Man Dead As Load Carrier Rolls Down Into Stream In Ramban Area Of Jammu And Kashmir

Man Dead As Load Carrier Rolls Down Into Stream In Ramban Area Of Jammu And Kashmir

Banihal , Dec 20: The driver of a vehicle died on the spot after it rolled down into a nullah along the Khari – Mahoo link road near Kawna in sub-division Banihal of J&K’s Ramban district on Monday, officials said.

As per officials, the vehicle was on way to Mahoo village when it skidded off the road near Kawna and plunged into Mahoo nullah this afternoon.

Soon after the accident locals , Khari police and army men from nearby Buzla army camp swung into action and started a rescue operation, but found the driver, identified as Shabir Ahmed Gouth, son of Abdul Ghani Gouth, a local from Gadora tehsil Khari, dead on spot in th damaged vehicle, an official told.

Police lodged a case under relevant sections at Banihal police station into the incident.

Listen To Protesting Employees, End Power Crises, Concerned Citizens To Raj Bhawan, ‘PDD Employees Have Given Their Blood For JK’

Listen To Protesting Employees, End Power Crises, Concerned Citizens To Raj Bhawan, ‘PDD Employees Have Given Their Blood For JK’

Srinagar, Dec 20: Stating that Jammu and Kashmir has been pushed to unwanted power crises, a group of concerned citizens have appealed Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to come to the rescue of the people by addressing the genuine demands of the protesting Power Development Department employees.

A group of prominent citizens including Advocate, Irfan Hafiz Lone, Social Activist and Commentator, Ahmed Ayaz, Social Activist and Political Analyst, Iftikhar Misger and Journalist Majid Hyderi, all based in Kashmir said: “The exigency of calling the Indian Army to restore supply of a civic amenity suggests a breakdown of the civil administration. This had never happened in the last seventy years.”

Stating that the privatization of the power grids was not in the interest of the people of J&K than to talk of PDD alone, the citizens said that Raj Bhawan should shelve any such proposal till a democratically elected government comes to power.

“Let the elected government decide about any such proposals of privatization but not the public servants. The present decision of the JK administration actually negates the very idea of democracy seemingly to benefit some private players,” the citizens said.

Referring to the death of thousands of PDD employees in accidents on duty, the group said that the employees have given their blood for Jammu and Kashmir and this sacrifice of theirs cannot be ignored but needs to be respected.

The group also said that at the moment the damage to transformers in various localities was a major crises for the inhabitants as the same are not being repaired in the wake of indefinite strike by the PDD employees. “Life without electricity amid freezing cold has only put people to immense hardships.” kns

Border Security Force (BSF) Trooper Injured In Mine Blast In Poonch

Border Security Force (BSF) Trooper Injured In Mine Blast In Poonch

Poonch, Dec 20: A BSF trooper was seriously injured in a mine blast along Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu on Monday, official sources said.

They said Constable Ajish K of 146 Battalion BSF, deployed at Dogra Tekri, area of Balakot Sector in Poonch district sustained multiple mine blast injuries on his face and both hands while he was on duty at the fence.

He was removed to Udhampur through helicopter, they said.

A police officer told that that condition of the trooper remains serious. Gns

River Police Retrieve Body Of Drowned Man From River Jehlum

River Police Retrieve Body Of Drowned Man From River Jehlum

Bijbehara, Dec 20: The body of a man who jumped into the river allegedly after being stoned yesterday while extracting sand was fished out from the river Jehlum today.

Yesterday, a man identified as Muhammad Amin Thakroo, son of Muhammad Jabbar Thakroo of Gadiseer Bijbehara had jumped into river Jhelum and drowned when some persons allegedly pelted stones upon him while he was extracting sand.

Efforts were made to retrieve his body shortly after the incident, but all in vain. Today his body was retrieved by river police from the Jehlum river.

After the completion of all formalities, the body was handed over to family for last rites.

Police have already registered a case in this regard and are investigating the matter. 

Groom Thrashed At Nikah Ceremony For Demanding Rs 10 Lakh Dowry: Video Goes Viral

Groom Thrashed At Nikah Ceremony For Demanding Rs 10 Lakh Dowry: Video Goes Viral

A shocking video has surfaced on social media where a groom is being thrashed at his own wedding.

