Briefing

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PULWAMA

The picture of Hizb militant Sameer Bhat, alias Tiger, holding the American assault rifle, M4 carbine extensively used by US armed forces, in an orchard somewhere in south Kashmir went viral on social networking sites after which the J&K Police have started investigation.

GUJARAT

A Kashmiri law student, Sameer Rashid Bhat, brought laurels to his state after wining prestigious Rhodes scholarship, 2018, which entitles recipients to study a subject of their choice at Oxford University for one year. An alumni of IMI, Srinagar, Sameer, son of police officer and resident of Pushroo (Islamabad) is presently in third year at Gujarat National Law University and is the first from his university and J&K to get this scholarship.

DELHI

Portraits of prominent Australian Prime Ministers Alfred Deakin, Robert Menzies, Harold Holt, John Mcewen, John Gorton, William Mcmahon, Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, and Donald Bradman (sportsman) through the 20th century made by a JK Police Constable Ishfar Ali, an old city resident, were showcased at Australian High Commissioner’s residence in Delhi. Ishfar joined police in 2011 after obtaining a bachelor in Fine Arts at Kashmir University. He was deeply influenced by renowned artist Masood Hussain. Now the Austratian embassay is planning flying him to Astralia for honours.

SRINAGAR

Everyone in city centre Lal Chowk was surprised at 11.30 am on Sunday when a church bell in Srinagar’s British era Holy Family Catholic Church started ringing. It had remained silent for almost half a century in the Chruch built in 1896. The Church located on the M A Road had lost its original bell in a fire sparked by “an arson incident” on June 7, 1967.

DELHI

16 Kashmiri shawls, brought from Kashmir between 1959 and 1976, were stolen from the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum in Lutyens’ Delhi. The irony was that local police in Tilak Marg has said that they have no clues about the accused as the cameras at the museum are not working on Sunday and Monday when the museum was closed.

UDHAMPUR

Israeli defence team led by Major General Yakov (Kobi) Barak visited army base in Udhampur district, where he called on the Northern Command’s General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt Gen Devraj Anbu to discuss matters of mutual interest. India and Isreal have close diplomatic ties for almost thirty years now. India’s is a major buyer of special defence equipments too.

RS PURA

Rival armies of India and Pakistan are involved in routine shell exchanges, hitting each other’s positions. They have sophisticated systems in place to detect infilitrations. This time dogs detected an infiltration, a pregnant hog deer, who had crossed over from Pakistan. The deer rescued, after being critically injured, from Abdal village of Suchetgarh died during treatment at Manda Zoo.

NIGEEN LAKE

First of its kind an exclusive exhibition of  at least 60 vintage, classic, modified and modern collection of cars, jeeps, scooters as well as BMWs were displayed on the banks of Nigeen Lake. Organised by ‘Kashmir Off-Road’ in collaboration with the Tourism Department, the exhibition witnessed cars like the Chevrolet Fleet Master of 1942, Nissan Jonga of 1965, Chevrolet Impala of 1969, Morris Mirror of 1952 and motorbikes of the likes of Royal Enfield of 1969 and scooters, were on display. There were some old two-wheelers, too.

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