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Renovation of St. Luke’s Church in Srinagar in Final Phase was closed due to Terrorism

The oldest St. Luke’s Church in Srinagar is all set to regain its lost glory ahead of Christmas this year. The renovation work of the church, which was closed due to terrorism in the 90s, is in full swing. The ceiling of the church has been redesigned with the famous Kashmiri Khatamband (wood-carved pieces). Masons, carpenters, artisans and labourers have been busy restoring the stone and brick masonry structure that had been in dilapidated condition for decades.

The centuries-old church located in the Dalgate area of ​​Srinagar has been renovated under the government-sponsored architectural and heritage conservation and maintenance scheme. According to the information, masons will fill the space between the bricks of the building to restore it to its original shape with the same material used during its construction so that this church looks like it was before. In addition, an artisan involved in the restoration process said that the floor would be renovated using the famous Divar stones of Kashmir.

According to the information, the church’s doors remained open till the 1990s and hundreds of members of the Christian community used to offer regular prayers here. A vast gathering was also held here on Christmas, but after the terrorism started, the church’s doors were closed.

The foundation stone ‘The Glory of God’ and ‘As a Witness to Kashmir’, laid by Dr Ernest and Dr Arthur Neve, was dedicated by The Bishop of Lahore on 12 September 1896.

The church’s closure due to militancy prompted members of the Protestant community to offer prayers at the highly secure Church Lane in Sonwar, Srinagar. The restoration works undertaken by the government have renewed their hopes that the oldest church would be reopened to devotees.

Efforts are being made that the work will be completed before this Christmas, and the church, which has been closed for decades, will be able to return to its glory. Apart from this, the local people of the neighbourhood also remember the days when daily prayers were held in the church.


Cop escapes unhurt in militant attack

A policeman escaped unhurt in a militant attack in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar on Friday, reports said.

Sources reported that militants fired upon a police constable at about 3:15 pm in the SD Colony area.

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However, the policeman escaped unhurt. Soon after the attack, the officer said that the entire area was cordoned off and searches launched.

He said that a case has been registered and further investigations have been launched.

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Two brothers drown while extracting sand in Jhelum

Two brothers drowned while extracting stand in Jhelum river in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, reports said.

They said that brothers – Nissar Ahmad Malla and Hilal Ahmad Malla – drowned early today morning in the river while extracting sand near Jetty at Khwaja Bagh.

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The family of the duo has been called and efforts are on to retrieve their bodies, said an official.

The brothers hailed from Littarpira village of Bandipora district, he added.

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J&K: Massive CASO launched in two villages

Joint Forces launched a massive Cordon And Search Operation(CASO) in two villages of the Kulgam district in south Kashmir.

An official said that the operation on Friday was launched jointly by forces including RR of Indian Army, Jammu Kashmir Police, and CRPF following inputs about the movement of militants in the Kakran Pombay and Katrasoo areas of Kulgam.

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He said that the operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants in these areas.

The search operations in both areas were going on when this report was being filed.

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