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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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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