Russia advises its citizens to avoid Goa

Russia advises its citizens to avoid GoaThe Russian government has asked its citizens to reconsider their trips to the tourism hot spot Goa.

Nearly 45,000 Russian tourists visit Goa each season.

The Russian foreign ministry has specifically advised its citizens wishing to travel to Goa to “reconsider” their decision.

“We have not told them not to come to Goa, we have asked our citizens to reconsider their decision of coming to Goa in view of the security situation,” advocate Vikram Varma told to a news agency on behalf of the Russian consulate.

IFFI: ‘Tulpan’ Bags Golden Peacock Award

IFFI: ‘Tulpan’ Bags Golden Peacock AwardRenowned Kazakh film maker Sergei Dvortsevoy’s film “Tulpan” won the Golden Peacock award and a cash prize of Rs 4 million on the closing day of the 39th International Film Festival of India in Panaji.

In the past, ‘Tulpan’, has also won the best feature film and the Golden Eye awards at the Montreal Film Festival and Zurich Film Festival respectively.

The film is also Kazakhstan’s official entry for the forthcoming Oscar awards in the foreign film category.

Cong. wins Goa by-poll

Cong. wins Goa by-pollCongress retained its Pale constituency seat by defeating BJP rivals in the by-polls. Polling for the seat was held on November 26.

Congress candidate Pratap Gawas defeated his nearest BJP candidate Pradip Sawant, by 1,534-votes. The results were declared on Saturday.

Gawas got 7,867 votes, while the BJP candidate was voted for by 6,333 persons. Rebel BJP candidate Suresh Amonkar, who contested independently, polled 3,682 votes.

Security Beefed Up At IFFI After Mumbai Terror Strikes

Security Beefed Up At IFFI After Mumbai Terror Strikes The recent terror attacks in Mumbai cast its shadow on the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2008 in Panaji.

The IFFI observed a moment of silence in the memory of those who died in the recent terror attacks in Mumbai.

“Wherever possible, I will personally go to the theatres to observe one-minute silence,” stated Festival Director S M Khan.

The state police have beefed up the security of hotels around the IFFI venue.

IFFI-2008 inaugurated by Rekha

IFFI-2008 inaugurated by RekhaThe 39th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2008 was inaugurated by Rekha on Saturday. Goa Governor S. S. Sidhu, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Anand Sharma attended the opening ceremony.

The 11-day festival will be showcasing nearly 200 Indian and foreign films from 12 countries. The festival opens with Peter Chan's "The Warlords", a Chinese war epic set in the 1860s.

12 Kannada Films To Be Screened At 39th International Film Fest

12 Kannada Films To Be Screened In 39th International Film FestAround a dozen ‘Kannada’ movies have been chosen for ‘International Film Festival of India IFFI-2008’ as ‘Kannada Film Industry’ is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

International Film Fest will begin on Saturday (22 November) in Panaji, Goa with ace Bollywood beauty ‘Rekha’ doing the honours.

Girish Kasaravali’s Gulabi Takies, Umashankar's Banada Neralu, Abhaya Singh's Gubbachchi will be showcased in Indian Panorama film section.

Kannada 'Putti' has been picked out for documentary film section.