This Person: Then and Now

Tuesday, December 20, 2016‘Mehbooba has reached a place where she shouldn’t have been; PDP-BJP misled people to gain power’

Zafar Choudhary: You say that every government across 1960s, 1970s and 1980s jailed you for raising public issues. But we see that despite not being from any of the ruling parties, you have been friendly to all the governments, except the present one, since 1996. Not only this, Farooq Abdullah and Mufti Sayeed were keen about inducting you as a Minister. What kind of a turnaround is this?


Tuesday, December 20, 2016‘BJP aims to win 50+ seats in next elections’

BJP State President Sat Sharma says that his party has not abandoned the resolve to scrap Article 370 and that is why it finds mention in the “Agenda of Alliance”.

ZAFAR CHOUDHARY: Tell us something about your political journey.
SHARMA: I had actually wanted to become a doctor but political activism always attracted me. It was during my college days, way back in 1975, that I was jailed for political activities. Since then I have been associated with the Sangh and, therefore, BJP was a natural political destination for me. After my graduation I qualified fo


Monday, December 12, 2016Heart to Heart || He Brings the Fun. She Brings the Awesome

Akanksha Gupta

They say it takes two to tango and that might just be the case of this cutest couple of the town Himani and Sanat Gupta who owners of "Sanat & Himani", a Jammu based label that creates ensembles inspired by the aura of opulence and elegance. Like their brand, Himani and Sanat is a weird combination of fun and elegance.

Their unique mix of humor, wisdom and love is an inspirat


Tuesday, December 6, 2016“HEART TO HEART” || Wisdom in Man and Patience in Woman is what makes a marriage successful

Ain't togetherness need to be celebrated? From stylists and actors to good old fashioned bureaucrats, TNN take a trip down memory lane to reveal the past, present and future of Jammu’s most celebrated and aww-inducing love stories...

Well, He is “Tall, dark and handsome” and she is a typical “Kashmiri” woman. Together they make a very beautiful couple. This super humble duo is approaching three decades of marriage—that's an accomplishment for anyone. The best thing about Israr Khan and Nighat Rasool is that they manage to keep their relationship a priority for all these years. They just love to spend time together even though


Monday, November 14, 2016Music played ‘cupid’ in Subash & Neelam Langeh’s life

Since they are seen performing together on stage most of the times, Subash and Neelam Langeh are being called Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh of Jammu. It was music that brought them together 25 years ago and it is still happening in their lives. Even after 25 years of marriage, Subash is still head over heels for Neelam and never misses an opportunity to praise him. They have two sons and they bot


Saturday, November 5, 2016Tanish Bhat of Jammu making it big in the glamour world

Bringing name and fame for himself and his State, 21-year old Tanish Bhat is latest among the new crop of youngsters hailing from Jammu, who have went on to earn respect in the entertainment industry. He is presently living in Gurgaon, New Delhi and studying B. Tech., and his first music video is ready to be released. Though extremely busy balancing his work and studies at the same time, TNN grab


Saturday, October 29, 2016Chetna Khullar and her journey of 21 “Magic Years”

Chetna Khullar, Principal of Magic Years Playway School is the pioneer in the Kindergarten education in Jammu and runs the best playway school with the name "Magic Years Pre-School" in the town. In the last 21 years, she has provided the right kind of base that every kids needs to reach heights of success.

It was the year 1995, when Chetna started hobby classes at her homejust to make good u


Tuesday, October 25, 2016One life to say it all

SAHIL RASGOTRA meets Kamla Sharma, renowned writer and author of heart-wrenching book 'Ae Maut Zara Thehar Ja' for this week's 'Books and Authors.'

At the age of 83, she published her first book. The same book, which she had written 34 years back in 1981. For her, it was more than just a book for her. It was the story of someone dearest to her. It was the story of someone who left her at a tender age of just 19. It was the story of her daughter. It could have not got any better that she got excellent response from her readers, for something


Tuesday, October 18, 2016Building House of Sand, with Words

In this week’s ‘Books and Authors’ SAHIL RASGOTRA tries exploring the intriguing personality of famous Dogri writer Nirmal Vikram.

