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Jammu: A dozen Congress activists, including former Jammu and Kashmir minister Sham Lal Sharma, were arrested here on Sunday for defying restrictions on the assembly of 10 or more people.

A police officer told IANS that the arrests took place at Dogra Chowk area. They were taken into custody during a protest demanding an All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Jammu region.

The administration has banned the assembly of over 10 people in the city in the wake of a three-day shutdown called by the AIIMS Coordination Committee.

The committee, which has lawyers, traders and industrialists as members, accused Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh of backing out of a written commitment that an announcement to set up AIIMS in Jammu region would be made before July 20.

“Instead of that the government rubbed salt on our wounds by announcing that an ‘AIIMS-like facility’ would be set up in Jammu region,” said Abhinav Sharma, a committee member and president of the bar association.

The central government has announced an AIIMS for the Kashmir Valley and an Indian Institute of Management for Jammu region.

(IANS)

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Jammu And Kashmir’s Ad Film Wins Gold At IAA Awards

Conceptualised by J. Walter Thompson, it was directed by filmmaker Amit Sharma

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A short film on Jammu and Kashmir tourism, launched by the state government, has won “gold” at an award ceremony organised by the India chapter of International Advertising Association (IAA) here.

The ad film titled “Warmest Place on Earth” launched by the state’s Tourism Department in September 2017 has been declared the winner in the ‘Travel and Tourism Category’ at IndiAA awards held here on Friday, according to an official statement.

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The ad film titled “Warmest Place on Earth” launched by the state’s Tourism Department in September 2017 Flickr

IndIAA Awards is the intellectual property of the IAA India chapter, and was instituted in 2015. The award recognises mainstream creative advertising campaigns.

The film highlights the hospitality of Jammu and Kashmir. The 5-minute film was the first such big campaign launched by the Kashmir government.

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Conceptualised by J. Walter Thompson, it was directed by filmmaker Amit Sharma

In 2014, the Union Ministry of Tourism had launched a campaign and won the ‘Blue Elephant’ at ‘Kyoorius Creative Awards’. (IANS)

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