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The Real Kashmir film: Where Dreams turn Real

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New Delhi, Oct 31: India’s biggest professional football league – I-League Wednesday saw a new and vibrant entrant for the 2018-19 season, in Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC).

Their arrival was marked by a thumping win over defending champions Minerva Punjab in an action packed game of football RKFC won by 1-0.

RKFC’s splendid journey so far is, thus, aptly celebrated by the new campaign #TheRealKashmir, launched to celebrate the club’s success, the current path-breakers who qualified to play the I-League.

 

Conceptualized by Cheil WW India and supported by Real Kashmir FC, the film reinforces the story of RKFC and effectuates positive change in the valley through sport.

#TheRealKashmir film is an emotional narrative showcased from the point of view of an octogenarian Kashmiri who has seen the beauty of the valley taken over by the unrest and paranoia. Through his lens it shows to the audience how Jammu & Kashmir is changing yet again, but this time it is football that is bringing a positive transformation.

The campaign is an ode to change for the nation. It is about making every Indian a harbinger of change and positivity. It’s is not just about people in J&K, but inspiring every individual possible to make a difference in their game, life and world.

The campaign film is beautifully held by an authentic and emotive Kashmiri folk song ‘Neroo haa naujawano’ that inspires the youth in Jammu & Kashmir to aim and strive high in their lives, and reach for the skies.

Talking about the partnership with RKFC, Sean Van Wyk, Senior Marketing Director at adidas India, said, “At adidas, we firmly believe that through sport, we have the power to change lives, and now we are getting to live and see it in India. adidas aims at redefining the ‘Real’ Kashmir through the lens of sports and becoming the proponent of positivity and changing lives in Jammu & Kashmir through football. Real Kashmir FC is the flagbearer of positivity, and they epitomize our brand message Here To Create Change.”

The film captures the emotions of an old man, how he has seen it all change for the better and how he has felt the beautiful game of football bring a positive change in the valley. It takes the audience on a journey, highlighting the efforts made by club, garnering support from the locals. It also depicts the reality of how RKFC qualified for the I-League, when its star player – Danish, got tripped in the penalty box and takes the decisive penalty.

The Film concludes by revealing that the protagonist, Umar Mir is visually impaired and yet could feel football change the valley for the better through his unbiased, unadulterated vision. In that conclusion the film beautifully transcends all history and leaves the audience with a powerful yet silent message. If a visually impaired person can feel the positive side of Kashmir through sports, why can’t the world around him feel it, with their eyes open. An emotion elevated with the background soundtrack of a poem.

The film will be followed by an exclusive photo exhibition that opens to the public and captures the true essence of Jammu & Kashmir. The exhibition will lend a new perspective through the lens of sport and redefine J&K in photographs.

Aneesh Jaisinghani, Executive Creative Director, Cheil WW India added, “This is not merely a campaign but a very special initiative to drive a perception change, to stir the emotions of people of this country and drive collective optimism towards Jammu & Kashmir. We are very proud to partner with Real Kashmir FC and hope to make a difference in the lives of people.”

ABOUT THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE REAL KASHMIR FC FILM

The soundtrack is inspired from the Kashmiri traditions of singing the age old folk songs. ‘Neroo haa naujawano’ is one such rhyme primarily used to imbibe inspiration in young children. It encourages the children to reach for the skies, not be overwhelmed by fatigue, seek courage from the fire of Chinar tree and the girth of Pine. The film takes this narrative and beautifully weaves it into the story about how Real Kashmir and football have inspired and brought a positive change in Kashmir. This helps create a perfect blend between Kashmir and football.  (Courtesy apnnews.com)


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Goel is new RAW chief, Arvind Kumar appointed IB head

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New Delhi, Jun 26:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appointed Samant Goel as the next chief of India’s external spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and Arvind Kumar as the Director, Intelligence Bureau.

Both are Indian Police Service officers of 1984 batch with Goel belonging to Punjab cadre and Kumar, to Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

Goel heads operations for the external intelligence agency.

