SSP Srinagar Checks Guards Deployed In Hotels In Srinagar

SSP Srinagar Checks Guards Deployed In Hotels In Srinagar

Srinagar 31 March: Srinagar Sandeep Chaudhary-IPS, accompanied by SP South and other officers of district police conducted a tour of hotels in Srinagar city. Guards deployed for protection in the hotels, where protected persons are accommodated, were checked and deployment was briefed to remain extra alert.

More CCTV cameras and centralised surveillance of such guards is being enhanced to ensure safety of protected persons.

Men deployed on guards were briefed to stick to SOPs very strictly and remain alert round the clock.

India Has Several Human Rights Issues, Says US Report

India Has Several Human Rights Issues, Says US Report

Washington: India has several significant human rights issues, including unlawful and arbitrary killings, restrictions on freedom of expression and the press, corruption and tolerance of violations of religious freedom, a US report said on Tuesday.

In its ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices’ to the US Congress, the Department of State noted the improvement in the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

‘The government continued taking steps to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir by gradually lifting some security and communications restrictions,’ said the State Department in its India section of the report. The government released most political activists from detention, it added.

In January, the government partially restored internet access; however, high-speed 4G mobile internet remained restricted in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The government began a process to redraw electoral constituencies but did not announce a timeline for local assembly elections. Local district development council elections took place in December in which a coalition of Kashmiri opposition parties won the majority of seats, the report said.

Separatist insurgents and terrorists in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Northeast, and Maoist-affected areas committed serious abuses, including killings and torture of armed forces personnel, police, government officials, and civilians, and recruitment and use of child soldiers, it said.

The State Department in its report listed more than a dozen significant human rights issues for India. Prominent among them are unlawful and arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings perpetrated by police; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by some police and prison officials; arbitrary arrest and detention by government authorities; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; political and prisoners or detainees in certain states.

India in the past rejected similar reports.

The US report mentioned restrictions on freedom of expression and the press, including violence, threats of violence, or unjustified arrests or prosecutions against journalists, use of criminal libel laws to prosecute social media speech, censorship, and site blocking.

‘The government generally respected this right, although there were several instances in which the government or actors considered close to the government allegedly pressured or harassed media outlets critical of the government, including through online trolling.

‘There were also reports of extremists perpetrating acts of killing, violence, and intimidation against journalists critical of the government,” the State Department said.

‘In certain cases local authorities arrested or filed cases against individuals under laws against hate speech for expressions of political views. The harassment and detainment of journalists critical of the government in their reporting or social media messaging continued,” the report said.

The report also mentioned the conviction of lawyer Prashant Bhushan for criminal contempt of court for two tweets that criticised the chief justice and the role played by the Supreme Court in the past six years, and a complaint filed against news website ‘The Wire’ editor Siddharth Varadarajan for his tweet referencing a news report on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

Among other human rights issues by the State Department include overly restrictive rules on nongovernmental organisations; restrictions on political participation; widespread corruption at all levels in the government and lack of investigation of and accountability for violence against women.

In its report, the State Department also talks about tolerance of violations of religious freedom; crimes involving violence and discrimination targeting members of minority groups including women based on religious affiliation or social status; and forced and compulsory child labour, as well as bonded labour. PTI

Elderly Tourist From Pune Dies Of Covid-19 At CD Hospital Srinagar

Elderly Tourist From Pune Dies Of Covid-19 At CD Hospital Srinagar

Srinagar, March 31: A 70-year-old tourist from Maharashtra died of Covid-19 at a hospital here, officials said on Wednesday.

They said that the elderly tourist was admitted to the Chest Disease Hospital Srinagar on March 30 after he complained breathlessness and showed other Covid-19 related symptoms.

Confirming the death , a senior doctor at hospital said that the patient from Pune, Maharashtra was suffering from “severe covid-19 Pneumonia”. “He was referred from SMHS hospital and was admitted here,” the senior doctor at the CD hospital, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of covid-19 patients here.

