Unhygienic washroom forces students to bunk school

Unhygienic washroom forces students  to bunk school

SRINAGAR: Rukiya Farooq (name changed), a 9th class student of Government Girls High School Malik Sahib SafaKadal has to take off a week from school every month as the school has only one washroom for boys and girls. The lone washroom is mostly dirty and unhygienic, as there is no one to clean the washroom […]

Dwellers near the Dal trapped in official net

Dwellers near the Dal trapped in official net

Srinagar: Instead of declining, encroachments are rising on the embankments of the Dal Lake. Officials of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) said that violations have become common even after people have been resettled at different housing colonies. On the other hand, the people who live on the banks of the Dal say that […]

Life and death of casual men

Life and death of casual men

Srinagar: Muhammad Amin Dar, 40, had been working as casual labourer for the Power Development Department for 14 years. One day, in the summer of 2012, he was working on an “allied electric network” to repair a transmission line on a mobile network tower. A sudden shock and he came crashing down with 90-percent burn […]

Sky-high airfares separate patients from hospitals

Sky-high airfares separate patients from hospitals

Srinagar: Cancer patient Kulsum Jan (name changed) had to go for a medical check-up at AIIMS Delhi (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) on the 27th of this month, but she could not go because the air ticket cost thirty thousand. “I was diagnosed with first-stage cancer three years ago. I had an appointment at […]

City streets overtaken by hawkers

City streets overtaken by hawkers

Srinagar: Hawkers selling merchandise on cots and handcarts seem to have taken over the city centre and other streets of Srinagar as it adapts to business activities after a long dry spell. Footpaths and motorways in Lal Chowk and adjoining markets, like Hari Singh High Street, Batamaloo, Karan Nagar, Dalgate Lal Ded Hospital chowk and […]

Snow fails to bring cheer on tourist players

Snow fails to bring cheer on tourist players

Srinagar: After witnessing successive summer and autumn tourism season failures, the tourism players and department are eyeing on the winter season to review valleys crumbling tourism industry.  But the hiked airfares, closed highway due to heavy snowfall maintained thin flow of tourists in Kashmir. Rauf Tramboo, president of adventure tour operators association of Kashmir while […]

Shallow Jhelum waters a boom for sand diggers

Shallow Jhelum waters a boom for sand diggers

SRINAGAR: Sand diggers at Chattabal are cashing in on low water levels in the river Jehlum to extract rich sand deposits. In fact they anchor their boats early on to outpace each other in this extraction activity. With constructions in city having picked up significantly after 2014 floods, the demand for sand has picked up. […]

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