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SHOPIAN

The famous 11-member Burhan group picture has finally come to its closure after four years with the killing of its last surviving militant Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Lateef Tiger, who was killed on Friday along with his two associates at Adkhara village of Imam Sahab area in Shopian. The picture became viral in 2015 as it was first of its kind depicting militants in army fatigues and wielding guns. The killing of militant Burhan Wani is considered as the most important event behind the new face of militancy where local recruitments have superseded the foreign numbers.

There is only one person living among these 11 members, Tariq Pandit, who was arrested and is presently lodged in central jail Srinagar.

NEW DELHI

This week, DD Kashir, all of a sudden, became instant hit with the broadcast of local language version of the Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) to win the “hearts and minds” of the state. Four shows have been already telecasted with 66k, 211k, 54k and 39k views on each programme. Reportedly, the Prasar Bharati has allocated Rs 40 crore for DD Kashir, of which half will be spent on local KBC alone. The show is hosted by Kashmiri actor Rayees Mohiuddin. The programme evoked immense response on the social media platforms from the locals.

JAMMU

The controversial lawmaker Gagan Bhagat is again in news after he was detained in an alleged assault case by a lady Sarpanch, Seema Devi, in Mira Sahib block of Jindher Melu village for installing a transformer. The lawmaker was earlier in news when his wife approached police to file a case against him for having an extra-marital affair.

BANDIPORA

Conflict is affecting the life of Kashmir every day. The human rights’ defenders say the number of disappeared people in Kashmir is around 8000. It was in 2005 when a number of unmarked graves were found and a few received the bodies of their dear ones. Recently, a few militants, who were killed in encounters and buried as unidentified person, were identified and claimed by their families after matching their DNAs.

Last week, the body of Bandipora militant, Rameez Ahmad Mir, was exhumed after more than two months from the Rajwar area in Kupwara. He was killed on February 22 in Warpora, Sopore along with his two associates and army claimed to have killed unidentified militants.

DAL LAKE

Last week, all the ladies had an address in Lalit, Grand Palace where a three-day POASH Sprint Event 2019 was held. The women-centric initiative was dedicated to introducing platforms for women, to create business opportunities, network, inspire, and help each other. More than 40 women entrepreneurs had put up their stalls at the event where they were exhibiting a variety of merchandise and their art and crafts.

LONDON

Kashmir name resonated everywhere at Bonhams London Jewels sale where a 17.43 ct Kashmir Sapphire was sold for £723,000. The cushion shaped sapphire dating from the late 19th to early 20th century was formerly owned by a European noble family.

It was the first time it had appeared at auction, attracting interest from multiple bidders, before it was eventually sold to a telephone buyer, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of £300,000-400,000.

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