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Sonamarg all set to be thrown open for tourists on Feb 25

Raja Syed Rather

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to throw open picturesque Sonamarg tourist resort February 25 in a bid to promote tourism.

This year, the tourist destination will be open for tourists and locals earlier than previous years. o Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Dr Shafqat Iqbal told news agency—KNO, that that all the basic facilities have been restored which include water and electric supply in Sonmarg area.

“The tourist destination will be thrown open on February 25 this year,” he said, adding that “the administration is organizing a winter festival in collaborations with Tourism department to promote tourism and attract more tourists to visit the destination on the first day of opening.”

He said that all arrangements in this regard have been made and tourists can enjoy different colorful programs on the occasion.  “People will made aware about different schemes of the government so that they can avail the benefit,” he said.

The DC Ganderbal requested people to be part of the event in large numbers and help the administration to promote Sonamarg as the best tourist destination in Kashmir.

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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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