Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) "Mary Kom" maker Omung Kumar B's wife Vanita makes her debut as a director with a short film "Ave Maria", which puts spotlight on the issue of child abuse in India.
The film, which is written by Vanita, aims to create awareness about child abuse and highlight the importance of communication.
"I have always put in my innermost thoughts and feelings to my work whether as production designer or my creations for home decor. So, when it came to my directorial debut, I had to choose a subject that I was most pretentious by and hence I'm bringing ‘Ave Maria' to light that deals with child sexual abuse. As a storyteller, I want to convey a narrative that strikes the right chord in people's mind and soul. This is my first step towards that path and I hope viewers comprehend every story I tell," Vanita said.
The release date of the film is not yet decided. She plans to showcase the film in international film fests like the Manchester Film Festival and Liverpool Film Festival.
Talking about "Ave Maria", Omung said: "The number of children who experience sexual abuse and don't tell anyone is more than we can imagine. And these are the stories which as a responsible citizen of the country I wanted to showcase. Vanita and my endeavour is always to speak our mind and put forth what is required to be told to viewers."
"Ave Maria" has been produced by Banijay Asia and Omung Kumar.
Mumbai, Aug 6 (IANS) To enhance safety of cheque payments, the Reserve Bank o f India (RBI) on Thursday said that it has decided to introduce a mechanism of 'Positive Pay' for all cheques valued Rs 50,000 and above.
‘Positive Pay' is a fraud prevention system that provides additional layer of security on the instrument to prevent forgery or any other alterations. This is offered by the banks to certain corporates dealing in high value check transfers.
Making announcement of the proposed introduction of the new mechanism, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that it will cover approximately 20 per cent to 80 per cent of the total cheques by volume and value, respectively.
"Operational guidelines in this regard will be issued separately," Das said.
Positive Pay will prevent and restrict dishonouring of cheques that often results in financial and criminal penalty for the issuer.
The mechanism is already followed by banks such as ICICI Bank which has a feature by which a customer issuing the cheque can upload its details on the mobile app or other online mechanism.
When the cheque reaches for clearance from the beneficiary bank, it gets checked for authenticity by the clearing bank before the payment is released. As everything works online, this added layer of security offers seamless and easy process for such transactions.