Two Cops killed outside Srinagar hospital, Undertrial Pakistani Militant escapes: J&K Police

Two policemen were killed in a daring attack by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives to free a Pakistani terrorist being transported to a hospital in Srinagar on Tuesday. The gunmen opened fire inside the SMHS hospital complex in a high security area of Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital to help LeT terrorist Mohammed Naveed Jutt escape. Six prisoners, including Jutt, were taken to the hospital for medical checkup. Naveed was escorted by three constables. Two pheran-clad terrorists who were lying wait in the hospital parking lot fired at the policemen accompanying Naveed…

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Politicians involved in sex racket, pushed girl into flesh trade: J&K Police

A girl in Jammu and Kashmir has allegedly claimed that she was being pushed into flesh trade and exploited, and also several influential people were part of the racket. In a video which has gone viral on the social media, the girl claimed that many high-profile people, including politicians and police officers, are involved in the racket. She said in the video, that the main head of the racket were two residents of Kulgam, identified one Shabir Ahmad and a woman. She said the woman’s daughter befriended her and stayed…

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HCC playing truant over New Ganderbal Hydroelectric Project: J&K Govt

Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday accused Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) of playing truant on New Ganderbal Hydroelectric Project. Minister of State for Power, Asiea Naqash today informed the House that the government is exploring the options for execution of 93 MW New Ganderbal Hydroelectric Project after the successful bidder failed to meet the formalities. “The project was appraised by Central Environment Authority (CEA) in November-2012 and put to tender on 18/07/2011 for implementation through competitive bidding system,” the Minister said while responding to a Calling attention Notice moved by…

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Govt actively pursuing transfer of hydel projects from NHPC: Asiea Naqash

Minister of State for Power Asiea Naqash said today that the government would actively pursue transfer of hydel projects from NHPC. “As mentioned by the Finance Minister in the Power Budget speech in the year 2015-16 the government will actively pursue transfer of hydel projects from NHPC” she said adding that budget also provided funds for meeting the operation and maintenance cost of power projects to be taken over from NHPC. Replying to a question by Devender Singh Rana, the Minister said that on March 16, 2015 the Deputy Chief…

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Hope for snowy winter fades as dry spell to continue

PHE Dept asked to prepare drought action plan This year, bright sunny days remained the defining feature in the Kashmir valley during the past month as the temperatures remained quite high and caused a premature departure of the region’s harshest winter period. The day temperature throughout January and for the last few days has been described as “marked high” in the series of weekly reports by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). During the winter’s core period, the mercury touched five to six degrees above the season’s average i.e. 6.3°C in…

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Kashmir is the safest place, say women travelers

From joy rides on snow scooters to shopping in a floating market in the scenic Dal Lake, Kashmir has it all to make it ‘the safest place and a shopping paradise’, according to a group of women travelers from Hyderabad, who are out on an expedition to Jammu and Kashmir. Keeping aside the insecurities arising after continuous violence in the state, the women travelers visited Srinagar, including Gulmarg and Pahalgam. “I have been here and knew all the media stories on Kashmir are overplayed which creates fear among travelers,” Rashida…

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Another death due of Swine Flu at SKIMS, toll rises to 31

A 70-year-old woman from Srinagar died of Swine Flu at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura on Monday, taking the death toll to 31. Officials at SKIMS told Kashmir Post that the elderly woman had tested positive and was admitted in the hospital a week ago. “She was a case of comorbidities.” “She was being treated for H1N1 influenza in the isolation ward. She was suffering from many ailments and died today,” they said. With her death, the death toll due to H1N1 influenza has risen to 31. “Since…

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AAI Serves termination notice to local shopkeepers at Srinagar airport, Owners protest, Allege bias

Shopkeepers at the Srinagar airport today staged a protest here after they were asked to vacate the premises by the authorities. The protesters, who gathered at the Press Enclave, alleged that there were being discriminated against as a large number of shopkeepers and salesmen would be rendered jobless. “Some time ago, a tender was floated for leasing out the entire space at the airport to a master concessionaire, who would in turn run it as per his convenience. The qualification for tendering were fixed in such a way that hardly…

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