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SHARP HIKE IN AIRFARE MAY BRING DOWN WINTER TOURISM IN KASHMIR

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Heavy snowfall in the Valley has led to the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, leaving needy people to book air tickets at prices as high as Rs. 18,000.

One such traveller who had to book a ticket from Delhi to Srinagar at Rs. 14,000. Mr Ahmed earns Rs. 8,000 but did not have any other option as he had to attend his mother’s funeral in Srinagar.

“Now I have to work for three months to repay the debt for the ticket. I have taken a loan to buy ticket. I cannot afford it but because of mother I had to do whatever it takes to reach here,” he said.

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KASHMIRI SOLDIER TO CONFER ASHOK CHAKRA ON R-DAY

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Militant turned Army soldier, Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani to be conferred Ashoka Chakra posthumously. Nazir was part of Counter Militant Operation in Shopian on 23rd of November last year when he was injured and later on succumbed to injuries. In that particular operation Six Lashkar and Hizbul militants were killed.

“Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani exhibited the most conspicuous gallantry in personality eliminating two militants and assisting in the evacuation of his wounded colleagues and made supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army,” a press release from the President’s Secretariat said.

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61,000 POSTS LIE VACANT IN PARAMILITARY FORCES

ANM News Desk: Over 61,000 posts of central paramilitary personnel are lying vacant in six paramilitary forces in the country, Home Ministry statistics informed.

Altogether, 18,460 posts are lying vacant in the country’s largest paramilitary force, CRPF, as on March 1, 2018, while 10,738 posts are remaining vacant in the border guarding force BSF.

“The vacancies are filled through various modes, including direct recruitment, promotion and by deputation as per the extant provisions of recruitment rules. Filling up of vacancies is a continuous process,” a home ministry official said.

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BSF MAN ARRESTED FOR LINKS WITH HIZB MILITANT OUTFIT

Yawar Safi, Srinagar: The State Police have busted a module of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit by arresting two of its members including a Border Security Force (BSF) man from frontier Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

Two Hizbul Mujahideen activists were arrested by SOG and army’s 28 RR during a raid at Lolab.  The arrested persons were identified as Shakir Ahmad Wani son of Mohammed Ramzan Wani and Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh son of Abdul Ahad Sheikh, both residents of Tekipora, Lolab.

A BSF personal is posted outside the state and was on leave when he along with his associate was arrested by the joint team of forces. Meanwhile, a police statement issued here said that acting on a specific input, Kupwara Police busted an OGW module of HM outfit, operating in Lolab area of district Kupwara.

According to the statement the two persons, Shakir Wani and Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh were detained in this regard for questioning.  “After sustained questioning, a pistol was recovered on their disclosure”. The module was engaged in providing logistics support to militants apart from luring more youth into the path of militancy,” the statement said.

A case FIR no.77 of 2018 u/s 7/25 Arms act 13 UAPA stands registered in P/S Sogam in this regard. Further investigation into the module is in progress, the statement added.

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MAJERHAT BRIDGE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC: BEHALA CUT OFF

 

By a Staff Reporter, ANM NEWS : Majerhat bridge will remain closed to traffic for an indefinite period after portion of the bridge collapsed, virtually cutting off southern fringes of the city and Diamond Harbour  areas from Kolkata. An independent survey carried out by ANM News indicated that alternate routes cannot cater to thousands of vehicles and buses carrying lakhs of daily commuters coming from vast areas of Behala, Amtala, Diamond Harbour and southern fringes of the city. Traffic experts claimed that there are arterial routes but those are very narrow and one lane road and will be able to bear such huge load of traffic. Moreover it will be difficult for buses to ply along the routes. After the collapse of the bridge, commuters had a harrowing time returning home and thousands were seen walking along the road while many climbed on top of buses and trucks and whatever they could lay their hands on.
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CENTRE OFFERS ASSISTANCE: CALLS FOR A REPORT

EXCLUSIVE, Avijit Nandi Majumdar, Editor-in-Chief: Centre has expressed concern over the Majerhat bridge collapse and is prepared to provide all kind of materialistic and technical assistance to the state government. Speaking exclusively to ANM News, senior home ministry officials mentioned that Centre has sought a report and officials are monitoring the incident through state government officials and are ready to assist. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is personally monitoring the situation through his officers.

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JKP’s 790 NEW RECRUITS ON BOARD

YAWAR SAFI, SRINAGAR: Attestation-cum-Passing out Parade of 5th batch of recruit constables was held at Commando Training Centre (CTC) Lethpora here today. B.B. Vyas Advisor to Hon’ble Governor J&K State was the chief guest on the occasion.

The function was attend among others by ADsGP Shri Abdul Ghani Mir,  Munir Ahmad Khan, IsGP  Jagjit Kumar, J.P. Singh,  Surinder Kumar Gupta,  Anand Jain, S.P. Pani, DIG (SKR)  Amit Kumar and many other senior civil, Police and CAPF officers attended the function.

Speaking on the occasion Director General of Police, Dr. S.P Vaid said that Jammu and Kashmir Police is fighting a proxy war for last 30 years and by its supreme sacrifices the force has earned respect of people of the country. He said that a number of Jawans and Officers of the force have scarified their precious lives for the security and integrity of the nation and are still struggling for peace in the state.

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J&K POLICE REVISED ITS ADVISORY

 

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KERALA FLOOD: RED ALERT WITHDRAWN

ANM NEWS DESK: For the first time since August 9, no red alert has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for any of Kerala’s 14 districts. However, the weather forecast for Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts predicted heavy rains. Kerala, however, continues to remain on edge as the death toll since August 8 has climbed.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has called it the worst floods in a century in Kerala, however said the state needed at least Rs. 2,000 crore in immediate assistance. Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state. A Navy airstrip will be used for passenger flights from Monday.

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LANDMINE BLAST KILLS SOLDIER IN KUPWARA 

Yawar Safi, Srinagar: An army man was killed in a landmine explosion near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
The army’s 57 RR was on a routine patrol duty at Gulab Post near Lasdat area adjacent to Jat Gali area along the LoC when the landmine blast took place.
In the incident, the soldier sustained multiple splinter injuries and was taken to military hospital Drugmulla where he succumbed later.
An army officer based in Kupwara also confirmed the death of the soldier due to the explosion.
The officer identified the deceased as  Rifleman Dalbir Singh (27).