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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Srinagar: Shutdown against the failure of the Jammu and Kashmir government in providing relief to the 2014 flood victims on Monday affected routine life, with markets and schools closed and public transports also hauled for movement.

On September 7, 2014, the Kashmir Valley was affected by unprecedented floods and almost the entire civil lines areas and commercial hubs of Srinagar city were submerged in flood waters. The shutdown is called by traders, transport operators and industrialists of the city.

Authorities placed senior separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, under house arrest in Srinagar city to prevent their participation in the protest march proposed by the various traders’ organisations.

Earlier, a bandh was called by the valley-based traders on Monday morning to commemorate the first anniversary of last year’s September flood. People said that there was no relief provided and they were still trying to get on their feet after the floods devastated the region a year ago.

A call to boycott the government sponsored programme for flood-affected people was given by the traders. The government had planned to mark the first anniversary of the Jammu and Kashmir floods as the “revival day”.

Calling the celebration an insult to the people of the valley, the traders said that the state has not provided enough relief funds yet. They went on to condemn the ‘insensitivity of the government’ as they believe it is a dark day.

Authorities didn’t impose any official restrictions in any part of Srinagar city, although heavy presence of police and paramilitary central reserve police force was seen in both old and uptown areas. Further Kashmir University also ordered cancellation of all exams scheduled for the day.

With Inputs from IANS

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Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) Kicks off in Srinagar, Aims to Promote Film Culture

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Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, July 3, 2017: With the aim to promote film culture, a five-day Kashmir world Film Festival began at Tagore Hall in Srinagar. Not just that, it will also provide a specific platform to aspiring youth in the field of filmmaking and acting.

The festival has been organized by Actors Creative Theatre (ACT), a group of members working in the sphere of art film and literature in collaboration with Media Education Research Centre, Kashmir University and Film and Television Institute of India, breathing life into the war-torn atmosphere, mentioned ANI report.

Filmmaker Mushtaq Ahmad recalls how over the decades, Hindi cinema shares a rather intrinsic relationship with Kashmir, the photographers’ paradise. From Kashmir Ki Kali to Haider, Kashmir has played host to both Hindi as well as International cinema. The festival would be instrumental in involving the youth of the valley in filmmaking and the related areas.

Many popular faces were present in the gathering, including popular film actress Alina Mughal, to quote her “by such initiatives, the youth of Kashmir will get a platform to go out and work in this field”. The festival will continue till July 5 in an attempt to promote entertainment in the region reverberating with the booming sound of bullets.

– prepared by Puja Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter: @pujas1994

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Kashmir Unrest: Tension in the valley after death of civilians

Scores of protesters on August 3 blocked roads and raised slogans in Chattabal area alleging the guard had been shot at and killed

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Srinagar: Tension gripped Kashmir Valley on Wednesday after the death of a protester on Srinagar-Jammu national highway and a bank guard in Srinagar late Tuesday, August 2, police said.
“One civilian was killed and another critically injured when the security guard of additional district development commissioner (Ramban) opened fire at a crowd that stopped his vehicle at Lethpora in Pulwama district on Tuesday,” a senior police officer said.
A bank ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) guard was killed under mysterious circumstances during the night in Chattabal area of Srinagar city.

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 Police said the guard had been attacked and killed with some sharp-edged weapon.

Scores of protesters on Wednesday blocked roads and raised slogans in Chattabal area alleging the guard had been shot at and killed.
Curfew contineued in South Kashmir. Image Source: www.ndtv.com
Curfew continued in South Kashmir. Image Source: www.ndtv.com
Authorities imposed curfew in south Kashmir areas and restrictions in rest of the valley to maintain law and order.
Things had started showing up during the last two days as private transport and pedestrian movement was witnessed in uptown areas of Srinagar.

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Apprehending defiance of imposed restrictions in old city areas of Srinagar and other places in the valley, heavy deployment of police and paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) has been made on Wednesday.
Separatists have already extended protest shutdown call till August 5 asking people to resume normal activities after 6 p.m. each day.
All educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities have remained closed ever since the violence started here on July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani’s killing by the forces.
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Kashmir: curfew continues in two districts

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

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Curfew continues in two districts. Image Source: www.ndtv.com
  • “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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