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Natrang presents ‘Uncrowned Poet’ at Chandigarh

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CHANDIGARH, July 24: Natrang Jammu under the patronage of Kuwar Viyogi Trust premiered it’s new play ‘The Uncrowned Poet’ here at the Auditorium of Lubhana Bhawan, Chandigarh.
Conceptualized, designed, scripted and directed by Aarushi Thakur Rana this presentation of the play was a part of the Kunwar Viyogi Trust’s ‘Cultural Cocktail’ which  brought together Sahitya Akademi Awardee Lalit Magotra, renowned Ghazal singer Jatinder Singh and young poet Ayushman Jamwal on a common platform.
The play ‘Uncrowned Poet’ is a dramatic portrayal of the events which transcribed in the life of the famous Dogri poet Randhir Singh Jamwal, creatively known as Kunwar Viyogi.  The performance highlights the personal trials and tribulations of an aspiring poet, a passionate lover, a benevolent brother and a loving son. Kunwar Viyogi is the embodiment of perseverance, highlighted by the enormity and inevitably of his journey from an ambitious poet who forsakes his creativity to serve his country as an Airforce Officer. The challenges of a military career failed to abstain the creative process of Kunwar Viyogi, as did the untimely demise of his parents and wife. Rather than succumbing to, what was a chain of tragic events, heartbreak and the additional responsibility of providing parental care for his younger siblings only catalysed Kunwar Viyogi’s work and elements of his hardships are clearly evident in his poetic literature. Kunwar Viyogi’s story transcends normality and exemplifies the passion of an artist, the desire of a lover and the patriotism of a service man. Much is to be learnt from Kunwar Viyogi’s journey and the man himself, a man of high morals, resiliency and self-worth. He was not only a great human being but an institution, who lived life to the fullest despite all upheavals. The Uncrowned Poet is a dedication to the creative genius of Kunwar Viyogi and a glimpse into the life of an un-sung hero of the rich and beautiful history of Jammu and Kashmir.
The artists who gave engrossing performances and won the appreciation of the audiences included Goutam Sharma, Mahikshit Singh Langeh, Ashish Parihar, Pranshu Kabra, Afaque Khan, Sanket Bhagat, Vrinda Sharma, Gauri Thakur , Aarushi  Thakur Rana, Abhi Bargotra, Bhisham Gupta, Brijesh Avtar Sharma , Jyoti Kant Sharma, Gopi Sharma, Mihir Gujral and Moses Marton. The Lights were looked-after by Brijesh Avtar Sharma and sound by Bhisham Gupta.

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Kathua rape, murder case: Clashes continue in Kashmir

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Security forces on Saturday burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators, including students, at some places in Kashmir valley, protesting against rape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl at Kathua in Jammu.

Scores of youth hit the streets at main town Sopore in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, demanding death penalty for culprits in Kathua case.

However, when the youth tried to take out a protest march, security forces deployed in the area stopped them from moving ahead.
As the demonstrators didn’t back down, security forces burst teargas shells to disperse the protestors, who pelted stones.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between security forces and students, who took to streets at Chadoora in central Kashmir district of Budgam and protested against the Kathua incident.

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Kathua Factories ‘Linked’ to Ex-Minister Lal Singh Raided | Crores of Rupees was Seized.

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“Our teams raided one factory in Kathua and two in Samba districts today,” inspector general of police Jammu zone SD Singh Jamwal told Greater Kashmir.

Three factories in which ousted BJP minister Lal Singh is believed to own a share were raided by the police on Friday and acacia catechu (kattha) worth crores of rupees was seized.

“Our teams raided one factory in Kathua and two in Samba districts today,” inspector general of police Jammu zone SD Singh Jamwal told Greater Kashmir.

Sources said that the raids came after major reshuffle in the Forest department carried out by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, who took over charge of the department from Choudhary Lal Singh.

The former Forest Minister was compelled to resign by his party high command alongwith Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga following their controversial remarks in Kootah’s Hindu Ekta Manch Rally against Crime Branch probe in the brutal rape and murder case at Rasana.

Sources said that the Forest Vigilance team along with Police jointly conducted raids at J K Integrated Park in Kathua (close aide of Choudhary Lal Singh) and another factory of Katha wood in Kathua.

The raids were carried out on the Katha wood factory, where medicines are extracted. The State government has banned the export of wood out of the State, while a mafia runs the trade illegally.

Sources said that the former minister “was using his influence and most of the contractors were his close aides and the factories, which were given licenses, were run by close relatives of former Forest Minister”.
During the raids, sources told Rising Kashmir, records were checked, and seized by the Forest Department officials, and it was also learnt that large quantity of raw material was seized from the spot.
“Illegal registration has been given to some factories which processed the Khair wood more than the approved capacity,” said the sources citing the complaint.

Initially there were only three units of Khair wood— JK Katha, Guru Nanak, and BK Katha (Govt contractor) at Gangyal— but now the number was much higher. The case against Lal Singh was based on the fact that he instead of renewing the licenses had given the permissions to his kith and kin to start the work of extraction.

The involvement of former Minister started after 1994, sources said, as another unit was established with the name MS Industry and it was opposed by all three previous units who lodged a complaint with the Vigilance and later the matter went to the court.
Sources said that the court gave a ruling and directed the Government to form new policy and issue fresh licenses on the bases of raw material availability without hurting ecology or environment.

Sources told Rising Kashmir that the court directions were violated and the licenses to four units were not renewed by the Forest Department by Lal Singh. The licenses were also issued in violation of rules.

Meanwhile sources said that the BJP high command is unhappy with the former Forest Minister who is openly conducting rallies in support of a CBI inquiry in the Kathua case.
Sources told Rising Kashmir that the rallies by a senior BJP leader has put the alliance partner in a tight spot as these actions by Singh are being viewed as an “open revolt” after he was forced to resign over his participation in a pro-rape rally in Hiranagar last month.

“His campaign was seen as revolt in BJP by many and, he took out a march from Jammu City to Kathua and in Udhampur where some of his supporters shouted slogans against the Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh,” sources said.
Lal Singh, sources said, is considered to be the close aide of Jatinder Singh, who is Minister of State in PMO. On Thursday, brother of Lal Singh held a press conference in Kathua and demanded that Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh should step down.

Rajinder Singh Babbi demanded that Jitendar Singh should be made Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources said that the BJP high command was unhappy with the activities of Lal Singh after he lost portfolio in the Government and started taking out protest rallies demanding CBI probe in Rasana case. His stand has put the government in trouble as people in Kathua and Samba, and Bar Associations are openly demanding CBI probe.
Sources said that Lal Singh “will not be taken back in the cabinet of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti due to his rallies against the Government.”

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Asiya Andrabi, associates arrested in Anantnag in south Kashmir

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Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested the Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Asiya Andrabi along with her associates from Anantnag district late last night.

An official said that Andrabi and her associates were arrested from Anchidora area of the district for their alleged role in female student protests and subsequent stone-pelting on the forces.

Many other youth were also rounded up by the police during nocturnal raids in Anantnag town.

Asiya was detained at 10.00 pm yesterday after which raids followed, said the official, wishing anonymity.

Those arrested include Tehreek-e-Hurriyat tehsil Saddar Anantnag Aashiq Hussain.

Massive student protests against Kathua incident erupted earlier this week in south Kashmir, especially Anantnag town, where protesters clashed with the forces, leaving dozens of them injured.

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