Supreme Court to hear plea against release of ‘Padmavati’ abroad
BrahMos on Sukhoi-30 MKI successfully test-fired! The 290-km range supersonic cruise missile, capable of carrying 300 kg warhead, was successfully tested against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal today. Apart from being a first for the world, what makes the achievement even more formidable and lethal is the fact that in the future a 450-km version and an 800-km version of BrahMos can also be integrated on the Sukhoi-30 MKI! Technically it is possible, defence sources tell FE Online. The integration for the 290-km version of the BrahMos missile has been successful, so doing something similar for the higher-range versions is quite possible, defence sources added.
India became a member of the MTCR (Missile Technology Control Regime) in 2016. The entry meant that member countries could share technologies with India that would allow for missiles with range greater than 300 km to be made. This enabled the Indo-Russia joint venture, BrahMos Aerospace, to extend the range of BrahMos missile to 450-km. In March this year, a land-based version of the BrahMos was successfully tested. An 800-km range version is under development and is expected to be ready in two years time. Defence experts are of the view that integrating the higher-range versions of the missile onto fighter jets like the Sukhoi is possible in the future.
Says Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur VM (Retd) and a Distinguished Fellow, CAPS, “With BrahMos integrated on the Sukhoi-30 MKI, I can tell you that India’s adversaries will be burning the midnight oil to think of defences. The 290-km range means that Indian Air Force does not need to cross the border to strike deep into the enemy’s territory and destroy strategic assets. This also gives effective and lethal strike capability on the Tibetan plateau”. “And, it’s not just about strike power against warships – though the trials were held over sea (for safety reasons) – the BrahMos air-version can easily take out land-based targets as well. So our adversaries will certainly have to move their strategic assets underground or relocate them. And in the future, with MTCR membership in place, the higher range BrahMos may also be integrated on the fighter jets,” he tells FE Online.
A former DRDO missile scientist, who does not wish to be named, believes that a 450-km BrahMos and an 800-km BrahMos can “definitely” be integrated on the Sukhoi-30 MKI. “From a missile’s perspective, if the range is already being altered then some changes technically and in the engine should make it possible to integrate on the fighter jet,” he tells FE Online. Asked about what that means for India’s strike capabilities, he elaborates, “An 800-km range means the whole of Pakistan is covered, so that would be a huge deterrent. From China’s perspective, northern part is covered and some strategic assets and communications lines and runways can be destroyed.”
Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday thanked Patidar leader Hardik Patel for declaring his support to the party in the Gujarat Assembly polls after it accepted the community’s quota demand, and said their united fight would dethrone the BJP, reports PTI.
Sibal, however, held his cards close to his chest when asked about details of the formula the Congress and the
Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) have worked out on the quota demand, and added that the related issues would be decided later.
The former Union minister said winning the Gujarat Assembly election was the priority so that the promises made to the people of the state could be fulfilled. Sibal, who had held meetings with the PAAS leadership on the quota issue earlier, also accused the ruling BJP of betraying the community’s trust by not doing anything for it during its 22-year rule in the state.
“We are very happy that a ‘sanjha morcha’ (united front) will now fight against the BJP… We thank him that they
(PAAS) have joined us with an ideology to contest the election by coming together… Our target is to win the election and fulfil promises made to the people,” Sibal told reporters here. Asked about details of the formula agreed upon by the two sides, Sibal said Patel himself would talk about it.
“These issues will be decided later. First we have to fight together, win the election, then fulfil the promises made,” he said. Sibal added the Congress has given the PAAS a suggestion “keeping in mind the issues they raised before us”.
To a question, he also made light of Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel’s reported comment that the Congress’s suggestion would not hold ground constitutionally and that it would be used only to garner votes. Sibal accused the saffron party of hatching conspiracies, imposing sedition case on Patel for leading the quota campaign
and misleading the community during its rule.
“I want to ask the BJP if they know anything…they have got nothing to do with the Constitution which they have never followed. Gujarat is a symbol of it. So, the less they talk about the Constitution, better it is,” he added.
