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NDTV Protests Censorship and New Delhi Railway Station Gets a Concierge

Editors posted on 10th March

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NDTV Protest | India's NDTV has halted programming in protest of the banning of the BBC documentary India's Daughter. The network ran a slate referring to the film's title, during the hour-long slot when it should have aired. The film features an interview with one of the men convicted of the 2012 rape. But it was outlawed by the Indian authorities on the grounds of "objectionable content". Filmmaker and director Leslee Udwin has rejected claims by the authorities that the documentary contained offensive remarks towards women, and could cause a public outcry.

Denial for Disabled | Nipun Malhotra, who was born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder, which leads to lack of muscles in arms and legs, was allegedly denied entry to Club Keya in DLF Promenade Mall on Friday night. He said the club management told him the policy was not to allow the disabled inside. His friends who accompanied him have corroborated his version. But the management says he was denied entry because entry is given only to couples and Nipun was alone. The Delhi government on Saturday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident of alleged denial of entry.

Online System for Vehicle Theft | With the safety app Himmat’s recent launch, the Delhi Police is getting more tech savvy. They will launch a first-of-its-kind web-based application through which Delhiites will be able to register an FIR for motor vehicle theft online, and track its investigation process. The work on the online application has been going on for the past several months, and technical and legal aspects have been discussed with the Delhi High court.

Removing Tobacco Advertising | The Delhi Government has written to various tobacco companies asking them to remove advertisement boards from shops, and has also warned them against free distribution of boards or counters advertising tobacco to vendors. The Health Department had also written to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, requesting it to remove similar ads from trains and stations. Given the air pollution plaguing our city, we at LBB look forward to the results of these campaigns.

Concierge at New Delhi Railway Station | In order to facilitate convenience and connectivity to passengers and tourists, the IRCTC has launched concierge services at New Delhi railway station. The service aims to facilitate hiring porters, getting information regarding train statuses, and making taxi arrangements at the station, a senior IRCTC official said. The service is operational on a pilot basis, and the response is so far very encouraging, the official said. IRCTC also plans to launch the services at other major stations, including tourist destinations.