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'The Man Who Knew Infinity' brings Ramanujan's legacy back to India
If Richard Attenborough brought home Mahatma Gandhi by making a biopic on the 'Father of the Nation', young director Matt Brown has brought home the legacy of mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar back to India with his film "The Man Who Knew Infinity", according to executive producer Swati Bhise.
 
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, the host city for the 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India which opens with Brown's film, Bhise on Thursday said the director was sensitive to a great degree as far as cinematically examining the delicate nuances of the South Indian culture and the influence of two women, Ramanujan's mother and wife, on the country's greatest mathematician.
 
"Sir Richard Attenborough had made 'Gandhi'. But we are very happy that someone like Matt Brown has brought Ramanujan to India and with great sensitivity, he has shown the aspect of how it was in India with the relationship with his wife and his mother," Bhise said.
 
"To understand two strong women, one a mother figure in the South, we know what that is. And his relationship of having to leave as a Brahmin Iyengar boy all the way to Cambridge, what a huge sacrifice that was in the pursuit of knowledge," she said.
 
The film is based on the book "The Man who Knew Infinity: A life of the genius Ramanujan" written by Robert Kanigel.
 
Brown may have lacked the cinematic pedigree of Attenborough, but his diligence and attention to detail was remarkable, Bhise said.
 
"Matt worked very closely with Ken Ono and Manjul Bhargava, two leading mathematicians, who have won the Fields award and the Padmashree respectively.
 
"They worked for a long time, exactly on the formulas and how they were written. How partitions were done. Lot of attention was given to each aspect of the film to bring the realistic quality forward," she said.
 
The fragile dilemmas of Ramanujan, a young vegetarian Iyengar boy, in England during the days of the British Raj and racism of the times have also been realistically captured, Bhise said.
 
"He is yearning for his home, his culture. You know the sambhar and rice and not having to eat vegetarian food. The traditions at Trinity and England at that period and whether it was racism or it was the sensitivity of food," she said.
 
"So I think that it is really important that Ed (producer Edward Pressman) and Matt have made a film which takes Ramanujan from Hollywood back to India and that's something that I think is a privilege for India to say that we celebrate Ramanujan, especially December 22, his birthday, as Mathematics Day," Bhise added.
 
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Centre approves report on river linking
 The central government has approved the status-cum-progress report by the water resources ministry related to the inter-linking of rivers in the country, it was announced on Thursday.
 
"This will help in monitoring of the inter-linking of river projects to be carried out under national perspective plan," an official statement said.
 
The decision was taken at a union cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.
 
This is in compliance with the Supreme Court judgment of February 27, 2012, in the matter of writ petition (Civil)-512 of 2002: Networking of Rivers, along with writ petition No. 668 of 2002, it said.
 
The status-cum-progress report of special committee for inter-linking of rivers will be submitted bi-annually for the information of the cabinet. The bi-annual report will help in taking final and appropriate decisions in the interest of the country as expeditiously as possible, it added.
 
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Highlights of 7th Pay Commission recommendations
The 7th Pay Commission on Thursday recommended a 16-percent salary hike for government servants with an estimated 47 lakh serving central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners expected to benefit from the recommendations. Following are some of the highlights:
 
. A 16-percent salary hike recommended
 
. A 24-percent hike in pension, besides a minimum pay of Rs.18,000 per month for all entry-level employees
 
. Rs.2.5 lakh for the seniormost serving officer, the cabinet secretary.
 
. Increase in pay will be 16 percent, increase in allowances will be 63 percent
 
. Annual increment of 3 percent recommended
 
. An estimated 47 lakh serving central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners will be impacted
 
. Proposals will entail an outflow of Rs.102,100 crore from the exchequer during the next fiscal
 
. One rank one pension proposal recommended for all employees, including the defence personnel, retiring before January 1 next year
 
. Rate of house rent allowance be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent when dearness allowance crosses 50 percent, and to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when it crosses 100 percent
 
. House building advance ceiling proposed at Rs.25 lakh against Rs.7.5 lakh.
 
. Health insurance scheme for central government employees and pensioners h
 
. Ceiling of gratuity recommended at a higher rate of Rs.20 lakh, against Rs.10 lakh. 
 
. For defence personnel, against the existing pay of Rs.6,000 per month for service officers, the proposal is for Rs.15,500. 
 
. Performance-related pay for all categories of central government employees
 
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