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Fifth CMS Vatavaran film festival inaugurated
New Delhi | Tuesday, Oct 27 2009 IST
 
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Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah today said the goal of environment conservation can be achieved only if renewable sources of energy are made available to people at cheaper rates.

Dr Abdullah, while inaugurating the fifth CMS Vatavaran Film Festival, the premier environment and wildlife festival of India, here said, ''People are not using renewable sources of energy in large number as the cost of panels and equipments used are higher.'' Maximum use of renewable sources is possible only after the cost of panels and equipments is reduced and is made available to people at cheaper rates, he added.

The theme of the five-day long film festival is climate change and sustainable technologies. The festival will hold a series of workshops, seminars, panel discussions and field trips organised for students, teachers, media professionals and filmmakers. A total of 106 films, including 73 Indian and 33 international will be screened during the festival. The eminent wildlife film director Krishnendu Bose was bestowed with the most prestigious CMS-UNEP Prithvi Ratna Award for his sustained and concerted efforts towards enhancing peoples understanding and spreading awareness on diverse environmental issues through films and documentaries.

Pierre Fitter from NEWSX was bestowed the TVEAP Environment Journalist Award (Electronic) while Aarti Dhar of The Hindu was adjudged as the Best Environment Journalist Award (Print).

'Home', a widely acclaimed film, directed by French director Yann Arthus-Bertrand, was screened as the inaugural film of the festival. Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Dr N Bhaskara Rao, Chairman CMS, Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Group GM and Country head HSBC India, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, Embassy of US Michael P Pelletier and Director of Information and Communication, UNEP Satinder Bindra.

-- (UNI) -- 27DI61.xml

 

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