The date of Bollywood is continuing and so is the fashion industry. This week again the Kashmir word resonated at the ramp of two day Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week 2019. It was fashion label Huemn’s Fall 19 that paid homage to the raw energy of the young Kashmir landscape with a play of contrasts and set against the backdrop of a beautiful, bountiful conflict ridden landscape said Shyma Shetty. The entire line was a play of contrasts and strong references from the popular 90’s sneaker culture trend reflecting in the garments in terms of shapes, cuts and silhouettes in denim and fleece. The act began with a monologue that spoke of how one can use art and fashion to give voice to others, to speak up against injustice. It questioned if we are using our voice enough.
A Kashmiri professor Dr Nyla Ali Khan, granddaughter of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, has been appointed as commissioner on Oklahoma Status of Women Commissioner. She has been appointed for a five-year term by Senator Greg Treat (R-Oklahoma City), Republican President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate. Dr Khan is the first South Asian Muslim member of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She has served on the commission’s Advisory Council since 2015.
A Kashmiri star international cyclist Muhammad Akber Khan finished 4th in the 124 km mass start race where around 178 riders from all over India participated that included some of the top riders. For large part of the race, he was in contention for the top finish but had to contend with fourth place at the end. For finishing fourth, Akber bagged Rs 40,000 cash prize and a trophy. The event, organized by District Administration Hoshiarpur under the auspices of Cycling Federation of India, included five cyclists from Kashmir but out of them only two could finish in top 20. Another rider Waheed Ahmad finished 13th and bagged rupees three thousand cash prize.
After struggling for months together, finally the Oscar nominated Kashmiri origin director Ashvin Kumar has got the U/A certificate from the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) for his upcoming film ‘No fathers in Kashmir’ which is a love story between a local boy and a Bristish Kashmiri. The film was earlier offered an ‘A’ certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which was protested by the makers. The film which is set to release in April is a film, as per the director, made for young people all over India to connect with young people all over Kashmir, about the euphoria and hopefulness of being young. Kumar was nominated for an Oscar for his short film, ‘Little Terrorist’, and has won two National Awards for his films ‘Inshallah Football’ and ‘Inshallah Kashmir.’
Bringing much laurels to his state and college, a Jammu student Muhammad Jawaad, a 6th semester BTech student of Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering & Technology (SVIET) has developed an innovative electric car named “SVIET Volta”. Completed in for more than 15 months, the car can touch top speed of 110 km per hour. The prototype of the car has been successfully tested. The research and development of the car was fully funded by the institute. Along with a major Global Investor, SVIET will also partner in commercialisation of this car.
This week Kashmir newspapers started with blank pages to protest an unexplained halt of government advertisements on two major publications. The decision, neither communicated nor explained is in vogue for the last 15 days. The front pages of all the major newspapers were blank barring a small caption: “in protest against the unexplained denial of government advertisements to Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader”. The decision to go for blank front pages was taken by the Kashmir Editor’s Guild, a journalistic body that represents the main newspapers of Kashmir. Now the Press Council of India has also sent a notice to the state to explain the stopping of ads to the newspapers.
A Kashmir born barrister, Zane Malik, 32, has been appointed judge in UK who rose to fame winning a record number of human rights and immigration law cases in Britain’s higher courts. He has been appointed as Immigration Judge and also as Deputy District Judge of the First Tier Tribunal. He has become the first judge who was born in Pakistan administered Kashmir and studied in Islamabad till completing his A levels before coming to the UK for graduation in law and to join his father’s practice.