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NCLT (Judicial) Member Challenges His Transfer In Delhi High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesNCLT (Judicial) Member Challenges His Transfer In Delhi High Court Nilashish Chaudhary30 May 2020 5:34 AMShare This – xA member (judicial) of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has moved the Delhi High Court against the order transferring him from the Mumbai Bench to the Kolkata Bench of NCLT. The challenge is with respect to two transfer orders, dated April 30 and May 12, through which a number of members posted in various cities were transferred to different cities. This includes the transfer of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA member (judicial) of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has moved the Delhi High Court against the order transferring him from the Mumbai Bench to the Kolkata Bench of NCLT. The challenge is with respect to two transfer orders, dated April 30 and May 12, through which a number of members posted in various cities were transferred to different cities. This includes the transfer of the Acting President of NCLT, by the Acting President of NCLT, from Chennai to Mumbai. Thus, such orders are contended to be “in violation of the statutory provisions of law, the rules of transfer and also the law laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in this regard.” The petitioner, who was appointed as a judicial member in May 2019 and posted in Mumbai, apprises the Court of the Order dated May 12, whereby it is informed that BSV Prakash Kumar, the Acting President, has been transferred to Mumbai by the competent Authority. The competent authority to order transfers is the President himself, adds the petitioner. Apropos this, the petitioner goes on to highlight that the Order dated May 12, through which he was transferred to Kolkata, and a separate Order with the same date, through which Kumar was transferred to Mumbai, do not specify the authority under which they were passed. Further, it is informed that Kumar was transferred out of Mumbai vide order dated 18.9.2018, the present transfer order is against the law. “The action of the Respondent No.2 (Acting President, NCLT) in issuing the transfer orders transferring Petitioner, is in violation of rule 15A of the NCLT (Salary, Allowances & other Terms and Conditions of Service of President and other Members) Rules, 2015, as amended from time to time as also the law laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. The “competent authority” is the President of the NCLT, so effectively, the second respondent has ordered his own transfer to Mumbai. Further, since Respondent no. 2 was transferred out of Mumbai on 18.09.2018, the transfer is in violation of Rule 15A(2)(d) of the NCLT Rules.” The petitioner, Rajasekhar VK, also argues that the President of NCLT must function from the Principal Bench located in Delhi, and cannot transfer himself while acting in such capacity. Furthermore, it is stated that Kumar has been functioning out of Chennai, in violation of the law. By transferring himself to Mumbai now, he continues to violate the provisions of law, adds the petitioner. “Section 419(2) of the Companies Act, 2013 stipulates that the Principal Bench of the NCLT shall be at New Delhi which shall be presided over by the President of the Tribunal. Despite this specific mandate of the law, the second respondent has been holding court from Chennai and not from principal seat of NCLT in New Delhi, in violation of the law. And, now by transferring himself to Mumbai from Chennai, he continues to violate the statutory provisions of law and the law as laid by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.” In addition, Rajasekhar has also questioned Kumar’s qualifications to act as the President of NCLT. Citing the judgment of a Constitutional Bench in Union of India v. Madras Bar Association, it is argued that it was specifically held that an NCLT President must be a sitting or former Judge of the High Court, which Kumar is/was not. “It is also submitted that the second respondent-Acting President only worked as District Judge, and as member Company Law Board and thereafter member Judicial NCLT therefore not being a High Court judge, he is not eligible to be appointed as President”, states the petition. Citing the same judgment, the petitioner has questioned the authority under which the transfer Orders were issued. It is illegal to issue such an order in the absence of consultation through the Law Ministry, he contends. “…in absence of any consultation or order passed by the Central Government through its Law department, orders of transfer of members of NCLT are illegal, being against the decision of the Constitution Bench judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, which is law under Article 141 of the Constitution of India and binding on courts and tribunals throughout India.” In this light, it has been prayed that the transfer orders be set aside as illegal, and status quo be ordered regarding current postings in NCLT. The petitioner further urges the Court to appoint an ‘eligible member’ as the President of NCLT and further direct the President, Acting or newly appointed, to function out of the Principal Bench in New Delhi. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Wickham wanders back to Wearside

