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"Police and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were deployed in different areas," the official added.

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  • “Police and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were deployed in different areas,” the official added
  • A civilian was killed and his pillion riding son injured when he hit a roadblock in Beerwa area of Badgam district
  • Geelani called these “masked miscreants as Indian agents out to defame the people’s struggle in Kashmir”

Authorities on Saturday imposed curfew in two south Kashmir districts and restrictions in many other areas of the Valley.

“Curfew shall continue today (Saturday) in Pulwama and Kulgam districts. Restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) will continue in other places,” a senior police official told IANS.

CRPF deployed in Kahmir. Image Source: www.indiasamvad.co.in
CRPF deployed in Kahmir. Image Source: www.indiasamvad.co.in

“Police and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were deployed in different areas,” the official added.

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Despite a Valley wide curfew to prevent a separatist called protest march on Friday, over 100 people including civilians and security forces were injured when agitating mobs attacked security forces.

A civilian was killed and his pillion riding son injured when he hit a roadblock in Beerwa area of Badgam district.

Separatists called for a protest march. Image Source: newsdog.today
Separatists called for a protest march. Image Source: newsdog.today

Police said miscreants had laid obstructions on the road which the ill-fated biker did not see before he hit it.

Police and CRPF used tear smoke shells to quell a mob of protesters in Srinagar that was marching towards the Sonwar locality office of the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

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Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani issued a statement on Friday condemning youths threatening Amarnath pilgrims and tourists.

Geelani called these “masked miscreants as Indian agents out to defame the people’s struggle in Kashmir”.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Image Source: www.youtube.com
Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Image Source: www.youtube.com

Emboldened youths have been blocking roads and highways in addition to forcing shopkeepers to close businesses in areas where peripheral markets are functioning in Srinagar and other districts.

Separatists have asked people to observe a protest shutdown till Sunday. (IANS)

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Kashmir becomes a favourite again this New Year’s Eve

"It is just like the old times in Gulmarg. I cannot fully express my joy when I see the numbers of tourists here today," said Abdul Gaffar, a pony owner here.

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  • This new year starts with a bang for Tourism industry in Kashmir as it experiences the sudden boom of the tourists.
  • Hoteliers and Resort owners are especially overjoyed with the prospect of increased Tourism.
  • Increased tourism is also indicating an increase in Kashmir’s economy.

New Year couldn’t be likely to begin on a better note for the tourist industry of Kashmir. This world-famous ski resort was completely sold out on Saturday as scores of tourists from far and near thronged the place to start celebrations on New Year’s Eve on Sunday.

“It is a great omen for the tourist industry of the state. Gulmarg is completely sold out as hundreds of tourists have arrived here to welcome 2018.

“All hotels and tourist huts are occupied as more arrivals are expected tomorrow as well. “We have domestic tourists as well as foreigners from Thailand, Malaysia and some other countries.

“Not only Gulmarg, all high-end hotels and those in the middle class range are completely booked in Srinagar city. Pahalgam tourist resort also has appreciable presence of tourists these days,” state Director, Tourism, Mehmood Shah told IANS.

He said that aggressive and realistic tourist wooing campaigns through social media by the Tourist Department and other stakeholders have started paying dividends now.

“What is encouraging is that domestic tourists from south India are now looking at Kashmir as a holiday and honeymoon destination. Hopefully, we will be having a wonderful tourist season this winter and during the coming spring and summer months,” Shah said.

2017 had not begun on a good note for the local tourist industry. Lesser number of tourists came to Kashmir during this year, but the sudden boom noticed around the New Year’s Eve, signifies that 2018 will be a welcome year.

 Kashmir tourism is seeing a boom after a year of stagnancy. Wikimedia
Kashmir tourism is seeing a boom after a year of stagnancy. Wikimedia

“We had very little occupancy during peak tourist periods in 2017, but given the number of tourist arrivals towards the year end, we are hopeful of a great season ahead”, said Altaf Ahmad, manager of Hilltop Hotel here.

Managers at the highend Khybir Resort also expressed satisfaction at the tourist arrivals around the year end.

Even when the temperature outside is around minus six degrees Celsius, Gulmarg is abuzz with life.

The increased tourism is a matter of joy for the Kashmir's economy. Wikimedia Commons
The increased tourism is a matter of joy for the Kashmir’s economy. Wikimedia Commons

Taxi operators, ponywallahs and others directly or indirectly associated with the tourist industry in Gulmarg hope the tempo sustains and 2018 proves to be a blessing for the tourist industry.

“It is just like the old times in Gulmarg. I cannot fully express my joy when I see the numbers of tourists here today,” said Abdul Gaffar, a pony owner here.

Hoteliers in Srinagar especially those around the Dal Lake are busy attending to their guests.

“It is great to see guests arrive in such numbers at this time of the year,” said a hotelier in the Boulevard Road area on the banks of the lake. IANS