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The government takes a big decision concerning the security of Amarnath pilgrims and agrees to call them back. Watch the breaking news. Listen in to what CRPF says.
 

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Can one return via this route..I am already in Leh and dont want to take the agonizing manali-leh route again
Situation in Kashmir valley is not good.
Amarnath Yatris and tourists are also asked to reach by today to Srinagar.
Better come back via Manali side.
It is for your security only.
They can be evacuated by air also, if situation develops bad.

Other person, friend of a friend is also in Leh and he was also advised to come back via Manali route.
May be it is you or some other person.
 

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Sopore fierce gun battle on.
Avoid that zone if u Heading in that direction.



Jammu & Kashmir: One Army personnel injured, terrorist killed in exchange of fire in Sopore


Updated Aug 03, 2019 | 08:18 IST | Times Now Digital


Amid a heavy troop build-up in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, an Army personnel was injured in a gun battle with a terrorist in Sopore district on Saturday.


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Amid a troop build-up and rising tensions in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, one Army personnel was injured and one terrorist was gunned down in an exchange of fire between security forces and militants in Malmapanpora area of Sopore district in the wee hours of Saturday.

The area has been cordoned off by security forces and the operation is still underway, Jammu & Kashmir Police told the news agency ANI. The development comes just a day after one terrorist was killed and a soldier was martyred following a gun battle in Pandoshan village in Shopian district. Weapons and heavy artillery were recovered in the operation. The slain soldier was identified as sepoy Rambhir of 34 Rashtriya Rifles – a resident of Mathura.

"All ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of Sepoy Rambir and offer deepest condolences to the family," the Northern Command said in a statement issued on Twitter.

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It is to be noted that the encounter in Sopore today occurred amid a heavy troop build-up in the state.

It was reported on Thursday night that the Centre was moving an additional 280 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to the Valley to strengthen counter-terrorism grid and law and order duties. The government’s decision to move additional troops came just days after 100 companies of paramilitary forces were dispatched to the Valley. The decision to send additional troops to Jammu and Kashmir was taken after a visit of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who reviewed the security and law and order situation in the Valley.

The Army, on Friday, said it had foiled a plot by Pakistan Army-backed terrorists to attack the pilgrims during the Amarnath Yatra. Soon after, the state administration issued an advisory, asking tourists to curtail their stay in the Valley and return immediately.

These developments have taken place amid rumours in the Valley that the Union government may be planning to abrogate Article 35A that grants special rights to permanent residents of Kashmir.




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Machail Yatra stopped due to tight lipped security advisory issued to Kishtwar Distt administration
No yatra vehicle is being allowed from Kishtwar Chopper service also suspended due to security reasons
 
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Can one return via this route..I am already in Leh and dont want to take the agonizing manali-leh route again

Last year we returned from Leh via Srinagar because Leh - Manali route was not open and unfortunately faced some stone pelting. It is better to return via Manali for peace of mind. Descending will be easier as compared to ascending.







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Mobile internet services suspended in entire Kashmir; security beefed up
Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived here last week, have been deployed across the city and in other vulnerable areas of Kashmir Valley
Press Trust of India | Srinagar Last Updated at August 4, 2019 23:51 IST



Security deployment beefed up at vital installations and sensitive areas



Kashmir remained on edge on Sunday as authorities stepped up security deployment at vital installations and sensitive areas amid heightened terror threat and flare up of hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC).
Mobile internet services were suspended across the Valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, police said.

After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, the mentor of Jammu and Kashmir state teams who was in Srinagar to oversee the trials for the U-16 (Vijay Merchant Trophy) and U-19 (Cooch Behar Trophy) squads, has left Srinagar, along with the young players.
"We have for the time being postponed the second phase of junior team trials...since there has been a government advisory, I had a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association...Accordingly, it was decided that boys need to be sent back home," Pathan told PTI.

