A slice of history reveals how panchayat made way for military in Kashmir

A slice of history reveals how panchayat made way for military in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Panchayat elections are being held in Kashmir with the avowed aim of strengthening grassroots democracy, but a former Panchayat Ghar in Srinagar has been serving as an armed forces’ camp for decades now. Locals living in the vicinity are least hopeful that it would ever be vacated. Zakura on the outskirts of Srinagar was […]

Voters absent, Hindu troops squeamish at polling booth in slaughter house

Voters absent, Hindu troops squeamish at polling booth in slaughter house

SRINAGAR: For the first time, authorities set up a polling station inside the lone functional abattoir (Zebha Khana) at Zind Shah Sahib (RA) area in old Srinagar, for elections to the city’s municipal corporation on Saturday. According to figures available, only 98 voters from Zind Shah Sahib (RA) locality that falls in Ward 41 (Makhdoom […]

The hearts of plants – a hamam keeps warm

The hearts of plants – a hamam keeps warm

An ingenious, and unique, Hot House in Kashmir has been lush with tropical life since the 1980s SRINAGAR: The hamam has not just kept Kashmir’s homes and mosques warm, but also a variety of exotic plants that grow in Kashmir University’s Botanical Garden. A “subtropical climate” has been created inside the Hot House at KU’s […]

Anz, the Kashmir Geese, is the first ‘recognised’ breed in India

Anz, the Kashmir Geese, is the first ‘recognised’ breed in India

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Geese, locally called Anz, have earned themselves the distinction of being the only ‘recognised’ breed of geese in India. This came to light after scientists from the SK University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) carried out extensive studies to identify and classify different breeds of geese. The National Bureau of Animal […]

The last cotton candy man of Srinagar

The last cotton candy man of Srinagar

SRINAGAR: For more than four decades Ghulam Muhammd Bhat of Srinagar’s Chattabal has kept alive the tradition of making and selling cotton-candy in the old city, but he may be the last of his kind. Unmarried, elderly, and with a limited power of speech, he is nevertheless able to communicate excellently with children, who form […]

Narbal village goes nuts for water chestnuts

Narbal village goes nuts for water chestnuts

NARBAL (BUDGAM): Come winter, homes in the village of Narbal Ghat, situated along the banks of the Flood Spill Channel, turn into mini food factories, with families working tirelessly to extract millions of water chestnuts from their needled shells. The main workforce in a household are the women, many of whom call their occupation a […]

The cutting edge of Palhalan

The cutting edge of Palhalan

Palhalan: It may be for Palhalan’s iron will that it dominates the news for frequent pro-freedom protests and clashes with government troops. This restive area in north Kashmir is home to the valley’s best ironsmiths, experts in forging secateurs, hedge trimmers, and shearing scissors. And this is the season of huge rush for secateurs, as […]

Reliance Jio erected 20 towers in Srinagar without SMC permission

Reliance Jio erected 20 towers in Srinagar without SMC permission

When RTI query was filed, SMC issued ‘formal’ permission, 2 years after the towers were installed SRINAGAR: The Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocom was given a particularly warm reception in Kashmir, a query filed under Right To Information (RTI) has revealed. Almost a year after Reliance Jio started 4G services and two years after it […]

Cricket pitch that follows principle of non-alignment

Cricket pitch that follows principle of non-alignment

SRINAGAR: The direction of cricket has been kept towards local custom, instead of global practice, in the newly-laid cricket ground at the Tourist Reception Centre (TRC). The pitch, as was usual at this old ground, has been aligned in the East-West direction, instead of the North-South alignment followed everywhere else in the world. Officials of […]

With only a single tanner left, fur processing fading out

With only a single tanner left, fur processing fading out

SRINAGAR: Ali Muhammad Baba is a busy man these days, tanning and curing sheep skins at his house in Dabagat Mohalla, Gunz Khud. It is a hectic job to do dabagat, the washing and treating of skins with chemicals to make special rugs for sitting or for offering prayers. Once a thriving trade that used […]

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