Kashmir’s Laila Majnu fame star Abrar Qazi, 28, a Srinagar resident, is going to make his TV debut where he will be playing the lead role for a new television show ‘Ghatbandhan’. For this romantic serial, set in Marathi background, he will be playing a role of a gangster from Dombivli. His character will fall in love with a non-Marathi girl, who goes on to become an IAS officer. The show will be aired on Colors TV. Qazi a Biscoeite after graduating in commerce did his masters in Journalism and then started working with local KJ production company where he met Bollywood directors and got a role in films. On Sunday, Qazi and his co-actress appeared on the sets of Big Boss 12 Grand Finale for promotion. The serial will be aired on Colors from January 15 and will replace big boss time slot.


When bullet shots were heard in Panth Chowk area last week, everybody thought the CRPF camp was attacked but it turned out to be a scuffle where three CRPF personnels: Mukesh Babu from Madhya Pradesh, Ranjeet Tewari from Jharkhand and Jaafarudin Qureshi from Madya Pradesh, belonging to 29 battalion, A&F coy. After a verbal brawl, Mukesh Babu fired at Ranjeet Tewari, and Jaafarudin Qureshi, injuring them in the leg and hand. He later shot himself dead in the bathroom. It is still not clear why the verbal brawl happened at all.


In a wonderful feat to the football lovers of Kashmir, the newly formed Kashmir football team, RealKashmirFC defeated established Mohan Bagan team and managed to move to the number 2 position in I-league. The match was played at Salt Lake Stadium, officially known as Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, the stadium in Bidhannagar, Kolkata. The Chennai City team is at number 1, but interestingly, Chennai City has already lost a match with Real Kashmir earlier.


On the third death anniversary of her father Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, the former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti turned emotional and apologised for her “toffee” remarks at her father’s grave. Her ‘arrogant’ remarks were criticized by people from across the globe, but now she claims that it was a ‘mother’s reaction’ to save kids from going near the army camps. However her apology came after three years of her comment when she is not in power now, and the new elections are round the corner.


In continuation to the mission of moving towards ‘Digital India Campaign’ and strengthening its digital footprint further, J&K Bank has scaled to number three position in achieving targets in digital payment transactions up to a third quarter of the current financial year. As per the data available from ‘DigiDhan Dashboard’ platform of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India (GoI), the bank has captured 3.21 crore digital payment transactions in the three quarters of the current financial year ended December 2018, surpassing Public Sector Banks like Union Bank of India and Bank of Baroda.


A team of doctors who performed the major operation, KL image by Bilal Bahadur

In December, first Minimal Invasive Heart surgery in a private hospital by local cardiac Surgeon was done at Khyber Medical Institute, Srinagar. Two female patients diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) underwent this surgery as an alternative to open-heart surgery. The surgery was done by a specialized heart surgeon, Dr Syed Asrar Qadri along with a team of doctors including Dr Showkat Ahmad Shah, head of Postoperative and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Dr Qadri said that this kind of surgery is the best alternative to open heart surgeries wherein the necessary operation is performed through a small incision of 5-7 centimetres in the chest with the help of specialized equipment.

In a rare incident, five members of a single family died of asphyxia last week at a rented accommodation at Bemina, Srinagar. The family from Karnah border area of north Kashmir had come to Srinagar for the treatment of their elderly mother, but during the night, five members including two females, one male and two kids died of suffocation due to leakage of gas.

As the weather improved, all the bodies were airlifted to their native village in Tangdhar across Sadna Top. Another tragedy stuck locals at Sadhna top where almost 45 passengers were stranded due to snowfall. Later a 75-year-old woman, Taja Begum, wife of Abdul Qayoom Khawaja, from Teetwal Karnah, who died apparently due to cold was lying in the area. Last year, ten persons died after being struck at the same spot.


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