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Gulmarg, Pahalgam receive light snowfall

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Srinagar, Jan 05: The twin resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam received light snowfall during Friday night, even as the minimum temperature marked an improvement at most places in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region.
An official of the MET department said there was a possibility of light rains or snowfall at isolated places, especially in the higher reaches, in the state over the next 24 hours.
The official said while the night temperature marked an improvement at most places across Kashmir division last night, the mercury in Gulmarg and Kokernag decreased from the previous night.
Gulmarg – the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir – recorded a low of minus 9 degrees Celsius, three degrees colder from the previous night.
He said Kokernag town in south Kashmir registered a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius compared to minus 2.5 degrees Celsius on the previous night.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded the minimum temperature of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, a slight increase from minus 3.9 degrees Celsius yesterday, the official said.
He said the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 4 degrees Celsius, up from the previous night’s minus 4.4 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius.
The night temperature in Pahalgam – the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra recorded a low of minus 4 degrees Celsius, up from minus 4.5 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Kargil town in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir continued to shiver as the minimum temperature there settled at minus 20 degrees Celsius same as the previous night, the official said.
He said the town was the coldest recorded place in the state.
Nearby Leh town recorded a minimum temperature of minus 10.3 degrees Celsius last night up from minus 14.2 degrees the previous night.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.
It ends on January 31 next year, but the cold wave continues even after that in the valley.
The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long Chillai- Khurd (small cold) and a 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold).


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Over 380 Ladakh police personnel in J&K to be transferred to native state

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0New Delhi: Over 380 police personnel belonging to Ladakh and working in different places in Kashmir and Jammu regions will soon be transferred to their native state and posted under the administrative control of the new Union Territory, officials said Sunday. The new Union Territory of Ladakh will come into existence, October 31.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given nod for the transfer of police personnel working in different wings of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

“Approval has been given for the transfers of about 385 Ladakhi-origin police personnel to Ladakh and they will function under the new UT which will come into existence October 31,” a ministry official said.

 

The police personnel will work with the Ladakh UT Police, which will be under the direct control of the MHA.

The police personnel – from the rank of constable to inspector – will also get the pay and perks available to police personnel of other UTs like Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Police and law and order in the UT of Ladakh will be under the direct control of the Lieutenant Governor, through whom the Central Government will administer the high altitude region.

According to ‘The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019’, will not have a Legislative Assembly.

The Act says cadres of IAS and IPS for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, on and from the appointed day (October 31), shall continue to function on existing cadres.

However, in future, the all India service officers to be posted to UTs of Jammu and Kashmir or Ladakh shall be from the Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram, Union Territory cadre, more popularly known as UT cadre.

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Shopian attack: Non-local apple trader battles for life at SMHS hospital

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Srinagar: The 25 year old non- local apple trader, who suffered critical wounds in a suspected militant attack in Shopian on Wednesday, is battling for life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of SHMS hospital here.
Suspected militants Wednesday killed an apple trader and serious injured his associate at Trenz village of Shopian district. The slain was identified as Chander Preet Singh while his injured associate was identified as Sanjeev Kumar of Ferozpur Punjab
Doctors attending on Kumar said he has suffered serious wounds in his vital organs.
“He hassuffered severe chest and abdominal injuries. He was admitted in the hospital in a very hypovolemic shock due to the excessive loss of blood. A surgery was later conducted, which lasted for five hours,” a doctor at SMHS hospital told The Kashmir Monitor.
He said Kumar had severe liver and diaphragm laceration (tear) and injuries in the soft tissues of shoulder and arms.“We had to remove his large intestines. His condition is still critical. He is being constantly monitored by a team of doctors. He is currently on ventilator,” the doctor said.
Lone son of his parents, Kumar has been associated with the apple trade for the last two years.His family members said that he arrived in Kashmir two weeks ago to ship applesto outside the state Mandis.
“He would spend three months in Kashmir for business. Some two weeks before he came to Kashmir,” Kumar’s brother-in-law Rishi Doda told The Kashmir Monitor.
Doda said that Kumar had never faced any problem in Kashmir. “He was all praise for Kashmir. Even some days back we called him to return. He,however,assured us that nothing was wrong with the non-locals here,” he added.

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No plan to resume prepaid services: Guv

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Srinagar, Oct 17: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said the matter of the three civilian deaths in Jammu and Kashmir was of grave concern, and claimed Pakistan’s hand in the killings.
The Valley has seen several bloody attacks since post-paid services were restored, more than three months after the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Included in the list of casualties is two Punjab-based apple trader, a migrant worker from Chhattisgarh and a truck driver from Rajasthan.
“This is a matter of grave concern, poor people who are migrating to the state to earn a living are being killed like this,” Satya Pal sounded alarm bells. “This is happening on Pakistan’s directions to create disturbance in the state. We will not allow this to happen. We will not spare such people.”
The Governor said that there isn’t a plan to resume pre-paid mobile service since “Pakistani nationals would misuse this”. “We will start Internet services only when situation improves.”
Hours after the truck driver was shot and killed and his vehicle set ablaze, text messaging were blocked in Kashmir. According to reports, SMS service was halted to reduce the ability of militants to communicate.

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