Another feather in Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) cap as Jammu and Kashmir has been ranked as an ‘Emerging State’ for startups in India, by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. Being the nodal agency for implementation of J&K Startup policy, JKEDI represented J&K in the State Startup India Rankings-2018. On the occasion, Director JKEDI, Dr Mohammad Ismail Parray was felicitated and awarded a ‘Certificate of Commendation’ for his efforts that have been instrumental in enabling J&K’s Startup Ecosystem and helping the state being acknowledged as an ‘Emerging State’ in the Startup Rankings.


It was not less than a miracle when a 65-yr-old woman gave birth to a daughter in a government hospital in Surankote area of Poonch district. Her husband Hakim Din, 80, while calling her a “precious gift” says they had earlier a son who was born some ten years ago. The doctors at the tertiary hospital Lal Ded also terms the case as rarest of rare as menopause sets in on an average at the age of 47 years in India. Once it sets in, there is no possibility (of giving birth).


Another jolt to the already in trouble PDP as two of its key lawmakers Basharat Bukhari and Abid Ansari quit the party and joined NC and PC respectively. After the collapse of PDP-BJP collation government, Mehbooba faced lots of flak from her party men for promoting favouritism within the ranks. With Bukahri and Anasri saying adieu to PDP, the number of lawmakers who quit the party reached five. Earlier Imran Ansari, Dr Haseeb Drabu and Abbas Wani had left the party.


All of a sudden, Pheran is in vogue in Kashmir after a controversial order by the state administration run by the Governor. The ban on Pheran is not a new thing. In February 2014, Army invited media persons to a press conference of the then XV Corps Commander Lt Gen Gurmit Singh with an advisory that no journalist would arrive wearing a pheran due to “security reasons”. This infuriated the press corps and a campaign began against the diktat forcing the army to withdraw it. And during the peak of militancy, in 90s, as well, the people wearing pheran would become easy targets for government agencies. Even if the ban was revoked immediately after facing backlash but the netizens are still campaigning with the hashtags of Pheran. Two ladies Shazia Bakshi started with #Saynotopheranban and Roohi Nazki started with #pheranlove and took the #pheran to new levels where netizens are still sharing their pictures wearing pherans.


This year IPL will have a third Kashmiri in the list. This time it is a 17 years old, Rasikh Salam Dar, from the mountainous Kulgam district in Jammu & Kashmir who will be playing for Mumbai Indians squad for the 2019. He was signed by Mumbai Indians for INR 20 lakh (approx US $27,000).The right arm quick, who made his List A debut in Vijay Hazare trophy this year, had attended Mumbai Indians trials in October. He has hit speeds of 135 kph. Earlier Parvez Rasool was the first cricketer from the valley to feature in IPL when he was signed by the now-disbanded Pune Warriors during Omar Abdullah government. He was later picked by Sunrises Hyderabad but did not find any takers at the previous auction. Then Manzoor Dar became the second cricketer; he was signed by Kings XI Punjab ahead of 2018 IPL when the state was run by Mehbooba Mufti government. However, he did not get a game.


Ahead of elections, Omar Abdullah raises the bar of politics. He invited the selected workers of his Beerwah constituency for a Harissa and noon chai party at his residence G8 in Gupkar. Techie Omar, who is emerging as more vocal and dynamic on social networking site Twitter, creates news every day by reaching out to his twitter. He was the first from the Jammu and Kashmir politicians who dared to call the killing of seven civilians in Pulwama as a ‘massacre’. But when his party was protesting against the killings in their district offices, Omar was home hosting his Harissa party.


After government forces killed seven unarmed civilians in Pulwama, a young student Syed Faizan Bukhari, a class 11th student from Pooch, returned an award that he had won during a public speaking competition organized by the Army in Government Degree College (GDC) Poonch as a sign of protest against the Pulwama killings. He wrote a post on his social media account saying that he cannot keep his eyes, ears and mouth closed and is ashamed of his elders who closed their eyes, ears and mouth. The post further read, “I, Faizan Mursil, was awarded first prize in GDC, Poonch in a symposium Compition on Thursday by Army. I return my prize as a protest against Killing of innocent civilians among whom one was of my age. May Allah help us. Mujhse yeh Haq koi nahi cheehn sakta.”


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