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MUMBAI
The makers of ‘Hamid’, a film about a Kashmiri boy in search of his father, are planning to show the movie in the Valley before its theatrical release. Shot entirely in Kashmir, the Yoodlee Films’ project is directed by Aijaz Khan. As one of the lead actors is from Kashmir, the team felt films journey should start from here too. The film is about seven-year-old Kashmiri boy, whose father has disappeared, who calls up 786 and speaks to Allah.

SRINAGAR

The picture of Shakir Wani, 16, was circulated on the internet with a caption that Wani died trying to save a minor boy from drowning in the river Jhelum. A Class 11 student, Wani was in fact taking a bath along with his two friends near foot-bridge. According to eye-witnesses, Wani ventured towards the deeper side of the river, and when he realized he is in danger, he started crying for help. His friends also cried for help but there was nobody around.

RAFIABAD

Thousands turned out to bid farewell to two policemen killed on Shab-e-Qadr, after suspected militants attacked new Court Complex in Pulwama, which they were guarding. After the attack militants decamped with two service rifles as well. Identified as Ghulam Hassan Chopan, a resident of Rafiabad is survived by three sons, wife and an ailing father, and another slain was identified as Ghulam Rasool Lone, a resident of Gagal, Lolab in Kupwara.

BANIHAL
A real time network connecting doctors via a Whatsapp group came handy to save life of Bilal Ahmad Chopan, 27, a labourer, who was rushed to Banihal hospital with severe chest pain. The ECG done confirmed that Chopan had suffered a heart-attack. Within minutes doctors uploaded the ECG on their network. In no time, senior cardiologists advised to go for thrombolysis (using medication to dissolve clots in the blood vessels) before the patient could be shifted to any tertiary care hospital in Srinagar.

BRUSSELS

Kashmiri photo-journalist Ahmer Khan has been awarded European Commission-Lorenzo Natali Prize 2018 for his story ‘A school under metro bridge teaches Delhi children’. Khan collected the award at the European Development Days ceremony. The story was published in Radio France Internationale in 2016. Khan is an independent documentary photographer and a radio journalist. Currently he is a correspondent for Radio France International (RFI) and The Christian Science Monitor.

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