Monday, September 30, 2013

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 during the period Feb/March 2002 - July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 genocide of Muslims in Gujarat. It specifically examines political tendencies reminiscent of the Nazi Germany of early/mid-1930s. Final Solution is anti-hate/ violence as “those who forget history are condemned to relive it”.

7:00 pm

Closing remarks by

Aasiriyar Kee. Veeramani
Dravida Kazhagam

All are welcome!

Ramoji festival Celebrations oct 2nd to Nov 10th

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 would be between 59 – 60 per US dollar and the currency should not overshoot that level.  “But that is not something I am willing to pronounce on” he added.

The Finance Minister said that the global economy is changing. “Things have changed, In the US economy there is clearly an upswing, In Europe too, some countries, particularly UK are showing better growth, China is expected to grow at 7 per cent while even Japan is expected to show an unprecedented 3 per cent growth” he observed.  He said the US, Europe, China followed by Japan and South East Asia are important export markets for India.  Mr. Chidambaram asked the exporters to competitively push their products in these markets as well as the emerging markets.

Exporters gathered at the interactive session demanded greater government support to push exports.  They called for setting up of an Export Development Fund, with contribution from the government as well as the industry to boost export promotion.  Exporters also demanded  a single window service or a nodal officer system to deal with various central excise, customs and service tax issues.

The Commerce Secretary, Mr. S R Rao and Director General Foreign Trade, Anup Pujari were also present and answered the queries raised by exporters.



PIB Mum/MD
Key recommendations of Padmanabhan Committee Report
The Committee has made recommendations relating to i) review of Gold Card Scheme for extension of export credit to exporters, ii) appropriate inclusion of export finance under the Priority Sector Advances for scheduled commercial banks, iii) raising of foreign currency loans on pool basis for extension of export credit to exporters, iv) allowing factoring on non recourse basis, v) liberalization of merchanting trade, vi) financing to units in Domestic Tariff Area (DTA) / Special Economic Zone (SEZ), vii) more incentives in the area of taxation benefits and subvention, viii) denomination of export credit limit in foreign currency, ix) simplification of hedging procedure, etc. 

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 which is located in the middle of the sea.

MoS Shipping Milind Deora said the development of Kanhoji Angre Light House includes conservation of light house and viewing gallery, conservation of fort wall, tent style accommodation, construction of jetty and passenger terminal and electrification through solar power system.  He added that the thrust is on developing the new destinations in an eco-friendly manner. The work at Kanhoji Angre Island is expected to be completed within 10 months.

Ministries of Tourism and Shipping believe that development of such light-houses will not only protect national heritage, but also help evince new interest among youth about maritime history.

About Kanhoji Angre Light House.
Named after the famous Maratha Admiral – Kanhoji Angre, the light house is located on Kanhoji Angre Island, which was previously known as Kennery Island or Khanderi Island.  It is an off shoot hillock of the western ghats and is situated opposite the Thal fishing port near Alibaug, 9 nautical miles away from the Gateway of India and serves as an important land mark at the entrance of the Mumbai harbour.

In 1852, a beacon was constructed on Khanderi island but had to be demolished immediately due to its similarity to the Colaba lighthouse.  The work on construction of the new 17 metre high octagonal masonry light house began in October 1866 and the light was first lit in June 1867.  The initial large wick lamp and optic assembly was supplied by M/s Chance Brothers, Birmingham.  In 1930, the wick lamp was replaced by a PV burner.

There is also a fort on the island, built by the Portuguese and later occupied by the Marathas. Kanhoji Angre took command of the Maratha Navy in 1708 and won a number of sea battles till his death in 1729.  Khanderi island was renamed in his honour in 1998 on the occasion of the Quasquicentennial (125th ) Anniversary of the Mumbai Port Trust.

Welcome to the Kanhoji Island Light House
The Kanhoji Angre lighthouse, located 9 nautical miles off  the Mumbai coast is all set to become a new tourist attraction.

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. 

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 which is located in the middle of the sea.


Named after the famous Maratha Admiral – Kanhoji Angre, the light house is located on Kanhoji Angre Island, which was previously known as Kennery Island or Khanderi Island.  It is an off shoot hillock of the western ghats and is situated opposite the Thal fishing port near Alibaug, 9 nautical miles away from the Gateway of India and serves as an important land mark at the entrance of the Mumbai harbour.

