Briefing

Mumbai

Film director Meghna Gulzar has decided against shooting in Kashmir for her upcoming film Raazi starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal. The film revolves around a Kashmiri spy (Alia Bhatt), who gets married to a Pakistani Army Officer (Vicky Kaushal). The director was in Kashmir recently to scout for locations but now they will shoot in Mumbai instead. Huge sets, by a few Kashmiri workers, have been set in Mumbai so that the decor of the homes would look authentic. It will be film telling a fake story in fake Kashmir. But that is what Bollywood is all about.

Srinagar

After reporting Rs 1632 Cr loss in last financial year, J&K Bank has hinted a turnaround by posting a net profit of Rs 30 Cr for Q1, this fiscal. It said the gross operating profit was Rs 368 Cr. Chairman Parvaiz Ahmad said it marks reinventing the core strength of the bank. Interest income has grown by five percent, expenditures are down by 7 percent and overall growth is 24 percent. Now the Provision Coverage Ratio (PCR) is 70 percent against a 4.65% NPA level.

MACHIL

Army got rave commentaries for promptly delivering justice in Machil fake encounters, in which soldiers would lure civilians to border, kill them and dub them as infiltrators. The ‘encounter’ was key to the 2010 unrest. They were being compared with the police that is yet to move on the first case. But the twist in the story was reported last week when army tribunal suspended the life imprisonment of five 4 Rajput Regiment soldiers and granted them bail. Is it a new precedence or a follow up is not known.

MALAYSIA

Wushu player Abida Akhtar, 25, made Kashmir proud with a podium finish in the 48kg (sanshou event) in the Malaysia Wushu International Championships. Resident of Gojarpatti Bandipore, Abida is a cop’s daughter. Her father was killed allegedly by militants when she was 18 months old. She chooses sports as a career but as she grew up she was married. When it came to sports versus marriage, she preferred sports and was divorced. Now it has started paying. Earlier, Abida won a medal in kickboxing as well.

DELHI

For all these months, the media made people believe the Skunks, the stinky bombs to be used in Srinagar were manufactured by the scientists at perfume institute in Kanuaj. These chemicals which are used with water cannons smell like decomposed bodies and raw sewage and may take weeks to fade away. Now a CRPF officer said that unlike Israel, that is using it successfully since 2008, it has proved a dud because India has a higher threshold for stench.

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