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NYIFF 2020 Going Virtual and Will Screen 40 Films, Documentaries Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is going virtual for its 20th edition amid the coronavirus pandemic. The digital movie gala will stream over 40 feature films, shorts and documentaries from the Indian subcontinent, including Vibha Bakshi’s National Award-winning project “Son Rise” and Tanuja Chandra’s documentary “Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha”. The festival, which is scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 2, will screen feature and non-feature projects in various Indian languages including Assamese, Bengali, Haryanvi, Hindi, English, Ladakhi, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali and Tamil. Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Rescheduled to Late 2020 Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The festival, usually held around April-May every year in Manhattan, was postponed this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “We were disappointed to postpone this year’s New York Indian Film Festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we are thrilled to bring the virtual edition of the festival with the same films we had selected for NYIFF 2020,” NYIFF festival director Aseem Chhabra said in a statement. Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), the leading cultural organisation that presents the festival, said the virtual edition will enable audiences not just in New York but across North America to view films, some of which will also have a global reach. Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne To Be Held In October! (Read Details)

“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of theaters but we believe that in such trying times arts, including films are even more important for the community’s well-being. So, this year we have decided to bring the films directly into your living rooms.” IAAC Vice Chairman Rakesh Kaul said.

The festival will open with Geetha J’s Malayalam film “Run Kalyani”, a drama cantered around the protagonist Kalyani, a young woman who works as a cook while also taking care of her ailing aunt. The closing film will be Geethu Mohandas’ “Moothon”, a story about love and loss that travels from serene, untouched beaches of Lakshdweep to the hustle-bustle of the streets of Mumbai.

Produced by Anurag Kashyap, “Moothon” had premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Bakshi’s “Son Rise”, which won the National Award for Best non feature film in 2019, will be among the two centerpieces that the festival will host this year. NYIFF said in a press release that Son Rise is a “powerful documentary that explores how patriarchy is so deep rooted in parts of India, especially in the state of Haryana.” UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was the guest of honour at the premiere of “Son Rise” in Mumbai last year.

Mlambo-Ngcuka had said at the premiere that “the beautiful thing about the arts is that it reflects our thoughts, it changes our minds, it demonstrates our foolishness, it brings tears to our eyes, but it (also) leaves us with a profound opportunity to reflect.” The second centerpiece is director Tanuja Chandra’s documentary ‘Aunty Sudha, Aunty Radha’ which explores the lives of her two paternal aunts – sisters and widows, who live together in an ancestral house in a village in Uttar Pradesh.

A conversation session is being planned with acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee, whose films “Bhonsle”, “Aligarh”, “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “Chittagong” have previously been screened at the festival. The NYIFF is the oldest Indian film event in North America. Over the years, the festival has held New York premieres of a wide range of films, many of them critically-acclaimed, including “Monsoon Wedding”, “The Namesake”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Shahid”, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” and “Gangs of Wasseypur”.

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Rajasthan Political Crisis: Six ‘BSP MLAs’ Move Supreme Court, Seek Transfer of Case on Merger With Congress From HC

Six MLAs who had won in the 2018 Rajasthan assembly elections on the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket moved the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking the transfer of the case against their merger with the Congress to the top judicial body.

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Jaipur, August 8: Six MLAs who had won in the 2018 Rajasthan assembly elections on the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket moved the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking the transfer of the case against their merger with the Congress to the top judicial body. The proceedings in their case is currently underway in the Rajasthan High Court. BSP Twist to Rajasthan Political Row: Mayawati’s Party to File Plea in HC Tomorrow Against Merger of Its 6 MLAs With Congress.

The six legislators – R Gudha, Lakhan Singh, Deep Chand, JS Awana, Sandeep Kumar and Wajib Ali – had joined the Congress en masse in September 2019. Speaker CP Joshi had approved their merger as the entire legislature party of the BSP in Rajasthan had switched camps.

The BSP, led by former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, moved the High Court on July 28 with a plea challenging their merger. The party claimed that since it is registered as a “national political party”, such a merger could be validated only if all state units of the BSP merge with the Congress.

The case filed by BSP in the Rajasthan HC was preceded by a whip issued to the six MLAs, directing them to vote against the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the state in case of a trust vote.

