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SRINAGAR: Lawyer, politician Safina Baigh who recently was appointed as president of the women's wing of ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said under leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba  Mufti we would ensure fast track justice in this case and punish the criminals behind the Kathua minor girl’s rape and murder case. In a an exclusive interview with Kashmir News Bureau (KNB) senior Editor Rameez Makhdoomi, Safina Beigh talks about several issues, here are the experts of the interview:

RM: How do you view the responsibility of heading JKPDP Women’s wing?

SB: At the onset I would like to state that women are fifty percent of human resource of every society and without their participation in every field a society is incomplete. Our religion Islam gave great status to women and recognized their role. In politics women have key role to play especially women are best managers and inner qualities of love, compassion makes women more suited to politics. The challenges entrusted to me is  serious but I would like to say women in Kashmir should in more vibrant manner take part in politics as they are ultimate sufferers of conflict.

RM: Do you believe more people should join politics in our part of the world?

SB: Politics should be taken as worship. Politics should be done with honesty and sincerity. I would like to request people both in mainstream and separatist polity not to mix politics with the burning issue of Kashmir. People have day to day issues to address and there are enormous social, economic, environmental issues confronting people that are to be addressed and cannot be equated with final settlement of political issue of Kashmir.

RM:: Do you believe that Justice will be delivered in Kathua heinous rape and murder of  Child that has shaken soul of humanity?

SB:: I am having full belief on institutions and my Chief Minister. The entire Indian opinion and global opinion has been galvanized over this burning issue and only few fringe elements who are minority have acted abnormally.

I am of firm belief that under leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba  Mufti we would ensure fast track justice in this case and punish the criminals behind this heinous crimes.

RM: Has this issue potential of dividing Jammu and Kashmir?

SB: Our state cannot afford polarization and I would like to applaud the Jammu people for standing with victim despite tremendous provocations by few fanatic elements.

RM: Politicians like you and others are alleged of not doing enough to heal the pain of women .Your take?

SB: We need to remind that women here are more hesitant to join the mainstream politics and I would like to take the healing touch policy of our party to grassroots and ensure participation of women in decision making. I would like to involve women who have faced brunt of violence and victims of border shelling in the process of my journey to understand accurate pulse of grassroots.

RM: Men in uniform when alleged of crimes against women are beyond ambit of justice process, your take ?

SB: I do not agree with the perception and It depends upon case to case and how you pursue it .

Your take on role of social media in politics ?

Today social media has dominant role in politics and every other field due to its tremendous reach but unfortunately here in Kashmir some are using it as weapon of character assassination .There should be healthy criticism but not use of abusive or foul language .

 RM: Will you be open to take feedback from opposite ideologies ?

SB: I do not have any hesitation from seeking advice from diverse ideologies to take corrective steps .

RM: The activists state that we have virtually zero laws against child sexual abuse, any steps in that directions ?

SB: To punish the rapists and those who abuse children we need to review all the existing laws and make them more effective stringent and also make them meet the current needs of current times.

There is definite need to give exemplary punishment to rapists and due to acts of few bad humans we cannot blame entire country or any party. Political parties need to put an united face over this burning issue as this is bringing great disrepute.

RM: What would you like to say to other women?

SB: Women should not be over-defensive and as we are equal builders of society I believe women should be assertive. 

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LEH: ST category enterpreneur, who struggeled a lot and become youngest Millionaire of Ladakh. Better known as Ladakh’s Oxygen Man for his Innovative oxygen renting business. Vicki Niaz started his oxygen plant with his uncle Mohd Iqbal in 2010 ,initially they started testing and did R&D on various aspects of running such heavy machinery in high altitude is not easy job.

After successfully testing high pressure filling he started filling oxygen Industrial cylinders and Medical oxygen cylinders but he was missing something very badly main reason to open up oxygen plant in Ladakh was for tourist who gets sick due to High Altitude sickness such as AMS Acute Mountain Sickness due to low oxygen in the air and Leh, Ladakh is Situated at the High Altitude starting from 4000 mts to 16000 mts so he needed lightweight aluminium oxygen cylinders which can be carried easily so he found Luxfer brand India Assembled lightweight aluminium oxygen cylinders which he introduced it to the region as being exclusive distributor he started selling and renting out cylinders on daily basis to tourist as it added income to taxi owners, travel agents, hotels and guest houses around Leh.

