BBC has started its Urdu TV programming. Right now, it telecasts a current affairs capsule in partnership with a Pakistani channel, thrice a week. It is presented by two young women and one of them, Aliya Nazki, is a Kashmiri. Daughter of literature-academic, Ayaz Rasool Nazki, the former registrar at SKUAST, Aliya had her basic education in Kashmir and later she studied international relations in Delhi. She is settled in London. Before starting work on this project Aliya worked for as an interactive and video producer for seven years. As part of an award winning team of online and radio journalists she has worked successfully across platforms. Aliya has a degree in English literature from Delhi University and she studied international relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.


No, it is not a joke. A responsible newspaper reported that Delhi is planning taking cricketer Parvez Rasool to the national team so that it helps douse the tense Kashmir situation post Afzal Guru execution! Central government has formally communicated it to a BCCI senior. All rounder Parvez has proved his worth and by all standards he deserves an elevation. He has been taken by Pune warriors. But the mavericks linking it with the prevailing situation are trying to convert it into a concession, a statecraft that has remained in vogue, post partition. By the way, he is the same guy who was once arrested by Karnataka’s anti-terror squad.


Though he had investigated it a bit but it has been a huge relief to Army Chief, General Bikram Singh. In the oft-reported Janglat Mandi encounter, the High Court observed that it was neither fake nor stage managed. An encounter in which a senior Army officer was killed and Commander rank officer is injured can not be fake or stage managed, the order observed. But it did ask the police to inquire into the matter “with reasonable dispatch unmindful and uninfluenced by the observations made by the court.” Bar president Zaffar Qureshi is pleading the petitioner, a women from Karnah, who alleges that her son was killed in the encounter and dubbed a Pakistani.


Government has blacklisted and banned two traders – one each from Poonch and Rawlakote, for attempting arms smuggling through LoC. It happened after officials detected four empty rounds, one cap of 12 bore rifles from a herb consignment that Hamid Raza Hashmi of Hajira had sent to Dewan, a J&K trader. In another case, police recovered two mobile phones with SIM and memory cards from PaK resident when he was going back. They also recovered Rs 50710 from him, returned Rs 15000 and deposited the balance amount with the local police station. SOP permits Rs 15000 cash per traveller on either side.


Finally police registered a case against former DC Pandu Rang Pole, now Udhampur, for illegally transferring 206 kanal land to hoteliers in Sool area of Katra. Police acted on a complaint suggesting that the officer in connivance with some businessmen of Delhi got the land transferred in their name in back date for construction of Navshrivan Hotel & Resort at the piece of land that was owned by Gian Singh and others. The accused include Naib-Tehsildar Katra, Sher Singh.


Kashmir first e-commerce portal KashmirBox has bagged the best start-up award during the eSparks 2013. It had selected 360 startups of which KashmirBox was one of the 12 finalists and was awarded “Hottest e-commerce start-up in India for the year 2013” and “Peoples Choice award for the best e-commerce business model”. The portal is run by the techie-trio Kaashif Ahmad, Muheet Mehraj and Ishfaq Mir.


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