Last week, the football lovers in Kashmir had lots to cheer about when Kashmir hosted its first ever I-League game. Hundreds of fans, including former chief minister Omar Abdullah, turned up to cheer for the local team, Real Kashmir FC. Overlooked by snow-capped mountains and fiery Chinar trees, the TRC ground came to life as the match between Real Kashmir FC and Churchill Brothers SC started. The match later ended in a 0-0 draw. The ground had many sports lovers; it is said around 10500 football fans were watching the match. While the crowd welcomed both the teams with a loud applause, the stadium reverberated with slogans favouring the home team.


After a wait of almost eight months, the two families of the civilians will take a sigh of relief after SHRC confirmed that two of the total six killed in Pahnoo shootout were civilians; police has maintained that other two were ‘over ground workers’ of the militants and two more killed were militants. Earlier on March 05, police had claimed to have killed six people that included two militants and others killed were accompanying the militants, and they were shot at when the army asked them to stop and they did not and instead retaliated with bullets.

A local actor, Bilal Hussain Muhammad, 30, has got a break in a Bollywood film ‘Thugs of Hindostan’, in which he is playing a “thug”. A local of Saidapora in Sopore has managed to bag the role of a “thug” in Yash Raj Films’ production, which features Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in the lead roles. Initially, he had tried his luck in film institutes in Noida and Pune but met with disappointment. And then he shifted to Mumbai where he got an Aamir Khan scholarship. Bilal took a gamble, and in eight years from 2010, the passion has paid off.


On social networking sites, the education system remained dominant last week. First, a middle-aged government school teacher Rafeeq Ahmed was punished by his school principal for remaining absent from duty. The teacher was seen holding his ears and doing sit-ups in his school Govt Higher Secondary School Dhargloon. CEO of the area has said that an enquiry to probe the incident has been ordered. And in another incident, the photographs of students writing their annual board exams also went viral that showed them writing papers with candles and batteries on. It was after two papers that the education department decided to change the timing of the examination. But they did not bother to provide lighting and heating arrangements for students.


A local Neetu Bali, the fine jewellery designer, showcased her latest collection “Art of Kashmir” in a fashion show held recently in London. The jewellery designs under the brand name Sunder Gems and Jewels were unveiled during the India Pakistan London (IPL) Fashion Show Season 2. Neetu dedicated her designs to the highly skilled artisans of the beautiful land of Kashmir (the paper mache workers, embroiderers, carpet weavers etc) who have dedicated their lives for preserving these crafts and her paper mache’ inspired designs of fine jewellery were appreciated. This segment of 12 models showcasing exquisite bespoke designer jewellery was the most popular segment of the Fashion Show. She shared the stage with leading designers like the famous jewellery brand Amarpali, Rosy Ahluwalia, Kumar G from India, Nomi Ansari, Ali Zeeshan from Pakistan and Myne London from London.

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