Higher reaches across Kashmir receive snow, plains witness rains

Higher reaches across Kashmir receive snow, plains witness rains

After more than a week of dry and extreme cold conditions, mountains in Kashmir received mild snowfall while certain areas were also lashed with rains on Sunday in the beginning of a week-long intermittent precipitation predicted by the meteorological department. The MeT department said that Pahalgam in south Kashmir and Kupwara in north Kashmir witnessed rains. “Rains have started in Pahalgam and Kupwara while moderate snowfall is expected during the night, even in Srinagar,” said meteorologist Mohammad Hussain Mir. Srinagar’s prominent weather spotter Faizan Arif said snow has been witnessed in…

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This winter Srinagar areas witnessing ‘Worst Ever’ Power Crisis

This winter Srinagar areas witnessing ‘Worst Ever’ Power Crisis

This winter Srinagar areas have been witnessing the worst power crisis. Unscheduled power cuts have become a source of nuisance for the people. The crisis will likely deepen once there will be snowfall. Locals from both old city and uptown areas face a lot of inconvenience due to power cuts. Aijaz Ahmed, a local from the Mehjoor Nagar area of uptown Srinagar told news agency Kashmir News Trust that the power supply is snapped multiple times without any schedule. “We are virtually living in the Middle Ages. We hardly witness any…

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Srinagar records season’s coldest night at -6.4°C

Srinagar records season’s coldest night at -6.4°C

Severe cold conditions continued unabated in Kashmir Valley with Srinagar, Qazigund and Kupwara experiencing season’s coldest night on Thursday. Quoting a meteorological department official, GNS reported that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 6.4°C against last night’s minus 5.2°C. Today’s minimum temperature was 4.3°C below normal and surpassed the previous lowest temperature that was recorded on December 25 when mercury plummeted to minus 5.8°C in the summer capital, he said. Qazigund recorded a low of minus 6.2°C against minus 5.2°C on the previous night. The temperature was 3.3°C below normal…

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This weekend J&K to experince fresh spell of snow, rain: MeT

This weekend J&K to experince fresh spell of snow, rain: MeT

As Kashmir continues to remain under the grip of intense cold, the MeT office has predicted back-to-back western disturbances that could bring a fresh spell of snow and rain in the region Friday onwards. MeT director Sonam Lotus said on Saturday, weather is expected to be cloudy with possibility of snow and rain. “From January 8 to 10, snowfall is likely in the higher reaches and rain could lash plains at many places of J&K,” he added. Lotus said fog is likely to continue in plains of Jammu, Punjab, Chandigarh,…

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Syed Salahuddin’s son, Bitta Karate’s wife among four JK employees dismissed from service

Syed Salahuddin's son, among four JK employees dismissed from service

The Jammu and Kashmir Administration on Saturday sacked its four employees, including son of Syed Salahuddin, the chief of banned Hizbul Mujahideen, and the wife of terror-funding accused Bitta Karate, officials said. All the four employees were dismissed from service under Article 311 of the Constitution which enables the government to sack its employees without an inquiry. Farooq Ahmed Dar, alias Bitta Karate, is currently in judicial custody in terror-funding cases, officials said. His wife Assabah-ul-Arjamand Khan, a Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services officer, was posted in the Directorate of…

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Three Years of abrogation: Kashmir Valley witnesses partial shutdown

Three Years of abrogation - Kashmir Valley witnesses partial shutdown

Protests mark anniversary of ‘black decision’ Kashmir witnessed a street protest by the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a partial spontaneous shutdown in Srinagar, as the revocation of J&K’s special status completed three years on Friday. On the other hand, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha participated in multiple events to promote different projects. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and her supporters held a protest march from the party’s Srinagar office but were stopped from heading towards the commercial hub Lal Chowk. Ms. Mufti said August 5, 2019 was “a…

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Six Pandits killed by militants since 2020, None left valley in 2022: Govt

Six Pandits killed by militants since 2020, None left valley in 2022: GoI

A total of six Kashmiri Pandits have been killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir between 2020 and 2022 so far, the government has said. MoS Home Nityanand Rai said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that 2021 saw four Kashmiri pandits being killed, while there was a murder each in 2020 and 2022. No Kashmiri Pandits have left the valley Rai also informed the Parliament that the number of Kashmiri Pandits who are still residing in the valley is 6,514 and added that as per records, no Kashmiri Pandit has…

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Heat wave grips Kashmir, MeT forecasts four day wet spell from today

The heat wave continued to grip Kashmir on Tuesday while Meteorological Department (MeT) has predicted rains from Wednesday for four days across Jammu and Kashmir. MeT officials said that Kashmir recorded a maximum of 33.4 degrees Celsius on Tuesday while winter capital Jammu recorded 36.3 degrees Celsius. Kashmir has been witnessing heat wave since June. However, there was respite from the hot weather conditions last week as rains lashed most parts of J&K. On Tuesday, MeT department said there was a possibility of rains across Jammu and Kashmir from Wednesday.…

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13 July 1931 Martyr’s Day: Authorities prohibit political parties from commemorating day

13 July 1931 Martyr's Day: Authorities prohibit political parties from commemorating day

Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday said they were barred from visiting the Martyr’s graveyard in Srinagar by authorities in the Union Territory, drawing ire from the region’s mainstream leadership. “This year also administration barred us from offering Fateha for July 13 martyrs. Locking up Naqshband Sahib shrine highlights the confines of government and their disregard for Kashmir’s struggle against oppression,” National Conference spokesperson Imran Nabi said. According to Imran, the party’s general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar had sought permission to visit the graveyard, also referred to as…

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Kashmiri’s bleeding unheard, bearing bullets from both sides

Kashmiri's bleeding unheard, bearing bullets from both sides

The family of Jammu and Kashmir police officer Mushtaq Ahmed Lone remained stuck between the devil and deep sea in the trouble-torn region marred by bloodshed of three decades. The happiness for the Lone family couldn’t survive even the three days of Eid-Ul-Adha On April 28, 2020, the bullets of security forces silenced Lone’s youthful son, Aqib Mushtaq, accused of militant activities in his native Kulgam district of south Kashmir. More than two years later, the nationalist father, who stood for the Tricolor was killed on duty by terrorists in…

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