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Shopian, July 11(KMW): An 8 year-old kid was killed and four others injured after an explosive device went off in Memendar village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses said that at least five boys in the age group of 6 to 8 were critically injured in a blast in Memendar village today.

They said the boys were injured when an explosive they were fiddling with went off accidentally.

The boys were rushed to district hospital Shopian for treatment where one of the injured, identified as Saliq Khursheed, succumbed.

The rest of the four injured kids were shifted to Srinagar Hospital where one of them is state to be critical. The injured kids have been identified as Arsalan Bashir, Tahir khurshid, Razia Hafiz and Suhaib Bashir. 

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Kupwara, July 11(KMW): An encounter between militants and government forces in Kandi forest area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district claimed the life of an army commando on Wednesday.

Reports said that a soldier was killed in the initial exchange of fire.

An official said that Kandi forest area was brought under siege on Tuesday night when militants fired upon a patrol party of 47 Rashtriya Rifles of Indian Army. The search operation was halted for night. On Wednesday, search operation resumed while contact with hiding militants as established.

Official added that during the exchange of fire, a soldier received bullet injuries. He was evacuated to nearest hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The official identified the slain soldier Sepoy Mukul Meena from 4 Para.

The intermittent firing between militants and government forces were reported for hours together. 

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SRINAGAR JULY 10(KMW): Department of tourism Kashmir today distributed hundreds of the Life Buoy Rescue Tubes to the operational shikara wallas in order to provide them safety equipment to meet any eventuality.

Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah handed over these tubes to the registered Shikara Wallas who were directed to keep them fixed to their Shikaras at all times.

The Department took this initiative in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation, which provided the funds for the procurement of these life Buoy Rescue Tubes.

While distributing these tubes, the Director Tourism Kashmir instructed the Shikara owners to keep them tied to their boats for the safety of the passengers during any incident.

Director Tourism Kashmir said it was imperative for the shikara walls and other boatmen to have life-saving safety equipment readily available so that passengers can be rescued during any eventuality.

He said that during devastating 2014 floods, it was noticed that there was an acute dearth of such equipment and the recent flood scare also mandated that every shikara owner should have this equipment with them.

“We felt it mandatory to equip shikara wallas with these rescue equipment as at times the weather turns ugly as a result the shikaras can capsize. To address this issue, the department which is registering authority distributed these tubes among all shikara wallas to avoid any mishap and also ensure safety of passengers and tourists who most of the time are not swimmers,” said Shah.

He said in past instances also tourists had to be rescued from such mishaps.

The department distributed the tubes to the Shikara owners moored at all Ghats at Boulevard, Dalgate, at Manasbal and Nigeen Lakes

The department will also be distributing these rescue tubes to more shikara owners at other places in coming days.

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Flight schedule for July 14, 15, 16 notified

SRINAGAR, JULY 10(KMW): Executive Officer, State Haj Committee (SHC), Syed Qamar Sajjad, today informed that Haj-2018 flights shall operate from July 14, 2018.

Accordingly, the flight schedule for July 14, 15 and 16 has been issued for the information of public in general and intending Haj pilgrims in particular.

The intending pilgrims of Kashmir Division have been asked to collect their travel documents two days prior to their departure from respective district headquarters i.e Deputy Commissioners Office, during office hours. While as the pilgrims of Srinagar district shall collect the same two days prior to their scheduled departure from Haj House Bemina from 2 pm onwards, a communiqué from SHC said.

Pilgrims of Jammu Division and Ladakh region have been asked to collect their travel documents at the Haj House, Bemina Srinagar one day prior to the scheduled departure.

Further, the reporting time for intending Haj pilgrims at Haj House Bemina travelling through flight number AI-5101 scheduled on July 14, 2018 is 5 am, for flight number AI-5103 is 8:30 am, for flight number AI-5105 is 10:30 am and for flight number AI-5107 at 12.30 pm.

Whereas, the reporting time for intending pilgrims at the Haj House Bemina travelling through flight number AI-5109 scheduled on July 15 is 4:30 am, for flight number AI-5111 is 8:30 am, for flight number AI-5113 is 10:30 am and for flight number AI-5115 is 12.30 pm.

Similarly, the reporting time for the pilgrims travelling on July 16 via flight number AI-5121 is 4 am, for flight number AI-5117 is 5:30 am, for flight number AI-5119 is 8:30 am and for flight number AI-5123 is 12:30 pm.

The pilgrims have been advised to report on time at Haj House Bemina. They have been informed that only standard baggage without any banned items shall be accepted as check-in luggage by the airlines at Haj House, Srinagar, besides the hand baggage should also be of standard size.

The flight schedule for remaining pilgrims shall be notified separately, the SHC said.

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Srinagar, July 10(KMW): Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command, met Governor N.N. Vohra at Raj Bhavan today. The Army Commander, who has undertaken extensive tour of areas in the Valley in the past four days, shared his views and experiences with the Governor.

Raj Bhavan Spokesman recalled the Governor’s meeting with the Army Commander late last week when the Governor had called for more cohesive Civil-Police- Army collaboration in combating anti-terrorist activities.

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Leh, July 10(KMW): Before commencing his official engagements, soon after arrival at Leh this morning Governor N.N. Vohra called on H.H. the Dalai
Lama at his residence in Jive-tsal Choglamsar. The Governor was accompanied by his Advisors, Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary Planning.

During his interactions with the Governor, and speaking about the growing tensions across the world, the Dalai Lama, stressed the importance of debate and discussion to reconcile opposing viewpoints and study of philosophical texts to cultivate an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for all religions. He prayed for peace and prosperity in the world.

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Srinagar, Jul 10 (KMW): Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday called for complete shutdown on Wednesday against the civilian killing in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

JRL confirmed to News Agency, saying that a complete shutdown will be observed across the Valley to protest against the fresh civilian killing in South Kashmir’s Shopian district today.

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Srinagar, Jul 10 (KMW): An 18-year-old youth was killed and over 50 others suffered injuries during intense clashes between Indian Security Forces and protesters near encounter site at Kundalan village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday. Two militants were killed during the encounter in the initial phases of which two soldiers including an officer suffered injuries.

Reports said that Tamsheel Ahmad Khan (18) son of Khursheed Ahmad Khan of Vehil, Kachdora sustained a critical bullet wound in his head in forces action during the clashes in Kundalan.

Khan was shifted to District Hospital Shopian where from he along with seven other persons having bullet injuries were referred to different hospitals in Srinagar.

Khan was taken to SMHS hospital here where doctors declared him dead on arrival, they said.

A senior doctor at SMHS hospital also confirmed the death of the youth. He said that the youth had received serious firearm injury.

Over 50 protesters, seven of them with bullets and others with pellets and tear gas shelling were injured during clashes near the encounter site.

Earlier, police have claimed to have killed two militants during the gunfight in the area.

The gunfight started after the joint team of Army, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in the area.

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Srinagar, July 10(KMW): The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday ordered the closure of all educational institutions in Kashmir region and Jammu’s winter zone on account of summer vacations from July 19 to 28.

“It is hereby ordered that all Government Educational Institutions as also recognized private schools up to the Higher Secondary Level functioning in the Kashmir Division and winter zone of Jammu Division shall observe summer vacations with effect from July 19 to July 28,” an official of the education department in civil secretariat here told.

“Any default on part of private institutions in observance of the calendar of summer vacations so authorized shall attract action under rules,” he added.

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