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This govt faced challenges like no other in past
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Margao: BJP general secretary Narendra Sawaikar on Friday said that the Pramod Sawant-led BJP government faced challenges like no other government had to do in the past, but the support received from the central government coupled with the people-centric delivery mechanism of the state government helped it gain the confidence of the people. “The government faced huge challenges of the pandemic and the Tauktae cyclone over the last two-and-a-half years. The state government could overcome the problems owing to the support received from the central government,” Sawaikar said while addressing a gathering of party workers at a function held at BJP’s South Goa office at Margao. A group of 25 people from the tribal community, led by Michael Dias, known to be staunch supporters of Goa Forward Party for the last two elections, were welcomed into the party fold on the occasion. Stating that the delivery mechanism of the state government has been designed keeping in focus the welfare of the common man, Sawaikar said that this has enabled the government to win the support of the people. “This then inspires confidence of the people in the state’s leadership, and helps the government win over the minds and hearts of the people,” he said. Former Fatorda MLA Damodar Naik, who was also at the function, said that while other parties have used the ST community with an eye on the vote bank, BJP acknowledges and recognises the contribution of its workers. “The tribal community leaders have now realised that BJP has a vision that goes much beyond votes, elections and power,” Naik said.

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Goa: Farmers expect losses from delayed cashew flowering
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Poinguinim: Feni distillers and cashew farmers across the state are sensing possible loss to their business because of unseasonal rains. They say that there could be reduced revenue from auction of the cashew orchards. “We are in the winter season. However due to the formation of low pressure in the Arabian Sea we get unseasonal rains which has an impact on cashew production,” said Dinesh Desai who is in this business since many years. He feels that the feni distillers and cashew farmers will suffer considerable loss as the production will decrease. Desai told TOI, “By this time the cashew trees should have bloomed with flowers. In a very few places flowering has just begun but now it all depends on how the climate plays its role. On the whole it will surely be a loss.” Agriculturist, Jayprakash Poinginker said, “By this time the winter should have set in but it is still raining and so the future of cashew production appears bleak. The weather too played havoc last year but at least then it was no loss no profit.” Zonal agriculture officer, Kirtiraj Naik Gaunkar said farmers will be affected due to weather changes resulting in unseasonal rain and that is not good for cashew as well the mango crop. He said that it could be a big loss for farmers and feni distillers. Excise inspector at Canacona, Chandranath Desai said that feni distillers will face a loss and the government too could see a drop in revenue collection as many distillers may hesitate to have regular auctions, seeing that the production could dip by 50-60%. Cashew, mango flowering will be delayed due to weather: Agri director Director of agriculture Nevil Alphonso said that with the current weather there will be a delay in flowering of cashews and mangoes as this is the period for both plants to flower. However he said that both the fruits will flower but will be delayed beyond the regular time which may affect production. He added that this was the third year of unseasonal rain and considering the loss in the crop yield, the department will ensure that farmers get some compensation through the Shetkari Adhar Nidhi scheme.

