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IFFI 2015: Cinema from the North East finds a special place

Logo of International Film Festival of India

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI)   entered into its 46th Edition this year. Organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in association with the State Government of Goa, the International Film Festival of India is an endeavor to understand the various social and cultural ethos through the eyes of cinema.




Spanish Cinema Centrepiece of Contemporary Culture: Gustavo de Arístegui, Ambassador of Spain to India

Ms. Alejandra García Fuertes, Cultural Counsellor and Mr. Ignacio Ducasse Gutiérrez, Tourism Counsellor, Embassy of Spain addressing the media
Ms. Alejandra García Fuertes, Cultural Counsellor and Mr. Ignacio Ducasse Gutiérrez, Tourism Counsellor, Embassy of Spain addressing the media

The 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India showcases Spain as its ‘Country of Focus’.

Gustavo de Arístegui, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to India said, “Our Cinema is a centrepiece of Spanish contemporary culture. From Luis Buñuel’s mid-century masterpieces to Almodóvar’s “fin-de-siècle” follies, cinema has been both a tool to understand the evolution of our society and a mirror to examine ourselves. Given the already existing interest in Spain (interest much fuelled by cinema, like in “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”), we thought it was the right occasion to showcase Spain’s filmmaking skills in IFFI. For this year’s edition, once we became focus country, we selected a few films that would serve as an appetizer for the discovery of the rich variety of Spanish cinema”.



Kerala: an Embodiment of Tolerance and Progress

The political state of Kerala in India was cre...

The political state of Kerala in India was created in 1956 when erstwhile Travancore-Cochin was renamed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chandigarh, India, Nov 27 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Kerala has a cosmopolitan and composite culture.  It is an integral part of Indian culture.  The rich cultural heritage of Kerala is a synthesis of Aryan and Dravidian cultures developed over millennia under the influence from other parts of India and abroad.   Kerala’s culture is a practical example and an embodiment of tolerance being practiced throughout the state.



IFFI: India to Honor Russian Film-Maker Nikita Mikhalkov with Lifetime Achievement Award

Nikita Mikhalkov and Syed Mahmoud Nawaz
Syed Mahmoud Nawaz in conversation with Nikita Mikhalkov

Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov, the world renowned film maker from Russia will be conferred upon, the Lifetime Achievement Award during the closing ceremony of the 46th International Film Festival of India.



Harish Rawat's Social Agenda gets major Thrust; Uttarakhand Government Signs far reaching Memorandum of Understanding with The H

CM Harish Rawat Felicitating Mrs. Sweta Rawat
CM Harish Rawat Felicitating Mrs. Sweta Rawat

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MOU marks first step in operationalization of The Hans Foundation’s Uttarakhand ‘Vision 2020’ with a focus on varied development programmes and initiatives across Healthcare, Agriculture, Education, Forest Regeneration, Water & Sanitation, Electrification of Villages and Disability

·         Spearheaded by The Hans Foundation, the programme would possibly bring together a consortium of leading NGO’s including Max India Foundation, Plan International, American India Foundation, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Himmothan (Tata Trust), CBM, Help Age India, CRY, Tata Sustainability Group, Charities Aid Foundation, International Fund for Agriculture Development and the Azim Premji Foundation

Dehradun, Nov 24 (Washington Bangla Radio): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Harish Rawat’s social agenda today received a major forward thrust with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Hans Foundation (THF) to launch a slew of development projects and initiatives across multiple segments including Healthcare & Disability, Agriculture, Education, Forest Regeneration, Water & Sanitation and Electrification of Villages. Being spearheaded by THF in conjunction with the Uttarakhand State Government the program is being developed and personally monitored, from the government’s end, by Harish Rawat himself through a special team handpicked by him for the task.


Sonali Bendre-Behl to Live Stream Book Launch "The Modern Gurukul"

Sonali Bendre Behl (WBRi File Photo)

‘The Modern Gurukul’ will enlighten readers about the struggles and learning’s of a new mother in a mature way making them believe that one can learn from their mistakes.



Basaveshwara: The 12th Century Visionary and Total Revolutionary Progressive Activist

English: A distant view of KudalaSangama templ...

English: A distant view of KudalaSangama temple.It is in Bagalkot district of Karnataka,India.This is the place where a renowned Kannada poet and revolutionist "Krantiyogi" Basavanna achieved his "Samadhi". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Dr. Basavaraj Sadar
Retd. Station Director, All India Radio (AIR), Bangaluru

Bengaluru, Nov 13 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) It is evident that the seeds of modern concepts of ‘sarvodaya’ and ‘total revolution’ were sowed in Karnataka, during twelfth century itself  by the great revolutionary - Basaveshwara. His practical approach and act of  establishment of ‘Kalyana Rajya’  (Welfare state) brought  a  new  status  and  position  for all  the citizens of the society, irrespective of  class, caste creed and sex.  Thus the main aim of Vachana (poetry) movement, led by Basaveshwara was welfare of all. He proclaimed this as- “Sakala jeevatmarige lesu” (welfare of all).






सरदार पटेल की १४० वी जयंती के अवसर पर सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल पार्टी का भव्य 'पुष्पांजली' कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न

सरदार पटेल की १४० वी जयंती के अवसर पर सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल पार्टी का भव्य 'पुष्पांजली' कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न

अहमदाबाद। लौह पुरुष सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल की १४० वी जयंती के अवसर पर सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल पार्टी द्वारा एक भव्य और विशाल 'पुष्पांजली' कार्यक्रम का आयोजन अहमदाबाद के निकोल और बापू नगर में किया गया था।



Mahika Sharma Describes Durga Puja in Assam | Northeast Durga Puja Special:

Mahika Sharma - Actress and Model from Assam

Young well known model and actress from Assam Mahika Sharma talks about Durga Puja celebration at her home state Assam.



Mahatma's legacy: Khadi sales spike, fibre not cheap any more

Leading from the front, Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  who had  launched Khadi promotion blitz in his talk shows on radio waves  a year ago, says the sales have almost doubled and more and more people purchase Khadi items now.



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