J&K Elections 2002
concerted attempt is being made by terrorists to nip people’s enthusiasm in
the bud for the forthcoming elections in the Valley. Giving a clear-cut signal,
terrorists have stepped up violence this week in an attempt to keep people away
from polling booths, writes M. L. Kak.
battles terrorist threat
continued threats from separatist militants, Jammu and Kashmir is poised for an
election in four phases to the state Assembly, beginning with the first phase on
September 16. The process, spread over 60 days and ending on October 12, has
been devised in such a manner that adequate security can be provided to all
areas of the state.
instrumental in making music
was a shop even the Beatles could not afford to give a miss in their
roller-coaster Indian tour in 1966. For Bishan Das Sharma, the owner of Rikhi
Ram Musical Manufacturing Company, the sudden showing up of the Beatles at this
shop in Connaught Place, New Delhi, has been one of his most memorable moments.
That was a day when while a crowd gathered outside, Sharma taught a thing or two
about sitars to the Fab Four. "George Harrison ordered a sitar immediately,
while Paul McCartney bought himself a tanpura" recalls Sharma.
the national language
in Devnagari script was declared the national language of India on
September 14, 1950. Since then this day has been observed as Hindi Day. It was
decided to fix a period of 15 years to make Hindi suitable for official use. It
was decided that in the meantime employees would learn Hindi and a glossary of
technical terms would also be compiled. The deadline for such recommendations,
however, has been extended time and again.