“Making a Film on a baby born in Prison in Palestinian context was Difficult”- Mai Masri

‘To find the audience is a big challenge than making film in Luxembourg”-Donato Rotunno

Donato Rotunno, Director of ‘Baby (A) lone’ said that in Luxembourg it is easy to make a film, but very difficult to get the audience. Interacting with the media at IFFI 2015 in Panaji, Goa, he said, “In Europe as small theatres have disappeared, so films on social issues are not getting good response. In general people don’t want to see reality. So it is difficult to get the audience. My film is about love and missing love.”

Mai Masri, Filmmaker from Palestine, who was also present at the media interaction, narrated her experience about the film 3000 Nights. She said that making of a film on real story about the prisons in Palestinian context was a real challenge. She Said, “This is my first feature film. The film is inspired by a real story. The film is all about motherhood love and hope.”

Bjrani Massi, Actor from film Rams also briefed media about the film and his experience.

He said, “It was a challenge to shoot the film in Iceland during winter season.”

About the films

3000 Nights is a story of a Palestinian schoolteacher, who is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to eight years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women’s prison where she encounters a terrifying world in which Palestinian political prisoners are incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. When she discovers she is pregnant, the prison director pressures her to abort the baby and spy on the Palestinian inmates. However, resilient and still in chains, she gives birth to a baby boy.

Rams, is in the competition of this year’s International film section at IFFI. This film is a story of two brothers who have not spoken to each other in four decades. But because of their ancestral sheep they come together.

Baby (A) lone is a history about love and the absence of love. Through the film two pre-teens are seeking to define themselves. In a quintessential western society which often claims to uphold the protection of its children-the future generation-as its laudable objective, everything is not what it seems.


We remain firmly committed to peace but we will use all our might to protect the sovereignty of our Nation, says President

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee awarded Standards to 18 Squadron and 22 Squadron at Hasimara Air Force Station, West Bengal today (November 28, 2015). 

Speaking on the occasion the President said both the Squadrons have distinguished themselves in the service of the Nation. They have a rich history of professional excellence and have served the Nation with honour and distinction in peace and during the two wars. The Nation honours them today with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for their selfless devotion, professionalism and courage in the face of adversity. Though we remain firmly committed to peace, we will use all our might to protect the sovereignty of our Nation. 

The President said India’s increasing eminence in the comity of Nations draws its strength from the capabilities of our Armed Forces. Though we remain firmly committed to peace, we will use all our might to protect the sovereignty of our Nation, and I am confident that our valiant men and women in uniform will rise to the occasion. Our Armed Forces reflect our steely resolve to defend our interests.

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Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates the 110th Annual Session of PHD Chamber

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 110th Annual Session of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry by lighting a lamp here today. The Annual Session is being organized on the theme: ‘Transforming India - Together We Can & We Will’. 

During his inaugural address, Shri Rajnath Singh said that country cannot develop until it is secure, thus security is the first condition for development. He also emphasized upon the ‘spiritual development’ along with ‘economic development’ for the ‘comprehensive development’ of personality of an individual. He said that materialism can give momentary happiness, but the mental peace can only be gained through spiritual development. He said that, in addition to becoming a ‘super economic power’, India should also become a ‘Jagadguru’. The world should get attracted to the values of India, he added. 

Commenting upon the theme of the session – ‘Together we can & we will’, he said that the theme is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. He said that schemes of the Government aim at financial inclusion of common people. He also said that India is among the top 10 economies of the world and by the year 2020-25, India can find a place in the top 5 economies of the world. He said that India’s rank has gone up on the parameter of ‘ease of doing business’. He also said that India’s growth rate will touch double digit in near future, which is nearly 7.5% at present. 

Shri Rajnath Singh said that the biggest challenge today is to accelerate the speed of economic engine. India has no dearth of natural resources and human resources, he added. He also said that Indian economy has gone through many adverse circumstances in the path of growth, since independence, but it could survive the effects the global recession and then the world recognized that Indian economy has growth potential, he added. 

The Union Home Minister also said that various schemes, such as ‘Make in India’ , have accelerated the growth rate of India. He said that India has become a favorite destination for foreign investors as the confidence of foreign investors has gone up and the Government has also taken various structural and procedural reforms to make India business and industry friendly. 

Shri Rajanth Singh also conferred the PHD annual awards for excellence, 2015. Dr. E Sreedharan was conferred the Life Time Achievement Award for his lifelong contribution in the area of public transport. The Good Corporate Citizen Award was given to the Dabur India Ltd. whereas the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social welfare was given to GMR Varalakshmi Foundation and Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Welfare by a non corporate was awarded to Smt. Prasanna Bhandari. Distinguished Entrepreneurship Award was conferred on to Mr. D K Aggarwal, CMD, SMC Investments and Advisors Ltd. The Outstanding Businesswoman Award was given to Ms. Monica Malhotra, Director, Holy Faith International Pvt. Ltd., and Award for Excellence in Skill Development was conferred to Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). The Distinguished Entrepreneurship Award for MSME was given to the Mr. Jitender Sodhi, Managing Director, Ayush Herbs Pvt. Ltd. and Outstanding Achiever for Exports Award for MSME was conferred on Shiv Dial Sud and Sons. The PHD Chamber Annual Awards for Excellence were instituted in 1997 to recognise Indian businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals for their outstanding achievements, contributions in select areas and to promote corporate and individual initiatives in economic, social and educational areas. 

Shri Alok B. Shriram, President, PHD Chamber and other members were also present on the occasion. 

