Cleared by the authorities, fire dashed hope of a cobbler. Living with childhood dream to perform Hajj, Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh toiled hard. He migrated from Kokernag, Islamabad to Srinagar’s Noor Bagh. He saved every penny from his earnings. His bank was his wooden box. The joy of this old man did not last long as recent fire in Noor Bagh devastated everything. The flames engulfed thirteen residential houses and a dream. The leftover ash is nightmare for Sheikh as it is impossible for him now to fly to holy cities.
Sigh of relief. News coming from New Delhi is that J&K may continue with its own Common Entrance Test (CET) for one more year. Though the final call would be taken on May 09. The newly introduced National Entrance and Eligibility Test (NEET) has already generated a lot of debate across India. Ethnicities apart, every state has its own reason to object. J&K is no different but has one more consideration – state’s special status. It is apprehended that NEET is implemented and J&K will be only state for admission to Medical Colleges in the State. Students worried to face country level competition have one reason to smile that there would be no more Mushtaq Peer now.
Save paper! It’s not only an NGO saying today. The slogan is well received in the spiritual world as well. Viral on social networking sites, a photograph shows young boy with imprinted signs on his abdomen and back. This was found by a doctor in Srinagar hospital while examining the boy. Don’t confuse it with tattooing. It is ease of doing business. Paperless spiritual touch.
Since the day he was elected, NC lawmaker from South Kashmir is in news. First, he was suspended from lower house of state legislature for indiscipline, last time he was caught on phone abusing village level worker. And now, he fled a public rally in Islamabad. NC’s Abdul Majid Bhat Larmi, who defeated PDP candidate in his stronghold was booed away by workers of the ruling party. The rally was chaired by CM Mehbooba Mufti herself. As name of Larmi was announced, the crowd reacted with ‘shame’. Unlike other two lawmakers from opposition, Larmi left the dais. As Mehbooba flagged four new trains from South to North, Omar tweeted to condemn the ‘disrespect’.
Known for wrong reasons, stone at times helps in managing the mess. This time the beneficiary was the staff-starved department of traffic police. While virtual saviours were busy in suggesting the government various measures, a young man in Pandrethan area of South Srinagar stood in middle of the road and stopped vehicles moving in wrong direction to evade traffic jam, including a police bus. He made sure all the vehicles go back and stand in traffic queue. With just stone in hand, the volunteer eased the congested road with various passerby showering blessings.
Busy with affairs of the government, Mehbooba Mufti made her first public appearance in constituency her father represented. Initially she was reluctant, but is now in the driving seat to see her father’s dream fulfilled. Wearing a black waist-coat, Ms Mufti during inauguration of four new special limited-stop-trains, had all praises for late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah. This she did to justify late Mufti’s decision of having alliance with right wingers. She even talked about disturbing situation in Muslim world and Indian pluralism. For Mehbooba, Kashmir acceded to India in all its forms with all the parties. The saffron brigade seems no issue to the green force.
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