Ladakh Heart Foundation (LHF) in collaboration with Salman Khan’s Foundation – Being Human (SKFBH) and Fortis Memorial Research Institute Gurgaon (FMRI) has identified 16 children suffering from heart ailment and taken them to New Delhi for surgery and other treatments. Nawang Tsering, Director Chumik Travel, is accompanying the kids and said that he has provided his bus on a very minimal charge.The bus will stay at Gurgaon to bring the children back to Ladakh after the surgery.
Encouraged by the inaction of concerned authoriteis to curb the menace dogs have now gone a step ahead in tormenting the human population in Kashmir. They are now hunting humans inside their homes too. Abdul Ahad Dar’s daughter, an infant, was attacked by dogs inside her house when she was sleeping. Her mother, Shaista Jan had gone outside to wash utinsils on the banks of nearby Teilbal Nallah when the incident happened. Dogs had sneaked into her house and mauled the baby. The baby was rushed to hospital in a critical condition where she finally died of incurable rabies. Though, the government is spending crores of rupees on the sterilization project of dogs but no substantial resultsare seen on the ground.
Early this week a top brass IAS officer Baseer Ahmed Khan, deputy commissioner Kishtwar, was arrested by state vigilance organisation for being involved in the infamous Gulmarg land scam. After preparing a charge sheet against him, he was produced before the court of Special Judge Anti-corruption Kashmir, M L Manhas. The court, however, immediately granted him bail against a bond to the tune of Rs 1 lakh. The case will come up for hearing on framing of charges against the accused on October 5. Pertinently, the accused is one among the 22 accused under sections 5(1)(d) read with 5(2) of Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act.
For third time in a row Umer Nabi of Team Khyber lifted the Khyber 12th Tour de Kashmir cycling expedition by finishing overall leader at the end of fifth stage. Umer was consistent in his performance throughout the tour as he bagged the trophy with the best average timing. Saket Malhotra of Chandigarh finished the tour on second place and Akber Khan of Team Magpie finished the tour and occupied the third place.The 5-stage event in the State, had started from Verinag on September 22, then it was held from Pahalgam on September 23. From Srinagar to Gulmarg it was held on September 24 and back to Srinagar on September 25. Around 55 cyclists, both local and national riders, competed for the glory. The event was held with the aim to promote cycling Tourism in the State by J&K Sport’s Development Association in collaboration with JK Tourism and TAAK.
Jawaharlal Nehru University is hosting a three day Kashmir film festival in which about 18-20 films will be screened including Aamir Bashir’s Harud, Sanjay Kak’s Jashn-e-Azadi, M K Raina’s Man Faqiri and the late Mani Kaul’s Before My Eyes. The aim of the three-day festival is to celebrate all aspects of Kashmir — social, historical, political and psychological. There’s also a section on photographs, book readings and panel discussions, one of the curators of the festival said. Under the category of women in conflict, there are films like Atul and Shabnam Ara’s Waiting, Iffat Fatima’s Where Have You Hidden My Crescent Moon and Sonia Jabbar’s Autumn’s Final Country.
Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir after organising a parallel event to Zubin Mehta’s Ehsaas-i Kashmir gave a tribute to Afzal Guru. They released an audio CD comprising 15 songs in Urdu, English and Kashmiri. The CD, ‘A tribute to Afzal – a cultural aesthetic tribute to the resilience and struggle of people of JK in Srinagar’ was released on the eve of World Peace Day.The songs include resilience, grief and mourning against the secret hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru.The event was attended by scores of journalists, students, and members from Civil Society groups.Team who wrote, composed and sung the songs include, Naqshab Afridi, Irfan & Bilal, Dr Rubeena, Shaheedi, Shayaan, Muztar, Ali Sheda, Ghazi, Sabir, Nadim Kasmi, Fahad and Saif. One of the songs is written by Shujat-ul-Islam who was killed in police action in 2010 summer unrest.
Cattle numbering 30 were crashed to death and other 22 injured when a fast moving vehicle sped over them at 5 in the morning on Friday near Nowgam Bye Pass, Srinagar
From now on State would be providing Rs 10 lakh to the Panchayats annually for undertaking developmental activities in their respective areas.