Missing_Kashmir_Woman1It is twisted but tragic. A news report on a website said a village ‘respectable’ from Muspun village had allegedly sold his divorced daughter to Hira Singh, a Punjab labourer for Rs 3500. She had her daughter with her who has been brought up a Sikh by her foster father. Since then, she has two foster brothers and two foster sisters, all Sikh. Though the father, who had married yet again and is now a Sarpanch, has been telling people that she had gone missing, his daughter’s uncles did not gave up the hope and finally discovered her in an Amritsar village. They took the police help and got her eldest daughter Saima home. May be, the sold girl returns home, one day.



HasanulbannaYet another marriage has taken place. It is Hassan-ul-Bana, an erstwhile Muslim League man, who now represents Hurriyat Conference on the other side of the LoC. Bana, whose actual name is Ghulam Hassan Ganai is a resident of Lasjan and is settled on the other side for a very long time. The wedding ceremony has taken place in Islamabad and Kashmir’s who’s who was there. But who is the bride? Photo is out but not the name!


anjeet-RanjanMs Mehbooba Mufti may not be the only Kashmir woman in the Lok Sabha. There is another lady with Kashmir connection: Ms Ranjeet Ranjan. Ranjeet and her husband Rajesh alias Pappu Yadav were elected to Lok Sabha on RJD mandate from Madhepura and Supaul, respectively. Ranjeet, a former tennis player, has defence background and is a native of J&K. The family, however, is settled in Punjab.


LOC-POONCHIt took nearly 14 months for the cross-LoC traders to have a meeting for settling issues of mutual interest, something they were doing on quarterly basis. Delay was because of the crisis the rival armies were embroiled in, owing to firing at each other. A delegation of 51 PaK traders and 30 from J&K attended the zero-line meeting. There were officials from both the sides:  DG trade from PaK and Deputy Commissioner from Poonch. Most of the time was consumed by the capital the trading partners owed each other. The good news is that they are meeting in August, again.



DSC_0226Last week the dusky Kazipora hamlet was in news for something extra-ordinary. After Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, a local soldier with RR for last 12 years was mowed down in an encounter in Kounsermulla, the fellow villagers bid him a tearful adieu. There were hundreds of wailing villagers carrying Mir’s mortal remains draped in tricolour with soldiers. Mir’s friends were shouting slogans and the entire village was in tears. Though it is not the first incident of its kind, what distinguishes it from earlier local soldier killings by militants, was that in this case the pain was felt outside the clan Mir belonged to.


 Police have finally recovered the mother-daughter of Rajouri who had gone mysteriously missing from home. The 35-year-old woman and her teenage daughter had been “abducted” by the two migrant labourer Mohd Ahsan and Rahees. They were living on rent on their Rajouri home during which the landlady developed a relationship. It eventually led to her escape along with her teenage daughter. Finally a police team from Rajouri took the help of UP police and recovered the two females and the two brothers. They have reached Rajouri. They are facing action for crimes falling under section 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (abducting woman to compel her marriage) of the IPC.

J&K State Financial Corporation (JKSFC) has achieved net worth of Rs 25.01 crore by March 31, 2014 and netted a profit Rs 3.83 crore.

Banks in J&K had Rs 72214 crore in their vaults at the end of March 2014 against overall advanced of Rs 29259 crore.

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