Current Affairs – 21-11-2017

1. LET CENSOR BOARD CERTIFY ‘PADMAVATI’: SUPREME COURT

  • The Supreme Court dismissed plea to stay the release of the movie Padmavati and initiate criminal prosecution against its director.
  • A three-judge Bench said the Supreme Court cannot stop a statutory body like the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) from doing its statutory duty of certifying a film by “prematurely” ordering a stay on its release.
  • Referring to the repeated pleas filed before it for stay of the movie even before the CBFC has certified it, the bench said, “All this happens because people do not read the Cinematograph Act and rules. “It also said “Five members see a movie. Once they see it, they discuss it among themselves and suggest cuts. Before they do anything, they give the film-makers an opportunity to be heard to convince them not to cut the scenes in question, in case of any grievance, there is the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal”
  • The court, in its order, said the film is yet to be certified by the CBFC and that “our interference will tantamount to pre-judging the matter.”

2. THE BIG FISH THAT INSPIRED A BEACH CLEANING DRIVE
Photo of a load of plastics in the gut of a shark that washed ashore galvanised 300 youth to act

  • It’s the fish that launched many beach cleaners. The image of plastic all twisted up in the belly of a dead shark that washed ashore has become a catalyst for a massive beach cleaning movement in the fishing villages of north Chennai.
  • 300 youngsters clean up the shores and fishing hamlets every weekend. So far, they have removed two tonnes of plastics and thermocol, 5000 bottles and one tonne of old plastic-wired fishing nets.
  • Apart from the waste disposed of by fishermen including thermocol waste from ice boxes, plastics that clog stormwater drains and other waterways also find their way into the sea and estuaries. When river mouths are clogged, fish breeding comes down
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