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J-K CM Mufti Sayeed and Nirmal Singh with Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher, and Vidhu Vinod Chopra in Mumbai. Extending warm invitation to the doyens and bigwigs of the Mumbai film industry to the captivating charms of Jammu and Kashmir’s scenic beauty and hospitality, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today urged the country’s premier film fraternity to roll out their cameras again and renew their romance with the ‘Paradise on Earth’. He said J&K’s greatest tourism marketing will be through the Bollywood film industry, which will find the State the most ideal location for shooting its films. Mufti, who also holds

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today arrived in Mumbai to promote State’s tourism industry. He will be holding discussions with tour and travel operators and people from Bollywood in the city. The visit is to seek their support in restoring Kashmir as a favorite tourist destination and also attract film industries to the Valley as an ideal location for film shooting. According to a government statement, Sayeed will hold interactive sessions in Hotel Taj Land’s End today afternoon and later at tonight’s dinner he will meet leading figures of Bollywood. The chief minister has taken a few

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A prosecution witness in a case involving three bombings in Mumbai in 2002 has accused police of torture. The witness recently told a special court in Mumbai that the police forced him to drink the urine of an accused and have “sex with a stray dog” while he was in custody 12 years ago. According to a report in The Indian Express, after he was arrested by the police, the man was made to drink from a gutter, drink urine of an accused and also have sex with a stray dog. The daily quotes from the witness’ statement: “I was made to drink gutter water

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Mumbai, India: A Kashmiri youth has been found dead in Mumbai, India, after his disappearance since July 6. Parvaiz Ahmad Teli, in his late 20s, was from Old City area of Indian-controlled Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar. As the news of his death spread in his hometown, protests started in the locality (Nawab Bazar). People in the area started protests, erecting barricades to stop the traffic movement; raising anti-India, anti-Mumbai police and pro-freedom slogans. On Saturday, Hurriyat Conference’s Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani  said that Kashmiris do not feel safe in any corner of India and police, intelligence agencies and communal forces are

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Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi in police custody in Mumbai. PTI file photo/The New Indian Express By Mahtab Alam The arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi under section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), amounting sedition, has triggered a new debate. He has been arrested on charges of mocking the Constitution, the Parliament and the National flag through his cartoons. The arrest drew a sharp condemnation from several quarters and rightly so. The former judge of the Supreme Court and Chairperson of Press Council of India, Justice Markandey Katju, was quick to term the arrest wrongful stating that the cartoonist had done

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For obvious reasons freedom of the press in Kashmir is limited and constrained. Military occupation with its attendant curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, searches, surveillance, wiretapping of calls and emails, and state-sponsored violence from custodial deaths and extrajudicial killings to torture and disappearances, produce immense pain and suffering among Kashmiris. Intimidation and fear are widespread. That is the intent and design and logic of occupation. In such a repressive and oppressive atmosphere people are reluctant to speak freely and provide information to journalists and journalists do not have freedom of movement to report stories. Occupation nourishes and sustains a climate of timidity,

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By Nivedita Menon The Times of India reported today that Delhi Police intercepted a call immediately after the Mumbai blasts on Wednesday, which has given them crucial clues to solving this case. Read the full report here Basically, immediately after the blasts,  the ever alert Delhi police intercepted a call from Mumbai  to the NCR to ask the person in the NCR if  ’the work had been done’ and whether ‘Sharif” had been informed. On getting the answer ‘yes’, the caller hung up, and not just hung up, but ‘immediately’ hung up. The call lasted for about a minute. This

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By Iymon Ganaie With every film that the brand name ‘Aamir Khan Productions’ brings on the 72 mm screen, the audience is amused. Much same can be said about Dhobi Ghat. It is poetic with a subtle and enchanting background score. Director Kiran Rao’s debut venture is fresh with some resemblances with the parallel cinema, though it can’t be moved into the category of art films. Dhobi ghat offers a lot. Casual sex is cool. Acting aspirations and washing clothes go hand in hand. Letters are sent in a video format. Painting is done in a crowded locality, which is

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