Kishtwar facing ecological imbalance due to development of power projects: Legislative Council Panel

The Committee on Petition of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council today said that Kashtiwar district is is facing brunt of ecological imbalance and negative effects of development process due to the Power Projects on the Chenab Basin. According to an official spokesperson, the meeting of the Legislative Panel Committee on the petition was held here today under the Chairmanship of MLC, Saif-ud-din Bhat to examine the issues relating to a petition of BK Thakur on behalf of people of Marwah-Dachchan and Kishtwar on Chenab Valley Power Projects (CVPP). The meeting…

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Two dead as vehicle rolls down gorge in Kishtwar

Two persons were killed when a vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and rolled down into a deep gorge in Kishtwar district. The incident took place around 10 km from the district headquarters yesterday in the Bandarkote area of Kishtwar. Locals and a police team rushed to the spot and started the rescue operation and shifted the bodies to a hospital. The deceased were identified as Mohammed Ayoub (22) of Gundana, Doda and Adil Hussain (21) of Oakhyarbad, Kishtwar. The police have registered a case in this…

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Kishtwar to observe shutdown, Transporters, Fruit growers extend support to Aug 12 strike call

Shutdown has been called in Kishtwar district tomorrow against attempts to abrogate Article 35-A which grants state’s legislature power to define the permanent residents. Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kitchloo called for a complete shutdown on August 12 to protest against attempts to abrogate Article 35-A of the Constitution. “People of Kishtwar district are appealed to observe a shutdown on Saturday, August 12 against attempts to abrogate the state subject law (Article 35-A) which has been in vogue here for decades,” said Kitchloo. General Secretary Chenab Valley Traders Association…

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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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