Maha Ali Kazmi, a young girl hailing from Kashmir presently living in Karachi, Pakistan, has released her first pop-rock single in Karachi. Her first single Nazar has become an instant hit. The music video received rave reviews over the internet and is being liked by people from both sides of the border. The singer has become an overnight celebrity. One of the Indian national newspapers commends her for ‘hypnotic looks’ and quotes, Nazar is about unrequited love of a woman, conceptualized and visualized in a very post-modern manner. Maha’s passionate performance in a gentle and seductive voice combined with her ‘hypnotic’ looks, makes Nazar a very powerful video number.
Leh hosted a three days 2nd International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh at Sindhu Sankriti Auditorium and the festival was inaugurated by Ghulam Nabi Azad. The festival was attended by delegates from Japan, Australia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Germany, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand etc. A huge delegation of 36 members from Malaysia, led by Datuk Dr. Victor Wee also joined the festival apart from eminent and renowned religious leaders from other faiths. Azad while talking about the outstanding contribution of legendary figure like Kushak Bakula Rimpoche, expressed the hope that this festival will be able to showcase the rich traditions and precious heritage of Ladakh, both nationally and internationally.
State government during past 10 years have spent an amount of Rs 310 crore on purchase of air-fleet while it has incurred an expenditure of Rs 12 crore on the plane and chopper sorties to facilitate movement of dignitaries in past three years. A high level committee headed by State Chief Secretary, Iqbal Khanday, worked out the modalities for procurement of a ‘Light Twin-Engine Helicopter’ suitable for the state. Reportedly government has already shortlisted some foreign companies and carried out technical evaluation for the purchase of the chopper. At present the state has a fleet of one fixed-wing aircraft (King Air-350) and two helicopters – double engine Augusta 109 and single engine Bell 407.
It took CBI 15 years to register a formal case in one of the gruesome massacres of Kashmir, the Salian massacre. The massacre that took place in the intervening night of August 3 and 4, 1998, was supposedly carried by Army and SOG personnel which left 19 persons of three families dead. The 4000 people, including gujjars, paharies and Kashmiris, living about 14 kms from Surankote still gets haunted by the memories of that night. The deceased included men, women and children. Of these was an eight-month pregnant woman, Zarina Begum, who has the most painful story. Zarina was first shot at and then to ensure the foetus is dead as well, her abdomen was axed. The villagers allege that the massacre was to avenge the killing of Zakir Hussain, an SOG personnel, who was allegedly killed by a local militant Imtiyaz Hussain. Hussain’s father was killed in the same massacre.
Vishal Bhardwaj has signed Shahid Kapoor again. After Kaminey, Shahid is working with Bhardwaj in his new movie, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the shooting will take place in Kashmir. The film will be shot in Kashmir as Bharadwaj has announced earlier. The shoot will start by the end of this year. He says he chose Kashmir for being ‘beautiful’ and for having ‘a supportive and helpful administration.’
Thanks to Zubin Mehta. In view of his much hyped concert almost 70 lakh have been spent on the Shalimar Mughal Garden. It is for the first time in the history that archaeologists and conservationists have been able to restore nearly 400 year old Mughal era hammam to its pristine glory in one of the Mughal gardens. The architectural marvel was lying in ruins before the INTACH, J&K Chapter took it up in view of the Zubin Mehta’s concert. INTACH is working in J&K from past three years. The Shalimar hamaam, a u-shaped structure, is part of the architectural ensemble which includes the Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, and other building.
For 1200 odd posts 3 lakh candidates are appearing in two Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB) exams
Rs 65.29 crores have been earmarked for current fiscal plan in Shopian, South Kashmir.