Downtown Uprising: Islam at heart, qalam in hand

Nowhatta, often known as Kashmir’s Gaza strip or Tiananmen Square for being the epicenter of protests and stone-pelting clashes, Monday witnessed an uprising of another sort. The children and youth from different localities of Srinagar downtown holding qalam, a type of pen made from a dried reed, in their hand and love for Islamic art had come to attend ‘Khush Khat’, a workshop-cum-exhibition of Islamic calligraphy at Islamic Cultural Centre of Jamia Masjid, Srinagar. The centre, which recently came up at the place made famous by news photographers and television…

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JK Police looking into militant draped in ISIS flag at funeral

Pictures were shared on social media websites of a the funeral procession of a militant, Sajid Ahmad Gilkar, whose body was wrapped in an ISIS flag. The procession was taken out in Jammu and Kashmir The police are looking into a militant’s body being draped in an ISIS flag at his funeral procession in Jammu and Kashmir. Pictures are up on social media sites of Sajid Ahmad Gilkar’s body being draped in the flag of the terror group and being taken in a procession to his home in the Malaratta…

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Water transport trial held on Jhelum to boost tourism

The trial of the water transport services was conducted today on the Jhelum river from the ghat near the GPO, Srinagar, to Fateh Kadal bridge. An official said for the trial run, two motor boats of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC), and one motor-driven “shikara” were pressed into service. The service has been jointly launched by the JKTDC and the Department of Tourism, Kashmir, to promote water transport and heritage tourism. District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone launched the service. He was accompanied by JKTDC Managing Director…

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Smart City, execution a challenge in Srinagar

After being selected for the coveted Smart City Mission, Srinagar now faces a major challenge in the terms of implementation of the project, given the tardy execution of earlier government programmes. Since the Smart City status means that over 100 projects will be taken up, Srinagar has to adopt a dynamic approach for their implementation. However, the present pace of work continues to be slow. The construction of the flyover from Jehangir Chowk to Rambagh, started in 2013, has already missed two deadlines so far and is now scheduled to…

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ED issues show cause notice to Syed Ali Shah Geelani for illegal possession of USD 10000

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, asking him to explain the source of USD 10,000 “illegally” possessed by him in 2002. The foreign currency was seized during Income Tax Department raids at his residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area in 2002. The central probe agency issued the notice, under various sections of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), to the 87-year-old separatist leader based in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. Geelani heads the hardline faction of the Hurriyat…

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Ultras planning attacks in Srinagar,High alert sounded: Police

The police have asked the security forces deployed in Srinagar to be on an alert and take “immediate preventive measures” after intelligence inputs suggested that militants are planning to carry out attacks in the city. Three senior police officers confirmed the alert had been issued. The alert, marked “top secret” and “urgent,” was issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir zone. However, it was leaked on social media sites, which a senior officer said could have happened by mistake. “It is a routine alert which is issued from…

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Street Vendors, Wrong Car Parking choke Hari Singh High Street

We are on job to decongest the city roads: SMC Commissioner Illegal occupation of footpaths and roads by street vendors coupled with wrong car parking has choked the already congested Hari Singh High Street. Despite the clear instructions by the administration that the City Centre, Lal Chowk, must be completely decongested, one could see these vendors dotted along the footpaths and on roads at many places blocking both pedestrian as well as traffic movement to a large extent. The wrong car parking especially in the area from Amira Kadal Bridge…

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Tufail Matoo’s 7th Anniversary observed

On the 7th death anniversary of teenager Tufail Matoo, who was killed by teargas shell fired by police, his family pledged to continue their fight for justice. 17-year old Tufail was killed on this day in 2010 when teargas shell hit him on head near Gani Memorial Stadium at Rajouri Kadal in downtown. On Tufail’s 7th death anniversary, people from different walks of life participated in prayers at his grave in Martyrs graveyard at Eidgah. “We observe this day with the hope that perpetrators of such crimes against humanity will…

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Restriction imposed in Srinagar following Hurriyat’s shutdown call

The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to impose restrictions in seven areas of Srinagar following a shutdown call by Hurriyat leaders. Confirming the report, Srinagar Deputy Commissioner told ANI that the separatist leaders have called a bandh in Srinagar on Friday. Restrictions will be imposed in Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, Kral Khud, Nowhatta Maisuma areas The separatists called for a strike and peaceful protests in Kashmir on Friday against the killing of a youth at the hands of government forces in Shopian district yesterday. They have also…

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Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover first link to be operational by Aug 31

Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar today held an extensive tour of Srinagar city to take stock of the pace of work on various developmental projects. The Minister called on the officials to ensure all projects are completed within the deadline. While visiting the under construction Rambagh Flyover, the Minister expressed his satisfaction over the pace of work. The Minister was informed that more than 1 km of flyover stretch is complete with slab and other works. He was informed that the first link of the flyover connecting Amar Singh…

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