are providing consumers with more choice in how they receive billing notifications and how they can pay their bills. These and many other new and enhanced features will drive … [Read more...] about ACI Speedpay to enrich Digital Bill Payment experience for customers
• San Francisco has a serious housing shortage, especially for those with average or low incomes. Bloomberg reports that tenants and their attorneys are now investigating landlords who are evicting tenants just so they can rent their properties on short-term rental sites like Airbnb. • The Fraternal Order of Police, America’s largest police union, has demanded that Amazon remove a t-shirt with the logo “Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter,” from its online store, says Fox News. Walmart already removed the shirt from stores after the police union called it “offensive.” • Carrie Fisher of Star Wars Princess Leia fame passed away Tuesday after a heart attack. But the beloved actress, it turns out, had already filmed her scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII coming next December. • The Information (subscription required) reports that police in Bentonville, Arkansas, have a warrant to search the contents of an Amazon Echo … [Read more...] about Afternoon intel: Carrie Fisher passes on, investigating Airbnb hosts, Alexa goes to court
Student protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against hostel fee hike, are showing no signs of simmering down. On December 9, students marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan were reportedly baton-charged by the police. Many were detained.According to JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh, "Several students, including women, have been detained by police which brutally attacked the protesters, asking us to go back to campus."Students, who were seen raising slogans like "Delhi Police go back" and "Education must be free for all", said that they will not budge until their demand for a complete rollback of the hostel fee hike is met. The JNUTA, a teacher’s association, has also called a sit-in in solidarity with the student’s demands.Close The students have been protesting for over a month and have now called for boycotting of examinations till their demands are met. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is holding parleys with the student council … [Read more...] about JNU students not alone in protesting against fee hike: Here are varsities missed by national media