Muzzled Art: Kashmir’s gun industry battling for survival
Bandook Khar Mohalla in old Srinagar was once home to more than 20 gun manufacturing units. But now the gun manufacturing industry is battling for survival. Out of several gun manufacturing factories in Kashmir, only two have survived. Established in the early years of the last century, the factories would manufacture and sell their products – 12 bore Single Barrel and 12 bore Double Barrel rifles – to the foreigners, tourists and locals who had a passion for hunting birds and wild animals.Almost 100 years later, there is a ban on hunting, a stringent procedure to procure license for these guns, a government regulation which limits the number of guns manufactured from these two factories to 840 a year.
Verdict of Kathua rape,murder:Lifer for 3, 5-yr term for 3, 1 acquitted
A Special Court in Pathankot Monday awarded life imprisonment to three out of the six convicted for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu’s Kathua district last year.
After nearly a year-long trial, the court held the six guilty in the case that shook the conscience of people across India.
The court acquitted another accused Vishal Jangotra, son of mastermind Sanji Ram, giving him the ”benefit of doubt”.
Pulwama boy among NEET toppers in Kashmir
Kamran Imitiyaz from Chersoo Awantipora has made his mark by scoring 623 marks in the recently conducted NEET exam. Kamran an orphan, credits his success to his mother. But his family struggle hasn’t bogged him down. He is now on his way to chase his dream of becoming a doctor.
Srinagar’s Pra’TAAPH’ park (Sunny and Shadeless)
Pratap Park, the closest public park to city center Lal Chowk is bereft of trees and Shade.The Park which witnesses good public rush but hardly offers any respite from summer Heat.The Park lacks any trees or a designated sitting space protected from sunlight.