Dr Farooq  Abdullah, a minister in the union cabinet inaugurated ‘The Splendour of Kashmir’, an exhibition of exclusive Kashmiri shawls at Delhi’s Claridges Hotel. Organized by Varuna Anand, an internationally acclaimed designer, the function was attended by the top social circle of Delhi.

Varuna was based in J&K for over nine years and has acquired some expertise in the development and enhancement of the art of the Kashmiri shawls. She told reporters that she workers with workers in Kashmir and tried to give shawls a new vibrant look, ensuring that it reflects the rich heritage and culture of the region.

Christian missionaries have launched a massive campaign across the world over the arrest of its neo-converts by police in Srinagar. They were baptized in August in All Saints Church by Pastor Reverend Chander Mani Khanna and the expose found its way to the Facebook that triggered shock waves across Kashmir forcing police to act. The police are investigating the money angle in the conversions and is awaiting Khanna for questioning. Most of the ‘converts’ are from Budgam and the Christian leaders say they were frequenting the Church located in heart of the city for more than a year. Police have asked Khanna not to move around.


Adil Mohudin of Nehru Park Srinagar has bagged the fourth position in a global Canoeing competition ‘14th Asian Canoe Sprint Championships & Qualification’ in Tehran. Players from 35 Asian countries participated in the event. Last time he failed to participate in a similar competition in Hungary for want of passport. While waiting for his travel documents, Adil started practice with Junior India team in Bhopal. There, in a senior nationals event in January last, he got a bronze and a silver medal. In another event in Jharkhand in February last, he got 2 bronze medals. Adil has been participating in all India water sports events since 1996 and has got 20 medals including 7 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze. He is representing J&K in senior 22nd national at Bangalore on December 5.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah formally inaugurated BhartiWalmart, a JV between Bharti Enterprises and Wal-Mart Stores opened its first cash-and-carry store. It is 13th such store in India. Located near Top SherKhani, the 53000 sqft store will stock over 6000 items, including fresh, frozen & chilled foods. Omar was happy that J&K is now on the Wal-Mart map of the world. Part of the products – apples, milk and milk products, rice, baked products, oil, and flour – would be locally sourced. Promoters say it will offer indirect employment to 600 people. RajanBharti Mittal, Chairman, BhartiWal-mart showed Omar the store and keenly took the advice for procuring some of the products locally.


A young housewife ShaheenAkhter was admitted to a local hospital after she suffered injuries at the hands of her husband. Resident of Palma in border belt, Akhter is married to Idress Ahmed for eight years. Within six months of their marriage Ahmad went to Saudi Arabia for work promising the bride that he will be back. Within days, however, he rang her up informing she should go home because he has married another lady. But Akhter stayed put. After being tortured for all these years the lady claims the family – after Ahmad’s arrival last month – tried to kill her but she fled and landed in the hospital. Police have registered a case.

The Buddhist archaeological site at Ambaran is being readied to receive Dalai Lama on November 16. The nearly 2000 years old site is the remains of a huge Buddhist monastic complex. It has remained a religious centre for over 600 years wherefrom world famous terracotta sculptures (Akhnoor terracotta heads) have originated. These exquisitely modelled heads of Bodhisattvas are being displayed in India’s all leading museums. Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit the site where foundations of a Kushana period eight-spokedstupa and a 3rd-4th century BCstupa, a casket containing relics and two small votive stupas were unearthed by Archaeological Survey of India.


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