Rampant pesticide use ruining bee population

Rampant pesticide use ruining bee population

SRINAGAR: While pesticide and fungicide use is aimed at improving crop yield, the same has been wiping out some of the most eco-friendly of insects, including bees, which experts say are vital for enhancing yields. The quiet death of these buzzing creatures, according to scientists, is on a surge as Kashmir agriculture and horticulture sectors […]

Low tourist inflow limits strawberry growers’ profits

Low tourist inflow limits strawberry growers’ profits

SRINAGAR: Strawberry growers say that profitability has eluded them this year as a dampened tourist influx has considerably limited the off-take of this highly perishable fruit in the markets. Growers say that this debut horticultural product of Kashmir has limited earnings for growers as the government has never made provision for its export outside the […]

Turkish general’s grave restoration reveals his forgotten past

Turkish general’s grave restoration reveals his forgotten past

SRINAGAR: The grave of Turko-Mongol military general Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat Beg in Srinagar is coming back to life, thanks to the restoration being done by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). A rectangular 22 feet by 12 feet limestone platform surmounts the grave of this Dughlat prince who ruled Kashmir as de-facto ruler for […]

Eradication efforts reveal Baramulla as top poppy cultivator

Eradication efforts reveal Baramulla as top poppy cultivator

SRINAGAR: Breaching the traditional bastion of the south, the north Kashmir district of Baramulla has taken the lead in illegal poppy cultivation. About 63 percent of the poppy crop destroyed by authorities this year has been in villages of Baramulla district. The difference between poppy cultivators in south Kashmir and in Baramulla, officials say, is […]

Fire and Emergency services in J&K: Dearth of men, abundance of machinery

Fire and Emergency services in J&K:  Dearth of men, abundance of machinery

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Fire and Emergency Services (JKFES) is witnessing acute shortfall in the human resource even as the priority with the department is to pile up machinery by expending huge financial resources. The department is facing shortage of thousands of men including officials, fire-fighters and drivers. Worse, a large number of employees […]

Dealers of soiled currency notes grounded by demonetization

Dealers of soiled currency notes grounded by demonetization

SRINAGAR: After the fresh directive that collecting demonetized currency notes may attract punitive action from the authorities, the business of exchanging soiled notes is already counting its last breaths. For sustenance, the street vendors pursuing the business for decades have raised commission on the face value on the plea that their dealers have begun charging […]

Dry spell keeps firemen fighting

Dry spell keeps firemen fighting

SRINAGAR: A prolonged dry spell this year has kept the Fire and Emergency Services busy. Officials say that incidents of fire have gone up by nearly 35 percent this year. With a daily average of 22-23 fires reported across Kashmir division, the about 100 fire and emergency stations in the Valley have been busy trying […]

New surveillance cameras come up

New surveillance cameras come up

Several CCTV cameras destroyed by protesters during uprising   SRINAGAR: A Nagpur-based company is reinstalling surveillance cameras across the Kashmir Valley, starting with 46 locations in Srinagar. The Jammu and Kashmir Police are having the re-installation done after the previous firm that put in place 112 such cameras failed to execute the project to the […]

New ‘dog repellant’ a hit in city

New ‘dog repellant’ a hit in city

SRINAGAR: Aside from the battle people are fighting with government troops, in the lanes of Srinagar people are also fighting dogs with “bottles filled with violet-colour water”. The violet-colour water is sourced from indigo dye or blue-colour detergents. According to locals, it is effective in keeping dogs at bay. Farooq Ahmad, a resident of Jamalata, […]

Stones rain on the house Sheikh built

Stones rain on the house Sheikh built

Srinagar: The green gate tells it all. It bears the marks of hundreds of rocks thrown by angry youngsters. And the house has not been spared either. The house belongs to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, the founder of National Conference and who is believed to have made the actual Faustian pact with New Delhi. It is […]