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Mumin Bhat, an Instagram influencer challenging stereotypes about Kashmir



Mumin Bhat founded Captured Illusions in 2017, an art and literary magazine. He always wanted to create Kashmir centric content, but with no one to help He took on the roles of a writer, reporter, editor, and publisher. An avid photographer, people soon started to notice his extraordinary photography through the pages of his magazine. As everyone fell in love with his clicks, he found himself on the streets of
downtown, near banks of dal, and beyond lofty mountains, clicking more pictures every day and posting them in his Instagram feed.

There was an explosion of hits and shares not just from Kashmir but across the world. People started to connect with the work that made him realize that he can capture Kashmir through his lens and
challenge the stereotypes southward in mainland India.
He chose to show the world, the unseen reality that was masked by optical illusions creating by those in the fancy newsrooms, he wanted to challenge those stereotypes that defined Kashmiri people for decades, the hatred and the animosity they faced across India.

Mumin Bhat born and raised in Srinagar, the nineties was a difficult period for Kashmiris, it greatly impacted his teenage and turned him a man early of his age. He would always engage in social and community works, helping those affected by the situation.
Looking back at the time, Mumin said “I could notice the battle of ideas and narratives happening in front of us, the loud noise of barrels couldn’t keep us away from expressing ourselves through different forms of art. I’m a proud Kashmiri, and for me, it has always been Kashmir First.”

Techie turned Instagram influencer flipped towards media first as a Radio Host for national radio channel – that’s when he understood the importance of mass media. He wanted his own content instead of reading scripts thus decided to start his own art magazine, giving a platform to thousands of artists to express themselves freely.

Mumin Bhat became a well-known name in circles of artists, musicians, and poets when he started open mic sessions tagged as let me speak, in a place like Kashmir where censorship and check on events like these are strong, words are counted and measured on a thin line.
Mumin says “it was a big challenge for me to put on this show, I wanted everyone to express freely, mental stress is highest in Kashmir cos the freedom of speech and expression has been mutualized
when people express they feel inner peace.”

Thousand of participants have spoken and expressed using various art forms through his initiative, talking about Kashmir and beyond, their personal and collective struggles, curfew nights, veiled
beauties and the meadowlands far away.
With no support from government Mumin started his literary magazine, its one of the most read literary magazines at the moment in Kashmir, printing over 30,000 copies monthly. He has also successfully conducted over 14 open mic sessions, the most so far in Kashmir and the only one
without any breaks.

He is an Instagram sensation among youth, from his mesmerizing clicks and ice-breaking just a minute videos featuring prominent figures of Kashmir.
From renowned Journalist Rifat Abdullah to RJ Sofi, he has interviewed everyone, creating awareness and presenting the real face of Kashmir, otherwise disfigured by propaganda and false
Mumin concludes, “I was greatly inspired by Nas Daily, I don’t want my content to just entertain my audiences but also educate them about Kashmir and its people.”
Today, Mumin heads a team of 15 people at Captured Illusions, years of commitment and hard work has paid off as many big brands are showing interest in working with him.

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Recommendation to extend the time limit in two doses of covishield vaccine, no change in dose of covaxin




The government panel has recommended a 12 to 16 week gap between the two doses of Covid-19 vaccine covishield being put in place to prevent the corona epidemic. It has been recommended by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization. However, the group has not felt any need to increase the interval of two doses of covaxine. Such a recommendation, like a panel of the government, came at a time when a new study had claimed that if the gap between the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine was increased, the deaths could be higher. Can also be reduced.

According to a Reuters news, it was said that it would be effective only when the conditions were favorable. Let me tell you that in the past, India had increased the gap in two doses of vaccine to prevent Covid-19. Now once again, the talk of increasing the gap of this dose is in full swing in the world. Britain has decided to make a 12-week gap between the two dosages here. It has been said in the news that after the first dose of Corona Vaccine, there has been a reduction of about 80 percent of the deaths. Apart from this, the pace of infection has also come down by about 70 percent.

According to the Reuters news, the Pfizer company also says that the effect of extending the time limit between two doses can also be seen on people under 65 years of age. The company has also made it clear that it is very important to have some favorable conditions for its very results. However, the company has made it clear that they do not have any concrete evidence nor data at this time. This is the reason why Pfizer is saying this based on the news coming from Britain.

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After Rajdhani Shatabdi, railways cancelled many trains of Uttar Pradesh, see full list here




The lockdown is also impacting the rail operations. Many long distance trains including Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express have been canceled due to lack of passengers. With this, the movement of local trains is also being disrupted. Many local trains running between different cities of Delhi to Uttar Pradesh will be canceled. This will cause problems to the employees and others traveling on these trains.