Sources said that the patient along with his son had surprisingly tested negative at Srinagar Airport on their arrival to the Kashmir Valley s few days ago. The elderly person’s son has also been admitted and is presently under treatment at a hospital here.

Maharashtra is one among the worst-hit states as regards the resurgence of Covid-19 in India and contributes most of the daily reported cases in the country recently.gns

For Eight Months, A Father In Shopian South Kashmir Has Been Digging For Missing Son’s Body

For Eight Months, A Father In Shopian South Kashmir Has Been Digging For Missing Son’s Body

Srinagar: A SHOVEL and a spade in hand, he sets out from his two-storeyed house. Depending on what he last heard, he chooses a spot and starts digging.

Manzoor Ahmad Wagay has been digging the earth for the past eight months now. What he hopes to find one day is his son’s body — the son who would have been 25 years old in a few days.

On August 2 last year, Territorial Army soldier Rifleman Shakir Manzoor was travelling between the Balpora and Bahibagh army camps in Shopian area. Since it was Eid day, he stopped to have lunch with his family on the way back and left home at 5 pm.

“That is the last time I saw him,” says his father, 56.

The last time anyone heard from Shakir was about half-an- hour later, when he called the family and said he had run into some friends and that they should not worry if his officers called to ask his whereabouts.

“I think he had been kidnapped already and he just wanted to talk to us one last time,” says Wagay.

Hours later that day, Shakir’s charred vehicle was recovered from a field in the neighbouring Kulgam district, about 16 km from his village.

About seven days later, his clothes were found in a ditch 3 km from the house. Wagay breaks down as he holds out a pair of beige trousers and a brown shirt covered with dried blood and mud. A piece of the shirt was found inside the burnt vehicle as well which, the family believes, could have been torn in the scuffle of the kidnapping.

A week after the killing, an audio clip circulated on social media made unverified claims that “the soldier’s killing and denial of his body to his family was retribution for a similar policy adopted by J&K authorities for militants killed in encounters”.

On the records, Shakir remains missing. Amritpal Singh, Superintendent of Police (Shopian), says the “case is under investigation and efforts are on to trace the body”.

Wagay is convinced that his son has been killed. “A woman had seen about four men torturing him. Given that and the blood on his clothes, I don’t think he could have survived,” he says.

Every other day since then, the father would hear about a sighting from days ago and take his shovel and head over. At first, local residents would assist in his search. But in an area covered with orchards as far as the eye can see, it has been an ordeal.

Shakir was born to Wagay and Ayesha after four daughters. He was the only one with a job and helped out the family after joining the Territorial Army in 2016, although, the family says, he wished to become a doctor.

Today, the search has left the family in severe financial strain that has also led to Shakir’s younger brother Shaan (20) dropping out of college in Aligarh. Shaan’s phone is full of photos with his older brother including one from last Eid, in the same clothes they later recovered from the ditch. It was Shaan who first raised the alarm after Shakir’s phone was found switched off.

“At some point, we heard that an arrested militant had told authorities that they had buried him next to a canal. So we hired a JCB machine and started looking for his body near every water body we could see,” Shaan says.

“Police record him as missing. If the search had been conducted more thoroughly in those first few hours, maybe we could have found his body, since he was not killed for at least the first three days,” Wagay says-Indian Express

Mercury Drops To Minus 1°C In Gulmarg Amid Light Rains In Kashmir

Mercury Drops To Minus 1°C In Gulmarg Amid Light Rains In Kashmir

Srinagar, March 31: Amid light rains overnight, the minimum temperatures dropped in most places in the Kashmir Valley, recording below sub-zero at world famous skiing resort of Gulmarg, officials said on Wednesday.

A meteorological department official told that the Srinagar received 1.4mm of rain in 24 hours till 0830 hours today while the mercury settled at 6.6°C against previous night’s 8.6°C in the summer capital.