The incident took place on Friday (December 17) at a banquet hall in Sahibabad area of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. The man was allegedly beaten up as his family demanded a big amount of money as extra dowry.

Right before the Nikah ceremony, the groom’s father reportedly demanded Rs 10 lakh and threatened to call off the wedding if the demand was not met.

According to reports, the bride’s family had already given Rs 3 lakh in cash and a diamond ring worth Rs 1 lakh. But the groom’s family was not satisfied.

The bride’s family tried to persuade the groom’s family but they were not convinced. This irked the bride’s family and guests and they thrashed the groom. The bride’s side also claimed that the man was married 2-3 times before.

India Reports 6,563 New COVID-19 Cases, 132 Deaths, Tally Over 3.47 Cr

India Reports 6,563 New COVID-19 Cases, 132 Deaths, Tally Over 3.47 Cr

New Delhi, Dec 20: With 6,563 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,47,46,838, while the active cases declined to 82,267, the lowest in 572 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,77,554 with 132 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 15,000 for the last 53 days now.

The active cases comprise 0.24 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.39 per cent, the highest since March 2020,the ministry said.

A decline of 1,646 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

Two Arrested For ‘Sharing Secret Info About Security Establishments’ In Rajouri

Two Arrested For ‘Sharing Secret Info About Security Establishments’ In Rajouri

Rajouri, Dec 19: The security forces in Rajouri district have arrested two persons for allegedly sharing secret information of vital security establishments.

The duo, who belong to a single family are resident of Nowshera village. One of them was working as porter with Army.

Officials told that on some specific, a joint team of Army and police headed by SHO Rajouri Sameer Jillani intercepted the duo and put them to questioning during which it was found that they were in touch with some handlers and were sharing videos and other information of some security establishments of Rajouri.

They added that both of them have been arrested formally in a case registered in Rajouri Police Station while the team headed by SHO Rajouri Sameer Jillani is further investigating the matter.

More arrests of people involved in this espionage racket cannot be ruled out, they said.kno

Tanghdar Family Accuses Doctor Of Killing New Born Baby With Head Injury

Tanghdar Family Accuses Doctor Of Killing New Born Baby With Head Injury

Kupwara, Dec 19: In a very shocking incident, family members of a woman Sunday alleged that their newborn baby died hours after being delivered at SDH Tangdhar due to sharp blade injuries on his head allegedly due to negligence of the health team who attended her on time of delivery.

Abid Qayoom,elder brother of the woman while talking to news agency—Kashmir News observer (KNO) said that his sister was admitted to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Tangdhar on Friday evening and Saturday morning at around 06:00 she gave birth to a baby boy.

He said that immediately after birth his health conditions started to deteriorate and was under the supervision of a health team there but at around 11:00 am Saturday they (Doctors/ Health team) referred him to Handwara District Hospital for further medical examination.

“After reaching Handwara Hospital, the doctors attended the infant and found a injury on his head due to which maximum points of blood was lost with the result the health conditions further started to deteriorate,” Abid said. “For the safety and health improvement of the baby doctors there advised us to go to Srinagar for more advanced medical attention to save the precious life.”

Abid also said that but it was a half-lived joy by our family and all were thunderstruck and shell shocked as he passed away halfway to Srinagar at Pattan and all of these sufferings and pain were only because of the carelessness of the medical team at SDH Tangdhar.

“They didn’t cater to my sister and baby well and it is because of their callous approach and negligence that we are made to witness this moment,” Abid said adding that this was the first child of my sister who passed away just hours after being born.

He stated that I won’t blame anyone rather it’s complete medical negligence of the SDH Tangdhar medical team since doctors at Handwara hospital found that the newborn baby has some sharp cut on his head which led to this death.

The family members have demanded stern action against the SDH Tangdhar medical team saying that it’s their negligence and they must accept it without any further explanation as is evident from the head injury.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mehraj Chief Medical Officer (CMO), told that he is now aware of the aforementioned incident but said that he’ll verify.