 

Meanwhile Arvinda Kumar is the Director, Intelligence Bureau.

PM Modi, as chairman of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, also cleared the empanelment of 1986 batch IPS officer in the rank of Director General.

Both are Indian Police Service officers of 1984 batch with Goel belonging to Punjab cadre and Kumar, to Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

Goel heads operations for the external intelligence agency.

Goel according to a report has handled Punjab militancy at its peak in the 1990s and is a Pakistan expert. A mild-mannered police officer, Samant Goel has impeccable integrity, said a senior R&AW officer.

Arvind Kumar has been closely involved in tackling left-wing extremism at the Intelligence Bureau. The special director-rank officer is also the intelligence agency’s Kashmir expert and has been closely involved in formulating and executing the Centre’s approach on militancy in the valley.

Kumar, who started out his career in the police service from Assam, had moved to the intelligence bureau early in his career after a stint as superintendent of police of Sonitpur, one of the state’s largest districts. He never went back to Assam police and continued to work at the Centre, mostly at the intelligence agency.

Samant Goel, in contrast, spent a considerable part of his career in Punjab where he was posted to oversee security, intelligence and the border range.

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Pompeo meets PM Modi, discusses key strategic issues

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New Delhi, Jun 26: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and discussed various aspects of the bilateral relationship to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership.

Pompeo, who arrived here on Tuesday night, will hold detailed discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in the afternoon and have a working lunch with him.

“Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership. Secretary Pompeo called on PM Narendra Modi to exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship. PM will meet President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with pictures of the meeting.

 

Ahead of the strategically-important India-US talks, diplomatic sources on Tuesday said India met the US waiver criteria for procuring the S-400 missile defence system from sanctions-hit Russia, and asserted that New Delhi could not “wish away” its defence ties with Moscow.

Besides India’s missile defence system deal with Russia, terrorism, H-1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, are likely to be discussed on Wednesday during the talks between Jaishankar and Pompeo.

Pompeo’s talks here will be the first high-level interaction between the two countries after return of the Modi government to power last month.

Pompeo’s visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, later this week

 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday said that India and the US should stand together in the defence of religious freedom rights for all and asserted that the world is worse off when they are compromised.

“India is the birthplace of four major world religions. Let’s stand up together in defence of religious freedom for all, let us speak out in favour of those rights, for whenever we do compromise those rights, the world is worse off,” Pompeo was quoted as saying .

Pompeo’s remarks come in the backdrop of a recently-released US State Department report on ‘International Religious Freedom’ that said mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, are continuing in India.

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AGH militant killed in Tral gunfight: Police

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Srinagar, Jun 26: A militant of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind was killed in an encounter with government forces at Branpatri forest area of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.

A joint team of army, SOG and CRPF laid a siege at Branpatri, forest area of Tral in Awantipora today morning.

A police spokesman said that the cordon was laid following credible inputs. As the joint team launched searches, the militants opened fire leading to an encounter, the spokesman said.

 

During the course of gunfight, one militant was killed and his body along with arms and ammunition was recovered. The officer identified the slain as Shabir Ahmad Malik of Nagbal Tral.

As per the police records, he was initially affiliated with proscribed LeT outfit and later on was part of Zakir Musa group, the spokesman said.

“Shabir, as per police records, was wanted by law for his complicity in several terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.

“He was part of groups responsible for planning and executing militant attacks in the area. Several militant cases were registered against him including case FIR No. 43/15 of Police Station Trikuta Nagar pertaining to the planning and making preparations for carrying out terror attacks in Jammu,” the spokesman said.

Pertinently with the efforts of Police and security forces, it was a clean operation. No collateral damage happened during the encounter, the spokesman said.

After conducting all legal medico formalities, the body of the slain was handed over to his family for last rites, an official said.

Meanwhile, thousands of people attended the funeral of the slain at his native place. He was later buried amid pro-freedom slogans.

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