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Kala Ghoda’s open art gallery to reopen on Sunday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The open art gallery on K Dubash Marg in Kala Ghoda is slated to reopen this Sunday, with 11 slots booked by artisans for the first day of exhibition, which will remain open from 11 am to 6 pm every Sunday till May 2018.The 250-metre long open gallery has 21 boxes of 15×15 foot each, rented at Rs 200 per day, giving the city’s upcoming artists a prime platform to showcase their work.Brainchild of Yuva Sena Chief Aditya Thackeray, the gallery which was inaugurated in October 2016 had been receiving a lukewarm response from artists leading the BMC to rope in Maharashtra Tourism and Development Corporation (MTDC) to promote the space.As of Monday, BMC had received 11 participants for the first exhibition which includes cartoonists, sculpturists, painters, and handicraft artists among others. “Many artists are keen on showcasing their talent at the gallery and we have been receiving several queries. It is an open platform meant for young talent which is why many upcoming artists and students from the city are approaching us,” said Swati Kali, general manager, MTDC.The BMC has also launched a page on Facebook (http://m.facebook.com/mcskalaghoda) for the gallery where interested artists can register themselves.For Sunday’s exhibition, BMC has also planned to beautify the nearby Jehangir Art Gallery Chowk. Saturday evening onward, K Dubash Marg will remain shut for motorists.

Grenade attack in Srinagar, 1 civilian killed, 15 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A civilian was killed and 15 others, including three policemen, were injured in a grenade attack in the busy Jehangir Chowk area of Srinagar city on Thursday.Security personnel deployed at Jehangir Chowk were the apparent target of the grenade attack at around 5.40 pm, a police official said.Sixteen people were injured in the explosion, the official said.One of the injured identified as Maqsood Shah, a resident of Budgam district, succumbed to injuries, he said.SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Parray said the grenade thrower was also reportedly injured in the blast.”According to eyewitnesses, the person who hurled the grenade was also among the injured. We are trying to verify this,” he said.

Two persons injured in clashes near Pulwama encounter site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least two persons were injured today in clashes between violent protestors and security forces near the encounter site in Pulwama district of Kashmir where a group of militants are holed up. Over 100 “miscreants” started pelting stones at security forces involved in the anti-militancy operation in Hakripora area of Pulwama, a police official said. He said the security forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and fired few live rounds to disperse the stone- pelting protestors. Two persons were injured in the security forces action even as the clashes were going on till last reports came in, he said. Jehangir Ahmad Dar was hit by a bullet in the back while Mudasir Ahmad was hit by pellets in the chest, the official said adding both have been admitted to different hospitals.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two BJP MLC elected unopposed to J-K Legislative Council

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two candidates from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were elected unopposed to the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council. BJP General Secretary in Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav said ?We fielded Ajay Bhat as a covering candidate for Raina as the latter is a government employee.” “On the reserved seat of Poonch, Pradeep Sharma of BJP is the lone candidate as no other party has fielded its nominee on the seat,” he added. The Election Commission will hold polls to six seats of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council on April 17. Votings will be from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM. “The counting will be held on the same day. The formal notification in this regard would be issued on March 22,” CEO J&K Shantmanu said. As many as 87 elected and two nominated members of legislative assembly (MLA) will take part in polling through open ballot. Six seats of legislative council shall fall vacant on April 19 due to retirement of Jehangir Hussain Mir, Jugal Kishore, Dr Bashir Ahmad Shah Veeri, Master Noor Hussain, S Dharambir Singh Oberoi (deceased) and Yasir Reshi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J-K govt aims to address traffic problem in Valley by next yr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir government has said it will complete major road projects this year in order to provide better connectivity and ensure effective traffic management in the Valley. “By next year, the problem of traffic congestion in Srinagar city and other towns will be addressed to a large extent,” Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar said at a meeting here yesterday. “Major initiatives are afoot to provide better road connectivity and ensure effective traffic management in Kashmir Valley by completion of major road and infrastructure projects,” he said. The government is committed to building an infrastructure that will be able to provide the best services to the citizens. It has initiated a massive programme to build new roads, bridges and flyovers, Akhtar said. The minister said work on Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover, Mehjoor Nagar bridge, TRC grade separator shall be completed by this year and construction of Bund road from Rambagh to Gangbug would be undertaken soon. He directed officials concerned to expedite construction and upgrading uptown-downtown connecting roads, particularly at Tankipora-Zaindar Mohalla and Habbakadal-Babapora link roads which will greatly increase mobility in the interiors of the city. Akhtar also directed officials to prepare the feasibility report of Pandach-Kupwara road that will connect various places in Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara districts. The around 150 km-long road will be a boon for connectivity between central and North Kashmir, he said. “Work on the four-lane Boulevard road project is going on and will be of great help to tourists and locals,” Akhtar said, and told officials to respect the aesthetic, environment and historical aspect of the area while carrying on with any development works. The officials informed the minister that under the district sector plan, work on 527 schemes, at a cost of Rs 320 crore, is being undertaken.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmir BJP wants ‘smartly-dressed’ police at Jammu and

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmir unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants the police personnel posted at Srinagar and Jammu airports to be dressed up smartly so that it conveys a “semblance of normalcy” in the state to the travellers. Smartly dressed security personnel at both the airports would make passengers feel comfortable and would add to the semblance of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir said. Jehangir appealed to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the portfolio of home department, to change the dress code of the security personnel deployed inside the Srinagar and Jammu airports and to set up hi-tech women police stations at Rajbagh in Srinagar and in Jammu. Tourist season is picking up and people from different states and other countries have started thronging Jammu and Srinagar. It is high time to carry out the reformative measures so that people start feeling the change on the ground, he said. The security personnel deployed outside the airport terminals can continue to wear the uniforms but the dress code of the security men within the airport premises needs to be changed, he added. We appreciate the setting up of new women police stations across the state but still lot more needs to be done. We appeal the Chief Minister to set up two more hi-tech women’s police stations in Srinagar and Jammu, he said. He said that PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir is committed to work towards the welfare of people and would leave no stone unturned to address the issues which touch the skin of a common man.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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