Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday said three people, alleged conspirators in the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, have been arrested by its Special Investigation Team (SIT).The men provided logistical help to four Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who carried out the attack that left eight people dead, IGP Munir Khan told the media here.The men, who had allegedly helped the four terrorists by providing them with vehicles and shelter, were arrested recently and taken into remand for further questioning, the police said.The police said the four LeT militants, led by Abu Ismail, a Pakistani national, had attempted an attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 9, but were frustrated by heavy security arrangements.Another militant in the group of four had been identified as Yawar, a local recruiter for the LeT, the police said. Efforts are on to identify the other two, believed to be Pakistanis. The police also released pictures of Abu Ismail and Yawar.The the three “co-conspirators”— Bilal Ahmed Reshi, Aizaj Wagey and Zahoor Ahmed — had carried out reconnaissance exercises and chosen Botengo near Khanbal as the spot where the attack could be carried out, the police added.The trio had also provided shelter to the four militants in Khudwani and Sriguffwara of South Kashmir, Khan said. Bilal’s elder brother Adil, an alleged Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist, was killed by security forces earlier this year.The Jammu and Kashmir Police had constituted an SIT led by Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani to probe the attack on the pilgrims.
Heading out of the city? Try these places.Delhi MacacaThe mood of this recently opened restaurant is peppy and energetic-in keeping with the cheerful decor done up in shades of red, green and hot pink. The music is an interesting mix of retro and lounge. When here, one can choose from,Heading out of the city? Try these places.DelhiMacacaThe mood of this recently opened restaurant is peppy and energetic-in keeping with the cheerful decor done up in shades of red, green and hot pink. The music is an interesting mix of retro and lounge. When here, one can choose from American classics, Mediterranean and European preparations, as well as Indian dishes with a modern twist. Take your pick from their sumptuous selection of grilled fish, parmesan chicken steak, fillet mignon and mushroom steaks. Save some room for dessert-there are walnut brownies and Mexican chocolate sizzlers to choose from.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes.At: J 4-5, First Floor, Sector 18, Noida.Tel: 0120 49422222.Coffee WorldAn ideal joint for a great cuppa, Coffee World, a high-quality coffee outlet has opened its fourth outlet in the city. Unlike other coffee joints, Coffee World does not only serve the traditional variations of coffee-based drinks but also has delightful bites like Belgian waffles on offer. The waffles are always prepared fresh for every customer and are served with honey and strawberry syrup. The decor here is a mixture of grey and black walls with contemporary furniture, making the place cosy and private-ideal for a cup of coffee and a quick snack. Other picks from their menu would include the smoked chicken and pepper sandwich as well as the Mexican fajita wrap (a great option for vegetarians).Average meal for two: Rs 600 plus taxes.At: K 79, Lajpat Nagar II.Tel: 011 41048800.KolkataBaan ThaiFor an authentic taste of Thailand in aplush setting, Baan Thai at Oberoi Grand is one of the best options todine at in Kolkata. Right from the waiters in traditional Thai attirewho greet all guests with folded palms and a sawasdee kaa to the selectkhung tok (low seating) tables to the ample Thai figurines positionedacross this 54 cover restaurant inside the Grand Dame of Chowringhee, it all comes together to recreate a truly Thai experience. SatayKai, grilled chicken skewers served with peanut sauce, spicy lemongrassflavoured tom yum soup and som tam salad rustled with raw papaya andpeanuts are some of the recommended starters here. For maincourse, pick from the strongly spiced green and red curries or the PhaeMassaman, a lamb curry with peanuts. Known for their innovations, thelatest in line has been the vegetarian menu, in which even the Thaicurry paste that includes shrimp paste had to be done away with.Average meal for two: Rs 2,500 plus taxes.At: Oberoi Grand, 15 JL Nehru Road.Tel: 033 22492323.advertisementMachchanMachaan is the city’s only jungle-themed restaurant and behind its glass doors is a replica of a wildlife park replete with life-size figures of a baby elephant that trumpets intermittently, a giraffe, a monkey, a snake and a flock of birds chirping from various corners. The dimly lit interiors are laid out with artificial greenery and the wooden tables with uneven edges and the leaf-shaped backrests for the chairs only add to the experience. The menu is North Indian all the way. Try the soft lentils of dal Machaan, the baby potatoes of bhatti ka aloo, the succulent fish of ajwaini tandoori bekti and the pickle-spiced jumbo prawns of ambi ka jhinga with an olive chili naan. Fine touches in keeping with the theme of the restaurant are the leopard-print shirts that the waiters sport and the cutlery items with their handles resembling forked branches of trees.Average meal for two: Rs 1,200 plus taxes.At: Mani Square Mall, 4th Floor, 164/1 Maniktala Main Road, EM Bypass.Tel: 033 65364680.Bangalore100 Ft.100 ft. was one of the first shops in Bangalore to introduce the concept of a boutique alongside a restaurant when it first opened in 2001. In the decade since their opening, both the boutique and the restaurant have managed to develop loyal clienteles of their own. While the restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean fare, the store stocks unusual products and accessories sourced from all over the country. The decor does not follow a traditional layout, but resembles that of a lived-in house.The merchandise is displayed in various nooks and crannies, on walls or casually propped on shelves and window sills. In fact the clothes and jewellery are placed in the bedroom in such