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Apart from politics, Kupwara is in news lately for all the wrong reasons. First it was the death of an infant who was delivered on the roadside after doctors at Lal Ded had denied medical treatment to the mother; the lady from Kalaroos was referred from Primary Health Centre (PHC) to district hospital and then to the tertiary care, LD hospital in Srinagar. Now a lady named Fatima Begum from Kalaroos was denied ambulance in the same PHC which resulted in her delivery in the cab and her baby died on the spot.

After the incident became public, the medical officer was terminated from his services but the administration is still in deep slumber for why most of the referrals reach tertiary care hospital from this area of Kashmir for even the non availability of a bed.


Army thrashing civilians in Kashmir may not make headlines, but this time, a sub-divisional magistrate, Duroo, Ghulam Rasool Wani and four other officials were dragged by their collars, kicked and abused after they had an argument with army personnel on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Dalwach area of Qazigund in south Kashmir. For registering an FIR, SDM’s colleagues had to protest so that a case is lodged against the army. The protesting employees even said they will continue to protest and even boycott the election duty. Allegedly, the army personnel had stopped all civilian traffic despite no ban on civilian movement on the highway on Tuesdays.


The fear is still looming over the Kashmiris living in mainland India, but a Mumbai cop, senior inspector Hemant Sawant is wining hearts on social networking sites for helping a Kashmiri local Shaukat Ali, who worked with a private company in Kashmir in 2013, whose head office is in Mumbai. In 2019, Ali needed his provident fund of Rs 52,000 for the school fees of his daughter but his office wanted him to visit the office or apply online, both options Ali couldn’t avail because of the expenses, around Rs 15000 to reach Mumbai and another due to frequent internet blockades in valley. In distress he called the police officer who visited his office and got his form and sent the same to Ali through post and later applied on his behalf as well. Now he will be getting his PF in next 15 days.


Election process is a routine exercise in state’s Jammu division where people come out in huge numbers to cast their votes in comparison to Kashmir where voting is still a taboo. But media persons capturing the long queues outside polling stations got their best shot of the day when a just wed couple Sourav Sharma and Manisha reached a polling station in Udhampur in their flower decked sedan to cast their votes.


The state of Jammu and Kashmir never lacks any talent. After sending many actors in the film industry, singer Sania Sharma, 23, a Jammu resident, has bagged a role in Bollywood film after she came to limelight through her album ‘Selfie Mutiyar’ for Punjabi audience. The film is yet to get a title but the Jammu-based-producer of the film has finalised her for a role in the film. She has earlier shot to fame after participating in Voice of Punjab show. She has recently done two Punjabi songs which are scheduled to release after the elections.


After the deadliest suicide-car-bomb attack in Lethpora that led to the killing of more than 40 CRPF personnel on the spot, the Bollywood celebrities Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan are singing in a tribute song to them. To commemorate the memory of those fallen soldiers, Bollywood stars have collaborated with the CRPF to do a tribute song for them. According to a tweet by CRPF, the song will be called Tu Desh Mera.


Sameer Yasir Correspondent, New York Times

A Kashmiri reporter Sameer Yasir, who is presently working for an online portal The First Post and a contributing reporter for the New York Times, has made it to the Dart Fellowship of Columbia University. The fellowship will start from July 22-27, 2019 in USA. The fellowship is awarded for reporting responsibly and credibly on violence or traumatic events on street crime and family violence, natural disasters and accidents, war and genocide, which as per the official website is a great challenge.


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