The temperature was above by 0.5°C in Srinagar for this time of the year, the official said.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, received no rain and recorded a low of 6.5°C against 6.0°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam had 3.4mm of rain while mercury settled at 1.7°C against 2.3°C on the earlier night at the famous resort in south Kashmir, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, received 6.7mm of rain and recorded a low of 6.7°C against previous night’s 4.3°C, the official said.

The minimum temperature settled at 4.5°C in Kupwara against 6.0°C on the previous night, the official said. The north Kashmir district had no rain during the time, he said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.0°C against 0.5°C on the previous night and received 1.2mm of rain.

The temperature was minus 0.8°C above normal for the place during this time of the year, the official added.

The meteorological department has forecast “mainly dry weather” for next few.

As per the weekly forecast, there is possibility of isolated showers on April 2 and 4 besides widespread rains with possibility of 76-100% on April 5 and 6.

Man Held Along With Explosives In Doda: Army

Man Held Along With Explosives In Doda: Army

Jammu, Mar 31: The security forces on Wednesday said that they have arrested a person along with 9. 75 Kilograms of explosive material in the form of 78 gelatine sticks and 275 meters wire in Doda district of Jammu province.

Notably, the recovery has been made just days after a similar consignment of gelatine sticks and allied material was recovered from a hideout near a hydel power project in Kishtwar district.

In statement, Army said that explosive material was recovered on Tuesday during an operation conducted based on specific intelligence at Gundna area of Doda district.

It said that the recovery includes 78 Gelatin sticks with explosive weighing 9.75 KGs, and Cordex-275 meters.

Army further said that one person has been arrested in this matter and further investigations was going on.kno

Mercury Drops After Rains In Kashmir, ‘Dry Weather’ Predicted Till Apr 5

Mercury Drops After Rains In Kashmir, ‘Dry Weather’ Predicted Till Apr 5

Srinagar, March 30 : After fresh rainfall, the minimum temperatures dropped across the Kashmir even as meteorological department has forecast “mainly dry weather” till April 5 in J&K.

A meteorological department official told that the Srinagar received 3.2mm of rain in 24 hours till 0830 hours while mercury settled at 8.6°C against previous night’s 11.2°C in the summer capital. The temperature was above by 2.5°C in Srinagar for this time of the year, the official said.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, received 2.2mm of rain and recorded a low of 6.0°C against 7.4°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam received 6.2mm of rain while mercury settled at 2.3°C against 7.0°C on the earlier night at the famous resort in south Kashmir. Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, received 3.6mm of rain and recorded a low of 4.3°C against previous night’s 10.7°C, the official said.

The minimum temperature settled at 6.0°C in Kupwara against 8.7°C on the previous night, the official told GNS. The north Kashmir district received 5.7mm of rain during the time, he said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, recorded a minimum temperature of 0.5°C against 1.5°C on the previous night and received 13.6mm of rain. The temperature was 1.3°C above normal for the place during this time of the year, the official added.

The meteorological department has forecast “isolated light rain/thundershowers in Kashmir and Pirpanjal range of Jammu Division” in next 24 hours.

“There will be mainly dry weather on the plains of Jammu division,” the official said.

For next two days, the weather office has predicted “mainly dry weather.” As per the weekly forecast, there is possibility of isolated showers on April 2 and 4 besides widespread rains with possibility of 76-100% on April 5. “There would be mainly dry weather till April 5,” the MeT official added.

Nine Shopian Boys ‘Detained’ By Baramulla Police

Nine Shopian Boys ‘Detained’ By Baramulla Police

Srinagar, Mar 29: Police in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday late-evening detained nine boys, hailing from South Kashmir’s Shopian.

Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Baramulla, Rayees Ahmad told that nine boys from Zainapora area of Shopian district were detained by police after noticing them in suspicious condition.

He said that all the nine have been detained from Sheeri area of Baramulla, adding that after proper verification and antecedents check all the detained boys will be handled as per law.

