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Weatherman predicts moderate snowfall across Kashmir from Jan 4

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Jammu higher reaches to receive heavy snowfall; Bad weather may disrupt traffic on Sgr-Jmu highway, says Director MeT Sonam Lotus appeals people not to venture out in snow-bound higher reaches

Owais Gul

Srinagar, Jan 02: Following further dip in the minimum temperature, the weatherman here has predicted moderate snowfall across Kashmir and heavy snowfall in higher reaches of Jammu from Monday, stating that the night temperature will rise in J&K and Ladakh in coming days.

Director, Meteorological department (MeT), Sonum Lotus told the news agency—KNO that there is possibility of moderate snowfall across Kashmir in between January 04-05.

He added that the higher reaches especially in Pir Panchal and Chenab would experience heavy snowfall during the period, adding that in Jammu, the wet spell would begin from January 03 and would persist till January 05.

Lotus further said that present foggy mornings will also come to an end from tomorrow morning in Jammu region. He also appealed people not to venture out in hilly areas during the period to avoid any untoward incident.

Besides, Lotus said that the Srinagar-Jammu highway may also be closed after fresh snowfall, adding that those scheduled to travel to and from Srinagar should confirm the situation of the road before travelling.

Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad, when contacted informed that after fresh prediction, the weather would remain cloudy on January 06 also. Ahmad said that after January 05, there is no forecast of major snowfall in J&K and Ladakh till January 10.

Meanwhile, MeT spokesman informed Pahalgam was the coldest place in Kashmir where the mercury settled at minus 8.4 degree Celsius in the intervening night of Friday-Saturday.

He said Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 5.9 degree Celsius. Gulmarg, a world famous ski-resort recorded 7.5 degree Celsius.

Pertinently, Kashmir is under tight grip of Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day harshest winter period. The Chillai-Kalan commenced on December 21 and will end on January 31.

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Nitishwar Kumar posted as additional secretary in Union Women and Child Development Ministry

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Srinagar, Sept 25: In a significant development, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has posted Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to LG Manoj Sinha, as additional secretary and financial advisor, Ministry of Women and Children Development.

According to an order, a copy of which is in possession of news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Nitishwar Kumar, IAS (UP:96), presently on inter-cadre deputation, as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Women and Child Development, by temporarily upgrading a vacant post of Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser in the Ministry.

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Two militants killed near LoC in north Kashmir: Police

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‘Identification of slain being ascertained’

Srinagar, Sept 25: Two militants were killed in an encounter near the Line of Control in Tekri Nar locality of Machil in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday, police said here.

Kashmir zone police in a Tweet, informed that the identification of the militants was being ascertained.

Police also said that two AK-47 rifles as many pistols and 04 hand grenades were recovered from them.

“Army and Kupwara Police neutralised two #terrorists near #LoC Tekri Nar in Machil area of #Kupwara. Identification of the killed terrorists being ascertained. 02 AK 47 rifles, 02 pistols & 04 hand grenades recovered. Further details shall follow,” police tweeted. (KNO)

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Police attach residential house in Bandipora for wilfully sheltering, harbouring militants

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Bandipora, Sept 25: Police in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district have attached a residential house for wilfully sheltering and harbouring militants after obtaining sanction from competent authority.

In a statement, cited by the news agency-KNO, a spokesperson said that police attached the residential house of one person namely Bashir Ahmad Mir of Wanpora Gurez at present Watrina after obtaining legal sanction from the competent authorities.

The statement reads that the house was linked to case FIR No.166/2021of PS Bandipora U/S 16,18,19 ,20,23,39UAPA ,307IPC ,7/27 IA Act, dated 26_09_2021 in which two hardcore militants were neutralised, who were involved in different crimes in Bandipora.

“The investigation proved beyond doubt that the said house was used for the purpose of militancy, sheltering, harbouring militants & such act was voluntarily and knowingly given by the member of the family. Many attacks on civilians and protected persons were carried, conspired and planned by militants while using this house as hideout,” it reads.

The statement reads that Bandipora police requests citizens once again not to harbour or give shelter to militants, failing which they will be liable to action under law including property attachment (movable/immovable) proceedings.

“In case of any forced and coercive entry by militants into any house or vehicle, the matter should be brought to the notice of police immediately, otherwise proceedings under law will follow against such houses or other properties,” it added.

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