Srinagar observed Shutdown upon EU delegation’s visit, Bunkers vanished overnight from Srinagar

Military Bunkers vanish overnight in Srinagar Lal Chowk, the commercial nerve centre of Kashmir’s main city Srinagar, observed a shutdown on Wednesday as a delegation of foreign envoys, including ambassadors and diplomats from the European Union, arrived in the city. Markets in the city’s central hub were shut and traffic maintained a thin movement. Several parts of Srinagar’s downtown also remained shut while government forces’ personnel were deployed in the Nowhatta area. The security deployment was heavy and a large number of the government force’ personnel patrolled the city. The…

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No let-up in chill across Kashmir Valley, Gulmarg freezes at -12 °C

The meteorological department has predicted a two-day fresh snowfall in higher reaches from 31st January. Deputy Director MeT Mukhtar Ahmad told Kashmir Post that they are expecting light snowfall in mountains on 31st January and it will be followed by another spell of light to moderate snowfall from 2-3 February. “Western disturbances shall likely affect Jammu and Kashmir from 31st January-1st February, which may cause light snowfall on higher reaches. However, it would not have any major effect on plains,” he said. Mukhtar said this would be followed by another…

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At -8.4 Srinagar records coldest night in 30 years freezing Dal Lake partially

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Srinagar was minus 14.4 degrees Celsius in 1893. A major portion of Kashmir’s famous Dal Lake and several other water bodies froze on Thursday as the cold wave in the valley continued with Srinagar recording the coldest night in 30 years, officials said here. Srinagar recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, which was the coldest temperature recorded in the city in 30 years, an official of the MET department said. He said while Srinagar had recorded minus 8.3 degrees Celsius in 1995,…

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Police, admin facilitating horse-trading after DDC poll results: Omar Abdullah

Omar’s remarks came after Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party led by former finance minister Altaf Bukhari announced that Yasmeena Jan has joined the party here earlier in the day. National Conference president Omar Abdullah on Friday accused the police and the administration in Jammu and Kashmir of facilitating horse-trading and defections following the announcement of DDC election results and alleged that some parties were using money, muscle and government coercion to make up the numbers. Omar’s remarks came after Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party led by former finance minister Altaf…

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J&K Congress has a plan to checkmate BJP, deny it power in 15 district councils

Out of the 278 DDC seats for which results have been declared by the J&K election commission so far, the Congress party bagged 26 seats. The BJP emerged as the largest single party with 75 seats. The Jammu and Kashmir Congress says it will do everything possible to checkmate the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and keep it away from power in district development councils by possibly aligning with anti-BJP parties and independents in around 15 districts of the Union Territory where the saffron party doesn’t have a clear majority. JKPCC…

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If BJP’s three seats in Kashmir is a Win, Then our’s is Landslide and Tsunami: Omar Abdullah

The DDC polls results are a resounding endorsement of Gupkar Alliance’s stand, says former J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah As the election results of Jammu and Kashmir indicate, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration is leading not only in Kashmir but showing significant gains in Jammu, former chief minister Omar Abdullah described the results as a resounding endorsement of their stand. “Our stand on Article 370 and other issues has got a resounding endorsement. We as an alliance fought this election on that,” former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told. Out…

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#LeaseRow: Gulmarg being leased out to the non-state subjects triggers protests

Normal life in this serene township and other surrounding villages has been paralyzed under a general shutdown coupled with protest demonstrations for the past three days. The residents of this tourist destination are up in arms against the government. Normal life in this serene township and other surrounding villages has been paralyzed under a general shutdown coupled with protest demonstrations for the past three days. Hundreds of people on Sunday took out a protest demonstration and staged a sit-in on the road to Gulmarg, blocking all the vehicular movement to…

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Farooq Abdullah among Roshni ‘Beneficiaries’, Jammu house built on encroached land says JK admin list

Former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah have been named by the Jammu and Kashmir administration in a list which alleges that their residential house in Jammu is built over illegally-possessed land, a charge denied by the father-son duo. The administration of the Union Territory as directed by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to make public land given under the controversial Roshni land scheme, since scrapped by a court, came out with the list of beneficiaries. On Tuesday, it came out with a list of those who had…

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India, Pakistan report deadly violence along LoC, Killing at-least ten civilians and five security personnel

At least 10 civilians and five security personnel have been killed in cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan, in one of this year’s deadliest days along the heavily militarised frontier separating the nuclear-armed rivals, officials said. Indian officials said six civilians, three soldiers and a border guard were killed on their side. The Pakistan military said four civilians and one soldier were killed on the Pakistani side. Twenty two others were wounded in the Neelum Valley region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, a Pakistani civil administration official told. “Deaths and damage are…

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The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) rejects govt assertion on protection of farm land

The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Tuesday rejected the J&K Government’s assertion that the bulk of the agricultural land would not be transferred to people from outside the UT. The PAGD termed the earlier land laws of J&K the most progressive, pro-people and pro-farmer in the entire Indian subcontinent. “The PAGD rejects the statement of official spokesman on 26th October MHA order as bizarre attempt to distort facts, weave lies and mislead people,” the seven-party alliance said in a statement. It said the real object of the repeal…

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