    
 
Development of Kanhoji Angre Light House includes conservation of light house and viewing gallery, conservation of fort wall, tent style accommodation, construction of jetty and passenger terminal and electrification through solar power system. 
The thrust is on developing the new destinations in an eco-friendly manner. The work at Kanhoji Angre Island is expected to be completed within 10 months.
About Kanhoji Angre Light House.
In 1852, a beacon was constructed on Khanderi island but had to be demolished immediately due to its similarity to the Colaba lighthouse.  The work on construction of the new 17 metre high octagonal masonry light house began in October 1866 and the light was first lit in June 1867.  The initial large wick lamp and optic assembly was supplied by M/s Chance Brothers, Birmingham.  In 1930, the wick lamp was replaced by a PV burner.
 There is also a fort on the island, built by the Portuguese and later occupied by the Marathas. Kanhoji Angre took command of the Maratha Navy in 1708 and won a number of sea battles till his death in 1729.  Khanderi island was renamed in his honour in 1998 on the occasion of the Quasquicentennial (125th ) Anniversary of the Mumbai Port Trust. 

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

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.Celebrities visit the Lumière brothers screening as part of the Jagran Film Festival_2.JPG
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 (JFF) that glorious day of cinema, which audience had witnessed more than a century ago in the year 1896, was recreated for cinephiles.Irrfan Khan and Dilip Thayil at the Lumière brothers screening as part of the Jagran Film Festival_1.JPG
 Various film personalities and intellects visited the screening at JW Marriot today. Amongst them were,  Irrfan Khan, Dilip Tahil, Anand Mahadevan, Subhash Kapoor, Deepak Kejriwal and the likes. In its final leg, the festival had organized a special event titled Theme Night on Saturday 28th September 2013. In a special segment, started at 8 pm and lasted for almost 45 minutes, JFF created an enchanting atmosphere and provided the same mesmerizing experience to a select number of august audiences. In this segment, they had showcased the Lumière Brothers' made those six quickies once again in Mumbai but this time at the JW Marriot, Juhu. The who’s who of Mumbai and the industry were invited to relive one of the most glorious moments in the cinematic history with the grandson of Mr Max Lefrancq Lumière. The festival was thankful to him for gracing the occasion.
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Addressing the conference, Mr Max Lefrancq Lumière said, “First of all thank you so much for inviting me to this festival. I will take the opportunity to introduce how cinema was invented by my grandfather. The first show of cinema was screened on 27th December, 1895. Amazingly the Lumière brothers did not attend this show.  A while later they realised that cinema could be a very good thing and art. So they decided to do presentation on 23rd without brother Lumière just before Christmas. Before the screening begins today, I will show you some equipments made by Lumière after he invented cinema, after that I will show the first film made by his family, not himself as he was always behind the camera. 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.  Louis Lumière was asked by his father to search an emulsion that was very sensitive and a emulsion that was still in use. When he found that, he was only 17yrs old.

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


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 transparency in land sales. He informed that Rs 1000 crore National Land Record Modernization Programme is being implemented with focus on computerization of land records, digitization of maps and resurvey. He said Maharashtra has progressed well but is yet to catch up with Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tripura.

Mr. Ramesh said a Bill seeking amendment to the Registration Act of 1908 has been introduced in Parliament, which when passed, will put all land sales and registration records in public domain. “When transparency increases, it will become easier for corporate to purchase land” he observed.

Speaking about the SEZs the Rural Development Minister said all land acquisition for future SEZs will be in accordance with the new act.  He however admitted that the Act presently has no provision to deal with denotified SEZs. 

This Act is historic
Jairam Ramesh termed the new act, which replaces 119 year old act as ‘historic’.  “The 1894 Act was undemocratic as it vested enormous discretionary powers in the hands of District Collectors. On the contrary, the new act is humane, its thrust is on rehabilitation and resettlement, and if any act promotes the welfare of tribals and marginal farmers, it is in national interest” he asserted.  He said to represent this spirit the new act has been re-christened as the “Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement.”

"I believe that the old law was anti-democratic as governments used to buy land from people at lower price and sell it to business houses at a premium rate. The collector decided the urgency, the amount of compensation and resettlement provisions if any. Hence the old act created public anger nationwide and was the reason behind mass movements on land issues in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat along with Odisha”  said Mr. Ramesh.

The Minister elaborated that under the new act the powers of the Collectors, who often acted under the instructions of state governments have been considerably curtailed.  The purpose of land acquisition has been clearly spelt out  and major emphasis has been laid on rehabilitation and resettlement.  He said that consent of Gram Sabha in Schedule V areas – mostly tribal dominated areas, and consultation with Gram Sabha in other areas, has been made mandatory . The Minister further added, that if the Government failed to utilize the land so acquired for public purpose within five years, it will be required to return the land to its owners.

