Certain career options like Company Secretaries and Chartered Accountants are still Greek to Kashmir. Kashmir has only 10 CSs and only 15 CAs.

Jammu being close to the larger market, it has performed better – 20 CSs and 315 CAs, so far. Parvez Ahmad, the youngest ever Executive President of the J&K Bank – the state’s lone listed company – as head of the Srinagar Chapter of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India for the sixth consecutive term, has helped youngsters to adopt CS as career option. So far 40 students have qualified foundation and executive programme of the institute and 10 students are at the final stage of qualifying final the examination. But the initiative needs more effort to have a permanent campus. Since part of the curriculum for CSs and CAs is almost the same, Ahmad deserves all the help from the government to set up the systems on long-term sustainable basis.


For the first time in recent history, policemen were seen clearing snow on the roads in many Kashmir districts including Srinagar. Apparently, aimed at helping the police image to improve, the decision was taken by Kashmir Police Chief Shiv Murari Sahai. He was personally in the PCR supervising the police initiative in all the districts to oversee the unprecedented happening in Kashmir. In Tral, the local NSS Unit of the state level college also joined the local efforts. Now the real task of the police is to ensure the work that the organization carried out is not billed by municipal officials, something they have routinely been doing!


Soldiers from 14 Sector RR posted in remote Rajouri were splashed on newspaper front-pages after they saved life of a pregnant woman by taking her to hospital as snow had paralyzed everything. A resident of Lower Kandi hamlet in Kotranka belt, she was identified as Naseem Akhter, wife of Master Khaliq Hussain. Soldiers helped the lady to reach an ambulance and later to the hospital with the help of a civilian doctor Mohammad Ashraf.


It has happened for the first time, at least in Kargil. As road was blocked and there were no options, doctors in the local hospital conducted first of its kind successful brain surgery on nine-year-old Nasreen Fatima, a resident of the Baroo hamlet. The child had fallen down the staircase at home. CT Scan showed a huge blood collection in the right frontal region of the child’s brain and due to raised intracranial pressure, the child was persistently vomiting. This is the second such neurosurgery that doctors in Kargil performed after the CT Scan machine was installed in December.

It was a different kind of crackdown. Hundreds of monkeys almost raided the Reshipora village of Bandipur on the fringes of Chitar Naar forests. Apart from terrorizing the locality, they polished off the locals’ winter food-stocks. The monkeys devoured the vegetable patches also. Residents locked their children indoors, and tried to fight the onslaught off with sticks and stones but failed to undo the invasion, even with reinforcements from adjoining villages. This obviously indicates the lack of natural food in the forests especially during winters. Wild Life authorities fed thousands of migratory birds in Hokersar and other wetlands last week.


HDFC Bank opened another branch in Srinagar taking its footprint in the city to six outlets. It brought KU VC Prof Talat Ahmad to throw the branch open.  Zubair Iqbal, now VP & State Head said they have grown quite fast in last seven years in J&K. We will be adding 10 more branches and ATM in this month to take the network to 30 branches and 70 ATMs, he said.

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