News from the region

Tuesday, July 16, 2019Mehbooba welcomes Geelani's statement on KPs return to Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 16: Welcoming the statement of hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani that ‘he wholeheartedly wants the Kashmiri Pandits to return and live in the valley’, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that it is a sentiment that is shared by Kashmiri Muslims.

Ms Mufti, who is the former chief minister of J&K, said the vacuum cr


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Youth shuns militancy, returns to mainstream in Pulwama: Police

Srinagar, Jul 16: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday claimed that a youth, who had joined militant ranks, has shunned the path of violence and returned to mainstream in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.

With this, police said, about four youths from Pulwama have left militancy and joined mainstream since April.

''One more youth from Pulwama has shunned the path of violence and returned to


Saturday, July 13, 2019Pakistan removes pro-Khalistani leader from Kartarpur panel, but includes another

New Delhi/Islamabad, July 13: Acceding to India's request, Pakistan has removed pro-Khalistani leader Gopal Singh Chawla from a panel linked to the Kartarpur corridor, ahead of Sunday's meeting between officials of the two sides on the cross-border corridor.

The Pakistan government announced a new 10-member Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) on Friday, minus Chawla, following


Saturday, July 13, 2019Man held along with suspicious objects in Shopian

Srinagar: Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested a person along with some suspicious substances including rods in South Kashmir's Shopian district.

A police official told that the person namely Amir Amin Bukhari was arrested during a raid at his house in Bala Nowpora, Keegam.

The officer further said that some suspicious substances including rods were recovered from his possession.


Saturday, July 13, 2019Girl dies after falling from 3-storey building in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 13: A 20-year-old girl died after she fell down from the rooftop of her three-storey house in Noorbagh area of Srinagar.

An eyewitness said that a girl identified as Masrat Jan, daughter of Manzoor Ahmad Kaloo, a resident of Shaheen Mohallah Noorbagh Srinagar fell down from the attic of her third storey house while doing some daily chores around 10: 00 in the morning.

Soon af


Saturday, July 13, 2019Governor Malik skips official function at martyrs' graveyard in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 13: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday skipped the official function at the Martyrs' graveyard here and instead deputed his advisor for paying homage to the people killed in firing by forces of Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh on this day in 1931.

Malik's predecessor N N Vohra had also skipped the official function last year but did pay homage to the martyrs of


Saturday, July 13, 2019Massive blaze guts 15 shops in Gulmarg

Srinagar, July 13: At least fifteen shops were gutted in a mysterious blaze that broke out in world-famous ski-resort, Gulmarg on early Saturday morning.

Soon after the fire broke out, the fire tenders rushed to the spot and doused the fire with the help of locals.

However, the 15 shops turned into ashes in the blaze.

The affected shopkeepers appealed to Governor Administration for immed


Saturday, July 13, 2019Amarnath Yatra suspended from Jammu to Srinagar

Jammu, July 13: The Amarnath Yatra was suspended on Saturday with no pilgrim allowed to move towards the Kashmir Valley from Jammu due to a separatist-called protest shutdown, police said.

"Taking stock of the law and order situation because the protest shutdown called by the separatists today, movement of the pilgrims from Jammu to Srinagar will remain suspended today," police sources said.


Saturday, July 13, 2019Restrictions in parts of Srinagar to prevent separatist protests

Srinagar, July 13: Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city on Saturday to prevent separatistcalled protests in connection with the Martyrs Day.

July 13 is observed as Martyrs Day in Jammu and Kashmir to remember those killed in the firing outside the Srinagar Central Jail by forces of the Dogra Maharaja in 1931.

The state government observes the day to honour those who fo


Friday, July 12, 2019SMC starts removing hoardings in Srinagar

Srinagar, Jul 12: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Friday started removing unauthorised hoardings within the municipal limits of summer capital, Srinagar.

SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu said the drive to remove all hoardings has been started from 0800 hrs in the city.

He said unauthorised hoarding about Amarnath yatra too will be removed.

In reply to a tweet which read ''I don't


Friday, July 12, 2019OGW of Jaish arrested in Baramulla

Baramulla, Jul 12: An Over Ground Worker (OGW) worker of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was arrested by security forces in apple township of Sopore in this north Kashmir district, official sources said on Friday.

Police on Thursday arrested three OGWs of JeM in Anantnag.

Sources said security forces established a naka checking at Parraypora in Rafiabad, Baramulla following a tip off. During the che


Thursday, July 11, 2019Woman among 6 injured by stray dogs in Uri, 2 shifted to Srinagar

Srinagar: Six people including an old age woman were injured after they were attacked by stray dogs in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, witnesses said.

Officials at Sub District Hospital Uri said that six persons were attacked by stray dogs and received injuries. Two among the injured were shifted to Srinagar Hospital for treatment.

The other 4 injured have been shifted to Di