Sopore, Apr 24: A 12-year-old girl (name withheld) was allegedly raped by 40-year-old man in Mahrajpora area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The accused has been arrested after the family members of minor girl approached the police.
This incident took place on Monday when a 12-year-old girl went to school but didn’t return. The accused (name withheld) allegedly took 12-year-old girl in magic-auto and raped her.
Police sources said that they said girl returned home in a subconscious condition and told the family about the crime.
The infuriated family members went to Sopore Police Station to lodge their complaint, following which a case on charges of rape registered against the accused.
A medical examination of the girl was carried out on Monday and confirmed about rape. A case FIR No. 107/2019 has been registered in PS-Sopore under section 363/376 RPC and investigation has also been initiated to ascertain the motive behind this heinous crime. (KNO)
Everest: 10 die amid overcrowding near summit
Srinagar, May 25: The deaths of an Irish and a British climber on Mount Everest took the toll from a deadly week on the world’s highest peak to 10, expedition organisers said on Saturday.
British climber Robin Fisher, 44, reached the summit Saturday morning but collapsed when he had got just 150 metres back down the slope.
“Our guides tried to help but he died soon after,” Murari Sharma of Everest Parivar Expedition said.
On the northern Tibet side of the mountain, a 56-year-old Irish man died on Friday morning, his expedition organisers confirmed in a statement on their Facebook page.
The man decided to return without reaching the summit but died in his tent at the North Col pass at 7,000 metres (22,965 feet).
Four climbers from India and one each from the United States, Austria and Nepal have already died on Everest in the past week. Another Irish mountaineer is missing presumed dead after he slipped and fell close to the summit.
A traffic jam of climbers in the Everest “death zone” has been blamed for at least four of the deaths, heightening concerns that the drive for profits is trumping safety.
To mention, earlier this week, Nahida Manzoor from Srinagar became the first Kashmiri woman to scale Mount Everest.
Besides her, two J&K policemen Nazir Ahmed and Falial Singh, who were a part of 11 member climbers’ squad, also conquered Everest last Tuesday.
Nepal issued a record 381 permits for mainly foreign climbers, costing US$11,000 each, for the spring climbing season.
Each climber with a permit is assisted by at least one sherpa, adding to the summit logjam.
With the short window of suitable weather set to close soon, bottlenecks of scores of climbers wanting to achieve the ultimate mountaineering accolade have built up each day.
An estimated 600 people had reached the summit via the Nepal side by Friday, a government official said, based on information from expedition organisers.
At least 140 others have been granted permits to scale Everest from the northern flank in Tibet, according to operators. This could take the total past last year’s record of 807 people reaching the summit.
Many Himalayan mountains – including Everest – are at peak climbing season, with the good weather between late April and the end of May. Eight other climbers have died on other 8,000-metre-plus Himalayan peaks this season, while two are missing.
Ang Tsering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said that the weather window to summit this season was narrow, meaning that many teams had to wait to go up.
“Spending a long time above the death zone increases the risk of frostbite, altitude sickness and even death,” he said.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Once a floor mopper, Doda man now runs multi-million dollar company in Dubai
Dubai: There is a Chris Gardner-like truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story in Dubai and its roots are in J&K. If you have watched ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’, you would exactly know what’s in store.
From a floor mopper to CEO of a multi-million dollar company, life has come a long way for Bal Krishen, a man from Jammu who has become a known name in the ever-competitive world of global financial market.
Son of a school master in Doda district, Krishen has risen from ranks to become the CEO of Century Financial, Dubai’s oldest investment solutions provider. Interestingly it is the same company where he once mopped floor to eke out his living.
In fact Krishen did small jobs like working as room boy at one hotel, bellboy at another and loader at a factory in Jebel Ali before conquering the financial world by his prowess.
Given the poor financial health and a huge family, Krishen, who is one of the nine siblings, started earning from early age back home in Doda district.
“I would take agricultural products like mushrooms and chilli pepper from my village to the city and use the money from their sale to buy toys and bangles which I then sold to the villagers,” he told Gulf News in an interview.
Life took a new turn when he decided to go abroad for earning his living in 1993. With Rs 16,000 of his family property share and some savings he went to New Delhi where a travel agent provided him UAE visa and air ticket. “I told the agent I wanted to go abroad. He asked me if I would consider the UAE and I said ‘yes’ half realizing where it was and what it would be like there,” he said.
The journey was not smooth as he expected.
“I landed in Fujairah which received international flights from India those days. I couldn’t afford a taxi so I waited at a fuel station till late evening until a cabbie, who was going to Dubai, offered to take me along. I still remember where I spent my first night in Dubai. It was at Blue Star Hotel in Deira where the room tariff was Dh20,” he recalled.
From a dishwasher at Hotel in Deira to a loader at a carton factory where he was required to haul gum sacks weighing 40 kilograms each to bell boy to floor cleaner, he did all jobs before he came in contact with a European bank manager while working at Orchid Hotel.
