Freed after 16 years, Baramulla man recounts how Delhi police ruined his career

Happiness has visited the Wani family of Baramulla after 16 long years. Gulzar Ahmad Wani, who was acquitted of all charges in a case involving a blast on a train in 2001 by a court in Uttar Pradesh on May 20, reached his home in Tappar Bala, Baramulla district, on Tuesday. Hundreds of local residents thronged Wani’s place to congratulate the family. “I have seen him growing in front of my eyes. His 16 years of incarceration has devastated his family. He is a noble soul and one can never…

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Archaeologists discover 5000 Year old sites, remains in north Kashmir

It will document Kashmir history: Director CCAS Archaeologists have discovered 5000-year-old sites and remains in three north Kashmir districts of Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara. The 5000-year-old sites in many hamlets across the three north Kashmir districts were found during the first intensive systematic survey by a team of archaeologists and linguists from Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS) of the University of Kashmir (KU). The archaeological discovery is considered significant as the discovered prehistoric sites are among the very few to have been excavated in the north Kashmir. The team…

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Track-II team meets civil society members in Baramulla

The former union minister Yashwant Sinha led track-II delegation held deliberations with different groups at Dak Bunglow here in north Kashmir on Tuesday. Sources said the civil society members stressed upon the visiting delegation about the importance of settlement of Kashmir issue. While conveying the visiting delegation about the pain and misery which people of Kashmir are facing since 1947, the civil society members expressed their deep concern over the lack of meaningful dialogue over Kashmir dispute. “If Government of India is sincere about the peaceful resolution of K-dispute, then…

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HC asks DC Bla, SSP to seal all illegal structures in Gulmarg before Dec 19

The High Court has formed an expert committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Baramulla to ensure that no illegal structure is constructed in famous tourist resort of Gulmarg. Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against encroachments in Gulmarg, a single bench headed by Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar directed Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and SSP Baramulla to seal all the illegal constructions after on-spot inspection of the tourist resort. “A committee of Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and SSP Baramulla is constituted. The committee shall visit the Gulmarg within three days time from today. It…

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44 held in Baramulla for terror-related activities; LeT issued warning to SHO

Pakistan-based terror group Laskar-e-Taiba has issued a warning to the Baramulla SHO for facilitating an operation on Monday in which at least 44 have been arrested for terror-related activities. It was a multi-agency crackdown in the old town of Baramulla in north Kashmir on Monday. After 700-odd houses were searched, security agencies seized petrol bombs, Chinese and Pakistani flags, LeT and Jaish letterheads, illegal mobile phones and other seditious material, defence spokesperson Manish Kumar said. The crackdown was part of a joint operation by the Army, the BSF, the CRPF…

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People irked over ‘Ban’ on night movement on Highway

The decision of security forces to “disallow” night traffic on the Srinagar-Baramulla national highway for the past three days has triggered anger among people, especially fruit growers. While District Magistrate, Baramulla, Naseer Ahmed Naqash said no night curfew order was issued by him, commuters travelling on the highway and other routes accuse the Army and the police of not allowing them to travel during the night, saying the forces take the excuse of night curfew. “The Army does not allow any movement on the highway after 9 pm,” said Suhail…

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In Sopore, youths on night vigil check vehicles

In Sopore, a separatist stronghold, protesters pelt policemen with stones in the day and keep “vigil” against their raids at night. It is 11 in the night and the road near Sopore bridge is blocked by big rocks, branches and cement blocks. A few metres away, worn-out tyres burn bright in the darkness and young boys keep vigil. “Where are you heading to,” the boys ask the driver as the vehicle slowly moves past them, flash lights switched off and both blinkers on — a signal to the protesters that…

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Land for Kashmiri Pandit colony identified in Baramulla, say J&K officials

The state government has been under pressure from the Centre for setting up separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in central, north and south Kashmir.  The Jammu and Kashmir government has finally identified a big chunk of land in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, close to the national highway and railway station, for setting up a colony for Kashmiri Pandits, officials have said. The state government has been under pressure from the Centre for setting up separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in central, north and south Kashmir. Officials said the state revenue…

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Fresh snow adds cheer as ski course ends in Gulmarg

The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) completed its sixth skiing course of the season at Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir. “The fresh snowfall brought in cheer and facilitated the IISM to complete its 6th ski course successfully. Today, more than 80 students passed out from the IISM completing a two-week ski course here in Gulmarg,” IISM Principal Col JS Dhillon said. Speaking on the occasion, Cable Car Corporation General Manager Riyaz Ahmad Malik, who was the chief guest, said the institute was not only promoting adventure tourism…

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Rare musk deer spotted in north Kashmir

Found in injured condition, animal dies despite efforts to save it A Kashmir musk deer was spotted in the north Kashmir forests in an injured condition on Wednesday. Also known as ‘vampire deer’, the animal was found in Baderkhal forests in the Wadipora area of Handwara in north Kashmir by some locals. Despite strenuous efforts by the wildlife and forest officials, the rare animal could not be saved. The animal was in bad condition and had predator injuries, said a forest official. Soon after it was spotted by locals, the…

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