She might not have many books to her name, but her poems and short stories are well known equally among the language enthusiasts as well as the learners of the language. The fact that her only book is still fresh in the minds of every Dogri aficionado out there, despite coming out 10 years ago, speaks of the tremendous respect she holds among the readers fraternity. She is Nirmal Vikram, a multif


Saturday, October 8, 2016Gaurav Jamwal: Jammu’s very own first tattoo artist

Gaurav Jamwal is perhaps the first breed of artists from Jammu who took tattooing as an art and took it seriously enough to turn into a highly successful business, and set up Jammu’s leading Tattoo Studio: “Taboo - The Tattooist”. Gaurav has not only worked in Jammu but also in cities like Chandigarh and Delhi as he specialises in coloured and black and grey tattoos. The News Now recently caught


Monday, October 3, 2016Dream to set up multiplex theatre in Jammu- Balwant Thakur

Born in a remote hilly village called Bakkal in Jammu, the man is known responsible for giving Dogri language and culture of Jammu an international standard. Balwant Thakur has been honoured with a list of prominent awards like Sanskriti Award, the Jammu and Kashmir Academy Award, the Abhinay Samman and the Padam Shree.

In 1983, Thakur established the theatre group, Natrang. The group’s weeke


Tuesday, September 27, 2016Bringing Paris to Jammu

“While we must work on conserving our local languages like Dogri, it does not, in any way, stop us from promoting a foreign language. In fact, with it gaining popularity and acceptance here, we can look at the possibility of
translating our Dogri literature into French and vice-versa. This can be a real opportunity to serve as the perfect platform to showcase
our culture globally.”

Born an


Monday, September 26, 2016THE NEXT BIG THING IN BOLLYWOOD- Harsh Nagar

Harsh Nagar, the big name in the advertisement world having worked in more than 80 advertisements with some of the biggest names in Bollywood, is all set to make his bollywood debut in main lead with "Love Day". Trained from big names like Anupam Kher and Barry Jones, he was in the city of temples to promote his movie, which was release on 14th of October. Sahil Rasgotra met the upcoming star for


Saturday, September 24, 2016Ramesh Mehta: Writer who turned Painter

Born in 1947, Ramesh Mehta is now 69 years old but he is still a part of a new generation of artists in Jammu who are cultivating their cultural outlook by investing in their culture’s aesthetics, with a specific focus on modern and contemporary art. He is not just a painter but a poet too. He has published three books of poems until now. Talking of his career journey, Ramesh Sir started as an ed


Tuesday, September 20, 2016WRITING IS HIS PASSION

In this week's Books and Authors, SAHIL RASGOTRA brings you the story of Sahil Rajput, a young author from Jammu and Kashmir whose debut novel has become a huge success among the young readers of the country.

It is not every day that we come across someone who had decided to write a book getting inspired from another fellow writer. Sahil Rajput is one such young writer, who getting inspired fr


Sunday, September 18, 2016Ankush Salgotra is on its way to make big in Bollywood

Hailing from a small town, Bari Brahmana, Ankush has certainly made it big for himself. However this journey has been far from easy. He shares, "I was interested in sports and dancing in school. I have represented my state at national level in swimming and skating. However right from my childhood, I wanted to see myself on the big screen. Back then, I brushed off this thought thinking of it as on


Saturday, September 17, 2016No work for TV, Film artists in Jammu: Ajay Safaya

Artists in Jammu and Kashmir get a raw deal; many keep looking for work even their payments are not given in time. Many artists have not been paid remuneration since 2011 by DD Kashmir, said Ajay Safaya, an eminent actor from Jammu.

Ajay Safaya started his career with theatre. He attended various theatre workshops to learn acting and worked under Mushtaq Kak, a celebrated theatre personality o



Maruti Sharma is a celebrity life-psychologist, a training expert and personal transformation coach who is presently working in Jammu. In last almost twenty years of his career, his work has touched over one hundred thousand people spread across one hundred countries. His list of clientele includes Universities, Medical Schools and Multinationals with turnover in Billions, Celebrities, Profession


Monday, September 12, 2016Through The Eyes of Comrade Sethi

As we entered the lanes of Mohalla Dulpatian of the old city to interview Krishan Dev Sethi, apparently it was only us who didn't know his residence. Be it a child or an adult, everyone we asked for directions to his place, knew him either by 'Sethi Sahab' or 'Comrade Sahab.' Some people don't know him by name, but knew him as the person who is visited by big ministers, every now and then, making


Saturday, September 10, 2016Mentally challenged person is not a burden but the very personification of God’s love- Father Philip Attukadavil

In this world where almost every person lives for themselves, there are some who find happiness in the service of humanity. One such person is Father Philip Attukadavil who is recently appointed as the director of Sahara Special School, a day care centre for mentally challenged children located at Trikuta Nagar in Jammu city.

