Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps: Omar Abdullah

National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah on Saturday asked the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to explain if driving jeeps over protesters was the new standard operating procedure of her government. “Earlier they tied people to the fronts of jeeps & paraded them around villages to deter protestors now they just drive their jeeps right over protestors. Is this your new SOP @MehboobaMufti sahiba? Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps?” tweeted Omar Abdullah. He was reacting to the pictures of youth being run over by a CRPF…

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Internet suspended in Srinagar, Budgam after youth run over by CRPF vehicle dies

Mobile Internet service was suspended in Srinagar and Budgam districts early Saturday after a youth run over by a CRPF vehicle yesterday succumbed to his injuries. Kaiser Ahmed, 21, was ploughed down by the Central Reserve Police Force vehicle in the old city area of Nowhatta during protests on Friday. Ahmed was admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), here. He succumbed to critical internal injuries early on Saturday. Internet services in Srinagar and Badgam districts have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a police officer said. The speed…

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Plea to shift Kathua Case accused to Pathankot jail

J&K Government’s special public prosecutor Santokh Singh Basra has moved an application with District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh seeking shifting of seven of the eight accused to the Pathankot sub-jail in the Kathua rape-murder case. The eighth accused is a juvenile. After the hearing began in the case here on Thursday, the accused are commuting daily from Kathua, where they are lodged in a jail, in a J&K Police bus. The Judge will pass an order on Basra’s application on June 4. Basra also apologised to the court for…

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Three IT giants innovate to save Kashmir education

Three IT majors – Microsoft, Tech Avant-Garde and Efee Online – have come together to help Kashmiri students to make up for their academic losses due to frequent shutdowns and curfews in the insurgency-ravaged state. The three firms have partnered with the Private Schools Association of Kashmir (PSAK) in starting an online education system in Jammu and Kashmir. “PSAK is partnering with ‘Tech Avant-Garde, Microsoft and Efee online companies to bring Information Technology (IT) which is going to permit solutions to the education system especially during the frequent closure of…

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Dal Lake gets dull as waste dumping goes on

“Perhaps in the whole world, there is no corner as pleasant as the Dal Lake,” said Sir Walter Lawrence in his book ‘Valley of Kashmir’. But today, the Dal Lake, which used to be the top attraction for tourists in Kashmir, has turned into a dumping ground for tonnes of waste and sewage. The rising pollution and high-nutrient load continues to flow and gather on the surface of the water, which locals used for drinking decades ago. Boatmen and houseboat owners say the lake is no more soothing to the…

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After inputs of Jaish infiltration Kashmir Valley on High alert

The Kashmir valley is on a high alert and the security forces are on tenterhooks following inputs that around two dozen battle-hardened Jaish-e-Mohammed militants, believed to have infiltrated recently, have split themselves in smaller groups in south Kashmir. The immediate worry for the security grid is the anniversary of the first battle of Islam — the Battle of Badr — that falls on Saturday. Intelligence inputs indicate that militants may carry out attacks on the day. Last year, the Jaish had carried out six attacks on the anniversary of Badr…

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CRPF vehicle ran over demonestrating crowd, One dead one critical

Vehicle enters Nowhatta, runs over two youth Driver sensitively took vehicle out of crowd: CRPF Notwithstanding the new deployment plan of J&K Police for Friday congregation prayers at Jamia Masjid, a vehicle of the paramiltiary CRPF entered in Nowhatta area of Srinagar downtown after Friday prayers and ran over two youth, injuring one critically. Soon after Friday prayers, youth started a protest demonstration during which a CRPF vehicle passed by Nowhatta area and ran over two youth, injuring one critically. The critically injured youth was identified as Muhammad Younis of…

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