As news started filtering out about Kerala State Film Awards jury chairman Kumar Shahani boycotting the press meet due to differences of opinion on the selection process of the awards, critic and jury member Vijayakrishnan talks to Times of India about the differences of opinion between the jury chairman and other members. Vijayakrishnan says, “There were differences of opinion among jury members over the main awards like Best Film, Director, Actor etc. Due to age-driven fatigue, he was not able to see all the films. However, he saw many of the films which came in the last round. But he wasn’t ready at all to accept the opinions of others. We were a group and it was not fair that one person’s word dominated over the others, even if it was from the jury chairman.” Were awardees chosen through voting? Though there are claims that the Best Actor Award was selected through voting system, it wasn’t so. The actors were selected considering their work. We had … [Read more...] about Kerala State Film Awards controversy: The chairman wasn’t ready to accept our opinions: Vijayakrishnan
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At the 49th Kerala State Film Awards , actors Jayasurya and Soubin Shahir shared the Best Actor awards, while Nimisha Sajayan took home the Best Actress title. The jury headed, by filmmaker Kumar Sahni adjudged 'Kaanthan, The Lover of Colour' as the Best Film. Shyama Prasad, who directed 'Oru Njayarazhcha' won the Best Director Award. Cultural Minister A K Balan declared the awards in Thiruvananthapuram Prress Club today, around 12 noon. Here’s the list of winners : Best Film – Kaanthan, The Lover of Colour Second Best Film - Oru Njayarazhcha Best Actor – Jayasurya, Soubin Shahir Best Actress – Nimisha Sajayan Best Director – Shyama Prasad Best Scriptwriter – Zakariya, Muhsin Perari (Sudani from Nigeria) Best Character Actor – Joju George (Joseph, Chola) Best Character Actress – Savithiri Sreedharan, Sarasa Balusseri (Sudani from Nigeria) Best Singer (male) -Vijay Yesudas ('Poomuthole' from Joseph) Best Singer (female) … [Read more...] about Nimisha Sajayan, Jayasurya and Soubin Shahir win big at the Kerala State Film Awards 2019
Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 20, 2018 A Wayne County judge has certified a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 600 black applicants who wanted to work as state police or conservation officers but failed the required Michigan civil service exam. The lawsuit alleges that two different civil service exams the state has used since 2014 — one of which remains in use today — violate the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and discriminate against black applicants, who have a higher failure rate than white applicants do. "The Michigan Civil Service Commission engaged in a pattern and practice of race discrimination in its hiring process through testing that had a disparate adverse impact on African-Americans," the suit alleges. "This illegal policy ... was furthered by command officers'/officials' failure to monitor the adverse impacts of the employment policies in place." The suit doesn't allege the state intentionally … [Read more...] about Lawsuit: Michigan civil service exam discriminates against blacks
By Ali Abdul Rehman Published: September 15, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The CSS exam has lost its charm for the so-called ‘cream’ who once took pride in it. PHOTO: EXPRESS “How would you reform the civil service?” Some eight months ago, when one of the members of the interview panel constituted to select the most suitable candidates for the Central Superior Services (CSS) asked me this question, I heaved a sigh of relief. The questions prior to this were trickier than my expectations, and hence unnerving. But this one was, in cricketing terms, a half volley, and I had to try to make the most of it. However, less than a minute into my impassioned speech on what I believed blighted our esteemed civil service and what ought to be done to improve service delivery, the interviewer had lost all interest. Perhaps she was sick of the entire civil service reforms debate and wanted to hear something unhackneyed. Of that ilk I had little … [Read more...] about Is reformation of Pakistan’s civil service another empty promise?
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s flood-ravaged Kerala state is facing shortages of a drug that fights an infectious bacterial disease after the worst flooding in a century, forcing authorities to turn to other states to help ramp up supplies. FILE PHOTO: A man rescues a drowning man from a flooded area after the opening of Idamalayr, Cheruthoni and Mullaperiyar dam shutters following heavy rains, on the outskirts of Kochi, India August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V/File Photo Suspected cases of leptospirosis, a waterborne disease known locally as ‘rat fever’, has climbed to 800 since mid-August, a health ministry spokesman said. Transmitted via the urine of infected animals, its symptoms include muscle pain and fever. Confirmed deaths caused by leptospirosis so far total 12, while suspected deaths, pending full medical reports, number 41, the spokesman added. The surge in cases comes after torrential rain beginning on Aug. 8 flooded almost the entire state, … [Read more...] about India’s flood-hit Kerala state faces shortages of ‘rat fever’ drug