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Shopian writer bags ‘Indian Humanitarian Award 2020’



In absence of any platform, Govt support, Kashmiri youth unable to showcase their talent, says Sahil Mudasir

Jahangeer Ganaie

Shopian, Jan 04: A budding writer from South Kashmir’s Shopian has been honoured by Indian Book of Records with Indian “Humanitarian Award 2020” and a medal of honour for his selfless commitment, compassion, honesty and inspiration through his writings towards humanity.

Sahil Mudasir, (26), a resident of Melhoora village of Shopian district has so far published his two books and is writing his third book besides having co-authored over a dozen books.

Sahil after pursuing post-graduation in English Literature at University of Kashmir has qualified NET (National Eligibility Test) twice and is presently work as an English subject teacher at GEMS Public School Anantnag.

While talking to news agency—KNO Sahil said that he was passionate about writing since childhood and in 2014 he started writing articles and poems for different journals and newspapers and later he decided to write his own book.

‘In 2019, my first book namely—The Secrets of an Occupied Heart—a multi-dimensional book in which my focus was how people have been living in conflict zone, Kashmir, what problems they face, how their dreams get shattered besides other things that get no acknowledgement,” he said, adding, that “in year 2020, my 2nd book namely “The Shadows” got published.

“The shadow” is also a treasure house of muses talking about various issues of daily life of people. However, the other topics which Sahil has touched include social issues, feminism, begging, Nature, Power of Love’. “At present I am writing my third book which will be published soon,” he said.

Sahil said that receiving an award is always a recognition of one’s work and he feels very much honoured to receive such a prestigious award. “I dedicate this award to my late father and late uncle who have inspired me besides that I am indebted to my mother who burnt her blood to take me to this stage and I am thankful to all my teachers and well-wishers,” he told KNO.

He said that life is so short and “We should not cut it too short.” “We are all blessed with life, better is to make it life. The aim of my life is to give something to the society. It provides us everything. It is therefore our duty to work for the society and make it a wonderful place for all and at the same prove yourself as a useful asset to the society,” he said.

The young writer said people like him are lonely and nobody listens to them. “So there is a need to come forward and make your recognition public and be an inspiration for other fellow beings,” he said. “People are more talented here than youth outside valley but there is need to explore the Talent and utilize it in a positive way.” Sahil said that there is a need to transform the society “ourselves and don’t wait for others.”

However, the lack of platform and government support is discouraging budding writers, poets, artists and others and government must take note of it, he said.

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Man found dead at Zaldagar



Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – Body of a 38-year-old man was found at a graveyard in Zaldagar area of Srinagar on Saturday morning.

Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of 38-year-old man identified as Feroz Ahmad Tarray resident of Zaldagar was found at graveyard.

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He said that a police party reached the spot and shifted the body to a nearby hospital, while further investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of his death.

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Encounter rages in Drangbal Pampore



Top LeT Commander involved in killing of two cops in Baghat trapped: IGP Kashmir

(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Drangbal Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday morning.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint of team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched search operation in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces intensified searches towards suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the party, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

Also Read: In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police

He said that the exchange of fire is on in the area and one to two militants are believed to be trapped in the area.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir said that top Let Commander involved Umar Mushtaq Khanday who was involved in killing of two cops at Baghat is trapped in Pampore encounter.

Pertinently, umar was recently named among top 10 militants in Kashmir.

“LeT commander amongst #top 10 #militant namely Umar Mustaq Khandey who was involved in #killing of two police personnel at Baghat #Srinagar & other terror crimes trapped in Pampore #Encounter: IGP Kashmir.” Kashmir police zone tweeted.

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In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police



Militant killed in Pulwama was involved in killing of PDD employee at Batamaloo; Slain at Bemina encounter had killed SI Arshid at Khanyar, both slain locals; now only 3 militants active from Sgr district; 11 militants killed in 8 encounters this month: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) militants were killed in two separate encounters in southern Pulwama and Srinagar, who were involved in the killing of a civilian and probationary sub-inspector.

A police officer told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on a specific input, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Wahibugh area of Pulwama. “During the search operation, when the suspected house where the militant was hiding, was zeroed-in, repeated offers of surrender were made. But the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces triggering a gun-battle,” he said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Shiekh, resident of Habba Kadal, Srinagar was killed and his body retrieved from the site of encounter.” The officer said that slain militant had joined militancy recently and was linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF). Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told KNO that slain militant Shahid was involved in the killing of civilian and PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo, Srinagar. “We have recovered an AK-47 riffle from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

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About the second encounter, police said based on a specific input by police about the presence of a militant at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by the police in the area. “During the search operation, the hiding militant was asked to surrender but he fired at the forces triggering an encounter,” a police official said, adding that “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmed, a resident of Haba Kadal, Srinagar.

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He said that the slain Tanzeel was involved in the killing of Probationary Sub Inspector Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar, Srinagar on September 12. The Kashmir police chief said that Shahid and Tanzil were also “collaborators in recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city.” The IGP Kashmir said that after recent civilian killings, Srinagar based militants had shifted to South Kashmir “but we continued to track their movements and managed to zero in on them today.”

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“Now only three militants are active as two have been killed today. We are after the remaining three and will soon get them,” the IGP said, both the encounters took place within a span of three hours. “Both operations are over and two-AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the two slain militants,” he said.

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