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Director FTII Pune inaugurates Digital Film Production course at Srinagar




SRINAGAR, MARCH 27: A month-long Foundation Course in Digital Film Production jointly organized by Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), J&K commenced here today.
“This unique course which commenced here today is aimed at equipping the media professionals from J&K with advanced filmmaking skills,” said Director, FTII, Pune, Mr Bhupendra Kainthola while inaugurating the course.
He said FTII’s professional association with DIPR-JK has just begun and it would continue in future to expose media professionals from the state to the advanced technologies and skills in different areas of film production and to enable them meet the job market challenges.
Kainthola said the spirit behind conducting courses in different cities is to groom film makers and acquaint them with story-telling and latest film production techniques.
He said under the initiative of Skilling India in Film and Television (SKIFT), FTII has already trained around 2600 youth in 19 cities in different courses like digital editing, cinematography, direction, action, script writing and acting.
“This is a maiden one month long Foundation Course in Digital Film Production to be taught anywhere in the country. The journey has begun and we will keep coming here as long as state government keeps us encouraging for conducting different courses for the local youth,” he said while referring to the course which commenced at Srinagar today.
Overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by JK’s media students to the FTII initiative, Mr Kainthola announced that FTII Pune will shortly organize a crash course for 15 media students from J&K inDigital Film Editing at FTII campus in Pune.
Giving the brief history of FTII, Kainthola said; “The institute has film orientation courses for even school going kids. It is better to familiarize them about film making and other related activities at young age so that they can decide about their future in film and documentary making.”
He said FTII offers a range of scholarships for meritorious students who get admission at the Institute.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Information & Public Relations, Muneer-ul-Islam expressed gratitude to FTII Pune for having organized the month-long course in Digital Film Production at Srinagar. He said DIPR will always facilitate the exposure and means of honing skills in any form of media for aspiring journalism and media professionals from the state.
Muneer-ul-Islam said the Chief Minister is very keen to encourage the budding film makers of state and is very glad to know about FTII initiative for JK youth. “The Chief Minister has even promised to provide scholarship to the students who can secure admission at FTII Pune,” he said.
Muneer-ul-Islam said DIPR is ready to elevate the skills of youth in the media industry and would facilitate such programmes for them so that they can keep pace with changing requirements of media and film industry.
Jayshree Kanal, Course Director said that participants will be taught storytelling techniques, visual grammar, acting and other genres in the month long course.
She hoped that it will be a wonderful learning experience for trainees and a five minute product is expected from each of them.
Sandeep Shahare from FTII faculty gave a brief resume of the Foundation Course.
The inaugural function was attended by Joint Director Kashmir Zahoor Ahmed Mir, Deputy Director Information (PR) Headquarters, Sheikh Zahoor, Administrative Officer Munnawar Khawaja, Field Publicity Officer Muhammad Aslam Khan and other officials of DIPR.
Deputy Director News Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar, Qazi Salman, Deputy Director News Radio Kashmir Srinagar, Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray, Deputy Director Press Information Bureau, Mohammad Abbas and other officials of Doordarshan and Radio were also present on the occasion.
The function was also attended by renowned filmmakers of Kashmir including Shafqat Habib, Mushtaq Ali Ahmed, Gul Riyaz, Masood Muntazir, Mushtaq Bala, Jalal-ud-Din Baba and noted music composer Raja Bilal. Hundreds of media students from various universities and colleges also attended the function.
Director FTII also interacted with media students and filmmakers from J&K and responded to their queries regarding film making.
Earlier in his introductory speech, AECO DIPR Shakeel Shan welcomed the guests and gave a brief introduction about connection between film making and Kashmir.
Nazir Ganie, Course Coordinator presented the vote of thanks.
Later, Director DIPR-JK also presented momentous and Kashmiri shawls to the FTII dignitaries.



Kuka Parray part of script drafted by late Mufti Syed: NC



Srinagar, Jan 17: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday rejected the canards of Naeem Akhtar as “uncouth and reflective of his political bankruptcy” and said that Kuka Parray worked as per the script drafted by late Mufti Syed as home minister of India.

In a statement issued to media, North Zone President and former Minister Mohammad Akbar lone said that accusations against NC are coming from a person to which PDP owes its disintegration.

Mohammad Akbar Lone while rejecting the jibes of a self styled leader as travesty of facts said, “Nayeem Akhtar belongs to a gang which has been drawing its sustenance from RSS and other forces as are hostile to the special position of the state,” he said, adding that as an assistant of Mufti Muhammad Syed during his tenure as central minister, Akhtar remained equally involved in destabilizing the state.


