A survey by National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, has declared the once famed handicrafts of Namdasazi, Pinjrakari, Pottery, Silverware, Tapestry and Wagu as ‘vanishing’. The sorry state is attributed to withering professional expertise enforced by lesser returns to the artists.


GA Dar, the then Director of Horticulture Department, Kashmir, was convicted and sentenced to simple imprisonment of five years on the charges of corruption and a fine of Rs 50,000 was imposed on him. Dar was accused of making backdoor appointments of 121 persons as gardeners /orderlies in the horticulture department against all norms, rules and regulations.


The union government has launched a special scholarship scheme for 5000 J&K students appearing for Class 12 or equivalent exams through the State Board of Jammu and Kashmir or Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools located in J&K. The scholarship is likely to be given every year to the students who seek admission outside the state in institutions recognized by AICTE or UGC.


Kupwara Police and 11 Gadwal Regiment (GR) recovered one RPG, five GPS Tail units, four AK magazines and 30 rounds of AK ammunition from the Alotop Forest area of Kupwara in Kralpora. Police have registered a case in this regard.


The Drug and Food Organization of Jammu and Kashmir has found antibiotic injections, Ampicillin, administered to children and pregnant women at SMGS Hospital Jammu as “sub-standard” and seized a significant quantity of it. The department, after conducting inspection of the ampicillin sample, found it to be sub-standard with only 95.52 per cent of the actual salt present in it. Besides, some foreign bodies were seen in the sample.


Aasiya and Neelofar who were killed in a double rape and murder case were remembered on their fourth death anniversary in a seminar entitled “Struggle for Justice: A tribute to Asiya and Neelofar”. The seminar was organized by Majlis-e-Mashawarat (MM) Shopian. The duo was murdered on May 29, 2009. Besides, different separatist groups paid tribute to the duo.


The Dal Lake would now be patrolled by Paramilitary CRPF men on water scooters instead of Shikaras and speed boats. The plan was drafted long back but now it has been approved by Union Home Ministry to add speed in the form of water scooters, a Delhi based newspaper reported. The move comes after private operators started water scooter activities for tourists visiting the lake and the CRPF apprehends that militants may use water scooters to launch an attack in the lake, the newspaper said.


Islamabad police recovered a body identified as Ghulam Mohammad Tak, 70, from Islamia school, Bijbehara under suspicious circumstances. Tak, son of Mohammed Sultan, is a resident of Tak Mohalla, Bijbehara. Police have conducted the post-mortem of the body and have now registered a case.


JKEDI, Pampore organized a two two-day regional workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship Development Amongst Minorities and Lending Programs of NMDFC’. The workshop is aimed to provide Entrepreneurship Development Training to present beneficiaries, prospective beneficiaries and the trainees of vocational courses of various schemes of NMDFC. The participants were provided by Jammu & Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (J&KEDI) and Jammu & Kashmir State Women’s Development Corporation (WDC) which are the two State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs) of NMDFC in J&K.


The World No Tobacco Day was observed across Jammu and Kashmir with the renewal of the pledge to continue the individual and collective role against the smoking. To mark the day in line with the charter of the UN to raise awareness about the damages of smoking, special seminars and symposiums were held in different places.


State High Court issued notices to Chief Executive Officer of Economic Reconstruction Agency and Commissioner SMC, asking them to ‘show cause’ why penalty for contravention of rules and court directions be not imposed against them for failure to manage Achan dumping site on the outskirts of Srinagar. The court may invoke section 15 of the act which provides for five years jail term with fine of Rs 1 lakh or both as penalty.


The wife of a former Ikhwani eloped with an Indian Army man of Rashtriya Rifles in Khudwani area, South Kashmir. The duo was, however, arrested by police at Khanbal in Islamabad. Police have registered a case against them both.


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