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JAMMU: Successful performance of "Vasansi Jirnani" done on December 12 and 13 at K.L Sehgal Hall Jammu. Vasansi Jirnani is a play in Hindi written by Mahesh Elkunchwar translated by Ramesh Mehta and Directed by Sangeet Natak Academy awardee Mushtaq Kak. The play was presented by Unison Cultural Troupe in collaboration with Amateur Theatre Group.

The story of Vasansi Jirnani tells about complex intrapersonal relationship that a family shares. The play starts where Baba who is head of the family is on death bed and waiting for Raghunath to release him from his plight. Whole family is waiting for the last moment, the pretensions in familial relationships are slowly uncovering.

The long wait before the final moment reveals major truths about Baba's life as well as the characters perception of each other. Actors who participated in the performance are Mridul Raj Anand, Dr. Payal Arora, Bindiya Tikoo, Mehak Ali, Aayan Ali and Aman Sangral. Mohit Purie and Sandeep Verma was assistant director. Mohit Singh Chib was production Manager and Harsh was Costume and property in charge.

 

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  • Pashmina Industry needs Transparency and Openness to help the Communities at the bottom of the Pyramid

JAMMU: Today a global campaign was launched to spread awareness and bring in Transparency in the Authentic Pashmina Eco System of J&K and India by it’s founder Henna Babar. Speaking at the launch she explained that the Pashmina Industry of J&K employs lakhs of people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is therefore one of the key economic driver of the state. The industry needs a campaign to ensure that the communities that are linked to this authentic eco-system are saved from exploitation. Henna along with Babar Afzal, has been advocating for long term strategic and sustainable growth for the entire authentic Pashmina industry in the global marketplace.

They have been working to bring experts from media, fashion, business, wildlife, ecology, environment, economics and politics and also engage with Governments and policy leaders, to provide the optimum outcomes for the economic and cultural future of the Pashmina industry. Henna explained that the campaign #WhoMadeMyPashmina is a part of the bigger vision that is poised to be a global movement of people who are the consumers of Pashmina in India and across the world. Anyone who has every bought a Pashmina or plans to buy in the future should become a part of this campaign. Speaking at the launch she asked, “Have you ever wondered who made your Pashmina ?

How much they’re paid, and What their lives are like ?” The Pashmina we wear goes on a long journey before it hits store shelves, passing through the hands of Pashmina goat herders, nomads, spinners, weavers, dyers, craft men and craft women across all the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Lakhs of people work directly and indirectly to make pashmina (including women). However, the majority of the people who makes Pashmina for the global market live in poverty and unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation and working in unsafe and extreme climatic conditions, with very little earnings. This community suffers because there is no pressure from the consumers who have the power to change the future of these communities by asking tough questions.

She stated that social media with its power and reach can change the future of a very large community and asked everyone to become a part of the campaign. Today everyone has a social media account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Only if people start adding a hashtag #WhoMadeMyPashmina to their posts when they share anything related to Winters, Pashmina, Weddings, Shopping etc. it would get more and more people become a part of a bigger conversation, thereby bring attention of a global audience to this industry. Henna is also the Co-founder of Pashmina Goat Project that believes in a Pashmina industry that values people, planet, creativity and profit in equal measure and that positive change starts with transparency, traceability and openness. She explained that it is impossible for us to make sure human rights across the Pashmina Eco-System are respected and that environmental practices are sound without knowing where our products are made, who is making them and under what conditions.

 

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  • Secretary Education felicitates team

JAMMU: A Band team of Sainik School Manasbal created history by bagging the second position in a zone level band competition held at Panchkula, Haryana. This is for the first time a team from J&K represented by Sainik School Manasbal has bagged a position in a band competition held within or outside the state. Secretary Education Ajeet Kumar Sahu felicitated the Band team of Sainik School Manasbal on their return from the zonal level Band Competition.

The zonal level band competition of north zone was held in Panchkula on 2 December 2018. The teams from Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir participated in the competition. Sahu congratulated the team and their coach for bringing laurels to the state in general and their school in particular. Sahu asked the State Project Director Samagra Siksha to raise more such bands in government schools. It is pertinent to mention that the conduct of inter-district band competition and sponsoring the state team for participation in zonal competition was done by SAMAGRA Shiksha J&K.