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FC Goa fail to fire again as Jamshedpur win 3-1
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Panaji: FC Goa had another forgettable night in the Indian Super League (ISL) as Jamshedpur FC cruised to a 3-1 win at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Friday. After the 3-0 loss against Mumbai City, coach Juan Ferrando made four changes as he introduced Jorge Ortiz, Seriton Fernandes, Devendra Murgaonkar and Aiban Dohling to the starting lineup. At least on paper, this looked promising, but Goa never got going against Jamshedpur, who made three changes, including sacrificing a foreign defender (Eli Sabia) for midfield control through Greg Stewart. Goa’s defensive frailties cropped up again as Nerijus Valskis (51st minute and 61’) scored twice and Jordan Murray (80’) added his name to the scoresheet. Goa did open their goal-scoring account through Airam Cabrera (86’) late in the game. Edu Bedia saw his shot hit the crossbar and there were other misses, but nobody was left in any doubt that Jamshedpur were deserving winners. Jamshedpur coach Owen Coyle had a simple plan -- let Goa have as much as the ball. In the first session, the hosts enjoyed 69 percent ball possession, and 67 overall, but the Red Mariners were set up so well that they were rarely threatened. In fact, the more Goa had the ball, the more they were susceptible to making mistakes which Jamshedpur failed to capitalise in the first 45 minutes. There were plenty of chances for Jamshedpur, all stemming from Goa’s lapses. The impressive Komal Thatal ended with a poor cross after some brilliant work on the left flank, Valskis failed to get past Dheeraj Singh in a one-on-one situation and Len Doungel hit straight at the goalkeeper. In the second session, it were Goa who came closest to breaking the deadlock. Alberto Noguera found himself with space inside the box after being picked up by Edu, but his fierce attempt on goal was tipped away by goalkeeper TP Rehenesh. Then, Valskis took over. The Lithuanian striker punished Goa for Dheeraj’s poor clearance – which Len intercepted -- with a delectable left-footed strike that ended his 10-game goalless run for Jamshedpur. Ten minutes later, there was another one. This one came from a free-kick as Stewart floated the ball inside the box and Valskis outfoxed everyone, including Dheeraj who had stepped out to collect. Jordan Murray had barely taken the field when he added the third for Jamshedpur, scoring with his first touch of the game as Goa defenders struggled to keep pace. Ferrando had made a string of attacking changes, including fielding an all-Indian defence, to salvage something out of the game. Cabrera scored Goa’s only goal of the match in the 86th minute as he controlled a cross from Ortiz and then drove it home from inside the box for an impressive finish. The Spanish striker could have had a second. He timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and meet a lobbed ball inside the box, but mistimed his shot, even as the rival goalkeeper was stranded in no man’s land. That miss summed up Goa’s night. They had the sight of goal but never really close. Jamshedpur deserved full points for the planning and execution.

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I learnt Dimasa in a year, took three years to make the film
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After acting in around 27 feature films, Assamese actor Aimee Baruah recently made her debut as a director with Semkhor, which was the opening feature film in the Indian Panorama Section at IFFI. “Usually I’m here as an actor. But this time, my film as a director is selected as the opening film in Indian panorama,” she says. Semkhor is the first movie to be made in Dimasa, a dialect spoken by a tribal community in Assam and Nagaland. Along with being the director, she’s also the lead actor in the film. “It took me a year to master the dialect and around three years to make the film. Semkhor’s selection as the opening feature film in the Indian panorama section and my recognition as a director is not just a matter of pride for me or the film, but for the whole Dimasa community in Assam and North East. We took around four years to complete this film, and I’m grateful and honoured that it’s here.” Her aim with this film was to showcase the story of the tribal village of Semkhor where people still live with no mobile phones or do not use products from outside. “They still grow their own crop and don’t use oil for cooking. When I first visited in 2017, I didn’t know a world of Dimasa. I realised if I didn’t know the language, I wouldn’t be able to interact with the people. So I went back in 2018, after learning the language. People there weren’t comfortable being in front of the camera. So despite my initial plan of casting a local as the lead actor, I had to take up the part myself,” she says. Talking about Goa, she says, “Goa is a great place for vacation. But for me it’s about IFFI. I also love spending time at the beaches when I’m in Goa.”

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Im trying to watch many films at IFFI
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After the world primiere of her last film, Disciple, at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, actress Gauri Nalawade was at IFFI for the screening of her film Godavari. The film was shot during the pandemic in Nasik. She walked the red carpet before the screening and interacted with fans afterwards. “It’s the first time my film has been selected at IFFI. The response has been overwhelming. I’m trying to watch as many films as I can and I am positive about winning something. My whole cast and crew is here, so we are having fun,” she says. She chooses the peace and quiet over parties. “I love doing yoga and meditation by the beach. I prefer to read and write. I love the beaches,” she says.