People will have trouble

Old Delhi-Tundla MEMU Special (04184/04183), Old Delhi-Hathras Fort MEMU Special (04418/04417), New Delhi-Aligarh MEMU Special (04414/04413) Ghaziabad-Mathura EMU Special (04420/04419) till May 17 Decided not to run or have. Railway officials say that Uttar Pradesh has a lockdown till May 17, so it has decided to cancel the said trains. The problem of government employees traveling by these trains has increased. Along with this, those traveling for treatment and other important work will also have problems.

Due to Corona, passengers are getting

There is a shortage of passengers in trains due to Corona infection and lockdown. Recently, Northern Railway had announced the cancellation of 28 trains till further orders. Many trains going to Mumbai have been canceled, despite the seats available in the running trains. On Tuesday, around three and a half hundred seats are vacant in the third AC of the special capital going to Maharaja Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal.

Until a few days ago almost all trains to Bengal were running full, but now the situation has changed. On Monday, nearly four hundred seats in Sealdah Duronto were left vacant. At the same time, three and a half seats are vacant in the Sealdah AC special leaving on Tuesday. Explain that the lockdown has been carried forward in Delhi as well as in Haryana and UP. Now a lockdown has been imposed in these states for up to 17 May. Due to this, people are staying at home and are avoiding getting out. Due to which the trains are reducing congestion.

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Delhi Metro closed as well; RT-PCR report mandatory for entry into Uttarakhand; Know the state of other states




Lockdown, curfew and stringent restrictions have been imposed in many states of the country to curb the corona virus infection. In many states including Delhi, UP, the restrictions have been extended till May 17. Corona’s negative report has been made mandatory to enter several states. Explain that 3,66,161 new cases of Corona virus infection have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours and 3754 people died during this period. The total number of positive cases in the country has increased to 2,26,62,575.

Lockdown in Delhi and tough

The lockdown has been tightened in view of the increasing cases of corona in Delhi. The metro has been closed from May 10 to May 16 in Delhi. At the same time, marriage has been banned in a public place, marriage home, banquet hall or hotel etc., but marriage will be possible in the home or court. In which only 20 people will be involved

RT-PCR report mandatory for entry into Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand government has now decided to impose strict Kovid curfew in the state in the first phase from Monday to May 18 at 6 am. During this time, fruit-vegetable, meat-fish and milk shops will open from seven to 10 in the morning. In case of groceries, it has been decided to keep it open till one o’clock on Monday. After this, these shops will open on May 14 from seven to 12 in the morning. For those coming to Uttarakhand from other states, registration in the smart city portal and a negative report of RTPCR up to 72 hours ago has been made mandatory. Public vehicles will run with 50 percent capacity in inter-state and inter-district transport.

Corona curfew extended in Uttar Pradesh

In view of increasing cases of corona, partial corona curfew has been extended till May 17 in the state. However, during the Corona curfew in Uttar Pradesh, people witnessed a large crowd at the fruit and vegetable market of Varanasi. During this time people were seen violating the rules of social distance.

A two-week complete lockdown has been done in Tamil Nadu from today. The cases of corona infection are increasing rapidly in the state, in which the government had to take this decision. However, essential goods shops will remain open during this period. Bengaluru will also have a 14-day lockdown from today. At least 26 states and union territories of the country including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra have also imposed strict restrictions like lockdown, curfew and lockdown to break the corona infection chain. In Jammu and Kashmir too, the ‘Corona Curfew’ has been extended till 17 May due to the severity of the epidemic.

Lockdown / curfew in in-state

Restrictions like lockdown in Karnataka from 10-24 May. Strict restrictions in Maharashtra from April 5 to May 15. Curfew in Goa from May 9 to 15 days. Complete lockdown in Kerala from May 8 to 16. Partial lockdown in Andhra Pradesh from 12 noon to 6 pm for two weeks from May 6. Night curfew in Telangana till 15 May. Full lockdown in Mizoram from May 10-17. Curfew in seven districts of Manipur from May 8 to 17. Lockdown in Himachal Pradesh from May 7 to 16. Lockdown in Bihar from May 4 to May 15. May 5 to 14 days lockdown in Odisha. Restrictions like lockdown till May 13 in Jharkhand. Chhattisgarh has weekend weekend till 15 May. Weekend lockdown and night curfew in Punjab till 15 May. Janata curfew in Madhya Pradesh till 15 May. Curfew in 36 cities of Gujarat from May 8 till 6 in the morning till May 12.

Let us know that in the last 24 hours in the last 24 hours, after the arrival of 3,66,161 new cases of Corona virus (COVID19), the total number of positive cases was 2,26,62,575. After 3,754 new deaths, the total number of deaths has increased to 2,46,116. The total number of active cases in the country is 37,45,237 and the total number of discharged cases is 1,86,71,222.

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