Amid the ongoing holy month of Ramadan, traditional drummers, known as 'Sehar Khans' in Srinagar, have been carrying on with the ritual of waking up people by beating drums for Sehri, the pre-dawn meal before the fasting day. In the era of technology, when many people rely on alarm features on various gadgets, these traditional drum beaters make it a point to continue the legacy. A traditional drum beater in Srinagar, Nazir Ahmad spoke to ANI and said, "These days people rely on alarm features on their mobile phones, but this is our old custom. I wake up at 2.30 am to go around the city beating drums." Usually, Nazir steps out alone when the sky is still dark but is sometimes accompanied by his younger brother. "My father did this drum-beating ritual during Ramadan for over 35 years. After he died, I continued the ritual. It has been 20 years since," he added. Umar Rashid, a local resident in the area said, "Sehar Khan is very important to us. This has continued for 400-500 years. Even in this age of modernisation when people have mobile phones to set alarms and mosques have speakers, the drum beaters have continued the ritual. This is the main point of attraction in the month of Ramadan." With modernisation and constantly changing lifestyles, Rashid has lost hope that this custom will be witnessed by coming generations. "I hope the tradition continues. But looking at the current circumstances and lifestyle, it is difficult to imagine that the tradition will continue," he concluded.
A food delivery startup called Tiffin Aaw in Srinagar has started the campaign 'Food for Kashmir' on social media. They have taken it upon themselves to deliver free meals for Covid positive families, Covid warriors and people in need. The concept was started when the owner Rayees Ahmad got a lot of distress calls from people outside Kashmir, wanting food to be delivered to their Covid-hit parents.
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Terrorists on May 07 hurled a grenade at security forces in Nawa Bazaar area of Old Srinagar city. The grenade missed the intended target and exploded in the market. However, no injuries have been reported so far. More details are awaited.
A 10-member BJP delegation, led by state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, met the four-member team from Home Ministry at the BSF office in Kolkata. MHA deputed the team to assess the ground situation amid the post-poll violence in West Bengal. Additional Secretary in Home Ministry Govind Mohan, Additional Secretary in Education Ministry Vinit Joshi, Joint Director of Intelligence Bureau Janardan Singh and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) IB, Nalin are among the team. Violence has been reported in several parts of West Bengal after post-poll results.
CRPF recovered a 7-kg improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh. The explosive device was found by troops of CoBRA 206 Battalion. CRPF jawans destroyed the IED planted by Naxals in a controlled explosion. The IED was destroyed in the forest area of Minpa in Sukma district.
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Amid threats to his life over Covishield vaccine supplies, the CEO of Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker, has got Y category security. The centre granted SII CEO Adar Poonawalla enhanced security cover by the CRPF amid widespread anger over the pricing of the vaccine made by them.
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CRPF jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas reached his hometown, Jammu on Friday. Rakeshwar was released last week after being abducted by Naxals in Chhattisgarh. The jawan was warmly welcomed by family, friends who put garlands around his neck. “I am very happy that I am meeting my family today. Our soldiers were brave enough to fight back the Naxals,” Rakeshwar said. Rakeshwar was abducted by Naxals during the Sukma-Bijapur encounter on April 3. Rakeshwar, who was part of security force's elite CoBRA unit, was released on April 8. 22 security personnel were killed and 31 others were injured in the fierce gunbattle.
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Wreath laying ceremony of slain soldiers who lost their lives in the Naxal attack at Sukma-Bijapur border was held at Bijapur on April 05. 22 jawans were killed while several were injured after the insurgents fired on the forces for four straight hours.
The wreath laying ceremony of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable Jagannath Roy was performed in Srinagar. He was injured in Lawaypora terror attack on March 25. Roy succumbed to his injuries on March 29. On the other side, Councilor Shams-ud-Din Peer who was injured in Sopore attack on March 29 succumbed to his injuries in hospital on March 30. While speaking to media, IGP of Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar said, "Since the municipal chairman didn't inform police before the meeting and there was no additional deployment. But he (victim) had 4 gunmen including 2 PSOs. The PSOs should have retaliated to avert the incident. All four are being suspended for security lapse." "Yesterday, we nabbed an OGW who revealed that a local LeT terrorist and a Pakistani LeT terrorist visited his home a day before the incident to plan the attack. We will soon neutralize both of them," he added.
Wreath laying ceremony was held for security personnel who lost their lives in IED blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur. The incident had happened on March 23 after Naxals blew up bus they were travelling in. Tributes were also being paid to them. Five soldiers lost their lives.
From almost 2 dozen patients reportedly going 'missing' from a Delhi hospital, to Gujarat government taking steps against rising cases of 'black fungus' - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. 23 patients at Delhi's Hindu Rao Hospital, run by a civic body, reportedly left the facility without informing. Ten states and Union Territories in India account for over 71% of all new cases. Meanwhile, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir extended restrictions amid high cases. Watch the full video for the other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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Terrorists launched an attack at a municipal office in Jammu & Kashmir on March 29. The attack during a meeting of councillors led to the death of one of them. A police personnel also died in the strike. After the attack in north Kashmir's Sopore, massive security was deployed in the area to track the killers. An injured person was taken to a hospital in Srinagar. Ex-J&K CM and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, and Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu condemned the attack. Watch the full video for more.
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Terrorists attacked Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) party in Lawaypora area in Srinagar on March 25. One CRPF personnel lost his life and three got injured in the incident. According to IG Kashmir, LeT is involved in the attack. Further details awaited.
Ahead of the Assam assembly polls, while addressing a public rally in Majuli district on March 22, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, "Congress ruled for 15 years. Many terror outfits killed people. Our security jawans were killed. No probe was done. Bullets, guns and people getting killed are a thing of the past since we have come." "Terrorists surrendered, left terrorism and entered in mainstream, he added.
Chinar Corps celebrated the 74th Infantry Day at Badamibagh Cantonment in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar on October 27. Several Army officials paid tribute to slain soldiers. Infantry Day is observed as..