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Rajasthan Government comes up with Smart Village initiative, Inspired by Centre’s Smart Cities Mission

At the 'Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) 2016' in Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said Dhanora village in Dhaulpur was selected to be developed as Smart Gram on pilot basis

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Jaipur, November 11, 2016: The Rajasthan government has come up with the Smart Village initiative — on the lines of the central government’s Smart Cities Mission.

At the ‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) 2016’ in Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday said Dhanora village in Dhaulpur was selected to be developed as Smart Gram on pilot basis.

“We will have to focus on small things to build smart cities. Under the Smart Gram plan, we are planning to provide Wi-Fi, public health care, computers in schools, good internal road connectivity in villages,” said Raje.
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“We are also looking at connecting primary health centres with the hospitals in the cities to provide facilities such as tele-medicine,” the Chief Minister said.

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At the same event, she appealed to Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu to look into the subject.

Naidu responded positively, saying: “It will be put before the cabinet for discussion.”

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Seventy per cent of our population lives in villages and it cannot be ignored to our journey to become smart, the Rajasthan government said. (IANS)

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Padmavati Controversy: Rajasthan Government will form a committee to Watch Padmavati

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Jaipur, November 10, 2017: The Rajasthan government plans to set up a committee to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming controversial movie “Padmavati”.

“Modalities in this direction will be worked out soon. The committee will watch the movie and will identify the scenes in the film that may hurt the sentiments of the public,”  Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajasthan government told IANS.

“What has to do after that… Do we have to talk to the filmmaker… It will only be decided after watching the film. Moreover, what we can do on our level will also be decided after the committee watches the film,” Kataria said.

While the Rajasthan government may set up a committee, it is not immediately clear whether Bhansali will screen the movie for it as by law, only the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has the right to certify a movie.

“Padmavati”, which attempts to tell the tale of the valor of Rajputs with the backdrop of the 1303 siege of Chittorgarh, is scheduled to release on December 1.

It is embroiled in controversy over the conjecture that it distorts history by showing a dream romance sequence between Rani Padmini and invader Alauddin Khilji — a claim rubbished by Bhansali.

Still, organizations like Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha to go up in arms against the release of the movie, while BJP leaders have been making statements and appeal to stop its release.

“They are trying to defame Padmavati by distorting historical facts. It is not acceptable,” an activist of Karni Sena said.

In the wake of the controversy, even film distributors in Rajasthan are wary of releasing the film in the state.

On his part, Bhansali has clarified that the movie, featuring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has nothing which can hurt anyone’s sentiments.(IANS)