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Film Festival Against Communalism

Film Festival Against Communalism

Jointly organised by MARUPAKKAM, Periyar Self Respect Media Department Panuval Book Shop

on October 2; 11 am to 8pm

at Periyar Thidal

Guest speakers:

S.Anandhi�br>Researcher, Associate professor, MIDS, Chennai.

Pudhuvai Sugumaran�br>Human Rights Activist

Govi Lenin�br>Journalist / writer

Films:

11 am

1) In the Name of God
Dir: Anand Patwardhan�br>
(1992, 75 minutes)�br>
On the rise of Hindu fundamentalism as reflected in the temple/mosque conflict in Ayodhya that led to nation wide carnage.�br>
2 pm

2) Father, Son Holy War
Dir: Anand Patwardhan�br>
(1995, 120 minutes)

On the relationship between religion, violence and male identity. Does the root of India's recent bloodshed - perhaps all bloodshed - lie in male insecurity, itself an inevitable product of the very construction of "manhood?"�br>
5 pm

3) Final Solution (Tamil)
Dir: Rakesh Sharma�br>
(2004, 74 minutes)

Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat dur…

Ramoji festival Celebrations oct 2nd to Nov 10th

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Finance Minister underlines need for cheaper credit to boost exports.

Finance Minister underlines need for cheaper credit to boost exports. Finance Minister Mr. P Chidambaram today said that the government is committed to giving boost to exports and is in talks with the Reserve Bank of India to make export credit cheaper.  He was speaking at an interactive meeting  with leading exporters, organized by the Federation of Indian Exports Organizations, FIEO.
Mr. Chidambaram said, the government has been responsive to the suggestions made by exporters and has taken several measures to simplify import-export related procedures. He said, the Padmanabhan Committee has studied the issue of export credit in detail but mentioned that putting exports under priority sector might affect some other sectors.  Under the priority sector lending Banks lend 40 % of their loans to sectors such as agriculture and small scale industries.
59-60 per dollar is the right level for Rupee Speaking about the exchange rate of the Rupee, Mr. Chidambaram said the right level of rupee wo…

Welcome to the Kanhoji Island Light House

Get ready for a new day trip from Mumbai to Kanhoji Angre Light House Mumbai / September 28, 2013 The Kanhoji Angre lighthouse off the Mumbai coast is all set to become a new tourist attraction. A formal announcement to this effect was made by the Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi in Mumbai along with Minister of State for Shipping Milind Deora at the Port Trust Headquarters.
The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Shipping have drawn up plans to develop 15 light houses across the country, as places of tourist attractions. 
Speaking on the occasion, Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi said his Ministry has agreed to extend financial assistance for development of light houses as tourist attractions.  In the first phase, the Kanhoji Angre Light house near Mumbai, the light house located at the Dolphin Nose Point in Visakhapatnam and the one located at the Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) near Chennai are being developed as pilot projects. Of these, Kanhoji Angre Light House is the only one wh…

Irrfan Khan, Dilip Tahil, Anand Mahadevan, Subhash Kapoor visit the screening of Lumière Brothers at Jagran Film Festival

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Irrfan Khan, Dilip Tahil, Anand Mahadevan, Subhash Kapoor visit the screening of Lumière Brothers at Jagran Film Festival
~ Grandson of Mr Lumière, Max Lefrancq Lumière and his wife visit the screening for the first six movies of Lumière Brothers that were shown in Mumbai after 117 years ~
~ In the beginning it was only films, no wires, no nothing, only film. It was difficult to capture the right angle, but brother Lumière was very good at it - says Mr Max Lefrancq Lumière ~ Mumbai:  The show that started it all in July 1896 is back in Mumbai, from where it all started. It’s an event where the history unfolds yet again. Way back on 7th July, 1896, the Lumière Brothers, Louis and Ausguste’s first ever shot six films were shown to an exclusive audience at the Watson Hotel in Mumbai, which was then named Bombay. It was India's first ever film screening and thus, the day was etched in gold in the history of Indian cinema. After 117 years, in the fourth edition of Jagran Film Festival (J…

New Land Acquisition Act is pro people, but not anti-industry : Jairam Ramesh Minister seeks cooperation of state governments in better implementation