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  • Five Goan films to make it to the big screen at Iffi
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    Panaji: Five films have been chosen out of eight entries to be screened in the Goan film section at the 52nd International Film Festival of India (Iffi). For the first time, more non-feature than feature films will be screened under this section. Konkani film ‘Gagan’, directed by Supraj Kerkar and produced by Brijesh Kakodkar is a 24-minute short-film that speaks of the broken relationship between a father and son. ‘Limits’ is a Marathi film of 36-minute duration, produced and directed by Vardhan Kamat. The filmmakers were delighted and told of the struggles they went through to make their films. “The film is shot with whatever limited resources we had. We also built track and trolley within eight days to shoot this film. The film is shot at three different places and the shoot was completed within three days. It is of five one-take scenes and hence coordination of every cast and crew member was crucial,” Kamat said. ‘Limits’ revolves around two female protagonists, Neha and Manasi, working in corporate jobs in a metropolitan city of India and representing the same generation yet different ideologies about work-life balance, freedoms and restrictions. ‘Kupamcho Daryeo’, a 19-minute film in Konkani directed by Himanshu Singh and produced by Kishor Arjun Shinde will also be screened at Iffi’s Goan film section. ‘D’Costa House’ will be the only feature film to be screened in the section. The film has been produced by Pramod Salgaocar and directed by Jitendra Shikerkar and is of 2 hours and 14 minutes duration. This also is a Konkani film. Of the five films, only one will be a non-premiere film – ‘Paul 10’. The Konkani film is 19-minute-long and directed by Sunil Revankar and produced by Roopa Ramesh Revankar. Vice-president of Entertainment Society of Goa, Subhash Faldesai said that noted film personalities were brought in to shortlist the Goan films for the section. The jury included filmmaker and actor S V Rajendra Singh Babu, cinematographer Prasantanu Mohapatra and actor and filmmaker Pramod Pawar.

  • Will Goan films selected for Iffi screening get financial aid?
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    Panaji: Opposition leader Digambar Kamat on Sunday demanded that chief minister Pramod Sawant announce if all the eight shortlisted Goan films will be part of the official section of the 52nd International Film Festival of India (Iffi) and if film producers will get benefits under the Goa film finance scheme. The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) announced a special section for Goan films during the ongoing Iffi. Eight films will be screened as part of this section. The announcement came within an hour after Congress threatened to protest outside the Iffi venue if Goan fiction and non-fiction movies were not showcased at the annual event. “I demand that chief minister Pramod Sawant must announce whether all the selected films will be part of the official section and whether film producers will receive benefits under the Goa film finance scheme,” Kamat said. The opposition leader said that merely announcing a special section for Goan films is not enough as mere screening without the financial benefits will be akin to cheating the local film fraternity. “I once again demand that ESG must cancel clause 9 of the regulations issued by them for selecting Goan films for Iffi 2021 and give financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to feature films and Rs 2.5 lakh for non-feature films selected for Iffi 2021,” he said.

Students from across India attend IFFI after lockdown
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IFFI brings together not just movie buffs and the film fraternity, but aspiring film professionals too. Among them are many students from various colleges across India – most of them are media or film students, hoping to connect and learn from the industry folks. ‘Watching as many movies as we can’Krishnan, a media student from Christ University in Bengaluru, says, “I am here to watch as many films as I can. The number of films this year has gone down. In 2019, I watched five to six films a day, but this year due to social distancing, capacity of the movie halls is reduced and we can watch only four films a day.” For many students, it’s an introduction to international cinema. Adarsh Parsekar, an engineering student from Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Verna says, “I’m attending the festival to watch movies, because these are movies you can’t watch elsewhere. I watched a Spanish movie, and I’m looking forward to cinema in other languages.” ‘We want to attend masterclasses’During the festival, various masterclasses on filmmaking, cinematography and so on are conducted by industry professionals and they interest students. Salil Repal, a mass communication student of St Xavier’s College, Mapusa, says, “I am an aspiring cinematographer and I’m looking forward to masterclasses on the subject and also watch movies.” Several aspiring filmmakers are here to learn from veterans whose movies are being screened at the festival. Kavi Bharthi Shivakumar, a visual communications student from Avichi College of Arts and Science, Chennai, says, “There are many movies by noteworthy filmmakers. We want to experience and learn from them. We also attend masterclasses and gain inputs from there.” Ria Kudchadkar, from Goa College of Art, Altinho, says, “We get to network with people and get to know new people.”

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Like international films, we need to support regional cinema: Iti
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Actress Iti Acharya who works in Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil industries, was at IFFI to support the fraternity. “This is my first time at IFFI. We all need to feel alive after the testing times during the pandemic, and IFFI is so vibrant. The aura here fills me with joy. I’m attending IFFI to support regional films. I have done films in five languages so far. Pandemic has had a very bad impact on regional films and this industry needs encouragement from festivals like these. We need to support regional cinema since there’s so much potential, the same way we support foreign languages.” She is a frequent traveller to Goa and says, “My fondest memory here would be when I travelled to Goa before the pandemic with my family. We had a short but memorable trip. With my work schedule, I barely get time with my family, and this Goa trip helped me reconnect with them. The thing I love the most about Goa are the people, and the beach. I am a water baby. I get very attracted to beaches. I’ve travelled to Goa so many times and have friends here. It feels like a second home. I have my favourite beaches and eating joints too.” Ask her, how she spends her time in Goa, she says, “I love spending time at the beach. I love star gazing, watching sunrises and sunsets from the beach. I do yoga and take little walks by the shore, eat by the sea, sunbathe and read.”

