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Wednesday, January 27, 2021Life returns to normal in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 27: Life returned to normal on Wednesday after remaining affected due to strike and security measures on Tuesday, when 72nd Republic Day (RD) was celebrated in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar.

Security forces had removed all nakas and restrictions imposed early yesterday to prevent any attempt by militants to disturb RD celebrations.

Business and other a


Wednesday, January 27, 2021CASO underway in twin villages of Shopian

Srinagar: A cordon and search operation is underway in twin villages of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday morning.

As per reports joint forces led by Jammu and Kashmir police, army’s Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF launched anti-militancy operations in Reban and Nadimarg villages.

The search operations were in progress when this report was being filed.


Wednesday, January 27, 2021Teenage girl dies due to burn injuries in north Kashmir

Baramulla: A teenage girl died due to burn injuries she received at her home in the north Kashmir district of Kupwara, official sources said.

They said a girl identified as 16-year-old Masrat Bano suffered serious burn injuries when a fire broke out due to cooking gas leak at her house at Lolab on Monday evening.

However, she was immediately rushed to District Hospital Kupwara from where sh


Wednesday, January 27, 2021Operation on war-footing to restore traffic to far flung, remote areas in Kashmir

Srinagar: Snow clearance operation was going on war-footing to restore traffic to dozens of far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), which remained cutoff for the fourth successive day due to accumulation of snow.

Meanwhile, traffic to border towns of Gurez in Bandipora remained suspended since January 1 due to accumulation of several feet of snow.

“Snow c


Wednesday, January 27, 2021Night temp improves in Kashmir; Gulmarg freezes at minus 11.5 degree

Srinagar: There was some respite from chilly weather conditions as the mercury during the night improved and settled above normal at most places in Kashmir valley, where a fresh spell of snow is predicted from Sunday.

Meanwhile, bright sunshine greeted people in the afternoon in the summer capital, Srinagar, and other parts of Kashmir valley though ice cold winds from snow-clad mountains conti


Wednesday, January 27, 202172nd RD celebrated in Kashmir

Srinagar: The 72nd Republic Day (RD) was celebrated across the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar despite sub zero temperature amidst unprecedented security arrangements.

The celebrations were peaceful with no report of any untoward incident in the valley, officials said. However, mobile internet of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was suspe


Wednesday, January 27, 2021Mobile internet suspended for several hours in Kashmir

Srinagar: Mobile internet services of all cellular companies were suspended in Kashmir valley for several hours for security reasons, during the Republic Day celebrations across the country.

However, broadband and fix-line internet were working normally in the valley, where high speed internet services have remained suspended since August 5, 2019, when the Centre abrogated Article 370 and Art


Wednesday, January 27, 2021'Srinagar nearly 50% deficient of organised parks, gardens'

Srinagar: The summer capital has nearly 50% deficient organized parks and gardens against norms, official data states.

As per official data, there are as many as 169 parks existing in Srinagar city with a total area of about 287 hectares against the minimum standard of 570 hectares as provided in the Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) guidelines, 2015.


Wednesday, January 27, 2021Srinagar man shot at by gunmen last month succumbs at SKIMS

SRINAGAR: A Srinagar resident shot at by unidentified gunmen in Soura area of Srinagar last month sccumbed to his injuries at a hospital on Wednesday.

Nadif Hanief Khan, a resident of Soura was shot and injured by gunmen at his residence on December 1 last year.

Officials told TNN that Nadif was admitted to SKIMS hospital in Soura, where he succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours today.


Monday, January 25, 2021Normal flight operations expected at Srinagar airport today as weather improves

SRINAGAR: With the improvement in weather in Kashmir valley, air traffic is likely to operate as normal at the Srinagar airport on Monday, airport authorities said.

“Today weather looks clear for flight operation[s]. We hope positively for all flights movement today, (sic)” the Twitter handle of Srinagar airport read this morning.

Flight operations were suspended at the airport on Saturday


Monday, January 25, 2021Covid-19: 73 cases; no fatality reported

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir recorded 73 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the tally to 1,24,019, even as no death due to the virus took place in the last 24 hours, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 31 were from Jammu division and 42 from Kashmir division, they said.
The officials said Jammu district recorded a maximum of 29 new COVID-19 cases, followed by 13 in Srinagar


Monday, January 25, 2021Omar takes potshots as report shows at bottom of internet speed in India

JAMMU: Taking a jibe at the government over very low speed internet in J&K, former chief minister and National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Sunday said ‘come invest in J&K, we have the slowest internet in the county’ makes for a great advertising slogan.
Abdullah was reacting to a report, according to which J&K features at the bottom with lowest internet speed of 0.8 Mbps whil


Monday, January 25, 2021City landlords on alert as Police arrest one for hiding details of ‘killer’ tenant


JAMMU: The arrest of a landlord in the sensational murder case of ATM guard in Nanak Nagar area of Jammu has put those property owners on alert who have lent their houses and other establishments on rent without tenant verification.
The swift action of police in the murder of ATM guard has won praise of Jammuites but the arrest of landlord of one of the murderers for not obeying the order of Dis


Sunday, January 24, 2021Omar takes jibe at Govt for very low internet speed in J&K, says ‘it makes for great ad slogan’

Srinagar, Jan 24: Taking a jibe at the government over very low speed internet in J&K, former chief minister and National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Sunday said ‘come invest in J&K, we have the slowest internet in the county’ makes for a great advertising slogan.

