Briefing

New Delhi

RSS-ChiefThe mouthpieces of Indian ‘fringe’ groups started trolling Kashmir soon after Mufti began his second stint as JK top executive. First, RSS was left red-faced when its mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ published a map depicting a part of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan. The ‘gaffe’ was eureka moment for Congress who pounced on the opportunity and evoked consternation in Rajya Sabha asking whether the government approved it. BJP was too quick to deny it as a view of Sangh, BJP or government. And then Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ termed Masarat Alam’s release “all BJP’s fault”. Already in a ‘complicated alliance’ with BJP in Maharashtra, the Bal Thackeray founded fringe party has no doubt that BJP has embraced an “anti-national” Mufti. Now, that’s too much of a bizarre-mouthing from the mouthpiece. Mufti: an “anti-national”, seriously?

Handwara

The crisis created by canines in valley has been swept under the rug so far. Amid this inertia, human miseries are piling up. So during their day out in Handwara, two children were mauled to death by stray dogs. After the shocking incident, a storm in a teacup followed in village against government’s failure to control the canines. The incident happened when a group of stray dogs roaming free in the village entered into the orchard where at least 4 children were playing with snow. Dogs attacked the children and managed to catch hold of Sobia Farooq (8) and Irfan Ahmad Khan (10). A pack of dogs then dragged them away in a deep gorge. Citing animal rights, authorities have so far expressed their helplessness in the face of rising dog killings. But anyway, are there any prizes for guessing: Who let the dogs out?

Parimpora

A ‘jilted-lover’ was rounded up by the cops for posting defamatory and fake messages about a lady on social networking site Facebook and WhatsApp. After lady registered a report, the cops began investigation. A manhunt finally led to the nabbing of the culprit, Mohammad Sarjan Mir of Safapora, Ganderbal. Here is the twist: the man turned out to be the ex-husband of the lady! The intention behind doing it, the cops quipped, was to settle the score. Well, for an ex, anything can’t be fair in love, or for that matter, in war. Poor chap!

Machhil

machil-protestSo, there you go: all six accused in Machhil fake encounter have been found guilty and awarded life imprisonment. The previous verdict of the general court martial in November last year had found former commanding officer of 4 Rajput Regiment, Col DK Pathania, Major Upendra Singh, Subedar Satbir Singh, Havildar Bir Singh, Sepoy Chadraban and Sepoy Narinder Singh guilty of murder and abduction and criminal conspiracy in the case. The court martial proceedings will be finalised after confirmation once again from the Northern Command headquarters. The incident involved the abduction and murder of three youths of Nadihal Baramulla – Shahzad Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Shafi Lone and Riyaz Ahmad Lone. So it’s out: Machhil is no Pathribal!

Jammu

Javaid-MustafaIt is no messing up with Revenue minister, who is out to fight against corruption. Yes, you heard it right. Javed Mustafa Mir as Revenue Minister doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned to act on a complaint dropped in his office. So lately when a complaint was dropped in his office, Mir observed discrepancy in the records, brought from Tehsildar (North) Jammu, and seized it. The firebrand minister in Mufti’s camp promised a thorough investigation to identify the culprits. That’s not it. Further heaving high on adrenalin rush, Mir reaffirmed the resolve of the government to fight corruption tooth and nail. So, the minister is mincing no words to be a muckraker among Mufti’s boys. Bring it on!

Srinagar

Board-exams-in-KashmirHere’s  the  kicker: The Kashmiri paper left students completely flummoxed. If that wasn’t enough, then students were seen breaking into tears at most examination centres. It all happened after Class XI students of Kashmir Division appeared in the exam, and were shortly left shocked upon finding their Kashmiri paper an “extremely erroneous”. Well, the reaction was natural after the paper setter (hold your breath: a Kashmiri known scholar) had committed at least 87 mistakes. The question remains: why the authorities didn’t take any note of blunders in the question paper? Secretary Bose Veena Pandita promised justice. But hang on a second: What a bad way to commence exams after seven months sojourn!

 

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