Showkat-Ahmad-Zarabi-first-kashmiri-to-donate-his-body-partsHe  has decided  to  give life to ailing after he departs from this world. A goldsmith by profession,  Showkat Ahmad Zarabi is Kashmir’s first cadaver donor.

Resident of Srinagar’s Botshah Mohalla Lalbazar, Showkat has registered himself with SKIMS to donate organs after his death.  Inspired to help the chronically sick, for him what matters most is humanity as he says, “humanity is above all religions.”

With his consent to donate organs, Showkat is hopeful that others will take cue and come forward. “I also appeal other people to donate their organs to save precious lives,” he says.

Showkat may be stepping stone for others and may be new hope for the hopeless.


Land- locked division of Kargil-Zanskar is not same after 22 members belonging to four Buddhist families embraced Islam in 2012. Since then the majority Buddhist community has boycotted Muslims living in the historical town of Padum. The things took ugly turn again on Friday when a mob attacked Muslims near Uffti village, critically injuring a youth. Muslims came on roads and protested. Police and civil admin says ‘all is well’ and registered case.  There is hope that someday both the communities will be at peace.


Dr-Ghulam-Qadir-LonePolice action evoked strong criticism when they called Dr Ghulam Qadir Lone to police station Dangiwacha and detained him there. This happened before North Kashmir went to polls on May 7, 2014. They say he was arrested for his affiliations. A renowned scholar, Dr Lone is doctorate holder in Islamic Studies from Aligarh Muslim University. Jama’at-e-Islami claims that people at the helm of affairs in the state have begun to see Dr Lone’s social and religious activities with aversion. Whatever the reason was is still not know, but the family says Dr Lone back home on Friday May 9 evening.


kashmiri_students-expelled-from-meerut-universityWhen it comes to Pakistan in India, the first causality are the Kashmiris. The latest being when three valley youth were beaten to pulps for not raising anti-Pakistan slogan in university of UP. Fight apart, this raises serious question mark on the security of Kashmiris while in the ‘integral’ step up of India. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed his anguish in the virtual world. He sent his Resident Commissioner from Delhi to visit the University in question to ascertain all the facts before deciding next steps. But it is still a mystery what steps he will finally take. Giving the governments past record chances of any action look bleak!


Khonmoh-residents-protests-against-peerGulzar Peer’s fate was no lesson to learn. What surfaced recently is again shameful when both men and women alleged that 40-year-old, Fayaz Ahmad Ahangar alias ‘Fayaz Peer’ of Khanmoh is using faith to fulfill his immoral desires. Is ‘faith’ becoming easy tool for people to do what they want to? Locals say that Fayaz has followers, including young girls, visiting him at his residence during odd hours.


People-in-queue-outside-a-polling-booth-in-North-Kashmir‘Indelible’ mark of 1991 mass rape was visible nowhere in this picturesque twin hamlets of Kunan and Poshpora on May 7, 2014 – the Election Day in the area. Except the rape victims and their close relatives, everybody else was seen in serpentine queues to cast their votes. Persuasion of few did not yield result as the idea of development overpowered the justice. People waited for hours to cast their vote while, they did it. The victims even after 23 years are still waiting. Is their any hope?

JK Bank’s ‘786’ branch business went to Mumbai. It was commissioned last week.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Intelligence wing- CID has cleared 3,05,334 passport cases in last four years facilitating grant of their passports in the state.

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