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Snowfall paralyses life in Kashmir, more rain/snow expected in next 60 hrs


Faizan Arif

Srinagar, Jan 03: Normal life in Kashmir on Sunday was disrupted by moderate to heavy snowfall that lashed the region.

The snowfall led to the closure of Jammu-Srinagar national highway due to heavy snowfall at Jawahar Tunnel and adjoining areas. At least 2 feet snow had accumulated at Jawahar Tunnel till 1730 hrs on Sunday.

Meanwhile, flight operations at the Srinagar airport also remained suspended due to intermittent snowfall from early morning.

Srinagar recorded around 3 inches of snow early in the morning while light snowfall continued throughout the day.

Qazigund recorded more than 14 inches, Pahalgam 12 inches, Anantnag 5 – 7 inches, Pulwama 5 inches, Kulgam and Shopian 1ft. of snow till 1730 hrs.

Parts of north Kashmir received light snowfall in the morning after which dry weather prevailed for most of the day.

As per Kashmir Weather, an independent weather forecaster, Srinagar recorded the coldest day of the season at 3.4 degrees Celsius – 3.5 degrees below normal for this time of the year.

Gulmarg was the coldest place in the valley, recorded a high of minus 1.0 degrees Celsius while other weather stations likewise recorded a maximum temperature hovering between 1 to 5 degrees Celsius, the weather forecaster said.

Kashmir Weather has forecasted of more rain and snow in both the regions for the next 60 hours.

“The Valley is likely to witness moderate to heavy snowfall in both plains and upper reaches till 6th January morning, while moderate to heavy rain is also likely at most parts of Jammu region,” the weather forecaster said.

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‘Militant associate’ arrested in Kupwara; 10 grenades, 182 bullets recovered

(Asian News Hub) – Army and police have recovered ten grenades and 182 rounds of Ak-47 rifle from a militant associate who was arrested in Kralpora area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, official sources said on Tuesday.

They said army 160 Territorial Army and SOG Kralpora arrested the “militant associate” Abdul Ahad Lone based on specific information. “10 grenades and 182 Ak-47 rounds” have been recovered from his possession.They said middle-aged man was associated with Al-Badr formerly.

A police officer confirmed the arrest and said that further investigations are underway.

GNS

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Three unidentified militants killed in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – Three unidentified militants have been killed in an encounter that raged between government forces and militants in Vailoo area of Kokernag belt in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday.

A senior police officer told that three unidentified militants have been killed whose identification is being ascertained while as operation is on in the area.

He said the militants turned down repeated surrender offers given to them by government forces.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 19 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

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

Pertinently, 46 militants have been killed in J&K so far this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

KNO

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Militant killed in an ongoing encounter at Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – One militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter that raged between government forces and militants in Vailoo area of Kokernag belt in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday.

A senior police officer told that one militant has been killed whose identification is being ascertained while as operation is on in the area.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 19 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

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

Pertinently, 44 militants have been killed in J&K so far this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

KNO

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