Anantnag bypoll: EC team to visit J&K to assess ground situation

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A three-member team of Election Commission (EC) of India will visit Kashmir Monday to asses the ground situation ahead of the bypoll in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. The J&K government has been demanding that the bypoll be deferred indefinitely because of the precarious ground situation.

The Anantnag bypoll was slated on April 12, but was deferred after large-scale violence broke out on the day of polling in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency on April 9. On that day, eight people were killed in security force firing and the voter turn out dropped to 7 per cent, the lowest in three decades.

The EC had rescheduled the bypoll on May 25. However, after repeated requests by the J&K government, Home Ministry and the PDP candidate, the EC is sending the three-member team to assess the ground situation

Firing in Shopian, one dead

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Unidentified gunmen Sunday evening fired upon a person at Pinjoora Shopian, leaving him critically injured.

According to reports, the person identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan was fired upon by unidentified gunmen.

He was critically injured and was shifted to district hospital Shopian where he  succumbed to his injuries

The reports suggest that he was close aide of National Conference leader Shabir Kullay. Kullay unsuccessfully fought assembly elections in 2014.

Advocate by profession, Khan was public prosecutor in NC-Congress government.

Pertinently on Saturday evening, Bashir Ahmad was shot dead at his home in Pulwama

Bajrang Dal leader announces reward of Rs 1 lakh for Farooq Abdullah’s head

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New Delhi: In a bid to gain attention from everyone, Bajrang Dal leader Govind Parashar announced a bounty of Rs 1 lakh on the head of former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah.

The Bajrang Dal leader said that Farooq Abdullah was supporting insurgents and threatening the life of security forces in the Valley.

However, this is not the first time Parashar is in the news. He had earlier claimed that he unfurled the Indian flag on Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

“The way the Indian defence personnel are being targeted by locals in Kashmir valley has caused resentment amongst citizens. These incidents of insulting our army soldiers have been condemned by all, cutting across party and ideological lines. Yet the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir chose to defend those pelting Indian soldiers with stones and attacking them,” he said.

He stated that the government should not tolerate such leaders and should declare them anti-national, a facile accusation which normally riles the public

50 injured in clash between protesters, security forces; firing reported

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At least 50 persons including college students were  injured in clashes between protesters and forces in Pulwama town in south Kashmir.

A group of students of Pulwama College started shouting slogans and hurling stones at forces naka party near Degree College, Pulwama, resulting in injuries to 50 students.

Some injured have been shifted to Srinagar for advanced treatment, local sources said.

Sources said the security forces resorted to baton charge and fired several tear smoke shells and pellets after the students objected to a naka near the College.

Forces also fired in air, local sources said.

They said that during clashes followed by shutdown, some 50 persons sustained injuries.

The situation was tense in the south town, they added.

He said the security forces resorted to baton charge and fired several tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors.

There were unconfirmed reports of security forces firing a few warning shots in the

Mother of two sets herself ablaze in Kangan

A women allegedly set herself ablaze at Hill Pathri Gund area of Kangan district Ganderbal. She is admitted in SKIMS hospital where she is battling for her life.

The woman, identified as Zamrooda Banoo, is critical and has sustained more than 95 percent burn injuries.

Zamrooda, wife of Shabir Ahmed Khan, a resident of Razai Kadal in Srinagar, travelled to Kangan, at least 25 kilometres from her residence, and set herself ablaze there.

According to reports that Zamrooda, who hail from Srigufwara, Islamabad, had a dispute with her husband since last one year and they used to fight almost every other day.

Police official said that, “Zamrooda had a dispute with her husband that led her to attempt suicide.”

In this regard police station Kangan has registered a case and investigation has been started

Anantnag By-Poll deferred to May 25 by Election Commission

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The by-election for Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency, which was due on April 12, has been deferred to May 25. The Election Commission’s decision came a day after unprecedented violence was witnessed in the elections for Srinagar parliamentary constituency in which eight people died and nearly 100 were injured. The turnout was the lowest in 30 years — only 7 per cent.

Traffic Plan for 09/04/2017 One way movement of traffic shall be allow tommarow on National Highway.

