Abid Bhat, photographer of Kashmir Observer, who clicked the photograph of a minor boy being publicly punished by two CRPF personnel in Srinagar main city, is injured. A stone flying over a cop’s shield hit his eyelids and led to a major injury that required half-a-dozen stitches. His eye, however, was saved. He was covering a clash between youth and police near Rangreth after Friday prayers. This is the second time, he was hit by stones. Last time, he had a serious nose injury in a similar incident in Maisuma.


Actress Farida Jalal who has a key role in Imran Khan’s Sargoshian is seeking Bollywood biggie help in promoting Kashmir as a destination. The film is set for release in May. The film featuring Tom Alter, Imran Khan, Farida Jalal, Alok Nath, Inderneil Sengupta and Aditi Bhatia is being suggested to be a Kashmir story but nobody has any idea what the story is. “All the Khans should promote Kashmir,” Farida Jalal was quoted saying, “All the Khans, all the actors, they should do something. Not only Khans but all the actors should do something. We must promote Kashmir, I definitely do believe in that, I will promote Kashmir.” While shooting in Kashmir, she has been completely bowled over the breathtaking beauty. “I loved my trip and I am dying to go back.”


Twitter India’s news partnerships Raheel Khursheed goes to school, again. Named as 2017 World Fellow at Yale University, Raheel is one of the 16 people chosen for the global leadership development program in the US varsity. This programme will connect him with 309 Fellows across 87 countries.


National Investigation Agency (NIA) has raided various places in Srinagar to locate a suspect for March 7 Bhopal- Ujjain train blast. They were working on revelations of three persons who said one of the allegedly accused persons Atif Muzaffar had gone to Kashmir and met a Kashmiri. However, NIA has failed to locate his “accomplice”. Indian Express that broke the story identified the accused as Muzaffar and Syed Mir Hussain. Muzaffar has lived in a Srinagar hotel and even visited Gulmarg.


In a new twist to the security situation, militants did ransack a few houses belonging to police.  Four militants barge into Kulgam residence of SP Hazratbal Dawood Mattoo and threatened the inmates. Though police rushed to the spot, militants had left. There were two similar rebel raids on the houses of ASI Dilbar Ahmad and his brother Reyaz Ahmad, also a police officer, last week. Rebels had issued threats to cops in reaction to which state police chief had said militants also had families. Similar reports came from Hafru where rebels raided Abdul Samad’s residence.

200  is the number of paramilitary companies that will be deployed for the fast approaching Lok Sabha polls in south and central Kashmir


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