PM Modi's Social Media team goofs up on copyrighted picture

The PM's official Facebook page posted a Diwali photo without the originator's permission and the photographer has gone public


Prime Minster Narendra Modi is known for his crack social media team, but this time it seems to have goofed. The PM's official Facebook page posted a Diwali photo without the originator's permission and the photographer has gone public
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official Facebook Page had a beautiful photographs of a chain of diyas which were sure to brighten up the Diwali of his many followers. Bimal Nepal, a Boston-based photographer says the PM stole his photograph and used it without permission or attribution, forget about payment – now that is one nasty fly in the in the oil of the Diwali diya.
On 21st of October, Bimal Nepal posted on his official Facebook page the following picture, with the message “Greetings on Dhanteras. May Lord Dhanvantari bless us with prosperity, joy and good health.”:

PM Modi's post, as usual, quickly went viral. Following Bimal Nepal's appeal for help, some of his friends started contacting newspaper editors and interviews and news reports popped up in all kinds of places.
He said on his account that, “This photograph has been used by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Facebook page. I shot this photo in my dining room last year with the help of my daughter Abina. She set up the candle lights on Diwali in our home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I am truly honoured! My greatest question and concern is - there is no credit for the photographer?! What will happen to the so called © copyright issue? He did not ask for the permission. Any suggestion?”
The post however, is still up on the PM's account. A user tagged Nepal in a reply to the post, and this reply is the top-rated comment on the post which already has close to half a million likes and 45,000 shares. On the other hand, Bimal Nepal's official page has 10,000 likes in total. For all the hue and cry, it may actually end up being a huge win for the photographer himself. Surely, his copyright must be respected, but if not any other way, this has made him a star with Modi fans on the internet, which is quite an audience.
For a politician used to a great deal worse than copyright infringement accusations, this might be a slightly confusing issue to react to. Surely, as the Prime Minister he need not react to trivialities like these, but this highlights the need for better professionals, who understand copyright laws, to be handling the PM's social media presence. Let us hope that in fairness, the photographer's grievance is address immediately.

A PTI report said that PMO sources on the 24th of October, said that the photo was used by several websites and that it was sent by a creative agency. The creative agency was reported to have said that since the photo was publicly available and was free to download on many legitimate websites, there was no need to take permission for using the photo. However, the same report also said that the photo was used for wishing the PM's followers and not for profit, the PMO sources were also reported as saying that they had contacted the photographer  by e-mail when they came to know of the issue and are yet to receive a response.


DLF slumps over 8% on DLF-Vadra probe concerns

Owing to Haryana government’s likelihood to probe into DLF-Robert Vadra land deals, DLF makes its way into the list of top losers in the stock market


With the Haryana government gearing up to investigate land deals in the state, the DLF stock has already slumped 8.38% since the market opened this morning, currently at Rs 110 (at 4.10 PM). The deals were entered into during the regime of the previous Congress led government.

Moneylife has previously written about whether DLF deserves to even be a Nifty stock anymore. Read the story here

With the BJP winning a majority in the recently held state elections, the Times of India quoted senior Cabinet Minister Anil Vij as saying, "We would hold a probe into the acquisition of 70,000 acres during the 10-year regime of Bhupinder Singh Hooda government. We would inquire whether the land was used for the purpose it was acquired. It would be probed if there was any violation in acquisition to benefit any individual.”

The government has, however, not laid down any procedures or formalities for carrying out the exercise yet.

In an order issued on 13 October, SEBI banned DLF, its founder chairman and five other senior officials associated with the company, from assessing the capital market for the next three years. The company challenged this order in the Securities Appellate Tribunal, and sought an interim relief in order to redeem its mutual funds worth Rs 2500 crore and to launch a domestic debt sale to the tune of Rs 5000 crore. The hearing is due on 30 October.

It was penalized for key information disclosure failures at the time of its 2007 market listing and the stock has already been under pressure since then.

Earlier in July, the former Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, legalized the controversial land deal between Vadra owned Skylight Hospitality and DLF.


Cyclone Nilofar to hit Gujarat coast in 48 hrs, Met issues warning

If it moves towards the Gujarat coast, then it may bring atmospheric changes like rainfall and strong winds, but at present it is difficult to say anything, Additional Director of Ahmedabad Meteorological Centre Mohanty said.


Gujarat's state administration is preparing to face 'Cyclone Nilofar', which has developed in the Arabian Sea and is likely to move towards the state's coast. The Met Department issued a warning asking port authorities to hoist distant warning signals.


"The cyclonic storm has developed in the Arabian Sea. The system would move initially north-northwest wards during the next 48 hours. Keep hoisted distant warning at your port," the port warning of the meteorological department read.


An Ahmedabad Meteorological Centre official said that the exact situation of the cyclone could be ascertained only after 48 hours.


"At present, the cyclonic storm is centred in the west central and adjoining south west area of the Arabian sea. The exact situation, how and whether it will affect the Gujarat coast, can be ascertained, only after it moves from its current location. It may take 48 hours to ascertain that," Additional Director of Ahmedabad Meteorological Centre, Manorama Mohanty, said.


If it moves towards the Gujarat coast, then it may bring atmospheric changes like rainfall and strong winds, but at present it is difficult to say anything, Mohanty said.


Considering the probability of 'Cyclone Nilofar' hitting the Gujarat coast, the Kutch district collector has issued an advisory to various authorities directing all sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) to keep their control rooms functional.


District Collector Mahendra Patel has also asked authorities of the Kandla Port Trust (KPT), the state maritime board and the forest department, besides all talatis and sarpanches in coastal villages to remain alert.


Control rooms would monitor the situation and issue alerts every three hours to authorities in the coastal region of the state, the advisory said.


Gujarat State Relief Commission DN Pandey said that the situation is being monitored.

Nilofar is likely to hit western Rajasthan, especially Barmer and Jaisalmer, in the next five days.


If the Indian Meteorological Department gets it right, Nilofar is like to move towards northern Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan and its impact could also be witnessed in western Rajasthan.


By Saturday, many places in Barmer and Jaisalmer may face dust storms followed by rains.


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