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JAMMU: After Bhartiya Janata Party it is now National Conference which has pitched for ban on the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed movie Padmavati in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir has no cinema houses, however, National Conference face of Jammu regions Davinder Singh Rana wants a blanket ban of the screening of Padmavati in Jammu, saying the screening may disturb peace and harmony in the region.

Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone starrer “Padmavati’ has already marred with controversy as right wing organization allege that the character of Padmavati has been assassinated in the movie, a charge vehemently refuted by the film director.In a communiqué to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference legislator from Nagrota has urged Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to ban the release the movie ‘Padmavati’ in the state.

“Through this communiqué of mine, I seek your kind indulgence on the subject matter of feature film Padmavati,” Rana’s communiqué to Mehbooba said.  Citing media reports, Rana said the contents of the feature film “Padmavati” are “likely to hurt the sentiments of a particular community/religion and so has the potential to disrupt the peace and order in Jammu province.” “Many deputations from across the Jammu province has approached me in this regard in the couple of days,” he said in his letter.   

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  • Hi-tech farmers training centre coming up in valley

SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary Agricultural Production Department, Sandeep Kumar Nayak today informed that Government is intending to start ‘Kashmir Fresh’ – a brand under which all the vegetables and fruits will be categorised and sold in the both local as well as international market. Speaking during a review meeting, Sandeep said that the ‘Kashmir Fresh’ brand will ensure the quality to attract buyers from across the globe. The secretary informed the meeting that without any adulteration all the products including fruits, vegetables, honey and saffron packed under the brand will exclusively be from the Valley.  


The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Dr. Piyush Singla, Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Extension Education SKUAST-K Mushtaq Ahmad Teli. Besides, all Joint Directors, Chief Agriculture officers and district officers from districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal were also present in the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Sandeep stressed for concentrating on three sectors including vegetables, apiculture and exotic varieties. He asked Chief Agriculture Officers to hold meetings with agriculture extension assistants on the monthly basis so that ground situation is brought under notice.


Principal Secretary informed Chief Agriculture Officers to make a case study of Chief Ministers Programme so that the department maintains a record and the progress of the programme is monitored. Under NABARD loan the Farmers Training and Educational Centre (FTEC) will have all the basic and modern requirements for facilitating the farmers during their training session. The new building will have Kashmiri architecture and can accommodate 30 farmers at a time.


Sandeep asked Chief Agriculture Officers to concentrate on chilly cakes (waerr) and shallots (Pran) which can be packed and exported to other parts of the country as the two have longer shelf life and can fetch good fortune to the farmers. He urged agriculture officers to focus on honeycomb and its marketing. Sandeep said that all the leading hotels could be the best options to explore the marketing of the product.


District Development Commissioner (DDC) Ganderbal Dr. Piyush Singla described the importance of location for FTEC. He said the new FTEC would be a centre of attraction for the farmers from Ladakh as well. The centre will be located on Srinagar-Leh highway. Director Agriculture assured the meeting that all possible support will be provided to the farmers in Rambirgarh and Pratapgarh areas of Qamarwari zone of Srinagar district for the high production of vegetable cultivation.

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JAMMU: Amateur Theatre Group (ATG) is going to stage Balwant Gargi’s Punjabi Play “Abhiraksha” under the direction of Sahitya Akademi awardee, Mushtaq Kak on October 18, 2017 in commemoration of Balwant Gargi's birth centenary organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi in collaboration with Himachal Academy of Art, Culture & Languages at Gaiety Theatre in Shimla.

“Amateur Theatre Group has been invited to showcase its one of the most appreciated presentation “Abhiraksha” which is based on the story of man-woman relationship in an urban set up which challenges the old ethical values in a crumbling social structure due to fast paced lifestyle by Gaiety Theatre Shimla”, this was unveiled by Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and Director ATG, Mushtaq Kak in a press conference, here today.

The Play “Abhisarika” depicts the story of man-woman relationship in urban setup, where old ethical values are being challenged in a crumbling social structure. The chaos in the urban homes created by the fast paced life and a desire to cling to old values forms the refrain of this play.

The main preoccupation of Gargi’s works is exploration of various facets of man-woman relationship. That he draws his inspiration from Sigmund Freud, the Psychoanalyst who revolutionized the theory and methods of Psychoanalysts in the early twentieth century, becomes clear by the hypothesis that he propounds in his work. Two quotations from Freud’s works which form the foundation of the play are; “Love in itself, in the form of longing and depravation, lowers the self regard; whereas to be loved, to have love returned and to possess the beloved object, exalts it again” and “We attribute to women a greater amount of narcissism (and their influences their object choice) so that for them to be loved is a stronger need than to love”.

The artists who are going to perform in the play are Sunil Sharma as Pradeep, Sapna Soni as Ranjana, Sunaina as Malti and Abhay Rajput as Randhir. The set will be designed by Mohit Chib where Ankit Sharma will design the music. Costumes will be designed by Mohit Purie and Sandeep Verma will assist in direction.