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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One killed, 2 injured as car falls into gorge in Doda

One person was killed and two others injured when the car they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district. The driver of the car last night lost control over the vehicle due to slippery conditions and it fell into the gorge on the Thathri-Gandoh road in the district, a police officer said. After getting information, a police team and locals rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to the Community Health Centre Thathri, where doctors declared one…

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Schools in Doda, Udhampur closed after avalanche warning

The authorities on Saturday ordered closure of all schools in Udhampur and Doda districts following an avalanche advisory by meteorological department . “Following the avalanche advisory issued by the MeT department in the wake of ongoing heavy rainfall in the state, the authorities have decided to close all the schools in Doda and Udhampur districts,” an official said. MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall and also issued avalanche warning in the district for today and tomorrow, Chief Education Officer of Doda, Mohd Ashraf Rather said, adding that holiday has been…

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Youth arrested for uploading ‘provocative material’ online

A man has been arrested from here for allegedly uploading “provocative material” on social networking and media websites, a charge denied by his family who claimed that he was “innocent” and had no connection with Pakistan or any terror outfit. “The counter intelligence (CI) wing of Jammu and Kashmir police arrested Ashiq Khan from his house here last evening after a police team found uploading of ‘provocative material’ on social media sites including Facebook and Whatsapp by him. We are also trying to ascertain whether he has links with any…

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KAS officer, three of family die in Doda accident

Four persons were killed when their vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge near the Khelani area of Doda on the Batote-Kishtwar national highway. Kalyan Singh, a promising KAS officer of the Jammu and Kashmir Government, was one of the victims. He was posted as Additional Secretary, Roads and Buildings Department, at present. His wife Anita Devi and her aunt Soma Devi were also killed in the accident. Kalyan Singh’s brother-in-law Vinkel, who was critically injured and airlifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital in…

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Doda-Kishtwar highway turns into death trap

Though there is no rain in the entire Chenab region for the past one week, the 115-km stretch of the Batote-Doda-Kishtwar national highway has been in a pathetic condition. It has turned a death trap for thousands of people who regularly commute through the road. The authorities are not bothered about the loss of lives in road accidents as the region is being neglected by the government. On May 14 this year, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in his maiden visit to Doda announced the release of Rs 12 crore…

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