Pertinently, the deadly militant attack had left a Municipal Councilor and a police cop dead earlier in the day in Sopore area of the district.kdc

Physical Disabled CSC Boy From Shopain Travelled 70 Kms To Get A Patient Registered Under PMJAY

Physical Disabled CSC Boy From Shopain Travelled 70 Kms To Get A Patient Registered Under PMJAY

A CSC VLE Sheeraz Ahmad of a remote village Nildora of Shopian district went to SMHS Hospital Srinagar and registered an admitted patient under Pradan Mantri Jan Aroyga Yogna (PMJAY) SEHAT scheme.

The admitted patient is undergoing treatment in SMHS and within two hours after the registration, a silver card was issued to him. The patient’s treatment will be facilitated before discharge and hospital authorities will ensure that no payment is collected from him.

Sheeraz Ahmad is himself a specially abled person said that he feels proud to serve the under privilled of his society.

He has registered thousands of households under the said scheme in South Kashmir’s Shopian district sofar where even internet connectivity is not available.

Operation Of 12 Retail Medical Stores Suspended In Jammu

Operation Of 12 Retail Medical Stores Suspended In Jammu

Jammu: Authorities in Jammu on Monday suspended the operations of 12 retail medical stores and also confiscated drugs worth Rs 1.12 lakh during a supervisory check in the outskirts of the city, a spokesperson said.

The reasons for suspension included non-maintenance of sales records, impersonation, unhygienic conditions and improper storage conditions, he said.

He said the Drug Control Organization, which carried out the drive, warned the owners of the medical store of severe action in case the deficiencies are not rectified within a “stipulated period of time”.

The spokesperson said drugs worth Rs 1.12 lakh, that were declared to be not of standard quality, have been confiscated by the regulatory officers during the drive.

The drive was conducted to ensure that the pharmacies operate strictly in consonance with the mandate of law and in the best interest of patient care.

Injured In Kangan Road Accident, Srinagar Youth Succumbs At SKIMS Soura

Injured In Kangan Road Accident, Srinagar Youth Succumbs At SKIMS Soura

Ganderbal, Mar 30: A 24-year-old youth from Srinagar, who was critically injured in a road accident in Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Monday, succumbed to his injuries today morning.

Shoaib Ahmad Lone son of Ghulam Nabi of Habba Kadal area of Srinagar was among the six injured persons in the accident which took place in Kangan.

He said that Shoaib was immediately rushed to a local hospital, where doctors referred him to SKIMS Soura.

The official said that he succumbed to his injuries late last night at Soura after showing no signs of recovery.

He said that the body was handed over to his family members after medical and legal formalities.

The official said that the police have already registered an FIR in this regard at Kangan.kno

Two Hotels Partially Damaged In Mid-Night Blaze In Pahalgam

Two Hotels Partially Damaged In Mid-Night Blaze In Pahalgam

Pahalgam, Mar 30: Two hotels were partially damaged in a fire incident that broke out during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday at famous tourist resort, Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

A police official told that two hotels belonging to Farooq Ahmad Malik (Hotel Crown View) and Tariq Ahmad Tangha (Hotel Retreat & Resturrent) got partially damaged,

He said that fire broke out in one of the hotels and later spread to another hotel, creating panic among the locals and visitors who were camping up there.

He said that soon after the incident fire tenders reached the spot and doused the flames after hectic efforts.

The official said that there was, however, no loss of life or injuries reported.

Farooq Abdullah Tests Covid-19 Positive: Tweets Omar Abdullah, Says Will Go Into Self-Isolation Along With Other Family Members

Farooq Abdullah Tests Covid-19 Positive: Tweets Omar Abdullah, Says Will Go Into Self-Isolation Along With Other Family Members

Srinagar, Mar 30: The National Conference president and member parliament from central Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah has tested positive for Covid-19.

His son Omar Abdullah informed this on his official Twitter handle saying that he along with his family members will be self-isolating till they get tested.

