Times of India | 4 months ago | 19-07-2022 | 04:33 am
Porvorim: BJP’s Poriem MLA Deviya Rane on Monday suggested that the state should develop a safari park in one of the five wildlife sanctuaries to promote hinterland tourism. “Haryana is coming up with the world’s largest park, the Aravali Safari Park. Similar parks can be developed in Goa. It will promote hinterland tourism as well as create job opportunities for locals,” Rane said as the House discussed demands on forests on Monday. She added that the forest ministry should ensure that funds given by the Centre under various schemes are availed for the development of forests. “We have got five wildlife sanctuaries, but we don’t see locals visiting them due to lack of facilities. We have not developed our wildlife sanctuaries as done by other states,” said Rane. She also called for clarity on villages that have been listed as eco-sensitive zones under a recently issued draft notification. Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa demanded that harassment of people from the ST community in his constituency who cultivate in forested areas, be stopped. Benaulim MLA Venzy Viegas urged the government that where felling of trees was concerned, officials should communicate their decision soon after permission for the activity is sought. Calangute MLA Michael Lobo sought to know if trees that had been felled for projects were replaced in other areas, and if records of this were maintained.
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: Mexico’s minister of tourism Miguel Torruco Marques on Sunday expressed his delight at the special section on Mexican films curated at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (Iffi). “I have always thought that movies are the best way to remove differences between people and build bridges between nations,” said Marques, who participated in a session at Iffi via video conferencing .“It is an honor for me to share with you this very important moment at the 53rd International Film Festival of incredible India in Goa. Mexico is known for its unique culture and diversity. And a very important part of this heritage is our cinema. We are a land of great movie directors and actors who are considered legends. Our films have received many awards around the world,” said Marques. He said Mexican cinema was born as an expression of the social and the cultural environment of the country. The minister also said that he is proud of the fact that his mother, María Elena Marques, and father, Miguel Torruco, were beloved Mexican actors from the ‘Golden Age’ of Mexican cinema.“ Mexico currently has fantastic creativity and production capacity in the international film industry which leads us to a new era in cinema. We are proud of the participation of Mexican films in this unique festival. I want to extend our greatest support and admiration to all of those who are part of this beautiful event.”Alejandro De Icaza, producer of the film Red Shoes, said that the Mexican government has a fund for cinema under which they promote films, including arthouse movies. “These kinds of films are difficult to produce without government incentives because they are difficult to commercialise,” he said, adding that he is exploring making a joint production with India about a wedding. “In both countries, weddings are big, colorful and last for many days. These kinds of cultural similarities can lead to other projects in the future.”
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.
Konkani Bhasha Mandal organised its unique programme titled Petul on Saturday, November 26 at Main Auditorium of Government College, Quepem. The programme was held in association with Government College, Quepem. Graced by Dr Ashwini Jambhekar (Kulkarni), Director, Audyogik Tantra Shikshan Sanstha, Pune, Jess Fernandes, Senior Writer, Sister Severine Pinto, Headmistress of Holy Cross Convent, Ambaulim and Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Principal of Government College of Quepem. During the function 9 educations institutions from different parts of Quepem, Sanguem talukas namely Sharada English High School, Curchorem, Union High School, Sanguem, New Education Institute, Curchorem, Tiny Tots Primary School, Quepem, Sharada Kala Sadhana, Curchorem, Government Middle School, Ambaulim, Utkarsh High School, Rivona, Sarvodaya Primary School, Curchorem and Holy Cross Institute, Quepem performed on specially choreographed childrens’ songs from ‘Shanni Masti’ at the function. An exhibition of books and CDs produced by Konkani Bhasha Mandal. The President of KBM Anwesha Singbal said that through its multiple events in the state, we have realised that a huge demand for Konkani material exists. The sales of this material and music CDs have shown that people are eagerly seeking material in Konkani for children that is well produced and attractively priced. In the absence of this, they reach for material in English or other languages and do not help children to grow in Konkani."
Shefali Shah and Jaideep Ahlawat spoke about their film Three of Us starring Swanand Kirkire along with the two actors and directed by Avinash Arun. The film about love and longing was screened at the 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India, Goa. While talking about the film being screened under the Indian Panorama section, Shefali said, “It’s an honour that our film is being screened here. It’s impossible to explain the film in words, it’s an emotion that can only be felt.” Talking about the shooting experience, the actress said, “The film was shot in Konkan, we used to have really long days because we were trying to catch morning light. Our first shot used to be at 5.30 in morning but every place we shot at, was just exquisite. This film looks like a Konkani tourism film. It is beautifully shot, each frame almost looks like a painting. Our director Avinash has shot the film beautifully.” Talking about her character Shefali said, “I will cherish this film experience all my life. When Avinash told me about the film, it was a one liner and a very short synopsis of the film. Though I am known for playing strong characters on screen, what I liked the most is, my character Shaileja is very fragile, vulnerable and that is the beauty of this woman.” On being asked if there is any difference as an actor, in doing films for theatrical vs OTT, Shefali said, “Just because you are working in a certain medium, the way you work doesn’t change but the advantage of doing OTT is that you get to explore your character much more.” Jaideep on asked the same question, said, “for actors, there is no difference as such because we need to convey the emotions, conflict and other nuances to the audiences. For the makers there must be a difference, but for actors, apart from long hours, I don’t think there is much of a difference.”