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Bengali Film Bags Top Honour at IFFI 2010

After nearly a decade, an Indian film bagged the top honour at the International Film Festival of India when Gautam Ghose’s movie Moner Manush was awarded the prestigious Golden Peacock award
An Indo-Bengal production, Moner Manush is the screen adaptation of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s novel that is based on the life of Lalon Fakir, a revered fakir whose poetry are considered to be classics. Popular Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterji essayed the role of Lalon in the movie which was premiered at IFFI 2010.
After receiving the award from chief guest Saif Ali Khan, Gautam Ghose said his film was about tolerance, religion, politics and culture and hoped that this recognition will encourage more Indo-Bengal films.

Vishwajit Stopped By Court

The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday gave reprieve to a 70-year old man who was reportedly being harassed by Health Minister Vishwajit Rane only because the former refused to sell his property at Dona Paula to Rane Jr. by ordering a stay on the construction of a compound wall undertaken by the minister as it was blocking access to the petitioner’s bungalow.
The petitioner Antonio F do Rosario alleged that he was being harassed by Vishwajit since he refused to sell his plot that is adjacent to the property purchased by the minister. Antonio pleaded that the minister was abusing his position to direct government officials to harass him and further alleged that the minister demolished the old house in his property to construct a new one without any license and even occupied the bungalow without obtaining an occupancy certificate.

I Am Not Affiliated To Any Politician Or Political Party: Hubert

 “Presently, I am not affiliated to any politician or any political party. I want to contest elections as peoples’ candidate,” said Dr. Hubert Gomes, addressing a press conference in Margao on Thursday.
Speaking about the forthcoming elections, he said while he will definite contest, whether it will be as an independent or as a party candidate will be decided by a committee of eminent persons from the constituency that will be constituted shortly.
When asked about joining any party, he said, “I have no plans as yet. It all depends on the committee. Few days back when my photographs with Micky Pacheco appeared in the local newspapers, people got a notion that I am associated with him, which is not true. But I don’t rule out any possibilities.”

Parrikar threatens Criminal Complaint

Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar threatened to file a criminal complaint if the government does not revoke licenses issued to three off shore casinos operating without trading license.
Addressing media persons, he said that three vessels including Casino Royale operated by Highstreet Cruises and Entertainment Ltd., are operating without License from the Director General of Shipping and demanded that all other licenses issued to them should be withdrawn.
He threatened to file a criminal complaint against government officials if the licenses are not withdrawn by 19th December.

Mahanand Naik Acquitted in Two More Murder Cases

Police ineptitude was once again highlighted when the North Goa District and Sessions Court on Tuesday acquitted Mahanand Naik in two murder cases giving him the “benefit of doubt’.
With acquittals in charges of murdering Darshana Naik in 1994 and Sunita Gaonkar in 2003, Mahanand stands acquitted in seven of the 18 murder cases slapped against him by the police.
The police had charged him of murdering 21-year-old Darshana on 27th September 1994 after taking her with him to visit a patient at Goa Medical College, Bambolim. Police claimed that Mahanand took Darshana to an isolated spot and strangulated her with her dupatta and afterwards hung her from a cashew tree.

Talak’s O Maria Premiers at IFFI


With his latest movie O Maria premiering at International Film Festival of India on Tuesday, producer-director Rajendra Talak has earned the unique distinction of being the only person to have four of his films premiering at this event.
O Maria, claim Talak, is a wake up call to Goans to protect and preserve their natural beauty and turn away from avarice which has no end. Set in a coastal village, the movie deals with land grab issue where builders resort to any means to dispossess gullible Goans particularly the aged, of their land.

Govt. Inaction Encouraging Corruption

While the talathi at Quepem has been arrested for accepting a bribe to carry out mutation, the fact remains that this is a normal practice all over Goa and the one responsible for it is the Government for failing to implement the rules recommended by Goa Law Commission to curb this menace.
South Goa Collector G P Naik candidly admitted that there are innumerable complaints against talathis and mamlatdars accusing them of delaying mutation cases and pointed out that even a circular issued by him in May last is not adhered to by the concerned officials.

Police Book Aviation Institute Owner

Margao Police finally registered a case of cheating against Parul Kakkar, promoter of the Achievers Aviation Academy for allegedly cheating students enrolled in the institute. The case was registered after a student from San Jose de Areal complained to the police that she had paid Rs 95,000 for the course and though she had completed the course, she was not given the certificate. She also complained that the curriculum at the institute was not as per what was advertised.

After Acting, Script Writing For Boman

Bollywood actor Boman Irani entertained the audience at IFFI 2010 on Wednesday at his masterclass on evolution of comedy in Hindi films.
Speaking about his childhood, Irani said, “When I was a child, I couldn’t speak properly. My mother then sent me to a voice trainer who helped me get rid of my fear and gain confidence”, adding that fear is one problem which can ruin everything.
Irani narrated anecdotes about his life which revealed that he worked as a waiter at Hotel Taj Mahal and thereafter ran the family business of wafers.
Irani said that his creative life began as a photographer. Later he acted in the musical drama Roshni, choreographed by Arshad Warsi. He also acted in the play I Am Not Bajirao and then in Mahatma Versus Gandhi. Irani made his film acting debut at the age of 40 with the film Munnabhai MBBS.