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SRINAGAR: As Dangal actress Zaira Wasim took to Instagram to recount her ordeal wherein she alleged molestion inside a Mumbai-bound Air Vistara flight by a middle aged male passenger in a business class has erupted a new controversy.  The video went viral thanks to national news channels and newspapers who described the video of Zaira as shameful. Bollywood stars left no stone unturned to condemn the alleged act and want immediate action against the culprit. 

 

But the question raised by one of the Delhi based Guinness Record Holder Madhu Agrawal that "It is unbelievable that a matured girl traveling with her mother in business-class of the airplane could not find any opportunity to shout in the two-hours long journey to complain about alleged molestation." 

Iqbal Khan, a famous Bollywood actor while taking to Kashmir news Bureau state - "Firstly I would like to say that I don't know what is right and wrong but the reaction of some Kashmiri against Zaira Waseem was really unfortunate and unjustified, as how they were commenting and abusing this the alleged victim on social media.

He added "She is from your state Kashmir, please adopt her and treat her as own." Dangal actress posted two videos, In the first video, Zaira said, "So, I was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on phone to understand it better because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it...., 

 

"The lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another five to ten minutes and then I was sure of it. He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck," she added. Another Bollywood actor Santosh Shukla while taking to Kashmir news bureau said, "Zaira is good girl and if this really happen she should slap and shout on him on that very time rather than by posting video on Instagram and crying is not a good message for those girls who are facing these kinds of molestation on daily basis."

 

The wave of this incident also shocked the politicians of Jammu and Kashmir state, Chief minister Mehbooba while described it as shameful act and ordered an immediate action. "On the same day a 30-years old woman was killed in Handwara encounter in a cross firing but the action was not taken only because she was not Zaira Waseem, this is not justice," said a Facebook user. However, National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to the Maharashtra DGP and the ethics officer of Vistara Airlines over the allegation of Dangal actress Zaira Wasim.

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JAMMU: Impressing upon the tribal  Gujjars and Bakerwal Community to work jointly to  preserve their  oldest   heritage and the ‘words treasure’  of Gojri language by documenting its folk  and modern literature –the experts- of  2 day state level Gojri Literary and Cultural Meet called upon government agencies for speedy development of Gojri-the  third largest spoken language of Jammu and Kashmir.

They were speaking on the concluding day of   Meet Organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages held here at K L saigal Hall of Academy  . More than 150  writers, poets , intellectuals, critics and artists from all over the State participated.

Dr. Javaid Rahi , Chief Editor of State Academy said that the outcome of this 2-day literary and cultural  meet was quite encouraging. He said suggestions received from Gojri writers regarding promotion of Gojri Language  will be implemented in letter and spirit. He said  that those suggestions which pertains to other departments will  be    forwarded  to relevant quarters  immediately after conclusion of pogramme for implementations. He assured that Academy will provide all help to Gojri writers for publication of their books in shape of subsidy and other assistance.

Sh. Munshi Khan Choudhary vetren writer of Gojri in his presidential address   impressed upon the Gojri writers, poets and intellectuals  to play a  strong role in reformation of Tribal society of Gujjar adding that this is a high time to promote their writing through latest means across  globe.

The Paper reading session was presided by prominent Gojri Writer Ch. Amin Qammar  . Ch Ghulam Rasool Asghar, Dr. Jahanger Asghar , and Hassan Parwaz  read out the paper and highligheted the achievements of Gojri language. The Paper Session was followed by Short Story reading session which was presided over by versatile writer Ch Hameed Kassana. 

A state level Gojri Mushaira was held on the occasion. Babu Noor Mohammad Noor, Lal Hussain Gohar, Khadam Kohli, Tariq Faheem, Yaseen Naz , Noor Mohd Majorh, M Hussain Naseem, Sarwar Chohuan, Khakan Sajjad, Jan Mohammad Hakeem and others read out their poems. 

A Musical programme was the main attraction of the event. Those who performed and mesmerized the audience includes Ch Bashir Mastana  Parveena  Jan and Party, Farha Choudhary, Aneesa Kareem , Shibana Choudhary, Bashrat Nazuk and Noor un Nisa and  Rubia Choudhary and party participated. Dr.Shah Nawaz Editor cum Cultural Officer Gojri conducted the programme while Mehmood Riaz presented vote of thanks. 

 

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JAMMU: At the 3rd Annual Inter-State (North Zone) Declamation Contest which was organized by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University at its Matrika Auditorium today, the team comprising Ms. Shivika Thakur and Mr. Tushar Kalsotra of the Jammu University won the Silver Rolling Trophy which has been instituted by Governor N. N. Vohra. The topic of the Declamation Contest was “Are the vastly diverse and multi-cultural societies in our country an asset or a liability in the rapid reduction of poverty and delivery of equitable governance?”. 35 students from various universities and colleges of J&K and the neighbouring states participated in this Contest.

 

The team comprising Mr. Ansab Amir Khan and Shajar Hasab Abidi of Aligarh Muslim University won the Best Team trophy. The 1st prize was won by Ms. Shivika Thakur of Jammu University; 2nd prize by Mr. Ansab Amir Khan of Aligarh Muslim University and 3rd prize by Ms. Mokshi Sharma of Central University of Jammu. Governor N. N. Vohra and First Lady participated in the Valedictory function of this contest. Governor noted with satisfaction that the number of students who had participated in the contest had been progressively going up, particularly the number who are from outside the State. He urged the Vice Chancellor to ensure even larger participation of students from the far off and rural areas within J&K in the next Declamation Contest.

 

Referring to the topic of the Declamation Contest, Governor observed that the chosen subject is significantly relevant in the contemporary context and emphasized that the students must sincerely think about the challenges facing the country and make up their minds to contribute towards a New India marked by equity in governance, reduction in poverty, much higher levels of literacy, communal harmony, public order and rapid economic growth. He urged the students to channelize their energies and thought process and devote focused attention towards building their futures and towards nation building. Governor observed that the passing out students must play a very important role in contributing towards the maintenance of societal balance and communal harmony in our country.

Governor congratulated Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, and Dr. V.K Tripathi, and Chairman Board of Cultural Activities for organizing the Declamation Contest and wished all the participants bright careers ahead. Governor announced a special cash prize of Rs. 5100 for Mr. Paras Dubey, Post Graduate student in the Department of   Economics, in the University, who presented a very graceful classical dance on the occasion. The participants were adjudged by a three member Jury comprising Dr. Garima Gupta,  Assistant Professor,  Department of English, University of Jammu; Dr. Sapna Sangra, Assistant Professor,  Department of Sociology,  University of Jammu; Dr. Anurag Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Languages and Literature SMVDU.