Chenab Valley witness season’s first snowfall

Most parts of the twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar today received season’s first snowfall, ending a long dry spell in the region. The snowfall was witnessed in the Kailash mountain ranges, Asha-Patti, Seoj Dhar, Chattargala, Dheraja, Mothala, Thanala, Dessa, Bhatta, Mangalthatha and many upper reaches of Kishtwar since last night. Mohammed Abbas, a local resident, said, “It is a great respite for the people who had been facing a dry spell for more than two months. The dry grass caught fire in many areas, resulting into massive damage to…

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RSS Rally in Doda worries majority community

NC lashes out at Govt for ‘promoting communal divide’ A war of words has broken out between opposition National Conference and the ruling BJP over the recent RSS rally in Doda which is being seen by locals as a “move to incite passions” in the Chenab Valley district. RSS activists donning khaki trousers and carrying sticks, marched through streets of main town of Doda on October 2, raising “provocative slogans.” “What has led to fear among people is that both local administration and police are seen tacitly supporting them (RSS)…

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Baglihar HEP putting lives at risk in Doda region

Govt in slumber as threat of mountain collapse looms large over area along the banks The Jammu and Kashmir Government seems to be in deep slumber in addressing the woes of people living on the bank of the Baglihar hydroelectric project reservoir as the threat of mountain collapse looms large over the area. Stagnant water of the reservoir, after entering the loose soil, is bringing down rocks and soil slowly, which has created a situation which can lead to sinking of a huge portion of the mountains. Geological experts have…

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Violence spills over to Jammu region from Kashmir; 47 hurt

A magistrate, an SSP and three other police officers were among 47 people injured on Friday as stone-pelting incidents spilled over from Kashmir to Jammu region where violence took place in Doda district. Meanwhile, the authorities extended curfew to many areas of Kashmir and snapped mobile telephony as part of a bid to foil a march called by separatists. In the valley, more than three dozen incidents of stone pelting were reported from different districts including Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara and Bandipora, a police spokesman said. 35…

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Doda, Kishtwar observed Bandh over killings of civilians in Kashmir

The majority community in the twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar today observed partial bandh over the killings of civilians during the Kashmir unrest following the gunning down of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. In Doda, protests were held at two separate places, Ghat and Doda town, this morning in which pro-Pakistan and pro-azadi slogans were allegedly raised by protesters. Around hundred youth took out the protest march in the town by raising slogans against the killings. Shops and other business establishments of the majority community remained closed in the…

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Govt revokes PSA order of ‘lunatic’ Doda youth

The J&K Government on Thursday evening revoked the Public Safety Act of a “lunatic” Muslim youth who was arrested for allegedly desecrating a temple in Jammu last week. The prompt action from the Government after the issue echoed in the Legislative Assembly this morning. “The detention order Mo 08/PSA of 2016 dated June 20, 2016 is not justified…and hence has not been approved,” said an order issued by Home Department, disapproving PSA detention of the youth. As per the Home Department order, accessed by Kashmir POST, Yasir Alfaz doesn’t have…

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Strike in Doda against Indian police’s highhandedness

Complete shutdown was observed in Doda against highhandedness of Indian police. A rally was held amid complete shutdown in Doda to protest over the use of force by the police on the demonstrations against Power Development Department last night. Call for the shutdown was issued by Seerat Committee Doda which said that the District Administration and police used brutal force against the protesters without any provocation. Thousands of people participated in the rally which passed through the main market of Doda town raising slogans against police and district administration. Meanwhile,…

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People throng ‘healing’ spring in Doda district

Hundreds of people these days are flocking to Gandho area of Doda district from different corners of the country to take a dip in a spring which is believed to possess healing powers. Situated about 70 km away from district headquarters, the natural spring in Gandho subdivision is considered to be best for skin disorders, joint pains, blood pressure and headache. Even patients of paralyses are also reaching there. Mansa Mohammed, who came from Kathua, said, “I had a paralysis attack a few years back, but when we came to…

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Doda reels under water crisis as reservoirs go dry

The mighty Chenab flows through erstwhile Doda district, but the district is facing acute shortage of drinking water. The natural water resources in the district are diminishing due to climate change and the casual approach of the government. About 10 lakh people of Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar district have been witnessing shortage of drinking water during the summer for the past few years. The loot of the green gold by the forest mafia has led to drying up of natural reservoirs and streams which used to be the main source…

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Doda faces threat of waterborne diseases

Doda residents are facing impending threat of waterborne diseases as the crucial water treatment plant in the city has been defunct for the last six months and people are forced to drink untreated water. Situated about 5 km away from Doda town, Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department’s water filtration plant in Moochan village is not working smoothly as its clarifier and circular are defunct and unable to blend chemicals such as alum and chlorine in the water properly. Locals complained that unfiltered and muddy water was being supplied to them…

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