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Baahubali 2 set for release in Japan

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Baahubali2 Releasing In Japan On December 29th

After taking the domestic box office in India by a storm and setting the ticket windows ringing in several other countries, SS Rajamouli’s smash hit Baahubali 2, the follow up to the 2015 epic blockbuster Baahubali : The Beginning, is all set to test its luck at the Japanese box office.

According to the latest reports, Baahubali 2 is set for a grand release all over Japan on December 29th. The film has been censored with a ‘ G ‘ certificate by the Japan censor board, which is equivalent to a U certificate in India. The film has been dubbed into Japanese language and a local distribution house has bagged the rights from Arka Media works, the production unit behind Baahubali franchise, for a hefty price.

Rajinikanth is the only Indian hero to create an impact at the Japanese box office with his film Muthu which ran for record number of weeks. Baahubali 1 didn’t perform as per the trade expectations in Japan. It remains to be seen how the second and final part is going to received by audience there.

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Baahubali 2 to Surpass Japan and China

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Baahubali: The Conclusion is one of the most talked film all over. The movie has been raking huge figures all over and it has been widely acclaimed by the critics. SS Rajamouli directed the film which has been made on a massive budget. The makers who concentrated on the key markets where Indian films collected huge money are now quite focused on China and Japan. Rajinikanth and Aamir Khan’s films have been minting decent figures across China and Japan. PK and Kabali raked good figures on board in the recent years.

Now Baahubali: The Conclusion will now be dubbed into Japanese and Chinese instead of an English version releasing with subtitles. An official release date of the film will be out once the dubbing work will be wrapped up. The makers are even considering some crisp runtime for the film. Arka Media Works produced Baahubali: The Conclusion which is made on a huge budget. Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Anushka played the lead roles.

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‘Sumitomo Set to Kill Mother Nature in Srikakulam’

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Former union power secretary and noted environmental activist EAS Sarma is objecting to proposed 4000 mw ultra super critical power plant by Sumitomo Corp in Srikakulam district as the land allocated for the plant falls in the India’s only wetland ecosystem and fertile farm lands.  According to Sarma, the plant violates the very guidelines formulated by none other than Chandrababu Naidu when he was chief minister in 2001.

AP Genco and Sumitomo signed an MoU to set up the plant  during chief minister Naidu’s first Japan visit in November,2014. Sarma, known for his fight against the arbitrary setting up of thermal plants in the coastal region, lamented that the officials were not even ready to provide a copy of the MoU signed to establish the power plant. Expresssing displeasure over the plant’s location, Sarma, dashed off a letter to state chief secretary IYR Krishan Rao, Thursady.

Here we give full text of the letter.

Dear Shri Krishna Rao,

I understand that the State Government has signed an MOU with the Japanese MNC, Sumitomo for setting up a 4,000MW coal-based power project in Polaki mandal in Srikakulam District. Apparently, the MOU is signed by APGENCO with Sumitomo. Also, I understand that more than 2,500 acres of land, some of it perhaps including stretches of wetlands and irrigated agricultural lands, has been earmarked for the project.

When some of us have tried to obtain a copy of the relevant MOU under the RTI Act, the concerned authorities have blocked the same in violation of the provisions of the Act. Under Section 4 of the RTI Act, since the MOU is of public interest, the concerned authorities ought to have placed the MOUs in the public domain but they have openly violated that provision also. Hiding the MOU gives me the impression that the State government has something to hold back from the people for reasons best known to it.

The AP Infrastructure Development Enabling Act, 2001 requires the government to adopt a fair, transparent procedure such as competitive bidding in selecting project developers / consultants for any mega-infrastructure project. In the instant case of Sumitomo, this requirement has been shelved and the company selected in a highly non-transparent manner, giving rise to serious doubts about the propriety and integrity of the selection process.

The Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010 notified by the MoEF prohibit industrial projects being set up in wetlands. Since a substantial portion of the land being allotted for the project comes within the definition of a wetland, the project violates those Rules.

