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Newsletter. Issue 2004-23. Nov. 13, 2004
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by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

IFFI preparations in full swing
The preparations for the infrastructure needed for the International Film Festival of India, which will begin later this month, have reached a feverish pitch. Plush reclining seats, cup holders, big screens will give a new twist to movie watching in theatres in Goa. The sleek multiplex at the old GMC complex boasts of four Harkness screens, Christie’s projection equipment, Dolby Digital EX three-way surround sound, DTS technology and automated masking. The projection systems are fully automatic. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar too is on a new high en route to proving his detractors wrong but at a heavy cost to the exchequer. The INOX multiplex will be thrown open to the public from 13 November with the movies “Garfield”, “Veer Zaara”, “Aitraaz” and “Naach”. Bookings will begin on 12 Nov and the multiplex box office can be contacted on 2420999. INOX is offering home deliveries within a limited area. The company is expected to begin SMS and Internet booking for tickets from 9 December. “The much-awaited Hollywood action flick “Ocean’s 12” will premier simultaneously across the world and even at the INOX multiplex in Goa on 10 December. The Taj Fort Aguada Beach resort will be the official hospitality partner for the International Film Festival of India. However, with fire at the Osia Multiplex in Margao, have got the public worried, and there is a demand that the government ensure that the multi-crore auditoriums are perfectly safe for the public.

Gen Rodrigues appointed governor of Punjab
Former army chief general (retd) Sunith Francis Rodrigues was named the new governor of Punjab on November 8. According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué, General Rodrigues will also function as the administrator of Chandigarh. “It’s a big challenge” was how General Rodrigues reacted on being named as the governor. General Rodrigues happens to be the first person of Goan origin to be appointed the governor of any State in the country.

Of course, AL Dias, originally from Assagao, was appointed Lt-Governor of Tripura in January 1970. Meanwhile, Goa Governor SC Jamir congratulated Gen Rodrigues on his appointment as the Governor of Punjab. He expressed the feeling that this was a befitting recognition which Gen Rodrigues (Retd) richly deserved. The people of Punjab will be benefited by the rich knowledge and long experience of Gen Rodrigues, he added. General SF Rodrigues, PVSM, VSM, retired as the Chief of the Army Staff (July 1990 to January 1993). He was awarded the Param Visisht Seva Medal and the Visisht Seva Medal for distinguished services rendered during his military career. .

Radission to host world's longest dance party
Radisson White Sands Resort Goa announced that it would host 'The World's Longest Dance Party. Starting December 29, 2004, the party will go on well over 65 hours non-stop. The event will also coincide with the New Year celebrations. The party plans to break the previous Guinness record for the longest dance party, which lasted
for 53 hours. Approximately 50 dancers will be selected for the competition. The party will be held at Radisson's Gravity Pool with world class DJs. Around 5000 guests form all over the world are expected.

Health Tourism
"Health Tourism is not a passing fad but is here to stay but at much accelerated rate in future. Goa being a major tourist destination, we have treated many foreign nationals for various conditions. All of them were satisfied with their stay at the NUSI hospital and have been recommending this hospital to their friends who visit Goa. An endoscopic spine surgery was performed on a British national and this made a front page story in The Daily Mail in UK. Since then, we have been flooded with inquiries on various orthpaedic conditions,' says Bismarck Martins, the Executive Director of the Apollo NUSI Hospital in Chinchinim, Salcete, in an interview with Ronita Torcato.

"Findall Goa" Info Mag
Tourism Minister Matanhy Saldanha released a new magazine "FindAll Goa" Published by M's Findoll Communications and Publications, Parra, Bardez recently. Published monthly, "FindAll Goa" will be available at the airport, major bookshops, hotels and selected general stores.

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