A Possible helping hand for Goa’s Women valanka makes a comeback with new hopes, new desire

A Possible helping hand for Goa’s Women
valanka makes a comeback with new hopes, new desire….

New beginning: it’s a whole new sunshine for valanka in goa. After her defeat in Goa Assembly polls last year. She has been laying low with her political profile for a quite some time but now she is most likely to be appointed as the Goa Congress Mahila Chairman.

If sources are to believed then she is actually a rising star after, it appears that after of year of people-afflicted hibernation, the once powerful South Goa political family is making its in-roads back into the Goa political scene, with Churchill Alemao appearing to be a favored candidate over Francisco Sardinha for the South Goa MP ticket

“You necessarily don’t have to be political in politics says, valanka”

Sources in both the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) have confirmed that of the names submitted to the high command, which also included the current Youth Congress President Pratima Coutinho, Valanka Alemao has been finalized, though the written communication will only come once the entire reshuffling of the GPCC is conducted.

Interestingly, Yuri Alemao taking over the reins of the NCP Youth wing in the state and now Valanka Alemao likely to become the Goa Mahila Congress chairman.

It also interesting to note that both at AICC and GPCC, the current Youth President Pratima Coutinho appears to have not found favor with senior leaders, especially over her performance as the Youth president during the time of the election and also controversies with local leaders, an AICC senior leader revealed.


Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today joined Indian Film Festival of Melbourne ambassador and one of India’s leading actors, Vidya Balan, to launch the 2013 festival program in India’s film heartland, Mumbai.

“The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a wonderful demonstration of our growing cultural links and shows the creativity and innovation that Melbourne and Mumbai are both famous for,” Ms Asher said.

“To be held from 3-15 May, the 2013 festival will celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema and will showcase and provide audiences some of the most celebrated films of the last century including the very first Indian film Raja Harishchandra (1913).

“I’m also delighted to announce that the festival will close with the Australian premiere of The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012).

“In addition to screening a diverse array of films from India, the festival will also showcase a number of films from the sub-continent.

“The festival will host prominent Indian filmmakers and screen professionals and also provide an interactive program of master classes.”

For the second year, Indian film star Vidya Balan will return to Melbourne as the festival’s ambassador.

Ms Asher said Ms Balan’s love of India and Victoria promotes the festival to a far-reaching and diverse audience.

“We all know Ms Balan has a great love for her homeland, and she also has a love for Melbourne,” Ms Asher said.

Among the guests of the 2013 festival will be Mrs Pamela Chopra, visiting Melbourne to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late husband, Mr Yash Chopra. The award will acknowledge his contribution to film and his special relationship with Victoria. The festival will pay rich tribute to the legendary filmmaker, including screening his final film Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Other esteemed guests from the industry joining the festival will be Simi Garewal, Prabhudeva, Kabir Khan, Farha Khan, Avtar Panesar and Onir.

Ms Asher said the Victorian Government is committed to strengthening Victoria’s association with India as well as developing mutual understanding of our respective screen industries.

The festival plays a significant role in promoting Victoria as a cosmopolitan multicultural centre for screen excellence.

“Victoria’s diverse locations have a lot to offer Indian productions. Victoria is renowned for its striking modern and historic architecture. And we enjoy some of the world’s most spectacular scenery,” Ms Asher said.

Ms Asher highlighted the link between the festival and recent initiatives undertaken by the Victoria Government in support of the local film industry.

“The festival complements a number of initiatives the government has implemented to strengthen ties between the Victorian and Indian film industries,” she said.

“Last year, the Victorian Government launched a new three-year fellowship program, the Screen Skills – International Fellowships, to support Victorian screen practitioners to gain international experience with production companies in India, North America and the United Kingdom.

“The Victorian Government, through Film Victoria, also delivers the Victoria/India Co-production initiative, aimed at fostering relationships and encouraging co-production or joint partnerships between the Victorian and Indian film and television industries.”

Mitu Bhowmick-Lange, Festival Director of Mind Blowing Films said that the festival was very excited to be showcasing such a dynamic program that not only delivers the best of Indian films over the last year but also captures its journey over the last 100 years.

“We are certain that audiences will be delighted with this year’s program and take the opportunity to engage with some of India’s most celebrated filmmakers,” Ms Bhowmick-Lange said.

Mr Asher is in Mumbai, India, as part of the Victorian Government’s current Super Trade Mission to India, which includes delegates representing more than 140 leading Victorian organisations and businesses.

For more information on the 2013 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne visit www.iffm.com.au/.

About the Victorian Government Business Office in India

The Victorian Government Business Office in Bangalore provides an extensive range of support services for Indian companies looking to do business in Victoria. The office, established in 2005, promotes trade and investment in a number of key sectors including information and communication technology, tourism and associated direct air access, as well as the promotion of international education services, financial services and life sciences. Other priorities include promoting Victoria’s capabilities in infrastructure and construction, aviation and commercial aerospace, food, sports and events and life sciences sectors.

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