11 Dead, 19 Injured in Poonch bus accident

At least 11 passengers died and nineteen others were injured, five of them critically, in a road accident in Mandi tehsil of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. An official said that a passenger bus (registration number JK02W0445) heading towards Poonch from Loran skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Plera around 9:15 am. He said that at least eleven persons travelling on the bus died in the accident while nineteen others were injured. The injured were shifted to sub-district hospital Mandi for treatment.…

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‘Wall of Kindness’ comes up in Srinagar

The ‘wall of kindness’, a charitable initiative for donating clothes to needy and poor, has reached Kashmir. The charity wall, which was introduced in Iran and from there reached Pakistan and several other countries have surprisingly surfaced on The Bund in Srinagar. Behind the initiative, which has received applause from people on social media, is the Kashmir chapter of WhoisHussian, a charitable organization inspired by Hazrat Hussain (RA) and spread in several countries. On the wall, people can keep clothes apart from other articles for the needy, who can pick…

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J&K govt announces vacations for winter zone

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday announced winter vacations in Kashmir division and winter zone of Jammu division. According to an order issued today, winter vacations for classes up to eighth standard shall be observed from December 6, 2018 to 2nd March 2019. “Winter vacations for classes from 9th standard on wards shall be observed from 17 December 2018 to 23 February 2019,” said the order.

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Kashmir Continues To Bleed -Two rebels, Army soldier killed, two CRPF personnel wounded in Kulgam gunfight, Intense clashes on, scores injured

Two militants and an army soldier were killed and two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel wounded in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday. A police official said that two militants were killed in the gunfight. “The bodies are yet to be recovered,” he saiid, adding that the slain are believed to be affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit. He said the operation is going on. He said that an army soldier, identified as Prakash Yadav, was wounded in the firefight. He was rushed to a hospital where…

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Gunfight erupts in Bijbehara, Six Hizb rebels killed in gunfight

Six Hizb ul Mujahideen militants were killed in a gunfight in Shalgud village of Dashnipora in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday, police and army said. An army spokesman in Srinagar said that six militants were killed in the gunfight. “Six militants killed, weapons and warlike stores recovered. Operation in progress,” said the spokesman. The identity of the slain militants was not immediately known. “Bijbehara Encounter update: 06 militants eliminated in the encounter. Arms and Ammunition recovered. Identities are being ascertained,” police said on Twitter. Reports said…

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PDP likely to head grand alliance with Congress, NC to form govt in J&K

A grand alliance is shaping up in Jammu and Kashmir where arch rivals Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference are set to team up with the Congress to stake claim to form the government. Former finance minister and senior PDP leader, Altaf Bukhari confirming the alliance move said, “My leadership has confirmed it to us that the three parties (Congress, PDP and NC) have agreed to make a coalition to defend the special identity of the state politically and legally. Very soon you will get a good news.’’ Another senior…

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Four rebels, army soldier killed in encounter in Shopian

One army soldier and four militants were killed in an encounter between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian early on Tuesday. The operation was launched by army and police at Nadimarg village based on inputs about the presence of militants. A police officer said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired on the forces, who retaliated. According to sources, one para commando and four militants were killed in the gunfight that is still on. Three soldiers were also injured in the shooting. There…

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Observe Shutdown across Kashmir on Nov 17 against Panchayat polls: JRL

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a complete shutdown across Kashmir on November 17 against the panchayat polls. The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik urged people to observe shutdown against “yet another election drama” being enacted by the “oppressive regime” of New Delhi. They urged the people to reject and boycott the Panchayat polls “in the same way they rejected the Urban Local Bodies polls by staying indoors.” In a statement issued here, the JRL also said that strike should also be…

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J&K and Punjab police on alert after four men hijack taxi in Pathankot

A high alert was sounded in Punjab’s Pathankot and J&K’s Kathua after four men commandeered a taxi at gunpoint near Madhopur. The four men hired the taxi, a silver coloured Innova with registration number JK02AW-0922, from Jammu railway station on Tuesday night. The railway station taxi union vice-president Rajvinder Singh said, “The taxi was booked in the name of Major Sarvjeet Singh and was Pathankot-bound. Our CCTV footage shows there were four people and one among them was wearing a monkey cap.” The four had conducted a recce before hiring…

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Keen on forming govt, will stake claim when numbers come our way: BJP Leader Ashok Koul

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which has the second highest number of lawmakers in an Assembly of 89, has said it is ready to form the government in J&K. The BJP has 26 MLAs while the Peoples Democratic Party has 28 MLAs in the Lower House. The party is looking for 19 other lawmakers to touch the magic figure of 45, according to a senior functionary of the party in J&K who has been involved in government-formation efforts. Ashok Koul, organising secretary of the state BJP, told Kashmir Post on Tuesday:…

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