The Cannabis Cutter

The Cannabis Cutter

Shopian: A 21-year-old computer engineering student from Keegam village of Shopian has taken a pledge to save his area from the consumption and trade of cannabis. What he does is that he takes a bush cutter every day and starts removing cannabis plants on the waste land around orchards and village streets. Inam ul Haq […]

Kashmiri fishes extinct, European trout released in Rambiara river

Kashmiri fishes extinct, European trout released in Rambiara river

Shopian: After extinction of the local Schizothorax fishes due to mining of minerals in the Rambiara river and use of chemical substances to catch and kill fish, the fisheries department has now put about 60,000 trout fingerlings in the Rambiara, in an area that is far from human habitation. However, the authorities have excluded the […]

Kareva land dries up, ruining orchards, while irrigation scheme lies defunct even after completion

Kareva land dries up, ruining orchards, while irrigation scheme lies defunct even after completion

Shopian: A vital lift irrigation scheme at Moshwara is lying dysfunctional even after two years of its completion, while hundreds of kanals of fertile kareva horticultural land has dried due to the lack of irrigation facilities, ruining the farmers of half a dozen villages in the area. The lift irrigation scheme, according to locals, was […]

Organic vegetables take root in Shopian village

Organic vegetables take root in Shopian village

SHOPIAN: With locals fed up of fertilisers and insecticides used to grow the vegetables they consume, organic farming is taking roots in Shopian’s Safnagri village where over 400 kanals of land have been so far brought under cultivation of vegetables through organic methods. A farmer from Safnagri village told Kashmir Reader that almost all the […]

Tourist park created in forest gathers litter, dirt and plastic

Tourist park created in forest gathers litter, dirt and plastic

Shopian: The tourist park at Padpawan area on Mughal Road which was developed some three years ago by utilising a large chunk of forest land is now filled with plastic bags, food wastes, and dirt. The authorities seem to be not bothered about keeping the place clean and saving the forest area from pollution. Yasir […]

Fear of Alternaria disease, and confusion over fungicide spray, in south Kashmir

Fear of Alternaria disease, and confusion over fungicide spray, in south Kashmir

Shopian: Amid repeated rain showers since Monday morning and humid temperatures, orchardists are apprehensive about breakout of Alterneria in fruit trees, particularly apple, but experts warn against use of any fungicide after the rains. Horticulture experts say that the incubation period of Alterneria is not more than three days and if the disease occurs, it […]

Lashkar’s longest surviving militant commander in Shopian killed

Lashkar’s longest surviving militant commander in Shopian killed

Shopian: Two militants including top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Ishfaq Dar, who was active since October 2017 in the area, were killed in an encounter at Cheki Seediq Khan village of Shopian on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. A cordon and search operation in the village was launched by a joint team of government forces […]

Gunfight erupts in Shopian village

Gunfight erupts in Shopian village

Forces ask trapped militants to surrender Shopian: A gunfight between militants and government forces erupted in Cheki Seediq Khan village in Nagisharan area of Shopian after an intense cordon and search operation was carried out in the village by a joint team of government forces on Sunday. The anti-militancy operation, according to police sources, was […]