Till now he has sold as many as hundreds of cylinders to various sectors such as taxi drivers, hotels, travel agents, guest houses, hostels and they refill their empty cylinders at his plant,he has two main retails outlet in Leh one is at Pologround and 2nd is at old road opp Hotel Shangrila Ladakh. 

His Innovative way of renting out portable oxygen cylinders got widespread response within 2 years and fatality rate of tourist coming to Ladakh during peak season  due to acute mountain sickness and other syptoms due to low oxygen level in the air  reduced 80%,There are many stories yet to tell how he saved many lives while providing oxygen on time during midnight and in very critical conditions.he his partner and his staffs always carry few extra cylinders in the car for any emergency during midnight there is no excuse from them for outlet closer or work timings and this year they have started 24x7 exclusive delivery van with trained staff. 

Vicki Niaz mastered in technicall aspect of whole operation as well as rectification & repair of heavy machineries where ladakh is technically distance far region place where only few branded vehicle service centre is available and for other extreme  technical jobs people hire technicians  & Engineers from north India on per day charges which is expensive thing to do and no other choice.

Vicki Niaz become dual sponsor for prestigious Mega Event Ladakh Marathon 2017 for sponsoring Bisleri packaged water as Hydrant Partner & Oxygen Partner for the event.  Vicki Niaz is providing oxygen cylinders to the poor families who can’t afford expensive cylinders, at very low cost and even free to many families around Ladakh, oxygen which is in high demand for many elder people of Ladakh he added. True philanthropy requires a disruptive mindset, innovative thinking and a philosophy driven by entrepreneurial insights and creative opportunities. And Niaz  is no exception to the rule.

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MUMBAI: Racing is considered a man’s sport in our part of the world and when it comes to the tough rallies, most of us disagree to even think of a woman daring to try it, however there are some inspiring women who believe in thinking out of the box and refuse to go with the typical mindset.  Amongst those league of women, is Sarah Kashyap, whom I call a “Chotta packet, dhamaka.” and rightly so. A short height Sara, took martial arts as a passion since her primary schooling days and took part in many competitions fighting many bouts of the toughest fights, survived and won many medals. 

After her schooling, Sarah went to the United Kingdom for her higher studies, but kept the passion alive and played martial arts in the UK also.  Adventurous nature made her try her hand at riding a bike and one fine day, she took the challenge of taking professional biking sport as her passion. Sarah, tried, fell, got up stronger and never lost the fire in her and after a long struggle with the wheels made the whole nation proud when she became the first woman to have completed the toughest “Raid de Himalya”.  

Sarah proved to be the ignition, to be the inspiration, to be the woman to give hope to the rest of the women to see the ray to have the freedom of think of the unthinkable. This season, at the conclusion of the India’s biggest rally competition “Desert Storm”, Sarah not only completed all the stages of the rally but finished at Number 8 over all. Desert Storm Stage 4 of India's biggest rally competition advanced between the dunes of the Thar desert. The route extended almost alongside the India-Pakistan border. 

The race started at Marriott Hotel, Jaisalmer. The fourth stage started off with the Moto category. The stage was split into 4A and 4B, with the latter being a night stage. The first section of stage 4 paced through the flatlands of Turkon Ki Basti. Tight turns and long straights made this section particularly interesting. Being a flatland, one could see the cars and motorcycles speeding from a distance towards the horizon. Adding to the drama was the dust cloud behind them. 

The next section stretched beside the dunes of Thar desert. The route of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2018 has levelled up. The sun was really hot. The air was dusty. But the wind was cold. Visibility was hindered by mirages everywhere. In between all that aroused the sound of motorcycles and four-wheelers. That was the only signal saying that the contestants were coming. 

The sun was really hot. The air was dusty. But the wind was cold. Visibility was hindered by mirages everywhere. In between all that aroused the sound of motorcycles and four-wheelers. That was the only signal saying that the contestants were coming. Sarah, witnessed all of it and emerged as a winner and made us all prouder. I wish to see more and more feathers adding to her cap and wish the best possible to her in the days and years to come. And today let me officially change her alias from bada to bahut bada dhamaka. Well done “Chotta packet, bahut bada dhamaka”. This is what came from her on Instagram at the end of the rally: