1 killed as bus falls into gorge in Doda

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - Press Trust of In­dia

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.

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