Clashes at SP College trigger chaos in City Centre

Government seems to be running out of ideas to contain the anger among students in Kashmir as there is no let up in the protests. Students of SP College Srinagar on Monday staged protests against the arrest of students by police over past weeks. They were shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans inside the premises. As soon as the protests erupted, police reached the spot and tried to pacify the students. Witnesses said the students tried to march towards the MA Road, however the police resorted to tear gas shelling to…

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Students fight pitched battle with police at Maulana Azad Road

Clashes between students and police erupted in city’s commercial hub Lal Chowk on Tuesday. A group of students from SP Higher Secondary School (HSS) staged protests demanding release of arrested students. The trouble began after the students reached MA road and started to pelt stones. However, the police reached the spot and tried to pacify the students. Following police intervention, the situation was brought under control. However, the situation turned volatile after the students from Government Women College MA Road here took to streets after the College was over. Amid…

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Authorities restart axing Chinars for grade separator

11 more Chinars to be felled between MA Road- Radio Kashmir stretch Throwing environmental norms to wind, authorities have once again started axing Chinars between Radio Kashmir junction and MA Road for constructing the grade separator on this stretch. Pertinently, axing Chinars to pave way for the grade separator earlier this year was stopped following massive public outcry. Authorities had planned to axe 11 Chinars on the stretch out which seven were felled earlier in January while rest are being axed now. The felling of Chinars has been entrusted to…

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Mehbooba unhappy with amenities in Srinagar after late-night check

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti conducted a surprise visit of various areas of Srinagar city late last night to take an on-the-spot appraisal of the civic amenities, an official spokesman said. “The Chief Minister specifically checked the availability and status of power supply, functioning of street lights, cleanliness of lanes, drainage facilities in low-lying areas and other civic amenities being provided to the people,” the government spokesman said. During her surprise visit, conducted despite hail and downpour, the Chief Minister visited the Dalgate, Boulevard, Nishat, Hazratbal, Nigeen, Kathidarwaza, Zindashah Masjid, Rainawari,…

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CRPF, Police went berserk in Rainawari break windowpanes

The residents in Rainawari Monday alleged that police and CRPF went berserk in the area and broke windowpanes of their houses and also of the shops. Youth clashed with the government forces in Rainawari near police station and at Vishwa Bharti College which was one of the polling booths for Srinagar by polls on Sunday. Police had to fire tear smoke shells to ward off protesters who took to streets for the second consecutive day on Monday protesting the civilian killings on Sunday. The angry police, however, hit stones at…

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Youth crushed to death, Another serious while hit by vehicle ferrying CRPF

Another critical; Protesters torch vehicle; Police registers case Massive protests erupted in Brein area of Nishat Srinagar on Friday after a vehicle ferrying CRPF men for election duty hit a car in which two persons were traveling, leaving one of them dead on the spot. The condition of another person was stated to be critical. Witnesses said the incident happened at 8:30 pm. “All of a sudden, the bus came in reverse direction hitting hard a Maruti vehicle in which two persons were traveling,” witnesses said. “The incident triggered chaos in the…

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Amid Rains, defunct drainage system water logs Srinagar

Heavy rains coupled with defunct drainage caused waterlogging in several areas in the summer capital hampering pedestrian and vehicular movement. Waterlogging was witnessed in various areas of city-centre including Residency Road, Lal Chowk and MA Road affecting pedestrian and vehicular movement. The problem was compounded by defunct drainage system in various areas of the summer capital. Flood-like situation was witnessed in several areas due to waterlogging. Inhabitants of Khanyar in Shaher-e-Khaas expressed resentment over inaction of authorities to de-water the submerged roads there. At Baba Demb, the road was submerged…

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RSP (Secular) leader files nomination for Srinagar LS bypoll

Rashtriya Samajwadi Party (Secular) candidate Sajad Reshid today filed his nomination papers for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat where bypoll is scheduled next month. Reshi, a resident of Bemina locality of Srinagar, filed his nomination papers as Rashtriya Samajwadi Party (Secular) candidate before the Returning Officer here, an official spokesman said. He is the first candidate to file papers from the seat where the bypoll was necessitated due to resignation of Tariq Hameed Karra from Lok Sabha as well as PDP. Bypolls are being held in Srinagar along with Anantnag parliamentary…

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Bias against Srinagar shocking: National Conference

National Conference on Monday highlighted the PDP-BJP Government’s “brazen and shocking discrimination against Srinagar” during the District Development Board meeting chaired by CM Mehbooba Mufti. National Conference General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said the present Government’s statements about development and expansion of Srinagar had turned out to be mere statements and rhetoric as the city was facing the worst form of discrimination in terms of inadequate funds and lack of attention of the incumbent Government towards developmental projects initiated by the previous Omar Abdullah-led Government. The National Conference General Secretary…

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Srinagar City ‘Discriminated’ in road sector as well

Raising a question mark on the PDP-BJP government’s Common Minimum Program that calls for “equitable and balanced development” of all regions of Jammu and Kashmir, the state’s summer capital continues to be ignored by the ruling dispensation while seeking the central funding for road infrastructure. Indicating that development of Srinagar is perhaps not a priority for the J&K Government, the Roads and Buildings Ministry has sought a meager Rs 35 crore for Srinagar out of more than Rs 1800 crore it has asked from Government of India under the Central…

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