Domicile for west Pak Refugees Now; another row sounding in Kashmir

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With Leh Coldest in Jammu & Kashmir at minus 8.2 Degree Celsius; Kashmir sensed little bit heat of protests again with anti-India and pro-freedom slogans

A Study Report By: Harbans S Nagokay.

Jammu: 23/12/2016

Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ – considered the harshest period of winter, when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

But, Friday; in routine becoming a day of protests (not exactly instead of prayers but after prayers, of course) in Kashmir, nowadays where Hundreds of people held protests in Down Town, Tral, Sopore etc. after Friday prayers. The protesters were raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. All the same, during which protesters pelted stones on police and para-military personnel resulting in clashes.

At the times, when ‘Cold Waves’ continued in Kashmir with the night temperature touching several degrees below the freezing point, even as the Indian Meteorological Department said there is possibility of light rain or snow at isolated places in the higher reaches of the Valley over the next 24 hours.

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday led a protest against the reported move of the government to issue domicile certificates to West Pakistan refugees.Mirwaiz was joined by several of his supporters during the protest outside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar.

It is otherwise to reveal that ‘West Pakistan refugees’ are the Hindus who crossed over from Pakistan and took refugees in Indian Kashmir after 1947, 1965 and 1971 wars between India and Pakistan.

However; Srinagar recorded a low of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius, down by half a degree from the previous night’s minimum of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said.He said the city was the coldest recorded place in the Valley.

The mercury in Qazigund – the gateway town to Kashmir Valley – settled at a low of minus 4.8 degrees Celsius – slightly up from minus 5.3 degrees Celsius yesterday.The official said the north Kashmir town of Kupwara recorded a low of minus 5.4 degrees, against minus 5.1 degrees Celsius the previous night.

He said Kokernag town of south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius.

Then, Pahalgam health resort in south Kashmir – which serves as a base camp for the annual AmarnathYatra – recorded a low of minus 4.8 degrees Celsius, up from minus 5.5 degrees Celsius 24 hours earlier.The mercury at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius, compared to the yesterday’s low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius.Leh, in Ladakh region of the state, registered a low of minus 8.2 degrees Celsius – up nearly four degrees from the previous night’s minus 12.1 degrees Celsius.

The official reports said Leh was the coldest recorded place in the state.

 There is possibility of light rain or snowfall at isolated places over higher reaches of Kashmir Valley over the next 24 hours.’Chillai-Kalan’, which, began on December 21, ends on January 31 next year, but the cold wave continues even after that.The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).

However, on another side, as a relief to farmers hit by the currency ban, the Centre today gave 60 more days for availing of prompt repayment incentive of 3 per cent to those whose crop loan due dates fall between November 1 and December 31 of this year. Under the interest subvention scheme, farmers get the short-term crop loan of up to Rs. 3 lakh for a year at 7 per cent interest. Those repaying on time get the loan at 4 per cent.”It has been decided that an additional grace period of 60 days for prompt repayment incentive at 3 per cent will be provided to those farmers, whose crop loan dues are falling within November 1 and December 2016 and if such farmers repay loan within 60 days,” Joint Secretary in Agriculture Ministry Ashish Kumar Bhutani said.

Within above news stories, one of our JK Team’s correspondent; in fact ticked another newsflash about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who surprised everyone by bringing his own lunch to a public meeting that he addressed on Thursday at his constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, where elections will be held soon. Our Correspondents gathered a tweeted image of the Prime Minister sharing a meal with party men, the BJP commented: “Such equality is possible only in BJP”.

One tweet suggested that many brought lunch for the Prime Minister, but he decided to pack his own where around 26,000 BJP workers attended the meeting.

 

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