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New Delhi, Jan 17 :  The Election Commission on Thursday directed the Delhi chief electoral officer to ask the city police to investigate the "fake news" of Lok Sabha poll schedule being circulated on social media.

The CEO has also been asked to seek action against unnamed persons and entities under relevant laws to prevent rumour mongering, official sources said here.                                           PTI


New Delhi, Jan 17 :  The Enforcement Directorate Thursday opposed the bail application of journalist Upendra Rai, arrested in a money laundering case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal reserved its order for January 19 on Rai's application after hearing arguments form both sides.

Special public prosecutors Nitesh Rana and N K Matta, appearing for ED, told the court that the accused may influence witnesses and hamper probe if released.

In his application, the Delhi-based scribe claimed he was not required for further custodial interrogation and no purpose will be served by keeping him in custody.

ED told the court that Rai had extorted money from various persons, claiming he had information against them as he was a journalist and that thousands of crore of rupees were extorted.

Agency's advocate Samvedna Verma also told the court that Rai was influential and he may destroy evidence and flee from justice if he comes out of jail.

The journalist was arrested on June 8 last year by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar jail here, moments after he secured bail in a Central Bureau of Investigation case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions.

He was arrested by the CBI on May 3 for allegedly indulging in dubious financial transactions, getting an airport access pass made by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) by furnishing false information, alleged extortion and manipulation of an Income Tax Department case against a Mumbai-based businessman.

However, he recently secured bail from the Delhi High Court in the CBI case.

The ED had registered a money laundering case against him based on the CBI FIR. 

Rai has denied before the court all allegations levelled against him.                                          PTI


New Delhi, Jan 17 :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday inaugurate the National Museum of Indian Cinema that seeks to portray the over a century-old journey of movies in India.

The state-of-the-art museum has been built at a cost of Rs 140.61 crore and is housed in two buildings the New Museum Building and the 19th century historic palace Gulshan Mahal in the Films Division campus in Mumbai, an official statement said.

The museum aims to take its visitors through an absorbing journey of over a century of Indian cinema in a story telling mode with the help of visuals, graphics, artifacts, interactive exhibits and multimedia expositions, it said.

The creation of the museum has been guided by the Museum Advisory Committee headed by noted film maker Shyam Benegal. 

An innovation Committee headed by lyricist Prasoon Joshi was also constituted to provide an upgrade to NMIC.

The New Museum building has four exhibition halls divided under the categories -- Gandhi and cinema, children's films, technology creativity and Indian cinema and cinema across India.

Gulshan Mahal is a heritage structure which has been restored as part of the NMIC project. 

The displays present here showcase the journey of over a hundred years of Indian cinema. 

It is divided into nine sections -- the origin of cinema, cinema comes to India, Indian silent film, advent of sound, the studio era, the impact of World War II, creative resonance, new wave and beyond, and regional cinema.                                                             PTI


Ahmedabad, Jan 17 :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said the Constitutional amendment to provide 10 per cent reservation to economically poor in the general category was achieved due to the political will of his government and would be implemented from this academic year.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the 1500 bed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Science and Research, Modi said the economic reservation has been given without impacting the existing social reservations.

"The new reservation will be implemented in 40,000 colleges across 900 universities in the country from this academic year. The number of seats will be increased by 10 per cent," he said.

Modi said his government was committed to provide equal opportunities to all sections of the society.

The Institute will be linked to the Ayushman Bharat scheme so that poor people can avail medical facilities free of cost, he said.

In 100 days, seven lakh poor people have received treatment under the Pradhan Mantri Ayushmaan Bharat scheme, he said.

This will be the first government hospital to have a helipad, he said, adding the new medical facility will help boost health sector in the state.

"Cleanliness and health-care has always been the prime agenda of Ahmedabad municipal corporation since the time Sardar Patel was the mayor. The hospital project started in 2012 and I am mesmerised by the way it has turned out to be," he said.                                                    PTI