Tons of Apples rotting in trucks stranded on Srinagar – Jammu Highway

Amid a crisis over thousands of tonnes of apple rotting in stranded trucks along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to allow held-up trucks to move towards Jammu tonight so that they can take the apples to mandis in different parts of country. A statement said 4,000 trucks will be cleared tonight. These trucks are stranded after the traffic police stopped them for over a week. Fruit-growers say more than 8,000 trucks carrying perishable fruit were stopped and left to rot along the highway. At…

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Due highway halts truckloads of apples start to rot before deliveries

Due highway halts truckloads of apples start to rot before deliveries

Roadworks have halted thousands of trucks carrying millions of dollars worth of apples on Indian Kashmir’s main highway, a major union leader said on Monday, triggering protests by growers as their produce begins to rot. Highway repairs were causing massive delays along the highway that connects the disputed Kashmir valley to the rest of India, meaning huge expected losses. “We have 8,000 trucks carrying apples worth 100 crore rupees (one billion rupees, or about $12.25 million) stranded on the highway for the last two weeks,” Bashir Ahmad Basheer, the head…

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Democratic Azad Party: Ghulam Nabi Azad announced the highly anticipated name where youth, seniors would co-exist

Democratic Azad Party: Ghulam Nabi Azad announced the highly anticipated name where youth, seniors would co-exist

Veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday announced the name of his new party nearly a month after his exit from the Congress. The new party would be called the ‘Democratic Azad Party’, he said at an event, stressing that the party would have “no age bar”. “Youth and veterans would co-exist in the party,” he underlined. Azad had ended his decades long association with the Congress on August 26. “Around 1,500 names for my new party were sent to us, in Urdu, and Sanskrit. The mix of Hindi and…

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Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema seeks ban on bhajans across schools in Kashmir

Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema seeks ban on bhajans across schools in Kashmir

Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), a collective of around 30 Islamic religious and educational organisations in Kashmir, on Saturday urged the government and education department to stop practices like “singing of bhajans and Surya Namaskars” in schools as it was hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims. The MMU, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chief cleric of Jamia Masjid and Hurriyat chairman, expressed resentment against imposing acts in the name of “yoga and morning prayers” in educational institutions and alleged that Muslim students are made to chant bhajans and at times asked to…

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Two non-local labourers shot at, injured in Pulwama

Two non-local labourers shot at, injured in Pulwama

In yet another attack on the non-local labourers, militants fired at and injured two non-local labourers in the Pulwama district. Police said the targeted attack took place in Ratnipora village on Saturday evening. “Terrorists fired upon & injured 02 outside labourers at Kharpora Ratnipora in #Pulwama. They have been shifted to hospital where their condition is stated to be stable. Identified as Shamshad S/O Islam Shiekh & Faizan Qasri S/O Fayaz Qadri, R/O Batya Zila Bihar,” tweeted J&K police spokesman soon after the attack. Police and Army cordoned off the…

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Non local labourer shot at, injured in Pulwama

Non local labourer shot at, injured in Pulwama

A non-local labourer was shot at and injured in Ugergund Newa area of Pulwama district on Friday. Police in a tweet as per said that a non-Lcal was shot at and injured by militants in Ugergund area of south Kashmir’s . They said that labour identified as Muneeb ul islam son of Ab Kabir resident of West Bengal got injured and was shifted to district hospital Pulwama for treatment where his condition is said to be stable. He added that area has been cordoned off  to nab the attackers. “Militants…

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Restoration of Article 370: Kashmiri activists begin hunger strike at Jantar Mantar

Restoration of Article 370: Kashmiri activists begin hunger strike at Jantar Mantar

Kashmiri social and human rights activists on Thursday held a protest and began a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar demanding the revocation of 370, PSA and UAPA in Jammu and Kashmir. The protesting activists requested the Supreme Court of India to hear them and return back 5th August, 2019 status to the people of JK. “Release all political prisoners who are incarcerated under draconian laws like PSA and UAPA should be shifted to Kashmir time bound and fair trail should be given to the all prisoners of JK,” the activists…

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq ‘Disallowed’ to join Friday prayers at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq ‘Disallowed’ to join Friday prayers at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid

Kashmir’s chief cleric and Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was disallowed on Friday to leave his residence in Srinagar to attend congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid, a week after J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha suggested “he was a free man”. “I started for the Jamia Masjid around 12:40 p.m. All I intended to do was offer my namaz. However, policemen outside stopped me from leaving my residence. I told them that a statement on my release was made by a responsible person who heads J&K,” the Mirwaiz told…

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Will not accept imported voters, will challenge EC’s electoral roll-revision move: J&K Parties

Will challenge non-locals in J&K poll rolls: Farooq Abdullah at all-party meet

Will not accept imported voters: PDP on electoral roll revision BJP holds counter-meeting, slams parties National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Monday said the “inclusion of non-local voters” in the electoral rolls of Jammu and Kashmir was not acceptable to the parties here as it would “end J&K’s identity”. Bid to rob J&K of its identity. It will end J&K’s identity… Assembly will be in hands of outsiders and people here will be left with nothing. — Farooq Abdullah, NC chief Abdullah, who had called an “all-party” meeting to discuss…

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J&K BJP to chalk out strategy against all party meet over inclusion of non-locals in voter list

J&K BJP to chalk out strategy against all party meet over inclusion of non-locals in voter list

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah to hold all-party meet over revised electoral rolls in J&K The BJP has convened a meeting of its leaders in Jammy on Monday to chalk out a “counter-strategy” against the meeting called by the National Conference over the issue of “inclusion of non-local voters” in the revised electoral rolls in Jammu and Kashmir. J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina has called the meeting of senior leaders at the party headquarters, a party spokesperson said. He said the meeting is being held to chalk out a “counter-strategy”…

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