The Minister also said that the new Act promises fair compensation for the farmers and those who lose their lands. “Land is still considered the biggest social security in India. Since they will be dispossessed of their assets, they are entitled for a fair and just compensation” he said.  The new act stipulates that compensation will be paid at twice the rate of three year average of highest selling price in urban areas and up to four times the average highest sale price in rural areas.  In addition, there is also a provision of leasing the land instead of selling it, thereby opting to receive a regular income over a longer period of time.

The Minister said the new law has been made under the concurrent list of the Constitution and  states could only improve upon the quantum of compensation as well as other provisions in favour of the land owners and farmers.  He said it would be notified either on January 1, 2014 or April 1, 2014 and appealed to all state governments to implement it in right spirit. 

Food Security Act – Maharashtra 4th largest beneficiary state.
Jairam Ramesh termed the National Food Security Act as the second most important piece of legislation and said Maharashtra would be the fourth largest beneficiary state behind Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat.  He said 76 per cent of people in rural Maharashtra and 45 per cent people in urban areas would covered under the new act.  The food grain allocation for the state will go up from 36.5 lakh tonnes per annum to 45 lakh tonnes per annum. Similarly, the total food subsidy for Maharashtra will be Rs 9,300 crores against the present level of Rs 6,600 crores.

PIB Mum/MD/SB
 
Also see at www.pibmumbai.gov.in  
·         Salient features of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
 
·         Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 – An overview
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Union Mister for Rural Developments Shri Jairam Ramesh addressing a Press Conference on “Land Acquisition Act” in Mumbai on September 29’ 2013 organized by Press Information Bureau, Mumbai.

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 the project and would speak and interact with youth at the festival.

Friday, September 20, 2013

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

Mumbai Women's International Film Festival (MWIFF) wfrom 8th – 14th October 2013
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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 members like Vivek Agnihotri, Anshuman Mahaley, Basheer Ali, Ananth Mahadevan, Lawrence D'souza, Leena Manimekalai.
MWIFF, even though a first time initiative of Oculus Creations, has gained the support of top Bollywood women filmmakers like Zoya Akhtar, Leena Yadav, Nandita Das, Reema Kagti, Renuka Shahane, Honey Irani, Sumitra Bhave, Farah Khan for its efforts and will also be sending in their films for screening at the festival. The invited films are ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, ‘Luck By Chance’, ‘Turning 30’, ‘Talaash’, ‘Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.’, ‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Firaaq’, ‘Aarman’, ‘Sparsh’, ‘Ramchand Pakistani’, ‘Rita’, ‘Deveeri’, ‘Manjadikuru’(Tamil), ‘Mala Aai Vhhaychy!’ just to name a few from Indian directors and films like ‘Chutney Popcorn’, ‘Cake’, ‘Cosmopolitan’ from Hollywood director Nisha Ganatra.
From the above mentioned films, the star cast featuring in each of these films, the Directors, technicians are invited for screening, which will be followed by a Master Class or an interactive session after that particular screening.
MWIFF is not just about screening films but also about entertainment. Performers like Rajashree Warrier, Shibani Kashyap, Hema Sardesai, Abhilasha Chellam and many others will be adding charm to the Pink carpet Opening and Closing ceremony. 
Furthermore, the festival has organised workshops of noted Bollywood celebrities like Piyush Mishra, Sharmistha Roy, Aparna Sud, Rachna Rastogi, Honey Irani, Anjum Rajabali, Alankrita Shrivastava, K. U. Mohanan, Shaan, Kamlesh Pandey, Ashima Chhiber, Aruna Raje, Dr. Achala Nagar for film enthusiasts on various topics of cinema and will also witness the presence of Sai Paranjpye, Nandita Das, Shaan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Our submissions have closed down and we are now starting our Delegate Registrations for attending the festival days. And so, as a favor from you, I request you to support us by way of helping us to reach out to the film lovers through your medium. Our festival is first of its kind, supporting women filmmakers on a huge scale and as a leading news media, an article in it would prove beneficial to us to reach maximum delegates and film maniacs.
Festival Director Avinash Pawar said,” The festival has tried to cover major parts of Mumbai reaching out to the maximum film lovers and also invited top Bollywood celebrities to conduct workshops in order to imbibe the knowledge of cinema to film makers and film lovers”.
The festival will be screening more than 150 films from across 70 nations at 6 different venues so as to reach out to maximum film lovers and to showcase maximum films possible of the women filmmakers. The festival gives its delegates to attend the grand ‘pink-carpet’ Opening ceremony, screening of films, seminars, master class, workshops and ‘pink-carpet’ Closing ceremony. The delegates can register through festival’s official website www.mwiff.com .