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  • I&B min: Want to make India a global post-production hub for films
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    Panaji: We aim to make India a post-production hub of films for the world, and want to take India’s regional cinema across the globe, Union information and broadcasting (I&B) minister Anurag Singh Thakur said on Saturday. Speaking at the opening of the 52nd International Film Festival of India (Iffi) in Goa, he said, “Our vision is not limited to the event of Iffi. What should Iffi be when India celebrates its 100th year of independence? We aim to make India a powerhouse of content creation, especially regional cinema, by scaling up regional festivals. We aim to make India the post-production hub for the world by leveraging the immense talent amongst our skilled youth”. He said that India will be groomed in the coming decades as the destination for films and festivals and as a favoured place for filmmakers and film lovers. “The film and entertainment industry has huge employment opportunities as we leapfrog into the era of digital content, filmmaking, and not to forget film archiving, for the future generations,” said Thakur, adding that to flourish as the epicenter of cinema for the world, India has all the three requirements — abundant and competent labour, ever-growing consumption expenditure and a diverse culture and linguistic heritage. Enhanced footprints of mobiles, internet and digitalisation is adding to create an ideal ecosystem in India, said Thakur. Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant, during his inaugural speech, recalled the vision of former Indian defense minister and ex-Goa CM Manohar Parrikar in getting Iffi to Goa in 2004. Sawant also asked Thakur for support to establish a film city and a film institute in Goa. “Goa is already known for Iffi, so make a film city in Goa, either on PPP mode or with the help of the government of India. The talent pool is available in Goa. In the coming days, we hope to get help from minister Anurag Thakur and PM Narendra Modi, and we will definitely have the film industry to guide our talent here permanently,” said Sawant. He said that Goa would soon achieve the target of being the first state in India to have covered 100% of its population with both doses of the vaccine. This should be an added motivation for filmmakers to shoot in Goa, Sawant said. Hollywood producer-director Martin Scorsese and Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo were both honoured with the first Satyajit Ray lifetime achievement award at the Iffi opening ceremony. Accepting the award virtually, both the filmmakers said that Ray has been a major influence on their work. “Ray is one of my masters and one of the filmmakers that I turn to over and over again throughout my lifetime. Every time you watch his films, they become different somehow, they deepen. My love for his work began when I first watched Paather Panchali. It was a revelation for someone growing up in the West, seeing India through the eyes of the West. The faces in the background were suddenly in the foreground and then there was the filmmaking itself,” said Scorsese. Szabo thanked Iffi for naming its lifetime achievement award after Ray. “I met Mr Ray more than 50 years ago in Madras (now Chennai), and we had a fantastic discussion about our profession and filmmaking. It was a profound discussion and I can never forget his radiant, charismatic face,” he said. Indian film actress Hema Malini, who received the Indian film personality of the year award, said that she was really happy to accept the honour. Thakur felicitated 75 young creative minds who are youngsters with a keen interest in filmmaking, chosen from across India to participate in Iffi. Thakur said that the youngest selected candidate is just 16 years old. Goa governor P S Sreedharan Pillai said that artistes have an important role to play in keeping the sovereignty of the country intact. “Our writers and artistes can see that our country is more and more united, and work towards achieving this goal. I remember, in 1947, when partition happened, so many singers and artistes went to Pakistan, and within four or five years, all the artistes and singers returned to our country, our Bharat. What is the reason behind it, I need not explain it in this forum. For unity, integrity and sovereignty, you can contribute a lot,” Pillai. The King of all the World, directed by Carlos Saura, opened the nine-day festival. Apurva Chandra, secretary (I&B), said that though Iffi is being organised in the hybrid format, the festival is bigger than ever before, as it received 625 entries from 96 countries, as against films from only 70 countries last year. “Even films in languages like Dimasa, which are not in the eighth schedule, are being screened,” he said. Minister of state for I&B L Murugan said that for ease of doing business, a single-window has been created in the ministry for those who want to shoot their films in India. The opening ceremony was hosted by film director Karan Johar and television personality Manish Paul.

