For decades now, the Border Road signposts have been saying: ‘From Kanyakumari to Kashmir, India is one.’ Nobody knows how long it is. But three endurance car drivers have attempted the idea to break the existing Limca Book of Records. Last time, somebody traversed this distance of 3884 kms in 79 hours and 15 minutes. This time, the trio covered it in 68 hours and 11 minutes. Endurance driver AVR Prabhakar Rao and his two friends, R Satya Teja and YV Krishna Rao, left Leh at 3.10 am on October 6 and reached Kanyakumari at 11.21 pm on October 8 in their Fiat Punto car. They took this route: Leh, Manali, Chandigarh, Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Nagpur, Adilabad, Hyderabad, Anantapur, Bangalore, Hosru, Madurai, Tirunalveli and Kanyakumari.
A Srinagar NGO took Rs 135, 000 from every one of the 172 students that it “selected” for admission in UP’s twin colleges – Nidhauli Kalan in Etah district and RB Institute of Technology on Jalesar Road. With their belongings, they landed in the college premises but were refused any admission. They spent a night under the open skies, almost hungry. It created a law and order problem in Agra. With media interventions, they managed to get attention. As it started getting out of hand, the NGO officials reached the spot, pushed the students in buses and drove to Delhi. What next, nobody knows!
PDP’s MLC Syed Asgar Ali says he lacks any information but the fact is the government has sanctioned prosecution against him. As Director Rural Development, he was one of the 42 officials who were found involved in the electrification of Panchayat Ghars in which they spent paltry amount but claimed an average Rs 1 lakh each. Interestingly he was sent on forcible retirement by Mufti Sayeed, whose party later adjusted him and nominated as a lawmaker. A major issue is that if a lawmaker is facing prosecution, can he continue and yes, what are the chances of his contesting for the assembly. Asgar lives in Kishtwar.