“I’ll look into it but as of now I don’t know anything about the same”, Dr. Mehraj said.kno

Active LeT Militant Arrested In Anantnag, Pistol Along With Magazine Recovered: Police

Active LeT Militant Arrested In Anantnag, Pistol Along With Magazine Recovered: Police

Srinagar, December 19: An active militant of The Resistance Front outfit (Offshoot of LeT) was arrested by police at KP road in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

A senior Police officer told that on a specific information Police along with army and CRPF arrested an active militant of TRF near AL Noor Masjid at KP Road.

He has been identified as Feroz Ahmad Zargar(34) alias Kamraan son of Ghulam Mohudin resident of Gratabal Qaimoh of Kulgam district, the officer added.

Pertinently, his elder brother Majid Zargar was a top LeT Commander who was killed in 2017 at Arwani.

Further investigation into the case has been initiated in this regard.gns

CRPF Trooper Injured Critically After Hit By Alto Car In Pulwama

CRPF Trooper Injured Critically After Hit By Alto Car In Pulwama

Srinagar, Dec 19: A CRPF trooper, part of a road opening party, sustained critical injuries after allegedly hit by an Alto car in Kadalbal Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

An official told that one CRPF constable Shrawan Kumar of 130 Batallion was performing duty at highway as road opening party, when hit by an Alto car bearing registration number JK22 5839.

The constable, they said, was shifted to to Primary Health Centre Awantipora for treatment from where the doctors referred him to Srinagar for preferential treatment.

Meanwhile a police official confirming the incident told that a cognizance into the incident has been taken.

Danish Bhat Visits Family Of Woman, Who Was Murdered At His Home In Lal Bazar

Danish Bhat Visits Family Of Woman, Who Was Murdered At His Home In Lal Bazar

Srinagar, Dec 19: Advisor to SMC Mayor and corporator, Danish Bhat on Sunday visited the residence of Mohammad Rafeeq Shiekh at Bahrar locality of Lalbazar to offer condolences on the sad and tragic murder of his mother.

According to a statement, issued he was was accompanied by corporator Nasir Naik.

The statement reads that the family was all praises about DySP Shafatk and SHO Sameer Lone for their swift action.

It also reads that Bhat visited Devi Angan Hawal to pay his condolences with Imtiyaz on the sad demise of his relative.

The statement reads that later he also interacted with the locals who raised some genuine grievances and he assured them of timely redressal. Kns

Foreign Militant Saifullah Killed In Encounter At Srinagar’s Harwan: Police

Foreign Militant Saifullah Killed In Encounter At Srinagar’s Harwan: Police

Srinagar, Dec 19: A foreign militant was killed in an encounter at Harwan area of Srinagar in the wee hours on Sunday, police said.

A police officer told that acting on a specific lead about the presence of a militant in Harwan area, police teams zeroed in on the suspected spot. “In a brief encounter, one unidentified militant was killed,” the official said.

#SrinagarEncounterUpdate: 01 unidentified #militant killed. Search going on. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” tweeted Kashmir zone police.

Kashmir zone police also tweeted quouting IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar that #SrinagarEncounterUpdate: Killed #militant identified as Saifulla alias Abu Khalid alias Shawaz, resident of Karachi (#Pakistan), affiliated with LeT. He infiltrated in 2016 & was active in general area of Harwan and involved in several crimes.”

In another tweet, IGP Kashmir said that “03 #Pakistani militants killed in #SrinagarCity within 33days. They were involved in several crimes including attacks on Police/SFs & civilian killings. It shows that Pakistan is hell-bent to disturb peace in Valley especially in Srinagar City.”

Have No Faith On Delimitation Commission: Mehbooba Mufti

Have No Faith On Delimitation Commission: Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar, Dec 18: Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said they don’t have any faith on delimitation commission as “it has been formed to pitch majority and minority community against each other and to help BJP politically “.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a party function in Rajouri, Mehbooba, said the delimitation commission is BJP’s commission. “It is BJP’s commission. It has been formed to carry delimitation in a way that will pitch majority and minority community against each other and further disempower people. It will increase seats in a way which will benefit BJP.”

