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Kashmiri Pandit cop embodies hope in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the valley of death, a Kashmiri Pandit cop embodies hope!Superintendent of Police, Manoj Kumar Pandita aka Manoj Sheeri has embarked on a mission to spread the message of communal amity and build reconciliation between two estranged communities — Pandits and Muslims — through his writings in Urdu and Kashmiri.After Khushbuay Kashmir (Fragrance of Kashmir), a compilation of short stories in Urdu, Manoj Sheeri is all set to release his collection of Urdu dramas ‘Bikharay Bichaday’ (Scattered Separation) in Kashmir.The 51-year-old, who has been witness to killings of his relatives and neighbours during the painful migration, has chosen Urdu to communicate with the people to build an atmosphere of reconciliation and spread communal amity.“When I released Khushbuay Kashmir, it was liked by everyone. There was an overwhelming response to the book. It delved deep into the human relationship and highlighted our happiness, sadness, pain and trauma. There were rave reviews of the book,” Manoj Pandita, who writes by his penname Manoj Sheeri, told DNA.Sheeri is a small village in Baramulla district where Manoj was born to a family of farmers and orchardists. After completing his degree from Government Degree College Baramulla, Manoj went to Jammu to pursue his masters in journalism.Soon after, he joined an English newspaper in Jammu before he cracked Indian Information Services in 1994. Luck however had other things in store for him as he cracked Kashmir Administrative Service exam in 2001 and was allotted police cadre.URDU HIS FIRST LOVEThe subtext of Manoj’s works is to spread communal harmony and reconciliation.
His Urdu dramas revolve around relationships and social milieu of Kashmir.

Come Friday, monsoon activity to simmer down: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The weatherman has brought some good news for the people of Gujarat suffering from the continuous rains. According to the IMD, monsoon activity will simmer down by Friday, although on and off showers will continue until August 10.The downpour, which began on July 21, resulted in a loss of hundreds of lives and thousands becoming homeless. Jayanta Sarkar, director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) – Ahmedabad, said, “Monsoon is very active over Gujarat region and heavy to very heavy rains are expected at isolated places over the next two days. The intensity of rains will decrease Friday onwards.”Meanwhile, Mahesh Palavat, chief meteorologist at Skymet, said, “The current weather system will prevail for another 24 hours. Monsoon activity will reduce from Friday onwards,” adding, “Scattered on and off rains will continue across the state until August 10,” added Palavat.From Thursday, improvements in flood situations are expected. However, light to moderate rains with few heavy spells will continue until then,” Sarkar added.

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