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JAMMU: The India International Society has Honored Sh. R.C.Puri KAS (Rtd) Former Hon'y secretary Indian Red Cross society Jammu with most prestigious Globally reputed "Bharat Jayoti Award" .This Award is given to the extraordinary Men and Women who have specialized in various fields and in lieu of the  yeoman services rendered with excellence  in the respective fields.

Sh.R.C Puri has been given this award for the remarkable achievements in the field of social work in vital areas of forging friendship between the individuals, corporate regions and religion. The Award was presented by Lt.General Krishan Mohan Seth (Rtd) Former Governor of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Tripura at an seminar on Economic Growth and National Integration at New Delhi on 4th December ,2018.

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  • Governor, Advisor Ganai, Secy Information extend felicitations

NEW DELHI: Kashmiri writer and broadcaster, Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq, has bagged the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for literature in Kashmiri language. Sahitya Akademi awards were announced in New Delhi today. Mushtaq was given this year's award for his collection of short stories titled 'Aakh'. 'Aakh' is a collection of 18 short stories that was chosen from the 13 books in Kashmiri language.

The writer is presently posted as head of the regional news unit at Radio Kashmir Srinagar. He has served in Doordarshan news unit at Srinagar Kendra for nine years apart from having worked in other media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as an Indian Information Service (IIS) officer. Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Secretary Information, Sarmad Hafeez and Director Information, Tariq Ahmad Zargar have felicitated Mushtaq for being conferred with the prestigious literary award.

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  • Artists pay musical tributes to legendary singer Raj Begum, Rashid Farash

SRINAGAR: Various artists on Saturday paid musical tribute to legendary singer, Raj Begum and noted folk singer, Abdul Rashid Farash during a function held here at the auditorium of Information Department. The event was organized by Jammu Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) in collaboration with Awaaz—Voice of Artist and Art lovers of Kashmir and Department of Information and Public Relations.

Prominent artists including Munir Ahmad Mir, Raja Bilal, Shazia Hamid, Zahida Taranum mesmerized the audience with the famous songs of legendary singer and Padamashree awardee, Raj Begum and Abdul Rashid Farash. Noted musician and composer, Prof Muzafar Ahmad Bhat arranged the music for the event. “Raj Begum is the first female singer who braved all odds to come out and perform professionally. She kept music alive among womenfolk. It was only because of her efforts, women singers started pursuing music as a career,” Prof Bhat said. “This is a humble musical tribute to artists like Raj Begum ji and Farash sahib to remember and recall their contribution in the field of music,” he said.

On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Abid Rashid was the chief guest and Joint Director, Information, Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Hakak, Chief Editor, Urdu, JKAACL Muhammad Ashraf Tak were also present. On the occasion, the famous singer from Chenab valley, Jehan Ara Janbaz  was bestowed with Raj Begum Women Empowerment Award for her contribution in the field of Kashmiri music and a special award for his contribution towards Kashmiri music was given away to the noted singer, Abdul Rashid Farash (posthumously).

Jehan Ara Janbaz thanked the organizers for the award. “She (Raj Begum) became a tehreek for music promotion among womenfolk and I feel blessed to receive an award in the legendary singer’s name,” she said. Singer, composer, Waheed Jeelani paying his tributes to the singers said, “We are remembering such artists who have contributed immensely to Kashmir’s music scenario. Raj Begum is the inspiration for many aspiring singers and musicians. She has set an example in the field of music.”

“Rashid Farash was my contemporary and we started our musical journey together. His soulful voice and his contribution towards music will be remembered times immemorial,” Jeelani said. Joint Director, Information, Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Hakak, who was present on the occasion, said that DIPR has always worked to promote the artists of the State. He said that Department’s cultural wing has contributed immensely in promoting the folk music of the valley. Noted broadcasters, Dr Rafiq Masoodi, Shabir Mujahid, Abdal Mehjoor, filmmakers, academics, journalists and writers, students, among others attended the programme.