Briefing

GULMARG

An adventure race is taking place. Named Expedition India 2017, a Johannesburg-based adventure company Kinetic Events in collaboration with the state’s tourism department and Jammu and Kashmir Bank is conducting it. Around 13 foreign teams and one local team are participating in this 10-day international adventure race aimed at ‘clearing misconceptions about the valley being unsafe and to attract more tourists’. The race will culminate at Nubra valley in Leh on September 22.

LUCKNOW

Dharmendra Kumar, 35, a primary government school teacher has been suspended for his Facebook posts on Kashmir in Alipur, UP. The complaint letter forwarded by the inquiry committee has 10 screenshots of his Facebook posts in which he has congratulated the Pakistani cricket team for winning the match… and another post where he writes that J&K is not part of India as GST was not applicable there. The inquiry is going on.

LEH

For the first time after many years, efforts are underway to push Leh against Kargil. The reason: a Buddhist girl Stanzin Saldon of Saspol, married Murtaza Agha of Kargil. LBA has threatened to launch an agitation in case J&K government doesn’t take immediate steps to prevent Muslims marrying Buddhist women. But the bride, who married in April this year, have submitted the proof that she has converted to Islam in 2015 in Karnataka. LBA has sent a representation to Chief Minister saying there were 97 conversions of the Buddhist girls to Islam in 40 years.

DELHI

Home Minister Rajnath Singh spent four days in the state. Apart from presiding over various security and development related meetings, the minister indicated a soft stance towards a possible dialogue. This time, he talked about various Cs: compassion, communication, co-existence, confidence-building and consistency. But the real outcome of the visit is his assurance on Article 35A on which he said sentiments of the people will be respected. Talking apart, there was no political outreach.

SRINAGAR

Under its CSR Programme, J&K’s first corporate, the J&K Bank presented two 11-seater electric cars to Kashmir University for use by differently-abled students. These special vehicles will be benefitting around 66 differently-abled students who are currently enrolled in Kashmir’s primary major campus.

CHEER

In a shocking video that has gone viral on social networking site, Facebook, shows an elderly woman, Saja, a resident of Chee area of Islamabad was badly beaten by her son, Abdul Rashid, and grandson in a domestic scuffle. The video also shows Saja’s head bandaged and her face has turned pale, apparently due to incessant thrashing. Her younger son tried to save her but he too was beaten by a wooden log after which he fell unconscious.

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