All his life, this man has worked with the mentally challenged kids


Monday, September 5, 2016Love the roles the Almighty has assigned me: Kiran Bakshi

Principal of GCW Gandhi Nagar, Dr. Kiran Bakshi is a simple woman who always aspired to become a good human being and help the mankind. She comes to college early in the morning and stays till late evening, managing and developing the institute with a missionary zeal.

TNN: What inspired you to enter the field of education?

Dr. Kiran: I entered the field of education with a will to do someth


Monday, August 29, 2016Towards a cleaner Trikuta Mountain

A packet of Potato Chips is a fascinating subject to study. Painted in bright and loud colours, which are further accentuated by it's over inflated size; these packets are available in various shapes and sizes. Irrespective of the fact that there is more air inside than the actual snack contents, potato chips are without doubt the favourite snacks of people looking to get some relief from hunger.


Saturday, August 27, 2016Lights, Sound, Action..These three words sums up my life- Deepak Kumar

Very popularly known as the founder of Rangyug Theatre Group, Deepak Kumar is A-High approved actor and B-High approved Radio artist. He has worshipped theatre all through his life and dreams of giving new heights to this art in Jammu. In an exclusive interview with The News Now, he shared his journey, experiences, struggle and lot more. Find out below.

TNN: How and when did you started?



Sunday, August 21, 2016The NUKKAD MAN of Jammu- Vijay Malla

Many of us must have noticed this old man, in different parks, roundabouts, schools and pretty much everywhere, in different clothes, playing different characters in various plays. His strong voice, his timely delivered dialogues, his near perfect expressions add to his star-studded personality, making you wonder if you have seen him on TV or in movies. He is Vijay Malla, who has been writing and


Saturday, August 20, 2016I am exploring the fashionable side of Jammu- Osman Watali

With an aim is to explore the fashionable side of Jammu and get it on the Fashion Radar, Osman Watali launched the first and only high street brand of Jammu in December 2012. In last 4 years, the brand has become most favourite among the fashion enthusiasts of the city. Every girl of the city who has this crave to be called a fashionista likes to dress herself in W.T.F-ashion dresses. In an inter


Saturday, August 13, 2016The Girl with Golden Voice: Sonali Dogra

Meet Sonali Dogra. Aged just 22 years, and hailing from Jammu. She is one of the best in the pool of talented young Indians who not just love music but worship it too. Sonali first came into limelight when she got entry in the singing reality show, “Indian Idol” and very recently she won “Voice of Punjab” Season 6 on the Punjabi Television Channel PTC Punjabi. The News Now got an opportunity to i


Saturday, July 30, 2016A mother’s tears can’t save her child, but your blood can: Vikrant Dogra

Born and brought up in a deeply religious family, the Vice-President of the Federation of Indian Blood Donors Organization, Vikrant Dogra, always believed in the philosophy of “Service to the mankind is devotion to God”.

He was introduced to blood donation at the age of 18 years and by now; Vikrant has donated blood more than 60 times. Presently serving as the vice-president of the Federation


Saturday, July 23, 2016Spreading smiles on faces of slum kids, happiness within

In today’s world where everyone is living for oneself, there are still some people who believe in doing something for others, and the society, and Monika Mitter — the founder of the NGO “Aradhana — A Ray Of Hope,” popularly known as AAROH, belongs to this category of human beings

TNN: What is Aradhana - A Ray Of Hope?

Monika: Aradhana is a subtle hope, a pious feeling, a struggle of the you


Friday, July 22, 2016Every Woman deserve to have a great body: Aarti Mahajan

Since the day she came to know the meaning of profession, she knew that as far as her life is concerned it will not be something like sitting in the office and working in front of computer screen. She wanted to do something different in her life and now she is known as the most amazing fitness expert of the town.

Back in time, when fitness business was predominantly male centric thing in Jammu


Friday, July 22, 2016A Poet’s Journey from Urdu, Punjabi to Hindi, Dogri


Soft spoken, middle stature, keen to know the culture and heritage of Duggar Pradesh Kewal Krishan Skakir is a person who never knows to take rest. He used to spend hours and hours in exploring the history and culture of the historical and religious places of Duggar Land. To satisfy his inner desire he visited innumerable places to get the accurate information about the abandoned monuments and re