News from the region

Sunday, January 20, 2019Despite snow prediction, one-way traffic continues on Kashmir highway

Srinagar, Jan 20 :Despite weather warning which could affect surface and air traffic, Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through for one-way traffic on Sunday.
However, Leh-Srinagar national highway, connecting Ladakh region with the valley, and historic Mughal road remained closed for traffic from last about two


Saturday, January 19, 2019Students protest non-availability of teaching staff at winter tutorial centre in central Kashmir’s Kangan

Srinagar, Jan 19: Despite snowfall the students of Government run winter tutorial centre in Hariganiwan Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district Saturday protested against the non-availability of the required teaching staff at the centre.

The students staged a protest by blocking Srinagar-Sonamarg highway, demanding adequate teaching staff. The protesting students while demanding a


Saturday, January 19, 2019Police seeks help of general public to trace out the missing lady

Srinagar, Jan 19: Police seeks help of general public to trace out the missing lady namely Saleema Begum ( 35 Year old ) W/O Tariq Ahmad Sheikh R/O Behrampora Rafiabad.

Tariq Ahmad Sheikh S/O Abdul Gani Sheikh R/O Behrampora reported Police Post Watergam that his wife is missing from 13 January 2019. After searching for her all over, they could not find her .

The missing report has been lo


Saturday, January 19, 2019Road to Gurez, other villages near LoC closed, stranded vehicles cleared

Bandipora, Jan 19: The border town of Gurez and dozens of other villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) remained closed due to accumulation of several feet of snow in this north Kashmir district of Bandipora, where moderate to heavy snowfall was experienced since Friday night.

Meanwhile, major snow clearance operation has been started from 0330 hrs in main town and other route


Saturday, January 19, 2019Ten feared killed after snow avalanche hits Khardung La

Five bodies recovered, intense searches on for others

SRINAGAR: In a tragic accident, ten persons, believed to be Army porters, are feared dead after a snow avalanche buried the two trucks they were travelling in at Khardung La of Ladakh region on Friday.

Bodies of five of the deceased have been recovered so far, while efforts are on to find the remaining five persons, whose chances of survival are bleak, police said.

The rescue operation by p


Friday, January 18, 2019Intense cold wave conditions grips Kashmir ahead of another spell of snow

Srinagar, Jan 18 : Cold wave conditions have intensified in Kashmir with the maximum and minimum temperature plunging at most places of the valley, Met Department said on Friday.

Meanwhile, weather advisory has been issued of expected moderate to heavy snow and rain from 19 to 25 January at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions.

A Met department spokesperson told TNN tha


Friday, January 18, 20195 killed, 5 missing as avalanche hits Ladakh's Khardung La area

Srinagar, Jan 18: Five persons were killed and five others were missing after their truck came under an avalanche in the Khardung La area of the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, officials said.

The avalanche hit the truck carrying 10 persons at Khardungla pass in Ladakh region at 7.00 am on Friday, an official of the Border Roads Organisation said.

The BRO pressed into service


Friday, January 18, 2019Doing business in India now easier, cheaper, faster, smarter: Modi

Gandhinagar, Jan 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that his government had made doing business in India easier, cheaper, faster and smarter with his term accounting for almost 45 per cent of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that the country received in the last 18 years.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 here, he said India was now o


Friday, January 18, 2019Karnah road reopens; dozens of far-flung, remote areas remain cut off in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 18: Traffic on Kupwara road to Karnah, a border town in north Kashmir, was resumed after remaining closed for over a week due to heavy snowfall.

However, dozens of far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), remained cut off for the ninth successive day from their respective districts and tehsil headquarters in Kashmir due to slippery road conditio


Friday, January 18, 2019Bride injured in celebratory firing

New Delhi, Jan 18: A 19-year-old bride was injured early on Friday after a bullet fired in a celebratory firing hit her ankle during her marriage ceremony here, a police officer said.

The incident occurred at 12.45 a.m. when Pooja was standing on the stage for the "jai mala" ceremony in Shakarpur Community Centre.

The perpetrator was identified as Rinku, a resident of Geeta Colony, who fire


Friday, January 18, 2019Security forces launch CASO in south Kashmir's Tral

Srinagar, Jan 18: Security forces on Friday launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at Tral in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.
Official sources told TNN that following specific information about presence of militants, a joint CASO was launched by Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police, Army and CRPF at village Gulshanpora, Tral in Pulwama on Friday morning.

