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Few inches of snow collapses public utility delivery services across Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 04 : Early snowfall autumn this year collapsed the government under few inches of snow with restoration public utility services particularly power and transport taking a big hit. Reports said as snowing intensified in the afternoon on Saturday the government agencies connected with the delivery of essential services particularly power and transport were found invisible on the ground.

Most of the roads connecting different parts of Srinagar city with the city centre Lal Chowk were incompletely inundated and passenger vehicles were found hurdling with each other while navigating through water lodged roads in Srinagar city. The movement of traffic was badly hit on the roads connecting district headquarters with Srinagar city and the students whose examination ended by 5pm could reach their homes by late evening hours and the examination staff were seen waiting in queues outside Bemina Board Office for dropping answer sheets and collecting question papers till 9pm in the evening.
Most of the aggrieved teachers on conditions of anonymity told KNS that they could reach their homes only by mid-night and wanted the rescheduling of examination timing keeping in view more difficult times ahead of forth coming winter in Kashmir.
Though MeT office had predicted bad weather from November 1 to November 5 almost a month ago but neither the Power Development Department nor the government agencies connected with the delivery of other public utility services were seen in a state of preparedness as smooth flow of power could not be restored even after 24 hours of the power breakdown and power is yet to be restored in hundreds of villages in northern, southern and central Kashmir parts.
The damages caused by snow to apple orchards are very huge as the snow brought the tree branches bending to ground in apple orchards in northern and southern districts of Kashmir valley. The cries of damage assessment and compensation are going lauder and lauder after every passing hour as MLAs including former ministers have demanded immediate assessment of the losses and compensation to the orchardists.
The Srinagar-Jammu highway was partially opened for traffic after remaining closed for more than 12 hours as traffic police authorities allowed one way traffic of light vehicles only from Srinagar to Jammu. A traffic official said landslides triggered by rain at Digdol and Ramsu were cleared and light vehicles were allowed to move to Jammu after clearing the landslides, adding that “we allowed stranded vehicles particularly those carrying passengers to move towards their destinations.” He said traffic movement will be allowed after all the stranded vehicles are cleared. Claiming that about 1300 passengers were rescued to safer places during last twenty fours, the traffic official said “over 1000 civilians were provided food and shelter in Banihal by local police and civil administration. 300 people were taken to Qazigund where they were provided all required assistance.
Meanwhile groups of government employees working in the move offices of the government demanded movement of traffic from Srinagar to Jammu on Monday and relaxation in attendance of their duties at civil secretariat and other move offices in Jammu in Monday as Srinagar-Jammu highway is slippery and the movement of vehicles would be too slow.
The flights from Srinagar airport were also suspended due to poor visibility. An official at Srinagar International Airport said “we can’t say if the flight suspended today can operate tomorrow keeping in view the prevalent weather conditions in Kashmir valley.


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Zakir Musa killing: Shutdown, restrictions on Day 2 as well

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Srinagar, May 25: A complete shutdown was Saturday observed in Kashmir on the second as well against the killing of Zakir Musa, the militant ‘commander’ and chief of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), who was shot dead during an encounter in Dadsara, Tral early Friday morning.
Authorities also continued placing curbs in parts of the valley to foil any protests or clashes. Following the orders from the divisional administration, all educational institutes across Kashmir remained closed for the second consecutive day as well.
High-speed mobile internet continued to remain suspended in most districts of Kashmir although 2G- speed internet service was restored in Budgam, Ganderbal and Srinagar on Saturday afternoon.
A police official said the curbs on the movement of people were in force in parts of Srinagar, Kulgam and Pulwama.
Train service on the Baramulla-Banihal line also remained suspended, the official said.
“Curfew continued to remain imposed in parts of the Kashmir valley today (Saturday) as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” the official said.
In Srinagar, he added, strict restrictions were in place in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and M R Gung areas, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.
The official said that government forces including police and paramilitary was deployed in strength in other parts of the valley to avoid any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remained shut in the valley following the strike call by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the killing of Zakir and a civilian Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Naira Pulwama – who was killed allegedly by government forces on Thursday.
Public transport was also off the roads.
Zakir, one of the most-wanted militant ‘commanders’ in Kashmir, was killed in the encounter at Dadsara Tral after forces launched a search operation late Thursday evening following specific information about the presence of militants there.
His killing led to spontaneous shutdown and protests in the valley.

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Zakir’s death marks end of ‘radical jihad’: DGP

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Srinagar, May 25: Police Saturday said the killing of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH) Chief Zakir Musa has ended the “cult and concept of radical jihad” and Zakir was the last militant of “ISIS-influenced ideology”.
“Zakir Musa had created a new concept of radical jihad and militancy in Kashmir. He was the last militant of such radicalised ideology. With his killing, security forces have eliminated the last such militant who was influenced by ISIS kind of militancy in Kashmir,” Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh was quoted saying by a local news agency.
The DGP said that youth should understand that “radical ideology or other kind of militancy leads to death and destruction.”
“Some youth were influenced by the radical ideology of Zakir Musa and we would see youth waving ISIS flags in Downtown around Jamia Masjid on Fridays. His killing is the death of radical concept of Jihad in Kashmir. Any radical idea of militancy is against the interests of youth and other people of the state,” the DGP said.
The DGP said that he appreciates and is grateful to the people of Kashmir for “maintaining peace and calm in the last three days.”
Zakir was killed in Dadsara village of Tral in Pulwama district by government forces in a gunfight during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
His killing triggered protests at several places with authorities imposing restrictions and Hurriyat calling for shutdown in Kashmir.

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‘Minorities have been cheated, have to stop it: Modi

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New Delhi, May 25: A bow before the Constitution of India was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first action after being unanimously elected the National Democratic Alliance’s leader as he set the agenda for the next term of his government in the Central Hall of Parliament on Saturday.
In his address, Modi reached out to minorities, who he said have been “cheated” by the opposition and called for the lawmakers to earn their trust and put an end to the deception immediately.
“We have worked for sabka saath, sabka vikas, now we have to strive for sabka vishwas,” the PM said while addressing NDA MPs in parliament’s Central Hall Saturday evening.
“The way the poor have been cheated, the minorities have been deceived the same way. It would have been good if their education, their health had been in focus. I expect from you in 2019 that you would be able to make a hole in that deception. We have to earn their trust,” PM Modi said.
The PM, who is likely to be sworn in next week, said this time in the general elections, people voted for pro-incumbency.
“There was pro-incumbency wave in this election, its result was a positive mandate,” the PM told NDA leaders, and added, “The 2019 elections have helped bring down walls, connect hearts.”
The BJP scored 303 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha in the national election and along with its allies, won a remarkable tally of 353.
The formality of allies naming PM Modi as the undisputed leader of the NDA was carried out in the Central Hall of parliament amid loud applause, desk-thumping and chants of “Modi, Modi”.
Top alliance leaders, including Janata Dal United chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal were in the meeting.
On the dais, senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi flanked PM Modi.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal moved a resolution to elect PM Modi as the leader of the NDA Parliamentary Party which was supported by JDU chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders of the NDA.
“The people have accepted Narendra Modi experiment again from their heart. I want to say this about Modiji, whom I have worked with – for 20 years, he has not taken even a day off. He has worked 18 hours a day.”
On Friday, the council of ministers led by PM Modi submitted their resignation which was accepted by President Kovind, paving way for formation of new government.
Accepting PM Modi’s resignation, the president had had asked them to continue as a caretaker until the formation of a new government.

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