To a question about participation of National Conference MPs, Mehbooba said it is their own decision. “It is their own decision. What can I say about it ,” she said.kno

Sajad Lone Hits Out At NC Over Its “U-turn” On Delimitation Commission, Reminds Party Of Its Statement That Participation Would Tantamount To Accepting August 5 Decisions

Sajad Lone Hits Out At NC Over Its “U-turn” On Delimitation Commission, Reminds Party Of Its Statement That Participation Would Tantamount To Accepting August 5 Decisions

Srinagar, Dec 18: Reminding National Conference of its own statement that participation in the delimitation commission would tantamount to accepting BJP-led central government’s August 5 decisions on Kashmir, Peoples Conference chief Sajad Gani Lone on Saturday asked the party to explain how it was endorsement to abrogation of the Article 370 then and not now.

In a tweet, Peoples Conference put out a statement made earlier by the NC that participation in proceedings of delimitation commission would tantamount to accepting August 5 decisions and it is unwilling to do so.

“Please at least have the courtesy to show even some pretense and explain how it was tantamount to endorsement then and not now. Digital world. Digital proof. Chit bhi meri patt be meri won’t work. Era of Multiple speeches Srinagar and Delhi— in multiple places is over,” Lone tweeted. In another tweet, the party asked NC what compelled it to participate in proceedings of delimitation commission. “

These are the utterances of Dr. Farooq Abdullah. What changed between then and now for the NC to now participate. Is it not tantamount to endorsing August 5 decisions now?

There is a limit on monopoly on morality. Please at least have the courtesy to show even some pretense and explain how it was tantamount to endorsement then and how it is not tantamount to endorsement now, ” the party tweeted. It is pertinent to mention that NC had earlier boycotted proceedings of the panel, saying it is the product of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act- 2019 which it had challenged in the Supreme Court—kno

Six Injured As Tempo Plunges Into Gorge In Rajouri

Six Injured As Tempo Plunges Into Gorge In Rajouri

Rajouri, Dec 18: Six devotees on way to a shrine were injured after a vehicle they were traveling in met with an accident near Khandli bridge in Rajouri district.

A vehicle (Tempo) plunged into a gorge at around 11 am, leaving six persons wounded.

All the injured have been shifted to Government Medical College and its Associated Hospital Rajouri, officials said.

Local said that the overspeed tempo was coming from Budhal towards Rajouri when it fell into the gorge.

At Minus 6.0, Srinagar Records Coldest Night Of Season, MeT Predicts Further Dip In Minimum Temp In Coming Days

At Minus 6.0, Srinagar Records Coldest Night Of Season, MeT Predicts Further Dip In Minimum Temp In Coming Days

Srinagar, Dec 18: Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded coldest night of the season while the local Meteorological department is expecting further dip in coming days.

MeT officials informed that the minimum temperature in Srinagar plummeted further, saying that at minus 6.0 degree celsius, the J&K’s summer capital recorded coldest night of season.

There is possibility of further dip in coming days, officials said.

Intense cold conditions prevail across Jammu and Kashmir from last couple of days. The weatherman has predicted fresh snowfall on December 24, saying that a Western Disturbance is affecting J&K from December 24-26.

SMC Launches Drive To Remove ‘Chocking Points’‘Face Consequences If You Won’t Follow Law: Commissioner SMC To Shopkeepers

SMC Launches Drive To Remove ‘Chocking Points’‘Face Consequences If You Won’t Follow Law: Commissioner SMC To Shopkeepers

Srinagar, Dec 15: Warning shopkeepers of strict action for creating ‘chocking points’, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Aamir Athar Khan on Wednesday said that those shopkeepers who won’t comply law will face consequences.

Additional encroachments in Kashmir capital Srinagar is rampant. In almost every area of the city, shopkeepers can be seen putting their merchandize on display, thus blocking traffic and pedestrian movement.

Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Aamir Athar Khan visited parts of Srinagar city including Jahangir Chowk and Hari Singh High Street and asked shopkeepers not to block side-walks.

The merchandize put by shopkeepers on display was removed while shopkeepers were directed to refrain from encroaching the foot-paths and roads.

