60 Students identified behind April 2017 protests in Kashmir, Suspects Separatists role in fuelling crisis: NIA

The National Investigation Agency and Jammu and Kashmir Police are currently investigating nearly 60 students for taking part in stone-pelting and “provoking violence” during the students’ protests in April 2017, of which nearly 35 have already been questioned. The police and NIA also suspect that separatist leaders funded the April 2017 students’ protests, and the recent NIA summons to Aala Fazili, a PHD student in University of Kashmir’s pharmacy department, is part of the investigation. “The police have identified at least 60 students who took part in the April 2017…

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Army supported the hair chopper in malwan Kulgam

People in Malwan Kulgam on late Monday claimed the army rescued an alleged braid chopper, whom they said they had apprehended near the nearby graveyard outside a mosque in the village. Civil administration said they have ordered investigations into the allegations. Local residents said that they had been following a suspicious man for the last two days, who they claimed was behind the mysterious braid chopping incidents in the village. The “man” in question is being refered to many as “bhoot”, the ghost. “As we were going towards Masjid to…

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You may soon use biometrics to enter airports

The government has begun work on ensuring a completely paperless aircraft boarding process under which a mobile phone is all that will be required to board domestic flights in India. The aviation ministry is linking the databases of airlines and airports with passenger IDs such as Aadhaar and passport numbers for this. Once this happens, says aviation secretary R N Choubey, passengers will be able to use biometrics to prove identity before entering terminals and will not have to show ID cards. A flight ticket or eticket will not be…

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Govt announces no construction zones along highway

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday announced ‘No-Construction zone’ along the Srinagar-Jammu highway within periphery of 100 meters. It was observed that rampant illegal constructions are going on along the highway against the norm. In this connection, blanket ban has been imposed on any kind of construction along the highway with periphery of 100 meters which has been declared No-Construction Zone. Divisional Commissioner directed all Deputy Commissioners of the Valley including Leh and Kargil to implement this order in letter & spirit. He asked them to personally look into…

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Minorities worried after armed rallies by saffron groups: Jammu Muslim Front

Jammu Muslim Front (JMF) today condemned administration for allowing armed rallies on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh. As per press statement, Front chairman, Shuja Zaffar and its president Imran Qazi said that many deputations have met them in their office and expressed their concern over growing sense of insecurity among the minorities. “The government should investigation as to why these armed rallies were allowed. I don’t know whether the administration would have allowed similar armed rallies if anyone had tried to do so. How can they turn their…

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Search ops launched in Hiranagar after three armed men spotted

Amid the prevailing tension on the International Border in Hiranagar, an input about the movement of “three armed men” in a border village of Hiranagar sector today kept security agencies — Army, CRPF and Kathua police — on their toes. Immediately after the input, the Army and the police launched a massive search operation in the Maheshechak area of Hiranagar to trace the suspected militants, whom a man had seen in a field. Garrjeet Singh of Maheshechak village said he had seen three armed men suspected to be militants in…

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Involve everyone in Kashmir talks: Mirwaiz to Center

Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday that said he favoured unconditional dialogue with the government of India but said that the best chance of success would be if it followed the Vajpayee government’s doctrine. Farooq, who is Kashmir’s chief cleric, noted that in the Vajpayee formula “all parties were involved,” referring to the simultaneous communication that the Kashmiri separatist leaders were allowed to have with New Delhi as well as with Islamabad and counterparts in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. “We want a mechanism to be prepared for talks where everyone…

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Amit Shah, Rajnath, Madhav discuss Kashmir post BJP meet

BJP president Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and some other party leaders including Ram Madhav and Ram Lal closeted Monday for an hour-long meeting, where they are believed to have discussed issues related to Jammu and Kashmir among others, sources said. They met at the home minister’s residence after the BJP executive meeting here and is said to have reviewed the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said. While details of the meeting were not immediately available, according to sources the leaders are believed to have…

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Shutdown affects life across Kashmir, Train services suspended, Joint leadership supported todays call

Life was affected in Kashmir valley on Monday due to a shutdown called by traders, transporters and resistance leadership against “high-handedness” of the National Investigation Agency. All shops and other commercial establishments are closed in business hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar while public transport remained mostly off the roads. However, private transport was plying normally. Life remained affected in Downtown Srinagar where restrictions have been placed by the authorities to prevent any protests. Traders and transporters have called for Kashmir Bandh today to protest against the NIA notice to…

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Earthquake threat in Kashmir is Real

Whenever a major earthquake hits any part of the planet Earth it always sends panic waves, and this has been going on for centuries. Jammu and Kashmir is one of the tectonic hotspots that has always been in news. The cause of earthquakes in this region is primarily because Indian plate is continuously trying to push harder to dive under the Eurasian plate, and in doing so it often breaks via earthquakes. Since the tectonic plates are solid and thus one cannot simply expect a solid to make a smooth…

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