If the High Court order annuls their merger with Congress and rules that the MLAs still belong to the BSP, they would be required to adhere to the party whip. If the legislators violate the whip issued to them in case of a trust vote, their membership of the House could be cancelled.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Aug 08, 2020 05:44 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Snakes Glide Up on Trees in Shivamogga As Water Level in Karnataka’s Tunga River Rises After Heavy Rainfall (Watch Video)

Video of snakes resting on a tree as the water level in River Tunga increased due to heavy rain in Shivamogga has gone viral. Heavy rainfall in Karnataka has to lead to a flood-like situation in the state.

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Video of snakes resting on a tree as the water level in River Tunga increased due to heavy rain in Shivamogga has gone viral. Heavy rainfall in Karnataka has to lead to a flood-like situation in the state. Video of snakes gliding on trees to save themselves from the flowing water is being widely shared on social platforms. Snakes were seen coiling around stems to avoid the river banks. The video shows two snakes on a brand as water gushes beneath them. The clip further shows the river which is overflowing its banks. Karnataka Rains: Temple Submerged in Water Due to Overflowing of Hemavathi River in Hassan (Watch Video)

Karnataka has been experiencing incessant rainfall and thunderstorms causing landslides and floods. Border regions such as Belagavi district have also been witnessing rising water levels in River Krishna. It has been due to swelling of the river’s tributaries caused by heavy rains in Maharashtra. River Cauvery river is also overflowing and has submerged Bhagamandala temple, blocking connecting roads in the district. Karnataka Rains: Kodagu District Faces Flood-Like Situation Due to Heavy Rainfall, River Hemavathi and River Cauvery Flow Over Danger Mark; See Pics.

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A three-month-old baby was rescued by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) at Balegundi village of Kodagu district in the state. The Cauvery river too is overflowing and its floodwaters have inundated the Bhagamandala temple, blocking major connecting roads in the district. There have also been landslides near Botlappa and other areas of Kodagu, along with Charmadi ghat near Chikmagalur and Dakshina Kannada. Uttara Kannada and Shivamogga are some of the districts that also been flooded due to continuous heavy rains. Water being released from dams into the state is another reason for the floods

(The above story first appeared on onhike on Aug 08, 2020 12:26 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Air India Express Plane Crash: Self-Quarantine and COVID-19 Tests for People Involved in Rescue Operations at Kozhikode Airport, Says Kerala Health Minister

Kochi, August 8: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Saturday announced that people who were engaged in rescue operations at Kozhikode

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Air India Express Plane Crash: Self-Quarantine and COVID-19 Tests for People Involved in Rescue Operations at Kozhikode Airport, Says Kerala Health Minister

Kochi, August 8: Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Saturday announced that people who were engaged in rescue operations at Kozhikode Airport should go into self-quarantine. The official added saying that the State Government of Kerala will conduct the COVID-19 tests of everyone who were involved in humanitarian assistance at the accident site. “All those who were involved in rescue operations at Kozhikode Airport should go into self-quarantine. State Government to conduct coronavirus tests of all”, KK Shailaja said.

The people who have been asked to go into self-quarantine are the ones who were engaged in the rescue operations at the Kozhikode airport after Air India Express flight skidded off the runway on Friday. The flight that had a crash-landing had returned from Dubai under the Vande Bharat mission. There were 190 people onboard of which 18 people have died so far, including two pilots. Reports inform that the plane plunged 35 feet into the valley below, as it landed on its second attempt amid heavy rain in the southern state. Air India Express Plane Crash Update: 18 Dead Including 2 Pilots.

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All those who were involved in rescue operations at Kozhikode Airport should go into self-quarantine. State Government to conduct #COVID19 tests of all: KK Shailaja, Kerala Health Minister (file pic) pic.twitter.com/Lldp3G7xwd

— ANI (@ANI) August 8, 2020

The Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) has been recovered from the aircraft while the floorboard is being cut to retrieve Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said.

In the wake of the incident, investigating officials from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), top officials of Air India and Air India Express have reached Kozhikode from New Delhi on Saturday. The officials will probe the cause of accident at the Kozhikode airport where an Air India Express plane skidded and fell into a valley killing 18 passengers, including the two pilots and injuring many others on Friday evening.

(The above story first appeared on onhike on Aug 08, 2020 10:52 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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