Forty First International Film Festival of India in Goa

Panaji, the capital of Goa, is the scene of the 41st IFFI. The event was inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. The ten-day festival, which opened on Monday, is dubbed the Indian Cannes. About 300 movies from across India and the globe will be screened in the coming days.

The IFFI, this year, established the Short Film Centre – an innovative venture that promotes short films and its makers as well as provides sponsors for them. There’s a $2,00,000 prize money that will be awarded to extraordinarily talented filmmakers.

The Panjim Shopping Festival that’ll host about 200 shops in Panaji and Margao is open till the end of the month. It will help to promote various brands during the Film Festival. There are many music bands, fire-eaters, dance troupes and much more lined up well into the end of the fest. Participants can eagerly attend the many workshops, film training sessions and other seminars at the various venues.

Some of the major sponsors of the IFFI 2010 are Corporation of the City of Panaji, The Press Information Bureau, Inox, Goa, Vivanta by Taj, Goa Police Department, Ravindra Bhavan, Tourism Department and the Sports Authority of Goa.

It Has Begun!!!

The 19th edition of the Commonwealth Games is on! Check out the glitz and glamour. The event was flagged off by Indian President Pratibha Patil and Britain’s Prince Charles, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi.

There’s a lot fo security provided for the events. All the buildings have watchers, snipers and a set of patrolling policemen in and around them.

A Hearty Welcome To The Games Gram

Welcome… welcome dear guests. The Team Welcome Ceremony is carried on by Delhi’s school students to welcome the 71 different teams and their delegates to the Games Gram. It is followed by a 45-minute cultural program. This whole week is dedicated to welcoming guests and officials and according them the right accommodation.

At the Games Gram, or the Commonwealth Games Village 2010, the apartments and the residential area were specially-designed by Emaar and it covers 150-odd acres. It is located on the banks of the Yamuna River, near the famous Akshadham Temple. The Residential Zone is divided into four zones – Warli, Gond, Madhubani and Sanjhi – and houses 14 blocks, 34 towers and 1,168 AC flats. It also accommodates the CGA offices and the dining area.

At the International Zone offers games rooms, internet cabins, bars and restaurants, shops, TV rooms, VIP waiting area and the like. You can also find the Media Centre, Conference Halls, Guest Pass Centre and the Mayor’s Office. The Dining Section is open 24 hours and you can avail free meals here (the guests, that is).

Participants can train in the Training Area – there are pools, athletic tracks, weightlifting arenas and other training areas. For moving around within the Games Gram, you can make use of the Internal Village Shuttle, buses and golf carts. Wi-Fi is available all throughout the Games Gram. There’s high security at the Village, too.

Check Out The Commonwealth Express At Mumbai

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus displays the Commonwealth Express Exhibition Train. This lively painted train stands at Platform no. 13, and has 11 coaches.

Five of the coaches are exhibiting material related to Sports and Commonwealth Games, Indian sports stars, their achievements. It also showcases the role of Indian Railway promoting sport. The rest – 6 coaches – portrays the ‘Information Technology Story of India’.

If you’re in Mumbai, do check it out.


Delhi To Rock The Commonwealth Games 2010!

With exactly 84 days to go, the preparations for the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi are just about over. The infrastructure meant for the Games is ready – airport, metro, flyovers and many new buildings and roads. The Games will start on October 3.

The Games Village, near the Noida Intersection, can house about 8,000 participants and officials. All the necessary arrangements have been made. In fact, some touring officials have remarked that Delhi is one of the best Games venues. It also has fitness centres and various tracks for the track and field events and swimming pools, too.

In about a month, when the Monsoon’s lashes have reduced, Delhi will see an influx of tourists. And the city is all eager to receive them, too. Various tours, packages, sight-seeing trips and others are on offer by both government and private parties. The two nearby cities of importance – Agra and Jaipur – will have a huge number visiting them as well.

The mascot of the Games is Shera. According to the official website of the Games, he truly represents the modern Indian. He is an achiever with a positive attitude, a global citizen but justifiably proud of his nation’s ancient heritage, a fierce competitor but with integrity and honesty. Shera is also a ‘large-hearted gentleman’ who loves making friends and enthusing people to ‘come out and play’.