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Srinagar, Apr 20: Gulmarg and other areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall on Friday, while the plains in the valley, including the summer capital Srinagar, were lashed by rains.
Fresh snowfall was recorded in Gulmarg the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.
He said there are reports of snowfall in other areas in the higher reaches of the valley, including in Zojila Pass, near Amarnath Cave and Drass.
The plain areas in the valley were lashed by rains which have brought down the maximum temperature below the normal for this part of the season, the official said.
He said Srinagar recorded a maximum of 18.5 degrees Celsius yesterday, against the normal of 21.1 degrees Celsius.
The famous health resort in Sonamarg and the hills around it received around 1-inch deep snow, while Minamarg received 6-inch deep snow and Gumri got 12-inch deep snow.
Traffic on Jammu-Kargil highway has been stalled since Thursday evening due to heavy snowfall in Zojila Pass and Gumri.
Snowfall in mid-April has brought down day temperatures to 15 degree Celsius in Srinagar.
Incessant rains coupled with strong winds wreaked havoc across south Kashmir areas on Friday.
Reports said trees were uprooted at many orchards across the district including Shangus and Kokernag areas.
Over a dozen houses were partially damaged due to strong winds at Shangus, while shops were also damaged at Wangum and Hangulgund areas of Kokernag, reports said.
Reports of road blockade due to incessant rainfall coupled with strong winds have been coming in from south Kashmir. Shangus-Ranipora Mattan road and Achabal Kokernag road has been blocked, reports said.
Earlier, on Thursday hailstorm wreaked havoc across Kulgam and Shopian districts resulting into damages to orchards in the twin districts.
Similar reports of damage to orchards have been pouring in from Bijebehara area of south Kashmir and other districts.
The incessant rains also virtually turned the city into a cesspool, with streets and by-lanes at many places remaining water-logged.
The roads and by-lanes of several civil lines and old city areas are inundated thereby hindering the pedestrian as well as vehicular movement.
The areas where lanes are filled with water include: Residency Road, Maulana Azad Road, Jawahar Nagar, Mehjoor Nagar, Chanapora, Qamarwari, Bemina, Indra Nagar, Hyderpora , Hari Singh High Street, Chanapora, Rambagh, Natipora, Shivpora, Sonawar, Rainawari, Bohri Kadal, Eidgah, Nowpora, Sekidafar, and other upper and low-lying areas of the city.
In areas like Bemina, Jawahar Nagar and Indra Nagar, people had to face immense hardships to move out of their houses due to the inundated streets and by-lanes. “We have a drainage system here in some areas but it is faulty. Whenever there is a slight downpour our lane gets flooded. I don’t understand where from this water comes. This Water flow is restricting our movement,” said Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Bemina said.
Another resident from Indra Nagar said his area turns into cesspool even with slight rainfall. “We are tired of facing water logging every now and then. Nobody came here to help us. Authorities are only focussing the main city areas. We have a poor drainage system here,” said Abdul Wahid of Indra Nagar.
Though SMC claims to have started dewatering process, but many localities still remain inundated.
Meanwhile, Divisional Administration, Kashmir, has issued an avalanche warning for hilly and avalanche-prone areas of the valley and Ladakh region.
Avalanche warning exists for avalanche prone slopes of Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh districts of Kashmir Division for Friday, an official of the Divisional Administration said.
He said all deputy commissioners concerned have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts and advise people not to venture in avalanche-prone areas and monitor the situation regularly to avert any untoward incident.