first_img A Sunderland club statement said: “Striker Connor Wickham has returned from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday. “The England Under-21 international joined the Yorkshire club in early February and scored one goal in four starts plus a further two substitute appearances. “Wickham, who has scored once in nine games for Sunderland this season, is available for Sunday’s home game against Norwich.” The 19-year-old joined the Owls on a temporary basis on February 8 and scored one goal – a 70th-minute winner at Leicester on Saturday – in his six appearances. However, with Martin O’Neill’s men hovering precariously above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone ahead of Norwich’s visit to the Stadium of Light on Sunday, Sunderland have declined to extend Wickham’s stay in South Yorkshire. Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has returned from his loan spell at npower Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, the Black Cats have confirmed.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Man United 4 Newcastle 1

first_imgCelebration after Greenwood strikes. PHOTO MAN UNITED MEDIA Martial Greenwood Rashford MartialMartial double fires Man Utd in Newcastle routManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Anthony Martial’s double and a Mason Greenwood rocket fired Manchester United to a 4-1 win against Newcastle that lifted the mood at Old Trafford after their recent struggles.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side slumped to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at lowly Watford last weekend to raise fresh questions about the United manager’s ability to inspire his players.When Matty Longstaff put Newcastle ahead in the first half on Thursday, Solskjaer’s critics were sharpening their knives again.But Martial rode to Solskjaer’s rescue with the equaliser and Greenwood’s thunderbolt put United ahead before Marcus Rashford rounded off a first half blitz.Martial netted again after the interval as United ended a two-match winless run in the Premier League and moved into seventh place, just four points behind fourth placed Chelsea in the race to qualify for the Champions League.United’s failure to match the levels they showed in their recent win at champions Manchester City during lacklustre efforts against Watford and Everton had put Solskjaer’s future in the spotlight again.The Norwegian insisted he retains the support of United owners the Glazer family, but he could hardly afford another setback against mid-table opponents like Newcastle.Scott McTominay tried too hard to set the tone for United when he crunched into a studs-high tackle on Sean Longstaff that earned him the fastest Premier League booking of the season after just 40 seconds.That was part of a spluttering start from United and Dwight Gayle should have put Newcastle ahead from Joelinton’s pass, but the striker blazed high into the Stretford End.It was a warning that Solskjaer’s men failed to heed as Newcastle took the lead in the 17th minute.Matty Longstaff had scored the winner against United on his Premier League debut in October.The 19-year-old midfielder was making just his third appearance since that dream debut at St James’ Park and this was his first goal since. – Greenwood sparkles –Stepping past Luke Shaw, he produced a fine low finish after Joelinton showed impressive composure to tee up Longstaff inside the penalty area.Now without a clean-sheet in 14 league games, United needed a quick response to lift the gloom and Martial got a helping hand as he delivered the equaliser in the 24th minute.Andreas Pereira’s neat lay-off from Shaw’s pass gave Martial a sight of goal and French striker’s low shot squirmed under a weak attempted save from Martin Dubravka at his near post.Newcastle had contributed to their own downfall on that occasion and Greenwood punished more sloppy defending to put United in front in the 36th minute.Greenwood, making just his third Premier League start, has been one of the few bright spots in a frustrating season.The 18-year-old showcased his vast potential when he seized on Fabian Schar’s wayward pass and crashed a sublime strike past Dubravka from 20 yards for his eighth goal of the season.United had all the momentum and increased their lead in the 41st minute, with Rashford climbing highest to power a header into the roof of the net from Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s pin-point cross despite Newcastle appeals for a foul in the build-up.Following Rashford’s 15th club goal this season, Solskjaer sent on Pogba at half-time for his second appearance since returning from a lengthy ankle injury.It was Pogba’s compatriot Martial who put the result beyond doubt in the 51st minute.Sean Longstaff’s woeful attempted back-pass from near the halfway line was intercepted by Martial and he raced into the area before clipping his shot over Dubravka.Martial was inches away from a hat-trick when his long-range blast hit the post.smg/nrShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Chiefs send Leafs to fifth straight loss, double the Green and White 6-3 in Central Okanagan City

