Heavy rains hit normal life across Jammu, Srinagar

Heavy rains on Wednesday brought normal life to a grinding halt across the Jammu region where an eight-year-old boy was killed and a teenaged girl injured in separate incidents of house collapse. The traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only surface link with the Kashmir valley, remained disrupted for the day due to multiple landslides in Udhampur and Ramban districts, while the authorities closed all government schools in Udhampur and Reasi districts on Wednesday in view of bad weather. Incent rains were experienced across Srinagar city resulting in water logging…

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Srinagar, Jammu likely to get ‘Light Metro’, work may begin by year-end

Jammu and Srinagar will soon get Light Rail Transit System corridors – a sort of light metro and detail project reports (DPR) for both the places have been completed, officials said. The much-hyped project will be managed by Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MRDA) which was formed recently by the government to expedite various schemes. MRDA managing director Rajeev Ranjan said the project report will be submitted before the Union cabinet for final approval by the next month. “If everything goes according to plan, the work on these prestigious projects could…

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Srinagar, Sonawari, Awantipora prone to fresh floods: Reports

A disaster management report has revealed that the state has witnessed abrupt changes in the climate over the years and 13 districts here are among 100 districts in India which have been declared as multi-hazard districts.” “Majority areas of the valley, especially Sonawari, Awantipora and Srinagar, along with parts of Jammu are prone to floods. Upper catchments of all the tributaries of the Jhelum, Indus, Chenab and Tawi rivers are prone to flash floods,” the report said. All these areas were worst hit by September-2014 floods and are prone to…

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Pakistani jets violate Indian air space in Nowshera sector, Flight operations temporarily suspended at Srinagar airport

Pakistani jets violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera area but were successfully confronted. An official said the jets were immediately pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol. The jets had entered into Indian air space this morning, the official said. More details are awaited. Meanwhile, Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports were Wednesday closed for civilian air traffic shortly after an IAF jet crashed in Budgam district and amid escalation of cross-Line of Control shelling between armies of India and Pakistan.“The civilian air traffic has been suspended…

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Poll Boycott Continues for IIIrd Phase aswell: Zero votes casted at 17 polling booths in Kashmir

No voter has turned up at the seventeen of the polling booth set up at different areas of this capital city. Not a single vote has been cast at the 17 polling booths, which includes five at Caset School Karannagar, two at government middle school Munawarabad, two at R&B office at Karanagar, six at Tiny Tots School at Fateh kadal and two at community Centre Fateh Kadal, officials told Kashmir Reader. All these centres fall in different wards which include Fateh kadel, Karanagar, Syed Ali Akbar and Munawarabad. Polling for…

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Voter queues in Jammu, Low turn out across Kashmir, Internet Speed reduced to 2G, Media bared

The Municipal polls in Jammu and Kashmir that is taking place after a gap of 13 years, on Monday witnessed long queues in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts while people barely arrived in the valley booths that wore a deserted look. Enthusiastic voters lined up outside the polling stations in Gandhi Nagar, R.S.Pura, Arnia, Jurian, Khour, Akhnoor, Bishnah, Nowshera, Surankote, Kalakote, and at many other places from 7 a.m., as the polling began. In the valley, the scene was just the opposite as the first phase of civic polls began…

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Srinagar, Jammu record season’s lowest temperatures; Leh at -16.8 degrees Celsius

Pahalgam recorded minus 8.9 and Gulmarg minus 9.4 degrees Celsius as their minimum temperatures while Leh recorded a minus 16.8 and Kargil minus 18.8 degrees Celsius. The cities of Srinagar and Jammu on Sunday recorded the season’s lowest minimum temperature at minus 6 and 4 degrees as an intense cold wave has tightened its grip on the state, the weather office said. “The cold wave has further intensified due to the clear night sky. Present weather conditions are likely to continue for another 48 hours,” a MET department official said.…

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Pellet terror continues, Aerial firing in Pulwama, Clashes in Sopore, Srinagar

Forces Fire Pellets In Eyes of Rajouri Kadal Youth Massive protests erupted in Pulwama town on Friday. At least four persons were injured in the resultant clashes. Reports said that soon after congregational prayers, people staged pro-freedom protests outside the mosques. As government forces tried to disperse the protesters using force, they retaliated by stones. Forces lobbed tear gas shells. As the clashes intensified, the forces resorted to aerial firing. Soon more clashes erupted in Rajpora chowk, Muran chowk, Tahab chowk, Chatapora, etc. The whole Pulwama town was engulfed by…

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AirAsia begins daily flights between Delhi, Srinagar

Low-cost airline carrier AirAsia started its operations here today with the launch of its morning and evening daily flights between New Delhi and Srinagar. An official statement said the inaugural flight from New Delhi was received by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at Srinagar International Airport at 10 am. Another flight to New Delhi was seen off by the Chief Minister soon after. The airline is also planning to connect Srinagar to many other destinations in the country in coming days. Welcoming the initiative, Mehbooba said the new flights would augur…

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One more succumbs to injuries, Arrest spree in Nowgam, Srinagar, Bandipora protest alleged excesses by forces

A man from south Kashmir’s Anantnag town who was reportedly injured in forces action some days back, succumbed to his injuries on on Monday. Mushtaq Ahmad succumbed at SMHS, reports said. Sources said that Mushtaq had a head injury and doctors tried everything to save his life but in vain. He was a resident of Dooni Pawa, Anantnag. Police on Sunday evening raided many areas of Nowgam in Srinagar to arrest youth, reports said. Many youth have been arrested while elderly fathers were also arrested whose wards were not present at their homes,…

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