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Current Affairs of 10 Jan 2018

Keshav Kishore, Published On:10-Jan-2018



1.   National anthem is not compulsory in cinema halls

·        The apex court has reversed her previous order on national anthem to be played before movie screenings while the audiences stood up.

·        Now the Supreme Court has said that it must be left to the discretion of the theatre owners to choose whether to play the national anthem or not.  

·        If the theatre plays the national anthem, the audience will have to stand up.

·        A twelve member inter-ministerial panel has been established by Ministry of Home to recommend further actions.

·        The panel will submit its report in six month then further guidelines will be released by the government.

·        Fundamental duty and national anthem:

Ø Article 51-A was added in the constitution by 42 Constitutional Amendment Act 1976 in the Part IV-A of the Indian Constitution.

Ø In this article ten fundamental duties are inserted.

Ø First fundamental duty says “It shall be the duty of the every citizen to abide by the constitution and respect and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem”.

·        Facts about National Anthem:

Ø National anthem (Jan-Gan-Man) is composed in Bengali by the poet Rabindra Nath Tagore.

Ø The approximate duration of National Anthem of India is 52 seconds.

Ø The first stanza of the song Bharat Bhagya Vidhata by Tagore was adopted by Constituent Assembly as national anthem of India on 24 January 1950.

Ø It was first published in Tatwabodhini Patrika which was edited by Tagore.

Ø It was first sung during a convention of Indian National Congress in Calcutta on 27 December 1911 as the welcome song for King George V and then in 1912 at the annual event of Adi Brahmo Samaj.


 Source : The Hindu, The Indian Express

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