“He continued to work for Mufti Syed by resorting to writing ghost articles under a pen name ‘Satar Wagay’. As a sequacious writer he continued to target only National conference on a daily basis in spite of being a working bureaucrat then. Politicians like Nayeem Akhtar typify opportunism and political bankruptcy as it was him and his party which joined hands with RSS just to satiate their lust for power,” he said adding that it was difficult to understand as to which side of political divide he belongs to.

North Zone President said, “Nayeem Akhtar’s recent assertions on Kuka Parray are unsubstantiated due to the fact that NC workers were the one who suffered most during the hay days of the renegade era in Kashmir.”

“People are not that gullible, they know that it was late Mufti Syed who presided over 18 massacres as home minister, was the brain behind Ikhwan and was instrumental in extending the dreaded AFSPA to the state. Renegades like Kuka Parray owe their being to the policies of Mufti Syed that he pursued during his stint as home minister of India,” he said.

The north zone president said that Nayeem Akhtar has been a point man of BJP-RSS right from early seventies and owing to his services he was given ministerial berths in two consecutive Muftis led governments.

“Otherwise how can a political low weight with no political base get higher ministerial berths?” he said adding “National conference had to suffer immensely at the hands of Kukka Parray, and that the local party functionaries of Sumbal Sonawari belt had to migrate to escape from the wrath of the renegades,” he said.

“National conference has a base in people in Sumbal–Sonawari, and I have been representing the seat for many consecutive terms. We as a party don’t support violence rather we have always been the victims,” he added.

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Bail plea of separatist detainees shouldn’t be opposed: Mir



Srinagar, Jan 17: Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir on Thursday said that the government has failed to produce challan in the court against the separatist leaders who have been arrested almost a year ago over the charges of alleged terror funding.

Mir in a statement to media said that even after one year has elapsed since the separatist leaders were arrested, the government has failed to produce challan against the leaders and at the same time are creating obstacles to them in getting bail.

“The bail plea of the detainees is being opposed by the government. This is not fair and against the natural justice as one hand they are not producing challan and on the other they are creating obstacle to them in getting the bail. Giving bail to any person doesn’t mean a clean chit to any accused,” he added.


He added wife of one among the detainees, Shahid-ul-Islam is on death bed and govt should not become obstacle to him in getting the bail.

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DAK welcomes Govt order of uniform rate for diagnostic tests



Srinagar, Jan 17: Doctors Association Kashmir on Thursday welcomed the order issued by state administration where in fresh directions are given to hospital authorities to ensure that patients get diagnostic services in public hospitals on uniform rates across the state. The authorities were directed to implement the directions in letter and spirit to ensure all patients get diagnostic services in public hospitals on nominal prescribed charges.

In a statement issued to the media, Dr Suahil Naik, president Doctor’s Association Kashmir said that we were pushing for uniform rate of diagnostic tests across the state and we want people to question the hospital authorities if they try to overcharge them.

“People should approach grievance cell of the health and medical education department to file their complaints if hospital authorities are accused of not providing diagnostics services to the patients at prescribed rates,” said Suhail.


“Why should people pay hefty amount for diagnostic tests in government hospitals? Our government hospitals are not meant for fund generations,” questioned Dr Naik.

While lambasting health administrators, Dr Naik alleged that “Actual problem lies with system where in juniors, inefficient, incompetent persons are parachuted and promoted as hospital administrators.

“People who are illegally promoted don’t have an iota of idea to project the annual finances required for providing diagnostic facilities at nominal charges to finance department or state government. With the result state government fails in keeping budgetary allocations for same and a financial gap is generated at gross root level. Therefore health administrators then charge extra and exorbitant rates from poor patients to run the system uniformly,” he said.

Dr Owais H Dar General Secretary DAK said that reformative changes at gross root level are required to get vibrant and patient friendly system. The need of minute is that health department is in dire need of intellectually effective health administration, who shall serve purpose in framing state health budget. Dr Dar further added that adequate funds must be provided to the hospitals to meet out day to day demands as per requirements.

Dr Mir Mushtaq senior executive member of DAK said that until there is deadwood running hospital affairs, the health care system is bound to deteriorate and degenerate with passage of time.

It is moral and ethical responsibility of states financial department to keep a full-fledged budget for diagnostic facilities.

Hospital development fund should be paid to dedicated contractual employees of hospital and on day to day repair and maintenance of hospitals he further added.

DAK thanked social activists, media fraternity and civil societies for raising parallel voice with DAK, whenever it is desired in the interest of patient care.

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