  • Preparations for the International Film Festival of India
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    As a part of preparations for the International Film Festival of India, an artist gives finishing touches to a figure of peacock, which is the IFFI logo, at the ESG Complex in Panaji on Friday. The logo will be used to decorate various venues of the festival.

'I am happy to be at IFFI this time when my film is being screened'
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Actor Kartik Aaryan made an appearance on Sunday at IFFI during the screening of his film Dhamaka in the OTT section of the festival. "I am happy to be at IFFI this time when my film is being screened. Earlier I was here only as a fan," he said, adding how he supports screening of films on OTT as well as theatres to reach a wider audience.

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'Given a choice between writing something I like and writing something that would inspire people, I will without doubt choose the latter'
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Lyricist and screenwriter Prasoon Joshi was the key speaker at a masterclass on filmmaking during the 52nd edition of IFFI in Goa. Addressing the participants he said, "Given a choice between writing something I like and writing something that would inspire people, I will without doubt choose the latter. It is about being society-centered rather than being self-centered." He stressed on the importance of staying authentic to one's craft and the importance of diversity among filmmakers as it reflects in films. He also appealed to everyone to learn at least one Indian language other than their mother tongue. Speaking on the trend of iconoclastic movies becoming popular, he said, "There is beauty in sculpting tradition and beliefs, there is need to portray the positive things too in society." Prasoon has been conferred with the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award 2021, along with Hema Malini. While she received her award at the opening ceremony, Prasoon will receive his at the closing ceremony. Speaking about the approach of CBFC, the chairperson of CBFC said, "We start with the assumption that no true film maker wants his films to hurt anyone. We try not to be judgemental. We believe that film certifiers are also co-creators of the fi;m as they are trying to incorporate the voices of the society."

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I make films when I attain a strong conviction in a story: Madhur Bhandarkar at IFFI
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National award winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar addressed the participants at IFFI during a masterclass on filmmaking on Sunday. “The concept of my film always originates from me. I believe in myself and my stories. I go ahead in making a film only when I attain a strong conviction in a story,” he said, in conversation with film critic Taran Adarsh. “I always try to maintain a balance between art and commercial films and make engaging films based on realistic plots,” says the director who’s made films like Page 3, Fashion, Heroine and Traffic Signal. He also said that these days OTT platforms provide a good opportunity for aspiring directors and producers. He revealed that his next film will be a comedy, after these testing times of the pandemic.

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To save face, BJP getting central netas to campaign in Goa: AAP
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Panaji: BJP is getting its central leadership for campaigning as they have got ground reports that it is losing badly in the upcoming assembly elections, AAP spokesperson Valmiki Naik said on Thursday. BJP has a government in Goa for 10 years and has 27 MLAs in the House of 40, but still they cannot manage their own campaign, Naik told a press conference. He claimed that BJP central leadership has got reports that the party’s situation in Goa is bad, notwithstanding the chief minister’s tall claims. “Hence, they are bringing central functionaries to campaign and revive the party’s sagging image and save face,” he added. Naik said that Congress is no different. “It’s few remaining ones are also meeting BJP functionaries. Both BJP and Congress are nervous with the situation they are faced with,” he said. Stating that AAP is the best alternative, Naik said that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s guarantees have received very good response and there’s a sort of a wave in all the 40 constituencies.

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Goa: First pilgrimage trains to leave for Shirdi, Velankanni on December 1
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Panaji: Social welfare minister Milind Naik on Thursday said that the first pilgrims to Velankanni and Shirdi under the new scheme Mukhyamandtri Dev Darshan Yatra Yojana will leave by two special trains on December 1. This come nearly a month after Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal promised Goans free pilgrimages to Ayodhya, Shirdi, Velankanni and Ajmer Sharif, if the party forms the government in the state. To avail of the scheme, Naik said that one has to be at least 50 years old and submit their voter and adhaar cards. Forms will be available online, at the deputy collector’s office and the social welfare department, Naik said. Pilgrims can take someone to accompany them, but they will have to pay their own cost, which will amount to around Rs 10,000. The cost to Goa government will be between Rs 1 and Rs 1.5 crore per trip both ways where 1,000 persons can be accommodated in each trip. Secretary for social welfare Arun Kumar Mishra told reporters that there is no minimum limit on the number of passengers and that the two trains will proceed on December 1 with whoever has booked. When reporters asked whether this would lead to wastage of public money to send special trains with minimum passengers, Naik said the government has already received 700 applications and Mishra said there was no need to worry about money. Naik said citizens will be permitted on first come first serve basis. When asked about the safety of passengers, Naik said each one must be responsible for their own safety.