Impressed by his mental maths skills, the manager suggested him to try his luck in a financial institution.
The advice proved to be a turning point in Krishen’s life. He quit his job, prepared a CV and showed up at the Al Khaleej Centre office of Century Financial.
“Even their peons were more educated than me. Understandably so, they refused to touch my CV. Requests to arrange a meeting with the management were also declined. But I didn’t let the setback deter me. Instead, I came up with an outrageous plan. I used to stand outside their office with a placard saying that I was willing to work for free for six months,” he said.
His idea clicked and attracted the attention of Century Financial chairman Sulaiman Baqer Mohebi, who founded the company in 1989 to make global financial markets accessible to Emirati and expat clients.
“He hired me as a cleaner. My job was to dust the furniture, mop the floor and clear the trashbins. The stock market fascinated me but I had no idea how it worked. I watched transfixed as dealers struck deals over the phone. In fact, I was so much in awe of them that I picked a few words from their conversation and used to practice speaking them before the mirror,” said Krishen.
“One day, when I was confident enough, I approached the chairman and expressed my desire to go into sales. He appeared a bit skeptical but when I told him that instead of a regular salary I will take a commission of Dh25 from every Dh100 I made for the company, he agreed.”
And then there was no looking back for Krishen.
Krishen begun with going to Gold Souk, one of the oldest and fascinating traditional market for gold jewellery, gemstones in Dubai.
“I tapped into the Gold Souk. It’s another story how I did that. I would walk up and down the Gold Souk road several times a day, doing nothing other than smiling and waving at the bemused traders and exchanging greetings with them. Often, I would step into their shop and buy tea for all the customers. The idea was to pique the curiosity of traders. It worked. Soon they started to recognise my face. Before long, they began to ask what I did for a living. At that point I would give them my business card and invite them to invest with us. That’s how I got most of my clients some of whom are still with me,” said Krishen
Married with three children, Krishen now employs nearly a hundred dealers.
Century Financial today operates across 100 global markets, giving customers access to multiple asset classes; currencies, stocks, commodities, indices, metals, energies, and exchange traded funds.
“I am planning to open a retail bank in Dubai,” he lets in. “I want to keep going and keep growing,” he said.
Over 84% candidates lose security deposit in JK
Srinagar, May 24: As many as 67 candidates lost their security deposit while NOTA got more votes than 39 contestants in the Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
There were 79 candidates in the fray for six Parliamentary constituencies of the state. The highest number of 24 candidates were contesting from Jammu Lok Sabha constituency followed by 18 in Anantnag, 12 each from Srinagar and Udhampur, and four from Ladakh.
Of the total candidates, 67 could not get the minimum required one-sixth (16.67 per cent) of the total polled votes to save their deposit. With the result over 84 percent contestants lost their security deposit of Rs 25,000. Among those who lost security deposit are the three BJP candidates from the valley.
In Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, 186832 votes were polled and minimum requirement to save the security deposit was 31138 votes. However, only two candidates, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, and PDP’s Aga Syed Mohsin secured more than one-sixth of total votes. Peoples Conference candidate Irfan Raza Ansari, who secured third spot, bagged 28773 votes but lost his security deposit.
Eighteen candidates were in the fray for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. Nearly 124896 votes were polled in the constituency and the minimum requirement to save the security deposit was 20816 votes. NC’s Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi, Congress leader GA Mir and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti secured 32.17, 26.83, and 24.44 percent of votes respectively. Most of the candidates, who lost their security deposit, could not manage even 700 votes.
Nearly 455550 votes were polled in Baramulla constituency. NC’s Mohammad Akbar Lone, who emerged winner, bagged 133426 votes. Peoples Conference candidate Raja Aijaz and Independent candidate Engineer Rashid managed to save their security deposit by bagging 103193 and 102168 votes respectively. PDP’s Abdul Qayoom Wani polled 53530 votes while the minimum requirement to save the security deposit was 75925 votes.
From Ladakh, all four candidates managed to save their security deposit.
In Jammu Lok Sabha constituency, 1478795 votes were polled. Among the 24 candidates in fray, only BJP’s Jugal Kishore, and Congress’ Ram Bhalla managed to save security deposit by securing 858066 and 555191 votes respectively.
Of the 1181123 votes polled in Udhampur constituency, BJP candidate Jitendra Singh and Congress leader Vikramaditya bagged 724311 and 367059 votes respectively Rest of the candidates lost their security deposit.
Interestingly among the 67 candidates, who lost their security deposit, 39 managed less votes than none of the above (NOTA).
In Baramulla constituency, 8128 voters pressed the NOTA button. In fact NOTA got more votes than four candidates.
Srinagar constituency registered 1566 NOTA votes, which is higher than that of five candidates.
Nearly 737 voters pressed NOTA button in Anantnag, which is higher than the vote share of nine candidates.
In Udhampur constituency, 7568 voters pressed NOTA button, which is higher than that of seven candidates. Jammu parliamentary seat polled 2618 NOTA votes, which is more than 14 candidates.