Last week, a video clip was shared widely on social networking sites showing policemen ‘manhandling’ a woman after which police ordered an inquiry. Soon after the video was viral, police released a statement reading that their team was in the area for the recovery of a kidnapped minor girl who as per her father had gone to the area to meet her relatives. An FIR stands registered in the local police station under 20/2019 u/s 363 RPC. “While trying to arrest the accused persons, the other family members including women attacked the police party with the intention to prevent/deter the police from arresting the duo. This led to the escape of one of the accused persons.”

After the new fashion trend started in Kashmir, many Kashmiri girls went outside state for specialised training in make-ups and returned for making Kashmiri brides more beautiful. But Masrat Rafiq, another makeup artist did not remain limited to brides and she took a step forward. After studying from a renowned international institution in Delhi, Masrat took up cosmetic studies full time along with persuading interior architecture. She is running her instagram page with name Masrat Makeover and Academy Studios where she highlights her work. And recently she shared some pictures of a fashion show where she was awarded by Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at an award function. Masrat also has a number of Bollywood star-studded projects in the pipeline that will soon come out this year.

It took six months for a Pak family to get the orders from administration in Kampla Mohra in Rajouri for the exhumation of their son, Irshad Ahmad, 30, son of Mohammad Shabir resident of Kotli Gujjran, who had died of an ‘electric shock’ after accidentally crossing over to this side of Line Of Control (LoC) at Sair in Nowshera sector in the intervening night of July 22-23, 2018. His body was exhumed last week and then handed over to army authorities for further transportation to his native village via Chakan da Bagh crossing.

It was a three day conclave organised by World Bank where two clusters from Kashmir: Papier Machie from Zadibal Cluster and Crewel-Chain Stitch from Noorbagh, became the main attracters of the show. Both the clusters were sponsored by Jhelum & Tawi Flood Recovery Project of Jammu and Kashmir. The conclave of 5000 groups was kicked-off with a unique ‘Made in South Asia’ fashion show where India’s most prominent fashion designers showcased the work of South Asia’s weavers, embroiderers and artisans from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and 13 states across India including the state of Jammu and Kashmir.


Every conflict related incident is followed by heart wrenching pictures. Last week, the pictures of a classroom where books were soaked with the blood were all over the print spaces. The scene was of a classroom of a private school Madrassa Falah-e-Milat at Singoo Narbal, Pulwama, where a mysterious blast had exploded in class 10th and left at least twelve students injured. Soon after the incident, the former chief minister Omar Abdullah reacted strongly and tweeted that education must be made conflict neutral. After that Governor announced Rs 50,000 ex-gratia for the injured students. The separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik went to SMHS and met the victims.

As the weather played havoc on the highway connecting Jammu and Kashmir, in the north Kashmir’s Bandipora however, the snow brought happiness to a pregnant lady Gulshana Begum who was stuck in snow and later delivered her twin baby girls in a local hospital. Reportedly, she was helped by the army of Bandipore Rashtriya Rifles and was evacuated to the hospital in an army ambulance.


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