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Inspired by poet Rasool Mir, Shopian youth publishes his maiden poetry collection

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Worked as labour for 3 months to publish my book: Aabid Gulzar

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Shopian, Jan 27: A 19-year-old youth from South Kashmir’s Shopian district inspired by the famous Kashmiri poet, Rasool Mir has published his maiden poetry collection.

Aabid Ahmad Wagay (pen name Aabid Gulzar), a resident of Woyen village in Imamsahib belt of Shopian district is currently working on his 2nd poetry collection.

While talking to the news agency—KNO, Aabid Gulzar said that while listening to the poetry of Rasool Mir on radio, he got inclined towards poetry and started writing when he was a student of class 11th.

“After passing class 10, my desire was to opt for science stream, however, financial crunch didn’t allow me to do so and I took arts subject. Currently, I am in a 3rd semester at GDC Shopian,” he said, adding that, after taking arts subject, he realized that he must do something so that he must be heard by people.

“During 2016 agitation, I got time to write more and more poems and in the year 2019, my first book was ready. However, due to the financial crunch, I wasn’t able to publish my book,” he said. “In the year 2020, I worked as a labour in local orchards for about 3-4 months and used the money to publish my first book.”

“We don’t have any land and we don’t have our own house and are residing in the house of others for decades but I don’t let my poverty come in the way of achieving my dreams,” he said.

Gulzar said his book “In Search of Lost”, is a collection of 41 poems and is based on love.

“The main message in the book is that we must teach everyone to love every creation of Allah. We should continue our love even if somebody hates us,” he said, adding that, there are hundreds of talented youth in our society who are unable to work on their dreams, however, the need of the hour is that society must help, support and encourage them.

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Two tipper drivers crushed to death in Baramulla

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Srinagar, Aug 09: Two tipper drivers were crushed to death after coming under falling stones at a stone quarry in Drangbal area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district this afternoon, official sources told GNS.

Also Read: MeT forecasts mainly dry weather in J&K for 24 hrs

They said that the duo was near the stone quarry when several stones fell over them, resulting in their on-spot death.

The deceased duo has been identified as Hilal Ahmad and Zaffar Ahmad Gojri.

Confirming the incident, a police official told GNS that a police team was on spot to collect more details.

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MeT forecasts mainly dry weather in J&K for 24 hrs

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Srinagar, Aug 09: Weatherman has forecasted mainly dry weather with possibility of isolated light rain and thunderstorm over Jammu and Kashmir in next 24 hours.

Also Read: Youm-e-Ashura | Restrictions will be on some traffic routes of Sgr due to huge gathering in rallies: Sgr Police

A meteorological department official here said that in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours, Bhaderwah received 8.1 mm of rain followed Pahalgam with 5.6 mm, Gulmarg 2.8 mm while Srinagar had traces of it.

Regarding minimum temperature, he said, there was increase in mercury at most places in Kashmir and Jammu division.

Srinagar, he said, recorded a low of 20.3°C against 19.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.7°C above normal during this time of the year for the summer capital.

Qazigund recorded a low of 17.7°C against 19.0°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.2°C above normal there, he told GNS.

Also Read: LG remembers sacrifice of the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura

In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at 16.0°C against 15.8°C on the previous night and it was 3.0°C above normal for the south Kashmir resort.

Kokernag recorded a low of 17.6°C against 17.3°C on the previous night and it was 1.8°C above normal for the place, he said.

World famous Gulmarg resort recorded a low of 11.0°C against 10.2°C on the previous night. However it was 1.1°C ‘below’ normal for the north Kashmir place.

Kupwara town saw a low of 17.6°C same as recorded on previous night and it was 0.3°C above normal for the place during this time of the season, the official told Global News Service.

Jammu recorded a low of 27.0°C against 26.4°C on the previous night. It was 1.9°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 19.0°C, Batote 19.5°C, Katra 24.6°C, Bhadarwah 18.8°C and Kathua 24.4°C.

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LG remembers sacrifice of the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura

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Srinagar, Aug 08: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha remembered the sacrifice of the martyrs of Karbala on the eve of Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram.

Also Read: Youm-e-Ashura | Restrictions will be on some traffic routes of Sgr due to huge gathering in rallies: Sgr Police

In his message, the Lt Governor said, martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions has guided the humanity to strive for justice, values and righteousness.

The Lt Governor prayed for peace and prosperity in J&K, and urged the people to be kind, compassionate and work for the needy and underprivileged.

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