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Mid-Career Training Programme should include Field Visits to Villages: Secretary, DOPT

The Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Shri Sanjay Kothari has said that "going back to their roots" for officers, Mid-Career Training Programme (MCTP) should invariably include Field Visits to Villages / attachment with NGOs at their project sites. He was addressing the concluding cession of the Conference of Heads of Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs), Central Training Institutes (CTIs) and Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) and a workshop for Training Managers of Central Ministries/Departments, here today. 

Shri Sanjay Kothari said that behavioral skills including module on ethics in training programmes should be incorporated. He observed that the prevailing training capacities are inadequate to train all Class 2 & 3 employees in the government. 

The Secretary, DoPT said that the Ministry is devising a Management Information System that will include a pool of National Trainers and Institutes. He also said that MCTP should include foreign visit, but officers will have to submit Project Report that will form part of their APARs. 

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Films alone cannot create a revolution, but can create noise- Hemal Trivedi, Director of “Among the Believers”

Build a road without any barriers, without any boundaries- Marian Urban, Producer of ‘Hostage’

Goa Film Fest is well organised Festival- Kamran Gasimov, producer of ‘Bloody January’

“Films cannot create revolution, but they can add to the noise, sometime loud, sometime low.” This was observed by Hemal Trivedi, Director of the movie ‘Among the believers’, while interacting with media persons at IFFI Goa today. Referring to terrorism in Pakistan, Hemal commented, “because of some fundamentalists the whole nation suffers. It is for the people to find the solution themselves.” Expressing concern over narrow perception about terrorism, the Director said that she herself had to face death threats after the first release of the film in April 2015. It was re-launched later in October 2015.

The film revolves around a charismatic cleric in Pakistan who has raised the war against the state. The film also follows the lives of two teenager students who have attended madrasahs run by cleric’s network.

During the interaction, producer of ‘Hostage’, Marian Urban said that “people are suffering because of conflicts and divide. Future generation should build a road without any barriers, without dividing boundaries”. He said, everyone wants peace in the world, but forces working for division are blocking peace, it is a universal story,” he commented.

The movie ‘Hostage’ is a tragi-comic story about the son of a local communist officer and his friend, both hostage of the communist regime. It depicts their first contacts with adult world, absurd reality of relationships and, politics, emigration, betrayal and also death.

Commenting on transition of regime in Bulgaria after the end of communism, George Balbanov, director of the film ‘The Petrov File’ said, “though communism had its evils but the capitalism also led people into wilderness”. His film narrates the story of a man who is prohibited from acting for unknown reasons during the communism days in Bulgaria. When he reappears on stage after the end of the regime, he realises that he was betrayed by his mentor- a person he admired the most. He faces the complicated situation and is urged to lead a new political party to save the country.

Briefing about the film ‘Bloody January’ the Azerbaijani producer, Kamran Gasimov said, his film is not about war, it’s about the situation of the people during the war, how they suffer and survive. He said that Goa film fest is a very good platform for showcasing films and it is well managed festival.

The movie ‘Bloody January’ tells about historic day of January 20, 1990, in the life of the people of Azerbaijan. On that day, a small country, later recognized as Republic of Azerbaijan, stood up to the then great Soviet Empire to fight for its freedom and independence that led to bloodshed of innocent civilians.

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Day long SAARC Regional Workshop on Sharing Best Practices on "Disaster Risk Reduction" concludes

The SAARC Regional Workshop on Sharing Best Practices on "Disaster Risk Reduction" concluded, here today. After a four-day intensive interaction through tabletop and joint simulation exercises during the South Asian Annual Disaster Management Exercise (SAADMEx) from November 23-26, 2015, all the 8 SAARC member countries got together to discuss and deliberate upon the best practices on disaster risk reduction. This Regional Workshop was hosted by Government of India and was coordinated by the National Disaster Management Authority and National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs. 

The Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Dr. P.K Mishra has inaugurated the Regional Workshop in the morning, today. During his inaugural address, Dr. Mishra stressed upon the need for a more coordinated effort to deal with disasters amongst member countries of the region. He further reinforced that it would be important to systematically invest in disaster risk reduction and preparedness activities and therefore there is an important need to quantify the targets enumerated in the Sendai Framework to achieve greater degree of risk resilience. 

This was followed by technical sessions where issues pertaining to best practices on disaster risk reduction and strengthening regional disaster response in the backdrop of Sendai Framework were deliberated in detail by member countries. The member countries appreciated the efforts of Government of India in organising the first exercise of responding to simulated situations jointly by response teams from SAARC countries in the region as well as the conduct of regional workshop, in particular the efforts of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in planning and making them successful and impactful. 

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“We trust & believe in you to ensure the best”: School children to Environment Minister

“World needs to allow development space and growth space to developing countries like India”: Javadekar
In a unique gesture, around 50 school children extended good wishes to the Indian delegation for Conference of Parties (COP21) - the global climate conference here today. The children presented a symbolic ‘Globe’ to the Environment Minister, who is heading the delegation for Paris with the message, “We Trust and Believe in You to ensure the Best”. Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, said that India is going to Paris with a progressive and a constructive approach. “The world needs to allow development space and growth space to developing countries like India. If we grow, justice will be delivered to the poor. If we grow, the market and world economy will grow and to that end, there will be more accommodation for the developing world in Paris”, he said.

Shri Javadekar added that we are hopeful that there will be a “just and an equitable” agreement in Paris. He emphasized that India has taken positive steps under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, not only in renewable energy, but in clean environment, clean energy, clean water, clean air and more green. The Minister also said that the world has appreciated India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).

The Minister also told the children that the world must assure the younger generation that the world will be proposing those changes that are needed to ensure balanced growth and a balanced environment.

COP21 will start in Paris from November 30-December 11, 2015. The objective of the Paris Conference is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all nations of the world. 

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