“My father has tested positive for COVID-19 & is showing some symptoms. I will be self-isolating along with other family members until we get ourselves tested. I request anyone who has come in to contact with us over the last few days to take all the mandated precautions,” Omar Tweeted.

Sopore Attack Update: Death Toll Reaches Three, Municipal Councillor Succumbs To Injuries

Sopore Attack Update: Death Toll Reaches Three, Municipal Councillor Succumbs To Injuries

Srinagar, Mar 30: A municipal councillor injured in militant attack in Sopore on Monday succumbed to his injuries at SMHS hospital on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, taking death toll to three in the attack.

Officials told that Shams-ud-din Peer, who was wounded in the militant attack on municipal councillors in north Kashmir’s Sopore town, succumbed to his injuries at SMHS hospital.

A municipal councillor and a personal security officer were killed when militants attacked the meeting room of Municipal Council Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday.

The slain councillor was identified as Riyaz Ahmad Pir.kno

Rain Lashes Kashmir, Meteorological Departmente {MeT} Says More Expected

Rain Lashes Kashmir, Meteorological Departmente {MeT} Says More Expected

Srinagar, March 29: Rains lashed Kashmir even as minimum temperatures remained considerably above normal across the Valley, weatherman said on Monday.

A meteorological department official told that the Srinagar received 3.1mm of rain in 24 hours till 0830 hours while mercury settled at 11.2°C against previous night’s 12.2°C in the summer capital. The temperature was above by 5.1°C in Srinagar for this time of the year, the official said.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, received 1.2mm of rain and recorded a low of 7.4°C against 8.2°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam received 13.0mm of rain while mercury settled at 7.0°C against 6.9°C on the earlier night at the famous resort in south Kashmir kokernag, also in south Kashmir, received 2.6mm recorded a low of 10.7°C against previous night’s 7.2°C, the official said.

The minimum temperature settled at 8.7°C in Kupwara against 7.7°C on the previous night, the official told . The north Kashmir district received 15.6mm of rain during the time, he said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, recorded a minimum temperature of 1.5°C against 2.0°C on the previous night and had 21.4mm of rain. The temperature was 2.3°C above normal for the place during this time of the year, the official added

The meteorological department has forecast “fairly widespread light to moderate rain, snow or thunderstorm in Kashmir and Pirpanjal range of Jammu division” in next 24 hours. “There will be mainly dry weather on the plains of Jammu division,” the official said.

For next two days, the weather office has predicted “isolated very light rain/thunderstorm.” 

Five AK Rifles & Seven Pistols Recovered In Karnah Along Line Of Control

Five AK Rifles & Seven Pistols Recovered In Karnah Along Line Of Control

In a major success to security forces deployed in Karnah, a huge recovery was made in the late hours of Sunday owing to high state of alertness of the Army and Police. On the night of 28 March in a specific intelligence based joint operation by Indian Army & JKP, five AK Rifles & Seven Pistols with a host of magazines and ammunition were recovered. The operation was conducted in very close proximity of the line of control in Dhanni village which is under direct observation of Pak Army posts in Lipa Valley.

“Such operations conducted by the security agencies along the line of control inspite of Pakistani domination is re-assuring and makes us feel safe”, said the locals on being asked to comment about the operation. Security agencies and civil administration in Karnah Tehsil continue to work hand in hand to negate the security threat to the people in the Union Territory of J&K. In the last two years, a total of 16 weapons & over 50 KG of narcotics has been recovered from Karnah.

Shab-E-Barat Congregation At Jamia Masjid Cancelled

Shab-E-Barat Congregation At Jamia Masjid Cancelled

Srinagar, March 29, 2021: The Shab-e-Barat congregation scheduled to be held at the Jamia Masjid, Srinagar on March 29, the night of the 15 Sha’ban-ul-Muazzam after Isha prayers, has been cancelled in view of the fresh wave of COVID-19, the Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar said.

A statement of Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar issued here said that besides due to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s continued house detention since August 2019, Majlis Waz-o-Tableeg led by him cannot take place.