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Due to occurring of landslides/shooting stones as a result of recent rainfall, damage was caused to the NHW at various places and Seri, Digdol, Gangroo, Panthyal, Hingni and Sherbibi are to name a few. The width of the road at these locations is narrow which makes the movement of traffic difficult and therefore not feasible for two-way traffic.

Therefore, subject to fair weather/ good condition of the road and clearance from Traffic Control Units, strict one way movement of traffic shall be allowed on the NHW on 09.04.2017. Under the said plan movement of traffic shall be allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar side in a regulated manner. Movement of LMVs/passenger vehicles/Tankers shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) from 0700 hours up to 1000 hours and from Udhampur up to 1100 hours only. However, the movement of HMVs (excluding Trailers/multi-axle vehicles) including convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF etc. shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) from 0730 hours up to 1030 hours and from Udhampur up to 1130 hours only. Strict implementation of prescribed cut off timings shall be ensured to avoid chaos/ congestion on the NHW.

No movement of traffic including that of convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF etc. shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu side on 09.04.2017 under any circumstances to ensure hassle free movement of traffic on the NHW.

Commuters are requested/advised that vehicles are not parked in any landslide/vulnerable zones of NHW especially from Ramsoo – Jawahar Tunnel – Levdora under any circumstances. All the vulnerable/slide-prone zones should be kept free from any kind of traffic to avoid any eventuality.

People are requested to undertake journey on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway after confirming status from the TCUs. They should contact TCU Srinagar (01942450022, 2485396), TCU Ramban (9419993745) and TCU Jammu (01912459048, 9419147732) to get the status of the road before starting their journey. They shall also contact Traffic Police officers viz. IGP Traffic J&K (9419192362); SSP Traffic, Rural Kashmir (9419091281); SSP Traffic NHW (9596304020); Dy.SsP Traffic Udhampur/Reasi (9419013015); Ramban (9419185925); Banihal (9419233978) and Dy.SP Traffic, Kulgam/Qazigund (9796959260) in case of any assistance en-route

Flood threat ends in Kashmir

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The flood threat which was prevailing from last two days has ended, officials said.

They said that the cloud cover has decreased after four days on Saturday. They added although the Jhelum River was still flowing marginally above the flood mark at Ram Munshibagh here at on Saturday, it has fallen below the danger level at Sangam in Anantnag,” the official from the Irrigation and Flood Control Department said.

Water level in all the tributaries of the river in Jammu and Kashmir has come down, he added.
“The overall flood threat faced by the people in the valley over the last few days is over,” he said.
The official, however, added that the field staff of the department shall continue to remain in high alert till temporary breaches and seepage at some places in the river and stream embankments were plugged

No immediate flood threat, water level in Jhelum, tributaries increasing

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The water level in the river Jhelum and its tributaries has increased due to heavy rains during the past 24 hours in the Kashmir valley.
However, the water level was still below danger mark though the authorities have alerted engineers and directed them to report to their respective places of posting.
A number of areas were submerged in Baramulla in north Kashmir, where flood alert has been issued this morning

After grenades, soldier caught with live cartridge at Sgr airport

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A day after a soldier was arrested with two live grenades at Srinagar ‘International’ Airport, another Army man was caught by anti-hijacking team of J&K police with a live cartridge at the airport during luggage screening.

Police sources said a live cartridge of INSAS riffle was recovered from the arrested Army man during X-ray scanning at the airport. The accused was supposed to board a flight for Mumbai and was identified as Pandiya Raj of Army’s 319 Field hospital, Army Medical Corps (AMC), Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) anti-hijacking (Srinagar airport), Manzoor Dalaal said a soldier was caught with a live cartridge at the airport check-point. “A bullet of INSAS riffle was recovered from his pocket during screening. We seized the bullet and after questioning the soldier, it was found that he had carried it inadvertently,” the SSP claimed.

He said the soldier admitted to his “mistake” and also tendered an “apology” for causing inconvenience to the airport security. “The soldier wasn’t arrested. He was handed over to the concerned unit,” police sources said.

When contacted, Army’s Srinagar-based spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said: “We are ascertaining the details about the person.”

 The incident comes a day after anti-hijacking team at the Srinagar airport caught a soldier of Army’s 17 JAK Rifles along with two live grenades, during luggage screening. The soldier, Bhupal Mukhiya of Darjeeling, was later handed over to police station Humhama. He was later released on bail and is facing a court of inquiry ordered by the Army.