first_imgBefore the weekend, like any optimistic coach, Leaf skipper Frank Maida said the Heritage City squad was gunning for six points as the club set out on a three-game road trip through the Okanagan Conference of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Now the Leafs will be lucky to get two.Shawn Holliday scored four times to spark the Kelowna Chiefs to a 6-3 victory over the Leafs Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.The loss is the fifth consecutive defeat as a once promising season for the Leafs looks to be in jeopardy. Kelowna defeated Nelson September 23rd, 4-3 in overtime.During the opening tilt of the weekend Friday in Princeton, a 4-2 loss, a poor start proved costly to the Leafs.Saturday it was a second period that turned the tables on Nelson as the Chiefs broke open a 1-1 game by scoring three times — two of the markers coming on the power play.Nelson opened the game out shooting the Chiefs 13-9 before Kelowna regained control of the game, finishing the contest with a 32-30 advantage.Kirk Reeve and former Leaf Landon Andrusiak also scored for Kelowna, winners of four straight after going through a steak the team lost six of seven games.Matti Jmaeff, with his first goal in seven games, Colton Schell and Max Mois replied for Nelson.The Leafs have little time to regroup to try to stop the bleeding as Nelson travels to Osoyoos today to meet the defending KIJHL champion, Coyotes.Nelson completes the six-game road trip Thursday in Fernie against the Ghostriders.Next home game for the Leafs is Saturday, November 12 when winless Grand Forks Border Bruins visit the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. contest.LEAF NOTES: The losing streak has dropped the Leafs out of the Murdoch Division penthouse as Nelson, 12-8-0-1, trails the Beaver Valley Nitehawks by three points. The Leafs are now in danger of falling deeper in the division as third-place Castlegar Rebels are now only one point behind the Leafs with three games in hand. . . .Nelson’s leading goal scorer Patrick Martens registered a pair of assists in the game. Martens had his 14-game point streak snapped Friday in Princeton. However, Martens has only scored once in four games. . . .Nelson is minus forward Nik Newman for the weekend. Newman had points in seven previous games. . . .If Leaf defenceman Blake Arcuri didn’t have any bad luck, the second-year player would have no luck at all. After missing the first month of the season with off-season shoulder surgery, the Nelson native suffered a fluke thumb injury during an October 19th game victory against Beaver Valley. Arcuri finished the game despite the injury. But further diagnosis revealed the Leaf defenceman would be out of the lineup for at least six [email protected]last_img read more

Pope Benedict visits Africa

first_imgThe pope celebrates mass during his visit to Brazil in 2007. (Image: Wikimedia) Pope Benedict in the specially-designed popemobile, which provides security while giving the faithful greater visibility of their leader. (Image: Wikimedia) Former US president George W. Bush and Pope Benedict XVI walk along the WhiteHouse colonnade in 2008.(Image: Wikimedia) Pope John Paul II in traditional regalia during an early visit to Africa. (Image: Society of Christ for Polish abroad)Janine ErasmusPope Benedict XVI makes his maiden visit to Africa in mid-March. The pontiff sets foot on African soil for the first time on 17 March when he arrives in Cameroon, and later in the week he is set to visit Angola.The Holy Father, who assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church in 2005, has a full schedule for the week of his African sojourn. During his three-day stay in Yaoundé, Cameroon, he will start off by meeting with Cameroonian president Paul Biya, followed by meetings with the bishops of Cameroon as well as representatives from the Muslim faith in that country.During his meeting with Biya, who has been in office since 1982, Benedict is expected to press for strong measures to curb government corruption. Corruption has brought Cameroon to its knees and was declared the most corrupt nation on earth more than once by the German-based anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International.The international watchdog releases an annual Corruption Perceptions Index which rates countries on a scale from one to 10 – the higher the score, the less corrupt the country. Out of 180 countries surveyed in 2008, South Africa is number 54 on the list with a current score of 4.9, and overall has managed to improve its rating in small increments in recent years. The country is the third least corrupt in Africa, coming in behind Botswana (36) and Cape Verde (47).The German-born pope will also say a number of public and private masses and will brief Africa’s bishops on the topics for discussion at the upcoming Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, taking place at the Vatican in October 2009.Heading southBenedict XVI flies to Luanda, Angola, on 20 March where once again he will meet with the president of his host country, in this case José Eduardo dos Santos, who has served as Angola’s leader since 1979. Another top-level gathering with authorities and members of the diplomatic corps will be followed by a meeting with the bishops of Angola and São Tomé.The pope is expected to say a celebratory mass in honour of the 500th anniversary of the evangelisation of Angola, formerly a Portuguese colony. Angola became independent on 11 November 1975 but to a large degree the country has retained the religion of its former master, with about 56% of its Christians practising the Catholic faith.Almost 40% of Cameroon’s population of 18-million is Christian, and of those, Catholics make up about 26% of the population overall. The faithful are concentrated in the francophone provinces of the southern and western regions of the country.The Catholic Church remains strong in many other parts of Africa, with vocations on the increase, and Benedict’s visit is expected to bring many more into the fold. In Western countries faith appears to be dwindling, causing the Church much concern, but in Africa and Asia religious communities are thriving.These days many parishes in Europe and North America are tended by an African priest. Missionary activity is also on the rise, according to the Vatican’s own newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.In both countries the pope will mingle with communities, the youth and women’s groups. Since assuming the mantle of pontiff in 2005, 81-year-old Benedict has travelled widely through Europe, and has also visited Brazil (2007), and the US and Australia (both 2008).His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, travelled extensively through Africa, visiting the continent many times. John Paul visited Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya three times each, and Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria twice each. He made a single visit to a further 34 African countries, including Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Mauritius and South Africa. At the time of his death the globe-trotting pontiff had made more foreign visits than any other pope.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesSA faiths unite for climateSouth Africa’s populationUseful linksThe VaticanTransparency InternationalCatholic Church in AngolaCatholic Church in CameroonStatistics on the Catholic Church in Angola and Cameroonlast_img read more

