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For NC rally, authorities close down Hazratbal, commuters aghast

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Srinagar, Apr 9: The authorities Tuesday closed down the bus stand and the market around Hazratbal to facilitate the National Conference rally which witnessed a meagre crowd of just a few hundred workers.
In the wake of Lok Saba elections, the NC held a rally where party president, Farooq Abdullah addressed the gathering in a public park at Hazratbal on the banks of Dal Lake.
Authorities, however, closed the bus stand and markets in the surroundings of the venue.
After police barricaded the roads, traffic snarls were witnessed in Habak, Zukura, Dargah and other vicinities of Hazratbal.
“For the last one hour I am stuck in this cab. I had to reach office by 10 am. It is 12, I am still waiting here as the road is blocked due to this election campaign,” said Abdul Rashid, a passenger travelling in a public cab, who was stranded in traffic jam near Nigeen.
Rashid said that there is no other way to reach Habak other than this route. “We have no option other than to wait till the rally is over and the traffic is restored.”
Another passenger, Amir Amin said, “I had to reach SKUAST to attend an important workshop but couldn’t reach in time, as all the routes leading to the university were seized. A journey that usually takes 45 minutes took a horrendous 2.5 hours.”
All the shops at the Hazratbal were forced to close down in the wake of Farooq Abdullah’s election rally.
A shopkeeper at Hazratbal said that they were informed by the police a day before not to open shops on Tuesday.
“Large number of street vendors and fish sellers was also informed not to trade on Tuesday,” he said.


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Advisor Skandan reviews functioning of JKSRTC

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor K Skandan today convened a meeting to review the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir State Transport Corporation (JKSRTC).

The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner Finance, Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon, Managing Director, JKSRTC, Bilal Ahmad Bhat and other concerned.

During the meeting, the Advisor directed the officials to take a fresh review of SRTC routes so that more buses are employed on hilly routes where overloading is reported.

 

The Advisor was informed that the corporation has rationally deployed vehicles in every Operational Division as per demand or convenience of the general public.

For Chenab Valley region, it was given out that in the districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban, 32 vehicles are already in place and a new fleet of 33 vehicles are being inducted in Chenab Valley with the result all the left over routes of the area would be covered.

The Advisor hoped that with the measures taken, the rate of traffic related incidents would come down in the area besides upgrading mobility of the people.

He also asked the corporation to devise a plan to give wide publicity to Electric Buses so that general public would avail the facility. The meeting was also told that the time table issued for operation of the buses is being followed in letter and spirit.

The meeting also decided to put more charging stations in major districts of JK so that all the designated routes would be made operational.

The Advisor directed the JKSRTC to hold an internal audit of accounts at the earliest and conduct a board meeting so that remaining issues are sorted out. He also asked for status of installing, monitoring and tracking devices in SRTC buses for better financial discipline in the working of organisation.

The meeting also decided to have an efficient Fuel Management System to save the government exchequer.

The meeting was told that the corporation started regular night bus service with effect from August 5 from Srinagar to Jammu and vice versa for the convenience of the public.

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Srinagar administration makes arrangements to facilitate registration for GATE exam

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: The Srinagar administration has made arrangements to facilitate registration of aspirants for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE 2020.

Three counters with operators have been set up at the Tourist Reception Centre Srinagar as part of the arrangement.

The administration has asked the aspirants to feel free to approach the centre and avail the facility.

 
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Militant killed in Sopore gunfight

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A militant was gunned down by security forces in the Sopore district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, two days after police busted a module of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the valley.

The militant was gunned down following a brief shootout, said Jammu and Kashmir police.

“Sopore update: In a brief shootout one militant was killed in #Sopore. Further details shall follow,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.

 

According to sources, the militant belonged to LeT and was active in the valley.

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