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SC refuses Vaiko’s plea against Farooq Abdullah’s detention

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The Supreme Court Monday disposed of Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko’s habeas corpus plea on the detention of Farooq Abdullah as the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister is booked under the Public Safety Act.

Asking Vaiko to challenge the order under PSA act before appropriate authority, the three-judge bench said the Rajya Sabha MP can file fresh plea to challenge the detention.


Vaiko, also general secretary of the MDMK party, in his petition, has claimed Abdullah is not being allowed to attend a seminar organised by him in Chennai.

 

Vaiko, who said he is a close friend of Abdullah for the past four decades, has contended that constitutional rights conferred on the National Conference leader had been deprived of on account of “illegal detention without any authority of law”.

Four days after Vaiko’s plea was filed, the J&K administration has slapped the stringent PSA on Abdullah, describing him as a “threat to public order”. Under this law, Abdullah may remain under
detention up to a year, if not more, at his Srinagar home which has now been designated a subsidiary jail.

Sources said Abdullah’s detention — he has been under house arrest since the August 5 announcement ending J&K’s special status — was brought under the PSA on September 15 and was ratified within hours by the advisory board which had weeks to confirm the government order.

In another matter, the SC referred batch of pleas related to the validity of Centre’s decisions on abrogation of Article 370 and restrictions on media and Valley to its Constitution bench, which has its first hearing tomorrow. A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Justice N V Ramana will begin hearing petitions on October 1.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi referred the pleas, which also raised issues of alleged restrictions imposed on the movement of journalists in Kashmir as well as petitions claiming illegal detention of minors in the Valley, to its five-judge bench.


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Light snowfall in many parts of Kashmir, min temp rises

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Many parts of Kashmir received fresh light snowfall on Saturday, leading to an increase in the minimum temperature which brought some relief to the people from the intense cold conditions, the meteorological department said.

A MeT official said the weather would remain generally cloudy in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh Union territories on Saturday with chances of light rain or snow.

“Light snowfall of two to five inches occurred at many places of Kashmir, hilly areas of Jammu and on the higher reaches of Ladakh,” he said.

 

The official said the weather would remain generally cloudy in both the Union territories on Saturday.

“A spell of widespread light to moderate snowfall is likely to occur during January 6 to 7 evening,” he said.

The official said the fresh snowfall brought some relief to the residents in the Valley from the intense cold conditions as the night temperature showed improvement.

Srinagar city recorded a low of minus 0.1 degree Celsius Friday night over three degrees up from minus 3.7 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The official said the ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.5 degrees Celsius two degrees up from the previous night.

The night temperature at Pahalgam resort, which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius over seven degrees up from minus 10.0 degrees Celsius Thursday night, he said.

The official said Qazigund the gateway town to the valley – in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 0.6 degree Celsius up over six degrees from the previous night’s minus 7.0 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag town, also in south, recorded a low of minus 2.1 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara, in north, registered the minimum temperature at 0.8 degree Celsius, the official said.

The mercury in Leh in Ladakh settled at a low of minus 18.3 degrees Celsius, he said.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ – the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and minimum temperatures drop considerably.

‘Chillai-Kalan’ began on December 21 and it will end on January 31. 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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Militants hurl grenade at CRPF personnel in Srinagar

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Suspected militants hurled a grenade at Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Kawdara locality in Srinagar on Saturday, resulting in damage to several vehicles, police said.

However, there was no immediate report of any casualty or injury, they said.

A grenade was hurled by militants to target the CRPF personnel posted in Kawdara locality of the interior area of the city in the afternoon, police said.

 

The area was cordoned off immediately after the explosion and further details are awaited.

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I-League: Chennai City goes down to Real Kashmir

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Real Kashmir downed the reigning champion Chennai City FC 2-1 at the TRC Turf Ground on Thursday. The match was the first big sporting event in the valley since it became a union territory.

Danish Farooq Bhat opened the scoring for Real Kashmir in the 22nd minute before Bazie Armand doubled the lead lie minutes later.

Syed Suhail Pasha’s second half goal halved the deficit for Chennai City but Real Kashmir held on to its lead for its first win of the season. The three points lifted the home side above the visitor into seventh place.

 

Chennai City hasn’t made a convincing defence of its crown having picked up just five points in as many games.

There were security concerns in the lead up to the game due to the abrogation of Article 370 and the ensuing lockdown in the valley.

The match wasn’t telecast on the official broadcaster DSport. “Due to the ongoing internet connectivity issues in the Kashmir region, today’s match between @ChennaiCityFC & @realkashmirfc will not be telecasted on DSPORT,” DSport posted on its official Twitter page.

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