20 employees injured so far in protest over garbage dumping at Achan

20 employees injured so far in protest over garbage dumping at Achan

SRINAGAR: Twenty employees of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) were injured and an equal number of trucks damaged in 18 days of violent protests by Achan residents against the open air garbage dumping in the area. Standoff between the residents and the SMC administration continued for the 18th day on Tuesday even as trucks carrying […]

Teacher-student rationalisation in Kashmir schools still incomplete

Teacher-student rationalisation in Kashmir schools still incomplete

SRINAGAR: Contrary to the announcement made by the PDP-BJP in the Assembly about five months ago, the process of rationalising the teacher-student ratio in the schools in Kashmir Valley is still incomplete. Last year, the PDP-BJP coalition announced rationalisation of teacher-student ratio in government schools across Kashmir Valley. The aim was to have a teacher […]

Garbage disposal: SMC, ERA differ on last-ditch effort

Garbage disposal: SMC, ERA differ on last-ditch effort

SRINAGAR: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) — the two bodies handling garbage management in Srinagar — have conflicting views on the life-span of the Achan land-fill site. Assistant Project Manager of the ERA, Muhammad Yousuf Khan told Kashmir Reader that the site could take waste material for a maximum period […]

SMC fails to get segregator, project delayed by six months

SMC fails to get segregator, project delayed by six months

SRINAGAR: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has failed to get a garbage segregator as a solid waste expert, who was supposed to install the machine has backtracked. New Delhi-based expert Dr SR Muley had proposed to SMC that he would solve the city’s long- pending problem of segregating waste by simply installing the segregator at Achan […]

SMC risked lives in Achan: official

SMC risked lives in Achan: official

SRINAGAR: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has risked the lives of people living around Achan by open dumping of garbage, according to an official. SMC had adopted open dumping of garbage in November last year after it faced shortage of space at the land-fill site. An official of the corporation told Kashmir Reader that the SMC […]

Ganderbal is Valley’s most fire vulnerable district

Ganderbal is Valley’s most fire vulnerable district

SRINAGAR: With 142 fire incidents that claimed 20 lives and injured 54 people last year, Ganderbal is the most fire vulnerable district of Kashmir, the 2015 annual report of fire and emergency department showed. Reason: The district, with population of about 3 lakh souls, has only six fire stations to prevent fire incidents, said the […]

SMC’s waste-to-energy project delayed over PPA disagreement

SMC’s waste-to-energy project delayed over PPA disagreement

SRINAGAR: Differences over Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Jammu and Kashmir government and a company has delayed proposed project of converting waste into electrical energy in Srinagar city. The project was proposed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) to Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) almost a year ago to end the crisis of solid waste management in […]

Kashmiri businessman attacked in Russia critical, not dead?

Kashmiri businessman attacked in Russia critical, not dead?

SRINAGAR: Though Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj ‘confirmed’ the death of Muhammad Yasir – a Kashmiri businessman undergoing treatment after being attacked by goons in Russia a few days ago – in a tweet, there was some confusion since other reports quoted the man’s family saying he was critical but still alive. Earlier, it […]

Assailant attack: Kashmiri youth dies in Russia

Srinagar: A Kashmiri businessman who was undergoing treatment after being assaulted by unknown attackers in Russia few days ago, died on Wednesday morning, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said. The businessman identified as Yasir was hit by iron rods on his head by unidentified goons following which he was taken to Kazam Trauma Center […]