Rains, snow in Valley; temp dips

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Mercury plunged by several notches here in Srinagar as incessant rains lashed Kashmir valley today while higher reaches received fresh snowfall.
As was forecast by Meteorological Department, rains in city and other parts of the Valley started since wee hours and continued throughout the day. The rains in the city inundated low-lying areas including commercial hub Lal Chowk and caused massive inconvenience to the pedestrians.
The MeT department yesterday issued a weather advisory, warning of inclement weather in the State from today till April 6 due to active Western Disturbance that has affected the region.
Reports of rainfall were received from all the districts of the Valley while upper reaches including Gurez, Zojila, Mughal Road, Gulmarg and Amarnath cave received fresh snow.
Due to incessant rains and snow, the mercury in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley plunged by several notches. The day temperature in Srinagar was recorded 13.5 degree Celsius, five notches below normal, while night temperature settled at 11.2 degree Celsius. Qazigund recorded 16.2 degree Celsius maximum temperature and minimum temperature was recorded as 10.2 degree Celsius.
While maximum temperature in Pahalgam was recorded 8.4 degree Celsius, the night temperature settled at 5.6 degree Celsius. The day temperature in Kupwara was recorded 11.5 degree Celsius while night temperature settled at 8.2 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Kokernag was recorded 15.6 degree Celsius and the night temperature settled at 9.8 degree Celsius.
Gulmarg in North Kashmir was coldest in Valley where day temperature was recorded 4.0 degree Celsius while minimum temperature settled at 1.2 degree Celsius. In Leh, the day temperature was recorded 15.3 degree Celsius and night temperature was 0.1 degree Celsius. The neighbouring Kargil recorded 14.4 degree Celsius day temperature while the night temperature settled at -1.2 degree Celsius.
The MeT department said there is forecast of widespread rains in Kashmir for next two days. Meanwhile, the inundation of the roads has caused immense hardships to the commuters as well as the pedestrians, who accused the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) of ignoring their plight.
They appealed the SMC Commissioner to look into the matter and redress their genuine grievances at earliest. One way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only road connecting of Valley with rest of the country, continued to ply normally despite heavy rains in the Valley.

Jammu-Srinagar highway closed after landslides

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Landslides triggered by incessant rains on Wednesday forced the Jammu-Srinager highway to close for safety reasons, an official said

“Continuous rain in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district triggered landslides and shooting stones at some places on the highway,” the traffic department official said.

The local Met department had issued an adverse weather advisory on Monday forecasting three days of rain in the plains and snow in higher reaches

Must Read THE POWER OF PRAYER: A TRUE STORY

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Muniba, A Young Muslim University Student, Was Home For The Summer. She Had Gone To Visit Some Sisters One Evening & The Time Passed Quickly As Each Shared Their Various Experiences Of The Past Year.

She Ended Up Staying Longer Than She Had Planned.

Evening Came & Muniba Had To Walk Home Alone, But She Wasn’t Afraid Because It Was A Small Town And She Lived Only A Few Blocks Away. As She Walked Along Under The Tall Elm Trees, Muniba Asked “Allah” To Keep Her Safe From Harm & Danger. When She Reached The Alley, Which Was A Short Cut To Her House, She Decided To Take It.

However, Halfway Down The Alley, She Noticed A Man Standing At The End, As Though He Was Waiting For Her. She Became Uneasy & Began To Pray, Asking For “Allah’s” Protection. Instantly A Comforting Feeling Of Quietness & Security Wrapped Around Her; She Felt As Though Someone Was Walking With Her. When She Reached The End Of The Alley, She Walked Right Past The Man & Arrived Home Safely.

The Following Day, She Read In The Paper That A Young Girl Had Been Raped In The Same Alley, Just Twenty Minutes After She Had Been There.

Feeling Overwhelmed By This Tragedy & The Fact That It Could Have Been Her, She Began To Weep. Thanking The Lord For Her Safety & To Help This Young Woman, She Decided To Go To The Police Station. She Felt She Could Recognize The Man, So She Told Them Her Story. The Police Asked Her If She Would Be Willing To Look At A Line Up To See If She Could Identify Him.

