Kashmir: True Sight
Born with a rare genetic disorder, Qurat-ul-Ain (26) presents a living demonstration of how perseverance can turn a person, who is medically unfit to study, into a teacher. At three years of age, Qurat was diagnosed with Retinitis pigmentosa, a rare, genetic disorder that involves breakdown and loss of cells in the retina. Doctors advised her mother not to let her study.However, her mother remained steadfast, holding onto her belief that Qurat would make it through the visual disability. And her unflinching support has yielded results: Qurat now teaches computer science to visually-impaired students at the Special Education Needs School (SEN) of Delhi Public School, Athwajan. Hailing from Srinagar’s Sonwar area, the tall and round-faced Qurat has a rich and resonant voice.
Nahida Manzoor, a young mountaineer from Srinagar, is now preparing to scale the world’s highest peak. She has been climbing small hills since her childhood days and enjoys going on long treks.Nahida Manzoor is a trained mountaineer and has completed all mountaineering courses.She has so far scaled Mount Deo Tibba-Manali and Friendship Peak of Himachal Pradesh . In Kashmir she has scaled Mount Mahadev and Mount Tatakooti. But lack of money for climb the summit is making here journey full of hurdles. With no government support, she has started crowd funding to collect Rs 30 lakh for the expedition.
India Tuesday said it carried out “non-military, pre-emptive air strikes” across the Line of Control (LoC) in a pre-dawn operation targeting the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale claimed a pre-emptive strike was carried out by India on a training camp of JeM in Balakot across the LoC. On the other hand, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi asserted that Pakistan is a peaceful country but understands the importance of protecting its borders, as he outlined the government’s response and future course of action in the wake of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).
Uneasy Kashmir shuts amid restrictions
Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir on Sunday due to a strike called by separatists to protest the recent killings in the valley.The situation in the valley remained tense after 100 Companies of armed forces were airlifted to Kashmir between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.During this time, JKLF Chief Yasin Malik and dozens of Jama’at-e-Islami leaders including its chief Dr Hameed Fayaz, were arrested in several nocturnal raids.With the news of choppers hovering in the dead of the night and the arrest spree, the rumour of tinkering with Article 35-A on social media triggered panic among people.Various people including mainstream politicians, journalists, lawyers, and students took to social media platforms to express their fears.