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Southern Film Industry bags 18 National Film Awards

The six industries of the south -- Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu and Konkani -- bagged a total of 18 awards

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Chennai, April 7, 2017: Southern films figured prominently at the 64th National Film Awards announced on Friday with “Pellichoopulu”, “Puli Murugan”, “Joker” and “24” bagging top honours.

The six industries of the south — Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu and Konkani — bagged a total of 18 awards.

In Tamil filmdom, critically-acclaimed political satire “Joker”, actor Suriya-starrer science-fiction thriller “24” and “Dharmadurai” bagged a total of six awards.

Raju Murugan-directed “Joker” bagged Best Tamil Film and Best Playback Singer for Sundara Iyer.

“24” pocketed awards for Best Production Design for Amit Ray and Subratra Chakraborty, Best Cinematography for Tirru and Best Visual Effects.

Veteran lyricist Vairamuthu won his seventh National Award for the song “Endha pakkam” from Vijay Sethupathi-starrer “Dharmadurai”.

Telugu industry bagged a total of three awards.

Indie romantic-drama “Pellichoopulu” was awarded the Best Film in the language, while “Shatamanam Bhavati” bagged the Best Popular Film award for providing wholesome entertainment.

Raju Sundaram bagged the Best Choreographer award for NTR-starrer “Janatha Garage”.

Malayalam industry bagged five awards including Best Film for “Mahesinte Prathikaram” and Best Actress for Surabhi C.M. for her film “”Minnaminungu – The Firefly”.

Adhish Praveen won Best Child Artist for “Kunju Daivam”.

Peter Hein bagged an award for Best Stunt Choreography, introduced for the first time, for “Puli Murugan”.

Superstar Mohanlal won a Special Jury award for his performances in films such as AA”Puli Murugan”, “Janatha Garage” and “Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol”.

While Kannada industry bagged two awards, Konkani and Tulu industries pocketed an award each.

Best Kannada Film award went to “Reservation”, while Bapu Padmanabha won the Best Music Director award for the film “Allama”.

“Madipu” won the award for Best Tulu film and “K Sera Sera- Ghodpachem Ghoddtelem” was awarded the Best Konkani film. (IANS)

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Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead ; Protests Organized Across the State as Karnataka Comes to a Standstill

Senior Kannada tabloid Editor and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at her residence.

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National and international media clike, condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and a fearless critic of right wing politics. Wikimedia
  • Reputed journalist, editor and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on September 5 by three unidentified men outside her house
  • Lankesh was an editor of popular Kannada tabloid “Lankesh Patrike”
  • Protests have erupted in various cities in Kerala following Gauri Lankesh’s murder

Karnataka, September 6, 2017 : Protests erupted across Karnataka on Wednesday morning condemning the dastardly killing of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence here on Tuesday night by three unidentified men.

Journalists, activists, writers, thinkers and women organisations were seen among the crowds that gathered in the city and across the state condemning the killing of the journalist.

People were seen gathered at the Town Hall here for a silent protest, holding placards. “You can kill a person but not their ideas,” read one placard.

Silent demonstration was also staged by journalist groups at the Victoria Hospital grounds, where the autopsy is being done.

Across the state, protests were witnessed in Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Dharwad, Koppal among other regions, where citizens took to the streets.

Journalists in Mysuru, wearing black ribbons around their shoulders, also held a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office.

Massive protests have also been planned across the country in various cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad among others.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also cancelled all his official programmes on Wednesday.

“CM has cancelled all engagements, including a day-long trip to Kerala in view of the developments since Tuesday night,” said an official from the Chief Minister’s Office.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also expressed shock and distress over the murder on Wednesday, saying “this can’t and should not be tolerated”.

Accusing the BJP of silencing dissent, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said it was a part of their ideology. “Anyone who speaks against BJP is silenced…” Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot dead by three unidentified men who had shot her when she returned home from her office in the city.

Lankesh was an editor of popular Kannada tabloid “Lankesh Patrike”.

In November 2016, Gauri Lankesh was sentenced to six months in jail after a defamation case was filed against her for a report against Bharatiya Janata Party leaders. She was out on bail pending an appeal. (IANS)

 

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World Telugu Conference to be held in Hyderabad in June: Telangana CM

The conference will coincidence with Telangana's formation day celebrations

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao with PM Narendra Modi , Twitter

Hyderabad, May 2, 2017: World Telugu Conference will be held here from June 2 to June 10, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced on Tuesday.

The conference will coincidence with Telangana’s formation day celebrations.

The proposed conference and celebrations would be done under the supervision of the newly-formed Telangana Sahitya Academy, said a statement from the Chief Minister’s office.

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Rao also decided to constitute Telangana Lalitha Kala Academy, Sangeet Nataka Academy and Folk Arts Academy.

He said that best Telugu dialect and best poetry is available in Telangana and the academies should become platforms to spread the literary flavour of Telangana to the world.

The CM held a review meeting on the organisation of the World Telugu Conference.

He asked officials to conduct the proposed World Telugu Conference and its programmes in such a manner that they should be heard and talked about world over and become a milestone in the history.

He wanted well known and prominent literary personalities, followers of the Telugu language living within the country and abroad to be invited for the conference.

As part of the conference, poets’ gatherings (Kavi Sammelanas)and conferences on various genres of literature will be organised. (IANS)

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Kerala CM “Pinarayi Vijayan”: Malayalam to be taught compulsorily at all Kerala schools till Class 10

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 11, 2017: Malayalam will have to be taught compulsorily at all schools till Class 10 in the state irrespective of the syllabus, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the media on Tuesday.

An ordinance to this effect has already been inked by Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam.

The new law also states that strict action, including Rs 5,000 fine, would be initiated against the school authorities if this is not implemented. Besides, other legal action would be taken.

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The syllabi being followed in the state include those of the Kerala Education Board, the Central Board of Secondary Education and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Board.

Currently, the students in Kerala have the option to study Special English if not Malayalam. Some schools also provide French as another option.

Vijayan said this law will not be applicable to foreign nationals or to those students who hail from other states.

The ordinance states that from now on children in Kerala schools should not be fined or penalised if they choose to speak in Malayalam in schools.  (IANS)