Cold weather conditions show no signs of relenting as the mercury plunged across Kashmir Valley, with Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K, recording its coldest night of the season so far on Tuesday.
A meteorological department official said mercury settled at minus 1.2°C against minus 0.0°C on the previous night in Srinagar. While the minimum temperature was below minus 2.4°C than the normal for this time in the city, the official said it was the lowest so far this season.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.8°C against minus 1.2°C on the previous night, he said. It was minus 3.1°C below average for the place, the official said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 4.7°C against minus 4.0°C on the previous night and a regular of minus 1.2°C, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.2°C against 0.4°C on the previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.3°C against minus 1.6°C on the previous night, the official said.
The official said that Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.2°C against minus 1.6°C on the previous night.
Leh recorded a low of minus 8.6°C against last night’s minus 7.6°C while mercury settled at minus 3.4°C against minus 2.6°C last night in Kargil, the official said.
The MeT office has said that the weather shall remain dry in plains for at least November 20 in Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.
“A feeble Western Disturbance is likely to affect the region during November 21-23rd, which may cause light to moderate snow over higher reaches, especially northern parts of Kashmir.”
Three terrorists affiliated with LeT, TRF held in J-K’s Ganderbal
Ganderbal Police along with the teams of 24 Rashtriya Rifles and 115 Batallion of CRPF on Friday arrested three terrorists who are allegedly affiliated with proscribed outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Resistance Front (TRF), said a statement by the Indian army on Saturday.
Two pistols, three magazines, and two Chinese grenades were recovered from the accused persons, added the statement.
The three were identified as Faisal Manzoor, a resident of Braripora Shopian, Azhar Yaqoob, a resident of Zaipora, Shopian, and Nasir Ahmad Dar, a resident of Begam Kulgam, as per the statement.
“During preliminary questioning, the three revealed their affiliation with proscribed outfit LeT/TRF and indulgence in various terror-related activities in the district,” said the statement.
An FIR had been registered and further investigation is underway.
Fresh Weather Update in Jammu Kashmir for next 48 hours: Check Here
Fair weather with clear night sky on Saturday kept minimum temperatures below the freezing point in Kashmir and Ladakh as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast dry weather during the next 48 hours
“Weather is likely to remain dry in J&K and Ladakh during the next 48 hours as the minimum temperatures continue to remain low in the two UTs”, an official of IMD said.
Srinagar recorded minus 1.0 degree Celsius, Pahalgam minus 2.8 and Gulmarg minus 7.5 as the minimum temperature on Saturday.
Drass town clocked minus 14.4 degree, Leh minus 14.6 and Kargil minus 16.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city had recorded 6.9, Katra 6.0, Batote 0.9, Banihal minus 0.6 and Bhaderwah 0.6 as the minimum temperature.
J&K Govt employee arrested for taking bribe
Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a clerk for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2000.
A statement of ACB issued here said that it received a complaint alleging that Hilal Ahmad, a clerk at Tehsil office Singhpora, Baramulla was demanding a bribe of Rs 2000 for settling a grievance of the complainant.
It said that the complainant alleged that land measuring 1 kanal falling under survey No 193, 192, 214, 264 Intikal No 191, Khewat No 38 situated at Daslipora Pattan, Baramulla was his ancestral property and it had been grabbed by the Khatija (sister of father) of Guroo Bazar Srinagar. The statement said that for settlement of the issue, the complainant on many occasions approached revenue authorities of tehsil Singhpora but they kept on delaying the matter.
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