News from the region

Monday, July 16, 2018105 tie knots in Kashmir’s first mass marriage

SRINAGAR: In the first ever mass marriage in Kashmir, as many as 105 couples tied the knot in a simple function in Amar Singh Club here. The couples belonged to various parts of north Kashmir, including Srinagar.

“It is being done by the Jaffri Council of Jammu and Kashmir and this is the first such mass marriage,” Ghulam Rasool Chakan, the general secretary of the party said. “This, however,

 

Monday, July 16, 2018Couple dies in Bhaderwah mishap

Bhaderwah: A couple were killed while their son and two daughters were injured when their car skidded off a hilly road and fell into a deep gorge in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir this morning, the police said.

They were going to Doda town from their Chillybala village. The incident occurred near Mukhyas village when the driver was negotiating a blind turn, Additional Superintendent of Po

 

Sunday, July 15, 2018Army distributed 17000 solar lights in un-electrified hamlets in J&K's Doda

Bhaderwah, Jul 15: The Army has distributed 17,000 solar lights among the residents of un-electrified and inaccessible hamlets in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The initiative under 'Roshni' (light) project, the Army said, was launched after it was felt that electricity was the most critical requirement in the far-flung areas during interactions with the locals including the floating popu

 

Sunday, July 15, 2018Couple killed after car falls into gorge in Doda district

Srinagar, July 15: A couple were killed while their son and two daughters were injured when their car skidded off a hilly road and fell into a deep gorge in Doda this morning, the police said.

They were going to Doda town from their Chillybala village. The incident occurred near Mukhyas village when the driver was negotiating a blind turn, Additional Superintendent of Police, Bhaderwah, Rajind

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018Low voltage irks Uri residents

Srinagar, July 14: Over a dozen villages in this border town of Uri have decried the failure of Power Development Department (PDD) to address low voltage problem in the area. Locals said that they are suffering a lot due to low voltage problem. “A 2.5 MVA transformer installed at Mohra grid station got a technical snag on the second Eid and subsequently it was sent for the repairing. Since then

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018Fresh batches of pilgrims leave for Amarnath cave

Srinagar, Jul 14: Fresh batches of pilgrims on Saturday left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps for the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where over 1.65 lakh yatries have paid obeisance since June 28, the commencement of the 60-day-long pilgrimage.

The annual pilgrimage was progressing smoothly, official sources said here on Saturday.

They said on the 16th day on Friday 13,08

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018Life returns to normal in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 14: Life returned to normal on Saturday in the Kashmir valley, where a day-long strike was observed on Friday to commemorate Martyrs Day in remembrance of those killed in 1931, with business and other activities functioning and traffic plying on all routes.

A complete shutdown was observed on Friday when separatists had called “ Martyrs grave yard Challo” in the downtown city to

 

Friday, July 13, 2018Alleged kidnapping row: Bhagat's wife appeals to PM for action against husband

Jammu, Jul 13: A day after Jammu and Kashmir BJP MLA Gagan Bhagat and his wife Monika Sharma appeared before the disciplinary committee of the party, the MLA's wife on Friday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and sought action against him.

The BJP disciplinary committee is probing the matter of objectionable picture of Dr Bhagat with a minor girl went viral on social media.

 

Friday, July 13, 2018DGP reiterates appeal to youth to avoid going near encounter site in Kashmir

Srinagar, July 13: Reiterating his appeal to people, particularly youth, not to go near the areas where encounter are taking place between militants and security forces, Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid said he is pained when a civilian get killed in the firing.

“ We all are pained when a civilian get killed in the firing near encounter site”, Dr Vaid told reporters after paying tr

 

Friday, July 13, 2018Hurriyat Conference separatists detained ahead of protest call to commemmorate "Kashmir' martyrs

Srinagar, July 13: Moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq was on Friday detained after he defied house arrest restriction and tried to take out a march to Naqshband Sahib shrine to pay tribute to the Martyrs of 1931.

Meanwhile, Hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani remained under house arrest while JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik remain

 

Friday, July 13, 2018Restrictions continue in Kupwara

Srinagar, Jul 13: Restrictions continued for the second day on Friday in parts of frontier district of Kupwara, where a youth was killed when the Army opened fire to disperse demonstrators on July 11 evening.

Meanwhile, the District Magistrate (DM) has ordered a Magisterial inquiry into the incident. A case has also been registered in this regard.

However, a defence ministry spokesman has s

 

Friday, July 13, 2018About 6,000 yatris leave base camps for holy cave

Srinagar, July 13: About 6,000 pilgrims, including women and sadhus, on Friday left for holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.

