Two Houses Partially Damaged After Gas Cylinder Blast In Pahalgam

Two Houses Partially Damaged After Gas Cylinder Blast In Pahalgam

Pahalgam, June 02: Two residential houses were partially damaged after LPG cooking gas cylinder blast triggered fire in Liver village of Pahalgam in South Kashmir’s Anantnag, an official said.

An official told that two residential houses belonging to Mohammad Shafi Ganie and Riyaz Ahmed Ganie sons of Ghulam Mohammad Ganie caught fire due to cylinder blast.

The official said that the fire was controlled after hectic efforts by Fire and Emergency Service personnel and Police with the assistance of locals.

“In the incident many household items have got either partially or fully damaged,” he said.kno

Charar-E-Shareef Hit-And-Run Case Solved, Accused Arrested: Police

Charar-E-Shareef Hit-And-Run Case Solved, Accused Arrested: Police

Budgam, Jun 02 : Jammu and Kashmir Police Wednesday claimed to have solved a ‘hit and run’ case in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district by arresting the driver involved in the act.

A police spokesman told that on May 30, a youth was killed after a vehicle hit him when he was riding his bike at Futlipora village of Charar-e-Shareef area following which the driver fled the spot.

He said that police after receiving an information shifted the injured to SMHS hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries.

During the course of the investigation, a search for the vehicle was started and with the help of technical evidence, human inputs, and strenuous efforts, the investigating team zeroed in on one accused person identified as driver Jahinger Ahmad Dar, son of Muhammad Shaban Dar of Vishroi Shopian, he said.

“The accused was arrested. He has been taken into police custody. Besides, the vehicle used in the commission of the crime, was also seized,” he said

He said that further investigation into the matter is going on.kno

Earth-Mover Machine Fired At By Pakistan Along International Border (IB) In Jammu

Earth-Mover Machine Fired At By Pakistan Along International Border (IB) In Jammu

Jammu, Jun 2: Pakistani Rangers fired at an earth-mover machine engaged in cleaning bushes along the International Border (IB) here on Wednesday in what could be the second ceasefire violation in nearly four months, official sources said.

The Border Security Force (BSF), which is guarding the IB, neither confirmed nor denied the incident.

Sources said Pakistani Rangers fired a few rounds upon noticing the bullet-proof JCB machine clearing the bushes in Arnia sector”s Vikram post area in the outskirts of Jammu around 8.15 am.

There was no report of any casualty. The BSF also fired a few rounds in retaliation, they said, adding the situation has returned to normal and there is calm along the IB.

On May 2, Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire by opening fire along the IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba district which was the first ceasefire violation by Pakistan after the two countries signed a fresh agreement to maintain calm along the border on February 25 this year.

Last month, BSF shot dead two Pakistani intruders who tried to sneak into this side in Samba sector after ignoring repeated warnings.—(PTI)

11 More Covid-19 Deaths Reported In Jammu and Kashmir, Toll 3950

11 More Covid-19 Deaths Reported In Jammu and Kashmir, Toll 3950

Srinagar, June 2: Jammu and Kashmir reported 11 more covid-19 related deaths since last evening, taking the overall toll to 3950, officials said on Wednesday.

Six of the deaths were reported from Kashmir and five from Jammu division, the officials said.

Among others, they said, a 75-year-old woman from Batmaloo died at SMHS hospital, a day after she was admitted there.

A 70-year-old man from Zakura Srinagar died eight days after remaining admitted in a hospital here, they said.

An 80-year-old man from Padshahi bagh Srinagar, they said, died four days after he admitted to SMHS hospital.

A 75-year-old man from Branwar Budgam died at the hospital, a day after he was admitted to SMHS hospital here.

A 70-year-old man from Kund died at GMC Anantnag, a week after he was admitted to the facility.

A 70-year-old woman from Thamuna Pulwama, they said, died four days after she was admitted to district hospital Pulwama.

Among others, the victims from Jammu division include a 50-year-old man from Raipur Satwari Jammu who died at GMC Jammu; a 68-year-old woman from Rajouri who died at GMC Rajouri, 23 days after she was admitted there; a 70-year-old woman from Battian Thannamandi who died at the same facility, three days after she was admitted there and a 76-year-old man from Jammu who died at SMVD Narayana hospital, eight days after he was admitted there. (GNS)

Covid Death Tally Goes Upto 190 In Ladakh, 88 Fresh Cases Reported In Leh

Covid Death Tally Goes Upto 190 In Ladakh, 88 Fresh Cases Reported In Leh

Leh, June 2: The COVID-19 death toll in Ladakh has climbed to 190 following a fatality in Kargil, while 88 fresh cases pushed the overall tally to 18,750 in the union territory, officials said on Wednesday.

The number of active cases in Ladakh stand at 1,581 which includes 1,386 cases in Leh district and 213 cases in Kargil district, they said.

While 136 people died because of coronavirus in Leh, 54 died in Kargil.Of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours, the officials said 71 were detected in Leh and 17 in Kargil.

