First Pondicherry International Film Festival

The festival organized by Pickurflick and Puducherry Tourism Department, which will begin on September 26, will be hosted at Puducherry. The inaugural edition of the festival will focus on the cinema, art, and culture of France, which is the partner country for the five-day long event. The mega festival will also promote Puducherry as a tourist destination.

Chopra wins Gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet

Neeraj Chopra, India’s javelin star, struck Gold in the Meeting International de Sotteville-les-Rouen in France. Chopra’s throw of 85.17m was enough to clinch the top spot on the podium. The winning distance from Chopra was, however, less than the 86.47m he achieved for gold at Gold Coast CWG. Neeraj is a part of India’s squad for the Asian Games 2018.

France brings FIFA world cup

France lifted the FIFA World Cup 2018 for the second time by defeating Croatia with a 4-2 victory. Didier Deschamps, the captain of the 1998 French side, became the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. Belgium won the 2nd runners-up position defeating England.

Golden Globe Race 2018

Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy will be participating in the prestigious Golden Globe Race that commences from Les Sables d’Olonne harbour in France on 1st July. The uniqueness of the race is that use of GPS, satellite communication, navigational aids, etc is forbidden. Cdr Tomy will be sailing in sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ has been built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Ltd at Goa.

CAG to audit Rafale procurement after payment

CAG will audit the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France only after the “deal is fully executed and the payments are completed”. The ?59,000 cr deal became contoversial after the Congress claimed that the current deal is more expensive than the one struck during the UPA government. The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft.

US vetoes Arab-backed UN draft resolution

The United States vetoed an Arab-backed UN draft resolution calling for measures to protect the Palestinians. Ten countries including China, France and Russia voted in favor of the draft put forward by Kuwait on behalf of Arab countries at the Security Council. Four countries Britain, Ethiopia, the Netherlands and Poland abstained.

France approved controversial immigration bill

French National Assembly has passed a new immigration law that tightens the rules around asylum.Bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles time for which illegal migrants can be detained & 1 year prison sentence for entering France illegally. France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.

Syria returned prestigious Legion d’honneur

Syria has returned to France the prestigious Legion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad.President Assad was decorated with the highest class of the award, the Grand Croix, in 2001 after he took power following the death of his father. France recently joined the US and Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

World’s first long-distance electric bus line

13 : The world’s first long-distance electric bus line was inaugurated in Paris on 12th April.The bus will cover the 160 kilometres between Paris and Amiens in northern France in just over 2 hours. The bus can travel as far as 250 kilometres on one 5-hour battery charge. It emits no pollutants at all and creates less noise than conventional buses.

World Sparrow Day observed on 20th March

World Sparrow Day was observed on 20th March to create awareness about the protection of sparrows. The theme for this year‘s day was ? I Love Sparrows?. The first World Sparrow Day was observed in 2010 across the globe. It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France).