Patel on Wednesday declared his support to the Congress in the Gujarat elections, to be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14, and said the opposition party had accepted its demand for reservation for the community. The PAAS leader said the Congress would include the extension of reservation benefit to Patidars in its election manifesto.
The Congress, which has mounted a hectic campaign to dislodge the long-ruling BJP in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and saffron party chief Amit Shah, has been wooing the Patel stir spearhead for quite some time.
Padmavati row: Vijay Rupani says will block film release in Gujarat
Wading into the row over the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday said his government will block the release of the Bollywood movie in the state, and added that “we can’t allow our history to be distorted”.
Rupani became the fourth chief minister from a BJP-ruled state to oppose the film’s release, after Vasundhara Raje, Yogi Adityanath and Shivraj Singh Chauhan
It’s a full-blown war between Zareen Khan and the producers of Aksar 2, among whom is Varun Bajaj, son of producer Shyam Bajaj. Last week, there were reports of Zareen being mistreated by a mob, during the promotions of Aksar 2, as the filmmakers had not bothered about her security.
However, last evening, the filmmakers reacted strongly to the rumours and said in a statement:
“Zareen Khan and her team approved the entire tour schedule provided to them two days before the departure. She backed out of all her commitments leaving aside the press conference and a sponsor visit. She did not even complete a day of promotions, which troubled the makers to a point where they had to compensate a huge amount of money and were harassed and threatened till the wee hours of the morning. The bit about her almost getting molested, is absolutely untrue, as she left the venue throwing tantrums arguing with the sponsors as she did not want to stay or eat there. She left with four bodyguards and her manager in tow. She sat in the sponsor’s car who she had shouted on and had an argument with. The sponsor withheld the key of the car, but the makers arranged for another car and sent her and her team to the hotel safely, after which she left for Mumbai without informing the makers. This is not the first time that Zareen has troubled the filmmakers. She has put them in a fix many a times and made them suffer losses.”
Zareen has snapped, and revealed her side of the story to SpotboyE.
For starters, she says that she was disgruntled with the makers from the beginning itself. She was told that Aksar 2 would be a very clean film. However, it was not the case.
“They wanted me to wear minimal clothes in every frame. Of course I will raise questions and put my foot down na? Why was this masala being added? Were they not confident about what they had made till then?” she asked.
She said she did not walk away from the film, as she did not believe in such drastic measures.
“I tried to find a middle solution, but every time there were arguments. Every day they wanted a change in my clothes; they wanted me to change into something very irrational, something that would make me expose,” she added.
Zareen was upset with how certain scenes were shot, as they crossed the line from sensuous to vulgar.
“The kissing scenes were increased without any rhyme or reason,” she said.
About the promotions disaster, she explained, “They had over-committed to the sponsors and hadn’t briefed me! Look at the miscommunication! They took me to a venue where I was told to do interactions while the makers were busy eating food and drinking beer. Raat bhar khao, daaru piyo (eat all night and drink)- but is this the way you treat a lady? Nobody came down to see me off till the car, and while I was on my way down they tried to stop me. When I reached the car I was supposed to travel in, I realised that they had frisked the keys before I got into it.”
However, she clarified that she did not get molested.
“The security was minimal and the crowd came very close to me on the road. Now who says that I was molested as their messages read? I was on the verge of being molested. I could have been molested. Somehow I told the security guards to give me their car to reach the hotel. And mind you, the security was hardly any. I reach the hotel and this so-called producer Bajaj comes and demands to know that who will pay the sponsors because I did not fulfill my assignment to the end? As I said I was not even told what I was supposed to do, leave aside if I was comfortable doing that or not – so how could I fulfill?” she asked.
‘Padmavati’ row: Let CBFC do its job, says Information and Broadcasting ministry
The Supreme Court rejected a plea on Monday to stop the release of Deepika Padukone starrer Padmavati, saying the Bollywood film is yet to get the censor board’s clearance.
SETTING THE stage for Rahul Gandhi to take over from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday announced the schedule for the election of its next president. There is no word on the role Sonia — who has been at the helm for 19 years — will play after Rahul’s elevation.
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