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Various educational institutions also directed their students to vacate hostels.
Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived here last week, have been deployed across the city and in other vulnerable areas of Kashmir Valley, the officials said.
The strength of the security personnel has been increased around vital installations such as the civil secretariat, police headquarters, airport and various central government establishments in the city, they said.
Barricades have been erected on many arterial roads, including the entry and exit points to Srinagar, the summer capital of the state.
Riot control vehicles have also been kept on standby in some areas where apprehension of law and order disturbances is more, the officials added.
In Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with top security officials on Sunday and is believed to have discussed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
The hour-long meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials.
The meeting came amidst fresh skirmishes between security forces of India and Pakistan along the border with the Army foiling an attack by BAT on a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector, killing five to seven intruders.
The Indian Army has asked its Pakistani counterparts to approach them by raising white flags and take possession of bodies which are lying on the Indian side of the LoC.
The BAT generally comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistani Army and terrorists.
A civilian woman was killed in cross-LoC shelling in Gurez sector of Kashmir last week, while ceasefire violations by Pakistan were reported from several other areas of Kashmir close to the LoC.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor S P Malik has dismissed speculations that the Centre might be planning to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives exclusive rights to the state's residents in government jobs and land.
Political parties in J-K had expressed apprehensions about such action after the Centre deployed additional troops and curtailed the Amarnath Yatra.
The National Conference (NC) held a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee (PAC) where they expressed concern over the "uncertain and uptight" situation in Jammu and Kashmir. A spokesman said the party would fight any infringement upon the special constitutional position of the state. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has called an all-party meeting at her residence on Sunday evening to discuss the situation.
Malik has urged political delegations led by National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba to tell their supporters to maintain calm and not to believe "exaggerated rumours" being circulated in the Valley.


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What is happening in Kashmir? Here’s a timeline

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Updated Aug 04, 2019 | 21:04 IST

Amid an increasing presence of the Indian armed forces, the Jammu and Kashmir government's advisory to curtail Amarnath Yatra has added to the anxiety of the political leaders of the state.

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Jammu: Tourists and passengers sit on the road as they prepare to leave at Jammu Railway Station in Jammu, on August 3, 2019 | Photo Credit: PTI

Srinagar: Will Article 370 of the Constitution be removed? Will Article 35A be abrogated? Will there be delimitation again or the state be divided into three union territories of Jammu, Valley and Ladakh? Whatever it would be, the curtailing of Amarnath Yatra after deploying 35,000 additional troops in Jammu and Kashmir in the last few days has set off speculation about the Narendra Modi government's next move in the conflict-ridden state.