2010 and the fall of the Berlin Wall

first_img13 November 2009This week marked the 20th anniversary of the unification of Germany, an event that symbolises some extraordinary parallels between the hosts of the 2006 and 2010 editions of the World Cup.When Germany and South Africa slugged it out for the rights to host the tournament in 2006, they both used two of the most momentous events of the 20th century – the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of apartheid – as campaigning tools. And these two momentous events are inextricably interlinked. While East Germany provided military training and weapons to liberation movements in southern Africa, West Germany had established extensive trade ties in the region. The fall of the Berlin Wall, which ended the Cold War and East-West rivalries, also played a significant role in the collapse of apartheid.Less than three months after the wall fell, former President FW De Klerk announced the lifting of a state of emergency and the unbanning of the ANC, SA Communist Party and other bodies which paved the way for the release of Nelson Mandela.Both countries had undergone extraordinary revolutions and both countries staked their claim to hosting the biggest single-code sporting event on the planet.Closest vote in Fifa historyThese were issues that no doubt played on the minds of Fifa’s executive committee members when they voted in Zurich on July 7, 2000. It was the closest ballot in the governing body’s history with one (disputed) vote costing post-apartheid South Africa the rights to host the tournament.Acknowledging that without the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification a year later the tournament would not have taken place in Germany, the organising committee announced that the 2006 Final Draw would be held in Leipzig, a city in eastern Germany which was part of the old communist bloc.“We want to demonstrate that the 2006 World Cup is taking place in a different country from the 1974 World Cup,” said legendary German player, coach and administrator Franz Beckenbauer.Land of IdeasIt marked the start of an extraordinary social revolution that saw the country transformed by one mega sporting event. The “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative used the opportunity to improve the economy, attract international investment and produce a safe, profitable and spectacular tournament.The hosts may not have made it to the final but, at the end of the day, it didn’t seem to matter. Images of millions of football-loving supporters, draped in black, red and gold were flashed around the world. Germany, it seemed, had momentarily transcended its troubled legacy and liberated itself.The bitter controversy over the disputed vote for the rights to host 2006 was now long forgotten. As part of their peace offerings, the victors of that battle pledged to assist South Africa with its preparations for 2010.As a result, some of the world’s finest stadium designers, structural engineers, security experts and other authorities set their sights on modifying and improving Germany’s 2006 model.Lesssons of 2006As South Africa, prepares to host the word in just seven months, it would do well to heed the lessons of 2006. As the country continues to grapple with its post-apartheid social problems, it cannot lose sight of the enormous hurdles it has already cleared.This week, 2010 Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan told tourist leaders in London that winning the rights to host the 2010 World Cup might have been a bigger moment than the end of apartheid: “I think it was almost a second liberation for us, it was a huge moment of joy … the second affirmation of the worth of our country.”Either way, the 2010 World Cup presents us with our best chance of creating a model of unification to resolve many of the social problems facing us.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

