Srinagar receives first snowfall of season, Jammu-Srinagar national highway shuts due Rain & Snow

Kashmir cut off due to snowfall, air traffic affected 3 Army jawans missing in Gurez after avalanche A white blanket covered Srinagar on Tuesday as it recorded first snowfall of the season. Rains lashed Srinagar and other plain areas of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday while upper reaches received snow, ending long dry spell. Roof and treetops were draped in white as people woke up in Srinagar today morning. The open fields and parks were also under white blanket. A MeT spokesman said that Srinagar recorded two-inches of snow since…

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JRL calls for protest on Friday, shutdown on Sunday over rights violations in Kashmir and US decision on Jerusalem

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a shutdown on Sunday to protest the “gross” human rights violations in Kashmir. The leadership also called for “peaceful protests” tomorrow against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel. “Jerusalem represents the religious sentiments of about a billion Muslims living across the globe. US decision to declare this sacred land as the capital of Israel, amounts to political bankruptcy of fascist trump regime,” said the JRL, in a statement today. “Kashmiris across the valley will stage peaceful protests against US…

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Kidnap policeman’s brother returns home safely

The brother of policeman who was abducted on Wednesday evening by unidentified gunmen in Ajas area of Bandipora has returned home safely. Mudasir Ahmed Khan brother of constable Farooq Ahmad Khan was abducted by unidentified gunmen in Chravan, Ajas. On his return, Mudasir told reporters that militants picked him from home, inquired about his brother and at midnight asked him to return back. “Two militants picked me outside our house. They questioned me about my brother. I was taken to forest and released there at mid night,” he said. One…

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Shiv Sena team detained before hoisting Tricolour at Lal Chowk, released

Six activists of the Shiv Sena were detained here on Wednesday as police thwarted their bid to hoist the Tricolour at Lal Chowk, an official said. The Shiv Sena activists arrived at Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in two vehicles and were taken in preventive custody as soon as they alighted, a police official said. The detained activists were taken to the Kothibagh police station where they were released after completing legal formalities, the official said. The Jammu unit of the Shiv Sena had sent a special team to hoist the…

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Weatherman sounds alert, predicts heavy snow, rains across J&K

The Meteorological Department for Jammu and Kashmir has issued a weather warning from December 11 to December 15. In a statement issued today, the MeT said: “A fresh Western Disturbance is most likely to affect the state of J&K from 11th to 15th Dec. 2017 with moisture feeding taking place from the Arabian Sea.” “Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rain/snow is expected at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh region. “The main activity of this system (moderate to heavy rainfall/snowfall) is likely to occur during…

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Militants attack army patrol in Qazigund, Soldier injured

A soldier was injured after militants attacked an army patrol in Qazigund area of south Kashmir on Monday. Reports said that the militants opened fire on the patrol at Bounigam in Qazigund took shelter inside a building. They said that the forces cordoned off the area immediately after the attack. The exchange of fire began after the forces approached the building where militants were hiding, they said. A police official said that the area has been cordoned off by the government forces. More details are awaited.

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Gunfight erupt in Pakherpora, teens hit by bullets & pellets in clashes

A gunfight between militants and government forces broke out in Futlipora village of Pakharpora in central’s Kashmir’s Budgam district on Thursday. A teenage boy was injured in the clashes in Pakharpora. An official said that Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and 10 Garhwal of army cordoned off Futlipora today morning around 6 am after “specific inputs” about the presence of militants. “As the forces approached the suspected house, the militants opened fire, triggering a gunfight,” he said. He said two to four militants are believed to…

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Petrol bomb attack in Srinagar, CRPF man injured

A CRPF man received minor injuries in a petrol bomb attack in the Safakadal area of the city today, the police said. “Unidentified miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at the CRPF personnel deployed on law-and-order duty at the Malik Angan locality of Safakadal, resulting in minor injuries to one of the troopers,” a police official said. The injured trooper was taken to the police hospital from where he was discharged after receiving first aid, he added.

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Bullet riddled body of army man recovered who was abducted from his home in Pulwama

The body of an Indian Army jawan who was abducted Friday from his home in Kashmir’s Pulwama, has been recovered. Unknown gunmen on Saturday killed an army soldier on leave in Wothmula village of Shopian district of south Kashmir, army said. Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar, posted with 175 Territorial Army (Engineers) in Bandipora, had left home at Senzen village in his car on Friday but did not return. His bullet riddled body was found by the locals in an orchard in nearby Wothmula village of the district. “He was on…

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M S Dhoni pays surprise visit to Army Public School in Srinagar

Cricketer M S Dhoni paid a surprise visit to Army Public School here and emphasised the importance of education and sports during his interaction with the students. Dhoni, who holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel, visited the school located inside the Chinar Corps headquarters in the Badamibagh Cantonment in a low key and unannounced event yesterday. The Chinar Corps put out a photograph of the former Indian Captain on its Twitter handle late last evening. “Lt Col (Hony) Mahendra Singh #Dhoni interacting with the enthusiastic children of #APS #Srinagar;…

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