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Ek Tha Tiger: Pakistan says no to the Salman-Katrina film

Pakistan censor board has unofficially made it clear to exhibitors and distributors that the Salman-Katrina starrer, Ek Tha Tiger can't be shown in that country

 
Karachi: "Ek Tha Tiger" may have opened to packed houses in India but Salman Khan's fans in Pakistan will be disappointed as the spy thriller has been banned in the country, reports PTI.
 
Though there is no official announcement from the censor board on the fate of the film, director Kabir Khan has said that it is not releasing in Pakistan.
 
"True... Ek Tha Tiger gets banned in Pakistan. It was about peace and friendship between Indo-Pak," Kabir tweeted in reply to a fan from Pakistan.
 
"Pak censor said no," he said, adding the censor did not give any reason for the ban.
 
A well known Pakistani exhibitor-distributor, Nadeem Mandviwalla also said that he didn't see the film being released in Pakistan.
 
"I don't think the clearance is going to come as the censor board has unofficially made it clear to exhibitors and distributors that the film can't be shown in Pakistan," he said.
 
Another leading distributor Atif Rashid also confirmed the same.
 
"The plan was to release the film with 35 prints on Eid as this was the best time of the year to do business but I have been told it cannot be released in Pakistan," he said.
 
The print of the film was sent to the censor board by the commerce ministry for review and a decision on whether it can be shown in Pakistan but the censor board has yet to come out with an official statement on its fate.
 
Earlier, the board had said it will not clear "Ek Tha Tiger" for release in Pakistan because it had references about the ISI. 
 
A manager at a leading cinema hall in Pakistan said the business would not be as good this Eid as it was last year because of the ban on the movie.
 
"Last year we did good business as another Salman Khan starrer was released and it raked in good money. 'Ek Tha Tiger' had potential of doing business in Pakistan territory of around 8 to 10 crore rupees," he added.
 
In "Ek Tha Tiger", which released in India on 15th August, Salman plays a RAW agent who falls in love with Katrina Kaif's character, an ISI operator.
 
They take on the might of the two agencies as they fight to save their love.
 
Pakistani censor board had also banned Saif Ali Khan's "Agent Vinod" this year due to its storyline about the ISI.
 

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Mahesh Kumar Tennati

5 years ago

Pakistan has guts to ban Indian Movies. Do we have guts to ban their artists/singers/cricketers who have made India their home.

Coal India suffered 116 MT output loss due to delays in projects: CAG

According to CAG, the state-run miner could not match with the rate of increase in coal production due to delays in execution of augmentation of projects on account of "lack of coordinated and planned approach by various government agencies involved in statutory clearances and land execution

 
New Delhi: The world's largest miner Coal India (CIL) suffered production losses to the tune of 116 million tonnes (MT) on account of delays in execution of new projects, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said in Friday, reports PTI.
 
Delays ranging from one to 12 years in execution of 32 projects under different subsidiaries of CIL entailed "loss of production by 115.95 MT," the CAG said in its report on "Allocation of Coal Blocks and Augmentation of Coal Production" tabled in Parliament today.
 
The delays, it said, pertained to "problems of land acquisition, forest clearance, adverse geo-mining condition, tender finalisation for equipment of and construction of Coal Handling Plant (CHP) and railway siding," it said.
 
CAG observed that delays took place despite an expert committee emphasising way back in 2005 the need for setting up of a permanent special task force to monitor progress of clearances and project implementation of schemes to be completed by the end of 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12).
 
"In order to bridge the demand-supply gap of coal, new coal projects are required to be completed in a time bound manner," it said.
 
However, the Coal Ministry stated in January 2012 that "response from Ministry of Environment and Forest is awaited."
 
Noting that CIL could not match with the rate of increase in coal production due to delays in execution of augmentation of projects on account of "lack of coordinated and planned approach by various government agencies involved in statutory clearances and land execution," CAG asked CIL to fix output targets in line with the targets by the Planning Commission.
 
State-run Coal India is the largest domestic producer of dry-fuel and accounts for over 80% of the total domestic production.
 

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anantha ramdas

5 years ago

Coal India has several problems to handle. Media reports indicate that more than 100 of their proposals are collecting dust in the form of hurdles and clearances from State as well as the Ministry of Environment and Forests. On the top of these, there is one vital issue of transportation logistics - of coal lying at pitheads that can not move due to inadequate rail movements.

There are no exclusive or dedicated corridors. While everyone is talking about this major issue, what is striking is the cold silence from the Railway Ministry. They have hardly responded and no one really knows what is happening. Unless, of course, the Minister concerned is awaiting Didi Mammata to clear him to comment on the situation.

This is a sad state of affairs of the Railway Ministry. Public need to know what Railway ministry's plans are in these difficult circumstances.

Coal India's CMD Narasing Rao, perhaps, does not want to say on the issue because he does not want to upset the folks in the top in the Rail ministry and jeopardize his transport logistics!

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