Thirteen year old Faizan Ali Mir’s inability to solve a mathematics problem last year pushed him to invent a formula for cracking the magic square. Mir says after failing to answer the question, he took help from his seniors and practiced its sums until he noticed a pattern and came up with a formula. Confident about his invention, he formally released a booklet explaining his formula. The booklet released is titled as ‘Faizan formula’. The booklet has been mentored by chairman of an NGO, Culture and Science Foundation Kashmir, and a senior mathematics lecturer, Shahbaz Hakabari.
In a surprising revelation it was known that support staff in the Department of Health in Kashmir is playing the role of Doctors. Hilal Ahmed, a driver in Gousia Hospital, Khanyar, Srinagar with the consent of Medical Superintendent, is being allowed to conduct medical examinations of different patients. Meanwhile, locals from Brein Nishat have a similar incident to share. There due to continuous absence of a gynaecologist from Primary health Centre, a helper is taking care of pregnant woman. Both the cases have been reported to official concerned and surprisingly rather than making the authorities accountable they have transferred the driver and the helper.
In a significant development for preservation of the state’s rich cultural heritage, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Language (JKAACL) is in process of digitization of rare manuscripts. So far they have digitised 1.25 lakh folios of more than 400 rare manuscripts. Around 200 manuscripts are yet to be done. The digitization started on May 22, this year, and is said to be the initiative of Khalid Bashir Ahmed, JKAACL secretary. Some of the rare manuscripts digitised so far include a 12th century copy of Holy Quran calligraphed by Fateh Ullah Kashmiri, Shahnama Firdousi, Mahabharat in Persian, Bhagwat Puran, Shiv Puran, Zakhheratul Mulook, Mathnavi Moulana Room, Bostaan e Saadi, Sikandar Naama and Deewaan-e-Haafiz.
Sajjad Khan from Thanamandi was arrested for raping a tenth class student and later circulating the pornographic material from Rajouri. As per the complaint filed by the victim, she was administered sedatives by the accused and later raped. In her complaint the girl had also mentioned that she was not aware about filming of the crime. The girl has reportedly said that Khan had been pressuring her to marry him but after repeated denials, he raped her. He later blackmailed her that if she denies further, the video will be circulated in public.
Parvez Rasool, 24, a cricketer from Bijbehara, Islamabad, became the first cricketer from the state to play for India. Rasool is part of new Indian squad lined up for five match series against Zimbabwe. The ODI team is led by Virat Kohli. Earlier, the talented cricketer played for Pune Warriors in the recently concluded IPL and has already represented India in a solitary Test match against South Africa in 2010. Rasool also played a pivotal role in the J&K’s 2012-13 Ranji Trophy and was the top scorer and highest wicket taker.
Six trekkers slipped into a lake at the height of 12,800 ft in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district and floated on a sheet of ice for three hours before being rescued. Of these six trekkers, five were from Srinagar and other was a non-local. These trekkers scaled mountains of Pir Panjal to reach famous Konsar Nag Lake. The rescue operation lasted for about three hours and was led by a team of state police. The police had to press into service a chopper to airlift floating trekkers stranded on the glacier chunk.
State has received 130 million tonnes of coal from Odisha, which will be used for setting up a 1,000 MW thermal power project.
In first 3 days of Amarnath Yatra around 23,000 unregistered pilgrims were stopped from pursuing further.