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IFFI’s Golden Jubilee Edition to be held in Goa

The Golden Jubilee Edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be held from 20-28 November 2019 in Panaji, Goa. The announcement regarding IFFI 2019 was made by Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting following the steering committee meeting of IFFI 2019 in Panaji.

About IFFI

Background: IFFI is being organised in Goa since 2004 under the leadership of then chief minister of Goa Late Manohar Parrikar. Before 2004 festival was organised in some other states as well. The 2019 IFFI edition would also pay tribute to Parrikar considering his contribution towards the event and making Goa the permanent venue for the festival.

IFFI 2019-

Partner: In this years’ edition i.e. 50th International Film Festival of India Russia will be IFFI’s partner.

Organiser: IFFI 2019 is being organised in Panaji jointly by Directorate of Film Festivals and state-run Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).

This year road shows will be organised in 7 cities on occasion of golden jubilee year of prestigious film event.

Business exhibition during event will showcase latest technology, film production and distribution and other aspects regarding films.

To mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019, separate exhibition depicting the life of the Father of the Nation will be also held.

Students from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and Satyajit Ray Institute of India and students from some other film institutes will be a part of IFFI to gain some hands on experience.

Invitees: John Bailey, President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and other eminent producers and cinematographers have been invited for event.

The Ministry concerned is also working on idea to rope in some private theatres for viewing of cinema to reach out to masses.

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12 July: ‘Save Water Day’ observed by West Bengal government

On 12 July 2019, West Bengal government observed Save Water Day across the state to spread the message of water conservation. This is the 1st time the day was observed. From now onwards it will be observed in state each year to create awareness among people to check misuse of water.

About ‘Save Water Day

On occasion of day West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and eminent persons of different fields including writers, actors and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities, school students took part in Padayatra in Kolkata.

It was also observed in Districts and Blocks of State.

Padayatra: was undertaken in Kolkata which began from Jorashanko Thakurbari and ended at base of Gandhi Statue in city. All present took pledge for conservation of water was also taken on occasion.

On occasion of day Chief Minister urged prople to-

  • Save water and save life.
  • Come forward for joining such social programme
  • Take precautionary measures to save natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in world.

Steps Taken for Water Conservation in State

Since 2011, programme of digging ponds is being undertaken throughout state for conservation of water. About 3 lakhs ponds have been dug till now to deal with water scarcity.

State has water conservation programme: Jal dharo Jal bharo (Collect water, store water). To prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity, many check dams have been constructed and irrigation canals have been rejuvenated.

From now on state government would observe a Student Day to disseminate message of conservoing water in every sphere of society.

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