A chopper carrying Omar Abdullah, Sajjad Kitchloo and Devinder Singh Rana had to make an emergency landing after its pilot detected some technical snag in it. The Chief Minister had to then come over to Jammu by road. The trio was in Kishtwar. Omar had to lay the foundation stone of the University Campus and had also address a public meeting there. Police confirmed that the landing caused no injuries.
A crew including Farooq Sheikh, a veteran actor of Indian Cinema, has arrived to shoot for their television serial, ‘Adaa’. They were seen capturing the picturesque Tulip Garden, the largest of its kind in Asia. Tulip Garden, though opened for short period of time only, has become the hotspot for film and TV serial shooting crews this year. The TV serial was shot at the garden, a day after popular stars of Kannada film industry, Aditya and Radhika, shot for a song sequence of their movie, ‘Sweety’. It was supposedly the second film crew which visited Kashmir this year. Earlier, it was Deepika Padakone and Ranbir Kapoor who had come here to shoot for Ayan Mukerjee’s film ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewan”.
Mehvish Mushtaq, 23, has become the first Kashmiri to develop an android application. After spending two weeks, she has been able to create a one-stop source for ‘essential information’. The application named “Dial Kashmir” contains over 500 contacts of government and private departments. The developer believes that the application would be of immense help to the locals and tourists alike. The computer engineer says that the application has witnessed an average rating of 4.7 out of 7 with a thousand plus downloads on Google Play.
J&K Bank has bagged the prestigious ‘Best Enterprise’ award from Europe Business Assembly (EBA) in London for its enterprising performance in the field of banking and finance. The Socrates Committee of EBA also awarded Mushtaq Ahmed, Chairman and CEO J&K Bank, with a ‘Manager of the Year’ medal and a special statue. The medal was presented by Howell Christina, head of External Relations Department, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, UK. About 130 businessmen and 35 countries participated in the summit.
A ring with a Kashmir Sapphire has been sold for $ 1.37 millions at Christie’s auction in New York. The price is belived to be much more than the auction estimates. Christie expected that the sapphire, mounted by Tiffany and Co. on the ring to sell between $ 250,000 and $ 350,000 but it was sold for $ 154,000 per carat, setting a new world record. The deep blue, cushion cut gem weighs 8.91 carats. The gem was studded with diamonds on either side. The auction house did not disclose the buyer’s name.