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52nd IFFI in Goa to go live from November 20 in a hybrid avatar

The International Film Festival of India will feature 148 films from 73 countries & have 12 world premiers

Titled to be one of the greatest cinematic shows in India, the 52nd edition of IFFI at Goa is slated to go live in an all-new hybrid avatar, on November 20. An offline-online combination screening format has been adopted for this year's programme in wake of the COVID-19 situation in the coastal state, informed Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad. The official also announced the select screening of 18 specially curated films to flag off the ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration at IFFI.

IFFI 52: Bigger & Better

Scaling high on the popularity chart among movie critics and buffs, the 52nd IFFI had received a total of 624 films from 95 countries, engaging the participation of about 69 more nations than the previous edition. Reportedly, the International Film Festival of India 2021 will feature a total of 148 films, from 73 countries and will have 12 world premiers.

Not only this but IFFI's vernacular reach is also set to expand this year, as the Indian Panorama section will open with the premiere of the Dimasa dialect 'Smekhor'. Directed by Aimee Baruah, this is the first-ever film made in Dimasa speech, popular among an ethnolinguistic community of Assam. On the other hand, screening of 'Ved …The Visionary' (English), directed by Rajiv Parkash will open the non-feature segment, under this label.

IFFI to host International Premier of 'The King of All The World'

The 52nd Film Festival of India will open with the release of 'The King of All The World' ('El Rey de Todo El Mundo'), directed by the Spanish master, Carlos Saura. This will also mark the movie's first international premiere. Besides, the Indian premiere of 'The Power of the Dog' will also attract movie buffs to IFFI, from all across the globe. Brought to IFFI by Netflix, this Jane Campion's directorial will be aired as the 'Mid Fest Film' in Goa.

Dubbed to be one of the most significant film festivals in Asia, IFFI will witness the participation of various artistes, actors and directors, including Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, who chaired the international jury. Make a note Cinephiles, the 52nd IFFI will wrap up on November 28 with the premiere of Asghar Farhadi's 'A Hero', which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. And if you want to reel through a week-long movie-mania, make sure to tune into its iconic celebrations, with a bowl of popcorn by your side!

SGPGI in Lucknow to get a helipad; Air-ambulance service to begin soon!

As per the officials of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute, this facility is aimed to boost organ transplant across Uttar Pradesh.

Augmenting the existing medical infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow's Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute (SGPGI) is all set to start air ambulance services soon. As per the official report, the administration has given a go ahead for this new facility and the construction of helipad is about to begin by 2022 January. Notably, the PGI administration has already filed a detailed project report for this upcoming facility.

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Eternal Hospital in Jaipur performs more than 3000 TAVI/TAVR procedures!

Notably, this path-breaking procedure was performed for the first time in Rajasthan in 2016, at Eternal Hospital.

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Goa issues fresh guidelines for travellers in wake of Omicron rise

The new guidelines cover both Domestic and International passengers.

The Goa government has laid down new rules for domestic and international travellers. The tightened security is a result of the rise in cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, across the country. Previously, the government had issues guidelines that specifically applied to international passengers from the 12 'high-risk' countries.

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Traffic to remain affected for 3 days in Lucknow on account of 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh' Event

Here's a list of route diversions in Lucknow due to the upcoming 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh Event'

Lucknow's traffic management system has been altered on account of the 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh Event', commemorating the golden Jubilee (50-years) of India's stellar victory during the 1971 Bangladeshi Liberation War. Set to be held at Vidhan Sabha on Thursday, this mega celebration will result in intense roadblocks in the heart of the city. As such, the Lucknow administration has devised two action plans, namely A and B, to avert any traffic inconvenience and regulate vehicular movements with ease. Check all route diversions here:

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Omicron in Rajasthan: 9 people in Jaipur test positive for the new COVID variant!

With 9 cases in Jaipur, Omicron variant of COVID enters Rajasthan!

On Sunday, nine people in Jaipur tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID19. As per the reports, these residents of the Adarsh Nagar were found positive for the new strain of the novel coronavirus during the genome sequencing of the samples at the Sawai Man Singh Hospital. With these additions in Rajasthan, the cumulative count of this 'variant of concern' in India has reached 21 now.

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Indian Navy unfurls World's Largest National Flag in Mumbai

The exhibit coincides with Navy Day Celebrations

On Saturday, the Western Naval Command exhibited the world's largest national flag at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The flag overlooks the Gateway of India. This move is a part of Navy Day celebrations, and is meant to commemorate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav i.e. 75 years since Independence.

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Amid Omicron scare, 5 new patients tested positive for COVID in Lucknow on Sunday

All patients are in home isolation & are being monitored through the COVID Command Centre.

Amid the rising fear of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, 5 new cases of Covid-19 (Older variants) have gripped Lucknow. This new tally includes three cases from the same household and a single independent case from Vibhuti Khand which record an inter-state travel history. Notably, one more case was detected in Indira Nagar. All patients are under home isolation and being monitored through the COVID Command Centre, added reports.

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