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3 Jammu writers get Sahitya Akademi Awards

Three eminent writers from Jammu have won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award-2021 for their literary works in Dogri, Kashmiri and Punjabi languages.

Raj Rahi from Reasi, Khalid Hussain from Ustad Mohalla in Jammu and Wali Mohd Aseer Kashtawari from Kishtwar, presently putting up at Sunjwan, Jammu, have been selected for the Sahitya Akademi Awards for their works in Dogri, Punjabi and Kashmiri, respectively.

Raj Rahi’s short stories book in Dogri, titled ‘Namme Tunnel’ has won the Sahitya Akademi Award while Khalid Hussain’s short stories in Punjabi `Sullan Da Salan’ and Aseer Kashtawari’s literary criticism in the Kashmiri language, ‘Tawazum’ have been awarded this prestigious award for the year 2021.

The Sahitya Akademi Awards in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper plaque, a shawl, and Rs one lakh towards cash content will be presented to the awardees at the award presentation function be held at a later date.

The awards, recommended by distinguished Jury members in various Indian languages, were approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi, which met today under the chairmanship of Dr Chandrashekhar Kambar, president of the Sahitya Akademi.

62-year old Raj Rahi has five collections of short stories and a Play to his credit. His short story ‘Kala Titter’ is included in the school curriculum, and two scholars have done PhD on his works and personality.

Before his superannuation as Section Officer, he served the Forest Department for three decades. A telefilm for Doordarshan was also made in his play `Faisla Apna Apna’.

Khalid Hussain, a former bureaucrat, awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his collection of short stories in Punjabi ` Sullan Da Salan’, is a well-known name in the literary world not only in Jammu Kashmir and other parts of India but in neighbouring Pakistan also.

He has written six short story books in Punjabi, an autobiography, one Novel, critical essays and four books in Urdu. In 2015, he was awarded Shiromani Punjabi Sahitya Lifetime Achievement Award.

Wali Mohd Aseer Kashtawari is also a former bureaucrat who retired as Director General Accounts and Treasuries. He has 47 publications to his credit. His several works have won Best Book Awards.

Meanwhile, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has congratulated all three winners of the Sahitya Akademi Awardees for their rich contributions to Dogri, Kashmiri, and Punjabi literature. It was a proud moment for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

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JKP Border Battalion aspirants submit memorandum to Div Com Jammu

Today, a delegation of aspirants seeking recruitment in the Jammu and Kashmir Police Border Battalion called on Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer.

The Aspirants apprised the Divisional Commissioner that they had applied for the post of Head Constable advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Recruitment Board in 2019 and appeared in Physical and medical tests. But now, the JKP HQRS (police recruitment board) has reissued an advertisement notification for the recruitment of Head Constable in the border battalion.

The Aspirants demanded the withdrawal of the new advertisement issued by JKP HQRS. They further appealed to conduct the written examination of already qualified candidates and give a separate ad for more vacancies.

The Divisional Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that the matter would be taken up with police authorities.

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Jammu Police Foils Bovine Smuggling Bid, 2 Arrested

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Nagrota police recovered six cattle from a stubble-laden truck going from Jammu to Kashmir. The accused had made a wooden box inside the vehicle. Although cattle were kept hidden inside this box, the top and front of the box were loaded with straw so that the police personnel posted at the checkpoints did not even know that cattle were being smuggled in the truck.

The vehicle driver, Obad-ul-Rehman resident of Belicharana and his companion Murad Ali resident of Belicharana, Satwari, were arrested. A case was registered against both of them at Nagrota police station for violating the order of the district commissioner and cruelty to cattle. The police are not even denying that the accused must have stolen these cattle from somewhere. The interrogation of both is on.

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On the midnight of Wednesday, Thursday, on strong information about cattle smuggling, police personnel blocked the Ban toll plaza on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. During this, vehicle number JK02AW-5753, carrying straw from Jammu to Kashmir, was stopped by the police personnel for investigation. However, when the people in the vehicle were asked about their destination, they could not answer satisfactorily.

Due to suspicion of the words of both the occupants of the vehicle, the police personnel searched the vehicle. When the stubble was removed, the police personnel found a wooden box inside the vehicle. When I looked inside the box, there were cattle there. After the cattle were recovered from the vehicle, the people tried to run away, but the police personnel did not let them escape. The vehicle was seized on the spot. Both the passengers in it were taken into custody.

Amish Mahajan

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Devender Rana calls on LG, raises issues of public importance

Former Legislator and BJP leader, Devender Singh Rana on Thursday called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhavan Jammu and raised various issues of public importance.

As per an official handout, Rana had a detailed interaction with the Lt Governor, wherein he projected several demands and issues pertaining to the release of pending payments under MGNREGA; age relaxation issue of the aspirants of Combined Competitive Exams; regularization of daily wagers; expediting pending Class-IV recruitment, besides joining issue of compilers and concerns of BSF/CISF aspirants and vocational trainers.

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The Lt Governor observed that the UT government is formulating development plans and policies reflective of the needs and aspirations of the people of J&K and assured him of due consideration of the genuine issues projected during the interaction, the handout read.

It further added that the Lt Governor urged Rana to continue his endeavours for promoting public welfare on all fronts.

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