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Abhishek Saha is a senior correspondent. He reports for the Kashmir bureau.

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Lashkar militant killed in encounter with security forces in Bandipora

An encounter broke out in Hajin area of Bandipora on Thursday morning after security personnel carried out a cordon and search operation.

Paramilitary troopers stand guard after a gunfight with militants at Hajin village in Kashmir's Bandipora district, in October 2017.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2018 07:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

No evidence of IS presence in Kashmir, but have to investigate claim: Police

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the killing of constable Farooq Ahmed Yatoo in Srinagar’s Soura locality on Sunday.

Policemen stand guard near the site of a gunfight between militants and forces near Srinagar airport in October 2017.(HT file)
Updated on Feb 27, 2018 10:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Srinagar

Militant killed, policeman injured in grenade attack in Kashmir’s Tral

The attack comes a day after two policemen were killed by militants in two separate attacks.

Militants lobbed a grenade at a police station in Tral of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2018 06:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | ByAbhishek Saha

J-K Uri: Guns silent on Sunday, but jittery LoC villagers still fleeing homes

The number of people migrating from the villages after heavy shelling for a week has crossed 1,000.

Army personnel take positions in Uri near LoC in north Kashmir on Monday.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2018 09:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Oppn accuses PDP of nepotism as leaders’ relatives get shortlisted for jobs

The National Conference has asked Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti to “explain” how Syed Aroot Madni and Peer Kashif Hussain figured on the list for the jobs.

NC spokesperson said Mehbooba Mufti is culpable for this “open loot and plunder” in Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Feb 24, 2018 05:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

Gyms become much-favoured hangouts in strife-torn Srinagar

Gyms have become the much-favoured hangouts of both men and women in the strife-torn city.

Yasub Wani (C) and his younger twin brothers Isam and Minam at Gold's Gym in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/HT)
Updated on Feb 23, 2018 12:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | ByAbhishek Saha and Ashiq Hussain, Srinagar

Avalanche kills one Russian skier in Gulmarg

The state tourism director said the Russians ignored an advisory to stay away from the avalanche-prone area.

The ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district of north Kashmir.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2018 05:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

J-K: Boy injured in grenade blast dies in Shopian

A 10-year-old boy, who was injured when an unexploded shell at an encounter site went off suddenly in Shopian district, succumbed at a Srinagar hospital

A teargas shell explodes near the protesters who were clashing with security forces following a protest against the alleged killing of two youth Army firing in Shopian district of South Kashmir, in Srinagar on Sunday.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Feb 01, 2018 10:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Shopian army firing: Third civilian dies of bullet injury

The army has said that the soldiers fired on protesters in Ganawpora village in “self-defence” to prevent the lynching of an officer, snatching of weapons by villagers and burning of their vehicles.

Bullet holes seen at the walls of a house in Ganawpora village in Shopian district.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2018 06:16 PM IST
Srinagar, Hindustan Times | By

Villagers allege army fired first on Shopian protesters, political tussle brews

On Saturday, the J-K police registered a case against the 10th Garhwal unit for alleged murder, attempt to murder and endangering life.

Javid Ahmed Lone, the father of class 12 student Suhail who was killed when the army opened fire against the protesters on Saturday in Ganawpora village of Shopian district, with his grieving relatives in Srinagar on Monday.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2018 10:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Ganawpora/Balpora (Kashmir) | By

FIR filed against army over killing of two civilians in Kashmir’s Shopian

The police slapped murder and attempted to murder charges against the army’s 10th Garhwal Rifles.

Security personnel patrol a street during restrictions in Srinagar on Sunday. Authorities imposed restrictions in the view of the strike called by separatists to protest against the killing of two youths in Army firing in Shopian district on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2018 07:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

Kashmir: 2 killed in army firing after stone-pelters target convoy in Shopian, CM orders probe

Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti called up defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to express anguish over the civilian deaths.

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard on the eve of Republic Day in Srinagar.(AFP FILE)
Updated on Jan 28, 2018 07:38 AM IST
Srinagar, Hindustan Times | By

Kashmiri student apologises for viral train stunt, advises others against attempting it

The video sparked outrage on the social media, with users demanding strict action against Adil Vaid to prevent other youngsters from attempting the stunt.

The video, shot by a friend, showed Kashmiri student Adil Vaid lying prostrate under a running train.(Abhinav Saha/ HT pic for representational purposes only)
Updated on Jan 24, 2018 08:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Swedish skier killed in avalanche at Gulmarg, another rescued

Tragedy had struck Gulmarg last summer when seven people, including a family of four from Delhi, were killed in a freak accident that hit the famous gondola cable lift system in June.

Gulmarg is one of Asia’s premier hill stations and a popular skiing destination.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2018 09:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Afzal Guru’s son, Burhan Wani’s brother ace Class 12 boards in Kashmir

Congratulatory messages poured in for the 17-year-old on social media, even as friends and family made a beeline to his house in Sopore town of Baramulla district.