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BJP workers should maintain Parrikars josh till polls: Nadda
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Panaji: BJP national president J P Nadda on Thursday said Goa is nearing the 100% vaccination mark of both doses under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has allowed tourism to grow in Goa. Nadda said that chief minister Pramod Sawant has done well in carrying on the legacy of former defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who had dreamt of a golden Goa. Sawant successfully continued with Parrikar’s development agenda, Nadda said, adding that the PM has a special affection for Goa. He was addressing karyakarta melavas in Valpoi and Bicholim. “Goa is one of the first states to have completed 100% coverage of the first dose of vaccine and very soon we will see to it that BJP workers go house-to-house to ensure that Goa achieves 100% coverage of second dose also. The impact this is having is that tourism, which was on the decline during the pandemic, is growing. This is because Pramod Sawant and (health minister) Vishwajit Rane have been slogging for this,” Nadda said. He said that Goa’s tourism footfalls have gone up from 15% during the early days of the pandemic to 80%. “I evoke the memory of Manohar Parrikar today, who dreamt of a golden Goa. He dedicated his life for the people of Goa so that there is development, progress and betterment here. I remember when he inspected the Atal Setu with life support during his illness and had asked ‘how’s the josh?’. I want to assure his ‘atma’ that every worker of the BJP will maintain the ‘josh’,” Nadda said. He said new parties are knocking on Goa’s doors and trying to lure the people. “Ask them what state West Bengal is in today? In Delhi, all facilities are being provided by the Centre and the government there is only claiming credit,” he said, criticising TMC and AAP.

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No discord, Rane and me are one: Sawant in Valpoi
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Panaji/Valpoi: On Thursday, chief minister Pramod Sawant said that there was no infighting between Valpoi MLA and health minister Vishwajit Rane, and him. The infighting rumours are being spread by opposition parties as elections are approaching, Sawant said while addressing BJP Valpoi karyakartas. “As elections draw closer, some parties keep on repeating certain things. You know what they are saying, that there is infighting between Vishwajit and me. These talks are created by the people, I am telling you so that you know there is no discord whatsoever between us. We are both one,” Sawant said at the meeting called for BJP national president J P Nadda’s interaction with karyakartas. Rane was seen tearing up during his speech. The health minister said he was getting emotional because he was thinking of his father Pratapsingh Rane, the Congress MLA from Poriem. “My father, who has taught me so much about politics and I am grateful to him. In the coming election, the BJP flag will fly high in both constituencies of Sattari for the first time in history. We want to win both seats for BJP in Sattari. And we are certain that then what is appropriate for Sattari will be done by the party,” Rane said. Criticising Aam Admi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal, Rane said that the Delhi CM was visiting Sattari, but would not be able to name even two persons from the taluka. “Another lady has come from West Bengal and is looking to buy people. In Sattari, our emotions are connected with the people. You cannot buy people here. People are self-respecting and sentimental. If we decide to bring BJP back to office, we will win the seats with leads unseen anywhere else in Goa,” Rane said. Hinting that the process of government recruitment will see youth from Sattari benefiting before the code of conduct is imposed, he said, “First I will give our youth employment, then I will contest elections.” Sawant said that Sattari has experienced what a double-engine government can do with Rane as MLA in Valpoi and with the BJP government in the state and at the Centre. “To achieve PM Narendra Modi’s dream, let the BJP lotus bloom in both constituencies of Sattari,” he said. BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanawade said that both Satyavijay Naik and Vishwajit Krishnarao Rane, who have joined AAP in Sattari, will lose their deposit.

