No men in uniform were seen outside the Hyderpora residence of Syed Ali Geelani later in the Friday afternoon. The unusual phenomenon, Friday and no police siege, is the result of the news coming from veteran leader’s home that he is not well since Thursday. The sources said that, “as the news of illness reached the authorities, they decided to end the siege of Geelani’s residence and called back the personnel who were outside his residence to ensure his house detention.” Monitored by two teams of doctors, Geelani is facing number of severe ailments. Already fragile and weak, the ailment has cost him nine Kgs of weight. Face of hard line politics in Kashmir, Geelani has fought many ailments valiantly. Though yet to be hospitalized, the amalgam which he heads has asked people to pray for his recovery.
Kashmir will have its representative from America to play for Indian basketball team. While excelling in basketball in domestic tournaments in America, Shahid Bhat a Kashmiri boy who was born and bred in Kansas City in USA is gunning for a berth in Indian basketball team. This would add one more game to the list where Kashmiris have their representation in team India. The poor record going for past 40 years, motivated Shahid to return to Kashmir and participate in the game. In Kashmir he has done 50 basketball training sessions and became popular among those who loved to play basketball But lack of competition in Kashmir compelled Bhat to shift to Delhi in 2012. With no basketball player around to make it to India team from Kashmir, Shahid’s presents a hope.
Molestation accused congress minister Shabir Ahmad Khan says he was framed under a “political conspiracy”. In a typical style of politics, Khan in his home constituency, Rajouri rubbishes allegation and said it was people with ‘vested’ interests versus him. Khan wants people to teach a lesson to those who conspired against him. He plays card of his humble background and non political lineage. Significantly there was no Pradesh Congress Committee leader in the rally.
When many childless couples were busying praying to have one, a new born baby girl was abandoned at shrine of Makhdoom Sahab(RA). Though this raised questions on the acceptability of girl child in our families, there are many yearning to have daughters even today. Within hours of her admission in G B Pant hospital, couples queued to adopt her. Surprising, it not only included the childless couples, but even those who already have children. Father of a son, who came forward to adopt the baby girl, is desperate to take her home. He has fulfilled all the formalities and awaits the decision of the court. From January 2012, over 25 new born babies have been abandoned in Srinagar. They were mostly found abandoned in G B Pant and Lal Ded hospital. Occasionally, they are left around shrines.
Narendra Modi’s Chai Pa Charcha campaign was started in Kashmir but did not attract even passersbys. The function in Srinagar was just a photo-op where a group of self driven cars halted near Sher-e-Kashmir Park, a dozen odd BJP activists came out with a large Modi banner. They fixed it near a tea-vendor and within minutes, they were sipping tea under the glare of the cameras. Though the idea received fair response in Jammu, in Kashmir people tried to stay away and not to get in the photo-frame.
State government revelations suggest that ecology is being compromised for connectivity. It takes a chinar hundreds of years to grow but in South Kashmir 91 Chinar trees coming under the new road alignment in Islamabad and Pulwama are being axed. The road which is going to take Kashmir’s legacy is expected to be ready by the end of 2014. The move puts question mark on the claims of government for being sensitive to environment.
Their first ‘flight’ beyond the Banihal Pass enthralled audience in lawns of the Bengal Area Headquarters, Kolkata. Born and lived in skirmish environs of cross-border firing between India, 22 girls from URI chose to perform traditional dance. Army’s Op Sadbhavna initiative came into play and the girls went to ‘educational and motivational’ tour. They were told how they should return home with fond memories of the rest of the country. Before arriving in Calcutta, the girls had visited Delhi and Lucknow.
There are 1280 illegal structures within 200 meters of banks of the Sheshnag Nalla and Aru nalla of Nalla Lidder in Pahalgam.
276458 cases are pending in the High Court and other subordinate courts of the State.