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Despite economic power shifting eastwards, the US and EU remain the giants that must lead world trade reforms

The risk of spoiling the soup by having too many cooks does not seem to apply to global trade policy. Instead, the problem is rather that no leading economy seems interested anymore in freeing up trade. And the Doha Round of trade negotiations, soon turning 10 years old, has amply showed that world trade suffers from a lack of political [...]

World petroleum meeting’s official schedule unveiled

The organising committee of the 20th World Petroleum Congress (20th WPC) has issued its updated official programme, which is now available for download at www.20wpc.com. The 20th World Petroleum Congress will take place at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in Doha from December 4 to 8. The 20th WPC team, which has travelled across the [...]

Doha deal not sole focus of upcoming WTO summit

NEGOTIATIONS for the Doha Development Agenda will unlikely be completed by yearend with World Trade Organization (WTO) members expanding the focus of a December meeting on improving existing mechanisms, a senior official said. WTO Deputy Director-General Harsha V. Singh, who was in Manila last week, told BusinessWorld that officials were [...]

Aashay launches series of film events

PUNE: On the occasion of its 25 th foundation day on August 1, the Aashay film club launched a series of events related to cinema that will start this month and go on till December. Some 150 programmes comprising theme-based film festivals, film and classical music-based appreciation programmes, a week-long Asian film festival and the like have [...]

Seven awards at Durban FilmMart

Seven awards were made at the close of the 2011 edition of Durban FilmMart (DFM), the joint project of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). Described as the largest co-production market on the African continent, this year it attracted nearly 300 delegates from around Africa and the rest of the world. "We [...]

DT makes it to international film fest

The Vikram-starrer is now the frontrunner for an international film festival... The Deiva Thirumagal team is on cloud nine. After all, the film, which garnered good reviews from the critics, has apparently, been selected to represent India at the Asia Pacific Awards this year. The award ceremony will be held in Brisbane, Australia, in November. [...]

Cannes and Berlin winners to compete at San Sebastian Film Festival

A selection of some of the finest films screened this year at important international film festivals will be presented in the Zabaltegi-Pearls section at the 59th edition of San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film opening the section won the The Tree of Life, a poetic, personal reflection on the meaning of human existence directed [...]

Less Moore, More “One for All” at Traverse City Film Festival

Move over Michael Moore and make way for Max Fisher. As the seventh edition of the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) came to a close yesterday, the director making the biggest impression wasn’t the festival’s famous co-founder, but the young local who directed an 8-minute short known as “Traverse City LipDub 2011.” In one continuous [...]

Film festival complex in city soon: Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Minister K B Ganesh Kumar here on Sunday said that a film festival complex will soon be constructed in the city. Inaugurating the Fourth International Documentary and Short Film Festival organised by Kerala Chalachithra Academy at Kairali Theatre here, he said that the role of Chalachithra Academy was not just limited to [...]

S’pore Biennale artist heads for Venice film fest

A LOCAL artist's enigmatic video installation about Singapore's longkangs has fittingly reached the shores of the city famous for its canals. All The Lines Flow Out, a tweaked version of Charles Lim's video installation for the Singapore Biennale 2011 (SB2011), will be screened in competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, which kicks off [...]

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