Over 1.52 lakh yatris paid obeisance since the commencement of the 60-day-long pilgrimage from June 28 from both traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal tracks.

Meanwhile, 20 pilgrims besides two service providers, have died due to health reasons an

 

Thursday, July 12, 2018Curfew in north Kashmir town after youth killed in army firing

Srinagar, July 12: The authorities on Thursday imposed curfew in a volatile north Kashmir town after a youth was killed in firing by security forces, a police officer said.

The restrictions were imposed in Trehgam and all schools and colleges shut in the border disrict of Kupwara to maintain law and order amid fear of street protests.

The authorities also suspended mobile Internet services

 

Thursday, July 12, 2018Sensex jumps 272 33 points to hit fresh record high

Mumbai, July 12: The benchmark index of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday hit a new record high, rising by 272.33 points to trade at 36,538.26.

The 50-share of National Stock Exchange (NSE) too advanced by 93.50 points to 11,041.80.

Oil stocks were in demand. Among shares of oil exploration and production (E&P) companies, Reliance Industries (up 2.28%), ONGC (up 1.01%) and Oil India

 

Thursday, July 12, 2018Restrictions in Kupwara after youth dies in Army firing

Srinagar, Jul 12: Authorities on Thursday imposed restrictions in most parts of Kupwara district, where a youth was killed when the Army opened fire to disperse demonstrators, pelting stones last night.

However, a defence ministry spokesman said the Army opened fire in self defence after a mob of 40 to 50 people pelted stones on a patrol party in which five soldiers were injured.

Official s

 

Thursday, July 12, 2018Fresh batches of pilgrims leave Baltal, Pahalgam base camps for holy cave

Srinagar, July 12: Fresh batches of pilgrims, including women and sadhus, left Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps for the holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, where so far over 1,34,000 yatris had paid obeisance till Thursday morning since the commencement of 60-day-long pilgrimage from June 28.

About 15,700 pilgrims paid obeisance at the cave shrine on 14th day of pilgrima

 

Thursday, July 12, 2018Business, other activities remain affected in Srinagar

Srinagar, Jul 12: Business and other activities remained affected on Thursday in the downtown Srinagar on the second death anniversary of a local militant who was killed in an encounter in the central Kashmir district of Badgam last year.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in the downtown, including Nowhatta, Gojwara, Rajouri Kadal, Naqashband sahib and Jamia Market, on the seco

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018US envoy on three-day visit to Ladakh

Srinagar, July 11: Kenneth I. Juster, the US Ambassador to India, is presently on a three-day visit to the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The US envoy visited the Hemis Monastery and the Druk Padma Karpo school in Leh district.

Hemis Monastery is the oldest and the most prominent Monastery in the Ladakh region that is highly revered by the Buddhist and the Drukpa sects.

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018Strike cripples normal life in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 11: Normal life was on Wednesday crippled as shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in Kashmir valley due to a strike called by separatists against killing of a civilian in security force action in Shopian on Tuesday.

A police official told TNN that there was no restriction in any part of the city, including Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and downtown Sr

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018Woman yatri dies, two injured in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 11: A woman yatri was killed and two others were injured when their vehicle met with an accident in south Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu road on Wednesday, official sources said.

The vehicle, carrying Amarnath pilgrims from Srinagar to Jammu, collided with a school bus at Padgampora Awantipora in Pulwama district. Three pilgrims were injured in the incident and immediately rushed to h

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018Motorcyclist killed, pillion rider injured in Kashmir

Baramulla, July 11: A motorcyclist was killed and his pillion mate injured in a road accident on Srinagar-Gulmarg road in this north Kashmir district, official sources said on Wednesday.

Motorcyclist Shabir Ahmad Khan and his pillion mate were injured when their vehicle skidded off the road at Varipora, Kunzar in Tangmarg. The injured were immediately rushed to hospital, where Khan succumbed.

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018Man dies in road accident in Doda

Jammu, July 11: A man died on Wednesday when a car he was travelling in plunged into a gorge in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir.

"One person died on the spot at Bhata-Jodhpur road accident on Wednesday morning in Doda district when a car (JK06A-2531), on its way from Jodhpur to Doda, skidded off the road and plunged into deep gorge," police here said.

On getting information, locals immed

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018Separatist-called shutdown affects life in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, July 11: A protest shutdown called by separatists affected life adversely across the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, called the valley-wide shutdown against the "continuing killings of civilians by the Indian security forces".

Two militants and two civilian

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018Train service again suspended in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 11: Train service was again suspended on Wednesday for security reasons in Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for a general strike in protest against civilian killings in security force action.

All train runs from Baramulla in north Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region have been suspended for security reasons following a fresh advisory from police on Tuesday night, a sen