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Director FTII Pune inaugurates Digital Film Production course at Srinagar

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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.


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Forest Protection Force seizes illicit timber in Rafiabad

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Baramulla, June 17: Forest Protection Force Baramulla Monday claimed seized 80 feet illegal timber from smugglers in Rafiabad forest area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

An official said that Forest Protection Force unit K07 Baramulla seized illicit timber being smuggled from Rafiabad forest area of the district.

“A team of forest protection force seized a vehicle bearing registration number JK02R 1756 laden with illicit timber in Rafiabad. The smugglers escaped from the spot however timber worth lakhs was seized by the team near Tragpora Rafiabad. A case has been registered and manhunt for the smugglers has been launched,” the official said.

 

He said that the timber was axed down by smugglers in upper belt of Rafiabad and was being smuggled to urban areas of the district.

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Akhtar expresses dismay over lack of dev in B’pora

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Srinagar, Jun 17: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar toured various far-flung areas of north Kashmir’s Bandipora in order to get the first-hand appraisal of the grievances being faced by the people in these remote hamlets of the constituency.

Akhtar visited Chandaji area where recently two young were killed due to the windstorm. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, he questioned the delay being done by the government in disbursement of ex-gratia in favour of the next kin of the victims.

Also, while meeting several peoples’ delegations in the area,

 

Akhtar was appraised about the lack of proper road connectivity and how in spite of the approved scheme under PMGSY, no work on the project has been started yet.

Akhtar also spoke to the concerned Chief Engineer over the issue who assured him that the work on the road will begin soon.

The PDP leader, meanwhile, urged the government to ensure that present development season is not lost and take into consideration the hardships being faced by the inhabitants of the area as they have to walk through 7 km long tough terrains to reach the main road.

Akhtar also expressed concern over the non- implementation of the SAUBHAGYA scheme, stating that till date only half of the hamlet has been covered under the said scheme, thus contradicting claim of the Prime Minister that every single hamlet has been electrified. He urged the government to address the issue on priority so that people aren’t made to face further problems on this front.

Akhtar also highlighted the issue pertaining to the lack mobile telephony services in the area. He said that as Gurez and Bandipora are already connected, it is the only place where there is no mobile connectivity. The PDP leader said that it will need just one mobile tower to bring the area on the communication map.

Further, Akhtar also visited several other areas where the recent hailstorm had wrecked havoc. He has urged the government to compensate the victims on priority at an earliest.

The former minister also expressed dismay over the dismal pace of work on main Bandipora road from Ajas to Sonarwani being executed under CRF. He said that keeping in view the snail’s pace of work, it doesn’t look like that it will be completed in December this year which is the target completion date of the road project.

He also questioned government’s non- serious approach as the work on Athwadu Sonarwani road project is yet to begin, adding peoples woes to a large extent.

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CB arrests man impersonating as official from CS’s office

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Srinagar, June 17: The crime branch of Jammu on Monday arrested a man from Talab Tillo Jammu for impersonating as an official of Chief Secretary’s office. The fraudster according to the statement issued here, has duped several senior officers of various departments.

The person identified as Ashwani Bhardwaj, son of Shiv Kumar Bhardwaj, a resident of JMC 39, House No 223, Mohalla Jhullka, Darbar Garh Jammu, have ho duped and cheated numerous senior officers of various departments by fraudulent means.

The fraudulent activities of accused Ashwani Bhardwaj came to light after Director Tourism, Kashmir filed a complaint against a person who claimed to be an officer of a personal section of Chief Secretary’s office and asked him to direct the Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to contact on his mobile No 9797578686.

 

The fraudster was contacted by AAssistant Director Tourism Leh, and he asked Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to deposited Rs 10,000 in A/c No. 36341661376 of SBI on the plea that some of his relatives are presently stuck in Leh and are in severe need of money and have no source of means there.

Subsequently the Assistant Director of Tourism, Leh transferred an amount of Rs 10,000 in the given account. Later on, during the enquiry, it came to fore that there is no such official in the personal section of Chief Secretary etc.

On receipt of this complaint, Crime Branch begun an enquiry based on preliminary information and it was found that the said accused has duped several other senior officers of J&K by impersonation and fraudulent means and cheated them worth lakhs of rupees. Accordingly, a case FIR No 34/2019 U/s 170,420 RPC was registered in Crime Branch Jammu and the investigation was entrusted to SI Hilal Azhar of CBJ. The accused Ashwani Bhardwaj was arrested by a special team led by SI Hilal Azhar after hectic efforts under the supervision of SP Crime Mushtaq Choudhary. The accused is presently on police remand and involvement in other cases is being investigated.

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