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Innovations in Moving Images: 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival proves Filmmaking is an Independent Art Form

Among all the categories, one of the newest and the most creative category is the ‘International Competition for Innovations in Moving Images’

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Kolkata, November 17, 2016: The celebration of cinema, art and culture is the primary agenda of the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival and the grand fest keeps attracting more and more movie-buffs and scholars every day.

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The 22nd installment of the pompous cine-fest showcases movies from across the globe and there are multiple categories present in the festival this year that makes it quite interesting.

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The long queue for collecting the entry passes.

Among all the categories, one of the newest and the most creative category is the ‘International Competition for Innovations in Moving Images’. It includes some of the most amazing films around the world, created by some excellent artists. The jury members in this particular category include- Dan Wolman as the Chairperson, M. Lechi, and Saibal Chatterjee.

The movies to be screened in the festival under this creative category include-

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  • Glory- directed by Kristina Grozeva, and Petar Valchanov
  • Zoology- directed by Ivan Tverdovsky
  • A Decent Woman- directed by Lukas Valenta Rinner
  • My Father’s Wings- directed by Kivanc Sezer
  • Alifa – directed by Deep Choudhury
  • Amerikan Square- directed by Yannis Sakaridis
  • White Knights- directed by Razi Muhammed
  • Tree of Tongues in Tripura – directed by Joshy Joseph
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A still from the film ‘Tree of Tongues in Tripura.’ Youtube

All the movies depict the perspective of the category wonderfully and each of them is an exquisite work of art. Amidst the long queue that gets longer by the minute for collecting the entry passes, the crowd remains enthusiast and cheerful.

Along with the movie-screenings there is a chat session which is conducted every day in the evening. The topic of discussion of the chat-session on 16th November was- ‘Impact of Bengali Cinema on Indian Cinema’. The evening saw a heated discussion on the concerned topic and celebrities present at the event were- Sujoy Ghosh, Sujit Sarkar, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Arindam Shil and so on.

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With all its ‘glitz and glam’ the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival keeps entertaining the audience and keeps the city of joy filled with fun and frolic.

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google Along with Other SSocial Media Giants will Face The Lawmakers, Wikimedia Commons
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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?