Bandra-Worli sea link to be patented
Soon, using the picture of the Bandra Worli sea link in an advertisement or a film will involve a price.
Anybody using pictures of the iconic bridge for commercial gain will soon have to pay the cash-strapped Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for it. The MSRDC, which is reeling under a Rs4,000-crore debt, has decided to patent and copyright the image of the sea link and charge those who use it for commercial gain.
The sea link, designed by Dar Consultants, has emerged as one of the few iconic structures built after Independence. Since its inauguration in 2009, the sea link has been used as the backdrop in films and ad campaigns. “We have noticed that a lot of people have been using the sea link’s image for commercial gain. We’ve decided to file a patent for the sea link to ensure that we get money every time someone uses the image for financial gain,” said MSRDC vice chairman and managing director, Bipin Shrimali.
The MSRDC is in the process of filing for the patent for the technical and aesthetical aspects of the bridge. Officials said they will also hire a private agency to monitor if the copyright or patent is being violated and take regulatory action against the offenders. “People are free to use the sea link’s image if it is for personal use. If commercial entities make money by using its image, they should give the MSRDC money for it,” Shrimali said.
Polling across 44 districts for the first phase of elections to urban bodies in Madhya Pradesh will begin at 7am today. A total of 1.04 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise in the first phase of polling, an official informed news agency PTI. Voting will go on till 5pm, he added. Votes will be cast for municipal corporations including Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Chhindwara, Ujjain, Sagar, Singrauli and Satna.
Even though Mohali district rose by two spots from last year's ranking in the PSEB Class 10 exams, its pass percentage dropped from 99.91% to 99%. Last year, Mohali was placed 17th among the 23 districts. This year, it improved its standing to 15th, with Gurdaspur district bagging the top spot. As many as 9,401 students from 109 Mohali schools appeared in the exams and 9,307 passed.
A 32-year-old doctor allegedly ended his life by injecting himself with a paralytic drug used in anaesthesia at his rented accommodation in Phase 2 on Monday night. The doctor, who hailed from Rupnagar, was living alone in the rented house for the last three months and worked at a private hospital in Sector 34, Chandigarh. The autopsy will be conducted at the Phase-6 civil hospital on Wednesday.
A local court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Kalyani Singh, an accused in the murder of national-level shooter and lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh, alias Sippy Sidhu. Lodged in Model Jail, Sector 51, since June 21, Kalyani, 36, was produced in court via video conferencing. On Monday, she had applied for bail before a local court. Her plea will be taken up for hearing on July 8.
The UT administration's decision to appoint 33 medical officers (MOs) on deputation from Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, and none from Haryana has not gone down well with the Haryana government. Highlighting its displeasure through a letter, the Haryana government has urged the UT administration to maintain the 60:40 ratio between Punjab and Haryana while filling up the vacant posts of MOs and dental surgeons. Till then, Haryana had not sent any panel of doctors.