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40 days Chilekalan to start from December 21, chances of snowfall from 23



Cold weather continues in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. World-famous Gulmarg recorded a minimum temperature of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius on Thursday. It is a dry winter in the valley right now. Although a white blanket of snow is seen in the high mountainous areas, the snowfall is yet to happen in other low regions, including Srinagar.

The Meteorological Department has expressed the possibility of snowfall in the upper and lower areas of the valley from December 23, two days after the start of Chilekalan. The department says that due to the western disturbance, the weather patterns in the valley will remain sharp from December 23 to December 25. As a result, there may be more than average snowfall in the mountainous areas, while normal snowfall is also possible in the low-lying areas.

If the department’s forecast comes true, then it will be the first snowfall of the current winter in the plains. The Meteorological Department said that even though the weather patterns in the valley will remain dry like this till December 22, a similar drop in the minimum temperature will be recorded every day. Talking about today itself, the mercury at the world-famous resort in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district was minus 8.6 degrees Celsius last night, nearly two degrees Celsius.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.1 degrees Celsius and minus 3.9 degrees Celsius from the previous night, the lowest temperature recorded in the season. Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.0 degrees Celsius, while last night’s minimum temperature was minus 412 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam, a famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature minus 6.9 degrees Celsius. Whereas last night it was minus 6.4 degrees Celsius. Kokernag recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.0 degrees Celsius. While the minimum temperature last night was minus 3.9 degrees Celsius.

The official said the minimum temperature in north Kashmir’s Kupwara town was minus 4.5 degrees Celsius, minus 3.8 degrees Celsius last night. Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 5.9 degrees Celsius, minus 3.3 degrees below normal.

Leh in Ladakh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 15.0 degrees Celsius. While the minimum temperature last night was minus 11.6 degrees Celsius. At the same time, the minimum temperature at the automatic Kargil station was minus 12.5 degrees Celsius. The official said Kargil, the world’s second coldest place after Siberia, recorded a minimum temperature minus 19.2 degrees Celsius in Drass.

Amish Mahajan, Content Writer, JK Media 


BSF deploys more troops, surveillance equipment along border in J&K as part of ‘winter strategy’




The Border Security Force (BSF) has deployed additional troops along with anti-fog surveillance equipment on the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir as part of its “winter strategy” to foil infiltration bids and terror plans ahead of Republic Day celebrations, officials said on Friday.
BSF troops guarding the 200-km International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir have been put on alert to ensure a high degree of security against infiltrating terrorists.
“We have mobilised troops along the border. Extra troops have been deployed along with surveillance equipment along IB in view of the foggy weather and Republic Day celebrations,” a senior officer told.
He said that operations and night domination exercises have increased along the border which witnesses dense fog during winters.
Officials pointed to terrorists using fog as a cover to infiltrate and said the winter strategy that has been put in place includes the measures to deal with security setup during the foggy season.
Troops have plugged all the gaps in riverine areas of Ujh, Bansantar and Chenab, they said.
The steps to beef up the security along the IB have been taken in view of the Republic Day celebrations.
Police have also put up several checkpoints on roads leading to the border and increased checking, they said.
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LeT, Al-Badr Militants Planning To Sneak in JK Via PoK: Intel Agencies Warns





Amid the heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, the intelligence agencies have warned that militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Al Badr are planning to sneak into the Union Territory through Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), sources in the security set-up said.

The sources, quoting intelligence inputs, said that at least seven militants of LeT and five of Al Badra are trying to cross over to Jammu and Kashmir from two different areas located in PoK.

The intelligence alert has specifically said that from one place in PoK, the LeT ultras will be trying to infiltrate with the help of a launchpad commander, while the five Al Badr militants are located near a launchpad in Balakot, who are being escorted by a local guide to infiltrating from the Bhimber Gali side in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The intel alerts have been shared with the J&K Police, Central security forces and the Army who have been asked to intensify patrolling along the international border adjoining the Bhimber Gali.

“The alert is a matter of major concern for the security forces ahead of the Republic Day, and if they (militants) are trying to cross the international border amid the heavy snowfall, it indicates that they must be equipped with winter clothing and navigational devices,” an official in the security forces deployed in J&K said.

He also said that in recent operations launched by the Central security forces and the state police, the militants who were neutralised had army grade winter clothing and other staff like dry fruits and dry meals. This also indicates that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is providing logistic support to these terrorists.

Recent intelligence inputs have also revealed that ISI has been searching for new routes to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir besides establishing new control rooms in PoK.

The security forces, after intercepting messages, revealed that eight new routes have been identified which are covered with snow and have less patrolling by Indian forces during peak winters.

The intelligence intercepts have further revealed that Pakistan has activated new terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) with increased efforts to aid infiltration bids into Jammu and Kashmir before the Republic Day on January 26.

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Beware: Lady thief roaming the streets of Roop Nagar




Another theft case of ₹7,200 has been reported from a boutique named ” The Hanger’ located on the main road in Roop Nagar, Jammu.

A lady who visited the boutique duped the owner and took away garments amounting to a total of ₹7,200.

The owner at first didn’t recognise the lady, but she pretended as if she was their regular customer.

“After selecting the garments, she asked for an assistant boy to come along and will make the payment to him as she reaches her residence”, the owner said.

She instead fooled the owner and the boy as well and wasn’t seen anywhere after that.

The boutique owner has filed a complaint in the nearest police station on January 18.

Police are investigating the matter, and soon the lady thief would be caught; till then, the locals are advised to beware of such miscreants.

Aditi Tikku


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