ANM NEWS_031019_KASHMIR SCHOOL_ENG

DESPITE GOVERNMENT ORDER; SCHOOLS WORE DESERTED LOOK IN KASHMIR

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Students preferred to stay away from schools even as the Jammu and Kashmir administration announced the opening of all the higher secondary schools across the Kashmir Valley after a gap of two months since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5.

On Thursday, Divisional commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan directed all the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir and officials of the Education Department to open the higher secondary schools. However apprehensions compel parents to keep their children indoor.

The state authorities re-opened schools upto high class past month, however ground situation contradicts claims made by them as no student turn up seen in Srinagar schools and elsewhere.

SRINAGAR

J&K RE-ORGANISATION: 164 STATE LAWS WILL CEASE TO EXIST FROM NOV 1

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: More than 164 state laws will cease to exist after November 1 when Jammu and Kashmir will be officially declared a union territory. Post the abrogation of Article 370, 106 central laws will be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir from November 1.
Around 164 state laws, which were applicable in Jammu and Kashmir, will be repealed. There laws were part of the Jammu and Kashmir constitution that ceases to exist after the abrogation of Article 370.

Details reveal that the Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Commission Act, 2002, Jammu and Kashmir Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 1997, Jammu and Kashmir Agricultural Income Tax Act, 1962, Jammu and Kashmir Agricultural Produce Marketing Regulation of 1997, State Commission For Women Act, 1999 and  Forest Act, 1987 will be repealed.

Similarly, Forest Conservation Act, 1997, Jammu and Kashmir Commercial Courts Act, 2018 won’t exist from November 1.
Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act, 2006 won’t be applicable. Instead the anti-graft bodies shall have to work under Prevention of Corruption Act, the central law which was earlier not applicable in the state.

KASHMIR

SECURITY COVER IN KASHMIR ENTERS 8TH WEEK; INTERNET, MOBILE SERVICES A “DISTANT DREAM”

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Normal life across Kashmir Valley was hit on Tuesday for the consecutive 58th day.

Many government schools opened but the students stayed away. Similarly, government offices witnessed thin attendance. During morning and evening hours thick movement of private transport was observed with shops and business establishments remained shut in major areas of Srinagar city.

At many places roadside vendors and slope sellers had erected their stalls especially at Polo View and Jahangir Chowk. A couple of roadside vendors were also seen laying their cots at Residency Road Srinagar.

Communication blockade also continued for the 58th straight day though landline phones are functional all over Valley, there is no mobile, broadband and internet service. There is no public transport on roads while rail service too remained suspended. Some banks were seen open throughout the day.

Meanwhile, the state remains under lockdown since 05th of August when Union Government announced abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of state into two separate Union territories.

KASHMIR

DAY 30: SECURITY COVER CONTINUES IN KASHMIR AMID RELAXATION IN RESTRICTIONS

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Normal life across Kashmir Valley continues to recover on Tuesday for the consecutive 30th day.

Many government schools opened but the students stayed away. Similarly, government offices witnessed thin attendance. During morning and evening hours thick movement of private transport was observed with shops and business establishments remained sparsely open in major areas of Srinagar city including commercial hub Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street, Maharaja Bazar, Goni khan, Kokar Bazar, Batamaloo, Karan Nagar, Ram Bagh, Hyderpora, Natipora, Mehjoor Nagar, Dalgate, Sonawar, Khanyar and other civil line and old city areas.

At many places roadside vendors and slope sellers had erected their stalls especially at Polo View and Jahangir Chowk. A couple of roadside vendors were also seen laying their cots at Residency Road Srinagar.

Communication issues continued for the 30th straight day though landline phones functioned in some areas of Valley. There is no mobile, broadband and internet service. Some banks were seen open throughout the day.

Official sources said that over 4 dozen people were arrested on different charges from past 24 hours. He added that several stone-pelting incidents were reported in many parts when troops de-inducted from these areas. Security measures have increased in other parts of Kashmir including Budgam, Gandrebal, Kangan, Pakharpora, Beerwah, Magam, Khag, Pulwama, Tahab, Pampore, Tral, Awantipors, Shopian, Anantnag, Bijbehara, Ashmuqam, Pahalgam, Kokarnag, Kulgam, DH Pora, Dooru, Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Tangmarg, Bandipora, Kupwara, Handwara, Kralgund, Lolab and other parts.

Suitably, more than 600 mainstream political leaders as well as separatists have been either detained or arrested. Among them prominent names and Three times J&K Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah who is also a Member of Lok Sabha, Former CM’s Omar Abdullah & Mehbooba Mufti along with other elected representatives of various political parties.

