Sunday, January 15, 2012

Persistence Resistance 2012

Film Festival 
Persistence Resistance.  
The dates for the festival are 9-17 Feb, 2012In its fifth year, Persistence Resistance 2012 will be held in multiple venues.
Feb 9-11: British Council, New Delhi
Feb 10: North campus, Delhi University (in collaboration with margHumanities)
Feb 12-15: India International Centre,     New Delhi
Feb 17: Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe Institut, New Delhi.
Persistence Resistance is premised on the belief that documentary practices in any place actively participate in the shaping of our times. While celebrating the documentary form and practice, Persistence Resistance also acknowledges the audience as a powerful and resistive force that constantly constructs myriad ways of using and recycling images in an attempt to break out of the censorious trappings of the cinema hall. Keeping up with continually evolving viewing trends, Persistence Resistance attempts to create diverse spaces of viewing films, from the auditorium to the video parlours and video libraries. It offers a space for interacting with filmmakers as well as installations, and all of these aim to take account of the viewers' sensory perceptions, as well as recognizing the viewer as having a self-identity.
Persistence Resistance is an attempt at bringing together the documentary, the documentary filmmaker and the audience to collectively create and redefine public cultures. 
In its fifth year, Persistence Resistance 2012 will screen Indian and international films, celebrating the independent documentary artists' deep engagement with the myriad forms that the documentary affords. The festival will also premiere some recent works. 

Centre grants sanction to prosecute 21 social networking sites

Google, Facebook and 19 other social networking sites faced legal action for offences of promoting enmity between classes after the Government granted sanction to prosecute them.

The Government told a Delhi court there is sufficient material to proceed against the 21 social networking sites which included Yahoo and Microsoft for offences of promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration.

"The sanctioning authority has personally gone through the entire records and materials produced before him and after considering and examining the same, he is satisfied that there is sufficient material to proceed against the accused persons under section 153-A, 153-B and 295-A of the IPC," the Centre said in its report placed before Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar.

The two-page report was placed after the court directed Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to get the summons served on over ten foreign-based companies.

The summons were issued on December 23 last but they remained unserved.

The court had on December 23 issued summons to 21 social netorking websites for allegedly committing offences of criminal conspiracy, sale of obscene books and sale of obscene objects to young persons.

It had said prima facie the accused companies were liable to be summoned for promoting enmity between classes, causing prejudice to national integration and insulting religion or religious belief of any class, but the summons could not be executed without having prior sanction of central or state government or the district magistrate.

The Department of Information Technology, in its report, granted saction to proceed against the 21 companies for allegedly promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration.

Siddiqui throws black ink at Yoga guru Ramdev


Yoga guru Ramdev was today the target of an attack by a man who threw black ink on his face at a press conference he was addressing on his plans to campaign against black money in the coming assembly elections.  

Seated along with Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy at the Constitution Club in the heart of the capital, Ramdev's left eye was blackened with ink by the man identified as Kamran Siddiqui, a resident of Delhi who is said to be running an NGO.
Ramdev's supporters at the conference caught him and manhandled him before police took him away.
There was lot of jostling around when police escorted the yoga guru away from the club.
Jaideep, Ramdev's close aide, claimed that Siddiqui had gained entry into the hall carrying a walkie talkie apparently posing as a security personnel.
He also claimed that a bottle of acid was recovered from Siddiqui.
Ramdev, who immediately wound up the press conference, later said he was not deterred by such attacks and would continue his campaign with full force against corruption.
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India Tourism Road Shows in Saudi Arabia

India Tourism Road Shows in Saudi Arabia

India Tourism Road Shows in Saudi Arabia The Ministry of Tourism with the objective to tap the high end tourists from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) organised Tourism Road Shows in the cities of Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah. The shows were held from 7th to 11th of this month. A strong Indian delegation comprising officials from the Tourism Departments of Jammu & Kashmir and Maharashtra, members of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Air India, Jet Airways, Taj Group of Hotels, Medical and Wellness facilities etc., from India were present to showcase the multitude of tourist attractions of India to the Saudi Arabian Traveler. The Indian delegation was led by Shri RH Khwaja, Union Tourism Secretary. The State delegation of Jammu & Kashmir was led by the Minister of Tourism & Culture Shri Nawang Rigzin Zora and the Minister of State for Tourism Shri Nasir Aslam Wani. The Ambassador of India, Shri Hamid Ali Rao, was also present during the event in Riyadh. The Road Show held in the city of Dammam on 7th January 2012 witnessed the presence of over 154 participants representing the members of the Travel Trade, Media and opinion makers of this sector. During the event held in Riyadh on the 9th January, as many as 172 members of the travel industry and media participated and got a glimpse of Indian tourism products and its rich cuisine. The final leg of the Road Show was held in Jeddah on the 11th January 2012. According to travel statistics, 4.5 million Saudis representing nearly a quarter of the population, travelled abroad and spent about US $33 billion last year. India is fast emerging as a preferred destination for the Saudi tourists. Foreign tourist arrivals into India have witnessed a steady increase over the years, touching 6.29 million in 2011, an increase of 8.9% over 2009. During the year 2010 there has been an increase of nearly 38% in the inbound tourism from KSA to India with around twenty two thousand tourists. The Visa issuance figures of the Indian Mission indicate a similar high growth in the year 2011. One of the highlights of the Road Show was the focus on the ‘Medical & Wellness’ Tourism potential of India. India’s vast potential as a Health and Wellness tourism destination, backed by its medical facilities and world-class doctors, para-medical staff and hospitals, ancient healing systems such as ‘Ayurveda’ and other rejuvenating programs were show-cased. The cost of medical services in India is almost 30% lower to that in Western countries and the most cost effective in the region. Indian hospitals excel in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, joint replacements, transplants, cosmetic treatments, dental care, orthopedic surgery and much more. All medical treatments and investigations are done using the latest, technologically advanced diagnostic equipment. Moreover, India is just about four hours away making it easier for patients to visit even for follow-up – offering unmatched proximity and value-for-money. The Road Show also highlighted destinations which are becoming popular for holiday and the business traveler like the Luxury Trains viz. Palace on Wheels, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, The Deccan Odyssey and the Golden Chariot etc. in addition to the Palace Hotels, Luxury Spas etc. The other niche tourism products being publicized were adventure, eco and wildlife tourism. The presentations were followed by interactive sessions with the members of the Indian Tourism Industry which provided an opportunity of building awareness about the Incredible India tourism product. This will contribute significantly in sustaining the growth of high spending tourists from KSA

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