While talking to Commissioner SMC, Aamir Athar Khan said that this phase wise drive will continue. “Our Ward Officers in their wards will ensure that no shopkeeper or vendor will create a choking point. Every road will be cleared from additional encroachment,” he said.

In response to a question, Khan said that encroachments in Mehjoor Nagar, Natipora and others areas of Srinagar city will be removed and heavy fine will be imposed upon the violators.

“We will use JCBs to remove the merchandize on display and encroachments where ever we find it,” he said.

A recent study showed that 90% shopkeepers in Srinagar city are doing business outside their shops acting as the biggest bottleneck in the smooth movement of pedestrians and traffic.

Due to additional encroachments by shopkeepers, broad roads have shrunk considerably across Srinagar city. In recent past as well, SMC had launched such ‘cosmetic’ drives which yielded no results due to absence of proper regulation. 

72 Year Old Man Found Dead In Chattergul Ganderbal

72 Year Old Man Found Dead In Chattergul Ganderbal

Ganderbal, Dec 15: The body of a 72-year-old man was found in Nallah Brahamsar at Chattergul area in Ganderbal district on Wednesday, officials said.

Officials told that some locals spotted the body of 72-year-old man lying in a Nallah Brahamsar at Chatergul and subsequently informed the concerned police station.

He said that a police party rushed to the spot and took it into their possession.

The deceased has been identified as Abdullah Khataria (72), son of Syed Khataria of Chattergul.

A case under relevant sections has been registered and further investigation, official said.kno

India Reports 6,984 New COVID-19 Cases, 247 Deaths, Tally Over 3.47 Cr

India Reports 6,984 New COVID-19 Cases, 247 Deaths, Tally Over 3.47 Cr

New Delhi, Dec 15: India logged 6,984 coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,47,10,628 while the active cases declined to 87,562, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The death toll climbed to 4,76,135 with 247 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 15,000 for the last 48 days now.

The active cases comprise 0.25 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.38 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decline of 1,431 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

In First-Of-Its-Kind Move, Government Mulls Mobile Blocking To Curb Cyber Crime

In First-Of-Its-Kind Move, Government Mulls Mobile Blocking To Curb Cyber Crime

New Delhi, Dec 15: In what may turn out to be a first-of-its-kind move, the government is looking at the option of blocking mobile numbers involved in cyber crimes, on a real-time basis.

The plan is discussed by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as part of a larger plan to effectively tackle cyber crime.

MHA officials said the government is also considering creating a national-level cyber-crime database to identify and track criminals.

There is a National Cyber Crime Reporting portal through which citizens can report cyber crimes. Officials say the plan is to make the portal more effective.

An official said the proposal to block mobile numbers was made in the recent DGP-IGP conference attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

Prevention and detection of cyber crime has to be a priority, for which a national-level mechanism is nedeed to track, block and recover money from fraudsters.

It is needed also to block numbers and International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) involved in such frauds in real time. IMEI is a 15-digit number unique to each mobile device.

Also on the government’s agenda is stricter Know Your Customer (KYC) norms for banks, wallet providers and Telecom Service Providers.

This move is likely to curb, to a large extent, cyber crimes such as financial frauds, stalking, data theft, online harassment, fake news and misinformation campaigns.

Rising number of cyber crimes in India is hampering plans of promoting digitisation in the country, said a senior government functionary.

“Digistisation is the way forward and a lot of people are enjoying the benefits of the digital push. But banking frauds are discouraging some people from relying on the online route. Therefore, curbing cyber crime is one of the priorities of the government.”

Besides bringing framework changes in the mechanism to deal with cyber crimes, efforts are being made to improve inter-agency and inter-state coordination for effectively controlling cyber crimes and also to create awareness.

