Briefing

BARAMULLA

capture-lashkar-militant
A rare catch, the counter-insurgency grid has arrested Mohammad Sidiq, alias Shahid, a resident of Sialkot. At 18 years of age, he perhaps is the youngest militant in police custody, right now. Police says he is a Jaish recruit from Afzal Guru Squad who has been in Baramulla for almost a fortnight now. His last action in Kashmir was in Tangdar in November 2015. Arrested from Kanishpora, he has told police that he was part of a 4-member group that was launched from Ashmuqam.

DELHI

Mehbooba-Mufti
She is yet to claim the throne her father left but Ms Mehbooba Mufti is already the fourth powerful woman in India. As per the survey carried out by Delhi based Indian Express, Ms Mufti figures at 14th position, ahead of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje, BSP chief Mayawati and Priyanka Gandhi. The reason cited by the surveyor is that she played a pivotal role in shaping PDP which emerged as the single largest party in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014 elections.

 

DALGATE

Women-protesting-on-new-Food-ActKashmir has been synonymous with protest for a long time now. By and large, every protest has been getting violent and that has been consistently adding new handicaps to the society. Last week, a group of women in Dalgate came out in protest against the denial of required food grains under the new food security act. Instead of shouting slogans against officials, they sung ballads highlighting denial of the food and later sat on a protest. Their peculiar singing protest attracted more people towards them.

DODA

It has been a grave tragedy. Kalyan Singh Parihar is a government officer posted at Jammu. As he was informed that his father died, he rushed with his entire family in a car. He was about to get into Doda that his car met a road accident. He died with his wife, and aunt. Many others are injured, some of them critically. His father lived in Jodhpur near Ghat.

CHANDIGARH

They wore a black ribbon and their employers sacked them. Six Kashmiri employees deployed in Mohali under central government run Skill Development Programme reported to their duties with black armbands. On the 25th anniversary of the Kunan Mass rapes, these students also distributed handbills. Soon, they got the pink slips. With Kashmir already in sharp focus in the backdrop of happenings in the JNU, it got lot of publicity. Next day, the employers restored their job.

DELHI

Venkaiah-NaiduAgha Shahid Ali has written a lot of poetry on Kashmir and one of his 1997 poems was – The Country Without a Post Office. Recently some JNU students had converted this into a poster. This angered Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu who mistook the title for an indictment against Prime Minister Modi. “The heading of the poster says: ‘A country without a post office’. Is India without post office? The entire world is looking towards India under the great leadership of Shri Narendra Modiji today,” Naidu shouted in the Lok Sabha. “I am a Minister of Urban Development and I can tell you that 36 countries have approached me in the recent past saying that they want to invest in India because this is the best place and also it is a hope for investment. That is the mood. The world is respecting India and some people are putting up posters saying: ‘A country without a post office.’”

Almost 35 kms, which is around one-third of the total rail tunneling between Banihal and Katra is completed

 

Srinagar temperature was 20.6 degrees in February 1940 and 76 years later in 2016

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