BIPIN RAWAT

ARMY CHIEF TO VISIT SRINAGAR: WILL REVIEW SECURITY SITUATION

ANM News Desk: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will be visiting Srinagar for the first time since the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

During his visit, Rawat will review the security situation and preparedness of security forces in the Kashmir valley.

Thd Army Chief’s visit comes at a time when Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik and Ministry of External Affairs assured that normalcy is returning to the Valley.

SRINAGAR AIRPORT

AIR TICKETING CENTRE ESTABLISHED IN SRINAGAR TO AVOID HASSLE

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: To make Air Booking easy for commuters in a step first of its kind, a centre for booking Air tickets was inaugurated at tourist reception centre (TRC) by Director Tourism Nisar Ahmad Wani.

The revival of booking centre comes after Indian Airlines closed its ticket booking centre here decades ago. This time the centre has been re-opened with a difference that along with national air carriage Air India; all other airlines operating in the country have provided booking facility for air tickets under one roof. The centre was scheduled to be inaugurated by the CS Jammu and Kashmir Government who could not turn up as per the programme.

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HEAVY RAINS DISRUPT LIFE IN KASHMIR

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Kashmir Valley’s heart – the Lal Chowk was again inundated due to heavy downpour this morning. This time, unlike last week, the rainwater managed to get into the shops and damaged a lot of property.

Srinagar Weatherman said Srinagar recorded a 26.4 mm rainfall during the morning which was highest in comparison to other places. Pahalgam recorded 16.6 mm rainfall, Gulamrag 1 mm, Pulwama 2 mm and Kokernag 1.1 mm. The weather, he said will improve by 4 pm but there is a likelihood of a downpour on Friday as well.

Last week when a similar brisk rainfall led to the inundation of Srinagar, the City Mayor had said they would be able to dewater Srinagar faster as they has introduced five pumps with 5 lakh litre per hour capacity and two more with 7 lakh litres per hour capacity are being introduced shortly. “Only 40 percent of Kashmir has a drainage system,” he said. “Situation will be improved once the entire city is fully covered.”

But Lal Chowk getting inundated is something that people are finding very hard to digest. The city square that is witness to history has a well-built drainage system. Why it got clogged when the rains lashed the city?

Most of the Lal Chowk looked like a canal. The shops on both sides of the roads had accumulated around six inches of water causing massive damage to items worth lakhs of rupees.

ANM NEWS_120719_MARTYR DAY_ENG

CURBS IN OLD CITY SRINAGAR ON MARTYRS DAY

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: To prevent any untoward happening, authorities have imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar on the Martyrs Day.

Restrictions were imposed as precautionary measures to prevent any law and order problem after Separatist have called for a complete shutdown to commemorate July 13 as Martyrs Day.

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EXCLUSIVE: MERCURY GOES UP IN VALLEY, NO RESPITE IN IMMINENT DAYS

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: The rise in temperature across the Kashmir valley is signaling the arrival of a delayed summer as rainfall, which had led to cold weather conditions till recently, has finally stopped.

The end of daily downpour in most parts of the Valley has caused a significant rise in temperature in the past several days. The rise in the mercury signals the arrival of a delayed summer as the day temperature is recording a sharp increase.

In Srinagar, where temperature had failed to rise in the past few months, the mercury has neared average 33°C, the meteorological department data said.

In the recent days, the day temperature in Srinagar as well as in other parts of the Valley, including its holidaying resorts, hovered around the average July temperature. Nearly all districts of the Valley had recorded heavy downpour last month, which the meteorological department described as “excess” or “large excess” precipitation.

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WORKSHOP ON “CLIMATE CHANGE REPORTING IN HIMALAYAS” KICK STARTS IN SRINAGAR

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: A three-day workshop on the sensitization of media persons in the area of climate change and to engage them on climate change adaptation commenced from today.

The workshop themed ‘climate change reporting in the Himalayas’ is being jointly organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Centre for Media Studies (CMS) and Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Ten such workshops have already been conducted in various States in India.

The experts informed that the Indian Himalayan Region is one of the most vulnerable mountain systems in the world. “Jammu and Kashmir is the third most vulnerable state to climate change in India”, the experts informed. They added, if effective measures are taken in time, it may be possible to prevent further degradation of the ecosystem.

The inaugural session of the workshop was attended by Director, Department of Ecology Environment and Remote Sensing, B. Siddhartha Kumar; Director, Indian Meteorological Department, Srinagar, Sonam Lotus; and resource persons from government institutions and NGOs.