Kishtwar to observe shutdown tomorrow against GST implementation

Shutdown has been called in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow against the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST). Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar, Farooq Ahmed Kitchloo said that people in the Chenab Valley supported the shutdown call issued by traders’ bodies in Kashmir against the tax regime. He appealed to the traders to observe a complete shutdown to register protest against the implementation of the tax regime.

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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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Curfew relaxed for six hours in Kishtwar

Authorities today gave a six-hour relaxation in curfew that was imposed on Sunday in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir following a stone pelting incident triggered by arrest of three separatists. “We relaxed the curfew from 12 noon to 6 PM and everything remained normal during the hours of relaxation,” deputy commissioner (DC) Kishtwar GN Balwan told PTI. He said the authorities have decided to again impose the curfew during the night though they might completely lift the restrictions tomorrow. “Situation has remained normal after the curfew was imposed on…

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Kishtwar under curfew after arrest of 2 Hurriyat leaders

The state government imposed curfew in communally sensitive Kishtwar town following the arrest of three persons —two of them under the Public Safety Act — in the wee hours today for their alleged involvement in anti-national and criminal activities. The accused were wanted by the police on charges of sedition for the past few weeks. According to reports, the police raided the houses of Abdul Qayoom Mattoo, a local Hurriyat leader and ‘imam’ of a mosque in Omar Mohalla of the town, Saifuddin Bhagwan, local Hurriyat leader, and Firdous Bhagwan…

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Amidst shutdown ‘Azadi’ slogans raised in Kishtwar; Zuhr prayers offered on road in Bandipora

Amidst complete shutdown a massive protest rally was underway at bus stand Kishtwar which was attended by more than two thousand people on Thursday to show solidarity with Kashmiris. Reports said that people raised anti-India slogans during the rally. “Enthusiastic protesters raised Azadi slogans as well,” sources said. Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was being observed in Kishtwar against the civilian killings in Kashmir valley at the hands of government forces. Hundreds of people offered congregational Zuhr prayers on road in Kaloosa area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora on Thursday. Soon after…

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Five booked for ‘Provocation’ in Kishtwar

Five persons have been booked for their alleged involvement in anti-India activities and indulging in “provocation” to disturb peace in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir. “(They) have been booked for provocation to disturb peace and anti-India activities in Kishtwar district during a protest,” a senior police officer said. The situation is peaceful in the district, he added. Several protests had broken out in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8. PTI

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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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Hindu fanatics being armed against Muslims in Kishtwar

Distribution of weapons on a large scale to Hindu zealots in Kishtwar district, notorious for being the center of Indian army-backed killer gang Village Defence Committees, betrays terrible designs of RSS-backed Indian government and its local collaborators against Muslims in Jammu region. The disclosure was made none other than the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, during her written reply to a question in the so-called Kashmir Assembly. Mehbooba Mufti who also holds the portfolio of the so-called Home Minister of the territory informed the house that 30,872 gun licenses amounting to…

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‘Chenab Valley a goldmine of natural resources’

Saying that Chenab Valley is a goldmine of natural resources, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today called upon the stakeholders to synergize their activities so that the region and other unexplored areas of the state are brought on the tourist map. The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at a convention, which was part of  3-Day FAM tour organized by Department of Tourism. The tour was flagged off for Bhaderwah by Secretary Tourism, Farooq Ahmed Shah earlier from Jammu Tawi Golf Course Sidhra on 14th November. Dr Singh appreciated the…

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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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