The Baramulla Ballot: Valley Voters Venture to Validate Their Vision

The Baramulla Ballot: Valley Voters Venture to Validate Their Vision

Jailed leader’s entry electrifies contest The campaign for Baramulla seat has been fiercely contested, with NC vice-chief Omar Abdullah and Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone taking prominent roles in their respective campaigns The entry of Engineer Abdul Rashid, who is presently lodged in Tihar jail, has heightened the anticipation for Monday’s election, in which 22 candidates will vie for victory In the fifth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on Monday, the Baramulla Parliamentary constituency in north Kashmir is all set to witness a significant contest. Leading the charge…

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Kashmir’s Climate Curveball: Srinagar Nears 30°C Amid Missing Western Disturbances

Kashmir’s Climate Curveball: Srinagar Nears 30°C Amid Missing Western Disturbances

Srinagar : Srinagar has been experiencing warmer days with temperatures soaring to a maximum of around 29.7 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 13.6 degrees Celsius on Friday even as the Meteorological Department officials predict an upward trend in mercury in the coming days. “The temperatures will rise further in the coming days in Kashmir,” senior meteorologist Sonam Lotus told. “There is an absence of active Western Disturbance and a stable atmosphere prevailing in J&K.” The senior meteorologist said that there was a likely chance of slight respite from the…

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Kashmir Cools Down: Welcome Relief as Rain Douses Scorching

Kashmir Cools Down: Welcome Relief as Rain Douses Scorching

The Valley, including capital Srinagar, received light rains for a brief period coupled with winds at some places in the afternoon which prompted the maximum temperatures to fall back towards the normal Light showers drenched Kashmir valley and parts of Jammu region on Friday bringing down the day temperatures with weather office predicting intermittent rains for the next three days. The Valley, including capital Srinagar, received light rains for a brief period coupled with winds at some places in the afternoon which prompted the maximum temperatures to fall back towards…

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Faces Another Round of House Arrest

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Faces Another Round of House Arrest

Once again, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq finds himself under house arrest, barred from addressing the Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar by the authorities, the Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid, the mosque’s managing body, said. The Anjuman condemned what it called “this repeated detention, particularly on Fridays” calling it disruption to religious practices and freedom of expression. The mosque management expressed deep concern over Mirwaiz’s continued confinement. “Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was again not allowed to offer Friday prayers and deliver the sermon at central Jama Masjid Srinagar. This is…

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Potholes and Progress? Unfinished Smart City Works Plague Srinagar Commuters

Potholes and Progress? Unfinished Smart City Works Plague Srinagar Commuters

As the smart city projects meant to give better infrastructure to Srinagar linger on, normal life in the city has been badly affected. Everyday issues such as traffic jams, accidents, and patients dying on roads have been making headlines. The commuters in Srinagar said that traffic jams due to pothole-ridden roads and dug-up roads have been a major issue. They said that during peak hours, the issues get worse as office goers and students rush towards their respective destinations. “I have been avoiding travelling in my four-wheeler and rely on…

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Hurriyat Leader Farooq Demands End to ‘Arbitrary Detention Cycle’

Hurriyat Leader Farooq Demands End to "Arbitrary Detention Cycle"

Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today called upon the government to refrain from continuing the “cycle of arbitrary detentions”. Addressing a congregation at Jamia Masjid on Friday, Mirwaiz said even during the holy month of Ramzan, he was facing restrictions and was being frequently placed under house arrest, preventing him from having unrestricted access to mosques. Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest on Thursday, preventing him from offering prayers. Mirwaiz said on Thursday as per the announced programme, he was not allowed to address a religious gathering. Mirwaiz said…

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Kashmiri Leader Mirwaiz Omer Farooq Urges Unity to Safeguard Shared Identity

Kashmiri Leader Mirwaiz Omer Farooq Urges Unity to Safeguard Shared Identity

For the first time In almost five years since August 2019, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was allowed to lead a Friday sermon at the historic Jamia masjid Srinagar in the holy month of Ramzan. Addressing the faithful Mirwaiz appealed to all sects and organizations -religious, social, or political to rise above personal and sectarian interests and ensure unity and brotherhood among the people of Jammu and Kashmir to preserve and protect its collective identity. Mirwaiz said that the best way to ensure collectivism is by following basic human, moral, and religious…

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Mirwaiz Seeks Judicial Intervention over Restriction on Leading Prayers

Mirwaiz Seeks Judicial Intervention over Restriction on Leading Prayers

After his absence from Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid for nearly three months, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has approached the High Court of J&K and Ladakh challenging continued restrictions on his religious duties. Justice Wasim Sadiq Nargal has given the J&K administration a “last and final opportunity” for the senior additional advocate general to respond to the concerns raised in his petition. Mirwaiz’s writ petition had sought directions from the court to the J&K Chief Secretary, Department of Home and the police chief in Kashmir “not to create any impediments in the day-to-day…

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Mirwaiz Prevented from Delivering Special Speech at Srinagar Mosque

Mirwaiz Prevented from Delivering Special Speech at Srinagar Mosque

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was expected to lead congregational prayers at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid on Friday, was not allowed to leave his residence yet again. The management committee of the mosque had announced on February 7 that Mirwaiz would address people at the grand mosque on February 9. His special sermon was meant to mark Shab-e-Mehraj at Jamia Masjid, an auspicious occasion in the Islamic calendar. The Anjumam Auqaf Jama Masjid committee said that early Friday, a contingent of police vehicles was stationed outside his residence and he was detained.…

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Kashmir Shivers: Pahalgam Records Biting -11.9°C as Cold Returns, Dry Spell to Last Over a Week

Following the recent substantial snowfall, temperatures in Kashmir and most parts of Jammu division plummeted below freezing on Monday while the Meteorological Department predicted dry weather for about a week. The MeT officials here said that Srinagar experienced a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night’s minus 0.7 degrees Celsius considered normal for this time of year. The ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla witnessed a low of minus 10 degrees Celsius, compared to the previous night’s minus 7 degrees Celsius, registering a temperature of 3.3 degrees…

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