India recorded 50,035 cases of cyber crime in 2020 — a jump of 11.8% in such offences over the previous year. (Indian Express)

Jamiat Chief Meets Saudi Envoy, Flags Concerns Over ‘Allegations’ Levelled Against Tablighi Jamaat

Jamiat Chief Meets Saudi Envoy, Flags Concerns Over ‘Allegations’ Levelled Against Tablighi Jamaat

NEW DELHI: Prominent Muslim body Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s chief Maulana Arshad Madani met Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to India Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Sati and conveyed concerns over the “allegations” levelled by that country’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs against the Tablighi Jamaat, the Jamiat said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Jamiat said that Madani during his meeting with the Saudi Ambassador to India said that the statement of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs regarding Tablighi Jamaat has become a cause of “great concern” for Muslims all over the world.

Tablighi Jamaat is attached with the Deobandi school of thought, so it is also a matter of concern for Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband and Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, the statement said.

The “allegations” levelled by the Islamic Affairs Ministry against Tablighi Jamaat are “very painful” not only for the Tablighi Jamaat but also for all Muslims, the statement said.

“We wanted to convey our grievances and feelings to the Minister of Islamic Affairs through the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and to inform him about the difficulties and worst consequences that could come to the Muslims as a result of his statement,” the Jamiat said.

Madani said the Saudi government’s views on Tablighi Jamaat is its internal matter but the allegations levelled against Jamaat was a matter of concern for all Muslims.

Madani handed over a letter to the Ambassador for the Ministry of Islamic Affairs conveying the Jamiat’s sentiments, it said.

Saudi Arabia has banned the Tablighi and Da’wah group, also known as Al Ahbab, calling it “danger to society and one of the gates of terrorism”.

However, it was unclear if the government’s tweets were directed at the Tablighi Jamaat group. Muslim organisations and clerics in India have reacted over reports of Saudi Arabia’s reported ban on Tablighi Jamaat.–(PTI)

Cold Conditions Prevail In J&K, Ladakh; MeT Rules Out ‘Severe’ Weather In Coming Days

Cold Conditions Prevail In J&K, Ladakh; MeT Rules Out ‘Severe’ Weather In Coming Days

Srinagar, Dec 14: As intense cold conditions prevailed in J&K and Ladakh, weatherman on Tuesday said that it was part of the winter even as he ruled out severe weather in coming days.

“Weather is most likely to remain partly to generally cloudy during December 14-15th in Jammu & Kashmir. There’s possibility of light to moderate snow over north and north west of Kashmir (mainly over higher reaches) and very light rain/snow at scattered places in plains of the Valley later tonight (50%chance),” an official of local meteorological department here said. “There is no forecast for any major rain/snow till December 23,” he said, adding, “In whole J&K including Srinagar, minimum temperature dropping to -5 or -6 degree Celsius in December is normal and is a part of winter weather. It happens every year.” He said there “no forecast for any severe weather” in coming days.

Meanwhile, the official told that the minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K, settled at minus 2.6°C against previous night’s minus 3.5°C. On December 11, the mercury in Srinagar plunged to minus 3.6°C, the lowest temperature recorded so far this season.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 2.6°C against minus 2.8°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.8C against minus 5.3°°C on previous night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.8°C against minus 3.5°C on previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 3.5°C against minus 4.2°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, witnessed a minimum of minus 5.6°C against minus 5.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, the J&K’s winter capital, saw a low of 9.0 °C which is minus 0.2 degrees Celsius below normal, they said.

Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 7.6°C against last night’s minus 10.9°C while automatic Kargil station recorded minimum of minus 8.9°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 10.0°C, the official added. 

206 Militancy Incidents, 28 Infiltration Bids Reported In J&K This Year: MHA, ‘366 Persons Below 30 Years Of Age Were Detained In J&K Under UAPA From 2018 To 2020’

206 Militancy Incidents, 28 Infiltration Bids Reported In J&K This Year: MHA, ‘366 Persons Below 30 Years Of Age Were Detained In J&K Under UAPA From 2018 To 2020’

Srinagar, Dec 14: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Tuesday informed the Parliament 206 militancy related incidents were reported in J&K till December 5 this year against 244 in 2020.

Replying to a query about how many militancy incidents took place in J&K in 2021 and 2020, the MHA replied that 206 militancy related incidents were reported in J&K till December 5, this year against 244 in 2020.

“Estimated net infiltration in J&K this year was 28 (bids) till October 31 compared to 51 in the entire year of 2020,” the reply reads.

