Srinagar continues to reel under braid chopping fear

A knock at the door early in the morning makes Asiya Farash, a house maker, suspicious. Since the mysterious braid choppers cut her neighbour’s braids, she suspects everyone who passes by her house at Batamaloo here. The repeated knocks increase her suspicion and she yells, ‘who is at the door’. And Abdul Samad, the milkman replies, ‘Dood wala’, and Asiya takes a sigh of relief and opens the door. “She is not the only women who is reluctant to open the gate. Wherever I go these days to sell milk,…

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New deadline for Jehangir Chowk flyover is June ’18

After missing several deadlines, the J&K Government has set a new deadline for the Rambagh-Jehangir Chowk flyover. The project, which has been hanging fire since 2013, would now be completed in June 2018. The statement to this effect was made by Advocate General before a division bench during the hearing of a public interest litigation dealing with streamlining transport in the summer capital. The work on the 2.4-km Rambagh-Jehangir Chowk flyover was started in 2013. It is expected that the journey on the Rambagh-Jehangir corridor, which serves as an important…

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Joint Resistance leadership slams Govt over Downtown Curbs, Closure of Schools

Joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday slammed the government for once again turning Downtown Srinagar into a “military fortress”, barring people from offering prayers at Jamia Masjid for the third consecutive Friday and closing educational institutions in Kashmir. In a joint statement, the leaders said that caging or jailing them and detaining pro-freedom activists while “holding lakhs of people hostage in their own homes by sheer might reflects the military mindset of the government as the only way to exercise…

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Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover to miss 3rd deadline this year

Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover is all set to miss another deadline this year as over 150 laborers from other states have left their work after some of their colleagues were roughed up by mob. Officials said the laborers were roughed up after reports of presence of braid choppers in the adjacent vicinity. “Few of our colleagues were roughed by agitated public after they suspected them of being braid choppers,” said Suraj Kumar of Kolkata who works as a laborer at Rambagh flyover. “I am also leaving to my native place tomorrow…

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Traffic jams pester Srinagarities

Commuters faced tough time on Tuesday due to massive traffic jams in various areas of the summer capital. Traffic came to a grinding halt in city centre areas including Jehangir Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Residency Road, Maulana Azad Road, Regal Chowk, TRC, Polo View, and Ram Bagh— causing inconvenience to commuters. The problem was compounded by absence of traffic cops at vital intersections and wrong parking. Some of the VIPs were also stuck in traffic jam near Jehangir Chowk. However, the traffic cops ensured their passage amid traffic jams. “It took…

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Militants attack CRPF cavalcade near Sanat Nagar

Militants attacked a cavalcade of paramilitary CRPF in Sanat Nagar in Srinagar area in outskirts of Srinagar on Tuesday. According to sources, two motorcycle-borne militants attacked CRPF convoy comprising two to three vehicles belonging to Charle/29 headquarters, Sanant Nagar at around 7 pm. “The convoy was coming back from secretariat duty to its Sanat Nagar camp when militants fired on the vehicles from automatic weapons,” they said. CRPF spokesperson in Srinagar, Rajesh Yadav told Kashmir Post that no CRPF man was injured in the militant attack. “The CRPF men returned…

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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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