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Register tourism trades with dept
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Panaji: The department of tourism has directed all stakeholders, especially online service providers, to register their businesses with the department. The recently amended Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Rules, 1985, has brought new tourist services, like adventure sports, spice plantations and online service providers, under the purview of registration. The rules were notified and brought into effect from April 1. The department has stated that only two online service providers — MakeMyTrip India Pvt Ltd and IBIBO Group Pvt Ltd — are currently registered with it. In a public notice, the department has stated that every person in the business of accommodation, running a travel agency, operating tours or water sports activities, dealing in handicrafts, working as tourist guides or photographers, operating government and private shacks and private huts, renting out deck beds, umbrellas, etc, have to register their activities. If already registered, they have been directed to apply for renewal of registration. The department has stated that “action deemed fit will be initiated against” online service providers who fail to register their business.

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PWD: KA works will be ready in June 2022
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Panaji: The PWD stated that the agency has completed 30% of the structural works of Kala Academy and added that the work will be completed by June 22. “This will ensure that Kala Academy can then resume its operations from the complex,” chief engineer-II, PWD, Shashikant Kamat submitted to the high court. “…this will also ensure that the complex is ready for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 2022. In the present year, since the works are ongoing, the state will not be able to use the complex,” he added. tnn

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Goa: Physical classes for VII-VIII begin at 50% capacity in some institutes
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Panaji: After the state government gave its approval for schools to allow Class VII and VIII students back on campus, some institutes began physical classes for these students for the first time during the pandemic. Schools have started offline classes by calling the Class VII and VIII students in batches at 50% capacity to be able to maintain social distancing, as sessions for students from Class IX to XII are already on. The rest of the schools are preparing to call students of Class VII and VIII from next week. “We are already having physical classes for all students of Class IX and X. So for Class VII and VIII, we called only students from one of three divisions of each class or one-third of the students to begin with. As days go by, we will see how it goes and gradually call more students,” said Vilas Satarkar, headmaster of Dr K B Hedgewar High School, Cujira. Most schools held consultations with parents a day prior to discuss how to go about conducting sessions for students from Class VII to VIII. “Of the students who were called to school, we saw 100% attendance. We saw that all parents were in favour of the school reopening for Class VII and VIII students during the consultation,” said Satarkar. Chairman of the management of Shree Shantadurga High School in Bicholim, Vijay Sardesai, said that the school, besides holding a consultation with parents, had also taken an undertaking from them before calling students to school. “We have started classes for Class VII-VIII by calling students from each class on alternate days. We started conducting classes for them from Monday itself, based on demand from parents, before the education department permitted these students to come to school. We are seating them at 50% capacity, which is why we have to call them on alternate days. It takes time to do the sanitisation, checking of the temperature, etc,” said Sardesai, who said they are seeing 95% attendance. Manager of New Education Institute, Curchorem, Satyesh Kakodkar, said that the school will start classes for Class VII and VIII students from Monday. “We have at least 800 students studying from Class VII to X. So, we have bifurcated each division into two. And we will hold classes at 50% capacity by calling them on alternate days. We have to take it slow with students from Class VII and VII. They are coming to school after a gap of 20 months so we have to see what the mindset of the students is like right now. The student who was in Class V when the pandemic hit, is now in Class VII,” said Kakodkar.

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Work to begin on new CCP building
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Panaji: The foundation stone for a new building for the corporation of the city of Panaji (CCP) was laid on Thursday. Mayor Rohit Monserrate said the new building has been a long standing project which will cost an estimated Rs 12 crore. He said it will be completed within two years. Commissioner Agnelo Fernandes said the corporation would try to push for its completion before that time. “It will be a green, environment friendly building with solar panels. We are setting an example for other builders to follow,” Fernandes said. Monserrate said CCP’s building is crumbling with beams broken and added that he is grateful to the chief minister and urban development minister for clearing the file. Fernandes said Goa State Urban Development Agency had tendered the project and work will begin behind the existing CCP building. It will be carried out in phases and the existing CCP office will remain functional, while work begins on other parts of the building.

