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Rail services resume in Kashmir Valley, people throng Sunday flea market in Srinagar

Railway services were resumed in Kashmir valley after three months of being suspended due to security reason post abrogation of Article 370. Conditions have begun to normalise in the valley as the weekly flea market witnessed a rush and local transport have started plying on some routes in the city and elsewhere in the valley including buses and autos.

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  • Train services in the valley were suspended on the morning of 5 August – hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories. The railways conducted two successful trial runs on the stretch on Monday after conducting a thorough safety audit of the line.

    “Election will come. It is a Union territory with a legislature, it will not continue like this (LG's rule). The process for holding the election will come soon,” Murmu said, speaking at the attestation-cum-passing out parade of the 14th batch of constables, held in the Talwara area of Reasi district.

    A railway official told PTI that a train chugged between Baramulla and Srinagar this morning. The train service in the valley was suspended due to security reasons on the morning of 5 August – hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.

    At least 13 people were injured in the grenade attack, the second in less than a month, and were rushed to the nearby SMHS hospital where the condition of two is critical, officials said. The attack took place at 1.20 pm, a time the Hari Singh High Street market was crowded with people and roadside vendors. Security forces have cordoned off the area.

    “I was concerned about the health of my mother, but nobody was listening. The hut she was kept in had cracked windows and there was no adequate heating arrangement,” Iltija Mufti, daughter of Mehbooba Mufti, told ET. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti along with former CMs Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, has been in detention since August 5.

    Opposition leaders also raised the issue of MPs not being allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of its special status, whereas parliamentarians from Europe have been taken to the state, with Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury describing the EU delegation as "bhade ke tattu" (hirelings).

    ​​According to Director School Education, the Urdu/Hindi and English exams were scheduled to be held on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

    Terrorists carried out a grenade attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar on Monday, leaving at least one civilian dead and 18 ...

    One of the two militants killed in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on Monday was a Pakistani-born self-styled commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba

    The trip comes just two days before the state is set to turn into a Union territory following the August 5 decision to abrogate the special status granted to J&K and bifurcate it into centrally administered regions of J&K and Ladakh.

    The gunfight started when security forces launched a search operation in Lawdara village following specific information about the presence of some terrorists, the officials said. They said the hiding ultras opened fire on the security personnel who retaliated.

    With Optum, Samsung and Lowe's recruiting in-campus from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, 60 students got placed with the highest annual package topping Rs 19 lakh while the average salary package is between Rs 9 lakh and Rs 10 lakh.

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