A new death wish in Kashmir

The violent state of affairs, which is source of frequent death and destruction, has become dangerously routinised in Kashmir. The reigning public mood is to take the bloody fallout in stride When once a month or two, senior Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Mohammad Abbas Sheikh, 40, visits his home at South Kashmir’s Rampur, the village erupts in a silent celebration. The residents turn out to greet him. The men shake his hands and women kiss his forehead, praying for his long life as they do so. But the priority of…

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People should not panic, Flood threat over: Admin

Eight people, three army men killed due to avalanche, drowning 25-minute hailstorm damages growing fruits in Tral villages After two days of flood threat, the water level in the river Jhelum and other streams is receding relieving the valleyites woes. However, the weatherman has predicted more light rains in the next 24 hours. Chief Engineer Irrigation & Flood Control (I&FC) department, Muhammad Hanief Lone told Kashmir Post that the people should not panic as the water level in the river and other tributaries is receding. “The water in the river…

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Water level receding at Sangam, Static at Ram Munshibagh, Still above danger mark

The water level in Jhelum River including rivers and nullahs has started to recede though it was still above danger mark from Sangam in south to Ram Munshi bagh in central Kashmir. Chief Engineer (CE), Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) told Kashmir Post : “The water level at Sangam in south Kashmir has started receding since early Friday morning while there is no change at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar. However, it has witnessed increase at Asham in north Kashmir.” Deputy Director Meteorological department told Kashmir Post that there could…

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Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel work to be expedited

Excavation likely within one and a half months, land acquisition almost complete A few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertions to “emotionally and physically” connect Kashmir with the rest of the country, the J&K Government has decided to expedite the work on the Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel to complete another mega project of “integration”. The work on the Banihal-Qazigund road tunnel, which is a part of the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) flagship project of four-laning the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, is not going on the expected speed due some…

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Amid Rains, defunct drainage system water logs Srinagar

Heavy rains coupled with defunct drainage caused waterlogging in several areas in the summer capital hampering pedestrian and vehicular movement. Waterlogging was witnessed in various areas of city-centre including Residency Road, Lal Chowk and MA Road affecting pedestrian and vehicular movement. The problem was compounded by defunct drainage system in various areas of the summer capital. Flood-like situation was witnessed in several areas due to waterlogging. Inhabitants of Khanyar in Shaher-e-Khaas expressed resentment over inaction of authorities to de-water the submerged roads there. At Baba Demb, the road was submerged…

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Waits & Watches situation for Election Commission

May take call on Srinagar by poll today if flood-like situation persists As flood-like situation prevails in Kashmir due to heavy rain, the Election Commission has not ruled out the possibility of postponing the byelection to the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency which is scheduled on Sunday. However, the Election Commission will take a final call tomorrow if the flood-like situation persists. “So far there is no change. We are waiting and watching the situation,” J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shantmanu told Kashmir Post. “If the situation persists, we may take a…

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Multiple avalanches hit army post in Batalik Sector, three soldiers missing

Snowfall triggers multiple avalanches burying Army Post in Batalik Sector, 2 soldiers out of 5 rescued; rescue ops for 3 in progress At least five soldiers got trapped on Thursday after multiple avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall hit an army post in Batalik Sector in Jammu and Kashmir. According to media report, two out of the five soldiers have been evacuated while rescue operation to bring out remaining three is in progress. The official Twitter handler confirmed the report and tweeted, “Unprecedented snowfall triggers multiple avalanches; a Post in Batalik…

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Schools, Colleges closed; Exams deferred; National Highway remained closed; 10 Flights cancelled

LoC trade, Pattan-Baramulla rail service suspended IUST postpones exam; KU, CUK to take call today Kashmir valley remained cut off from the rest of the world for second day Thursday as traffic on the arterial Srinagar-Jammu highway remained suspended due to fresh snowfall, landslides and shooting stones at several places. Meanwhile, the air traffic at Srinagar airport remained suspended till 2 pm. Heavy rainfall also forced railway authorities to suspend train services from Pattan to Baramulla due to stagnation of water on rail tracks and embankments. The cross-LoC trade via…

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Flood like situation across Kashmir Valley, Jhelum above danger mark in Srinagar

Incessant rain and untimely snowfall in the plains on Thursday led to a flood-like situation in Jammu and Kashmir with the Jhelum River crossing the danger mark in Anantnag and Srinagar districts and dozens of low-lying areas inundated in various parts of the valley. However, the Met office said there would be overall improvement in weather from Friday. Authorities said at 5 p.m. on Thursday, the Jhelum`s water level at Sangam in Anantnag was 19.7 feet, well above the flood alert mark of 18 feet, while at Ram Munshibagh in…

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