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 be joined 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, with the core belief being that in order to sow the seeds of respect and mutual understanding for each other early, it is vital to connect with the younger generation - the ‘voices of tomorrow’.

Vikas Swarup’s debut novelQ & A, tells the story of how a penniless waiter in Mumbai becomes the biggest quiz show winner in history. Critically acclaimed in India and abroad, this international bestseller has been translated into 43 different languages. It was also shortlisted for the Best First Book by the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and won South Africa’s Exclusive Books Booker Prize 2006, as well as the Prix Grand Public at the 2007 Paris Book Fair. It was voted winner of the Best Travel Read (Fiction) at the Heathrow Travel Product Award 2009.

The book, and later its film adaptation, was testament to the fact that certain social situations in society such as stratification leads to pressures amongst the youth. Speaking about his participation in the launch of TUFF, Vikas Swarup says: “This is a very worthwhile project and I am absolutely delighted to have been invited”.

The launch coincides with the third annual Unity of Faith Festival, taking place on Sunday 29thSeptember 2013 in Southall Park. With over 30,000 individuals expected to attend, the festivalprovides London's multi-cultural community from all backgrounds and age groups, an opportunity to connect, break the barriers of misunderstanding and prejudice. Individuals will unite together against a backdrop of free entertainment, food, drink and social engagement; building up a groundswell of support to the message of UNITY and thus creating ‘Awareness’ about the concept of having FAITH in each other.

As part of TUFF’s ‘Reach Out’ programme, long term and sustainable initiatives are being considered with Schools and Universities to discuss the Unity of Faiths concept with plans to invite learned speakers to converse with and inspire the younger generation. TUFF will also hold a unique International Conference later this year, to be attended by international thought-leaders in the fields of empowerment, humanity and social cohesion, advocators of political and social dialogue for positive change, and personalities across entertainment, sport, popular culture and business. The purpose of the event is to provide a unique platform for ‘Dialogue’, to convey and share ideas and set actions for Unity in communities. Details of forthcoming programmes will be announced during the Festival weekend.

A response to the increased dissonance, cultural and religious divide that has estranged communities nationally and globally, TUFF, acknowledged by President Barack Obama andHRH The Queen, was launched with the mission to UNITE people and communities through the common factor of Faith, irrespective of religious belief, cultural or social backgrounds, and to subsequently create a more stable, tolerant and cooperative future for all. TUFF was the pioneering vision of the founders: Ms. Anna Prior, a former art dealer from Mayfair; Dr. Shamender Talwar, a Social Psychologist from West London and Mr G.S. Malhi, a successful entrepreneur from Southall, who joined them later.

Speaking about the launch of TUFF, the Founders say: “We believe through setting up initiatives at a community and grass-root level, we can build up a groundswell of support and action to the concept of having Faith in each other.

This launch will not only witness the lighting of the inaugural Unity Flame, but will also set alight the conscious Flame of Unity to unite minds all around; igniting and launching various grass root projects for social cohesion and Unity in the Community”.

The TUFF Torch Ceremony on Friday 27th September takes place at The Centre, 1 – 23 Merrick Road, Southall, London, UB1 4AU. The Unity of Faith Festival, a completely free event, takes place in Southall Park on Sunday 29th September.  

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

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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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.
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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).

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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 following in the action genre for over 3 decades. With the both of them joining hands for an action thriller, we are looking forward to the release of this film pan India giving the audience a chance to watch them beat the bad guys together.” says Deepak Sharma, Chief Operating Officer, PVR Pictures Ltd.
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The most secure prison ever-built, no one breaks out alone. Prepare yourself to watch a vengeful conspiracy, gritty action, ripped bodies and jail-breaking stunts this October. 
Warm Regards,

