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Gulmarg market craves for up-gradation

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Not authorised to carry any repair work: Shopkeepers

Jahangir Sofi

(Asian News Hub) – Though the Gulmarg is called “Switzerland of Asia”, the market of the world-famous destination is craving for an up-gradation.

Set up in 2004, the only market in Gulmarg comprises around 160 shops are mainly owned by Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA).

The shopkeeper Association said that despite repeated deputations and submission of memorandums to the concerned authorities for the beautification and infrastructural development of their shops and business establishments, “the authorities have failed to act.”

“Successive governments have failed to address our concerns. We have been only exploited all these years,” said a shopkeeper.

Speaking with the news agency—KNO, President of Trade Association Ghulam Nabi highlighted the plights of the shopkeepers in the area.

Nabi said the Government in its beautification programme shifted the earlier market from Gondola area to present location on a trial basis, after which they were assured that the market will be made permanent with concrete structures, “but from 2004 till now nothing has happened and our shops are completely in shambles.”

“Though the Gulmarg is known for its natural beauty and beautiful meadows and tourists from all over the world visit this beautiful place, but when visitors see the market there is a complete paradigm shift,” Nabi said.

“The shop is both working as well as a habitat for us, in the harsh winters it becomes more difficult for us to spend nights in our shops,” said Nabi. “We are not authorised to carry any repair work to their shops.”

Abdul Aziz, another shopkeeper in the market said, the place is perfect to be called Switzerland of Asia for its natural beauty, “but with the market we have gives a bad impression”.

“Other than the Children’s Park which is around 1.5 Km away from this market, there should have been a park in the market where tourists can sit, eat and enjoy,” he said.

With summers ahead and the Kashmir Tourism department busy with different tourism activities and programs to attract more and more tourism in the valley, Nabi  said they have pinned hope on the LG led administration Manoj Sinha, for early infrastructural up-gradation of their business establishments in the area.

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Man found dead at Zaldagar

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Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – Body of a 38-year-old man was found at a graveyard in Zaldagar area of Srinagar on Saturday morning.

Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of 38-year-old man identified as Feroz Ahmad Tarray resident of Zaldagar was found at graveyard.

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He said that a police party reached the spot and shifted the body to a nearby hospital, while further investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of his death.

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Encounter rages in Drangbal Pampore

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Top LeT Commander involved in killing of two cops in Baghat trapped: IGP Kashmir

(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Drangbal Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday morning.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint of team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched search operation in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces intensified searches towards suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the party, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

Also Read: In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police

He said that the exchange of fire is on in the area and one to two militants are believed to be trapped in the area.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir said that top Let Commander involved Umar Mushtaq Khanday who was involved in killing of two cops at Baghat is trapped in Pampore encounter.

Pertinently, umar was recently named among top 10 militants in Kashmir.

“LeT commander amongst #top 10 #militant namely Umar Mustaq Khandey who was involved in #killing of two police personnel at Baghat #Srinagar & other terror crimes trapped in Pampore #Encounter: IGP Kashmir.” Kashmir police zone tweeted.

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In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police

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Militant killed in Pulwama was involved in killing of PDD employee at Batamaloo; Slain at Bemina encounter had killed SI Arshid at Khanyar, both slain locals; now only 3 militants active from Sgr district; 11 militants killed in 8 encounters this month: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) militants were killed in two separate encounters in southern Pulwama and Srinagar, who were involved in the killing of a civilian and probationary sub-inspector.

A police officer told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on a specific input, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Wahibugh area of Pulwama. “During the search operation, when the suspected house where the militant was hiding, was zeroed-in, repeated offers of surrender were made. But the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces triggering a gun-battle,” he said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Shiekh, resident of Habba Kadal, Srinagar was killed and his body retrieved from the site of encounter.” The officer said that slain militant had joined militancy recently and was linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF). Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told KNO that slain militant Shahid was involved in the killing of civilian and PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo, Srinagar. “We have recovered an AK-47 riffle from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

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About the second encounter, police said based on a specific input by police about the presence of a militant at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by the police in the area. “During the search operation, the hiding militant was asked to surrender but he fired at the forces triggering an encounter,” a police official said, adding that “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmed, a resident of Haba Kadal, Srinagar.

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He said that the slain Tanzeel was involved in the killing of Probationary Sub Inspector Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar, Srinagar on September 12. The Kashmir police chief said that Shahid and Tanzil were also “collaborators in recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city.” The IGP Kashmir said that after recent civilian killings, Srinagar based militants had shifted to South Kashmir “but we continued to track their movements and managed to zero in on them today.”

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“Now only three militants are active as two have been killed today. We are after the remaining three and will soon get them,” the IGP said, both the encounters took place within a span of three hours. “Both operations are over and two-AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the two slain militants,” he said.

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