J&K heading for power crisis as NTPC to stop the ​supply

The state is heading for an unprecedented power crisis as the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) on Monday decided to stop its entire supply of nearly 940 mega watts (MW) from next week due to non-payment of dues amounting to Rs 1,984.65 crore. The corporation sent a regulation notice, a copy of which is with Kashmir Post, to the state’s Power Commissioner and informed him of the decision to stop the entire supply of 939.08 MW. “Power supply to the extent of 100 percent, allocated from the NTPC station, will…

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5 Rebels killed in Kulgam gunfight, 7 Security men among 11 injured in Palladium grenade blast

Five militants were killed in a fierce gunfight with Army and Police here, officials said Sunday. The gunfight broke out during the wee hours after the government forces cordoned off the area and zeroed in on a suspected locality. “No sooner we reached the suspected house to carry out searches, the militants hiding inside fired at us, thereby triggering a gunfight,” a Police official said. “In the standoff that lasted for six hours, five militants were gunned down.” The slain militants were identified as Waseem Bashir Rather alias Zeeshan, a…

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Highway remained closed for 3rd day, Stranded Protest, Essential and fuel crisis across Kashmir

Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link to Kashmir with outside world, remained closed due to heavy snowfall and landslides for the third consecutive day Friday, triggering protests by the stranded people in Jammu. Over 1500 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essential supplies are stranded at various places on highway fromLakhanpur in Kathua district to Banihal belt of Rambandistrict. “The highway is closed for the third consecutive daytoday due to multiple landslides and snowfall.No traffic has been allowed on highway fromJammu,” police officials said. Due to landslides and snowfall, the highway has…

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Highway shut, flights canceled​, Airline takes stranded flyers ‘For A Ride’

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir Wednesday yet again led to closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway and cancellation of flights at the Srinagar airport, even as the local meteorological department predicted more precipitation in next 24 hours.A meteorological department official said snowfall started in Valley during the night and continued throughout Wednesday, albeit intermittently.Some areas in southern Kashmir experienced heavy to moderate snowfall, he said.Srinagar recorded 19.7mm mix of rain and snow, Qazigund 8.8mm, Pahalgam 4.8mm, Kupwara 14.8mm, Kokernag 5.2mm and Gulmarg 30.6mm.In southern Kashmir, he said, Sedow area in Shopian recorded…

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Pakistan observes ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, President Alvi puts forward eight demands to India

Indian Govt should uphold rights of Kashmiris: Pak PresidentKashmir’s freedom struggle gaining strength: Imran KhanQureshi says Kashmiris will get their rights Pakistan on Tuesday observed ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, with top leaders extending their support to the people in the Valley and to finding a just and peaceful resolution to the issue. On the occasion Pakistan President Arif Alvi urged Government of India to uphold the rights of Kashmiri people instead of trying ─ and failing ─ to “justify its terrorism” against innocent citizens by pushing a “false narrative of ‘killing…

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Massacre: Forces killed 7 Civilians, injured 100’s near gunfight site in Pulwama

Seven civilians were killed and three dozen others injured in trigger-happy force personnel’s firing on protestors near encounter site at Sirnoo village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants including an army deserter and an army man were killed in the gunfight.A police official said a joint forces comprising 55 Rashtriya Rifles, 182 and 183 Bn of CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K police laid siege around Sirnoo village at around 4 am. He said as the search parties approached a spot in village orchards between Sirnoo…

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14 Year old among 3 rebels killed during 18 Hour gunfight in Mujgund

Two teenage local militants were among three killed and an Army man was injured in an 18-hour long fierce gunfight at Munjgund area on the outskirts of Srinagar city on Sunday.Police said the gunfight which started at around 5:15 pm on Saturday ended at 11 am, after 18-hours, on Sunday.“Three militants were killed, while arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of gunfight,” Police said.Police said a search operation was launched Saturday evening following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants at Ghat Mohalla of Mujgund area on Bandipora Road.“The…

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Permanent Residency Rules in J&K being changed by Governor: Political Parties

Political parties in the Kashmir Valley are up in arms over what they say are Governor Satyapal Malik’s efforts to change the process of granting Permanent Resident Certificate or PRC in the state – a very sensitive issue in Kashmir Valley. Sources said that there are efforts to simplify the rules to grant Permanent Residency and the Governor has written to administrative officials seeking their input. The Permanent Residency Status is linked to the Constitution’s Article 35A — which grants the state its special status and has been challenged in…

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November bloodiest month in Kashmir, 37 rebels including 9 top commanders killed

With 37 militants killed in encounters across Kashmir, November has been the bloodiest month of this year for the insurgents. Among the militants killed this month, nine were top commanders, including Lashkar-e-Taiba’s face Naveed Jatt, who was shot dead on Wednesday in Budgam district. As per official figures, 227 militants have been killed in different parts of Kashmir so far this year. While they belonged to different organizations, the Lashkar and Hizbul Mujahideen suffered major losses this month as both groups lost some of their top commanders, especially in south…

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J&K’s political thriller ends in anti-climax with Governor dissolving Assembly

At the end of a day of dramatic developments, Jammu & Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday night dissolved the state assembly in a contentious decision that may well be challenged in the courts. The dissolution, announced in a statement by Raj Bhawan, came after Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its arch-rival National Conference (NC) teamed up with the Congress for a shot at government formation with the support of 56 legislators in the 87-member assembly. The People’s Conference led by Sajjad Lone, later staked a rival…

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