Though the new normal in Kashmir periphery, the cordon and search operations (CASO), usually referred as crackdown, made a comeback in the old Srinagar after 17 years. During the two-hour operation, extended to Push Mohalla, ChinkralMohalla and Shalyar, the residents said the cell phones of youth were checked. The operation triggered a ruckus in the state assembly, currently in session.


Army chief General Bipin Rawat was in news, again. This time for his comments that teachers in J&K teach two maps to students: one that of India and another of J&K. “Why do we need a separate map for J&K? What does it teach the children?” the General asked. It triggered response from state’s Education Minister, Altaf Bukhari, who suggested him “not to meddle in the State’s education system” and “stick to his (own) mandate.”


Srinagar born TV actress Hina Khan, 30, of famous serial, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, fame, reached the finals of the reality TV show, the Bigg Boss. She ended up to be a runner-up. Born in Srinagar to an extensive old-fashioned Pashtun family, Khan’s parents and brother were present in the finale of the show. Khan entered into showbiz with a guest appearance in Kayamath in 2009, after she had failed to reach an interview for an air hostess. The rest is history.


Kashmiri folk singer Gulzar Ganie is receiving Sangeet Natak Akademi award for 2016, at Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Ram Nath Kovind. Ganie is among the other 43 selected artists who will receive the award. A grade-A artist with All India Radio, Ganie was awarded for his contributions in Chakri (folk music) skill. The President will also felicitate 112 women achievers which include two Kashmiri females: Ayesha Aziz, the youngest pilot in India and the first female pilot from Kashmir and Ruveda Salam, a doctor and Kashmir’s first woman IPS officer.


Police have registered a case against a news channel, V6, for dubbing two Kulgam civilians as militants. They Farhan Shafi, a class 12th student, a resident of Wanigund Qaimoh and Farhat Rashid, a diploma holder, a resident of Redwani Payeen. A case FIR number 15/2018 was registered in police station Kulgam.


Kashmiri fashion designer, Zubair Kirmani, is one of the ten fashion designer’s whose products will be available at TATA CLiQ, a project where Shawls are being reinterpreted. Kirmani’s design Shalimar Bagh is deep-rooted, all-encompassing love for Kashmir is immortalised in the shawl. Inspired during his walk through Shalimar Bagh, a garden built 400 years ago by Emperor Jahangir for Nur Jehan, he knew that his shawl had to reflect the natural beauty of the place.


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