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Two JeM militants killed in Shopian gunfight

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Srinagar, Mar 22: Two Jaish militants, including a former SPO who had joined the outfit in 2018, were killed in an encounter in Ratnipora area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday.
Reports said that a joint team of army’s 34 RR, SOG and CRPF laid a cordon and search operation in Ratnipora village late last night.
Quoting a police officer, news agency GNS said that the CASO was launched following inputs about the presence of some militants.
“The joint team in the meantime fired some warning shots towards the suspected spot which was responded by militants and it was retaliated, triggering off a gunfight”.
“During the course of gunfight, two militants have been killed and their bodies along with two weapons were recovered from the site late this afternoon,” the officer said, adding that both the slain militants were affiliated with JeM outfit.
SSP Shopian Sandeep Choudhary identified the slain militants as Showkat Ahmad of Heramain and Yasir Ahmad Shah of Aarhama.
The SSP added that Showkat was an SPO-turned-militant and had joined the militant outfit last year.
Meanwhile, massive protest erupted near encounter site and its adjoining villages including Gadapora as protesters tried to march closer to the gunfight spot. The forces used pellets and tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting youth. The stone pelting clashes amid a shutdown was also received from neighbouring Pulwama district
At least fifteen youth were injured in the clashes near encounter site. Among the fifteen injured, ten of them were taken to district hospital Shopian for treatment. A policeman namely Tariq Ahmad also sustained serious head injuries after being hit by a stone during clashes in adjoining Ratnipora village of the district, the official sources said.
A doctor who operated upon them said that five youth suffered pellet injuries in their eyes while one of them had been shot in the neck.
“All the ten injured were later referred to different hospitals in Srinagar for advanced treatment,” he said.
Meanwhile, in wake of the gunfight, the internet services were suspended in Shopian for precautionary measures. (With inputs from GNS)

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Centre bans JKLF under ‘anti-terror’ law

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New Delhi, Mar 22: The Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) was banned by the Centre under ‘anti-terror’ law on Friday, officials said.
The outfit has been banned for alleged promotion of secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.
They said the organisation has been banned under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Its chief Yasin Malik is under arrest and at present lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.
This is the second organisation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been banned this month. Earlier, the Centre had banned the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir.
Reacting to banning of JKLF, PDP president and former J&K CM, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “Yasin Malik renounced violence as a way of resolving J&K issue a long time ago. He was treated as a stakeholder in a dialogue initiated by then PM Vajpayee ji. What will a ban on his organisation achieve? Detrimental steps like these will only turn Kashmir into an open air prison.”
National Conference Vice President and another former CM of the state, Omar Abdullah, too expressed his thoughts over the decision.
“For 4 1/2 years (four and a half years) Yasin Malik isn’t a threat, Jamaat Islami isn’t a threat, Pakistan National Day is a function that must be attended. Now suddenly once an election is announced an immediate u-turn is executed,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Admin allows uprooting of 17 ‘unsafe’ Chinars in Srinagar college

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Srinagar, Mar 22: Amid government’s claims for preserving Chinars, a college in Srinagar, has, after getting due permission from the district administration, felled over a dozen of these majestic trees standing tall in its premises for decades.
As many as 17 Chinar trees have been partially or entirely chopped off at SP College here during the last 4 days.
The college authorities say all the chinars had “decayed” after 2014 floods and needed to be cut-off.
Professor Khurshid Khan, Principal SP College told The Kashmir Monitor that post 2014 floods many Chinar trees in the college started “drying” and there was no sign of their “rejuvenation”.
“The branches of the trees started falling and it posed safety threat to the students and the people around,” he said, adding that to avoid any “unfortunate accident we approached the government for acquiring permission to uproot the Chinars”.
The Principal claimed that the vehicle of one of their faculty member was completely damaged when a branch of one of the chinars fell on it.
An order issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar reads: “After conducting on spot survey of the decayed Chinar, government on January 23, 2019 directed to uproot the only identified dry Chinar existing in the premises of the college.”
The survey was conducted by the department of floriculture which recommended uprooting 17 Chinar trees that “are completely dry” and “light pruning” of another three such trees.
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Dr Arshid Jehangir, Environmentalist at Kashmir University, said it is legally permitted to uproot the tree only if it poses a threat.
“But if we have to uproot one Chinar, we need to plant 10 more as a compensation for our cause,” he added.
The number of Chinars has reduced drastically in the last few decades.
According to reports, the number in Kashmir in the 70s was around 40,000 but today it has been reduced to a meagre 5,000.
The majestic tree was brought to Kashmir by the Mughals. Emperor Akbar planted Chinars in the valley in 1586.

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