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New Land Acquisition Act is pro people, but not anti-industry : Jairam Ramesh Minister seeks cooperation of state governments in better implementation Mumbai / September 29, 2013 Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh  today allayed the fears expressed by the Indian industry that the new Land Acquisition Act would make projects economically unviable. Addressing a Press Conference in Mumbai on Sunday, Mr. Ramesh said the new act applies only to the land acquired by Central and State authorities for any public purpose, while there is no bar whatsoever, on purchase of private land.  He said “industry must look beyond land acquisition by Government and explore land purchase opportunities. In fact,  in 20 years from now, there should only be land purchases and no land acquisition”.  
Reiterating his stand that land acquisition should become an act of last resort, Mr. Ramesh said his Ministry has been working towards improving land records management in the country and promoting tra…

Yes Foundation's 'I am the Change film Project' awards night to be held on 1st October 2013

“YES! i AM THE CHANGE FILM MAKING PROJECT” – AWARDS NIGHT

Day & Date:        Tuesday, 1st October, 2013 Time:                    7pm

CHIEF GUEST:             SHRI AMITABH BACHCHAN

YES Foundation is the Social Development arm of YES BANK
YES Foundation has launched, YES! i am the Change which is a nationwide film project, where aspiring filmmakers and amateurs make short films of up to 4 minutes duration in 101 hours on an NGO/ social cause / everyday hero / act of kindness.  
YES! i am the Change Film Making Project concluded in August this year wherein 500 teams comprising 2100 youth registered for the project pan-India. 154 films were submitted that met all criteria, of which, a total of 60 best films will now be screened creating awareness about social causes. The 2-day film festival will be held at Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai on 2nd and 3rd October, 2013.
Eminent personalities like Shaheen Mistry, Prahalad Kakkar, Kailash Surendranath, Harish Iyer, among others have been mentors to t…

Mumbai Women's International Film Festival (MWIFF) wfrom 8th – 14th October 2013.

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Mumbai Women's International Film Festival (MWIFF) wfrom 8th – 14th October 2013.  The festival is organized by Oculus Creations and supported by theMaharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) under Government of Maharashtra and is being organized for the first time in India on a grand scale to provide a platform for the female filmmakers. The festival will be held at 6 different venues to cater to a large number of filmmakers and film lovers. The grand Pink-CarpetOpening ceremony will be held at Ravindra Natya Mandir, 5 days of screening at Broadway cinemas- Oshiwara, Borivali, Bhandup, Fun Cinemas Andheri and grand Pink-Carpet Closing ceremony at Bhabha auditorium Sophia College.
The jury panel of MWIFF comprise of top filmmakers like Namrata Rao, Bhavani Iyer, Sudeep Chatterjee, Mayur Puri, Bhavna Talwar, Aditya Datt, Amitabha Singh, Geeta Singh, Vinay Sapru & Radhika Rao. To support and take the festival at a higher level the festival has the support of Advisory Board m…

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE AUTHOR TO JOIN 100 CHILDREN FOR “TORCH OF UNITY” LAUNCH

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE AUTHOR TO JOIN 100 CHILDREN FOR “TORCH OF UNITY” LAUNCH
The Unity of Faiths Foundation Launch on Friday 27th September Coincides with the Annual Free Festival to Unite London on Sunday 29th September
18th, September 2013, London: Vikas Swarup, diplomat and the author of the international bestseller Q & A, which was adapted into the multi-BAFTA and Academy Award winning filmSlumdog Millionaire, will bejoined by 100 children for the Launch of The Unity of Faiths Foundation (TUFF), a UK based non-profit, secular organisation that recognises the importance of inter-community dialogue and acceptance as the bedrock of community cohesion and understanding.
Taking place in one of London’s most diverse areas, Southall, on Friday 27th September 2013,Vikas Swarup will participate in a procession uniting over a hundred students from various schools across London to carry the first Torch of Unity. The event reflects TUFF’s 2013 focus on Youth,withthe core belief being that in …

The Biggest Action Heroes, Arnold and Sylvester come together for Escape Plan The film is being released in India by PVR Pictures on the 18th of October

