Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, July 3, 2017: With the aim to promote film culture, a five-day Kashmir world Film Festival began at Tagore Hall in Srinagar. Not just that, it will also provide a specific platform to aspiring youth in the field of filmmaking and acting.
The festival has been organized by Actors Creative Theatre (ACT), a group of members working in the sphere of art film and literature in collaboration with Media Education Research Centre, Kashmir University and Film and Television Institute of India, breathing life into the war-torn atmosphere, mentioned ANI report.
Filmmaker Mushtaq Ahmad recalls how over the decades, Hindi cinema shares a rather intrinsic relationship with Kashmir, the photographers’ paradise. From Kashmir Ki Kali to Haider, Kashmir has played host to both Hindi as well as International cinema. The festival would be instrumental in involving the youth of the valley in filmmaking and the related areas.
Many popular faces were present in the gathering, including popular film actress Alina Mughal, to quote her “by such initiatives, the youth of Kashmir will get a platform to go out and work in this field”. The festival will continue till July 5 in an attempt to promote entertainment in the region reverberating with the booming sound of bullets.
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Earlier, the court had issued notice to the Centre, the state government and the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on the plea filed by Jammu-based advocate Ankur Sharma, alleging that benefits accruing to minorities were being taken away by Muslims, who were in a majority in Jammu and Kashmir
New Delhi, March 27, 2017: Expressing its viewpoint on the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central and the State government of Jammu and Kashmir to “sit together” and decide contentious issues including the question whether Muslims can be treated as the minority in the state, PTI reported.
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A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul asked both the governments to resolve the issue and submit a report to it within four weeks.
“This is a very very important issue. You both sit together and take a stand on it,” the bench said.
A month ago, the apex court had ordained a fine of Rs 30,000 on it for not documenting its answer to a PIL charging that minority advantages are being enjoyed by the majority of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir.
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The beach had extended a last chance to the Center to document its answer, saying the matter is critical.
The court had, however, permitted the counsel for the Center to file the response after depositing the fine and had additionally noticed that a fine of Rs 15,000 was likewise forced last time also for the similar reason.
Earlier, the court had issued notice to the Centre, the state government and the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on the plea filed by Jammu-based advocate Ankur Sharma, alleging that benefits accruing to minorities were being taken away by Muslims, who were in a majority in Jammu and Kashmir.
The plea also alleged that rights of religious and linguistic ‘minorities’ in the state were being “siphoned off illegally and arbitrarily” due to extension of benefits to “unqualified sections” of the population.
It has been settled that the identification of minority communities has to be decided as per the population data of the state in question, Sharma had said.
The apex court, however, had refused to restrain authorities from disbursing benefits to any community in the state.
The PIL has also sought the setting up of State Minority Commission for identification of minorities.
“The population of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir according to the 2011 Census is 68.31 per cent. Communities which are eligible to be notified as minorities, were not awarded their due share of scholarship owing to their non-identification as minorities, thereby jeopardising their constitutionally guaranteed rights enshrined under Part III of the Constitution of India”.
Srinagar: Tension gripped Kashmir Valley on Wednesday after the death of a protester on Srinagar-Jammu national highway and a bank guard in Srinagar late Tuesday, August 2, police said.
“One civilian was killed and another critically injured when the security guard of additional district development commissioner (Ramban) opened fire at a crowd that stopped his vehicle at Lethpora in Pulwama district on Tuesday,” a senior police officer said.
A bank ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) guard was killed under mysterious circumstances during the night in Chattabal area of Srinagar city.
Apprehending defiance of imposed restrictions in old city areas of Srinagar and other places in the valley, heavy deployment of police and paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) has been made on Wednesday.
Separatists have already extended protest shutdown call till August 5 asking people to resume normal activities after 6 p.m. each day.
All educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities have remained closed ever since the violence started here on July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani’s killing by the forces.