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Bhubaneswar Police Arrests Papu Pom Pom from Puri

Bhubaneswar: In a dramatic turn of events Bhubaneswar Police Commissionerate arrested Tatwa Prakash Satpathy alias Papu Pom Pom today. According to Police Commissioner Y. B. Khurania, the comedian actor Papu Pom Pom was arrested by a team of Bhubaneswar Police from Neelachal apartment at Puri. He said, since Papu and his associated were avoiding notices commissionerate police jumped into action and within a short period of located the alleged accused. Notably, the arrest happened after he was expelled from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) yesterday.

Papu was accused of alleged sexual advances by a minor girl. It came to light after the minor girl narrated the incident on a local Television Channel a few days back. And taking a sou motto cognizance of the matter the Khurdha District Child Welfare (DCW) committee had lodged a complaint with the Bhubaneswar Mahila Police. Subsequently, the IIC of Mahila police and DCW members located the victim and an FIR was lodged. Further, the statement of the victim was recorded be a Judicial Magistrate First Class under section 164 IPC.

After Papu’s arrest he was produced before the Magistrate and lodge in Jharpada Jail in Bhubaneswar.

BJD Expels Papu Pom Pom from Party after complaint of Sexual Assault against him

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday in a press release said that it has expelled Tatwa Prakash Satpathy alias Papu Pom Pom from the party. The Odia Film actor is absconding over the past few days after sexual assault charges were levelled against him by a minor girl.

Bhubaneswar Police has been in the look out and has already issued notices to the actor and his associates to appear before the police for questioning.

Reacting to the development Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) responded by saying that the state government played a delaying tactics to arrest Papu Pom Pom to keep BJD’s image intact. BJP general secretary Bhrigu Buxipatra added that after Bhubaneswar Police issued notice against the actor that under pressure BJD acted against its member.

Papu Pom Pom was inducted by BJD party Supremo into the party in 2013 prior to the 2014 Assembly Elections. He had unsuccessfully fought the 2014 Assembly Election on a BJD ticket. The actor was also involved in promoting a Chit Fund Company that has swindled crores of rupees of investors from within and outside the State.

Odisha: Actor Papu Pom Pom Absconds after Alleged Sexual Assault Charges

Bhubaneswar: Comedian actor Tatwa Prakash Satapathy alias Papu Pom Pom of Odia film industry has found himself in another controversy where a minor girl has filed a police complaint in which she has alleged sexual assault by the actor.

Based on the complaint Bhubaneswar Police Commissionerate had sent a 4 member team at his Bhubaneswar residence under the Khandagiri Police station area yesterday and returned empty handed since his house was found locked.

According to Bhubaneswar police Commissioner Y B Khuarania, actor Papu and his associates have been sent notices to appear before the police within 7 days or a non-bailable warrant will be issued against their names.

Media reports suggest that in order to evade questioning or arrest by Bhubaneswar Police the actor and his associates might have fled to New Delhi and are seeking legal opinion to get anticipatory bail.

Notably a few days back, Actor Papu has also been linked with a chit fund company which has swindled crores of rupees of investors. It has been alleged that he helped in the promotion of the company both within and outside Odisha.

Papu had also unsuccessfully fought the 2014 assembly elections on a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) ticket.

Odisha: Casting Couch Scandal; Actress Sharmistha Records Statement under Sec. 164 IPC

Bhubaneswar: After the recent casting couch scandal which rocked the Odia Film and Television fraternity it seems to have shocked the people of Odisha. Bringing this issue at the forefront Actress Sharmistha Priyadarshini has put up a brave fight against the alleged perpetrators.

Sharmistha, who filed an FIR earlier and recorded her statement Under Sec. 161 Indian Penal Code (IPC), also recorded her statement today under Sec. 164 IPC before a magistrate here at the Bhubaneswar SDJM Court.

Sharmistha has lodged complaint against few directors and producers of Odia entertainment industry and has also alleged that they had solicited sexual favours from her through Facebook and WhatsApp interactions.

Mahila Police Station on Monday had already served notices to six persons in this regard in order to appear in person at the police station following the complaint made by Sharmistha.

The outcome of the notice is unknown and further reports are awaited in this matter.

CII-PwC Study Forecasts India’s Entertainment and Media Industry to Clock over Rs 227,000 Crore by 2018

New Delhi: India’s entertainment and media sector is expected to grow steadily over the next five years as per CII-PwC’s latest report titled India Entertainment & Media Outlook 2014. The industry is expected to exceed 227,000 crore INR by 2018 growing at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15% between 2013 and 2018.

In 2013, the overall entertainment and media industry was estimated to be 112,044 crore INR and grew by 19% over the previous year. The largest segment, India’s television industry, continued its strong growth momentum led by subscription revenues, representing a year-on-year growth of about 15%. Internet access and internet advertising have been the fastest growing segments with annual growth rates of 47 and 26% respectively.

“The key theme of our report this year is ‘monetisation strategies in media sector’. Clearly, the future lies in digital media as the internet segment is leading the growth in India.” said Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry.

The revenue from advertising is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13% and will exceed 60,000 crore INR in 2018 from 35,000 crore INR in 2013. Internet access has overtaken the print segment as the second-largest segment contributing to the overall pie of entertainment and media sector revenues.

Smita Jha, Leader, Entertainment and Media practice, PwC India, said, “Digital success does not just necessarily mean better, improved technology. It means applying a digital mindset to build the right behaviours among industry stakeholders. This includes getting ever closer to the customer–across the entire organisation, and in everything it does.”

Businesses no longer need a digital strategy, what they need is a business strategy fit for a digital age. The industry needs to get even closer to the consumer and adopt more flexible business models. To do this, companies must exhibit three behaviours: forging trust with consumers; creating the confidence to move with speed and agility; and empowering innovation. This will be an important step in monetising the digital consumer.

Television and print are expected to remain the largest contributors to the advertising pie in 2018 as well. Internet advertising will emerge as the third-largest segment, with a share of about 16% in the total E&M advertising pie. The film segment estimated at 12,600 crore INR in 2013 is projected to grow steadily at a CAGR of 12%, on the back of higher domestic and overseas box-office collections as well as cable and satellite rights.

With the rapidly increasing adoption of smartphones and tablets, the gaming sector is fast emerging as a promising source of revenue for the industry. Efforts by industry players as well as support from the government are expected to provide a major boost to the gaming sector, which is still in its infancy. Out-of-home advertising is gradually expected to slide to the last position in terms of revenue contribution to the sector, with its share declining to 1% in 2018, while music remains constant at 1% revenue share between 2013 and 2018.