Friday prayers barred at Jamia Masjid for fourth straight week; Clashes erupted in Anantnag, Pulwama; Curfew like restrictions in parts of Srinagar

Mandatory Friday prayers were not allowed for the fourth successive week today at historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, where curfew-like restrictions remained imposed for the third day as precautionary measures. Three youth were injured on Friday after they clashes with government forces during clashes in old town area of Anantnag district in south Kashmir. Reports said that massive clashes erupted in Reshi Bazar, Cheeni Chowk and Sherbagh areas of old town after congregational prayers. They said that a youth was pushed down the roof of a structure outside Jamia…

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Kashmir Unrest may drive luxury glass-roof trains down South

Given the unrest in Kashmir, the government is thinking of moving the train to Andhra Pradesh’s Araku Valley, or even routes in Goa and Kerala. Will Kashmir’s loss become Kerala’s gain? With the Indian Railways engaged in a serious re-think over deploying the super-luxury glass roof top coaches on the Banihal-Baramulla stretch of the Kashmir rail line on account of the worsening law and order situation in the state, the question has started coming up. Two of these four high-end coaches – with opalescent roof glass windows which can be…

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Mohan Bhagwat RSS chief today arriving in Jammu

Amid allegations of Kashmir centric groups that the Sangh Parivar is setting its foot in the Valley, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ideological fountain head of the Parivar, has first time chosen Jammu as venue for its annual national executive committee meeting. Although the three-day high-profile meet is going to start from July 18, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is arriving in Jammu tomorrow morning to attend the core group meeting of the Sangh Parivar to finalise the agenda for “Prant Parcharak” meeting. “The core group, comprising nearly 20 top leaders…

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Despite rains, water crisis hits Jammu

The supply of dirty water in the old Jammu area after the first monsoon showers has negated the PHE Department’s claim of providing safe and pure drinking water. The rain that lashed the Jammu region yesterday brought relief for people from the sweltering heat but also brought problems with many taps in the city going dry and many others supplying muddy water. The Sitli filtration plant at Nagrota and Boria and Dhounthli water lifting stations, which supply water to nearly 75 per cent of the households of the Jammu city,…

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BJP dishonors sacrifice of martyrs, absent from martyr’s graveyard

Terms the revolt against Dogra Maharaja as conspiracy hatched by Britishers Call for ending the practice of observing July 13 as official holiday For the third year in a row, PDP’s alliance partner BJP skipped the official function held for paying homage to the martyrs of the 1931 massacre. In a statement, State BJP spokesperson, Virender Gupta said: “July 13, 1931 was the most controversial event that spurred Muslim communal politics in Jammu and Kashmir while sidelining the ethos of Sufism in the Valley and thus cannot be celebrated as…

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July 1931 Martyrs remembered amid Siege

Mirwaiz detained after trying to take out rally Pulwama boy receives pellet injury in leg during clashes Troops conduct CASO in Dadasara, Tral Situation remained peaceful: Police Kashmir observed complete shutdown on Thursday to remember the martyrs of July 13, 1931 and authorities imposed restrictions in parts of the Valley to foil protests. All shops and business establishments in Srinagar and others parts of the Valley remained closed while public transport was off the roads in response to the strike called by the united separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz…

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Internet banned 10 times in 3 months across Kashmir

At a time when frequent internet bans have become a regular trend here, Kashmir has witnessed suspension of both mobile and broadband internet services 10 times between April, 2017 and July 13. This year interestingly from January to April, there were no Internet suspensions. Internet was also suspended once in Jammu recently as a precautionary measure following the killing of Amarnath pilgrims in an attack. The first internet ban in Kashmir this year was imposed on April 8 when mobile and Broadband services were shut down from midnight in Srinagar,…

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