Afzal Guru’s son Galib Guru.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT File)
Updated on Jan 11, 2018 07:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

Pellet-blinded Kashmiri girl clears Class 10 board exam, but with a clerical error

Insha Mushtaq was peering out of the window of her home in Shopian’s Sedow village in July 2016 when pellets fired by soldiers hit her, plunging her world into darkness.

Insha Mushtaq, a girl completely blinded by pellets, sits to study at her home in Sedow in Shopian district.(Waseem Andrabi /HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2018 08:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, Srinagar

Kashmir teen who refused to give up militancy despite father’s FB plea dies in Anantnag encounter

In November, the young militant’s father put up an emotional Facebook post urging him to relinquish violence and return home. The plea, however, went in vain.

Security personnel undertake an anti-militant operation in Kashmir.(PTI File)
Updated on Jan 09, 2018 11:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Militant, civilian killed in J-K police encounter

The killed militant has been identified as Farhan Ahmad Wani, 18, of Kulgam district. Khalid Dar, 22, received a bullet injury and later succumbed to his injuries

Army personnel take positions during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2018 11:15 PM IST
Press Trust of India, Srinagar | By

AMU scholar ‘linked’ with Hizbul tweeted about missing JNU student, Hadiya case

The last tweets of Wani, whose Facebook account is now suspended, are about the Hadiya case. He wrote: “Aren’t Females of India in their 20’s full citizens of this country equals before the law? #freeHadiya #BraveHadiya”.

A picture of 26-year-old Mannan Wani, a geology research scholar from Aligarh Muslim University, holding a grenade launcher has gone viral on social media since Sunday night.(Twitter)
Updated on Jan 09, 2018 10:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

Meat stews, firepots and traditional woollens: This is winter in Srinagar

As temperatures dip, traditional winter essentials harisa, woollen pherans and kangris make a comeback

(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2019 12:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

11 killed in avalanche in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district

On Saturday, Srinagar recorded a minimum of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius while the ski resort of Gulmarg shivered at minus 9.4 degrees.

A view of snow covered mountains of Kashmir valley which caused due to recent heavy snowfall,in Srinagar.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2018 08:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

BRO engineer among 6 killed in avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara

An engineer of the Border Roads Organisation and five other people died after an avalanche in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Photo shows snowfall in Sonamarg, 89 km from Srinagar. An avalanche struck Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, killing six people.(AFP file / Representative photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2018 01:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

No idea what influenced teenage suicide attacker, says Fidayeen’s family

Slain Kashmiri militant Fardeen Ahmad’s relatives said he showed no resistance against the state and was in fact, quite close to his father who serves as a head constable in the state police.

The Jaish-e-Mohammad released Fardeen Ahmad Khanday’s video on Monday after the teenager was killed during a suicide attack at a Central Reserve Police Force facility in Pulwama in south Kashmir.(Video grab)
Updated on Jan 05, 2018 07:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Tral | ByToufiq Rashid And Abhishek Saha

Top JeM militant Noor Mohammad killed in encounter in Kashmir’s Pulwama

Noor Mohammad was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Top Jaish-e- Mohammad militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.(PTI File Photo/For Representation only)
Updated on Dec 26, 2017 10:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Army not giving names of personnel who tied man to jeep as human shield, J-K cops tell HC

The “human shield” incident created a row, with civil society activists alleging gross rights violations by the army.

Farooq Dar was used as a human shield by army.(Waseem Andrabi/HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 08, 2017 11:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

Kashmir policeman’s brother allegedly abducted by militants released: Police

The police are trying to find out why he was taken and then released.

More than 1,500 police personnel have been killed in the valley since insurgency broke out in 1989.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Dec 07, 2017 05:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By, Srinagar

J-K govt likely to withdraw cases against first-time stone pelters in Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti’s announcement regarding the withdrawal of cases was meant to be a goodwill gesture towards disenchanted Kashmiri youth.

A group of youth pelting stones on security forces in Chadoora area of Kashmir's Budgam district.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2017 12:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

Keeping rabab alive a struggle for folk musicians in Kashmir

Folk musicians and enthusiasts say the strife-torn Valley has not withstood the onslaught of modern Western influence, but people are doing their bit to keep the traditional songs and instruments alive.

Nazir Ganaie, a Srinagar-based government employee and music aficionado, plays his rabab, which is carved out of mulberry wood.(HT Photo/Waseem Andrabi)
Updated on Dec 02, 2017 09:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

5 militants killed, army para commando injured in two Kashmir gunfights

A house in which the militants were believed to be hiding has been blasted by forces.

Security forces surrounded Futlipora village in Pakherpora area.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2017 09:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | ByAbhishek Saha and IANS

Mufti speaks to Union home secretary on assault of Kashmiri inmates in Tihar

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke to Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba after photographs of injured Kashmiri undertrials surfaced on social media sites.

File photo of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 28, 2017 05:05 PM IST
Srinagar, Hindustan Times | By
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