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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Work on Baramulla highway at snail’s pace

Even as the High Court has sought fortnightly periodical progress reports from Beacon, the work on the widening of the 7.5-km stretch of the Srinagar-Baramulla highway is going on at a snail’s pace. Though the executing agency has set the deadline of May 31 this year to complete the works and open the highway stretch for vehicular traffic, the Beacon authorities said blacktopping of the stretch would commence from the second week of March. The work on the four-laning of the 7.5-km-long stretch from Parimpora to Narbal was allotted to…

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Ration card roasted in Bollywood masala goes undetected

A fictitious consumer has filed popular phrases and songs from Bollywood movies in the details for his ration card for getting subsidised ration under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). “Allah Duhai Hai”, a father of five, is named the head of a family in Baramulla town of the north Kashmir district, which, surprisingly, has four members over 100 years of age. The 120-year-old head of the family is the son of “A Karle Pyaar Ve” and has three children — two daughters and a son, all aged 100 years.…

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Anti-NFSA protests in Baramulla, protesters demanding opening of LOC to fetch rice from PoK

Massive protests were held against the recently-implemented National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Monday with the protesters calling for opening of a border outlet with Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Coodination Committee Baramulla, which was recently formed to spearhead the protests against the NFSA, had called for a demonstration today. The committee comprises traders federation, Gurdwara Prabandhak Committtee and Auqaf committee. “If India is unable to provide even 400 grams of ration a day (as per WHO)  then let them open the border and allow us to…

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Key Kashmir town faces neglect for its ‘pro- freedom stance’

Once Chota London , now Sopore stinks Once a jostling and prosperous town, North Kashmir’s Sopore now narrates a sordid tale of “ deliberate” official neglect. From bad roads to shabby infrastructure, the apple- town of Jammu and Kashmir is a classic example of underdevelopment. While other parts of the state have witnessed some growth in terms of infrastructure, this place has faced neglect for its “ pro- freedom stance,” locals say. Sopore was once known as Chota London for its prosperity. But now the town which houses Asia’s second…

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Govt defers NFSA implementation in 4 districts after ration card irregularities

People of Srinagar, Baramulla, Leh, Kargil to get ration at old rates The Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department has deferred the implementation of National Food Safety Act (NFSA) in areas, where large scale irregularities have come to the notice of the government in updation of consumer data. Sources said ration will be provided at old rates in the districts of Srinagar, Baramulla  Leh and Kargil due to large scale irregularities in the updation of data. As per the NFSA rates, the BPL families will get rice and atta…

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Endangered snow leopard chases foreign tourists in Gulmarg

The five-member tourist group comprising of three women and two men along with a guide, have been in Gulmarg since January 31 and hail from Australia, Holland and the US.  An endangered snow leopard on Thursday chased a group of foreign tourists, while they were skiing in the snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg, Kashmir. A video of this encounter posted on Facebook by a member of the group has gone viral. The five-member tourist group comprising of three women and two men along with a guide, has been in Gulmarg since January…

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