In an endeavour to preserve the art and culture of Kashmir and make future generations aware about the rich heritage, the concerned authorities have taken up a project of digitizing 600 rare manuscripts.  The digitization began a few months ago under the supervision of experts from Delhi. The digitized manuscripts would include writings on religion, medicine, history, music. Besides, some diaries and travelogues will also be included.


Mufti Bashir
Mufti Bashir

The Grand Mufti, Bashir ud din Ahmad, of Kashmir has    been widely criticized in local as well as national media and was accused of being a hypocrite after he was spotted at an event enjoying music. Off late he had issued a fatwa against a three member girl’s band named Pragaash, calling ‘listening to music’ or ‘singing’ an ‘Un-Islamic practice’.  Wide condemnation of Mufti’s hypocrisy came to fore a day after a video showing the Grand Mufti enjoying music went viral on internet. “Double speak of Mufti of J&K exposed on issue of Music being unIslamic. All religious fundamentalists were experts of Double speak (sic)” tweeted Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh.


Manish Malhotra showcased an elegant collection inspired by popular flowers of Kashmir gulaala and giltoor on the third day of ongoing Wills Lifestyle India fashion Week. These two popular flowers are considered to be the favourites of Mughal Empress Begum Noor Jahan. Malhotra in the event had said that it is his attempt to bring forth the beauty of Kashmiri embroidery and called it to be a tribute to the craftsmen of Kashmir.


katrina and saifIts official! An untitled film yet, starring Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan, directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Sajjid Nadiawala will be shot in Kashmir, Punjab, London and US. Interest of Indian Cinema seems to be rejuvenated in Kashmir’s scenic beauty as their film crews are landing in here very often now. The movie supposed to be a thriller is scheduled to go on floors this October. Katrina and Saif are seen pairing together for the second time, the first being Abbas Mustan’s Race 2.


In a rare achievement boys and girls from Jammu and Kashmir excelled at a Taekwondo international competition in Bhutan, by winning medals. Of 15 people who had participated, eight including boys and girls, won medals, said Shuja Ahmad, an official of the Jammu and Kashmir Martial Arts Association. Excited over their win, the winners said participation in international competitions has encouraged them to perform better in the coming events. The young team from J&K was in competition with players from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, besides other states of India.




Kashmir spends Rs 268 cr for protection of wildlife


Goods over Rs 64 lakh traded across LoC.


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