Snowfall on ‘Herath’ eve brings cheer to Kashmiri Pandit community

Even as “Herath” (Mahashivaratri) is being celebrated from tomorrow, snowfall on the festive occasion has cheered up the Kashmiri Pandit community in the Valley. “Though it usually snows or rains during Herath, heavy snowfall on the festival eve is a very auspicious and good omen. As Lord Shiva’s abode mostly lies in the snowbound mountains, we consider snowfall a blessing. We hope and pray this augurs well for us all,” said Hindu Welfare Society Kashmir (HWSK) president Chunni Lal Bhat. He said as per traditions, they would hold nightlong puja…

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Encounter in Karan Nagar underway for over 20 hours; Explosion and Gunfire heard

An encounter between terrorists and security forces is underway, Tuesday, near the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 23 Battalion Headquarters at Karan Nagar in Srinagar. The intermittent firing was reported through the night. Terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba claimed responsibility for the attack. On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri, informed the state Assembly that a CRPF personnel had been killed in the ongoing encounter. Providing details, the minister said that at about 4:30 am on Monday, a sentry at CRPF 23 Battalion Headquarters spotted…

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Will FIR against army major be quashed? SC to hear plea in Shopian firing case on Monday

The plea filed by Army Major Aditya Kumar’s father Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh says that his son has been “wrongly and arbitrarily” named in the FIR. The Supreme Court will on February 12 hear the plea filed by Army Major Aditya Kumar’s father Lieutenant Colonel Karamveer Singh seeking to quash of the FIR against his son. Major Aditya Kumar is one of the armymen who has been named in the FIR in connection with the firing in Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir. Lieutenant Colonel Singh has said that his son,…

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Tehsildar suspended for deputing patwari to unfurl flag on Republic Day

A tehsildar, posted in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, has been placed under suspension for deputing a patwari in his place for unfurling the national flag on Republic Day, officials today said. Muzaffar Ahmad Malik was placed under suspension by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan yesterday, they said. According to the suspension order, Malik was supposed to unfurl the national flag at his tehsil headquarter Dooru on Republic Day. The tehsildar had, however, assigned this task to a patwari which “is unbecoming of an officer to show such type…

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Five arrested for facilitating Naveed Jhatt escape in SHMS Hospital attack

Jammu and Kashmir police say the four accused who helped Lashkar terrorist Naveed Jhatt escape had done a recce of the area and fired during the shootout. Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested four people directly involved in Tuesday’sraid on a hospital in Srinagar that allowed a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist to escape, sources said on Thursday. Six other men, mostly overground workers, have also been detained for questioning, they said. The sources added that most of the arrested men belong to south Kashmir’s Pulwama area and were apprehended by the…

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150 Years old Mahraja era dispensary reduced to rubble in Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir government has demolished 150-year-old dispensary at Maharaj Gunj, Downtown area of summer capital, Srinagar which was built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1865. The locals blamed that there is a lack of coordination between government departments and its allied wings. “We don’t know who to blame now. The government took this faulty decision without consulting the right experts,” locals told Kashmir Post. This 150-year-old dispensary was two-story building which was made up of stones, mid-19th-century bricks on the banks of river Jhelum and had a great architectural…

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Twelve ultras give up arms in 3 years, but none opted for rehab policy

Twelve militants have shunned the path of violence during 2015-2017, but no one has come forward for rehabilitation under the Rehabilitation Policy, 2004. Besides, 4,073 FIRs have been registered against 14,315 stone throwers during this period. This was said by the minister in charge, Home, in a written reply to a clubbed question raised by Qaiser Jamsheed Lone, NC MLC, and Ghulam Nabi Monga and Ali Mohammad Dar, Congress MLCs, in the Legislative Council today regarding government’s “surrender policy” for militants and FIRs registered/withdrawn against stone throwers since January 2015.…

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How Sheikh Abdullah’s note to Nehru saved Kashmir from falling into the hands of Pakistan

The October 26, 1947, meeting at Nehru’s residence would eventually decide the future of Jammu and Kashmir. “Give army, take accession and give whatever powers you want to give to the popular party (National Conference headed by Sheikh Abdullah), but the army must fly to Srinagar this evening, otherwise I will go and negotiate terms with Mr (Mohammad Ali) Jinnah (the Pakistan leader) as the city must be saved,” beseeched Jammu and Kashmir’s then Prime Minister Mehar Chand Mahajan to Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai…

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Toll abolishes on private-owned cars at two Kashmir based toll posts

The Jammu and Kashmir government today said two major toll posts have been abolished, while non- commercial Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) entering and leaving the state have been exempted from payment of basic toll. As a follow up to the budget announcement, the government has notified that toll posts established in Kashmir division at Lower Munda in district Anantnag and Borehallan Heerpur in district Shopian have been abolished. “In exercise of the powers conferred by the Jammu and Kashmir Levy of Tolls Act, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir hereby…

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Khatamband: Kashmir’s finest craft struggling for survival

‘It is an art of joining together geometrical shaped wood to construct intricate ceiling’ In Eid Gah downtown area of summer Srinagar, Imran Ahmed Sofi is carving intricate designs on the small hexagonal shaped wood. Next to him, sits his worker who with every stroke smoothen the wood so that designs could easily be carved. The room is full of wood pieces, Khatamband designs and the dust lingers in the air. Imran has been associated with the craft of Khatamband from sixteen years. Watching his father and grandfather doing the…

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