Briefing

SRINAGAR

 vk-singh-Why do not India’s right-wingers understand the flexibility that the archaic and hollow Article 370 fetches the society? See how our lawmakers are responding in V K Singh case. The former army chief was summoned by our assembly when he revealed a long-shielded truth that Kashmir politicians have historically been funded. Leaders would fight with each other to ensure he is arrested and presented before the assembly. Singh contested and won and is a minister now. Assembly privilege committee is literally scared. In their last meeting, they had “no time” to discuss his case!

URI

Raja-Ali-in-PDP This is the interesting twist in the story. PDPs father daughter have been holding Omar Abdullah responsible for the “murder” of his activist and family faith-healer Haji Yousuf in one of the worst cases of political corruption. Now, Ms Mehbooba was excitedly seen offering a frame to newsmen when retired IPS officer and former IGP (Crime branch) Raja Ajaz Ali joined her party. Karra was also around, so was Syed Altaf Bukhari. By the way, Haji died in the custody of Crime Branch after he was handed over to the now-PDP-leader. Will it mark end of the allegation or Raja Ji will spill the beans?

SOURA

 For a lovely first, SKIMS has issued an advisory. It wants people to wash the vegetables and fruits carefully before consuming them. Given the massive use of pesticides, emergency medicine department of SKIMS said, a patient admitted on June 15 has gone into coma and shock after consuming a kilogram of cherries. Subsequent analysis suggested she had developed Organ Phosphorous poisoning.

INDORE

 Tahir-DarIt happened yet again. This time, however, the case is transparent. Tahir Hussain Dar was an executive with a cell phone operator. He is reported to have reprimanded a company franchisee for not properly running the outlet. In response the franchisee holder identified as Govind reached his home with the intention to discuss the issue with Dar and his colleague Ganesh Trisathkar. As there was no breakthrough, he pulled a pistol from his holster and shot at both of them. Dar died in hospital. He was flown to Srinagar’s Sonawar home. Dar, was a relative of late journalist Izhar Wani, had talked to his mother, a day ahead of his murder.

TAMIL NADU

Ruveda-Shah Kashmir’s first female IPS officer Dr Ruveda Salam has got TN cadre. Daughter of Salamuddin Bajad, the former Deputy Director in DD, is a resident of far flung Farkian hamlet near LoC in Karnah. She had qualified for MBBS before cracking KAS in 2009. In 2013, she was one of the 11 people who qualified for the civil services from J&K. Authorities say they will explore the possibility of a cadre change that gets her home state. Her father contested Lok Sabha polls unsuccessfully on Peoples’ Conference mandate.

DELHI

Modi sarkar has made Kashmiri pundits very newsy. Earlier, they were seeking permission to get permission for having pilgrimage of erstwhile Shardha Peth that falls on the other side of the LoC. Now a delegation of them have visited actor turned HRD Minister Smriti Irani and sought, among other things, steps to revive Sharda script for Kashmiri. Modi personally launched his sarkar with an issue regarding their return back home. And in his maiden visit to J&K, he is holding various interactions with them. Pandits must be unhappy that they lost much while following Nehrus’.

LADAKH

Kaitlin-GoldsteinA graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who went missing more than a week back was found dead in a ravine. Kaitlin Goldstein, 28, of Providence, Rhode Island, she had reportedly slipped while jogging and fell several hundred feet off a cliff on June 14. Goldstein, a competitive runner, was working on a doctorate in architecture at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Amnesty International says 8072 people were booked by J&K government for stone pelting since 2010.

 

 

Pakistan Administered Kashmir is spending Rs 6200 crore for 2014-15 of which Rs 5150 crore goes to the salary and affairs of the government. 

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