They said house-t


Friday, January 18, 2019Tourist dies, 9 missing after avalanche hit Khardun La in Ladakh

Srinagar, Jan 18: A tourist was killed and nine others are missing after their vehicle was buried under a huge snow avalanche at Khardung La pass, the worlds highest motorable road in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, official sources said.

They said a vehicle came under huge snow avalanche at Khardung La pass, about 18400 feet above sea level, in Leh this morning.

They said te


Friday, January 18, 2019J&K airports' audit report to get BCAS endorsement favouring CISF

New Delhi, Jan 18 :The audit report of the highly sensitive Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports is under final scrutiny of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) that will send its endorsement "very soon" to the Union Home Ministry, to hand over the security responsibility of these airports to the CISF from the CRPF.

It is, however, yet to be decided whether the Central Industrial Securit


Thursday, January 17, 2019Kashmir highway through for one-way, Leh other roads remain shut

Srinagar, Jan 17: The National Highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through for traffic and on Thursday, vehicles will ply from Jammu to Srinagar, a traffic police official said.

However, other roads, including National Highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir, historic Mughal road and Anantnag-Kishtwar, remained shut due to accumulation of sno


Thursday, January 17, 2019Fire breaks out in mobile repair shop in Doda

Jammu, Jan 17: A major fire broke out in a mobile repair shop in Thathri area of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir.

"A fire broke out on Wednesday night in mobile repair shop of one Shameem Ahmed of Cheera, Thathri in main market," police said here on Thursday.

They said police team rushed to the spot and a fire tender was also pressed into service.

"The flames were timely doused by the


Thursday, January 17, 2019Div Com Kashmir Issues Fresh Avalanche Warning

Srinagar: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Wednesday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of the division.

The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh districts.

As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the Deputy Co


Thursday, January 17, 2019Severe cold wave continues in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, Jan 17: A severe cold wave continued in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday despite an improve in weather conditions after snowfall the previous day, the weather office said.

While the weather was sunny in the Jammu division, the sky remained cloudy in the valley.

The weather office has forecast heavy snowfall in the valley from January Saturday to January 23.

Due to frost and high


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Delhi HC defers AJL plea to Jan 28

New Delhi, Jan 16: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday deferred hearing of a plea by the Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of the National Herald newspaper, challenging a single-judge bench order to vacate the Herald House.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao deferred the hearing to January 28.

The AJL has moved a division bench challenging the December


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Snow halts flights at Srinagar airport

Srinagar, Jan 16: Flight operations at the Srinagar international airport were halted on Wednesday following poor visibility and continued snowfall in the valley, an airport official said.

"We will take a call on resumption of flights after the weather improves," he said, adding that the runway was covered in snow.

Moderate snowfall started in the morning. The weather office has forecast he


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Life returns to normal in Shopian after 3 days of strike

Srinagar, Jan 16: Life returned to normal on Wednesday after remaining crippled for the past three days in Shopian in south Kashmir, where two militants, including a top Al-Badr commander, were killed in an encounter with security forces on Saturday evening in Kulgam.

Tuition and coaching centres at K P Road in Anantnag were closed today following directions by police.

However, life was nor


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Stranded passengers protest at Kupwara, demand helicopter service

Srinagar, Jan 16: Passengers stranded due closure of dozens of roads for the seventh day on Wednesday to far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) due to accumulation of snow, protested at Kupwara, demanding helicopter service on concessional rates.

The border town of Gurez, surrounded by Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, and dozens of other vil


Wednesday, January 16, 2019India wants 'mazboot' not 'majboor' government: BJP Vice President

Jammu, Jan 16: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice President, Avinash Rai Khanna, on Tuesday said the party would fight 2019 Lok Sabha elections on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's performance during the last four and a half years.

Addressing a media conference at the party headquarters in winter capital Jammu, Khanna said political parties trying to join hands with the Congress against t


Wednesday, January 16, 2019Heavy snowfall to hit Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 16: The Met on Wednesday forecast heavy snowfall for at least five days starting Saturday that is likely to disrupt air and surface traffic to and from the Kashmir Valley.