a manner that it looks like you have accidentally stumbled into someone’s stylish personal space.Cost: Rs 200 onwards for coasters to Rs 1,500 onward for home decor pieces.At: 777/1, 100ft. Road, Indira Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 080 25277752; 100ft.inThe Orange BicycleA one-stop shop for all things quirky, kitschy and colourful, The Orange Bicycle is the place to let your wild side free. A bungalow that has been converted into a shop, the place has a laid back feel to it and is highly conducive for lazy browsing through the quirky collections for hours.On offer here are jewellery, bags, clothes, shoes and soft furnishings among other knick knacks like stationary and fridge magnets. Selections here include serving trays with fun messages printed on them, large beaded lights in bright orange and fuchsia and old-style trunks made new with a fresh coat of paint and funky designs.Cost: Rs 100 for a magnet.At: 3353, 5th Cross 12th A Main Hall, 2nd Stage Indira Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 080 41255242.advertisementLe CristaalLe Cristaal is Bangalore’s hip new joint for great continental cuisine. This chic all-day deli has been designed to look like a Parisian cafe with dramatic red floors, stark black high gloss furniture and decals of chandeliers on the walls. Stop by in the morning for a sumptuous breakfast comprising eggs, pancakes and waffles served with maple syrup, honey and fresh fruits. For lunch or dinner, we recommend you try the penne arrabbiata, spinach ricotta ravioli or seafood risotto with saffron and roasted bell peppers.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes.At: 36, Vittal Malaya, Bangalore.Tel: 080 41462747.PsybabasFor all things psychedelic and trippy, head down to Psybaba. Set up to resemble a Goan flea market, this shop is a repository of vibrant and colourful products and accessories. There are so many goodies on offer here that they are stacked all the way up to the ceiling! Psybaba is a haven for backpackers, tourists and even locals who are looking for something different. There are large oversized multicoloured pants that are super comfortable, junk jewellery, leather wallets, and among the hot sellers are organic perfumes whose fragrance closely matches many designer ones.Cost: Rs 20 onwards for a pair of earrings.At: 41/2, Castle Street, Ashok Nagar Bangalore.Tel: 09886527782.PuneOut of the BlueThe famous Mumbai restaurant Out of the Blue, has recently opened an outlet in Pune. If in the mood for a creamy cheese fondue, risottos or pastas, head to OOTB. The pastas in a variety of sauces and DIY sizzlers remain the highlights. End your meal in true OOTB style, with some delectable cheesecake and chocolate pastries. Like its Mumbai outlets, the new OOTB will also host events like bazaar nights. Housed in the ESquare mall at the lobby level, the restaurant, however, doesn’t have the lazy charm of its original Mumbai outlet.Average meal for two: Rs 1,200 plus taxes.At: E Square Mall, Ganeshkhind Road.Tel: 020 66044247.FlambosFlambo’s is the newly opened restaurant by Anita Lazar that promises a Latin-European feast! So, expect great cuisine from Brazil, Italy and Portugal along with some French and Spanish delicacies thrown in. The kitchen and menu are designed by celebrity chef Christopher Salim Agha Bee, the man behind Sublime in Goa and The Sunset Ashram in Ibiza. In keeping with its Brazilian leanings, it has free range meats and well-done steaks, with the Steak with Blue Cheese being a hot seller. Make sure you don’t miss the wasabi prawns, rosemary lamb chops and the Californian filo pastry.Average meal for two: Rs 1,600 plus taxes.At: G 4 Metropole, Near INOX, Camp, Bund Garden Road.Tel: 67265806.HyderabadadvertisementBidriThe dimly lit short passage that leads to Bidri aims to prepare you for the sensory delights that lie ahead. You see inspirations from the traditional craft of Bidri, a silver inlay work, native to the region of the same name in Karnataka, adorning the restaurant all over. Recently revamped, the restaurant known for its Hyderabadi cuisine now includes not just local delicacies but also Mughlai cuisine treats. So whether it’s finely prepared roganjosh in Kashmiri style or the kachche gosht ki biryani from Hyderabad, a meal here promises to be a mouthwatering experience.Average meal for two: Rs 2,500.At: Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road.Tel: 040 27522577.KanganA far cry from the typical Indian restaurant, Kangan is where you will find a stylish blend of the traditional and contemporary. The many rows of bangles catch your eye as soon as you enter the eating joint which has anotherwise simple, no-frills decor. Dishes like galwati kebab (clove smoked patties with caramelised onion pate straight from the kitchen of the Lucknowi Nawabs), nalli roganjosh tempered with Kashmiri chili, safed murgh ka salan cooked with sesame seeds, almonds and coconut gravy are show stoppers here. A plate of kulfi or angoori rasmalai are good ways to wrap up your meal.The service is efficient and hospitable. You can even get a few bangles made for yourself by the lacquer bangle artisan who’ll be more than happy to indulge you.Average meal for two: Rs 2,200 plus taxes.At: Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, Raheja IT Park, Madhapur.Tel: 040 67676767.ChennaiSky Lounge BarIf you’re jaded by the usual clubbing scene in the city with predictable music and crowded bars, then the High at The Raintree, Anna Salai, could be your much needed respite. The view of the cityscape from this eleven floor-high sky lounge is breathtaking, with many city landmarks such as the newly built State Secretariat glimmering against the night sky. Try their cocktails such as the High Kaffir Lime Martinia signature drink with a confluence of premium vodka, kafir lime leaf, lemon juice and sugar syrup, besides international classics like Manhattan, Rob Roy and Bloody Mary while here. If you’re feeling peckish, we suggest you try their mezze platter with pita, lavash, hummus, muhammarah and tabouleh or paprika spiced fish fingers with tartar sauce.Average meal for two: Rs 2,000 plus taxes.At: The Raintree Hotel, 636, Anna Salai.Tel: 28309999.