After a series of encounters last week, militants attacked a police picket guarding a cluster of homes at Zainapora in Shopian, where minority community was living, and left four policemen dead. The slain were identified as Abdul Majeed Ganaie, a resident of Ganderbal, survived by his wife, five-year-old son, three-year-old daughter and a brother; Hameed ullah Ganaie, a resident of Islamabad, who was married a month ago; Mehraj-ud-din Dar, a resident of Bandipora, survived by his brother and Anees Ahmad Mir, who lived in nearby Soutch village in Kulgam, survived by two siblings and wife, who is expecting a baby.


On October 21, 2018, after an encounter took place inside the house of Shiraaz Ahmad Bhat of Laroo village, in which three Jaish-e-Mohammad militants and seven civilians were killed, Bhat was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen. After over a month’s search, police found Bhat’s body buried in an orchard near Awhatoo village of Kulgam. Police suspect JeM’s hand behind Bhat’s killing.


Seven-year-old cricket enthusiast Ahmad, a young Kashmiri boy, was talk of social media for his ‘ball of the century’.

His ability to turn the ball from outside leg and bowl the batsmen around his pads was praised by ace cricketer Shane Warne. Also, Ahmad’s skills became centre of discussion during Fox Cricket’s lunch break broadcast on day two of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy match between Australia and India at Adelaide. Reportedly Ahmad’s family stays in United Arab Emirates for last 14 years. His father Nawab Ali, a resident of Ganderbal, works in an insurance company, and his mother is a teacher in a local school. In a tweet, Warne praised the bowling skills of Ahmad. His response came on a tweet by a senior journalist, Mufti Islah, in Kashmir who had posted a video of the boy bowling at a local match earlier this year. The video has already gathered 64k views on Twitter. The broadcast clipping on Fox Cricket’s Instagram page has also garnered nearly 50k views.


Eighteen-month-old Hibba Nissar, who became the youngest pellet victim, is unlikely to get her eyesight back in her right eye even after undergoing a fresh surgical intervention at SMHS hospital Srinagar. Doctors at SMHS have successfully removed pellets lodged inside her eyes, but the impact of pellet and the rupture may not allow full restoration of sight.
Hiba will require more follow-ups to minimise the damage. Soon after her surgery, the Mirwaiz Kashmir, Umar Farooq, and the JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, separately visited the little girl in the hospital.


Sajjad Bazaz

J&K Bank Editor, Sajjad Bazaz, has been placed Head of Internal Communication & Knowledge Management (IC&KM) department of the Bank. Making a notable mark in Corporate Communication affairs of the bank and the banking industry since 2004, he has been given yet another challenging job to look after internal communication and knowledge management affairs of the bank on professional lines.

Bollywood actor, model and producer, Arjun Rampal, freezes while shooting in Kashmir. The actor announced on Instagram his first web series, The Final Call that he had started filming in Gulmarg, Kashmir. He seems to be impressed by the mountainous resort and enjoys every moment of the snow-capped mountains. He says Kashmir is the best place for shooting and he has cherished Wazwan as well. The series is based on the book “I Will Go With You” by Priya Kumar.


In a tragic accident, a newly married couple, Muzaffar Ahmad Khan, a resident of Singhpora, Pattan, and his wife Asha Begum, died after a week of their marriage. The couple was on a motorbike when a speeding car hit them near Tapper area of Pattan. They died on the spot. Reportedly, the accused driver had fled from the spot soon after the incident.


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