Times of India | 4 days ago | 24-11-2022 | 10:27 am
PANAJI: Even as chief minister Pramod Sawant had said that the Kala Academy premises would be partly available to conduct activities related to the 53rd international film festival of India (Iffi), the premises remained largely unused during Iffi. Only a grand decor of the festival was erected outside the main gate of the Kala Academy, seemingly at considerable cost. While the black box was made available to conduct filmmaking and acting workshops held for persons with disabilities by the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), the renovated stepped layout was found inaccessible for wheelchair users. This led to the workshop being shifted to the art gallery space at Kala Academy. Apart from this workshop, Kala Academy remained vacant and bore a deserted look during the festival. Outside Kala Academy, too, the dismantled pavers and digging landed an ugly look to the supposed 'part of festival' venue. Thripura Kotamraju from Hyderabad, who has been attending Iffi as a delegate for the past five years, said that the Kala Academy auditorium being unavailable for screenings severely affected delegates. "Kala Academy had the biggest auditorium, with over 900 seats. I have travelled from Hyderabad especially to watch films at Iffi. I have not got a ticket to a single film of my choice. If we do not get to watch films of our choice, we will have to rethink travelling to Iffi next year," said the senior citizen.
Panaji: Tourism is one of the largest revenue generating sectors in Goa and keeping the state’s beaches is important so the growth of this sector continues, said Amruta Fadnavis, wife of ex-Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. Amruta’s Divyaj Foundation has organised a beach ‘Clean A Thon’ in Goa on November 28 at 8am at Miramar beach to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the environment.The event is being organised as part of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (Iffi) and Union information and broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant, along with celebrities like Jackie Shroff, Remo D’Souza and Karan Kundra will participate in the clean-up drive.“Goa has such a big tourism industry. We are having the clean-up drive to just reignite an awareness which is already there within you. At Cannes too, there were sessions this time on sustainable development. And a film festival has the eyeballs to raise awareness about such a message,” said Amruta.“Tourism is one of the largest sectors in Goa. So we should see that this paradise remains a paradise forever,” said Fadnavis.
Panaji: The 53rd International Film Festival of India (Iffi) will close on Monday evening in the presence of Hindi film actor Akshay Kumar. Telugu mega-star Chiranjeevi will be present at the event to receive the Indian Film Personality of the Year award for 2022. The winners of the Golden Peacock for the best film and Silver Peacock for best director and best male and female actors will be announced, along with the winner of the ICFT Gandhi Medal.Polish film Krzysztof Zanussi’s Perfect Number is the closing film.“The red carpet for the closing film will begin around 2pm, followed by the film screening. The red carpet for the closing ceremony will start at 4pm and the closing event will begin at 4.45pm. Actor Akshay Kumar has confirmed his presence,” said festival director Ravinder Bhakkar.Goa governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, Union minister for information and broadcasting (I&B) Anurag Singh Thakur, minister for state for I&B, L Murugan, and Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant will also be present. The ceremony will be held at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium in Taleigao.
Panaji: The Disabled Helpline Foundation, in a letter to chief minister Pramod Sawant, has sought to make all government and private buildings, hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls and tourist centres, especially all the beaches, accessible to persons with disabilities. Under the new Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, the state must also introduce accessibility to historical places, roadways, bus stops, transport corporation buses, special taxis, signboards, translators and interpreters, the foundation’s national vice-president Vikas Sharma said. He said world-class well equipped entertainment centres and guest houses accessible to persons with disabilities can be established for tourists too as the state is very important from the point of view of tourism. The foundation has also highlighted the importance of empowerment of all categories of people including those with disabilities to encourage their rehabilitation and a single window clearance system with a fixed time period for those availing state disability certificate and unique disability card. Sharma has also called for the constitution of a welfare board for empowerment and overall development of persons with disabilities including a national workshop and fair on empowerment and upliftment of persons with disabilities.
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) — the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world — celebrated its 75th Raising Day on Sunday.Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane had laid a wreath and paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of NCC at the National War Memorial, New Delhi, on Saturday.Speaking on the occasion, Aramane said that the NCC has evolved exponentially in the past few years, and the youth in uniform have joined hands in every initiative to contribute to nation buildingThe NCC, that was raised in 1948, took to social media and marked 75 years of its ‘gratitude to the nation’ by saying “Today is reminder that our freedom was not free, our martyrs paid for it their lives. NCC extends its gratitude to the nation for the support and love for 75 years. Let’s make our youth, ambassadors of peace, harmony and strength”.75 Glorious years of NCC. Today is reminder that our freedom was not free, our martyrs paid for it with their lives. NCC, extends its gratitude to the nation for the support and love for 75 years. Let’s make our youth, ambassadors of peace, harmony and strength.#belimitless pic.twitter.com/0nvUwEjCQD— National Cadet Corps (@HQ_DG_NCC) November 26, 2022The Indian Air Force (IAF) also took to Twitter conveying its wishes on the 75th Raising Day of NCC.Military Leaders of Tomorrow.Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, CAS and all personnel of #IAF convey their greetings & best wishes on the occasion of the 75th Raising Day of National Cadet Corps (NCC).@HQ_DG_NCC pic.twitter.com/ROuS83mpI1— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) November 27, 2022Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and the Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant conveyed their wishes through social media today.Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said, “We all are proud of the bravery, valor and loyalty of all the soldiers dedicated to the service of the country #NCC as an auxillary force of the Indian Army”.Goa CM Pramod Sawant said that this Raising Day marks an opportunity to contribute to the development of the youth.
Panaji: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte on Friday said that the Centre has assured full support to various tourism development projects planned by his ministry.Khaunte recently held a detailed discussion with Union tourism minister G Kishan Reddy during his recent visit to Delhi. “Tourism has become the backbone of Goa’s economy after the collapse of the mining sector. While the pandemic dealt another major blow to the economy, tourism has been a major sector reviving it. It is important that tourism-oriented projects are given a boost. I have conveyed this to Reddy,” Khaunte said.The Union tourism minister, Khaunte said, also informed that Goa has made its mark as a popular international destination which is evident from the fact that foreign tourists visiting India do not leave the country without coming to the state. Domestic tourists are also attracted to Goa’s rich ecology, and their interest is not limited to the beaches, he said. “We discussed how important it is to have new tourism projects in Goa,” the tourism minister said. The tourism department has directed its focus on eco, hinterland and adventure tourism.Khaunte, who also holds the IT portfolio, said that Goa’s pavilion at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) has received a huge response from leading IT companies. Chief minister Pramod Sawant visited IITF on Friday.The IT minister briefed various representatives of companies about the Goa government’s plan to bring a paradigm shift in the IT sector of the state. “They were informed about our facilities to enable tourists to work flexibly and also enjoy their stay,” he added.