City traffic in mess after closure of Jehangir Chowk-Naaz Cinema road

The failure to complete the construction of the Jehangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover is taking a toll on traffic in the city as the administration has adopted another faulty plan to deal with the issue. The latest diversion plan, which became effective last week, has shut a key road and pushed the vehicular traffic through the narrow lanes of Batamaloo. According to the new plan, the Jehangir Chowk-Naaz Cinema road, which is the feeder road for traffic coming from south, has been shut for the two-way traffic. Instead, the traffic movement…

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Cold wave tightens grip, Srinagar records coldest night of season

Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season on Wednesday with the mercury settling below the freezing point for the first time, even as the weatherman forecast a spell of wet weather this weekend. The minimum temperature in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department here said. He said the night temperature in Srinagar was nearly five degrees below normal for this time of the season. The minimum temperature at other places across Kashmir Valley…

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Sub-inspector, PDP worker shot dead in Pulwama

Suspected militants Sunday shot dead a police officer at a village in southern Pulwama district while he was travelling in his car, the police said. A police officer said that militants waylaid the car of sub-inspector Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir in Wahibugh area at around 4.15 pm and took him to nearby Romshi Nallah and “fired upon him, resulting in his instant death.” The bullet-perforated body of the officer was lying in the area for quite some time before it was recovered by a police party, the official said. “When the…

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27th October is Black Day in History of Kashmir

Kashmir is  a source of long standing dispute between Pakistan and India, which originated when the people of Jammu and Kashmir state were denied the right of self-determination in 1947. When India and Pakistan became independent on August 1947, it was generally assumed that Kashmir, as a contiguous state with a predominantly Muslim population, would accede to Pakistan. Its ruler, the Maharaja, however, on 27 October 1947 acceded to India through an improper and illegal Instrument of Accession although he has lost support of people who have established an independent…

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Kashmir to Chenab Valley, Shutdown observed against civilian killings

Life in Kashmir and parts of Chenab Valley was paralysed Monday due to shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) over the killings of civilians in a blast near encounter site in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The authorities imposed tough restrictions in parts of Kulgam town to prevent youth from taking to roads and staging protests against the killing of civilians. An official said restrictions under section 144 were imposed in main town Kulgam as a precautionary measure. The heavy contingents of police and CRPF were deployed on streets while…

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Resistance group urge world bodies to break silence on Kashmir Issue

Separatists leaders in Kashmir have urged world bodies to break their “silence”—condemning the civilian killings in Kashmir region. In this regard, peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers were held in Srinagar. Earlier separatist leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called people to register their protest “against civilian killings, and use of pellets and vandalizing properties in Jammu and Kashmir by government forces.” The spokesman in a statement issued here said that the killing spree at the hands of government forces, leadership and people…

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Have raised issues of Kashmiri students in AMU with UP govt: Governor Satya Pal Malik

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said that his administration has taken up the issue of the well-being of Kashmiri students studying in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) with the Uttar Pradesh government. The governor’s assertion came a day after three Kashmiri students of AMU were booked on sedition charges for allegedly raising “anti-India” slogans and trying to hold a funeral prayer meeting for Hizbul Mujahideen militant Manan Bashir Wani on October 12. Wani, a former PhD scholar of AMU who left research to join militancy in Kashmir,…

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Kashmir, Banihal shuts over Manan Wani’s killing

The Kashmir valley observed a shutdown on Friday over the killing of PhD scholar-turned-militant Manan Wani in a gunfight in the frontier district of Kupwara. Fearing law and problem, the authorities also imposed restrictions and curfew in some parts of the Valley. Manan, 26, was killed along with another associate in a gunfight with security forces on Thursday at Handwara village in Kupwara district. The authorities imposed curfew in Kupwara — the native town of Manan — and enforced strict restrictions some other areas of the district to maintain law…

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Kashmir Valley shuts to mourn killing of Manan Wani

A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir valley to mourn the killing of scholar-turned-militant Manan Wani and his aide in a gunfight with the government forces in frontier district of Kupwara yesterday. Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for shutdown today to pay homage to Wani and his aide Ashiq Hussain Zargar killed in a gunfight with forces in Shartgund village. All shops and other business establishments are closed while public transport is off the roads in capital city Srinagar. Authorities have suspended class work in all the schools…

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Most polling stations wear deserted look as people unaware who is contesting

Most polling stations in Kashmir wore a deserted look on the first day of Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls on Monday as majority of people in Srinagar and other areas stayed away from voting. The ULB polls are being held in the State including for Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) after a gap of 13 years. In the first phase of ULB polls, most polling stations were seen empty. All four polling stations at Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Humhama which falls in ward 16, were empty and only nine votes…

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