Student Protests continue in Sopore for 2nd day, Authorities order closure

Authorities order closure of two schools, college today The student protests continued in Sopore for the second consecutive day today. The protests erupted in Bomai village when students of Government Higher Secondary School, Bomai, took out a protest and raised pro-freedom slogans. The students marched towards the Bomai police post and staged a massive protest, resulting in clashes between policemen and protesting youths. Superintendent of Police, Sopore, Harmeet Singh said students of Higher Secondary School, Bomai, took out a protest today, but they were peacefully dispersed by the police. Following…

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Goodwill schools making children indifferent towards culture: Geelani

‘Forces responsible for driver’s death in Shopian’ Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today blamed ‘Goodwill Schools’ for “indoctrination” students in valley saying: “The institutions run by armies are making them indifferent towards their religion and specific culture”. Geelani in his statement while taking serious note of this, urged parents to avoid these institutions. “For petty material gains, we are losing our next generation,” said Geelani while asking parents “to be careful about the future of their kids”. In his statement, Syed Ali Geelani said: “We should never send our…

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High Court directs LAWDA to act promptly against encroachments in Dal Lake

Observing that it shall have to dispel impression that it is not a party to the encroachments, Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday asked Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to act dedicatedly against encroachments in and around Dal Lake here to save the water body for posterity. “By dedicated activities and action with commitment, they shall have to dispel impression among the masses that they are not party to the encroachments,” a division bench of Justices Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Dhiraj Singh Thakur said. The bench which was…

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LAHDC bans construction along tourist hotpick Pangong Lake

The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh, which governs the district politically, has decided not to allow any construction near the world-famous Pangong Lake in the Ladakh region. The move follows a Jammu and Kashmir High Court order that directed removal of all illegal business establishments close to the lake “to ensure sustainable tourism” in the area. The 134-km-long Pangong Lake is situated about 160 km from Leh town and extends from India to Tibet. The LAHDC, Leh, said the Martsemik-La in the Chusul area, which shares the border…

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Kashmir erupts against Shopian Siege

Mirwaiz leads peaceful demo at Nowhatta, says GoI has declared war in Kashmir JKLF stages protest at Maisuma, Hurriyat (G) holds demonstration at Hyderpora 2 journalists beaten up, injured, by police in Sopore Protests were held in several parts of Kashmir on Friday against a massive operation conducted by government forces in about two dozen villages of Shopian district on Thursday. Protesters clashed with forces in Sopore and old Srinagar areas. Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led a peaceful protest outside Jamia Masjid and said the “military operation”…

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Pandits urge govt to launch all-out ops against militants

The All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) has urged the state and Central government to abandon the “wait and watch” policy in dealing with the rising militancy in the Kashmir valley and launch an all-out operation against terror groups and their over-ground workers (OGW). Addressing a meeting, ASKPC president Ravinder Raina said repeated attacks by militants and looting of banks gave a clear message that the situation in the Valley had deteriorated due to the policies of the government, which had failed to act against the pro-Pakistan and separatists elements.…

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Cable operators can be taken to task for airing Pak Channels

The Centre today said the local administration in Kashmir had the right to confiscate the equipment of cable operators allegedly airing unauthorised Pakistani channels and take action against them. Stating that the government had sent an advisory, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said such advisories were regularly sent by the Centre on unauthorised channels. “Whenever such news comes up, it is our duty to ask for a report. Action is being taken in the matter,” he said. Rathore said it was the responsibility of the local administration to monitor unauthorised channels…

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Bank robberies a game-plan to malign militants: Lashkar-e-Toiba

Militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba on Friday denied that militants were involved in cases of bank robberies in Kashmir. In a statement, a spokesman of LeT Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi said the outfit doesn’t believe in heist. The LeT statement comes days after incidents of bank robberies by unidentified gunmen took place in areas of South Kashmir. “Robbing banks is not the work of militants. Honesty, truth and serving Kashmiri people is our core trait. This is an Indian agenda to malign us and has been planned in New Delhi,” he said. Such…

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Fourty bank branches in Valley go ‘Cashless’ shifting transactions to safer zones

J&K Bank units in Shopian, Pulwama to shift transactions to safer zones Rattled by robberies, the J&K Police have directed 40 banks in vulnerable areas of south Kashmir to shift the cash transactions to safer zones. The police have asked J&K Bank to stop cash transactions in 40 vulnerable branches in the twin districts of militancy-infested Shopian and Pulwama and shift the transactions to safer branches. This measure has been taken to avoid bank robberies in deep rural pockets of militancy-infested districts. “We have been asked by the police to…

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