Valley shivers at -6.2°C, water bodies freeze, No Rain, Snow till January 14

The weather in the summer capital continued to remain below -6°C for the third consecutive day, giving a tough time to residents. Though the weather is predicted to remain dry for the week, the mercury further dropped in Srinagar. Officials said the weather would remain dry till January 11 as the cloud cover had disappeared from the sky. The night temperature in the city settled at the season’s lowest of -6.2°C which was the coldest in the season so far — marginally down from -6.1°C recorded the previous night. Many…

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Annual Amarnath pilgrimage from 28 June, 15000 pilgrims to be allowed daily

Governor chairs shrine board meeting; implementation of NGT directions discussed Governor NN Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), presided over an emergent meeting of the shrine board at New Delhi today to particularly discuss among other issues the implementation of the recent directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with regard to the yatra and to decide the further course of action. The shrine board deliberated on the NGT’s directions contained in its December 13 and 14 orders in the case titled “Gauri…

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I was blamed for creating one, but they’ve created many Burhan’s: Omar Abdullah

Hitting out at the Jammu and Kashmir government, former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday claimed that terrorism has increased in the state under the present government. “I was told that I had a role to play in creating Burhan Wani. But have you ever thought how many Burhan Wani have you created in the last one and a half year after coming to power? If I am responsible for one, how many are you responsible for,” Omar questioned. Omar also asked the government about what is the role of…

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J&K among most corrupt states: Survey

People in Jammu and Kashmir are among the worst sufferers of corruption in accessing public services, a think-tank has revealed in its survey. The Centre for Media Studies (CMS) in its annual corruption study – CMS India Corruption Study 2017- has placed Jammu and Kashmir along with Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh as most corrupt among 20 surveyed states. The study reveals that “Karnataka (77%) followed by Andhra Pradesh (74%), Tamil Nadu (68%), Maharashtra (57%), J&K (44%) and Punjab (42%) emerged as more corrupt states among 20 surveyed states as…

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5000-year-old rock found in Kashmir shows oldest evidence of supernova in history

In an interesting find, Indian astrophysicists have unearthed a nearly 5,000-year-old rock carving in Kashmir which, they believe, is the oldest record of supernova and sky chart found in human history. The rock carving – known to be the earliest form of human expression – found in Burzahama region in Kashmir is on an irregular stone slab with a size of about 48 cm by 27 cm. The figure shows two bright objects in the sky with rays of light coming out of them and a hunter spearing an animal…

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Sniper squads to take down terrorists in Kashmir Valley

NSG has acquired the latest sniping weapon PSG 1 Alpha 1 Sniper and 7.6 mm Beretta sniper rifle. A specially trained squad of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu & Kashmir Police (JKP) is likely to take down the next fidayeen attackers by sniping them. The personnel have been trained by the National Security Guards (NSG) over the past one year in Manesar and more recently in the Lethapora CRPF training camp in Pulwama. Director General (DG) Sudhir Pratap Singh said, “Sniping…

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Dineshwar Sharma acting as ‘Super Chief Minister’: Omar Abdullah

Questioning the actions of the Centre’s special representative on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, former chief minister Omar Abdullah today claimed he was acting as a “super chief minister”. Speaking in the Assembly, the opposition National Conference leader demanded that the government give a clarification on Sharma’s mandate. “What is the mission of the special representative? If he works like a super chief minister, as we hear, by meeting delegations to look into the problems with regard to power, water, non-availability of doctors at hospital, unemployment issues. (But) It is your job,”…

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284 Pvt schools shut for flouting safety norms across Jammu Municipal limits

In a major decision, the state Education Department has closed at least 284 private schools operating within the Jammu Municipal limits for flouting safety norms and putting the lives of children at risk. The schools have not been adhering to three essential criteria i.e. fire, building and lab chemical safety. This was disclosed by Minister for Education Syed Altaf Bukhari in a written reply to a question of Congress legislator Rani Gargi Blowria in the Legislative Council here today. “Notices were served on the institutions to procure mandatory certificates, but…

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