5% Hotel occupancy in ‘Peak’ tourist season

Even as tourist arrivals in the Kashmir valley have remained on the lower side this year, the hoteliers are among the worst hit. The stakeholders say there is just around five per cent occupancy rate in hotels at a time usually considered to be the prime tourist season. “There is just around five per cent occupancy. Kashmir hotels have got bed capacity of around 70,000 and there are just a few thousand tourists. This is like a drop in the ocean in the summer months usually considered to be the…

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Three more incidents of Mysterious braid chopping reported; Police grapple for clues

In last 24 hours three more braid chopping incidents have been reported in rural areas of Jammu and Samba districts. As per officials two cases were reported form Saba district, where both victims are of 10 year old. The braid of Kushi daughter of Des Raj resident of Rakha village, Samba was mysteriously chopped off in late evening hour, when she went to rooftop for picking her school bag,” said an official. “The family members came to know after Kushi screamed loudly and fell unconscious. Her mother was first to…

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Unidentified gun men killed 3 Civilians in 3 days in Anantnag, Shopian

In a fresh spree of mysterious killings, three civilians have been shot dead in Anantnag and Shopian districts during the past three days. While police blames militants for the killings, however no militant outfit has claimed responsibility. The fresh spree of killings started on 19th August when unidentified gunmen shot dead ruling People’s Democratic Party worker, Muhammad Ishaq Parray at Uggen in Dialgam area of Anantnag district. On 20th August, bullet- riddled body of a college student Gowhar Ahmad Dar (16) was recovered from Nagbal village in Shopian district. On…

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Encounter underway in Kupwara, 2 to 3 terrorists trapped

An encounter broke out between the security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday. The firing is currently underway and the entire area has been cordoned off. About two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped, reported news agency ANI. On August 16, top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Ayub Lelhari was gunned in an encounter with security forces in Kakpora’s Banderpora in Pulwama district.

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116 PoK residents stranded in Jammu sent back via Uri

The J&K Government sent 116 stranded residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) back home as the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed today. The LoC bus service also known as Karvan-e-Aman (peace bus) resumed after remaining suspended since August 14. As per the schedule, the weekly bus left Srinagar today for the Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the LoC in the border town of Uri in Baramulla district. The bus carried 50 passengers, including 42 PoK residents and eight…

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Supreme Court says dialogue not possible in J&K unless violence stops

No meaningful dialogue is possible in Jammu and Kashmir unless violence stops in the strife-torn Valley, the Supreme Court said on Monday. “Talks with whom? No talk can take place unless the violence stops,” a bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said. The court was hearing the appeal of the Bar Association Executive Member against the 22 September order of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court order. The high court had rejected the bar body’s plea seeking a ban on the use of pellet guns on…

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Kashmir will witness bloodbath if Article 35A scrapped: KEA

Appeals civil society, transporters, trade bodies to observe black day on the day of hearing of case in SC The trade body, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Monday warned that Kashmir would witness a worst bloodbath if anybody tried to fiddle with Article 35-A, which grants special privileges to residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The traders affiliated with KEA staged a protest demonstration against BJP and RSS-backed NGO, “We the citizens”, which has filed petition against Article 35-A in the Supreme Court. The protesting traders, chanting slogans like, “Save Article 370…

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Ensure no hindrance in animal sacrifice on Eid: Shahi Imam

Asserting that Muslims were not in favour of sacrificing cows due to the religious sensitivities involved, Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam said on Monday that he had urged the Centre to ensure no hindrance in the sacrifice of other animals on Eid-ul-Azha but got no response. Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari said he had written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue a few weeks ago but the Ministry had neither acknowledged nor responded to his letter. Eid-ul-Azha is scheduled to be celebrated on September 2. In his letter, the…

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Zakir Musa back in action, vows to take jihad to the last corner of India

Nearly 10 days after reports that al-Qaeda’s recently announced Kashmir unit chief Zakir Musa was trapped by security forces in Pulwama’s Tral area, the Burhan Wani successor is back in action. In a detailed statement, surfaced on Saturday, Musa-led Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a unit of al-Qaeda, has openly threatened Indian authorities, vowing to “take jihad to the last corner” of the country and by listing its targets. Al-Hurr, the propaganda arm of the newly formed terror group, posted the three-page statement on social media, which was accessed and put forth by…

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Geelani seeks ‘Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriat’ to resolve Kashmir Issue

Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has sought “insaniyat”, Kashmiriyat” and “Jamhooriat” to resolve the Kashmir dispute — ideas he derided when then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee propagated them in 2003. “We want India to exhibit insaniyat (humanity), Kashmiriyat (composite secular, eclectic Kashmiri culture) and jamhuriat (democracy). Nothing else,” the ailing octogenarian Hurriyat Chairman said, talking to his supporters in a videographed address from a hospital here. The nearly 2.30-minute video clip, recorded apparently on Sunday, comes amid the NIA swooping on Kashmiri separatist leaders, including Geelani’s two…

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