Mr Abdullah was reacting to a report, according to which J&K features at the bottom with lowest internet speed


Sunday, January 24, 202174 snow clearance machines deputed in 74 wards: SMC

SRINAGAR: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Saturday said that it had sent 74 snow clearance machines from its transport yard and deputed them in 74 electoral wards for snow clearance.

A statement of SMC issued here said that Mayor Srinagar, JunaidMattu remained present at the site while the snow clearance vehicles were leaving for 74 electoral wards of the city.

He directed the conc


Sunday, January 24, 2021Principal Secy to J&K LG for expediting development of Mubarak Mandi, Raghunath Bazaar, other projects

Jammu: Principal Secretary to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Nitishwar Kumar on Saturday conducted a whirlwind tour of Jammu city and visited tourism and heritage sites including Mubarak Mandi, Parade, Raghunath Bazaar, Rani Park and Hari Singh Park.
During his visit, the Principal Secretary took firsthand appraisal of the Heritage trail and the park improvement projects proposed by the


Sunday, January 24, 2021Air, road connectivity snapped after fresh snowfall in Kashmir

Srinagar: A fresh spell of snowfall on Saturday affected both air and surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the world.
The morning flights were delayed at the Srinagar airport after fresh spell of snow in parts of Kashmir valley.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole said that due to snow no flight operations have taken place at Srinagar Airport today.
The Srinagar-Jammu H


Sunday, January 24, 2021Not happy with adoption of JK industrial land policy: NC

Srinagar: The National Conference Saturday expressed dismay over the adoption of Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Land Allotment Policy, 2021-30, saying such measures, which have long-term implications, should have been left to be decided by a popular state government.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday approved adoption of the J&K Industrial Land Allotment Policy 2021-30.
"A coterie of bur


Sunday, January 24, 2021COVID: J&K reports fresh 94 +ve cases, one death

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday informed that 94 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (29 from Jammu division and 65 from Kashmir division), have been reported, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 123946.
Also one death has been reported from Kashmir Division.
Moreover, 88 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various ho


Saturday, January 23, 2021All incoming and outgoing flights cancelled at Srinagar airport

Srinagar, Jan 23: All incoming and outgoing flights at Srinagar International Airport were cancelled on Saturday due to poor visibility and snowfall since morning, officials said.

The first flight of Air Asia India, which was scheduled to land here from New Delhi at 0920 hrs, has been cancelled, they said.

The visibility was very poor and there was continuous snowfall due to which no fligh


Saturday, January 23, 2021Dozens of far-flung, remote areas again cutoff in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 23: Dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machil and Tanghdar, were again cut off on Saturday in north Kashmir due to slippery road conditions following fresh snowfall.

Meanwhile, traffic to border towns of Gurez in Bandipora remained suspended since January 1 due to accumulation of several feet of snow.

“Traffic was suspended to doz


Saturday, January 23, 2021All schools to re-open in J&K from Feb 1: Govt

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir school board of education on Friday announced re-opening of both private and government school in the Union Territory.
The schools were closed across Jammu and Kashmir last year in March following the pandemic, however, students were taught through online classes.
In an order issued by B K Singh Administrative Secretary to Government School Education Department g


Saturday, January 23, 2021Parliamentary panel meets Gulmarg hoteliers

Srinagar: The 31- member Parliamentary delegation on Thursday visited the world-famous ski-resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district to take stock of the tourism activities and to meet hoteliers, tour operators and the picturesque tourist destination.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee along with the top officials of Tourism Department including the Principal Secretary Tourism Sarma


Saturday, January 23, 2021Hoist tri-colour atop Govt, PSU buildings: Order

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has made hoisting of the tri-colour must for all government buildings on the eve of R-Day, stating the national flag must be hoisted atop all government, semi government and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) across Union Territory.
In this regard, Additional Secretary to the Government, Rohit Sharma has issued an order under number 03-JK (GAD) of 2021,


Saturday, January 23, 2021J&K HC stays NIA Court to administer 'virtual mode oath' to Waheed Parra