Recent turmoil in J&K: A timeline
August 4, 2019



All-party meeting to discuss Kashmir situation ends:
An all-party meeting held at National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah's residence to discuss Kashmir situation has come to an end. After the meeting, Farooq said: "I urged both the countries, India and Pakistan to not take any step that may accelerate the tension between the two countries."
Imran Khan says Kashmir can become a regional crisis: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that the situation in Kashmir has the potential to blow up into a regional crisis, and called for third-party intervention to stabilise the situation. "President Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as situation deteriorates there and along the LOC with new aggressive actions being taken by Indian occupation forces. This has the potential to blow up into a regional crisis," he tweeted.
Amit Shah holds meeting with top security brass: Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other top security officials, and apparently discussed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Israel asks its citizens to leave J&K: Israel has issued a travel advisory, asking its citizens to leave Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of security alert. "The National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau reiterates the existing travel warnings for Jammu and Kashmir in northern India, given the intensification of terrorist threats there following - inter alia - the call by the leadership of a major local terrorist organisation to attack Israelis," read an official statement by Israel Prime Minister's Office.
Irfan Pathan, 100 other cricketers asked to leave J&K: Jammu and Kashmir cricket team mentor-cum-coach Irfan Pathan has been asked to leave the camp as soon as possible. "Our camp has been shut down and the cricketers were sent back to their homes. The camp was from June 14 to July 14 and after a break of ten days, camp restarted from July 25. Yesterday, about 100 players were sent back to their home. The matches were scheduled from July 31 and will last till August 17. These matches were organised for the selection of district cricketers," he said.
Air India reduces fare cap on Srinagar-Delhi flights: As the Civil Aviation Ministry asked airlines to keep airfares from Srinagar in check, Air India reduced its maximum fare of Srinagar-Delhi flight to under Rs 7,000. "Air India has further reduced the fare from Rs 9,500. It is holding maximum fare at Rs 6,715 for Srinagar-Delhi route and at Rs 6,899 Delhi-Srinagar route till 15th August," said Air India spokesperson.
Indian Army tells Pakistan to take back bodies of BAT infiltrators killed: The Indian Army said that they have offered the Pakistan Army to take back the bodies of Border Action Team (BAT) infiltrators who were killed during an attempt to enter the Valley. "We have offered Pakistan Army to take over the dead bodies (of 5-7 Pak BAT army regulars/terrorists). Pakistan Army has been offered to approach with a white flag and take over the dead bodies for last rites, they are yet to respond," the Indian Army said.
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Army foils attack by Pakistan's BAT:
Amid heightened security concerns in Kashmir, a defence spokesman revealed that the Indian Army had thwarted an attack by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) on a forward post along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran sector on the intervening night of July 31 and August 1. At least five to seven intruders were killed. Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia further informed that four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed in two operations. "This clearly indicates the complicity of Pakistan in terror activities. Security forces will continue to respond to all nefarious activities along the LoC and hinterland," he said.
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NC, PDP, Congress trying to instil fear, alleges BJP: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit claimed that leaders of the Congress, the NC, and the PDP were purposely trying to foment unrest among the people as they themselves were scared. Every common citizen of India is safe under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said J&K BJP's chief Ravinder Raina.
UK, Germany, Australia, Canada issue travel advisory: The United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia issued a travel advisory, urging their citizens not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir citing the recent security alert in the state. The countries further asked those staying in the Kashmir Valley to evacuate immediately. Canada also asked its people travelling to J&K to "exercise a high degree of caution".
‘BJP should tread carefully in Jammu and Kashmir’: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh advised the BJP to tread carefully in Jammu and Kashmir. If the BJP moves ahead forcefully, “there is a possibility that the country could suffer massively,” said the Congress leader.
Over 6,200 transported out of Kashmir Valley, says AAI: The Airport Authority of India announced that 5,829 passengers were taken out of the Valley through civilian aircrafts and 387 passengers were transported through the Indian Air Force aircraft.
NIT Srinagar suspends classes indefinitely: The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar suspended its classes till further orders. An order issued by the Registrar of NIT read: "This is for the information of all the students of the institute that the classwork for all courses stands suspended till further orders.” However, district magistrate Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary later said no instructions were given by the authorities to shut the institute. "In the wake of unstoppable rumours, heads of all institutions were advised in the day to remain careful. No advise/instructions for shutting down any institution. This NIT notice is apparently a miscommunication," Choudhary said on Twitter.
We want Centre to assure us, says Omar Abdullah: National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on August 3, 2019, met Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik and discussed what was happening in the state. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister told reporters after the meeting: “We wanted to know about the current situation in J&K. When we ask officials they say something is happening, but nobody knows what actually is happening.” He further said that the Centre should make a statement in Parliament on the reason behind curtailing Amarnath Yatra and pull out tourists from the Valley.
Machail Yatra suspended: The 43-day-long ‘Machail Yatra' to Goddess Durga shrine in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district was suspended, a day after the government curtailed Amarnath Yatra. Thousands of pilgrims undertake the yatra in the month of August every year.
August 2, 2019
‘Unnecessary panic is being created’:
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik urged political leaders in the Valley to ask their supporters to stay calm and not trust "exaggerated rumours". He added that curtailing Amarnath Yatra was a “pure security measure” and mixing it up with issues with which it has no connection is causing panic.
Political leaders meet Jammu and Kashmir Governor: A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir political leaders met Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone and IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal called on the Governor at Raj Bhavan to express their concern over the uncertainty in the Valley. “We discussed the prevailing situation and fear among people with the Governor, who is the constitutional head of the state. It is his responsibility to clear about uncertainty over the deployment of troops and eviction of yatris and tourists,” Mehbooba told the media after holding a 30-minute meeting with Governor Malik.
Amarnath Yatra curtailed; tourists asked to move out: In less than an hour after the Indian Army told the media that Amarnath Yatra was on the target of terrorists, the Jammu and Kashmir government asked pilgrims and tourists to cut short their stay and leave the Valley as soon as possible. The Principal Secretary (Home) issued an advisory, which read: “Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible.”
‘Pakistan-made mine found, Amarnath Yatra was on target’: The Indian Army on August 2, 2019, said that the security forces have found a huge cache of arms, a mine with a Pakistan Ordnance Factory stamp, and an American sniper rifle M-24 from along the route of Amarnath Yatra. In a briefing to the media, Commander of the 15 Corps, Lt Gen Sarabjit Singh Dhillon, said that on the basis of specific intelligence inputs that Pakistan-based terrorists might target Amarnath Yatra, massive searches were launched along the pilgrimage route.