More than a decade ago, as a part of the Neeru Meeru programme, the government instructed the District Collectors throughout the State [Memo 24140/Assn I(1)/2003-3 of 22 August 2003] to notify all lands with water bodies and include them in the village Prohibitory Order Books (POBs) so that such lands could be excluded from diversion and damage. Apparently, large portions of the land allotted for the Sumitomo project attract this prohibition. The District Revenue authorities ought to have included all such lands in the Prohibitory Order Book of the concerned villages and brought the same to the attention of the State authorities. Failure to do so raises concerns of propriety and malfeasance on the part of the government.

The manner in which the State government had earlier allotted lands at a less-than-market price for the thermal power projects in Sompeta and Kakarapalli and for other projects elsewhere has been adversely commented upon by the C&AG. The Polaki case too suffers from the same impropriety and it calls not only for an audit by the C&AG but also an independent investigation of the irregularities and improprieties involved.

I therefore demand that the State government desists from going ahead with the Sumitomo project in view of such multiple statutory and other violations, failing which I will be constrained to seek judicial intervention.

Regards,

yours sincerely,

E A S Sarma

Visakhapatnam

9-7-2015

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Japan Bowled over by AP’s ‘Buddhist’ Past

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu played Andhra’s Buddhist past well to move closer to the hearts of Japan.

Government sources told Telugu360.com that Amaravathi’s Buddhist connection could be one of the important reasons for many Japanese Ministries and Companies  evincing keen interest in the development of capital.

During his stay in Tokyo, Naidu reportedly successfully impressed upon Japanese companies to take part in the construction of AP’s new capital city Amaravati which was once flourishing Buddhist pilgrim centre.  “All the interaction revolved around Amaravathi, a name Japs spell fluently,” an official in the CM’s delegation said.

Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Akihiro Ohta openly admitted to Naidu that Andhra was dearer to Japan on two grounds.  “Since on the Eastern side India, you are logistically close to Japan. And, since you have Buddhist heritage, AP is very attractive to us.”

He further told the Chief Minister that MLIT is keen to extend cooperation in developing roads & buildings and infrastructure in Amaravathi.
Naidu and his team got concrete assurance from Yoichi Miyazawa of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) on equity participation in AP’s new capital development and management. He informed Naidu that several Japanese companies are ready to be partners in AP’s capital construction.

Chief Minister emphasized on creating a task force to institutionalize the talks on cooperation between Japan and Andhra Pradesh.

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Japan to Partner with AP for Amaravati

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Japan is going to be a major player in the construction of new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravathi. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI), expressed its willingness to partner with the AP government in the construction of 21 century capital. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of METI, on Wednesday, told Chief Minister Naidu, that Japan wants to involve with the development of capital city from day one. Takagi paid a visit to Naidu in Tokyo to convey Japan’s commitment to AP’s development.

Elaborating on ministry’s experience in development of  ports, airports, roads, housing and other infrastructure projects, the Japanese minister said, “We are gearing up to offer fullest cooperation to Andhra Pradesh in the development of Amarathi. We have begun identifying companies that are suitable to build a world-class capital for AP.”

Earlier, AP government entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Electronics Corporation (NEC) of Japan for ‘Safe-city project’, to be operated from Tirupati. The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naidu and Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of METI.

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Naidu Invites Japan PM to Amaravathi

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Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu invited Japan PM Shinzo Abe to the foundation stone-laying ceremony of new capital Amaravati. The Chief Minister informed  Abe that Prime Minister  of India  Narendra Modi also would write to him inviting him for the ceremony.

Chief Minister  Naidu met the Prime Minister of Japan  today in Tokyo.

In the high-powered meeting, the Japanese Prime Minister meeting assured the Chief Minister that Japan will extend all technical and possible financial assistance to AP for infrastructure and building of capital Amaravathi. Abe appreciated Andhra Pradesh’s efforts in attracting investments.

Further, the Chief Minister made a request to make some institutionalized arrangement for AP-Japan relationship. The Japan PM replied in the affirmative.

Later, Chief Minister presented Tirupati prasadam and a sacred shawl from Lord Balaji’s abode. The Prime Minister recalled that during his earlier visit too, the Chief Minister had presented it during his election campaign.

Before meeting the Prime Minister of Japan, the Chief Minister also had a brief interaction with Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary.

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