They said a total of 120 patients were also discharged after successful treatment, taking the number of those cured to 16,979, which account for over 90 per cent of the total cases. Out of the total patients cured, 98 patients were discharged in Leh and 22 in Kargil.—(PTI)

Eight Persons Booked Under UAPA For Slogans At Funeral Of Accident Victim In Kupwara

Eight Persons Booked Under UAPA For Slogans At Funeral Of Accident Victim In Kupwara

Kupwara, June 2: Police have booked at least eight persons under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for sloganeering at the funeral of a youth who was killed in an accident recently in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

Officials on Wednesday told that four of them have been already arrested under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, which prescribes upto seven years imprisonment for “advocating, abetting, advising or inciting the commission of any unlawful activity”.

Sources said a youth identified as Mohammad Amin Dar son of Abdul Ahad Dar of Bumhama died in a road accident during intervening night of May 28 near his native place.

Subsequently, there was funeral and as per police anti-India slogans were made following which a case (FIR No. 181/21) under IPC Sections of 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 147 (Punishment for rioting) besides stringent 13 ULA(P) Act was lodged in Police Station Kupwara.

Those named in the FIR, officials said, include Aabid Hussain Mir son of Abdul Gani Mir, Qaiser Ahmad Mir son of Farooq Ahmad Mir, Bilal Ahmad Mir son of Farooq Ahmad Mir, Zahoor Ahmad Dar son of Khazir Mohammad Dar, Aijaz Ahmad Ganai son of Ghulam Rasool Ganai, Abass Ahmad Mir son Khazir Mohammad Mir, Firdous Ahmad Bhat son of Lal Bhat and Fayaz Ahmad Dar son of Mohammad Maqbool, all resident of Bumhama Kupwara.

A police officer confirmed that four out of those named in the FIR have been booked. They include Qaiser Ahmad Mir, Bilal Ahmad Mir, Zahoor Ahmad Dar and Aijaz Ahmad Ganai. (GNS)

United States Troop Withdrawal From Afghan 30-44 Percent Complete: CENTCOM

United States Troop Withdrawal From Afghan 30-44 Percent Complete: CENTCOM

Washington, Jun 2: The US Central Command has said that an estimated 30 to 44 per cent of American troops have been withdrawn from Afghanistan until last month, inching closer to achieve President Joe Biden’s ambitious target of 100 per cent removal of its military from the war-torn country by September 11 this year.

The US has also officially handed over six facilities to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defence, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in an update on the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan till May 31.

“US Central Command estimates that we have completed between 30-44 per cent of the entire retrograde process,” it said on Tuesday.

President Biden in April announced that all American troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11 this year, thus bringing to end the country”s longest war, spanning across two decades.

Since the President”s decision, the Department of Defence has retrograded the equivalent of approximately 300 C-17 loads of material out of Afghanistan and have turned nearly 13,000 pieces of equipment to the Defence Logistics Agency for disposition, CENTCOM said.

The US and the Taliban signed a landmark deal in Doha on February 29, 2020 to bring lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan and allow US troops to return home from America”s longest war.

Under the US-Taliban pact, the US has agreed to withdraw all its soldiers from Afghanistan in 14 months.

There are currently 2,500 American troops left in Afghanistan, the lowest level of American forces in the war-torn country since 2001.

Since the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban after the September 11, 2001 attacks, America has spent more than USD 1 trillion in fighting and rebuilding in Afghanistan.

About 2,400 US soldiers have been killed, along with tens of thousands of Afghan troops, Taliban insurgents and Afghan civilians.—(PTI)

Protest In Jammu Parts Against Opening Of New Liquor Shops

Protest In Jammu Parts Against Opening Of New Liquor Shops

Srinagar, Jun 01: The Jammu and Kashmir administration’s move to issue ‘The Draft Excise Policy Year 2021-2022’, which proposes an e-auction process for the approval of liquor shops Tuesday evoked sharp criticism and triggered protests in parts of Jammu region.

Eye-witnesses told that people from different areas of Jammu district were up in arms against the authorities for giving permission to open liquor shops near educational institutions and religious places.

Locals in Shakti Nagar, Trikuta Nagar Jammu and Gujjar Nagar area staged protests against the proposal of opening new wine shops. The protestors were raising slogans like “Stop drinking, close liquor shops” and demanded cancellation of liquor licenses which are being opened near the residential areas, educational institutions and religious places of Jammu under the new excise policy.

Protestors said that alcohol is the root of all evils, so its sale and purchase should be banned at least near religious places and educational places besides residential areas.

They said that there are schools in Shakti Nagar area and there are temples there too, so why would the administration allow opening of liquor shop in this area, when Jammu is known as the city of temples, but the administration now is hell-bent on turning it into a liquor city. They further said that the youth of Jammu are being lured towards drugs, which we will definitely not allow.

“Liquor stores are opened within every ten meters of the temples, Gurdwaras and Graveyards, cremation ground. This is hurting the faith,” said a protestor, wishing not to be named. “”We want to tell the management that we will not allow a single shop to open here.”

He said that “Our women folk especially school going girls aren’t safe when liquor shops are being opened near educational institutions.”

A woman protestor said that when there would be sale of liquor, then a drunk person won’t understand anything about the chastity of the woman.

“By permitting opening of shops in residential areas, near educational institutions and religious places, government is hurting our faith, playing with our chastity and emotions,” said a group of protestors.

They requested concerned authorities to look into the matter at an earliest so that local can heave a sigh of relief.kno