Current Affairs – November, 2018

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NPCC conferred Miniratna Category–I status

Union Government has conferred status of Miniratna: Category–I to National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC). The empowerment of miniratna status to NPCC will help company to take speedy decisions by enhancing delegation of powers to Board.

National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC)

NPCC is schedule ‘B’ Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under administrative control of Ministry of Water Resources. It incorporated in 1957. It is premier construction company having mandate with creation of infrastructure to provide impetus for economic development of the country. It also has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification. NPCC is making continuous profit since 2009-10 and is having positive networth for last six years. It has ambitious business plan with enhanced order book position of Rs. 11833 crore.

Background

Department of Public Enterprises under Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises grants status of Maharatna, Navratna, and Miniratna to Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) based upon profit made by these enterprises. These statuses give financial and administrative power to the companies to a certain extent. At present there are total 8 Maharatna, 16 Navratna, 60 Miniratna Category-I and 15 Miniratna Category-II CPSEs.

49th International Film Festival of India concludes in Goa

The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in Panaji, capital of Goa. The closing ceremony was held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Bambolim in Panaji. Israeli Director Dan Wolman was honoured with lifetime achievement award. Story-screenplay-dialogue writer Salim Khan honoured with IFFI 2018 Special Award for his lifetime contribution to cinema. He was presented with cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs, certificate, shawl and scroll for his outstanding contribution to cinema.

Other Category Awards

Best film (Golden Peacock) award: Donbass (Ukrainian movie) directed by Sergei Loznitsa.

Best director (Silver Peacock) award: Lijo Jose Pellissery (Malayalam film-India).

Best Actor (Male) Award: Chemban Vinod for his role in ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’ (Malayalam-India)

Best Actor (Female) Award: Anastasiia Pustovit for her role in ‘When the Trees Fall’ (Ukrainian)

Centenary Award for Best Debut Feature Film of Director: Alberto Monteras II for ‘Respeto’ (Filipino)

ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal: ‘Walking with the Wind’ directed by Praveen Morchhale

IFFI 2019

The theme of for this year’s film festival was New India through a variety of genres of cinema, including history, action, romance and sports. Israel was focus country and Jharkhand was the focus state for this year’s IFFI. This is for the first time that any state was made focus state at IFFI.

“The Aspern Papers” was  opening film of the festival and closed with the world premiere of the German film “Sealed Lips”. More than 220 movies from 67 countries were screened at this year’s IFFI. 26 feature films and 21 non-feature films were screened in the Indian Panorama section.

International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

It is biggest state-backed international film festival in India. It is conducted jointly by Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and Government of Goa. It was started in 1952 and since then held annually in Goa. It aims at providing common platform for cinemas of world to project the excellence of the film art. It also seeks to contribute to create awareness for understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in context of their social and cultural ethos and promote friendship and cooperation among people of the world.

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