This time Jammu and Kashmir had shivered with cold even before the Chille Kalan started in the valley. Jammu recorded a temperature of 2.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday. The temperature has dropped so much in Jammu during December after 14 years.
Earlier on December 31, 2007, 2.3-degree mercury was recorded. On the other hand, Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season on Saturday with minus six degrees. The mercury has gone below zero in different districts of Kashmir as well.
The rivers and streams have started freezing along the famous Dal Lake of Srinagar. Due to the severe cold, life has been affected in Kashmir and Jammu. During the last 24 hours, snow has occurred in some mountainous areas of the state, while the troubles have increased in the plains due to fog. According to the Meteorological Center Srinagar, the weather will likely remain the same in Jammu and Kashmir until December 22. After that, night temperatures may drop further.
According to the Meteorological Department, this is the second time in the last ten years that the minimum temperature in Srinagar has gone so far below zero before Chille Kalan. Earlier on December 19, 2020, the minimum temperature of Srinagar was recorded at minus 6.6 degrees Celsius.
Moreover, the lowest temperature in December in the last ten years was recorded on December 28, 2018, when the mercury was recorded at minus 7.7 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperature ever recorded in December was December 13, 1934 – 12.8 degrees. Parts of the world-famous Dal Lake in Srinagar have frozen on Saturday morning. Apart from the waterfall in Drang, many water sources have frozen before Gulmarg.
According to the Meteorological Center Srinagar, a dense western pressure is visible over Jammu and Kashmir. Due to this, rain and snow may occur in many parts of the state from 22 to December 25.
An official said that this is the second time in the last ten years that the minimum temperature in Srinagar has gone so low before Chilleklan in December. Earlier in 2018, a temperature of 7.7 degrees was recorded.
In Kashmir this year, too, before the chilllekalan, the cold has taken a fierce form. Due to the ever-increasing cold, the woes of the people have increased. In Srinagar city itself, the minimum temperature has reached 6 degrees. Water has started freezing in other parts of the valley as well.
According to the Meteorological Department, the weather will remain clear till December 22, but the cold will increase further. The world-famous tourist destination Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 8.5 degrees Celsius, minus 15.3 degrees Celsius in Ladakh’s Leh district and minus 13.1 degrees Celsius in Kargil.
An official said that this is the second time in the last ten years that the minimum temperature in Srinagar has gone so far below zero before Chilleklan. The lowest temperature recorded in December was minus -12.8 °C on December 13, 1934.
Amish Mahajan, Content Writer, JK Media
Jammu: Exodus Day Observed as Black Day
Due to the increasing influence of terrorism, the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits started on this day in 1990. Kashmiri Pandits celebrated this day of expulsion as Black Day.
On Wednesday, Kashmiri displaced Pandits protested by taking out a rally in Jagti. These Kashmiri Pandits said that this dark day is remembered by every Kashmiri Pandit who was forced to leave the Valley. It is the job of the Government of India to conduct an inquiry by setting up a commission, and those who had spoiled the situation in Kashmir should be fed the air of jails. Kashmiri Pandits demonstrated fiercely and on the other hand, demanded that the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley be ensured.
For the last 32 years, Kashmiri Pandits have been cut off from their own land. Addressing the occasion, Jagti Tenement Committee President Shadi Lal Pandita said that these Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their homes due to terrorism in the Valley, but today this Kashmiri Pandit wants to connect with their soil and establish three big satellite colonies in Kashmir. If the government does this, then 70 thousand Kashmiri Pandit families will go back to the Valley and join their soil. But now, the central government is not taking any step in this direction. Therefore, Kashmiri Pandits should be told the plan with the central government to return to the Valley.
On the other hand, Raj Kumar Tikku said that January 19 would not be forgotten by Kashmiri Pandits. When the situation in Kashmir turned completely against the Kashmiri Pandits and announcements were made on loudspeakers to leave the Valley. Kashmiri Pandits were forced to migrate for their safety and their families. Many Kashmiri Pandits also lost their lives. The Central Government should now constitute an inquiry committee to bring the real culprits to the jails.
Mystery of Lucknow family allegedly missing in J&K solved
The startling revelation came to light on Wednesday about the Lucknow family allegedly missing during their travel to Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier reports had said that three members of a family from Lucknow — Mehmood Ali Khan, his wife Darakshan and their son, Shavez — had gone missing in Ramban district while they were on their way from Jammu to Srinagar.
Police sources said according to Salim Khan, brother-in-law of Mehmood Ali Khan, all 3 members were murdered by elder son, Sarfaraz Khan on January 5, the day they were leaving towards Jammu by train.
“After disposing of their dead bodies, he meticulously planned to mislead the relatives and police. He clandestinely visited Jammu and Kashmir and messaged via WhatsApp from his father’s mobile phone on 14th January morning in which he posed as his younger brother, Shavez and said that they are stuck on the highway due to landslides.
“He even posted some pictures of the highway,” said the sources.
The details of the case came to light when the J&K police traced the phone in Lucknow that was used to send WhatsApp messages.
Police said Sarfraz had murdered his father, mother and brother in Lucknow itself. On January 6 the body of a youth with a slit throat was found on Lucknow’s Mall Road in the Itaunja area.
Police were unable to identify the body. After this, two more bodies with slit throats were found in the Malihabad area in Lucknow.
After the photographs of the three persons allegedly missing in J&K’s Ramban area were published, police in Lucknow were able to identify all three.
Subsequent investigation revealed that the eldest son of the family, Sarfraz had murdered them. Sarfraz has been taken into custody.
Police said other contacts of Sarfraz are also being questioned. The motive of the gruesome crime is still not known.
Car theft at SMGS Hospital, thief arrested
Car theft has been reported from SMGS Hospital, Jammu. The car model identified as Chevrolet Tavera was stolen outside the hospital premises.
As per the details, the car owner is a resident of Doda who had come to visit his ailing relatives admitted to the hospital.
When the possessor of the car couldn’t find his vehicle in the parking, he timely complained about the theft in the police station.
During the investigation, a team of Police led by SHO city inspector, Vijay Kumar under the supervision of SDPO DySP Sharad Kallu, raided at different places to search the accused and eventually succeeded in arresting him.
Police have also recovered the stolen Tavera from his possession. As per the police sources, the accused is a resident of RS Poora, Jammu and has been notorious for such thefts in the past.
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