A year after they tied the knots on October 18, 2014, Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha were in Kashmir last week to celebrate the first anniversary. Literally trying to be Kashmir ambassadors, they shared many of their shots with their friends on web. “Best 1st anniversary #kashmir #traveldiaries #nofilter Love in every heartbeat and particle. Nature makes us feel oneness,” Dia, smitten by Kashmir beauty, wrote on Instagram.
Marghoob Banihali, one of the respected writers, has returned his Sahitya Akademi Award to protest roasting of trucker Zahid Rasool Bhat by communal forces in Udhampur. He accused the governments’ in Delhi and Srinagar of making Kashmiris bleed. Apart from heading the Kashmiri department in the University of Kashmir for 11 years, Banhali has served the University’s Persian department, Iqbal Institute and Central Asian Studies. The Award he returned was bestowed upon him for his poetic collection Partavistaan in 1979. He is second Kashmiri in history after Akhter Mohiuddin, who returned the honours in protest against events taking place in Kashmir. Journalist writer Ghulam Nabi Khayal also returned his award against the communalism and crisis on minority front in India.
Langate’s two-time lawmaker, Engineer Rashid, whose campaign is gradually eating into the separatist camp influence, was again in news when right-wingers painted his face black in Delhi. A day after dominating news, he withdrew the case against two ink-attackers and tried to stay afloat on TV screens. But in the entire bovine controversy, he is still being accused of surcharging the situation outside the assembly by offering mutton kebabs in his ‘beef’ party. As the situation is gradually drawing the curtains on beef, what is next on engineers’ mind?
Attacking fellow legislators is not the only thing distinguishing BJP lawmakers. One of them is cross-dresses to play Sita for Ram Leela. Neelam Langeh, the first-timer from Ramban, was recently pictured in Sari and a heavy dose of make-up in Ramban’s Maitra grounds when he played Sita for his voters – his seventh time, though first time as MLA. What made his last performance different was that the local administration was in attendance.
It was a Kashmir-style encounter enacted in plains. Jagdeep Singh, an RR Soldier posted in J&K, was holidaying for 20-days in ancestral Hassanpur (Sangrur) that he picked up a battle with his brother’s family. Dispute involved selling of family land to fund the travel of his brother to US. With his recently acquired double barrel gun in hand, he chased his brothers’ wife Gurdeep for half a kilometer and killed her. Then he killed Labh Kaur, his aunt, her 16-year-old grandson Harman Deep as his cousin Harjinder barely survived. Then he trained his gun on his neighbours and left four injured. Then police came, used the mike-system from Gurdwara, asked him to surrender. He refused and then was killed in an encounter. A Kashmir story in Punjab, isn’t it?
Remember Naresh Kumar from Akhnoor, the BSF man who was admitted officially in Jammu’s mental hospital. He knew he was wronged but did not explain. Now Sunita, his brave wife has filed a case against a senior BSF officer who had molested her. To keep the case wrapped under the carpet, she alleged, Kumar was beaten and thrown to a hospital. Kumar’s case, she alleged, was fourth in the series. She has named names and police have booked a BSF doctor Dr Amit.
Cell phone is emerging a major change-maker. The latest was a series of cell phone shots showing a cop helping a girl candidate copy from the text in an examination hall in remote Wadwan valley. Within first few hours of the clips getting viral on the web, education minister acted. State police chief suspended the cop and initiated an inquiry following which he would lose his job. This season, Education Ministry has got the maximum speaking pictures about what its staff is doing on ground.
Rs 2200 crore is the amount available with J&K Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). FinMin Drabu wants that it must earn 1.5% more than existing 8.1% and has outlined the ideas.