Seat restrictions: Film producers in Karnataka not to release new films till Jan 2021

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October 31, 2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 31: The Karnataka Film Exhibitors Federation members have decided not to release new films till January due to seat restrictions by the State government due to Covid threat in the State.

For most of the new releases, over-the-top (OTT) platforms have become the preferred choice ever since the lockdown in March 2020. On the other hand, theatres had been gearing up for reruns of old movies.

After a meeting of film exhibitors from the region, Federation Chairman R R Odugoudar told reporters that many Producers have expressed their unwillingness to release big-ticket movies till January 2021 though the government had given its nod to reopen theatres with restrictions and by following standard operating procedures as per the Unlock 5.0 guidelines.

"Producers are saying that they won’t release films till January 2021. In such circumstances, exhibitors have also decided to not open theatres till January as it will only bleed us," he said.

The exhibitors further said that since the last six months they were facing severe challenges and most of their requests and demands were placed before the government and producers were not fulfilled.

"The State Government has increased the licence renewal fee for cinema theatres by nearly 2,250 per cent. As per the old structure, Rs 1,000 was collected for every 100 sq mt for 3 years. But now, this has been increased to Rs 4,500 per 100 sq mt per year," Odugoudar said.

"Do away with trade licences for theatres. Besides, we have been demanding the government levy electricity charges at industrial instead of commercial rates and permit us to collect service charge at 5 per cent on net rate of tickets for non-AC theatres and at 10 per cent for AC ones, but our demands have not been addressed," said Odugoudar.

Presently, service charge is Rs 2 for non AC theatres and Rs 3 for AC theatres.

Referring to the varying property tax rates on cinema theatres under different civic bodies, the exhibitors have sought uniform rates across the state and doing away with trade licences for theatres. They also said that producers must agree to change the existing business module of fixed weekly payments to a percentage- based module.

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November 21,2020

Bengaluru, Nov 21: Former Chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has opposed any move to handover Forest Land of over 20,000 hectares to private companies in Shivamogga and Chikkamagalur districts.

In a letter addressed to the Chief minister B S Yediyurappa, here on Saturday, the Congress leader has urged to desist any move from handing over of more than 20,000 hectares of forest land returned by the Mysore Paper Mills (MPM) to private parties.

Stating that the State government had handed over the said land belonging to the Forest Department to the state-run MPM for a lease period of over 40 years, in 1980 and which ended recently, he said that "now certain elements in the ruling BJP government hatching conspiracy to hand it over to the private parties."

Maintaining that the land returned by the MPM should be handed over to the forest department itself, the former chief minister had warned that "else it would turn the rain-forest region in Malnad area into a barren area".

Recalling that the people of the Malnad region had registered their strong protest against any move to privatise the huge tract of forest land, the Congress leader said that "Government should respond positively to the pleas made by intellectuals, environmentalists and farmers on the issue.

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November 20,2020
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Bengaluru, Nov 19: Reversing the trend, new Covid cases at 1,849 were more than 1,800 recoveries on a day across Karnataka.

"With 1,849 fresh cases on Wednesday, the state's Covid tally increased to 8,67,780, including 25,169 active cases, while recoveries rose to 8,30,988 with 1,800 discharges in the last 24 hours," said the state health bulletin.

With 26 patients succumbing to the infection, the state's death toll rose to 11,604 till date since the pandemic broke out on March 8.

As the epicentre of the virus, Bengaluru registered 1,048 new cases, taking its tally to 3,60,587, including 17,856, while recoveries rose to 3,38,688, with 881 discharged in the last 24 hours.

The virus claimed 14 lives, increasing the city's death toll to 4,042.

Of the 598 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs) across the state, 297 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 31 in Mysuru and 28 in Tumakuru.

Out of 1,18,474 tests conducted across the southern state on Wednesday, 25,101 were through rapid-antigen detection and 93,373 through RT-PCR method.

"The positivity rate was 1.56 per cent and the case fatality rate 1.42 per cent for the day," added the bulletin.

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November 17,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 17: In a veiled attack on the Karnataka government, State Congress chief DK Shivakumar on Tuesday said it was their "agenda and plan" to arrest Congress leader and former Bengaluru Mayor Sampath Raj in the Bengaluru violence case.

He added that the arrest of Sampath Raj was a clear message of targeting Congress leaders.

"It is their agenda to do this, it is a clear message of targeting Congress leaders. They had planned to do this," Shivakumar told media persons here.

Earlier in the day, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai termed the arrest of Sampath Raj in the Bengaluru violence case as a major development that will lead to "exposure of the conspiracy and people behind it".

"He was accused and was absconding. Had he been innocent, he would not have absconded. We have caught him. There will be a further probe. His arrest is a major development that will lead to exposure of the conspiracy and people behind it (Bengaluru violence)," said Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka Minister.

Sampath Raj was brought to the Central Crime Branch's (CCB) office in Bengaluru after being arrested earlier in the day in connection with the DJ Halli and KG Halli violence case, police said.

Raj had gone missing on October 31 after authorities at a Bengaluru hospital, where he was admitted for COVID-19 treatment, allegedly discharged him without informing the police.

Earlier, his lawyer had alleged political vendetta behind the chargesheet filed against him in the Bengaluru violence case and said that the chargesheet had no material to prove any of the charges invoked in the matter.

The CCB had last week filed a preliminary chargesheet in the August 11 violence that took place in Bengaluru, naming Congress corporators AR Zakir and Sampath Raj as accused.

Violence had broken out in parts of Bengaluru on August 11 over an alleged "derogatory" social media post. At least three people lost their lives, while nearly 60 police personnel were injured in the incident. The police arrested around 415 accused in connection with the violence.

An FIR was registered on the complaint of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy at DJ Halli Police station three days after the violence broke out in parts of Bengaluru over an alleged "derogatory" social media post by his nephew, the police said.

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