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Goa: Two Covid-19 deaths, new cases under 50
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Panaji: The state reported two Covid-19 deaths on Thursday after three consecutive days of nil deaths. However, new infections have stayed under 50 for over a month now with 34 new cases reported on Thursday. At 255, Goa’s active case count has also continued to remain under the 500-mark. A 79-year-old man from Guirim passed away after eight days in hospital. He had tested positive for Covid-19 a day after he was hospitalised and had symptoms for three days prior. In another case, an 80-year-old man from Quepem succumbed to Covid-19 after 10 days in hospital. He had tested positive on the day he was admitted in hospital and had symptoms for 10 days prior. Both the deceased were reported to have no comorbid conditions. While North Goa’s weekly positivity rate, from November 18 to 24, was at 1.1%, South Goa’s positivity rate was at 0.9%. More than 50% of the positive cases in both the districts were detected through RT-PCR testing and the rest through rapid antigen testing. During the day, six persons were hospitalised and 28 were home isolated. Meanwhile, 2,996 persons took their second dose of the vaccine and 496 took their first dose on Thursday. The state’s fully vaccinated population is 10.1 lakh and partially vaccinated is 2.4 lakh.

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Films on social isolation, loneliness post pandemic grab spotlight at Iffi
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Panaji: The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the isolation and aloofness that can inhabit the modern urbanised and networked world. This emotion has been brought to the celluloid through some of the films at the 52nd International Film Festival of India (Iffi). Directed by Argentine filmmaker Juan Baldana, the film ‘Unbalanced’ tells the story of Rodo, who gets obsessed with writing a book about German-Argentine merchant, social activist and long-forgotten theoretical economist, Silvio Gessel. Gessel had propounded some revolutionary ideas about money and economy. The film is among the few Iffi films that is set in the post-Covid lockdown era and features in the World Panorama Section. “I wanted to capture the world before and after the pandemic and that is how ‘Unbalanced’ came about. We used drones for shooting. Even the police shown in some of the scenes are real police who came to frisk us. I also made my new-born baby a character in the film,” he said. The film, which had its Asian premiere at the 52nd Iffi, explores the intellectual and excruciating struggles of Rodo and how the mandatory social isolation in the wake of the pandemic as well as the spread of the virus infecting thousands of people across the world tends to stand in the way of his goals. ‘The Knocker,’ a short film in the Indian Panorama Section shows one man’s loneliness and solitary confinement and the inner struggles it gives birth to. The film is about a man living all by himself when he suddenly hears a knock on his front door. Matters become more complex when the knocks become routine. Director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan said that the film is an attempt to explore the psychic conflicts of men who live alone in cities for years on end due to work or other commitments.

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  • Documentaries on social issues gain traction at Iffi
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    PANAJI: From a documentary on a women police unit of Assam created to curb crimes against females, to the tradition of declaring women witches, to exploiting them in rural Gujarat, the 52nd International Film Festival of India (Iffi) saw Indian films that tell little known stories on social issues from different corners of the country. Biswajeet Bora’s Assamese film, ‘Boomba Ride’, for instance, is about a school with a single student who has to get to the institution by a canoe. Being fully aware of the desperate situation of the teachers to keep the school operational for their salaries, the mischievous student takes advantage of these circumstances. “In 2003, I saw a news report in Assam about a school with a single student, and thought of making a film during the pandemic. There are a lot of stories in primary education in rural areas, not just in Assam, but across India. The government has given a lot of facilities. But we and the teachers are not taking education seriously, especially in government-run schools,” said Bora. ‘Veerangana’ is another Assamese film made by Kishore Kalita. It is about a female police unit created in Assam to fight the rising crimes against women. The women are trained in motorbike riding, martial arts and handling lethal and non-lethal weapons to effectively deal with any crime. “Nowadays, we talk about women rising in tandem with men in every field, but when the night comes, women are afraid to go out alone due to the fear of eve-teasers and harassers. The fact that women can protect women is what I wanted to show through this documentary”, said Kalita, a lawyer. Similarly, ‘The Spell of Purple’, by Prachee Bajania, features a part of tribal Gujarat where thousands of women are labelled witches with ulterior motives to grab property or sexually harass them. “The movie celebrates the courage but also speaks about the weariness faced by them due to constant harassment,” said Bajania. In the film, ‘Inaas’, the sole owner of a small field in tribal Gujarat is the target of envious neighbours who brand her a ‘witch’. Enveloped in fear, she looks for strength in other women. The opening film of the Indian Panorama section at Iffi 2021 was ‘Semkhor’, directed by Aimee Baruah. It is the first Dimasa language film to be screened at Iffi. The language is not included yet in the Eighth Schedule. The movie covers the story of the Samsa community, who live a life in isolation and revolves around the custom of semkhor in the community, where if a woman dies during childbirth, the infant is buried alive along with the mother.