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‘Dilwale’ row: Bajrang Dal member arrested for abusive comments against female activist in Mangaluru

The Hindu states that Dinker has also written to the Home Minister to ensure that the law is upheld in Dakshina Kannada.

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Gujarat government planning to launch e-voting in panchayat polls

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Mercury hovers near freezing point in parts of North

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Foggy conditions were witnessed in the city during the morning, significantly reducing the visibility to 500 meters.

Winters in North

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Cold wave coupled with fog affected normal life in most parts of North India, as road and rail traffic were hit in the region, while mercury hovered around freezing point in some parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan on Saturday. Delhiites woke up to a chilly Saturday with the minimum temperature settling at 6.8 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average. The maximum temperature was recorded at 21 degrees, also a notch below the normal, said a MeT department official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Foggy conditions were witnessed in the city during the morning, significantly reducing the visibility to 500 meters. In Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar witnessed the season’s coldest night so far with the minimum temperature settling at a low of minus 4.4 degrees as the cold wave tightened its grip in the Valley where mercury slipped further below the freezing point. The night temperature in Srinagar dipped further by over a degree from the previous night’s minus 3.2 degrees Celsius and settled at a low of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius, causing fringes of famous Dal Lake to freeze, the MeT official said. The mercury in Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, also went down to a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, the official said. The tourist resort of Pahalgam which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir registered a low of minus 7.9 degrees Celsius. The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 10.5 degrees Celsius. Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest place in the state with minus 13.7 degrees Celsius. The temperature in the nearby Kargil town also dropped nearly three degrees to a low of minus 10.2 degrees Celsius. In Haryana, Narnaul was the coldest at 1.6 degrees Celsius, as ongoing cold conditions continued unabated in the state and neighbouring Punjab. Hisar also reeled under biting cold at a low of 4 degrees Celsius.Cold conditions also swept Karna and Ambala with 5 and 6.7 degrees Celsius respectively. Chandigarh experienced a cold night at 5.6 degrees Celsius, down two degrees than normal, the MeT Department here said. In Punjab, Amritsar reeled under severe chill at a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius, down two notches while Ludhiana also experienced a cold night at 4.2 degrees Celsius. Patiala recorded a low of 6.7 degrees Celsius. While in Rajasthan, biting cold conditions continued to prevail as Churu in plains was the coldest place at 1.4 degree Celsius whereas the sole hill station Mount Abu was freezing at zero degree Celsius.Meanwhile, dense fog affected movement of trains under North Western Railway with 10 trains running late, a railway spokesperson said.

Mercury stays below freezing point across Kashmir, Ladakh

Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir as the mercury there settled at minus 9.7 degrees Celsius, though slightly up from the previous night’s minus 9.9 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the Meteorological Department said on Thursday.

Mercury stays below freezing point across Kashmir, Ladakh
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Mercury stayed below freezing point across Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region though there was marginal rise in minimum temperature in most places owing to overcast sky.Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir as the mercury there settled at minus 9.7 degrees Celsius, though slightly up from the previous night’s minus 9.9 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the Meteorological Department said on Thursday.He said the minimum temperature in the nearby Kargil town also increased from Wedneday’s minus 10.3 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Srinagar the summer capital of the state recorded the minimum temperature of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, slightly up from Wednesday’s minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said. The city had on Wednesday experienced the coldest night of the winter so far.The minimum temperature in Kokernag, in south Kashmir, settled at minus 0.2 degree Celsius, while the mercury in Qazigund the gateway town to Kashmir Valley registered a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius, he said, adding the night temperature at both the places increased as compared to the previous night. He said Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius.The tourist resort of Pahalgam which serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath Yatra recorded a low of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night’s minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.He said the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, registered minimum temperature of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius as against the low of minus 2.0 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.The MET Office has predicted mainly dry weather for the week ahead.

Increasing number of Kashmiri youth taking to militancy: Indian Army

Any youth joining terrorists’ ranks is a cause of concern, says Gen Subrata Sahu.

Any youth joining terrorists’ ranks is a cause of concern, says Gen Subrata Sahu (Representational Image)

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Increasing number of Kashmiri youth are joining militancy and this is a matter of concern, a top army commander said on Wednesday while talking about the strategy of Pakistan-based terror groups to focus on recruiting locals after their “failure” to push in terrorists.Outgoing Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Gen Subrata Saha said “several motives” are being exploited by recruiters, including religious radicalisation, discontent due to personal or academic failures, links with terrorists and overground workers and desire for recognition or status. “Any youth joining terrorists’ ranks is a cause of concern,” he said while mentioning that there has been an increase in the number of youth recruited in 2014-15 as compared to 2012-13.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gen Sahu, who is moving to Army Headquarters in Delhi for his next assignment, said “attempts of infiltration” from across the border had increased this year but “the attempts have resulted in their failure”. Describing it as “a battle between their desperation and our determination”, he said there has been an increase in the intensity of attempts this year which is evident from 11 attempts in which 19 terrorist neutralised. “Without getting into specifics, even other indicators suggest an increase in number awaiting infiltration,” he added.He was asked if the infiltration level was nearly zero, how did four Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists, including Mohammed Naved Yakub who was caught alive during Udhampur attack, manage to sneak in from Gulmarg sector. “This case is still being investigated and there have been repeated changes in his (Naved’s) statements. We will wait for the final inference,” he said.

