MeT predicts Rains, Snow from today, Caught off guard, Valley braces up for harsh winter

The weatherman has predicted light to moderate rainfall in plains and snowfall in upper reaches of Kashmir on Tuesday and Wednesday. Director Meteorological (MeT) department, Sonum Lotus said that there is possibility of light to moderate rainfall in the plains including Srinagar on Tuesday and Wednesday. “The plains will not experience snowfall,” he said adding there is a forecast of light snowfall in higher reaches. Lotus said weather would remain wet till November 14 and weather conditions would improve from November 15 morning. He said the snowfall in upper reaches…

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Kargil Highway, Mughal Road shut after fresh Snowfall

Kashmir’s higher reaches received fresh snowfall on Monday while light rains lashed the plains including the summer capital Srinagar, even as the Mughal Road continued to remain closed for the second consecutive day. The Srinagar-Jammu highway was however open for one-way traffic. An official source told Kashmir Post that light snowfall was reported in high-altitude areas in Jammu and Kashmir, including Pir-ki-Gali on the Mughal Road, which connects Kashmir with Poonch via southern Shopian district. Snowfall was also reported at Sadhna Pass in Kupwara, Gurez Valley in Bandipora, Keran, Minamarg…

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So far 52 times Cyber curfew imposed in Jammu & Kashmir

The militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir has earned the dubious distinction of witnessing the highest number of internet shutdowns in the country. Under the standard operating procedures, the area-specific internet shutdowns in Kashmir are usually ordered by the authorities to avoid a law and order problem following encounters. Locals, however, consider these measures as an infringement of their rights. A website internetshutdowns.in which keeps track of internet shutdowns across India, claims the internet services were shut down for a total 112 times in J&K from 2012 to 2018. As per the…

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Provocative speeches by prominent Right Wing Hindu leaders at Jammu seminar evoke sharp criticism

Condemning the provocative speeches delivered by many prominent Right-Wing Hindu leaders at a seminar on November 11, political parties and Muslim Organizations on Monday said that it was an attempt to harm the harmony in the Jammu region. Prominent right-wing leaders including academician, Madhu Kishwar, activist, Sushil Pandit, MLA Udhmapur and others on Sunday had termed the Muslim colonies in Jammu as “threat”. The seminar was organised by a little-known organization, IKKJUTH. Jammu Muslim Front (JMF), a prominent Muslim organization, strongly denounced the speeches delivered at the and said that…

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Defying terror threat and poll boycott over 20000 candidates joining electoral race

Defying terror threat and poll boycott call made by the separatists and some political groups, the state is heading for the restoration of grassroots democracy in an impressive way with over 20,000 candidates joining the electoral race in the first three phases of the nine-phased panchayat elections starting from November 17. According to the official statistics of the state election department, over 20,000 candidates have filed nominations for sarpanch halqas and panch constituencies in the first three phases. In all, 165 blocks of the total 316 in J&K are going…

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After Governor’s rule, JK likely to have President’s rule

Jammu and Kashmir is unlikely to have a popular government anytime soon as the Government of India (GoI) may recommend a spell of President’s rule at the expiry of Governor’s rule on December 19, official sources said. Under the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, there is no provision for extension of Governor’s rule. The state is under central rule since June 19 after the BJP withdrew support from the then Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government. The six-month term of Governor’s rule comes to an end on December 19. Therefore, for the…

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‘No longer a symbol of hope’ Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

Amnesty International on Monday stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour over the de facto Myanmar leader’s “indifference” to the atrocities committed by the military against Rohingya Muslims. It was the latest in a string of awards the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner lost since Myanmar’s military drove 720,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist majority country in what the United Nations has called an act of genocide. The London-based global human rights organisation said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Suu Kyi in 2009…

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