Africa’s high growth potential cities

first_img30 January 2013Accra, Lusaka and Luanda, the capitals of Ghana, Zambia and Angola respectively, are the sub-Saharan African cities with the highest potential for growth over the next five years, according to the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index released in Johannesburg on Tuesday.“As the entire African continent with its population of over one-billion people is going through a fundamental transformation, this new index puts a spotlight on the economic and human factors driving urban growth over the next five years,” Mastercard said in a statement.The index, developed in the final quarter of 2012 by Professor George Angelopulo of the University of South Africa (Unisa), was launched at the second Africa Knowledge Forum in Johannesburg.Johannesburg, Durban, Cape TownJohannesburg was the highest ranked South African city in the index, coming in at 8th position out of the 19 cities surveyed, followed by Durban (10th) and Cape Town (11th). [Full ranking of cities below.]“Johannesburg, although already a strong economic powerhouse city in Africa, achieved lower scores in certain categories as a result of lower growth expectations due to its relative maturity when compared to other African cities,” Mastercard said.“For example, the expected growth of the middle class population is higher from cities such as Accra and Luanda than it is for Johannesburg, which has seen a growing middle class since the change of government in 1994.”Factors affecting cities’ growth potentialThe index rankings were developed from published historical and projected data on typical factors affecting cities’ growth, including economic data, governance levels, ease of doing business, infrastructure and human development factors, and population growth levels.“Some of the key reasons for Accra emerging as a high growth city include its gross domestic product per capita growth over the past three years, its projected population and household consumption growth, its strong regulatory environment, and the relative ease of doing business in this city compared to other African cities,” Angelopulo said.“While many of these larger and more established cities offer the expected potential for growth, other less prominent ones are quietly establishing themselves as those with even higher growth potential,” he added.“This is primarily due to high scores on accelerated growth factors that include health, education, governance, infrastructure development, and the ease of doing business in those cities.”Importance of regulatory environmentsHarare (Zimbabwe), Kano (Nigeria), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) and Khartoum (Sudan) were deemed to have the lowest growth potential of the 19 cities examined in the study.While these cities scored well in some categories, such as health and levels of foreign direct investment, the study found that their potential for growth was affected by low scores in areas such as political and regulatory environments, historical economic growth and ease of doing business.“One of Africa’s key economic and social challenges is how its cities attract significant inward investment by being globally competitive, serving as magnets for investment and growth, hot-spots of innovation and, most importantly, developing attractive and thriving business environments,” Angelopulo said.A rapidly urbanising continentMichael Miebach, MasterCard president for Middle East and Africa, noted that Africa “is a region where the lines between the developed and developing worlds are dissipating owing to various economic, demographic and technological factors. Most of these factors have been associated with the increased urbanization of the continent.“Therefore, understanding the long-term growth potential of Africa’s cities, and the resultant increase in African urban consumers, has never been as important.”According to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the urban population of Africa is expected to triple from 395-million in 2009 to 1.23-billion in 2050, by which time 60% of all Africans are expected to be living in urban areas.“This growth in urbanization, combined with the fact that the center of global economic gravity is shifting to dynamic emerging markets such as those found in Africa, means that the continent’s cities will play a much bigger role in driving the economic growth of their respective countries,” Miebach said.The rankingThe cities and their ranking on the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index 2012-2017 is as follows:Accra, GhanaLusaka, ZambiaLuanda, AngolaDar es Salaam, TanzaniaAddis Ababa, EthiopiaNairobi, KenyaKampala, UgandaJohannesburg, South AfricaKinshasa, Democratic Republic of CongoDurban, South AfricaCape Town, South AfricaMombasa, KenyaLagos, NigeriaAbuja, NigeriaDakar, SenegalHarare, ZimbabweKano, NigeriaAbidjan, Cote d’IvoireKhartoum, SudanSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A strong South African presence at Tiff

