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Award-winning Swachh Bharat short Films to be screened at 47th edition of IFFI in Goa

47thInternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be showcasing a special package of short films which were awarded at the Swachh Bharat Film Festival

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Panaji, October 21, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Swachh Bharat campaign will now feature in the upcoming 47th edition of the IFFI in Goa, with 20 award-winning short films on the nationwide cleanliness campaign scheduled to be screened during the festival, authorities said on Friday.

The Directorate of Films Festivals (DFF) said the short films were selected from 4,346 entries, selected by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, during a nationwide campaign organised earlier this year.

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“Apart from regular curated packages, the 47thInternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be showcasing a special package of short films which were awarded at the Swachh Bharat Film Festival, organised and curated by National Film Development Corporation on behalf of the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,” said the DFF statement. The DFF functions under the aegis of the Ministry of I&B.

“‘Murga’ will be the opening film under this special section of short films. The film promotes the idea of ‘Clean India’ and has ‘Murga’ as the metaphor depicting the victims that citizens have made of themselves and of the children by not keeping the surroundings clean,” the statement added.
Other short films slated to be a part of this special section include ‘Nanha Doot’ by Sudhanshu Sharma, ‘Chembuku Moodindi’ (The Dying Vessel) by KVK Kumar, ‘Sarkarmi Rati Wadho’ by Akshay Danavale, ‘Manini’ by Praveen Vyas, ‘Shelfee’ by Dr Suyash Shinde, ‘Tuka mhane’ (Says Tuka) by Ashish Sudhir More, ‘Bakari Shauchalay’ by Devendra Shukla, ‘Sneeringly lesson’ by Satish Kumar Verma, ‘Mawlynnog – The cleanest village in Asia’ by Upakul Das.

The 47th International Film Festival of India will be held from November 20 to November 28 in Goa. (IANS)

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  • Ruchika Kumari

    A big congratulations to all winning short films

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a speech. IANS

New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)