1 killed as bus falls into gorge in Doda
DODA: A conductor of a bus was killed and another person was injured when the vehicle fell into a 150 feet deep gorge in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.
The deceased, Ishtiaq Ahmad was reversing the mini-bus in the absence of its driver when it skidded off the road and fell into the gorge at Malwana, senior superintendent of police, Doda, Shabir Ahmed Malik said. Nazir Ahmad was sitting inside the bus when the accident took place and received injuries, he added.
Thapar’s association with the former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto dates back to their student days in England. The two first met in 1977 when Thapar was the vice-president of the Cambridge Union Society at that time and Benazir was the treasurer of its Oxford counterpart. It so happened that in 1976, before her father’s election fell, they happened to be on the opposite sides of a debate. Benazir proposed the motion, “This house would have sex before marriage.” Indeed, this was dangerous territory for an aspiring Pakistani politician to tread on but Benazir wasn’t one to be cowed down. In an attempt to ruffle her, Karan said, “I see, madam, you are proposing sex before marriage. Would you care to practise what you preach?” Benazir waited for the thundering applause that followed to subside, swivelled her chair and removing her spectacles, promptly said, “Certainly, but not with you.”
Aiyar took Thapar to task about the time he embarrassed Jaya Bachchan. Taking a stray remark by actor Amitabh Bachchan about American actor Warren Beatty, who had recently been pointedly interviewed about the ladies in his life, as an invitation to use the same tactics on him, he went on to question Amitabh about his affairs with Rekha and Parveen Babi.
Amitabh categorically denied the allegations. Undeterred, Thapar turned to Jaya, who was sitting behind the scenes, and brazenly asked her, “Do you believe him?” Taking a long hard look at her husband, she replied, “I always believe my husband.”
Later, Thapar was invited to stay at lunch but unfortunately Amitabh’s volcanic anger at being probed in such a brusque way was displaced onto Jaya. He made apparent his displeasure over being offered rice instead of chapattis by thundering at Jaya.
Aiyar went on to grill Thapar about his bullying tactics and questioned him about not allowing BJP leader LK Advani and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa to re-record
parts of their interviews. He also asked that since he had made a conscious decision to take a hard stance based on “a manufactured principal of journalistic integrity”, why was he now ruing not getting any interviews?
Thapar allowed that he could have been a bit more mature about it.