Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Current Affairs - 2019

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7th National Photography Awards

The 7th National Photography Awards were presented by Union Minister of State (IC) for Information & Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore. The seventh edition of National Photography Awards was organised at National Media Centre in New Delhi.

The theme for the Professional category was “Women-led Development” and theme for Amateur category was “Fairs and Festivals of India”.

Awardees List

A total of 13 awards were presented during the ceremony. The Lifetime Achievement Award has a cash prize of Rs.3,00,000. The awards in Professional Photographer of the Year category and Amateur Photographer of the Year category had a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000 and Rs.75,000 respectively. 5 Special Mention Awards in both Professional and Amateur categories were awarded with cash prize of Rs.50,000/- and Rs.30,000/- each respectively. The winner’s list is enlisted below:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Shri Ashok Dilwali.
  • Professional Photographer of the Year – Shri SL Shanth Kumar.
  • Amateur Photographer of the Year – Shri Gurdeep Dhiman.
  • Special Mention Awards (Professional) – Shri Arun Sreedhar, Shri P.V. Sunderrao, Shri Kailash Mittal, Shri Mihir Singh, Ms Ranita Roy.
  • Special Mention Awards (Amateur) – Shri V. Ravi Kumar, Ms. S. Neelima, Shri Manish Jaisi, Shri Mahesh Balasaheb Lonkar, Shri Avijit Datta.

National Photography Awards

National Photography Awards are presented by the Photo Division under Ministry of I&B. The Photo Division previously existed as a separate Unit and now has been brought under the aegis of PIB.

National Photography Awards aims to promote art and technique of photography and to encourage professional and amateur photographers from all corners of the country.

Month: Categories: Awards & Honours


Amendments to Indian Cinematograph Act, 1952

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has released the draft amendment bill to amend the Indian Cinematograph Act, 1952. The amendments are brought in counter the film piracy.

Amendments proposed

The features of the amendment bill are:

  • To check piracy, particularly release of the pirated version of films on the internet which causes huge losses to the film industry and government exchequer, an enabling provision in the Cinematograph Act, 1952 would be added.
  • The amendment bill aims to add a new sub-section (4) of section 7 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
  • Under the amendment bill, the piracy would be a punishable offence with imprisonment of three years and fines of up to Rs 10 lakh or both.
  • The punishment is prescribed those, who use any recording device to make or transmit a copy of the visual recording or sound recording of a film or attempts to make or transmit, or abet the making or transmission of such a copy without the written authorisation of the copyright owner.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has invited the Comments on the draft Cinematograph Act (Amendment) Bill.

Month: Categories: Constitution & LawUPSC