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 […]

Kashmir gets raw deal on hides

Kashmir gets raw deal on hides

SRINAGAR: Even though the recently concluded Eid ul Adha celebrations, with their ritual of animal sacrifice, should extend happiness to raw hide and skin dealers in Kashmir by bringing them thousands of quality animal skin, the sentiment with these traders is at an all-time low with prices of hides this year plummeting significantly. Sehyar, the […]

Traditional grill sales witness surge

Traditional grill sales witness surge

SRINAGAR: Even though traders in the Valley say that business was dampened this Eid, sales of traditional barbecue grills and skewers have been brisk this time with customers keen to prepare mouth-watering barbeques at home. Even though manufacturers say that sales do rise around Eid with the availability of meat from sacrificial animals, people this […]

Concertina Concern: wires that never get worn

Concertina Concern: wires that never get worn

SRINAGAR: Almost 360 kilometers of concertina razor wire has been used by police in Kashmir since 2014, all of which is still serviceable and needs no disposal, an RTI has revealed. Spools of concertina wire in crumbled, unserviceable condition can be seen piled on Kashmir streets almost everywhere. They have become a concern for the […]

Historic mosque beside Jamia shares the same fate

Historic mosque beside Jamia shares the same fate

SRINAGAR: When the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Friday opened its gates after seven weeks, an adjacent mosque, too, opened its gates after the same time. Malik Jalaludin Gori Masjid or Kaza Masjid, situated less than 100 meters from the Jamia mosque towards the Gojwara side, remains closed whenever authorities disallow prayers at Jamia and […]

Telecom cable thefts add to communication blackouts

Telecom cable thefts add to communication blackouts

SRINAGAR: In times of curtailed communication in the valley, cable thefts are adding to blackouts with thieves decamping with underground and overhead cables, mostly of the state owned telecom company BSNL. This year alone four thefts have been reported in uptown Srinagar with thieves mostly targeting cables near the bridges. Ali Muhammad, a senior BSNL […]

Tankipora panics after spotting snakes

Tankipora panics after spotting snakes

Residents clear Jehlum embankments to track the ‘dangerous’ creatures SRINAGAR: Residents in Tankipora have begun to clear Jhelum embankments of weeds and trash after spotting snakes along the river, putting people in a panic mode. Families living along Malik Sahib Ghat, adjoining the office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir in Srinagar, say that snakes were never […]

Researchers find unusual LoC infiltrator: wild pig

Researchers find unusual LoC infiltrator: wild pig

Foreign, fast-breeding species could serve as prey for leopards, easing pressure on endangered Markhor SRINAGAR: The highly militarised Line of Control in Kashmir may be adequate for border troops to keep intruders at bay, but it may have let in wild pigs that are thought to have sneaked over this line, into Limber and Lacchipora […]