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In the backwaters of Srinagar’s Dal Lake, a floating vegetable market adds to the pristine beauty of this city. Several boats, locally called as Shikaras, are filled with different kinds of vegetables, grown by the residents of these areas. They float at morning to sell their produce. But it doesn’t only remain a market, like any other, it also adds color and music to this otherwise quiet lake. Shahid Tantray brings these images from one such morning.

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Thousands of people joined the funeral procession of Suhail Ahmad Sofi, 16, who was killed early morning on Saturday a few meters outside his house in Narbal Market, Budgam district of central Kashmir. Suhail is the youngest son in the family and has two sisters. Youth started throwing stones at the police and paramilitary forces after the news about Suhail’s killing spread around. Police has filed a case against the paramilitary forces’ men involved in the killing. A police statement issued here read: “We regret the unfortunate incident and extend our sympathies to the bereaved family.” The police has conducted

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In the series of attacks in Kashmir region in last 12 hours. two rebels were killed by the government forces in an encounter at morning. Twenty one people have been killed today in the four attacks in Uri, Tral, Shopian and Soura. The attacks have been carried out during the ongoing assembly elections in the state and three days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Srinagar. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Ab Gani Mir told reporters at the spot in Soura that the police had information about the movement of rebels in Srinagar. “We had set up check

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KW-12 In the first phase of the assembly elections, Jammu and Kashmir went to the polls on Tuesday with thousands braving the winter chill and boycott calls from separatists to vote in the twin districts of Ganderbal and Bandipora amid tight security. Polling started at 8 a.m. amid tight security in 5 constituencies of Ganderbal and Bandipora. Barring a few clashes between workers of National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the neighbouring Sonawari, Kangan and Ganderbal constituencies, balloting progressed smoothly. Polling had to be suspended for few minutes at Tulmula, Gund, Kulan, Ganiwan and Kurhama Ganderbal after workers

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After two civilians were killed by army last evening here in Nowgam area of Kashmir, today early in the morning both the bodies were buried. The funeral prayers were attended by hundreds of men, as several people couldn’t reach due to the curfew imposed by the authorities in the area. Burhan Yusuf Bhat, 14, and Mehraj ud Din Dar, 21, were shot dead when they were on way to see a Muharram procession in the nearby area. According to the eyewitnesses, both of them including two more friends were in a Maruti 800 car and were showered with bullets at

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The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday placed strict restrictions in the civil lines area of summer capital Srinagar to stop Muharram processions of Shia community. The processions have been banned since the armed rebellion started in the region. Shia Muslims are forced to remain confined to the areas they are living in majority. Several attempts were made today, eighth Muharram, to take out procession by Shia Muslims but police and other government forces thwarted any such attempt. Several people were detained and the gatherings were dispersed by firing tear gas shells. Shahid Tantray captured these attempts and forces’ response in

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  In the continuous exchange of fire and mortar shells at the disputed international border and Line of Control between India and Pakistan the people living in the border villages have been facing hardships. Both the countries are caught in the battle – both politically and militarily, since October 3 this year. The latest escalation in the ceasefire violations at the 192-kilometer border stretch has killed 19 people, including 11 from Pakistan, hundreds have been injured and more than 30,000 people displaced. The latest violation, “worst in a decade” hasn’t come to end yet. The Kashmir Walla recently visited the

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Shahid Tantray captures the Srinagar city on Sunday, a day before the festival the day when people fill the markets, streets, and roads.

A month after the devastating floods hit Himalayan region Kashmir, submerging even the summer capital city and economic hub, Srinagar, also – people in the region are celebrating Eid Ul Azha. The celebrations, this year, are not like any other Eid in past. The markets and shopping areas were devastated by the floods and shopkeepers are still cleaning and reconstructing their properties. Not many people were seen shopping as they would do on this occasion. In a few areas, where flood didn’t affect, people were seen buying groceries and other supplies for home. On Eid Muslims celebrate it with sacrifice

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Srinagar As the attempts to rescue and take relief to affected people continue in Kashmir after the massive floods, people are angry against the government in response of delaying rescue operations and not reaching out to all. Srinagar city remains submerged as can be seen in the pictures, the water level in Lal Chowk is almost 6 feet. Several groups from India and within Kashmir are doing their best to send relief and supplies to the affected region. Reportedly, tens of thousands of people are yet to be rescued and there is a major shortage of medicines, food, and drinking

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Living in the opens, relief camps, homeless, people in Srinagar are trying hard to search food. The government hasn’t been efficient enough to provide relief to most of the affected people. The local kitchens are being used to cook food for the people who were able to reach to any dry area. Thousands still remain stranded in their houses, surrounded by water, without any help. The Kashmir Walla received several calls from stranded people’s relatives saying, saying their kiths and kins haven’t eaten for days. Nazir Masoodi, NDTV Correspondent in Kashmir, earlier in the afternoon told the news channel that

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