Khandaypora witnessed an unprecedented spectacle where people from different places literally fought for the corpse of slain Lashkar commander Abdul Rehman alias Abu Qasim, a Multan resident. Everybody suggested he had willed to be buried in their village. But finally, Bugam got the coffin. The funeral did not see a sea of people only but also militants coming for bidding adieu. Qasim carried Rs 20 lakh on his head and police said they have neutralized Abdullah Uni’s successor after a five year chase. An excited Kashmir Police Chief linked Qasim to every major militant action in the state in last five years, the recent being the killing of top cop Altaf Dar. The region mourned the killing even on second day.
Dr Ravi Sharma was declared as the finalist in the Cutest Vegetarian Next Door by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Beating hundreds of contestants from across India, he is one of the 10 male (there were 10 females too) contestants to reach the final round and eventually win the contest.
As NC leader and J&K’s four time Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah drove to south Kashmir to condole the murder of trucker Zahid Rasool Bhat by right-wingers in Udhampur, it triggered a new crisis – the protests. Though Dr Abdullah and his colleagues returned safe, five women were injured in the protests against the visit. Unlike NC, PDP had visited the Zahid in hospital before his death. She stayed away from Butengoo. Zahid died in Delhi because of serious internal burn injuries.
It was worst than 2005 October when last week a 7.7 Richter scale tremors sent Kashmir crying on roads in panic. Two women died of cardiac arrest in Kashmir and a 16 year old boy Ashraf was killed in Mahore when he with his father fell down from the hill due to the impact of earthquake. Many passenger vehicles hit trees. Reasi’s Bhimgarh Fort at Reasi was one of the few heritage buildings that suffered damage. Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed was escorted out of Tagore Hall when the tremors started playing with the flood-soaked hall.
At 61, singer Abdur Rashid Hafiz is the new Kashmiri recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi award that President Pranab Mukherjee bestowed upon him last week. India’s finest musicians, dancers and theatre artists are entitled to this honour. A top grade artist of AIR and Doordarshan, Hafiz was described as “the king of Kashmiri folk singing”. Earlier, Raj Begum and Ali Muhammad Shaikh were bestowed upon the same honour.
PDP president flew to Jammu last week and was seen hawking the Ladli Beti scheme under which new born babies in areas having skewed sex ratio will get Rs 1000 a month in their bank account till they become adults. The idea is to prevent female feticide. A day later, a Pujari traced an abandoned baby girl in the bushes at Karin Bagh. When the baby was driven to hospital, they said they had 12 such cases already! Even money does not change full, in certain cases.
Rs 522 crore is the Income Tax that was realized in J&K in past seven months for the current fiscal.
Of the 1897 children missing across J&K, 526 are from Kashmir.