Ganderbal areas shut for 5th day in Protest

Locals Rename Chowk In Memory Of Youth Killed By BSF On the fifth consecutive day on Friday the highway township Baroosa and adjoining areas continued to remain shut to mourn the killing of a local youth, Omar Farooq (25), by Border Security Force on April 9. Locals assembled outside Jamia Masjid Baroosa after Friday prayers and marched up to main chowk where they staged sit-in for an hour. A Hurriyat (G) leader after addressing prayer congregation in the Jamia Masjid lead the protest march. “We demand probe in the matter,…

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Two militants killedin Ganderbal Encounter

Two militants have been killed in an encounter that broke out in Hadoora area of Shuhama in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday morning. An army spokesperson Col Manish Pandey said that two militants have been killed in the gunfight. Importantly, Both the bodies and two AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the site of the gunfight. Pandey said that a sanitization operation is going on in the area.

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Cong, NC protest as locals not hired for Z-Morh tunnel work

The issue of non-engagement of local technocrats and skilled labourers in the construction work of the Z-Morh tunnel at Sonmarg led to noisy scenes and a virtual confrontation between Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu and National Conference (NC) leader Mian Altaf Ahmad in the Assembly today. Senior NC member and former minister Mian Altaf walked out of the House in protest over the use of “unparliamentary language” by Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu while replying to the former’s calling attention motion. Members of the NC and Congress also joined the walkout. “A…

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Tulmulla sees Prayers, Protests & Communal Harmony

Scenes of communal harmony mixed with resentment among a section of the migrant Kashmiri Pandits were witnessed today at the shrine of Ragnya Devi at Tulmulla, 27 km from Srinagar city. Thousands of Pandits from all over the country prayed during the annual Mela Kheer Bhawani as the Hindu festival this time coincided with the fasting month of Ramadan after around three decades. A large number of local Muslims, ranging from street-side vendors and common residents to government officials, too were present at the shrine to welcome the devotees. Keeping…

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Students clash with police in Ganderbal; many injured

At least two dozen persons were injured in clashes in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district after alleged misbehaviour of policemen with students. The district authorities have ordered a probe into the incident. The trouble erupted when the police stopped an overloaded bus, on way to Ganderbal from Safapora, for violation of traffic rules near Kheer Bhawani. Students, who were aboard the bus, questioned the policemen for stopping the bus, claiming there were other vehicles that were not following traffic rules. A police officer claimed the students asked the cops not to…

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NIA books Ganderbal youth Azhar for alleged IS links

The National Investigation Agency has booked a youth from central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district for his alleged links with the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) organization. Sheikh Azhar Al Islam (22) son of AbdusSattar of Prang area in Kangan Ganderbal was arrested along with Adnan Hussain from Karnataka and Muhammad Farhan from Maharashtra by the NIA on January 31 from New Delhi’s IGI Airport soon after they had arrived from the United Arab Emirates. “He (Azhar) has been booked for IS links and sent to a jail,” Inspector General of Police, (NIA) Sudhir…

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Music concert “SaMaPa Aalap” held at Manasbal

The third session of the Music Concert SaMaPa Aalap was held today at Sainik School Manasbal. The music festival is being organised by SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts) in collaboration with Divisional/District Administration, Department of Information and Public Relations, Department of Tourism, Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan Srinagar. The musical events are being held across Kashmir from 16th to 26th March 2016. District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal, Showkat Aijaz Bhat was the chief guest on the occasion. The programme was witnessed by more…

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Militants escape after brief gunfight in Ganderbal

Militants gave slip to security men during a brief gunfight in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Wednesday. A senior police official told KP forces launched a combing operation in Wanihama Bala area of Shuhama in Ganderbal district following inputs about presence of militants there. “The hiding militants fired towards the security men. The fire was returned by the troops. Both sides exchanged fire for some time,” he said. The official said after the brief gunfight, militants managed to escape under the cover of dense forest. “An AK-47 rifle was recovered by…

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Experts express resentment over capturing of musk deer

Wildlife experts and animal rights activists in Kashmir have expressed concern and regret over capturing of a musk deer by locals in Lari area of Kangan in Ganderbal district. Wildlife experts said that these species of deer are extremely shy and usually prefer to stay away from human population. The deer if captured by humans can die before the captors realize it, as the animal is very fragile and frail. A wild life expert while talking to us said that locals should have called the wild life expert after spotting the…

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Ganderbal hospitals lack heating arrangements, patients, staff suffer

Hospitals in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district are without any proper heating arrangements due to which patients and hospitals staff is facing immense inconveniences. People in Ganderbal town  said patients admitted in the hospital shiver and are forced to leave the hospital due to non availability of proper heating system in hospital. People said that though the hospitals except Trauma Hospital Kangan which has central heating system installed, lack any central heating system. The authorities have failed to make any alternate heating arrangements in the hospitals, people said. Chief Medical Officer…

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