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Today marks the passing of a year since 40 Indian jawans lost their lives in the deadly Pulwama terror attack and the entire country is paying homage to the fallen heroes in their own way. One man, in particular, came up with a powerful way that he could honour all the martyrs - by making a special memorial for them. Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, a Bengaluru-based musician, travelled throughout the country to meet the families of the martyrs and collect soil from outside of their houses. Â© ANI He spent a good portion of 2019 travelling 61,000 kilometres covering 16 states and achieving this incredible feat. Hats off to him, for real, this is one of the best tributes ever. He collected all the soil in one urn which is now displayed at the memorial that was inaugurated today at Lethpora camp in the Pulwama district. The CRPF had invited Jadhav as a special guest at the wreath-laying ceremony since he's gone above and beyond to honour not just the martyred jawans but also their families. Â© ANI And, this was all him, he didn't have any donations or sponsorships, it's all just from the good of his heart. After the ceremony, he said, "My main purpose was to pay respect and homage to the jawans who lost their lives in the attack. I have travelled more than 61,000 kilometres to collect the soil. Their soil is for mother earth. I am proud that I met all the families of Pulwama martyrs and sought their blessings. Parents lost their son, wives lost their husbands, children lost their fathers and friends lost their friends. I collected soil from their houses and their cremation grounds." He added, "India stands with them, this is my message to the Armed Forces of the country. This is my small effort to show respect for the martyrs." Â© ANI But, he's still not done it seems, as he's also hoping to raise about Rs 50,000 for each of the martyrsâ families. What a great man! View the full article
[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/53f96065e66a0f3045c891b35820a57d.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8yNS8yMDE3IDE6NDI6NTcgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT13a0NJRDV3bUJORzZnR2VEMWpNZjhRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan gambled to collect funds for his party under the guise of giving advice to his former brother-in-law, alleged State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb. Marriyum was referring to the statement made by Imran during an interview with a private news channel where he spoke about a deal he made with his former brother-in-law. During the interview, the PTI chief said he had to pay a debt of Rs2 million for expenses incurred during the 2002 elections and he had also sold his vehicle for this purpose. The PTI chairman had claimed that his brother-in-law was losing about Rs1 million in betting when he offered advice on the condition that he (brother-in-law) will help him in paying the debt if he won over Rs1 million. Imran said he gave advice to his brother-in-law for about three or four hours for betting during which he not only removed the Rs1 million deficit but won Rs2 million more as well. Imran insisted there was nothing wrong with the deal as the funds were not transferred to the party as it was his personal loan and he had returned the loan of Rs2 million won through gambling. While speaking to the media, Marriyum also called Imran a fugitive, saying he was on the run from the court. ?Those raising slogans of corruption in the Supreme Court are themselves escaping the court.? About Imran?s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the information minister said he did nothing but weaken institutions during his rule in the province. ?Imran Khan put a padlock on the KP Ehtesab Commission to conceal his corrupt practices in the province,? she maintained.