The MHA also informed the House that over 2500 people below 30 years of age were arrested under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act since 2018 till 2020. “Maximum arrests during this period were in UP (931) and JK (366).

Zewan Attack: It Was A Weapon Snatching Bid, Cops Foiled By Retaliating Effectively: IGP Kashmir

Zewan Attack: It Was A Weapon Snatching Bid, Cops Foiled By Retaliating Effectively: IGP Kashmir

Three JeM militants including a local carried out attack, Injured militant’s blood trail suggests group has fled to Tral; another cop succumbed today morning, toll 3, Policemen to travel in bullet proof vehicles from onwards

Srinagar, Dec 14: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range Vijay Kumar said that three militants of Jaish-e-Muhammad including two foreigners and a local carried out Zewan attack in which three police men were killed and 11 others injured. He said the blood trail of one of the injured militant suggests that the group first fled to Pampore and then to the Tral area of Pulwama while the police team is working to track down the group.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a wreath laying ceremony of slain cops in Srinagar, the IGP Kashmir said that the bus ferrying 25 policemen of ARP 9 battalion from Srinagar to police armed complex Zewan was attacked at 6 pm by three JeM militants including two foreigners and a local.

“The police men retaliated and didn’t allow militants to snatch weapons. Yesterday evening, two policemen including an ASI succumbed at the hospital and today morning one more policeman succumbed taking the total number of casualties in the attack to three,” the IGP said.

Asked whether it was a planned attack, he said that indeed it was a planned one as the militants fired indiscriminately at the bus that plies everyday on the same route. About the measures taken by police to prevent such attacks, IGP Kumar said police are maintaining high alert and cops requiring travel from one place to another will be provided bullet proof vehicles. “The attackers had done recee or the area and the attack took place when Road Opening Parties of security forces were withdrawn,” he said.

To query whether there were any leads about the attackers, he said JeM has already claimed responsibility. “As I told you already that one of the three militants had sustained injuries in retaliation by our men, his blood trail was found in Khrew, Pampore wherefrom the group is believed to have fled to Tral. We have other leads as well and will track down the group soon,” the IGP said.

CBK Files Chargesheet Against Man For ‘Duping’ Friend, Grabbing Rs 2515000

CBK Files Chargesheet Against Man For ‘Duping’ Friend, Grabbing Rs 2515000

Srinagar, Dec 14: The crime branch Kashmir has produced chargesheet before Court of City judge here against one accused person for duping his ‘friend’ and grabbing Rs 25,15000.

The chargesheet was submitted against Syed Afaq Miraj son of Syed Miraj-u-din of Gilli Kadal, Nowshara Srinagar, Crime Branch said in a statement.

“The case registered after Crime Branch Kashmir, received a written complaint from Hakim Nadeem Abass of Baghwan Pora Lal Bazar Srinagar to the effect that Syed Afaq Miraj, soleproprietor of M/S SAISHA Enterprise who happened to be (his) friend had acquired a piece of land measuring four kanals at Industrial Estate (SIDCO) Khanmoh Srinagar on lease for construction of SSI unit under name and style M/S Saisha Enterprise,” the CBK said, adding, “It was further alleged that the alleged accused had some financial constrains and his plan was to sell the unit and persuaded the complainant to purchase the unit in question.”

Being an unemployed, Nadeem purchased the same and subsequently entered into an agreement (receipt cum Declaration) and paid an amount of Rs.25,15000 to Miraj, the CB said. “But the alleged accused failed to provide him the partnership nor he returned the money.”

On above counts, the CBK said, an enquiry was initiated and the alleged accused was found involved in the commission of crime. Subsequently, the CBK said, a case (FIR No. 07/2016) U/S 420 RPC was registered in police said Crime Branch Kashmir against the accused.

“During the course of investigation, statements of the persons familiar with the facts and circumstances of the case were recorded. records pertaining to subject matter were obtained from the concerned offices and were seized, as per the procedure,” it said, adding, “And on the basis of facts and circumstances that emerged during the course of investigation, the investigation of case was concluded as ‘Proved” under section 420 RPC, against the accused Syed Afaq Miraj.”