No let up in strike against shifting of batamaloo bus stand

Traders and transporters continued to protest against the shifting of the General Bus Stand from Batamaloo to Parimpora. They threatened to launch an agitation if their demand is not met. The transporters also continued with the shutdown in the Batamaloo area and said they would continue to oppose the shifting of the bus stand. The traders and transporters, under the banner of the All Traders’ Joint Coordination Committee, held a sit-in at Batamaloo. As soon as the protesters started their march towards the civil secretariat, where the office of the…

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Schools remain Shut, Curbs cripple Downtown: Ismail killing fallout

Friday prayers disallowed at Jamia Masjid for 2nd week A day after Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Abu Ismail and his aide were killed in a gunfight with government forces, most educational institutions in Kashmir remained closed while authorities didn’t allow congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid to thwart possible protests against the killing of militants. The government also imposed strict curbs in majority of Downtown areas and placed Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest. Meanwhile, JKLF leaders and activists staged a protest in uptown here against the NIA…

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First phase of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover to be completed by Oct: Govt

Government on Wednesday said the construction work on Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover was going on in “full swing” and the first phase of the project—from Rambagh to Amar Singh College—will be completed by October 2017. Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA)—responsible for construction of the flyover—had earlier said the first phase would be thrown open for vehicular traffic in September. Reviewing the project during a city tour, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, said the work on the flyover is being done on double shift basis. A statement issued by the government said…

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Srinagar records hottest night of season

Srinagar recorded the hottest night of the season so far at 22 degrees, three degrees above normal, while there was no respite from hot and humid weather during the day in the Kashmir. A Met department official rain and thundershowers could occur at isolated places during the next 48 hours in valley. He said Srinagar recorded the hottest night of the season after mercury surged and settled at 22 degrees, against 21 degree recorded yesterday. The night temperature was around three degrees above normal. Meanwhile, the hot and humid temperature…

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Jehangir Chowk–Barzulla Expressway Corridor nearing completion: Akhtar

Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar today said that 65% of physical work on the prestigious Jehangir Chowk–Barzulla Expressway corridor has been completed, with rest of the project expected to be completed by the end of this year. The Minister said that the work is underway in double shift on the Rs 350 crore project, which is first of its kind in the Kashmir division. “So far Rs 175 crores have been spent on the project undertaken by J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) under JK Urban Sector Developement Investment Programme…

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Smart and intelligent traffic lighting soon, to ease traffic snarls

Srinagar city, which is faced with traffic congestion, is set to get a smart and intelligent traffic lighting system which will help in smooth vehicular movement on its busiest streets and junctions. In the first phase, 10 such smart and intelligent lights are being installed by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on the spots identified by the Traffic Police. The lights will be connected to a central control room, from where the traffic will be managed. The Traffic Police Department has already submitted a report about identification of the spots…

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Lift siege on Fridays in downtown or face joint agitation: Hurriyat (M)

Imams and Maulvis of various religious organizations and Masjids of Kashmir discussed the continuous closure of Jamia Masjid, barring of Hurriyat (M) chairman from leading Friday prayers and imposing strict restrictions in downtown areas on every Friday to prevent people from reaching to the grand mosque, Hurriyat (M) statement said. “In day-long deliberations over a series of issues, in which besides ulema, a cross section of society including traders, and civil society activists participated, a joint resolution was passed asking government to allow prayers in the Jamia Masjid and to…

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Mushtaq Zargar’s 2 nephews among 20 held in DSP’s Lynching case

Two close relatives of Mushtaq Zargar, one of the three militants released as part of the 1999 Kandahar hijack prisoner swap, are among the 20 accused who have been arrested by the J&K Police in the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith in old Srinagar last month. The police on Monday claimed that it had so far arrested 20 accused in the lynching case and one more accused, Sajad Ahmad Gilkar, had been killed in an encounter in Budgam on July 12. Police sources on Tuesday said…

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Despite opposition, Batamaloo bus stand to be shifted to Parimpora

The government has ordered the shifting of the bus stand in Batamaloo to Parimpora with immediate effect despite opposition from transporters and traders. In its order issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar, he has stated that it has become important to shift the bus stand in order to decongest the city. “All affiliated buses to the western bus service operating in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora , Budgam and the buses from central Kashmir have been shifted to Parimpora,” the order issued by the Deputy Commissioner reads. Transporters and various trade…

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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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