In an interesting development that acknowledges the Kashmir talent, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted premarket notification clearance for two catheters invented by Kashmiri American doctor, Riyaz Bashir (MD, FACC, RVT). The catheters are first of its kind and are expected to revolutionise the clot management. The Bashir™ Endovascular Catheter (BEC) by Dr Bashir, alumni of GMC Srinagar, is presently working as professor of Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and Director of Vascular and Endovascular Medicine at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, USA.


The crisis in health department is getting exposed each day. This week a pregnant woman Rubeena Akhtar, a resident of Gabbar village in Budhal was denied an ambulance due to ‘shortage of fuel’ after she was referred from a local primary health centre. The deputy commissioner Rajouri has ordered an enquiry.


The picture of a Kashmiri boy, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, who was named as a Kashmiri rage boy by various media outlets in 2006, all of a sudden started trending on social networking sites in Australian political meme. The picture was shared hundreds of times on Australian Facebook pages in 2019 in a meme that claims he won’t stand for Anzac Day, will stand for a welfare payment. But the AFP’s fact check website soon claimed that the picture was first used by them in 2006 when Kashmir witnessed protests against Pope Benedict XVI for his derogatory comments about Islam, and seeking an apology from him for hurting the sentiments of Muslims, and the present description of the picture was fake and misleading.


In a place like Kashmir where officially around eight thousand people have disappeared in last three decades of conflict and never any one returned, a missing man’s skeleton was found after two years in forests of Hangnikote in Vilgam, Handwara. The skeleton along with an identity card identifying him as Mohammad Akram Mir, 70, son of Abdul Aziz Mir and a resident of Sharkoot Vilgam, was found by some locals who had gone to collect the Morel Mushroom Spores (Guesh) in the forests. He was a retired employee of Sheep Husbandry Department and had gone missing on July 22, 2017.


In a twist to the incident of crash of Mi-17 helicopter in Budgam, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has removed the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Srinagar Air Base, the senior-most officer of the base, in wake of the investigations going on into the crash on February 27, 2019, when two neighbouring countries were busy in a dog fight in Nowshera sector. All the six airmen on board the helicopter and a civilian were killed in the incident. The helicopter was downed by a surface-to-air missile of IAF which mistook the aircraft to be hostile, initial inquiries have revealed reportedly.


In the Indian version of architectural digest (AD), nine designers are experimenting with papier mâché for creating the Kashmiri box. AD has asked nine designers (plus one more, to be revealed soon!) to collaborate with Suffering Moses, the Srinagar workshop that is one of the world’s finest producers of papier mâché, to rethink the classic Kashmiri box. The designers who are experimenting with papier mâché include: Niels Schoenfelder, Loulou Van Damme, Gunjan Gupta, Ambika Hinduja Macker, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Peter D’Ascoli, Lovebirds, Please See by Pritha Sahai and Vivek Sahni.


In volatile south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh, brother of an active militant Irfan Ahmad Sheikh of Naira Pulwama, was abducted by unknown gunmen from his shop and next day his bullet ridden body was found in a local Government Girls Higher secondary school. Meanwhile the police has ordered an enquiry into the killing and case has been registered as murder under FIR No. 100/2019 dated 23 /05 /2019 under section 302 of RPC and section 7/27 of Arms act stands already registered. But the militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has blamed government forces for ‘capturing and killing’ Zahoor.


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