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 despite high chances of robust kharif harvest and the negative output gap as suppressed inflation (impending large diesel price hike) is likely to play out.
 In line with expectations, the Central bank rolled back partially, some of the liquidity tightening measures taken in July to dampen speculation in the currency. The marginal standing facility (MSF) rate has been lowered by 75bps to 9.5% while the minimum daily maintenance of the cash reserve ratio (CRR) has been marginally reduced to 95%. Recent appreciation of the currency along with reduction in risks related to quantum and financing of Current Account Deficit (CAD) were the key drivers of this action. To ensure that markets don’t get carried away by this move, RBI has categorically mentioned that further change in the minimum daily maintenance of CRR is unlikely and further calibration of liquidity tightening is not given but would depend on currency stability. Also, the Central bank does not rule out re-tightening liquidity if external risks emerge.
 We believe that as a mature policy reaction, short-term rates are likely to marginally ease while medium-to-long term rates may move up. Therefore, the yield curve that was steeply inverted is expected to flatten a bit. We don’t expect many banks to hike their deposits and lending rates in response to the policy. It is challenging as well as detrimental to raise lending rates in fragile credit conditions. Monetary transmission has anyways been limited over the past couple of years. Banks are likely to show substantial MTM loss on their AFS investments in the current quarter as medium and long term bond yields are unlikely to come-off by the end of the month. Considering deepening growth slowdown, we do not envisage further repo rate hike in FY14. If the rupee continues to appreciate, then the MSF rate could be reduced further and that the overall liquidity window under LAF would be expanded.
 Central Bank Governors are in the mood to surprise markets these days. A day earlier, the Fed Governor did not even marginally roll-back its bond buying programme after much ado about withdrawal.

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

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

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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, 2013 at 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 Festival.
The festival will feature films under seven sections: World PanoramaIndian Showcase (In Competition)Jagran Shorts (International and National in Competition), and Jagran Classics - Top 20 films of Indian Cinema, Country Focus (South Korea), Homage to Rituparno Ghosh and Berlinale Shorts Best short films from Belinale Film Festival Shorts.
The festival will open with Israeli film “Water” directed by Yael Perlov, NirSa’ar & Maya Sarfaty, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Barghouti, Pini Tavger & Tal Haring under the World Panorama section. Under this category more than 20 films of various international languages would be showcased. The festival is providing a medium to directors from countries like Romania, Ukraine, Algeria, Macedonia, Armenia, Lithuania, and many more, to showcase their talent to the Indian audience and compete with the international best. 
The Indian Showcase is a competitive section where films made in various Indian regional languages such as Punjabi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, Bengali and many more, will be showcased while Jagran Classics, as the name suggest would feature some of the yesteryears’ classics of the Indian Cinema.
The Jagran Shorts section is a competitive section for short films.
Under the category Country focus, an eclectic mix of Contemporary Korean Cinema will be screened.
The Jagran film festival has been synonymous with broadened imagination and empowerment. Apart from showcasing films from Indian and international cinema, an integral part of the festival is the Master Class where an eminent film-maker will take you through the journey of film making.
Lots of fun and entertainment in the form of rich Indian and International cinema is soon going to be unfolded at the Jagran Film Festival, Mumbai 2013. The countdown has already begun.
Entry to the festival is free and will be on a first come first serve basis.
  • Registration Details: http://www.jff.co.in/
  • Location: Fun Republic, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400053
  • Date: 24th September’2013 to 29th September’2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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.blogspot.com

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

Theatre in Motion

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~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 Dubey, Shernaz Patel, Yashpal Sharma, and many more.

The festival commences in New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata from Saturday, October 5 till December 29.

In New Delhi, the festival opens with Nadira Zaheer Babbar's Ekjute presenting Saku Bai in New Delhi with Sarita Joshi among the main cast. On October 13, theatre lovers will be enthralled by Tom Alter who stars in The Old Man and the Sea by Shivani Tibrewala's performing arts company No License Yet, marking his debut in the play for the city.

In Mumbai, the festival opens with Sohini Sengupta and Rudraparasad Sengupta in his debut play Ajantobas. The city will also see the iconic Bengali film, stage actor and poet Soumitra Chaterjee starring in the Bengali play Chariganga presented by Dwijen Bandopadhyaya's Samstab as the festival draws to an end on December 29

In Kolkata, the festival opens with Rajit Kapur's Rage presenting Mahua starring Mona Ambegaonkar and Sadiya Siddiqui among the main cast. Lillete Dubey and Ira Dubey, the mother-daughter duo gets together in 30 Days in September, a Primetime Theatre production on December 27. The festival comes to a close with Lillete and Mohan Agashe in Primetime Theatre's Adhe Adhure on December 28

Venues:
New Delhi - LTG Auditorium, Mandi House, Copernicus Marg
Mumbai - Veer Savarkar Auditorium, Shivaji Park
Kolkata - GD Birla Sabahghar, 29, Ashutosh Chaudhary Avenue, Ballygunge

For complete schedules and more information - visithttp://www.theatreinmotion.in


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