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Year 2020: Amid coronavirus pandemic, J&K’s Calligraphy witnesses resurgence

Umaisar Gull Ganie

Srinagar, Dec 30: The coronavirus pandemic may have caused widespread disruptions, affected health systems and living conditions and pushed many parts of the world into recession. However, it has also come as a boon for the revival of traditional art and crafts.

The unwanted lockdown facilitated youth in Kashmir to stay indoors and showcase their talent in Calligraphy and other artworks.

As lockdown forced people to stay indoors, dozens of Calligraphers were busy in making their beautiful artwork and exhibiting them on different social media platforms.

Naveed Abdullah a B Tech pass out from Redwani Kulgam told news agency—KNO that he was interested in art work since childhood but during lockdown he spent most of his time on it thereby helping in improving his art work.

“My father who is a health official was associated with this art wasn’t supporting me because according to him there is no scope of artwork in Kashmir, however, during lockdown, I got time to enhance my skill,” he said.

Asif Manzoor a B.SC pass out from Sopore said that during Covid lockdown he also got time to improve his artwork.

“Spending time with artwork is the best way to stay away from bad things especially from drug addiction,” Asif said.

Mir Afreen a young self-taught calligrapher from Srinagar who is also an MBBS student said that during the lockdown period, she made a lot of customised calligraphy and sold them.

“I make at least one calligraphy artwork daily to ensure that my skills remain sharp,” she said.

Azra Khan a PhD scholar from Srinagar also said that despite her busy schedule, she spent some time to do some calligraphy.

“During lockdown I got an opportunity to spend more time on my artwork, after which I get offers from people to make artwork,” she said, adding that youth must spend their spare time in constructive things.

Mudasir Rehman Dar (26) another artist from Kulgam who even paints the world’s smallest painting of Holy Kabbah on ring stone and leaf also said that he got time during lockdown to display his talent.

However, Mudasir said that he is carving for a platform to keeping the momentum going on to display his real talent and to teach others as well—(KNO)

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Pregnant woman killed, 2 injured as srinagar-bound ambulance meets with an accident in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – An expecting woman got killed and two other persons received injuries after an ambulance they were on board met with an accident in Batote in Ramban district on Saturday afternoon.

Reports said that the ambulance driver purportedly lost control over the vehicle, enroute to SKIMS Srinagar from Doda. The vehicle rolled down a deep gorge, resulting in on spot death of a pregnant woman besides injuries to two other persons – said to attendants of the (now deceased) woman.

The identification of deceased woman or injured duo could not be immediately known.


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BSF, Pak Rangers resolve to maintain peace on border in first meeting after Ceasefire

Meeting held on Islamabad’s request, lodged strong protest over Drone activities: BSF

(Asian News Hub) – Border guards of India and Pakistan on Saturday resolved to remain committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border in Jammu.

Border Security Forces (BSF) said that Sector Command level meeting, first after New Delhi and Islamabad decided on steadfast holding of ceasefire, was held on request of Pakistan Rangers on International Border in Suchetgarh area of the Jammu.

The BSF delegation was led by Surjit Singh, DIG, Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers delegation was led by Brig Murad Hussain, sector commander Pakistan Rangers, Sialkot Sector , S P S Sandhu (DIG), a spokesman of the BSF, said in a statement cited by GNS.

“It was the first Sector Commander level meeting between two border guarding Forces, after declaration of cease fire agreement by DGMOs.”

“During meeting, Commanders of both the border guarding Forces, discussed various issues with main emphasis by BSF delegation on Pak Drone activities, (militant) activities by Pakistan from across the border, digging of tunnels by Pakistan and other issues related to Border management,” the spokesman said, adding, “A very strong protest was lodged by BSF delegates regarding drone activities by Pakistan authorities in Jammu area.”

The spokesman said both the forces “decided to re-energize instant communication between field Commanders, whenever required, to resolve the ops matters.”

“ Meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both side agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier DG level talks and committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border,” he added.


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Arms licence racket; Searches carried out at 40 location in J-K, Delhi: CBI

(Asian News Hub) – The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday said that it conducted raids at around 40 locations including official and residential premises of certain IAS and KAS officers in a case related to Arms license racket in Jammu and Kashmir.

CBI today conducted searches at around 40 locations including Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi (at the official and residential premises of certain then public servants, including IAS, KAS officers, then DM, then ADM etc), around 20 gun houses, dealers in an on-going investigation of a case related to Arms licence racket.

CBI had registered two cases on the request of Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from Government of India, and took over the investigation of FIR No. 18 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 earlier registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) and FIR No. 11 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 of Police Station Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ) on the allegations of bulk issuance of arms licenses in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 2012 to 2016.

CBI also collected documents pertaining to the issuance of said armed licences allegedly spread over 22 districts of J&K.

During investigation and scrutiny of documents, the role of certain gun dealers was found in connivance with the public servants i.e. the then DM and ADM of concerned District had allegedly issued such illegal arms licenses to the ineligible persons.

It was also alleged that the persons who got these licenses were not residents of the places from where the said arms licenses were issued.

Further investigation is going on.


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