J&K: Rains continue to lash Valley; fresh snowfall in Gulmarg

Srinagar: Intermittent rains continued in Kashmir for the second day today even as the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg experienced fresh snowfall, with the MeT department saying that the prevailing western disturbance would continue to affect the state till 24 February.

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Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir and the star attraction for tourists especially skiers from abroad, recorded 12 inches of fresh snow during the night, a MeT Department spokesman said.

He said the resort recorded the minimum temperature of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, compared to minus 2 degrees Celsius yesterday.

While Gulmarg received snowfall, other parts of the Valley were lased with rains which continued for the second day today.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, received 13.8 mm of rains and recorded a low of 3.9 degrees Celsius, down by nearly a degree from 4.8 degrees Celsius the previous night, the spokesman said.

The mercury in Pahalgam hill resort in south, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, settled at a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius against 0.4 degree Celsius yesterday, the spokesman said.

The resort recorded 20.4 mm of rainfall till 8:30 AM, he said.

Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway recorded a low of 3.6 degrees Celsius, compared to 3.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said, adding 5 mm rains were recorded in the city.

The spokesman said Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, registered the minimum temperature of 2.5 degrees Celsius – over a degree down from the previous night’s 3.6 degrees Celsius and the town received 7.2 mm of rainfall.

The mercury in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius as against 0.4 degree Celsius the previous night, the spokesman said.

The town recorded 20.5 mm of rains during the night, he added.

Leh, the frontier town in Ladakh region, recorded a low of minus 2.9 degrees Celsius – nearly two degrees down from minus 1.1 degree Celsius the previous night, the spokesman said.

He said the nearby Kargil town registered the minimum temperature of minus 8 degrees Celsius and was the coldest recorded place in the state.

The MeT department said the western disturbance that is persisting over Jammu and Kashmir is likely to affect the state till February 24 with occasional gaps.

Under the influence of this weather system, moderate rains or thundershowers and snowfall over higher reaches would occur at most places in Kashmir and Jammu divisions and at many places of Ladakh region.

Some places may receive heavy rains and snow during this period and these weather conditions may trigger landslides and avalanche in vulnerable areas of the state, the department said.

It said the weather system may disrupt surface and air transport during these days there would be significant decrease in day temperatures and slight rise in night temperatures.

Authorities in the Valley yesterday issued an avalanche warning in the vulnerable areas in view of the weather forecast.

However, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway remained open for one-way traffic.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Rohit Kansal has asked the divisional administration to gear up men and machinery to tackle any eventuality which may arise due to the weather.

PTI

J&K reels under cold wave, Kargil coldest at minus 16 degrees

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Cold wave returns in north India: Fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir’s Gulmarg

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Tourists throng Gulmarg for New Year bash

Hundreds of tourists and locals thronged the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, for the New Year celebrations, but the dry weather played a dampener and disappointed many revelers.”We had made plans for celebrating New Year in Gulmarg very early in the year. We had heard from our friends that it was the best place to be in winters and it truly is. We enjoyed a lot,” Amit Banerjee from West Bengal said.He said though the celebrations were “awesome”, there was some disappointment as the weather played a spoilsport.”We were expecting it to snow, but to our disappointment, the weather remained dry. It otherwise was awesome,” he said.Another tourist from Gujarat, Rati Lal, said welcoming the New Year amidst snow-capped mountains and meadows is a dream come true and he would love to visit the resort every year.”We do not get to see snow. I am happy that I visited Gulmarg with my family. It is a dream come true,” he said. However, he said the snowfall could have made the experience much better. “Gulmarg is famous for snow, so yes we were kind of disappointed as there was no fresh snowfall,” Lal said. Many events were organized by Tourism department as part of the celebrations. The resort turned eco-friendly for the New Year bash as the first-ever environment friendly celebrations including a digital firecracker show was held. There were cultural programmes, music performances and a performance by DJ Aki, along with other events aimed at entertaining the visitors. The celebrations at Gulmarg were a part of ‘Jashne Chillai-Kalan’ (festivities for the 40-day harshest winter period) organized by the Tourism Department of Kashmir with an aim to improve the image of the sector which was hit by the floods last year (in September). The floods damaged the image of the tourism sector. Jashne Chillai-Kalan was an endeavour to improve our image and this in-house event at Gulmarg coincided with the New Year celebrations, Director Tourism Kashmir, Talat Pervez told PTI. Pervez said the department was making efforts to revive the sector fully after it received a set-back due to the deluge. “The tourist arrivals took a dip after the floods. For that period of the year, Kashmir hosted more than 40,000 tourists per month, but the numbers dipped by 50 per cent this year due the floods. There was a huge impact on the image of the sector, but we are making efforts to revive it and have been successful to a large extent,” he said. The director said the New Year celebration at Gulmarg, even though an annual feature, was a conscious effort to improve the image of the sector and revive it. “We want to show that the situation in Kashmir was not bad as had been projected. We are holding local level events, interactions with tour operators outside the state and festivals to dispel the notion that Kashmir was not safe to travel after floods,” he said. Pervez said the department has also invited tour operators from outside to see for themselves what the Valley had to offer. “We are on a vigorous publicity campaign for the promotion of tourism,” he said, adding a series of programmes had been held to attract maximum tourists. The director said the hotels in the resort saw occupancy of around 95 per cent. More information about the festival here.

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