She Agreed & Immediately Pointed Out The Man She Had Seen In The Alley The Night Before. When The Man Was Told He Had Been Identified, He Immediately Broke Down & Confessed.

The Officer Thanked Muniba For Her Bravery & Asked If There Was Anything They Could Do For Her, She Asked If They Would Ask The Man One Question.

Muniba Was Curious As To Why He Had Not Attacked Her. When The Policeman Asked Him He Answered, “Because She Wasn’t Alone. She Had Two Tall Men Walking On Either Side Of Her.”

“NEVER UNDER ESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!”

Grenades recovered from army personnel, arrested at Srinagar Airport

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Police claims to have arrested a army personnel at Srinagar International Airport carrying two live grenades.

Police said that during the frisking of soldier identified as B.Masiha at main drop gate of the airport, two live hand grenades were recovered from him.

Masiha, according to officials is posted at Boniyar in Baramulla district, was taken into custody and further investigation is on. He was to board a Delhi-bound flight

 

Stone pelters target ex-Minister, MLA

At least a dozen persons including two cops were injured as stone-pelting clashes and protests erupted across Kashmir valley after Friday prayers against recent civilian killings during an encounter at Chadoora area of Central Kashmir district of Budgam. The stone-throwers in separate incidents attacked house of Shopian MLA and vehicle of former NC Minister in South Kashmir.
As soon as the Friday prayers were over in Srinagar areas, hundreds of youths and separatist activists protested against killing of three youths at Chadoora in security forces firing.
In Maisuma, police resorted to teargas shelling as youth protesters pelted stones on security forces, ensuing clashes, which continued for more than hour. The clashes in the area affected business and transport activities.
The clashes also raged in Nowhatta area of downtown city after Friday prayers. However, due to heavy deployment of security forces since morning, the situation was brought under control by police instantly. The stone-pelting clashes also erupted at Noorbagh, Nowgam, Rainwari, Zampa Kadal, Habba Kadal and Batamaloo areas.
Heavy clashes between protesters and security forces erupted at Rawalpora, Bagh-e-Mehtab, Nowgam, Rangreth and Natipora areas on city outskirts here. The protesters at Rawalpora and Bagh-e-Mehtab climbed railway track and rained stones on security forces who responded by lobbing teargas shells. One photojournalist identified as Abid Bhat was injured in these clashes and he was shifted to hospital for medical aid where he received six stitches.
Due to clashes on railway track, the Banihal-Baramulla rail service was suspended by authorities.
In Memandar village of Shopian district in South Kashmir, stone-throwers attacked the house of incumbent MLA Shopian Mohammad Yusuf Bhat with stones and damaged window panes and glasses. However, no one was injured in the incident. The stone-pelters also damaged the vehicle of former National Conference Minister Bashir Ahmad Nengroo at Prichoo in Pulwama district when he had come to offer Friday prayers in a local mosque.
Stone-pelting clashes erupted at Main Town, Prichoo, Tahab, Rajpora, Newa and Chotipora areas of Pulwama district after Friday prayers. Police responded by firing teargas shells.
In neighbouring Shopian district, similar clashes also erupted in Main Town area. The clashes also occurred at Bijbehara and Main Town areas of Anantnag distrct. A protest was also held in Reshi Bazar area of Anantnag district by locals against the civilian killings.
Four protesters and two policemen were injured as clashes erupted at Sopore Town of Baramulla district in North Kashmir after Friday prayers. Hundreds of youth staged protest and pelted stones outside Sopore Jamia Masjid on security forces. Police fired dozens of teargas canisters towards the stone-pelters. The clashes also raged at Khanpora in Old Baramulla Town and in Palhallan area of Baramulla district.
A peaceful protest was held by people at Jamia Masjid Kupwara after offering Friday prayers. There was, however, no stone-pelting incident. In Bandipora district, protesters clashes with security forces at Hajin and Sumbal areas. The clashes also raged at Kangan area of Ganderbal district in Central Kashmir. Heavy stone-pelting clashes occurred at Chadoora and Magam areas of Budgam district after Friday prayers.
In view of prevailing law and order situation and call for post-Friday protests, police detained most of the separatists either in their houses or in police stations. A middle-rung separatist leader Mushtaq-ul-Islam was detained by police at Chota Bazar locality of downtown city when he tried to stage protests along with his supporters