"A comparatively intense western disturbance is becoming active over Jammu and Kashmir from January 19 and will remain till January 23, peaking on January 22.

"Under its influence moderate to heavy snowfall


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Villages near LoC remain shut for day 6

Srinagar, Jan 15: Though snow clearance operations have already been started but there are very less chances for early reopening of most of the roads due to accumulation of several feet of snow which has also frozen due to sub zero temperature, officials said, adding there is also forecast for fresh snowfall from tomorrow besides avalanche warning.

“Roads to border towns of Machil, Keran, Karn


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Life remains affected in Shopian for day 3

Srinagar, Jan 15: Life remained affected for the third day on Tuesday in Shopian in south Kashmir, where two militants, including a top Al-Badr commander, were killed in an encounter with security forces on Saturday evening in Kulgam.

However, life was normal in Kulgam district today after remaining partially affected for two days.

There were no restrictions in any party of south Kashmir, a


Tuesday, January 15, 2019In biggest outreach yet, Malik calls upon militants to return

JAMMU: Sounding even sweeter than the popular government selected on the plank of human right protection, Governor Satya Pal Malik today called upon the militants to return to the civil mainstream as he assured their counseling and rehabilitation.

"We do not have any 'operation all out'. We want these children (militants) to come back and we are ready to do what we can do for them," Malik said


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Pak breaches LoC peace

JAMMU: Pakistani Army yet again violated the ceasefire by firing unprovoked on the Line of Control in Poonch district.

Pak troops on Monday morning initiated unprovoked firing and targeted our forward posts in Khari Karmada area of Poonch, official sources here said.

They said Pakistan resorted to small arms and shelling with heavy caliber weapons.

Own troops effectively retaliated to th


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Police clearance must for protected persons for travelling outside State

Move to prevent weapon snatching, 752 PSOs withdrawn

SRINAGAR: In order to curb the rising incidents of weapon snatching, the Jammu and Kashmir police have restricted the protected persons from taking their Personal Security Officers (PSOs) with them outside state, unless they are permitted to do so by police, in written form even as it withdrew 752 PSOs from the ‘uncategorised’ and ‘influential’ persons during the Governor’s rule in the state.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019HM ultra arrested

BANDIPORA: Days after two active militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were arrested in Shopian, the security forces on Monday achieved yet another success when they arrested another top ultra of the terror outfit in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

An official informed that "on a tip off" from Jammu and Kashmir Police, a joint team of army’s 13 RR , 162 Territorial Army including police


Tuesday, January 15, 2019Cold wave hits Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, Jan 15:An intense cold wave hit the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, bringing down temperatures several notches below the freezing point

An official of the MET Department said the weather would remain generally cloudy during the next 24 hours.

The valley is presently witnessing the 40-day long period of harsh winter cold called the 'Chillai Kalan', which started on December 21 and is li


Monday, January 14, 2019Normal life crippled in some parts of central Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 14: Normal life was on Monday crippled in some parts of central Kashmir to protest against security force action in Shopian on Sunday which led to injuries to several youths, including a Ganderbal resident.

Even though there was no strike call given by any separatist group, shops and business establishments were closed and less number of vehicles were plying on roads at Nagbal in


Monday, January 14, 2019Road clearance going on in Rajouri, Poonch

Jammu, Jan 14: The snow clearance from the roads on Sunday, following Saturday's snowfall, was going at large scale across Rajouri and Poonch even as the authorities managed to restore the traffic on important roads.

As per details, a number of roads including Thanamandi DKG Surankote road, Budhal Mahore Gool road, Poonch Mandi to Saujiyan road, Poonch Mandi to Loran road, BG Hamipue road had


Monday, January 14, 2019Life remains affected in parts of south Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 14: Normal life remained affected for the second day on Monday in twin south Kashmir districts of Kulgam and Shopian against the killing of two militants, including a top Al-Badr commander, in an encounter with security forces on Saturday evening.

There are no restrictions in any party of south Kashmir, a police spokesman said.

Shops and business establishments remained closed


Monday, January 14, 2019Train services resume in south Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 14 :Train services on Monday resumed after remaining suspended on Sunday for security reasons in south Kashmir, where a top Al-Badr commander was among two militants killed in an encounter with security forces on Saturday evening.
However, train services between Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir was not affected and trains were running as per schedule.
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