first_img10 September 2015Four South African features and one short have been selected to be screened at Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), starting today in Canada.The films are Oliver Hermanus’s Endless River, Charlie Vundla’s Cuckold, Zamo Mkhwanazi’s The Call, Jihan El-Tahri’s Nasser and Ben Russell’s YOLO.A 20-member South African delegation, led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is also at the 40th edition of Tiff, which ends on 20 September. The aim of the trip is to promote South Africa’s attractiveness as a film destination to filmmakers attending the festival, and to provide exposure to emerging South African filmmakers.“The participation of South African filmmakers in Tiff is part of the DTI’s strategy to create access to local film and video products and promote an increase in the volume of film production in South Africa,” said DTI Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina.The filmsMkhwanazi’s The Call is based in Joburg and explores the relationship between a taxi driver and a prostitute he impregnates. Tiff described it as an “arresting urban drama”.Watch the trailer here:Mkhwanazi was born in Durban, South Africa, and studied at the University of Cape Town.Vundla’s Cuckold, starring Terry Pheto, is about a disintegrating marriage in which problems are exacerbated following a menage a trois.Tiff described the movie as “surprising at every twist. Cuckold puts a new spin on the dramatic trope of the menage a trois, using it as a tool for dissecting a man’s emotional upheaval — and also as a means of debunking the false entitlements of chauvinism.”Watch the trailer here:Vundla was born in New York but is now based in Joburg. He studied journalism at George Washington University and film at the University of Southern California. Cuckold also marks the director’s debut as an actor.Hermanus’s Endless River centres on a young waitress in a small South African town who forms an unlikely bond with a widower following the brutal murder of his family.“Endless River is a character-driven drama of crime, sex, revenge, and redemption,” reads the Tiff website.Hermanus was born in Cape Town. He worked as a press photographer before completing his master’s degree at the London Film School. His previous features, Shirley Adams and Beauty were both screened at the festival.El-Tahri’s Nasser is a political documentary about army officer Gamal Abdel Nasser, who ruled Egypt for a decade, starting in 1954. During his reign, he defied the West throughout the 1956 Suez Crisis, co-found the international Non-Aligned Movement, and dramatically lost to Israel in the Six Day War.“Nasser is the first instalment of [the filmmaker’s] planned trilogy on ‘Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs’, which will also include films on Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak,” states the Tiff site.Born in Egypt, filmmaker El-Tahri is now based in South Africa.Russell’s YOLO was filmed in the remains of the historic Sans Souci Cinema in Soweto. It’s a “makeshift structuralist mash-up created in collaboration with the Eat My Dust youth collective from Soweto’s Kliptown district”.Reaping the rewardsMasina said the country had a growing reputation of being a global filming hotspot.“Through promoting South Africa as an international destination to attract further international productions and in encouraging the generation of local content production, the country will continue to enjoy the benefits of the vibrant and growing film industry.”He noted the industry generated approximately R3.5-billion into the South African economy and created more than 25 000 jobs last year.“South Africa has an existing co-production treaty with Canada, which was signed in 1997,” notes the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) site. “This official trip will also assist in strengthening relations between local and Canadian filmmakers, mapping the way forward to future co-productions that (will) benefit both the countries.”UpbeatSouth African filmmakers attending the festival feel positive about marketing their creations to the world.Pretoria filmmaker John Wani would like to negotiate with possible co-production partners, sales agents and international distributors for his movie, Sunnyside, about a drug lord who flees Mexico and settles in South Africa.“I am already in discussion with an international film director from Canada with the aim of turning Sunnyside into a film that can sell globally,” said Wani. “I’m optimistic that my trip to Toronto will be a success.”Nokulunga Jimana-Mntwapi will take a work-in-progress script and a trailer of her first movie Ndon’e bani’phi? (Who have I wronged where?). Her idea centres on a girl who is a product of incest. Jimana-Mntwapi would like to pitch her movie to potential international film buyers.Western Cape filmmaker Faghrie Salie would like to find an international film buyer for his company’s documentary, Inside, which shows the devastating impact of the gang culture and drugs in Western Cape.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

CWG: PM asks sports ministry for ‘relevant details’ on Aiyar’s letters

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked the Sports Ministry for “relevant details” regarding the letters written by former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar on last year’s Commonwealth Games.”The letters written by Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar referred to in a news item….are in the public domain….The Prime Minister has asked the Sports Ministry to provide relevant details in this regard,” a statement from the PMO said on Saturday.The statement also made a reference to Singh’s remarks on the subject during his interaction with the editors recently.”…Mani Shankar Aiyar wrote to me, but he wrote to me on purely ideological grounds–he was opposed to spending that much money on hosting the CWG,” Singh had said during the interaction.To a query from the Editors about the bloating budget for the sporting event, the Prime Minister had said “That is the job of his Ministry–to tell us because all the budgets were the responsibility of the Sports Ministry– they had to come to the Cabinet. I have no mechanism in the Prime Minister’s Office to look at all the minute details of the Budget. Mani Shankar Aiyar wrote many letters to me. These letters were all on ideological opposition to spend so much money on the Commonwealth Games, we should be doing more in other sectors. He did not bring to me anything wrong that was being done.”Saturday’s statement also said that the public may like to draw appropriate conclusions after going through these papers.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more