QWrap: Militants Abduct Cops’ Kin; ‘Stree’, a Solid Horror Comedy

From the abductions of cops’ families in Kashmir to Yamla Pagla Deewana phir se – catch today’s top stories.

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1. With Abduction of Kin on Both Sides, Kashmir Fight Turns Personal

In an eerie repeat of what security forces have been doing to their families, militants abducted at least 11 people from different parts of south Kashmir on the night of 30 August, Thursday. All eleven have sons, brothers or fathers working in police.

The abduction spree has sparked tensions across Kashmir and especially among the families of those locals who work with the Indian Army, the CRPF or Jammu and Kashmir Police.

However, many observers feel that it is unlikely that the kidnapped persons will be put in harm’s way.

The abductions came after security forces conducted a serious of raids and took away family members of Hizbul militants in early august.

Read the full story here.

2. Muslim Man Lynched for Allegedly Stealing Cattle in UP’s Bareilly

On the night of Wednesday, 29 August, a 20-year old man was lynched by a mob in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly area for allegedly stealing a buffalo, ANI reported. The incident took place near Bareilly’s Bholapur Hindoliya district when villagers suspected that Shahrukh Khan along with three men allegedly tried stealing a buffalo.

While the other three escaped, the villager caught hold of Khan and was severely beaten. When the police arrived, on seeing the condition of Khan, he was taken to the district hospital. He succumbed to injuries during his treatment.

Following the incident, Khan’s family denied the allegations of him stealing the cattle, saying that he worked in Dubai.

Click here for the complete list of mob attacks and lynchings since 2015.

3. Vodafone Idea Limited Now Officially the Largest Telco in India

It’s official! Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have officially completed their merger to become the largest telecom operator in India with a combined subscriber base of 408 million and a revenue market share of 32.2 percent.

This merger dethrones Bharti Airtel from the top which currently has a user base of 344 million as of July 2018. Reliance Jio becomes the third largest telecom operator in the country with 215 million subscribers.

The company had announced Kumar Mangalam Birla as the chairman of this venture while Balesh Sharma has been announced as the company CEO.

Read the full story here.

4. Review: A Horror-Comedy, ‘Stree’ Makes You Laugh for the Right Reasons

Do you like horror? What about comedy? Shraddha Kapoor-Rajkummar Rao starrer Stree brings both genres together in a delightful way WITHOUT relying on Bollywood’s boring old tropes.

Stree has item songs, sexual innuendos, jump scares and the likes but it never once gives into the easy temptation of being sexist or crass.

Stree is a solid entertainer with a good script and great performances.

In line with the theme of the film, Stree actors Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao show you how modern relationships can sometimes be horror comedies.

Watch the full video here.

5. Day 13, Asian Games: Boxer Amit & Women’s Squash Team Enter Final

It was a close match but Amit Panghal has come out on top, prevailing 3-2 in a draining contest against Carlo Paalam of Philippines.

In a see-saw battle which swung decisively in his favour in the final three minutes, Amit recovered from a shaky opening round to assure himself of at least a silver on debut at the Games.

The Filipino was aggressive but Amit too managed to connect just enough right straights to fetch a split verdict in his favour.

Get all the live updates here.

6. Review: ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se’? Please No

After making us Yamla Pagla and Deewana twice, this third one is a desperate attempt at trying to keep a dying franchise alive.

It’s heartbreaking to see the Deols try hard to recreate their original magic but end up as hollow husks of their former glory.

There is a scene in the film when court proceedings need to be stalled to help an important witness reach the witness box on time. The lawyer then tells his coterie “ab time waste karo jab tak woh na aaye” one is left wondering aur kitna?

Click here for the full review.

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