“Sheikh Sahab was tallest leader who always led from the front. That is what he did in 1947 to keep intact the diversity of Jammu and Kashmir. Sheikh Sahab had conviction and commitment to his decision. He had commitment to go against the tide when entire country was fighting on communal lines.” Mehbooba Mufti
On December 6, when Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti saw an impressive crowd of youth with their parents quite responsive and respectful in the gala-sports event in the Indoor Stadium, she was excited. There were official functions in last five months and a few public interactions too, but this was completely different and mood-changer. She told the sportspersons that her government will do everything they require to excel. By the time, she joined the function, the host sports council had felicitated the top five sportsperson by giving them cash rewards. She gave them almost an equal amount again. She was so happy that she gave a good amount to council as well. At the same time, however, the gathering was extra-ordinary. The Stadium for the first time was visibly inundated with people and crying for space literally.
Indian Navy has promoted Surgeon Captain Dr Waheeda Prism, daughter of Thanamandi’s teacher parents and wife of an army major, to Additional Ship Safety Officer (ASSO) at Naval Ship Angre under Head Qarter Western Naval Command. Schooled in a state run school, she joined Navy in 1997 within months after graduating from GMC Jammu. Soon she married Major M F F Khan, a pathologist and an ex-serviceman. In 2001, her father Gulzar Ahmad was killed by militants. Interestingly, her inspirational career story is part of the NCERT curriculum for Class IV students.
Forest fires are normal and perennial, especially in belts closer to LoC where biotic interventions and explosives availability is more. But what is abnormal is that Muneer Hussain, 35, a resident of Loran died fighting a forest fire last week. He was part of a joint team of police and civilians who were trying to control fire when his clothes caught fire. Well before his own fire was doused, he became a flame. Though he was shifted to hospital, he died midway. Interestingly, politicians have termed the death unfortunate but nobody has offered an idea about how to honour this hero.
VHP sees the refugee Rohingya refugees in Jammu a “security threat”. Trying linking the refugees with the militant attacks, indirectly, the member of the parivaar is demanding the foreigners should be thrown out and not settled in Jammu. Interestingly, the statement came within days after most of the refugee slum went up in smoke killing two infants and an elderly lady. Leela Karan Sharma of the Samiti fame terms their presence in Jammu as “deep rooted conspiracy” and accuses government of nuking their stay in Jammu comfortable by offering them rations, water and power.
In the demonetization mess when people are desperately to get into gold and stay liquid, some people get gold naturally. They are the sports persons winning in major sports events. The latest is Mufeed Shafi who won a gold medal at the National School Games competition in Goa in under-14 category of martial arts. Mufeed, a resident of Drangbal, is 12 years old and belongs to a economically modest family. Interestingly, J&K state bagged as many as 23 medals in the Goa competition organized by School Games Federation of India (SGFI).
BRO is installing 322 energy-efficient and long-life LED lights, 35 CCTVs and 750 KVA transformer in Banihal tunnel.
In last 11 months, 225 people including 71 security personnel, 14 civilians and 140 militants were killed in 305 militancy related incidents. It excludes nearly 100 civilians killed in ongoing unrest of five months.