Briefing

POLAND
In 2015, when Bata, a Polish citizen attended a Kashmiri wedding, she instantly fell in love with Kashmiri culture and decided to host her wedding reception in the valley. Three years later she was in back in Kashmir along with her husband Wlodek, and a few relatives, to turn her dream wedding into reality. The couple booked a local hotel on the banks of the Jhelum River, with mountain peaks in the background, to throw a grand reception, typical of a Kashmiri wedding. The bride wore traditional Kashmiri attire and the groom Khan-dress and a turban.

BATAMALOO

After a broad daylight attack on CRPF personnels in Batamaloo area of Srinagar city, the entire security setup has been beefed up in Kashmir’s summer capital. On Thursday, people travelling to Srinagar were puzzled when a contingent of SOG and STF, stopped vehicles and bikers, asking them to get their laptops and mobilephones checked near Tao Cafe. The act has angered a number of citizens who took to social media to criticize the move. A number of boys were asked to handover their mobile phones for checking, a new normal in south Kashmir and other sensitive parts of Kashmir.

RAJBAGH

Till PDP was in power no official bothered to look towards a massive structure constructed right next to Jhelum bund, near Zero Bridge in Srinagar. A multi-storey hotel building, which is almost nearing completion, is now under Governor’s scanner. Last week Governor NN Vohra ordered formation of an enquiry team which will look into the allegation that the said hotel, owned by Sheikh Gulzar Ahmad son of Habibullah Sheikh, is constructed on government land. Also, the committee will establish the ownership of the land.

LONDON

The negative perception created by certain media outlets, forced two cousins, Asma Bandey and Samma Ishaq Hafeez, to start ‘Kashmir Table’ where they introduced Kashmiri food and culture in UK and USA. Kashmiri Table, a joint venture, consists of pop-up meals, high teas and more, hosted between London (where Bandey now resides) and Miami (which Hafeez calls home).

Both cousins have been informally working to educate others about their community. By educating through cuisine, the duo hopes to introduce Kashmiri culture and its food to a curious Western audience.

REASI
Jammu and Kashmir Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed inaugurated bank’s guest house at Friends Colony, New Delhi. Built on a sprawling plot of land and christened as ‘JK Bank House’, the guest house is a subtle manifestation of the bank’s brand image that will continue to reflect and send a message across.

MUMBAI

Bollywood director Imtiyaz Ali’s modern adaptation of classic love story Laila Majnu, is set to release on September 07.

The film starring Tripti Dimri, Mir Sarwar and Avinash Tiwary, is set and shot in Kashmir. The film features a host of artists from Kashmir in both major and minor roles.

Imtiyaz earlier came to Kashmir to shot Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri starrer Rockstar. Since then he has been a regular to Kashmir.

Eight attacks on security installations has killed 35 soldiers in last 3 Years

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