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Exodus Day: Kashmiri Pandits commemorate the unfortunate event

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Jammu: 26 years after thousands of Kashmiri Pandits fled the Valley under terrorist threat, marking the day as Exodus Day; significant leaders from this migrant community visited the place on Tuesday, also paying homage to 24 people killed by terrorists in March 2003.

All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee(APMCC) sent a group of Pandit representatives to Visit the Nandimanrg village near Shopian. Also remembered as “Holocaust Day” by some, the group observed the day in the village.

Observed as the Exodus Day, 19th January was the date when in 1990 almost 3 to 4 lakhs Kashmiri Pandits had to flee from the valley as the pro-separatist militancy was at its peak and there were terrorist threat attacks. Even though the government both central and state, announced the packages for rehabilitation, not many Pandits returned to their native place out of the fear.

The group of nearly two dozen members was led by the party’s chairman Vinod Pandit, terming it the first visit by migrant community leaders to the Pandit settlement in Nadimarg by APMCC spokesperson King C Bharti. “The settlement now looks like a haunted place amid burnt and damaged houses,” Bharti said.

The chairman also laid the foundation of a memorial for the people killed by militants in the last 26 years across J&K. Visiting the village under tight security cover, Vinod Pandit also mentioned that names of all the victims, in both Jammu and Kashmir, will be engraved on it.

State government proposed an increased relief amount for the construction of the houses in the valley. The amount is proposed to be increased from 7.5 lakhs to 20 lakhs, the Centre is yet to give a nod to this proposal.

The visiting Pandits said they were prepared to return home, but want political, social and economic safeguards. The plight of the Kashmiri pandits is rarely discussed in the mainstream media of the country. Lakhs of people had to live like a refugee in their own country and it is a complete failure from the then Indian government and all those came in power later.

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah recently made a statement, claiming no further progress has been made for the displaced Kashmiri Pandits, even after a year.

Abdullah further stated the current government’s inefficiency by paying only lip service and nothing. He tweeted a series of statement on this issue. On the other hand, his father and senior leader Farokh Abdullah made a controversial statement and said that no one will Kashmir Pandit to return.

Anupam Kher, a Kashmiri Pandit himself, has always been seen fighting for the rights of the Pandits and discussing the issue gravely on various platforms. He also tweeted about the matter:

There were protests from Panun Kashmir and All-State Kashmiri Pandit Conference outside Raj Bhavan to demand a judicial probe into the killing of Pandits in the Valley. (Inputs from Agencies) (picture courtesy: oneindia.com)

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Welcome the new Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Anupam Kher

Actor Kabir Bedi said Anupam “would do wonders” in his new role

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Veteran actor Anupam Kher. Wikimedia

Pune, October 11, 2017 : Anupam Kher, an actor with a repertoire of over 500 movies including international projects, was named Chairman of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. The film industry hailed the move.

Official sources confirmed Anupam’s appointment. He will succeed the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment had triggered student protests.

Anupam’s wife Kirron Kher, an actress and BJP MP from Chandigarh, told Times NOW: “I’m very happy. Of course, it’s a challenging job for anybody. It’s not going to be an easy job. These chairmanships are crown of thorns. Here, people do get against you, but I am sure Anupam will be able to take them along because he is an extremely talented person.”

Anupam, who began his acting career with “Saaransh” in 1984, also has his own acting institute Actor Prepares.

Kirron said Anupam was the right choice to head the FTII, which provides training in acting, direction and other technical aspects of film making in a country which is one of the largest producers of movies.

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“My husband is a very fine actor. He has been in the film industry for so many years. He is very capable of (being FTII head).

“He has been teaching acting for so long. He is the only person who earlier headed CBFC, then National School of Drama and now has been appointed Chairman of FTII.

“So, I am a very proud wife today. I would like to thank the government and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry,” she said.

Asked what she meant by ‘crown of thorns’, she said: “I meant the CBFC, not FTII.”

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted: “Heartiest congratulations to Anupam Kher for being appointed as the Chairman of FTII.”

Filmmaker Pritish Nandy called it an “excellent change” at FTII. “Finally, the government is listening to us.”

Actor Kabir Bedi said Anupam “would do wonders” in his new role. (IANS)

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Film ‘Ranchi Diaries’ Team Meets Jharkhand CM Ahead of its Release

'Ranchi Diaries' is releasing on October 13

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The cast of Ranchi Diaries with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das. ians

Ranchi, October 4, 2017 : Actor Anupam Kher along with the team of his forthcoming production venture “Ranchi Diaries” on October 3 met Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

The team of Ranchi Diaries – including actors Himansh Kohli and Soundarya Sharma and writer-director Sattwik Mohanty – met Das to thank him for the support that the government extended to the film.

“In the last couple of years, the Jharkhand government has been very forthcoming and supportive of the films that are being made to spread awareness about the cultural heritage and tourism of the state,” Anupam said in a statement.

“We are very fortunate to have been given this (support) by the CM. It was a pleasure meeting him today (Tuesday). He also said that they are trying to make the film tax free since the whole film is shot here,” he added.

“Ranchi Diaries” follows the story of “Gudiya”, played by debutante Soundarya and her friends, Taaha Shah and Himansh , who are out to make it big in a small town (Ranchi). It is Anupam’s first production.

The film ‘Ranchi Diaries’ is releasing on October 13. (IANS)

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Anupam Kher: Can’t Judge Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

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Mumbai, Oct 2 : As Bollywood celebrated the Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas here to mark the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, actor Anupam Kher criticised those finding faults with the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and called for contribution instead of judgements.

Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Kailash Kher were also present at the event.

Asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative is working or not, Kher said: “You can’t judge a campaign like this in terms of whether it is working or not… I think this is a revolution and things like these take time to gather momentum.

“But we are witnessing the result right now in our country, we are here organising such a massive event and Amitabh Bachchan is participating in it, so it speaks for itself on the success level.

“So rather than pointing out things which are lacking, I think contributing would go a long way.”

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, that aims for a cleaner and more hygienic India, has been one of the key initiatives of the Modi government. The cleanliness drive was launched on October 2, 2014 to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Kher also cited his recent experience of working with a crew to clean a busy street of Juhu.

“I would see this pile of garbage every day on my way to work, right in front of shops on the main road itself. I tried to talk to people and shopkeepers to have it clean but things didn’t work out.

“So I cleaned it myself. And I agree with what Amitabh Bachchan said ‘you’re always a little hesitant to make a clean place dirty’, which is very true. I can keep my ten yards clean, I am sure we Indians owe that much to our country,” he said.

Contribute towards cleanliness and also pay special attention to toilets for females, especially in smaller cities and towns, added Kher. (IANS)