A Kashmiri student, Suhail Aijaz, 20, pursuing MBBS from AIIMS Medical College in Odhisa since 2016, has gone missing since February 9. The resident of Kupwara, Suhail’s missing report has been filed by police station Bhubaneswar on Feb 18, under FIR 21/2018. The case was later taken over by NIA and IB who are probing the disappearance. His father, a schoolteacher, is camping in Odisha for a week, hoping for his son’s return.


Religion is not a barrier, his love is to translate literature and make it accessible. Meet, 65-year-old Assadullah Asad, the man who kept himself busy post-retirement since 2008 with writing. A resident of Borwah village, Asad has written and self-published seven books. The latest is a different one making him the first person to translate Sikh Holy Scripture Japji Sahib into Kashmiri. For this, Asad was appreciated, praised and admired by the Sikh community on Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.


Shabista Shabir and Sabiya Nabi both, both residents of Tangmarg (Baramulla) are in Iran where they will represent India in the junior Asian Alpine Ski championships. They were selected out of 30 athletes in Gulmarg who were representing different affiliated units of Winter Games Federation of India including J&K, HP, Uttarakhand, Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM), High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS), Army and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports took part in Slalom and Giant Slalom trials. Both girls have participated in five national championships so far representing the state.

It was a swift sequence of incidents in police station Tral which resulted in the killing of a militant and policeman sustained injuries. A loud bang and that was it. Police claimed Mushtaq Chopan, a militant in custody tried to escape wearing a female burqa and someone from outside lobbed grenade to facilitate his exit. The grenade aimed to help killed Chopan, police claimed. But it has the flip side. The counter-argument refutes the official version alleging Chopan was killed inside the police station. The blast, they say was staged. Arrested along with two other persons by Amy’s MARCOS at Watlab on January 7, police is investigating how Chopan got hold of Burqa.

Since Abu Qasim’s massive funeral in Kulgam in 2015, it has become an unsaid rule that foreign militants killed in Kashmir will be buried by police in Baramulla. The practice continued but when a non-local militant recently succumbed to his injuries in Hajin, the people got hold of the body, defied the dictum and buried him at the local graveyard. Injured in a brief gunfight, the militant identified as Abu Haaris succumbed, while his two colleagues managed to flee after giving him gun salutes in the dead of night. Since the people defied the “orders”, police said they have registered a case.

For the first time, the JK Bank football team has won Maharaja Hari Singh Memorial Gold Cup. The team outplayed their rivals Real Kashmir Football Club by a single goal in the summit clash at GGM Science College Football ground in Jammu. The tournament was organized under the aegis of Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA). Jammu and Kashmir Bank chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Parvez Ahmed has complimented the bank’s football team for winning the cup.

North pole-south pole combination has its own problems. The latest one was when resentment of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti over the stance of Hindu Ekta Manch (HEM) in rape and murder of minor Kathua Gujjar girl, was taken for a ride, by none other than two senior cabinet ministers. Chowdhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga joined the rally of Manch held in support of the rapist. Addressing the protesters, the duos said they would ask CM to transfer the case to CBI. Interestingly, Ganga even slams state police and accused them of spearheading ‘jungle raj’. Two partners apparently at logger heads, who will heal the wounds of the victim family?

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