Cloud burst triggers flash floods havoc in Anantnag villages

Flash Floods triggered by cloudbursts wreaked havoc in several villages of Kokernag and Verinag areas of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday, officials said. A senior official said a cloudburst hit Kokernag on Wednesday night, triggering flash floods in Brengi Nallah that damaged several houses, roads, standing crops, orchards and water pipelines in Vail, Gohan, Ahlan Gadole, Fromu, Luher Sanzi, and Magraypora areas. Machines have been put into service to remove boulders, muck and stones accumulated by the flash floods, sub-divisional magistrate Kokernag, Muhammad Rauf Rehman told Kashmir Post. He…

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Militants escape army cordon in Pahalgam village

After militants escaped an army cordon in Wularhama village of Pahalgam on Thursday, the soldiers beat up local youth on their way back, residents of Wularhama told Kashmir Post. They said that protests and clashes broke out against the soldiers and troops fired teargas shells to quell the protests. Shopkeepers in the region downed their shutters in protest and traffic went off the roads during the day. The army laid a cordon around Hardkaethal locality of Wularhama early Thursday morning. Locals told KR that when the siege was being laid,…

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South Kashmir residents accused security forces of ransacking property

The residents blamed the Army and the police for using force to disperse protesting villagers Residents of south Kashmir’s Heff and Shirmal villages on Wednesday accused the Army and police of ransacking their houses during a cordon-and-search operation on Wednesday. Even as the search was in progress, they protested and blamed the security forces for manhandling relatives of youths, who have joined militancy. The operation continued for several hours before it was called off. The residents blamed the Army and the police for using force to disperse protesting villagers. The…

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Srinagar-Qazigund stretch of highway to be completed by Sep 2017

Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar today said that the prestigious Srinagar-Qazigund four-lane highway will be thrown open for traffic by the September of this year and it will usher in a new era of prosperity and development. The Minister was speaking to people while inspecting the work on the project. The Minister was accompanied by Chief Engineer R&B, Regional Director NHA1, representatives of Ramky and other officials. The Minister was informed that the project earlier expected to be completed in 2016 was delayed due to the deteriorating law and…

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South Kashmir’s youth back Musa’s Islamic ‘Struggle’

The orchards across south Kashmir are lush green as it is summer season now and a pleasing fragrance makes the rural landscape here distinct from the region’s crowded and polluted urban neighbourhoods. Amidst this picturesque landscape of Shopian district, militants lurk in shadows, gathering in large numbers in the shade of orchards where they click pictures and shoot videos. Here they are protected by a shield of sympathetic civilians even as the ‘nationalist versus Islamist’ debate has divided the separatist movement into two camps. In the villages of Shopian, many…

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Anantnag bypoll cancelled amid on-going violence in Valley

Anantnag bypoll: The Election Commission wanted 70,000 personnel to be deployed, govt said can send only 30,000. The Election Commission has cancelled the bye-election to Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, scheduled to take place on May 25, news agency PTI has reported. The decision comes amid the on-going violence in Jammu and Kashmir, making the situation unfeasible to hold elections. The byelection to the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat was necessitated following the resignation of Lok Sabha MP Mehbooba Mufti last year to take over as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.…

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‘Indian democracy murdabad’ slogan raised by NC & Congress members in Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency

National Conference and Congress members were seen raising ‘Indian democracy murdabad’ slogan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday. The NC and Congress members, unhappy with the decision to defer the election in the Anantnag parliamentary constituency till May 25, today gheraoed the Anantnag Distroct Collector and raised the anti-India slogan. On Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir government in its report to the EC had said that the law and order situation in Anantnag is not conducive to the holding of free and fair poll while the ruling Peoples…

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One-way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway Resumes

After four days of closure, the highway was restored for one-way traffic from Sunday and vehicles were allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar One-way traffic will be allowed on the Srinagar- Jammu highway on Monday, a traffic department official said. After four days of closure, the highway was restored for one-way traffic from Sunday and vehicles were allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar.

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Ex-Cong Sarpanch killed in Dooru, Dubbed as terrorist by Army

It’s an orchestrated political murder: JKPCC Chief Termed as a “terrorist” by the army, a former Congress Sarpanch was killed in a shootout in Dooru area of Anantnag district late Thursday amidst his month and a half long detention by police force. Sajad Ahmad Malik alias Bitta was shot dead by Army in Aagnoo village of Dooru some 2 Kilometers ahead of his home in Battegund village. The army spokesperson said that a terrorist has been gunned down in “Dooru encounter.” There were however no further statements on the alleged…

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In Mufti’s Bijbehara change is fast and overwhelming

At the central Jamia Masjid in old town Bijbehara, around 7,000 people offered Friday prayers, a third collective Jummah prayer in a row, following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. People from all walks of life had converged from adjoining villages to present a unified message amid a show of defiance and support for the ongoing uprising that has gripped Kashmir for over three weeks now. The speakers called for unity, asking people to remain steadfast and follow the Hurriyat calendar. A message from the Hizbul Mujahideen…

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