Jammu Kashmir Bank adopted Kunan Poshpora village

In a significant move, Jammu and Kashmir Bank Friday decided to adopt two villages including Kunan Posh in border district of Kupwara. While speaking at a function after inauguration of J&K Bank’s Currency Chest Complex in Kupwara, J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed listed bank’s plan for the Kupwara district for next three years. He announced bank’s plan to adopt far flung villages to transform the lives through sustained economic development by exploring the respective local economies through skill development programmes and other relevant interventions. “We want to bring…

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Unabated sand mining poses threat to trout production in Kupwara

Despite a ban on sand mining, contractors in Kupwara district are using heavy machinery like earth cutters to extract huge quantities of sand and boulders from major streams in the district which is badly affecting the production of trout in these streams. Known for producing large quantities of fish, Nullah Warnow has become a major casualty of the sand-mining mafia. Local residents said truckloads of sand and boulders were being extracted from Nullah Warnow near Khumriyal and Gher Hatti. “The unabated extraction of sand and boulders is not only affecting…

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‘Political Interference’ renders Kupwara headless, Er Rashid protests, locks main gate of DC Office

While J&K Government boasts of taking governance to the doorsteps of common man, Kupwara district in north Kashmir is without administrative head for almost a month, which has taken a toll on day-to-day affairs of governance in one of the sensitive districts in Kashmir. The “deep political interference” in the administrative matters in the district is seen as a reason for reluctance of officials to their posting in the district. The position of District Development Commissioner Kupwara is lying vacant for past 25 days after government removed former Deputy Commissioner…

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Fear in Kupwara as forces damage property worth crores

Fear is writ large on the faces of residents of Panzgam area of Kralpora in Kupwara district. After two days when army men allegedly wreaked havoc in the village, residents have not come to terms and are in a state of shock. Haffeza Begum (name changed) while narrating the incident said, “There was firing and tear gas shelling outside. Army men broke the gate of our home and entered inside. They broke household goods and everything. We hid ourselves in the upper storey.” Residents alleged that computer shop of one…

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Protests in Lolab; locals demand exile of ‘Informer’

Hundreds of angry protesters Wednesday demanded deportation of a local (informer) allegedly involved in the killing of a foreign militant at Warnow village in Lolab region of Kupwara district. The protesters including women carried green flags amid ‘pro-freedom and anti-establishment’ slogans marched towards house of the accused. However, to avoid any eventuality police reached the spot and are tried to control the situation. The situation remained tense as the protesters were adamant to burn down the house of the accused informer. Reports said after Zuhr prayers hundreds of protesters from…

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Violent protests after Hizb militant killed in Kupwara

Security forces on Tuesday shot dead a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering violent protests in Sopore to which he belonged. Police said Sameer Wani was killed after security forces surrounded a house in Nagri village in Kupwara district, some 100 km from here, following information that some militants were hiding there. A police officer told IANS that security forces came under heavy fire from the hideout, leading to fighting that left Wani, the Hizb divisional commander for north Kashmir, dead. As soon as reports of Wani’s…

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Kashmiri Pandit family returns home, rejects township plan

A Pandit family on Tuesday visited their ancestral house at Lolab in north-Kashmir’s Kupwara district and condemned “agencies for conspiracies to create communal disharmony” in the state. Jaggar Nath Raina (80) putting up at Jagti Migrant Camp in Nagrota area of Jammu region since the breakout of turmoil in 90’s has finally taken a stride forward to return his homeland after a gap of almost twenty-six years. The family has been one among the many who aspire to “revisit and revive their bond with the Muslim brethren in Kashmir”. Raina…

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Slain civilians laid to rest amid outpouring of grief

The three civilians killed in Army firing in Handwara were laid to rest amid tears and sobs. The funeral prayers of Nayeem Qadir Bhat were offered at Higher Secondary School Grounds in Handwara town before being buried at the local martyr’s graveyard on Wednesday afternoon. Personnel of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength at both the places. Despite curfew-like restrictions, a large number of people attended the funeral. A group of wailing women could be heard eulogizing Nayeem’s cricketing skills while cursing the government and Army. Iqbal Ahmad…

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Avalanche hit in north Kashmir, killing two BRO labours

Two people were killed on Sunday when an avalanche hit a place near Sadhna Pass in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, a police officer said. “Two civilians, who were working as Beacon (Border Roads Organisation) labourers, came under an avalanche during snow clearance operation at Khooni Nallah near Sadhna Pass,” the officer who did not want to be named because he was not authorised talk to the press said. The official said they two were rescued but they died at a hospital. The divisional administration issued a medium danger avalanche warning…

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Chilai Kalaan inflicts grief on last day

A teenage student was killed and two others injured when they were swept by an avalanche in Machhil area of Kupwara district Saturday morning. Today was the last day of ChilaiKalaan, the harshest 40-day period of winter that begins December 21 and ends January 30. The avalanche hit ChuntiwariBalla area of Machil resulting in the on-spot death of 15-year-old Mehrajudin Khan (15) son of Bashir Ahmad of KatwaraMachil. Two other injured boys were immediately taken to Machhil hospital where from they were referred to Sub-district hospital Kupwara for specialized treatment.…

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