Governor releases Tral girl's debut book "Luna Spark"

Srinagar: The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik,on Monday, officially released the book "Luna Spark", written by Touyiba BintiJavaid, a resident of Dadasara village in South Kashmir's Tral. 12 year Touyibais a class 7th student at Dehli Public School (DPS) in Srinagar, who aims towrite more books in future.

The book 'Luna Spark & The Future Telling Clock' waspublished by Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages,Srinagar, which is based on imaginative cats and "takes us in a Kingdom offantasy in which anything can happen."

Touyiba's father Javaid Ahmad is a doctor by profession andher mother is an Assistant Professor in higher education department.

She spends most of her time in writing stories and poems,besides watching television and playing with younger brother.

For writing her first novel, people from nook and corner ofvalley has congratulated her and wished her good luck in future.

Qirat, Naat competition held at Baramulla

BARAMULLA: J&K Student and Youth Welfare Organization incollaboration with Government Higher Secondary School Boniyar today organisedQirat and Naat competition. Various students from different educational zonesparticipated in the competition and performed with their soothing voices andevoked applause from audience. Best performing students were given awards andcommendation certificates on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla,Dr G N Itoo appreciated the participants for their enthusiastic participationand said that such programmes have a positive impact on the social and mentaldevelopment of students. He highlighted the importance of moral values and saidthat inculcating moral and religious education among students helps them tolead a pious and civilized life in the society.

Earlier, a similar event was organised at Govt Girls HigherSecondary School Baramulla, where Additional Deputy Commissioner BaramullaMohammad Ahsan Mir was the chief guest and Chief Education Officer, G M Lone graced the function as guest ofhonour. The event was organised by the Cultural Education Wing of ChiefEducation Office Baramulla.

About 30 students recited Qirat and Naat and enthralled theaudience. Best performing participants were appreciated with felicitationcertificates and awards.

Dy CEO, district and sectoral officers, principals andheadmasters of various educational institutions and various other concernedwere present on the occasion.

JKAACL Kargil organizes multilingual Naatia Mushaira

KARGIL: In connection with the holy month of Ramadan, Jammuand Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Kargil today organized adistrict level multilingual Hamdia Naatia Mushaira at New Academy ComplexLanguage Centre Kargil.

Around 25 poets from different parts of the districtdescribed the virtues of the holy month by rendering their poetic compositionsin Urdu, Shina Dardi, Balti and Purgi languages.

Executive Councillor for Social Welfare Aga Syed MujtabaMosavi was the chief guest while as Superintendent of Police Kargil Dr VinodKumar was the guest of honour.

Speaking on the occasion, Aga Syed Mujtaba while hailing theefforts of Cultural Academy Kargil for having organized the literary event,said that literary gatherings of such nature are an ideal platform to giveimpetus to the art of religious poetry.

The poetic sitting was presided over by State Awardee poetHaji Sadiq Ali Sadiq while as poets who recited their compositions included AkhoneAsgar Ali Basharat, Ghulam Ahmad Khan Jawan, Sadiq Ali Sadiq, Aga Syed HadiShah Aga, Jigmet Nurboo Khayal Ladakhi, Bashir Ahmad Wafa, Sibte Hassan Kaleem,Muhammad Asgar Asvi, Muhammad Jawad Jalib, Ashraf Ali Sagar, Nassir HussainKhemat, Ghulam Murtaza Advocate, Muhammad Hussain Fayaaz, Raza Amjad Badgami,Muhammad Hanif Tantray, Tsewang Rigzin, Muhammad Yaseen Ansari, Taqi KhanNayaab, Nissar Hussain Trespone, Fida Hussain Wazir Fida, Muhammad Ali Babaa,Zakir Hussain Karbalai, Sajjad Ali Shujaat and Mirza Mehdi Jaffary.

Mehjoor's dream newspaper Gaash released in new avatar

Srinagar: Shair e Kashmir Mahjoor's dream newspaper Gaash,which he started in 1940 was released in a new avatar of quarterly Kashmiriliterary journal here on Monday.

"It was a revival of sorts for Kashmiri language andliterature as "GAASH" arguably the first ever journal of Kashmiri literature tobe published in past eight decades, was released in a graceful ceremony at theauditorium of Information Department in Srinagar," the organisers said in astatement.

The statement said 'Shairi Kashmir' Mehjoor startedpublication of the first Kashmiri language newspaper way back in 1940."However, the endeavour was cut short due to spiralling cost of newsprint inthe wake of World War II. J & K Mahjoor Foundation had been contemplatingthe revival for quite some time and planned a new avatar for the publication inaccordance with the present day demands of Kashmiri language and literature,which is how "GAASH" the News paper got converted into "GAASH" thequarterly  literary journal," thestatement said.  In collaboration withJammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and languages, Directorate ofInformation, Directorate of Education Kashmir, and Kashmir Book PromotionTrust, J and K Mehjoor Foundation, organised the event to mark the release ofthe quarterly language literary journal "GAASH".

Eminent researcher and litterateur Muhammad Yousuf Teingpresided over the event while noted jurist Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmanigraced the event as chief guest. Prominent personalities Ghulam Nabi Khayal,Rafeeq Raaz, Prof Shafi Shouq, Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, Dr. Abdul Ahad, MushtaqAhmad Mushtaq, Prof, Majrooh Rasheed were also present on the occasion. Incourse of the event several natiya renditions were made to honour the essenceof the holy month of Ramadhan.

President J&K Mehjoor foundation Peerzada Abdal Mehjoorwelcomed the guests. On the occasion speakers hailed the revival of "GAASH" asa worthy step and hoped that it would become a trend setter across the broadspectrum of Kashmiri language and literature.

District level Naatia Majlis held at Rafiabad

Baramulla: As part of Ramadhan Kareem celebrations, a grandDistrict Naatia Mushaira was held in the Bag-i-Firdous of Government HigherSecondary Institute Dangiwacha Rafiabad.

Leading poets of Baramulla district participated in thevent. Through their beautiful words they praised the Prophet (PBUH), whichaudience listened and appreciated.

Some of the famed writers who participated in the eventincluded Fayyaz Tilgami, Shahnaz Rasheed, Shabir Ahmad Shabir, Tanha Nizami,Ranjoor Tilgami, Nisar Azam, Hassan Azhar, Shabnum Gulzar, GH Tawheedu, ElyasAzad, Hassan Zarun, Tariq Ahmad Tariq, Yousuf Sameem, Sarwar Bulbul, AtharBashir and others.

The school  is ahistoric 97 year old educational institute and is incidentally headed by WaniManzoor, who himself is a poet of repute. Manzoor welcomed the participatingguests to the event. Meanwhile civil society Rafiabad also appreciated theefforts of Manzoor, in organising such sacred events, which will instil goodvalues among children.

The school administration and participating poets, writersand civil society had lot of praise for Dr Rafeeq Masoodi, who is an alumini ofthe historical 97 year old institution for bringing laurels to the entireRafiabad in particular for his extra ordinary role in shaping up thesocio-cultural cum literary fibre not only of state but on national level too.

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