The Anjuman in a statement said that the Shab-e-Barat congregation stands cancelled in view of the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and medical experts in wake of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

The Anjuman appealed people to religiously follow the COVID-19 guidelines and pray at their individual level for refuge from the deadly virus.

The Anjuman said that it would soon announce a decision regarding the Taraweeh prayers in Jamia Masjid in the month of Ramadan.

Night Flight Cargo Services For Perishable Items Starts From Srinagar Airport: Divisional Commissioner

Night Flight Cargo Services For Perishable Items Starts From Srinagar Airport: Divisional Commissioner

Srinagar, Mar 29: In a significant development, authorities in Kashmir have started the night flight cargo services from Srinagar Airport.

The development comes after DGCA approved the night flight operations from Srinagar Airport. The proposal was sent by two major airlines for night flight operations.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P. K. Pole told that the DGCA approved the night flight operations at Srinagar Airport, which has added more into the flying hours and more flight movements. The flight movement will increase from 32 to around 40 in a day.

He said the increase of more flight operations at Srinagar Airport will have a direct positive impact on the economy of the Valley as far as the tourism is concerned and stakeholders associated with the trade.

Talking about the night flight Cargo services, he said, “The night flight cargo services will be used in transporting perishable fruits like cherry or other perishable items like flowers also, which are fragile and will be transported in lesser time”, he said.

Meanwhile, Director Srinagar International Airport Santosh Dhoke, said, DGCA has approved the night flight operations at Srinagar Airport, after two major Airlines last week conducted night flights on trial basis at Srinagar Airport, which was successful.

” So far two Airlines, GoAir and Indigo have applied for night flight operations at Srinagar Airport and the proposals have been approved by DGCA”, he said.

Dhoke further said, the Airline’s movement is based on traffic and as soon as the other airlines want to apply for night flight operations, they can also apply and the Airport Authority at Srinagar Airport has no objection, rather it will welcome them.

Earlier, in last week of March, GoAir and Indigo Airlines held trial night flights from Srinagar Airport so as to check the technical feasibility after which the report was also to be submitted to DGCA for allocating the summer slot timing schedule.

Dhoke told that it is a milestone achievement that the night flight operations are started at Srinagar Airport and potential of passengers is increasing at Srinagar Airport and today Srinagar Airport is witnessing around eleven thousand passengers a day as compared to seven to eight thousand passengers in before Covid-19 pandemic.

“With addition of more flying hours at Srinagar Airport, it will attract more tourism in the Valley, which is surely a good sign for rejuvenating the economy and people associated with the tourism industry”, he said.

Tourist Dies Of Cardiac Arrest In Srinagar

Tourist Dies Of Cardiac Arrest In Srinagar

Srinagar, Mar 28: A tourist from Gujrat died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest in Srinagar on Sunday.

Official sources told that Waheeda wife of Khalid Hussain, a resident of Jawahar Bazar Gujrat suffered massive cardiac arrest in a guest house at Nowpora area of Khanyari n Srinagar, where she was staying with her family.

They said that she was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, where she was declared dead on arrival.

They said that after completion of legal formalities, the body of the deceased would be handed back to her family.kno

Doda Truck Accident: Body Of Another Missing Person Found After 19 Days

Doda Truck Accident: Body Of Another Missing Person Found After 19 Days

Thathri, Mar 28: Body of another person, who was among the three missing persons in a truck accident that took place on March 8, was found near Karara Premnagar area of Doda district.

An official told that the body of one Ankush Sen son of Radha Krishna Sen, a resident of Zelna area of Kishtwar was found.

He said that the body was shifted to CHC Thathri for legal formalities and later handed over to his legal heirs on Sunday.

Notably, one persons namely Rooni Kumar son Kailash Kumar resident of Kishtwar is still missing.

All three went missing on March 8 after a truck bearing registration number JK02CL 9349, which was on its way from Jammu to Kishtwar, met with an accident near Premnagar Thathri area of Doda district.kno