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Thousands participate in funerals of two militants, civilian in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Oct 17: Thousands of people participated in the funerals of the two militants and a civilian killed in an encounter at Fateh Kadal area of old city on Wednesday.

Multiple funerals were offered for the slain militants and a civilian, before they were laid to rest at martyr’s graveyard at Eidgah here.

Two militants including a Lashkar-e- Toiba commander, Mehraj –ud-din Bangroo, teenage militant Faid Mushtaq Waza, Rayees Ahmad, a civilian (who police dubbed as militants’ accomplice) and a cop were killed during the encounter in Srinagar.

 

Soon after the encounter ended, thousands of people tried to march towards the encounter site, who were encountered with the barrage of government forces triggering clashes.

Heavy restriction was imposed in the area following snapping of internet and shutting down of schools and colleges in the city.

Post encounter, police issued an advisory for people living in the vicinity of Fateh Kadal, asking them to stay away from the site of the gunfight.

Clashes however, ceased to stop as protestors pelted stones at the forces dismantled the burnt house, where the militants were trapped and killed.

Police later resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protestors near the encounter site.

Protests and clashes also erupted at Khanyar soon after the news about the killing of the local boy, Fahad Mushtaq spread.

While encounter ended in morning, police handed over bodies to the families only in the late afternoon.

The bodies were handed over to the families at nearly 4 pm after which people started marching towards their residences to participate in funeral prayers.

The funeral of two militants and civilian were initially held at their residences before being taken for burial at martyrs’ graveyard.

A militant also appeared at Fatehkadal, who gave a brief speech before leaving the spot.

The number of the people participating in the funeral prayers swelled with eyewitnesses claiming, at least, an assembly of 50,000 people.

Amid slogans, the second funeral of Faid Mushtaq was held at Jamia Masjid Nowhatta.

People who followed the procession were seen waving Pakistan flags and chanted pro-azaadi slogans.

A separate procession of women was also seen following the men who were wailing and praising militants by chanting local elegies.

The procession followed till Eidgah, where it further swelled as people from other areas including Nawakadal, SafaKadal, Qamarwari, Alikadal joined to offer funeral prayers.

Clashes again erupted in Eidgah, Safakadal and Ali Masjid after the slain militants and civilian was laid to rest.

Forces used teargas shells and also fired aerial shots to disperse the protestors, however clashes were going at the time this report was filed.


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After Noori, Kashmir scientists planning to clone Hangul

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Srinagar, Apr 25: After successfully cloning Pashmina goat in 2012, the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry at SKUAST-K is now contemplating to make clone of Kashmir Stag (Hangul).

Realising that the Hangul was gradually getting extinct from the valley, the scientists at Department of Biotechnology SKUAST-K Shuhama came up with this idea.

“This project is in infancy as we require permission from Wild Life department, local government and Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA),” said Dr Riyaz Ahmad Shah, a veterinarian in the animal biotechnology center of SKUAST.

 

Shah said the execution of the project would require heavy funding and creation of the advanced infrastructure in the research centre.

“First of all a Deer park in needed where there these animals must have been already reared. Then advanced infrastructure is need as we currently have some basic machinery here. So overall this project can be only executed when the government is serious in accomplishing it,” he said.

He said the cloning could be achieved by using the body cells of some other inter-species including a goat or a sheep.

While the initial work including the framing of paper has been done, Shah said the tracing and catching this rare animal was becoming equally challenging for the concerned department.

“They usually die on being caught by the people. Still it could be managed but they are not being currently traced in abundance in the forests here,” he said.

 Shah believed that cloning of the deer can be an equally effective process like breeding procedure done to improve their population.

Official data reveals that population of Hangul has reduced to from 5,000 to 182 in last 118 years.

Department of Wildlife’s data shows the population of Kashmiri Hangul in 1900 was 5,000, spread over 65 miles from north to east of the Jhelum and lower Chenab valley.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is also all set to declare it a ‘critically endangered’ species to protect this beautiful animal from disappearing from earth.

In 2012, scientists at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) successfully cloned the first Pashmina goat. The healthy female goat was born using a foster mother and it took two years for standardisation of the technique.

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Assembly polls in JK: EC to convene meeting today

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New Delhi, Apr 25: Election Commission of India (ECI) officials will meet on Friday to discuss assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials of the Jammu and Kashmir government are also expected to attend the meeting to assess whether the state assembly elections can be conducted in June this year.

While announcing the seven-phase Lok Sabha election schedule on March 10, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had said that elections for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly would not be conducted along with the Lok Sabha elections. In June 2018, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had withdrawn support to the PDP, led by Mehbooba Mufti in the 87-member state assembly.

 

Since the fallout of the coalition government, the state has been under President’s rule.

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IT Dept searches premises of kin of ex-minister

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Srinagar, Apr 25: The Income Tax Department Thursday carried out searches at two premises of a kin of Imran Reza Ansari, a former minister in the PDP-BJP coalition, for alleged tax evasion, officials said here.

They said the income tax officials, assisted by the Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF, carried out the searches at a business complex in the upmarket Karan Nagar where locations of North Point Complex were searched by the tax personnel.

Later, a team was sent to search another premises of the family at Alamgiri Bazar in the downtown Srinagar.

 

The income tax officials maintained that Thursday’s raids were carried out on a business family and were in no way connected to Ansari, a politician who switched over to People’s Conference led by Sajad Lone.

Ansari’s sister is married to the family whose premises have been raided.

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