Srinagar, Jan 28: Kashmir observed a complete shutdown on Sunday against the killing of two youth in army firing in Ganowpora village of Shopian in south Kashmir on Saturday.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the Valley. Public transport also remained off the roads.
Joint Hurriyat Leadership – an amalgam of separatist bodies – had called for a shutdown against the killing of two youth in army firing.
In Shopian, shutdown continued for the fourth day against the militant and civilian killings that took place earlier. Two militants and a civilian were killed in a gunfight on Wednesday in Chaigund village of the district.
In downtown Srinagar, authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions to prevent protests against the civilian killings.
Meanwhile, the two slain youth, Javaid Ahmed Bhat and Suhail Javaid Lone, were laid to rest Saturday evening.
Both the youth, as per reports, were laid to rest at their respective villages in Balpora and Ganawpora in district Shopian.
Local sources said that around five funerals prayers were held for each youth in which thousands of people participated amid intense pro-freedom and anti-India sloganeering.
At atleast ten people were also injured in the army firing while one of the youth is said to be critical.
Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan ordered magisterial inquiry into the Shopian killings and instructed DC Shopian to submit a report within 15 days.
Also, to thaw the protests, the state government had put several places across the Kashmir valley under strict restrictions.
The state government has also suspended the mobile internet services in all the four districts of south Kashmir while the speed has been reduced to 128 kbps in rest of the Valley.
Army has said that fire was opened after they came under heavy stone-throwing in which a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) was injured.
The state government has suspended the mobile internet services in all the four districts of south Kashmir in wake of killing of two youth by the army.
Mobile Internet services were also shut down in Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian districts of south Kashmir while the speed was reduced to 128 kbps in rest of the Valley.
After mysterious threat posters: Shutdown stages comeback in Kashmir
Srinagar, Nov 21: Barely a week into normalcy, Kashmir observed an instant shutdown on Thursday after mysterious threat posters appeared in the old city.
Shops and business establishments remained closed. Slender traffic movement however was observed on the Srinagar roads.
For the last one week, shops and business establishments, which would normally close before noon, remained open till late afternoon. Public transport had also hit roads after three and half month’s hiatus.
But on Thursday, shutdown returned to parts of the valley following mysterious threat posters. On Wednesday unknown people had put up posters in old city asking shopkeepers to observe hartal.
What added to the crisis was the mysterious fire that razed four shops to ground at Bohri Kadal on Wednesday. The incident also prompted shopkeepers to down shutters. Unknown people had inscribed “Last Warning” on the shutters of various shops at Zaina Kadal, apparently to enforce shutdown in the old city.
“None of the shops opened today as some warning posters had come up in downtown yesterday,” said a shopkeeper from Bohri Kadal.
Impact of warning posters was also seen in Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Maisuma and Hari Singh High Street, which for the last one week saw huge rush of shoppers.
Traffic which plied normally till noon, thinned later in the day with few passenger vehicles plying in civil line areas. Complete shutdown was also observed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, and Shopian. Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district too observed shutdown.
Police sources said they are trying to identify the people who put up threat posters in the old city. “We are enquiring. We are looking into the case,” said VK Birdhi, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Central Kashmir Range.
WPD seeks help to protect migratory birds flocking Kashmir wetlands
Srinagar, Nov 21: As migratory birds start flocking wetlands in Jammu and Kashmir, the Wildlife Protection Department (WPD) has sought assistance from the forest protection force and the police to prevent hunting, poaching, capturing and selling of the winged visitors.
Lakhs of birds start arriving in the valley from the first week of November as Kashmir provides them a comparatively hospitable alternate habitat compared to the extreme freezing conditions in their natural habitats in Siberia, China, Japan and other countries in the northern hemisphere.
“The general public is informed that hunting, poaching, capturing and selling of migratory birds is punishable under Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Any person venturing to hunt, poach, capture or sell these birds is liable to a jail term of one year along with fine up to Rs 10,000,” WPD said in a statement here.
It said the hunting, poaching, capturing or sale of these birds is non-bailable and non-compoundable offences.
“The department seeks assistance from the forest protection force and the local police to prevent hunting, poaching, capturing and selling of these migratory birds in the wetlands of Kashmir,” the statement said.
It said these birds are enlisted in various schedules of Indian Wildlife Protection Act and receive complete protection against hunting, poaching, capturing and selling.
The birds found in the wetlands include migratory ducks and geese which include Brahminy Duck, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Garganey, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Shoveler, Common Teal, and Eurasian Wigeon.
Post abrogation of Art 370: Multinationals, manufacturing giants make beeline to set up units in UT
J&K receives `Expression of Interest’ worth Rs 3000 Cr
Srinagar, Nov 20: Dalmia Bharat Group, Singapore Electric vehicles and Dubai-based Lulu Internationals are among over 40 companies, which have shown interest in investing in Jammu and Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370.
Jammu and Kashmir, which was a no-go- zone for outside investors, has been opened for all national and international business players after the scrapping of special status on August 5.
A source told The Kashmir Monitor that more than 40 companies have submitted their ‘Expression of Interest’ to invest in 10 different sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hospitality, Tourism, Education, Information Technology, Horticulture, Agriculture, Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) and manufacturing are some of the sectors which companies have zeroed in on.
“Prominent among these companies include Escott Infrastructure, Dalmia Bharat Group, Shree Cements, Jackson Group, Indian School of Business, Singapore Electric Vehicles and Lulu Group. They have submitted the proposals for setting up their units in Jammu and Kashmir,” the source said.
With an annual turnover of Rs 70, 000 crore, Dalmia Bharat Group is a renowned business house in India, which deals with cement, sugar, thermal power and other businesses.
Similarly, Kolkata-based Shree Cement, which has annual turnover of Rs 58.50 billion, has shown interest in setting up its unit in Jammu and Kashmir.
Singapore based Singapore Electric Vehicles Pvt Ltd, a commercial electric fleet company, has desired to invest in the manufacturing sector.
Founded in 2001, Indian School of Business, a private business college, has expressed readiness to invest in the education sector by setting up its campuses in the union territory.
Helmet manufacturing giant ‘Steelbird’ has also offered to set up a plant in Jammu and Kashmir. Hospitality player ‘Lemon Tree’ has also proposed two new properties with 35-40 beds each in Gulmarg and Sonmarg areas.
An official privy to the development said government has received 60 ‘Expression of Interests’ so far, which is worth approximately Rs 3000 crore.
“Some companies have submitted their Expression of Interests twice. Some wants to build tourism infrastructure and others want to set up industries,” he said.
Managing Director SIDCO, Ravinder Kumar told The Kashmir Monitor that a committee has been constituted to review the ‘Expression of Interest’ by these companies. “We are going to review the Expression of Interests in 10 to 12 days,” he said.