Scholar Syed Aijaz Andrabi was given National Geo Science award for his meritorious work in mineral discovery and exploration. A resident of Parigam, the award was given to him by President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi. Previously known as National Mineral Award, the National Geo-Science Award was instituted by Mines Ministry in 1966.
J&K Bank Ltd lifted the prestigious All India Bihar Cup Football Tournament by defeating Army XI Shillong 1-0 at Patliputra Sports Complex Kankarbagh in Patna. Banks Aman Thapa scored the all-important goal towards the end of the second-half of the game. Nitesh Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar presented the trophy to bank’s team and a cheque of Rs 100000.
J&K’s state owned Baglihar project has created a new record in energy generation. Against the yearly design energy of 2536.07 million units (mu), it has generated 2953 mu in 2015-16 ending March 31, 2016. Besides, the Stag-II has generated 140 mu’s. Baglihar has two stages of 450-MWs each and every stage has three units of 150-MW each. Right now, however, only four units are operational. Since the stage-I went into operation in 2008, the project has generated 20645.24 mu.
Peoples Conference lawmaker Sajad Lone is caught in catch-22 situation. Currently stationed in Delhi, he is embroiled in three issues from three sides. His left eye is not well for a long time and he may have to undergo a surgery. His opthomologist has asked him rest. But before going to Delhi, he has taken oath of office and was given a ministry which he does not want. In protest, he has resigned but BJP, his ally, is yet to accept it. More serious problem is that his father-in-law, JKLF co-founder Amanullah Khan is seriously unwell and is admitted to hospital. He is yet to take a call to fly to Islamabad or permit his wife to attend to her ailing father.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is back to basics. The Hurriyat (m) leader, off late, has been talking about the seriously basic issues, fundamental to the life. Recently he opposed the implementation of the National Food Security Act terming it an “aggressive ploy to harass and victimize” people. Later, he put on record his concern over the conversion of agricultural land into concrete jungle of buildings and wanted upholding the laws of the land. He even was concerned over the problems that goldsmiths of Kashmir are facing as part of their all India protest. He has visited the gold traders and workers in Saraf Kadal also.
Bollywood is now being followed by TV. If a promo released by Zee TV’s popular talent hunt programme Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is an indication then it might have some link to snow clad Gulmarg. The promo features a musical bond that develops within a group of obese friend who run to catch a bus they had missing – all while singing. It remains to be seen if India’s major network is using Kashmir’s fascinating winter wonderland to sell its product or it is actually planning to record an episode in J&K.