In a first of its kind, a daylong seminar was held in the Mirwaiz Manzil about a number of social evils. At the event, Molvi Umar Farooq took a pledge to highlight social issues in the society. He started his drive by pressing for dredging of Jhelum and eradication of drug addiction in boys and girls. A female group present at the event hailed Mirwaiz for his stand about giving space to women in local Masjids. After this event, the Kashmir’s Ulema, Imams, NGOs and Civil Society activists are expected to work together to deal with both the issues.


Last week, two banks of River Jhelum witnessed two different scenes: on one side, young boys were celebrating the Indian cricket team’s exit from ongoing World Cup, and on the other side. 8-year-old Momin Farooq’s family was wailing after he drowned in the river while taking a bath after attending school. Momin was a resident of Basantbagh in Srinagar.


Last week when a body was seen floating in the Kishanganga River in Gurez, everybody was taken aback as no one from the area was reported missing. The body was later identified as 8-year-old Abid Ahmad Sheikh from Minimarg, an area located across the Line of Control in Gilgit, Pakistan. Abid’s body was later handed over to his family on the other side of the border.


Television actors Pooja Batra and Nawab Shah secretly married in Jammu and Kashmir. The video of the wedding was shared on Instagram by Nawab and captioned it as “A story you can make a movie on”, but so far, there is no official statement and neither the exact location of the wedding was known.


Jehangir Ahmad War, a 19-year-old promising cricketer from Goshbugh-Pattan, died after he was hit in the neck by a ball at Nanil, Anantnag. The incident occurred during a match between Budgam and Baramulla. Jehangir, a Class 11th student, who was left-handed batsman, was participating in a local cricket tournament.


Last week, house of incarcerated Asiya Andrabi, who heads the separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat, was sealed by National Investigation Agency (NIA). According to the NIA order, the said house cannot be transferred, sold or otherwise dealt in any manner without prior permission. The house, as per the report, has been attached under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act; the order was approved by the DGP, J&K Dilbagh Singh.’


It was quite a rare feat for police in Baramulla when they cracked an almost blind case of murder within two weeks and held the culprit. It caused quite a stir in Uri when a lady was found hanging in her home. Everyone thought she had committed suicide. But when police started investigating, they came to know that she was murdered by her brother-in-law, who made it look like a suicide. The duo allegedly had an illicit relationship.


A Kashmiri-origin entrepreneur’s tech company ‘One Concern’ has been awarded Tech Pioneer by World Economic Forum for the year 2019. This company was founded by Ahmad Wani, a tech entrepreneur of Kashmiri origin, and two others. The company is based in Palo Alto in California, USA. In 2016, Ahmad and his co-founder Nichole Hu were featured in the prestigious Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 Tech Enterprise list. The company uses artificial intelligence for natural disaster resilience.


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