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The Biggest Action Heroes, Arnold and Sylvester come together for Escape Plan The film is being released in India by PVR Pictures on the 18th of October
Escape Plan, an upcoming Action Thriller film starring the greatest action heroes to have lived, Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger revolves around a structural-security authority who finds himself incarcerated in a prison he designed. Directed by, Mikael Håfström a well-known Swedish filmmaker the film will follow Stallone's character Ray Breslin, a structural engineer who is wrongly convicted of a crime, and is incarcerated in a prison of his own design, aided in his escape by his cellmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger).
A stellar supporting star-cast with the likes of 50 Cent, Jim Caviezel & Vinnie Jones along with the two biggest powerhouses of the action genre; Escape Plan is all set for release in India on the 18th of October. “Sylvester & Arnold individually are one of the few greats that have had a cult followin…

Comments on RBI policy by Amar Ambani, Head of Research, India Infoline (a well diversified financial services company)

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20th September, 2013 : Comments on RBI policy by Amar Ambani, Head of Research, India Infoline (a well diversified financial services company)
Also please find attached picture of Mr. Amar Ambani, Head of Research, India Infoline. Raghuram Rajan, the new RBI Governor, in a surprise move, hiked Repo rate by 25 basis points with a view to anchor inflation expectations. Although the Nifty has fallen by over 100 points, in hindsight, it seems the right step by RBI, reaffirming its primary duty to keep inflation in check. For growth, the market should turn to the Government instead of the RBI.  There has been an uptick in WPI over the past two readings on the back of sharp currency depreciation, ongoing de-regulation of fuel prices, and increase in international commodity prices. On the other hand, CPI which measures inflation at the retail level has been stubborn in the elevated range of 9-10% due to structurally high food inflation. The general inflation outlook is not very comforting despi…

The Finale of 4th Jagran Film Festival to be Held in Mumbai

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The Finale of 4th Jagran Film Festival to be Held in Mumbai
Mumbai, September 2013: India’s Jagran Film Festival, has now reached its concluding stage for its 4th edition in Mumbai. Begun in Delhi, and after travelling to 15 cities across 7 states, the 4th Edition of Jagran Film Festival, has now reached its final destination, Mumbai. The finale of this festival is going to be held in from the 24th to 29th of September, 2013at the Fun Republic, Mumbai. Conceptualized to bring world-class cinema to its intended audience, Jagran Film Festival, Mumbai 2013 has now become bigger and better. The festival is proud to present an exciting line up of films in various genres from every corner of the world. At the festival, film lovers spread across the length and breadth of India would get an opportunity to enjoy a good mix of feature, short and documentary films, along with student films. Some of the international films are going to be screened for the first time in Asia at the Jagran Film Festi…

15th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival will be conducted in Madurai on 6-10 December 2013.

15th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival will be conducted in Madurai on 6-10 December 2013.
The screenings will take place under the following heads
1) International films 2) Rest of India 3) Films from Tamilnadu 4) Retrospective: Pankaj Butalia 5) Magic Lantern Cinema (films distributed by Magic Lantern Films, curated by Gargi Sen) 6) Country package (curated by Paul Lee)
Entries are invited under 1,2,3 sections.
The Rules:
1) The festival is a non competitive film festival 2) No entry fee 3) No restriction on themes 4) No restriction on duration for documentary films 5) Short films can have duration up to 30 minutes 6) Films for 2,3 sections should have subtitles in English 7) The films need to submitted along with the entry form 8) The films will not be returned 9) A selection committee will select a list of films that will be screened in the film festival. 10) Last date to send entries 1 October 2013
For entry form and other details
www.maduraifilmfest.blogs…

Theatre festival- Theatre in motion -kolkata, new Delhi , Mumbai

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Theatre-in-Motion
~Theatre festival bringing the best of theatre across Kolkata, New Delhi & Mumbai~


This winter, get ready to experience the best of Indian Theatre with Theatre in Motion; a festival that will provide theatre lovers a chance to experience plays across Kolkata, New Delhi, and Mumbai in Hindi, English and Bengali. Running for 3 months starting from October 5 till December 29, the festival will bring together the best of theatre groups, personnel and art connoisseurs on a single platform.

Presented by Utkal Rangmanch Trust in association with Sanket and steered by Anant Mahapatra, a legendary figure in theatre, Theatre-in-Motion revolves around his idea of making the best of theatre available for viewing to connoisseurs across the country.

Theatre in Motion will feature famous theatre exponents like Dada Saheb Phalke awaredee Soumitra Chatterjee, Rajit Kapur, Nadira Zaheer Babbar, Mohan Agashe, Om Katare, Manoj Mitra, Rakesh Bedi, Ashish Vidyarthi, Lilette Dubey, Ira Dub…