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Srinagar: Thousands of people have been left in lurch after traffic police authorities Monday stopped entry and exit of Tata Sumo and other taxi services coming from other districts into Srinagar and vice versa. This was followed by 2017 order of High Court and as per the order, “The traffic authorities have been told not to allow Tata Sumos and taxis coming from south and north Kashmir beyond the Pantha Chowk and Parimpora bus stands.”…

While lighting an incense stick with the flame of a melting candle, Zarnaq, a ten year old girl at Hazratbal told me how she misses Durood the most this year. As per the instructions from the authorities, the gatherings on the night of Meraj were prohibited this year, and hence the gates of many mosques were locked up soon after the Isha prayers. “This is the first time in my lifetime that I am seeing…

Srinagar: There will be no night-long prayers on the eve of Shab-e-Meraj on March 11 this year at the revered shrine of Hazratbal Srinagar, the shrine management officials said on Sunday. They said that the second round of deliberations took place on Saturday in which it was decided that in view of the COVID pandemic, it would not be feasible to allow night-long prayers at the shrine on the eve of Shab-e-Meraj (Prophet Muhammad’s journey…

To address Friday gathering after 82 weeks at historic Jamia Masjid tomorrow Srinagar: After almost 20 months, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) has been released from the house detention and is free to carry out his religious duties, sources said Thursday. The sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Mirwaiz has been released from house detention after a gap of almost 20 months. Sources said that Kashmir’s chief cleric Mirwaiz is free from house detention…

New Delhi: Expression of views that are different from government opinion cannot be termed “sedition”, the Supreme Court said today, dismissing a petition against Jammu and Kashmir MP Farooq Abdullah. “Expression of views which are dissent and different from government opinion cannot be termed as seditious,” said the top court. The petitioner, said the Supreme Court, failed to substantiate his allegation that Farooq Abdullah had sought the help of China and Pakistan against India on Article…

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday received a vaccine shot at the Sher Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar. Taking to Twitter, Omar Abdullah while sharing the picture of his father getting inoculated thanked doctors, “Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at SKIMS, Srinagar. Today my 85-year-old father and my mother had their first COVID jab.” “My father has a number of health issues including…

Srinagar: After crows, pigeons have been found dead in parts on Srinagar on Thursday. Nodal officer for Avian influenza in J&K Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Shah said that some pigeons have been found dead in Chattabal and Pandreathan area of Srinagar on Thursday. He said that crows were also found dead in Shopian, Budgam and other parts of valley on Thursday as well. He added that samples of both crows and pigeons have been taken and…

Srinagar: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India has said that the country wants ‘normal neighbourly relations’ with Pakistan and that all issues can be bilaterally resolved. “India desires normal neighbourly ties with Pakistan. We’re committed to resolve all issues bilaterally in a peaceful manner,” the MEA said. https://twitter.com/PTI_News/status/1364931753605955584 The statement comes, hours after the two countries decided to ‘strictly observe’ the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir. The Director Generals of…

Srinagar: The former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief, Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday termed the fresh agreement between Indian and Pakistan over ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) as big and welcome development. According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Mehbooba said that dialogue is the only way forward to stop the unending cycle of violence and bloodshed across the borders and J&K. “A big & welcome development that India &…

Srinagar: The former Chief Minister and Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir must do his duty and that she will do her own, adding that “if police plans to arrest her for her work, so be it.” “Let IGP Kashmir do his duty. I will do my job the way I am doing. If police wants to arrest me for what I am doing, so…