Briefing

MUMBAI

kareena-kapoorCast and crew of the desi version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations got a 3-tier security with one smart SP functioning as Katrina Kaif’s bodyguard. But the police failed on two fronts: neither they could prevent a set of the Fitoor from going up in to flames at a time when Katrina was grieving Rekha’s death nor could they help the diva to trace any link of her Kashmiri father. Her father has left the family in London and never returned. Fitoor has gone home but another diva is on way – Kareena Kapoor, the wifey of Safieena fame. Flying for a month long shooting for Bajrangi Bhaijaan with Salman Khan, she will be contribution Rs 5 lakh for flood affected people!

DELHI

In the last leg of the UPA regime, Ghulam Nabi Azad managed elevating 1977-J&K cadre IAS officer Anil Goswami as India’s home secretary. After Modi took-over, he was the first officer who briefed the new PM. Last week, he became the third top IAS officer to be sacked. Goswami, a scion of powerful KC family of Jammu, was accused of interfering in CBI and using his influence to prevent arrest of former minister Matang Singh, an accused in the West Bengal’s Saradha chit fund scam. Goswami who was retiring in July resigned. But lot many people in Kashmir were happy saying a man who was pulling the strings from Delhi and allegedly playing with the flood related relief process, is not around.

JAMMU

Tralochan-Singh-WazirCourt finally acquitted NC’s detained lawmaker Trilochan Singh Wazir. Arrested for the September 2006 sensational murders of business tycoon R B Chopra, his wife, daughter and two family servants, the court has convicted Sangram Singh and Nanju and acquitted all others. Acquittal of Nagar Singh and Wazir brothers has led to demands for a CBI probe into SIT investigations. SIT had arrested five businessmen for the brutal murders citing business rivalry as the motive and the court acquitted three. Many think, politics played a bit of role in framing up people.

LADAKH

Jigmit-takpaIFS officer Jigmet Takpa who is conservator forests in Ladakh and also heads Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency for nearly 14 years now was awarded Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, the highest national environmental prize. His contributions in the field of biodiversity conservation, sustainable rural development, eco-tourism initiatives and renewable energy projects have been acknowledged. Since founding LREDA, Takpa has completed solar electrification of 39 villages, coordinated a survey of geothermal energy in Puga. A graduate of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Takpa is a NIT Srinagar engineer.

RAJOURI

army-awardsAdding a new feather to the cap, 38 Rashtriya Rifles in Rajouri has started a month long ‘English speaking capsule’ under Operation Sadbhavna. And there is a long line of youth to avail the opportunity. In Srinagar, the 15-corps gave away awards to civilians and civil administration officers for many interesting contributions like “convincing youth to shun stone pelting”, guiding youth against violence propagated by Hurriyat / Separatists”, helping sports events. Interestingly the awards included Flood Control Commissioner, apparently for something in the September 2014 floods!

MAISUMA

As flood-devastated infrastructure will take some more time for people to have their own homes and schools, two cousins Saima Rashid and Rafia Malik here started teaching flood-hit school-goers. They pitched a tent in one of the courtyards they owned and converted it in a school. Since October 15, they teach students up to seventh standards and the roll is 70. They are preparing these students for the examination that will be conducted once the winter break is over.

KATRA

After Ladakh, it is Katra now. The local transporters have stopped Kashmir drivers to ply beyond Udhampur towards the famed pilgrim spot of Katra. Interestingly the “ban” is being enforced by the traffic police. There are instance with the transporters who were directed to go back to Jammu as they were not permitted to drive their guests to the cave shrine. Has the regional autonomy report of NC being implemented by the Raj Bhawan?

Jammu and Kashmir is eyeing about 10 percent growth in tourist arrivals this year compared to 2014.

 

A total number of 1445 cases have been cleared by the NDMA and the payments are being transferred electronically to beneficiaries, state government said.

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