Ex LG Advisor & Retired IAS officer Baseer Khan’s house raided by CBI

Retired IAS officer Baseer A Khan's house raided by CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday raided the house of retired IAS officer Baseer Ahmad Khan, a week after he was relieved as advisor to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. News agency GNS while quoting official sources reported that a team of CBI officials from New Delhi accompanied by local police showed up at Khan’s residence at Bulbul Bagh, Baghat in uptown Srinagar and started searching the house. The raid was going on when this report was filed. Sources told GNS that the raids are being carried in connection…

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Due to uncertainty Srinagar fails to attract investors: Report

Due to uncertainty Srinagar fails to attract investors - Report

The erstwhile capital of Jammu and Kashmir—Srinagar— has failed to attract investors in the industrial sector due to prevailing uncertainty, insufficient capital, lack of technology and infrastructure, reveals an official report. Besides, it also states that the poor connectivity and frequent power cuts were some other major reasons to attract them. According to the approved report of Srinagar Metropolitan Region (SMR) 2035, Srinagar is the most urbanized part of Jammu and Kashmir, the Valley has remained an industrially backward region. The documents available with the news agency read, “The valley…

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Despite dip in coronavirus cases, no relaxation in lockdown in Srinagar

Despite dip in coronavirus cases, no relaxation in lockdown in Srinagar

Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Aijaz Asad on Tuesday ruled out any relaxation in the curfew in the city even though there was a decline in the daily Covid-19 cases. The official said that the Covid-19 situation in the district was in a decisive phase during which they can’t take any chances. “The Covid cases are coming down daily. The caseload is reducing but now we need to remain more alert. It can turn much better or even worsen. We still have 6,000 active cases in Srinagar. So there is no option…

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Frisking, CASO, Crackdown returned to Srinagar City, Pheran wearing population on hit-list

Twenty-five-year-old Abid Lone grew up hearing horrifying stories from his father about crackdowns by the government forces in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. His father would be dragged out of the garments’ shop on Hari Singh High Street in the middle of the day for frisking. “It was normal for my father,” he recalled. However, it never happened with him until today. On Monday afternoon, the clocks turned back to the 1990s, when the insurgency was at its peak in Kashmir Valley and such random frisking was…

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SSCL to provide sharing cycles at Central Business Area

The Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) Wednesday convened the 6th meeting of Board of Directors which reviewed the progress on various projects approved during previous meetings. The Board also approved a host of new projects in various sectors for infrastructural interventions and developmental initiatives in Srinagar city. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang Pole, Chief Executive Officer SSCL (Deputy Commissioner Srinagar) Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Director SSCL Naveen Aggraval, VC SDA Dr Bashir Ahmed, Commissioner SMC, Director Archives and other members were present. CEO Smart City (DC Srinagar) briefed the Board about…

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BJP workers detained while trying to hoist tricolour at Lal Chowk

Jammu and Kashmir police detained three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers from frontier district of Kupwara as they tried to hoist tricolour at Ghanta Ghar (Clock tower) in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk in capital Srinagar on Monday. Reports said the trio included Mir Basharat, BJP spokesman for Kupwara district, Mir Ishfaq and Akhtar Khan. Ahead of his detention, Basharat told news agency KNO that they had reached Lal Chowk early morning to hoist tricolour to send a message to members of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar declaration. “Our message…

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‘Smart City Transformation’ Srinagar misses crucial deadlines

The state’s summer capital, Srinagar, has missed crucial deadlines to transform into a Smart City as the Project Management Consultancy (PMC) has not been put in place till date. The deadlines were decided upon in the Smart City proposal of Srinagar, approved in June 2017, official sources said. The missed deadlines include both the area-based development components as well as pan-city development components. The Srinagar Smart City proposal had promised to transform the city into an eco-friendly, resilient and socio-economically vibrant city that would celebrate its natural and cultural heritage.…

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Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr traffic gridlocks return to Srinagar

Most of the areas in Srinagar witnessed a gridlock on Monday ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr here, leaving the commuters to suffer. The commuters remained stuck for a long time in the gridlock today, which was witnessed in several city areas including Rajouri Kadal, Lal Chowk, Habba Kadal, Fateh Kadal, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Dalgat, TRc junction, Sonwar, Hari Singh High Street, Jahangir Chowk and many other places. The vehicles in large numbers were seen stranded on the roads for a long time while the traffic cops were seen grappling to regulate the…

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Srinagar figures among dirtiest cities in India

In a shocking revelation Srinagar city has been again listed among dirtiest cities across India, securing the 357th rank in Swachh Survekshan 2019 and has stepped down by 110 ranks than the previous year.The data which was revealed by Ministry of Housing and Union Affairs last week, Srinagar city has secured 357th rank with 1470.42 marks out of 4000. The survey was conducted in January 2019 and it has covered around 4,237 cities across India. According to the survey, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) has been adjudged India’s cleanest city for a…

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Complete Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover within 2 months: DC Srinagar

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Friday strictly instructed the concerned executing agencies to complete the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Flyover within two months.The DC who made these instructions in a meeting with executing agencies and contractors of the project assured the latter of timely provision of construction material and payments. He strictly directed the concerned agencies and contractors to work day and night in double shifts and ensure that the ?341 crore project is completed without any further delays.Dr Shahid Iqbal said the work will be monitored on daily basis,…

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