Jammu: The Jammu Wing of Jammu and Kashmir High Court comprising of Vacation Judge Justice Rajnesh Oswal on Friday stayed the Order of the Special Judge NIA/Third Addl Sessions Judge (TADA/POTA Court) dated December 28, 2020,whereby the NIA Court had directed the DC Pulwama (District Election Officer) to administer the oath of office to Waheed Ur Rehman Parra, who was elected as DDC Member from P


Saturday, January 23, 2021J&K Admn extends high-speed internet ban till Feb 6

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday issued an order for the extension of the ban on high-speed internet services till February 6.
According to an order issued by the Government of J-K, Home department, under number Home-02 (TSTS) of 2021, dated 22 January reads that the internet speed shall be continued to be restricted to 2G, except the districts of Ganderbal and Udhampur, whe


Saturday, January 23, 2021COVID: J&K reports 88 new +ve cases, four deaths

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday informed that 88 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (42 from Jammu division and 46 from Kashmir division), have been reported, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 123852.

Also four deaths have been reported today, two from Jammu Division and two from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 97 more COVID-19 patients h


Saturday, January 23, 2021Over 10, 000 take vaccine shots in J&K

No case of allergy, side effect reported so far

Srinagar: Covid vaccination is going on normally in whole Jammu and Kashmir and so far no case of allergy and other issues have been reported so far in J&K.

Senior health officials from both divisions of Jammu and Kashmir said that vaccination process is going on and no person after taking vaccination has been hospitalised and suffered from any allergy or anything other things.

An official


Friday, January 22, 2021Man dies in scuffle in Baramulla

Baramulla, Jan 22: A 55-year-old man died during a scuffle between two groups in apple township of Sopore in this north Kashmir district on Friday, official sources said.

Two groups of relatives clashed at Tarzoo, Sopore , in Baramulla on Friday during which lathis were used.

Mohammad Khaleel was hit and critically wounded in the clash, they said adding he was immediately rushed to Sub Dist


Friday, January 22, 2021Property worth lakhs of rupees destroyed in 3 fire incidents in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 22: Property worth lakhs of rupees, including a Darul Uloom and a shop, were damaged in separate fire incidents in Kashmir valley.

Official sources said that fire broke out in Darul Uloom Syed Hafsa Islamia Galwanpora at Hyderpora late last night. “Fire tenders were rushed to douse off the leaping flames, clearly visible from a distance,” they said.

About two dozen students, w


Friday, January 22, 2021Ban on import of live birds into J&K lifted: Choudhary

Srinagar, Jan 22: Ban on import of live birds, including poultry and unprocessed poultry meat, for any purpose into the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir from non infected areas has been lifted.

Principal Secretary to UT Government Naveen Kumar Choudhary said that in view of stringent surveillance mechanism in place for containment and spread of Bird Flu in the Country and the instruct


Friday, January 22, 2021Life returns to normal in Srinagar civil lines

Srinagar, Jan 22: Life returned to normal on Friday with all shops and business establishments functioning normally after remaining shut on Thursday on the 31st anniversary of “Gaw Kadal Massacre” as on this day in 1990 over 50 persons were killed in alleged security force firing when they were coming out from a mosque.

Shops and business establishments reopened this morning in the civil lines


Friday, January 22, 2021Slight ease in cold ahead of fresh snow forecast in Kashmir

Srinagar: Cold conditions persisted in Kashmir even as minimum temperatures increased slightly across the valley amid a forecast for fresh snowfall in the next few days, the weatherman said on Friday.

A meteorological department official told agency that Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6.2°C, up from minus 7.0°C the previous night.

The minimum temp


Friday, January 22, 2021School building gutted in south Kashmir

Anantnag, Jan 22: A building of Government Primary school was gutted in a fire incident in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Thursday night, official sources said on Friday.

They said fire broke out in Primary school building at Nadigam Shopian last night. However, local immediately joined the operation to control the leaping flames as fire tenders could not reach the spot as roads leading


Friday, January 22, 2021We are in Kashmir to build confidence: Chairman PSC

Development of J&K is major goal: Venkatesh

Srinagar: Asserting that Kashmir is a beautiful place and people are very lovable, Chairman of the 31-member Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC), T G Venkatesh on Thursday said they are in Kashmir to build and create confidence among people of Valley so that more domestic and foreign tourists arrive.
“Kashmir is a beautiful place and its people are very lovable. We have been to Switzerland m


Friday, January 22, 2021Stakeholder pitch for better highway connectivity, boost in tourism sector

Srinagar: Stakeholders from Kashmir on Thursday met a delegation of Parliamentary Standing Committee in Srinagar while demanding better national highway connectivity and boost to the tourism sector in the valley.
The committee who is on a three-day visit to Srinagar and Gulmarg were accompanied by MoS in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh and National Conference President and Member of Parliament Dr Faroo