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Dal Lake deserted, hotels lying vacant: State of tourism after panic grips Kashmir Valley
In 2016, Kashmir had suffered more than 50 per cent decline in tourism in the wake of the killing of militant Burhan Wani, during which more than 95 civilians were killed, and thousands were injured.
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Hustle bustle on the banks of the Dal Lake has gone after the tourists left the Valley. (Photo: India Today)

Two days after the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government issued a security advisory to the tourists and the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to curtail their stay in Kashmir, 26-year-old Fayaz Ahmad closed his floating shop on Sunday. Fayaz sells jewellery on his shikara to the tourists visiting the Dal Lake.
"I closed my shop today as you can see the deserted look of the Dal Lake. I don't know when normalcy will return to Kashmir and I will float my shikara shop again in the lake. I do not have any other business. Five members of my family are dependent on me. I have no idea what I will do now," Fayaz Ahmad said.
This is not only about Fayaz, but there are also hundreds of shikaras, houseboats and hotels in the Kashmir Valley that are lying vacant now. Hustle bustle on the banks of the Dal Lake has gone and the grace of the paradise - tourists - has left the Valley.
Irfan Ali, a shikara owner, said, "Ninety-seven per cent tourists have left the Valley. The local people are scared of what is going to happen, so it is natural for the outsiders [tourists and yatris] to be scared after the security advisory. We still have two months left for this season to continue but what we have lost will not be recovered now. The tourists who were scheduled to visit Kashmir in the coming days and weeks have cancelled their trips."
Tourism from the western world has also had a significant role in uplifting the Kashmir economy. The ongoing situation has badly affected tourism in the Valley.
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In 2016, Kashmir had suffered more than 50 per cent decline in tourism in the wake of the killing of militant Burhan Wani, during which more than 95 civilians were killed, and thousands were injured.
Director of tourism, Nisar Ahmed Wani said, "At present, tourism in Kashmir is gone. We cannot assume the conditions given the sort of environment that prevails in Kashmir now. However, tourism can be revived if the situation at present is resolved in the coming days."
Nisar Ahmed Wani said, "There was no problem from our side or from those who are associated with the tourism industry. We pushed tourists to leave the Kashmir Valley. They were not ready to leave even after the security advisory was issued by the authorities but we requested them to leave. Even on a Saturday, more than 100 tourist cars visited Gulmarg."
He added that there was a good flow of tourists in the Valley since January. In January, he said, 25,095 tourists visited the Kashmir Valley; in February, 15,903 visited; March witnessed 21,237 tourists; April 61,815; May 81,139; June 164,759, and in July, 152,000 tourists visited Kashmir.
The total number of tourists visited the Valley till July end is 521,948, he said. This year, some 342,800 people performed the pilgrimage to the cave shrine.
About the number of pilgrims who visited the Amarnath cave, Nisar Ahmed Wani said that 342,800 pilgrims performed the Amarnath pilgrimage which was scheduled to end on August 15.
As per the present situation, the advisory ordering the tourists to immediately leave the Kashmir Valley has caused a sense of anxiety among the yatris and the locals.
A couple visited Kashmir on Friday for a week but left disappointed because of the sudden security advisory.
"We came here excitedly and were happy thinking of spending our vacation at Gulmarg but the order has ruined the whole plan. We are now returning today with double the cost of the flight. It is really disappointing," Natasha, a tourist, said.
In a press statement, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) President Sheikh Ashiq said, "Various sectors such as handicrafts, transport associated with the tourism industry will also suffer huge losses. There are lakhs of people directly or indirectly associated with tourism and handicrafts sector. The sudden exodus of the tourists and the yatris will have a far-reaching impact on Kashmir's economy. The uncertainty arising out of this situation is also doing huge damage."
Following the government's security advisory to the tourists and the Amarnath pilgrims, Australia, Germany and the UK issued travel advisories and asked their citizens to avoid visiting Kashmir.






Dal Lake deserted, hotels lying vacant: State of tourism after panic grips Kashmir Valley
 
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