Rs 7 crore spent, but village PHC without staff, or services

Rs 7 crore spent, but village PHC without staff, or services

SHOPIAN: A vital primary health centre at Tukroo village of Shopian, meant to cater to the health care needs of about 30 villages, is running dry. Inhabitants of the area accuse the government of delaying the development of a hospital intentionally. They said that the hospital has only two sanctioned doctors and no machinery. “There […]

Shopian town reels in darkness without streetlights

Shopian town reels in darkness without streetlights

SHOPIAN: With its street lights dysfunctional, the Shopian town reels into darkness as soon as the sun sets. Residents said that the street lights have been dysfunctional for years, while as the municipal committee watches as mute spectator. Shahid Ahmad, a shopkeeper in the town said that they are forced to shut shops early as […]

Every Saturday, a gunfight in Pulwama

Every Saturday, a gunfight in Pulwama

SHOPIAN: For the past four consecutive Saturdays, Pulwama’s Tral and nearby area has seen four gunfights, during which 16 militants, 7 civilians, and one army soldier have been killed. Locals have noted this correspondence with Saturday and are speculating if this is some special strategy of government forces, or some particular reason, for choosing this […]

Collateral damage: Left homeless in gunfights, families lost in long struggle for compensation

Collateral damage: Left homeless in gunfights, families lost in long struggle for compensation

SHOPIAN: Gunfights between militants and government forces in Kashmir are leaving many families homeless as government forces show mercy on houses sheltering the militants, or even others that stand nearby. Many families in south Kashmir have lost the labour of their lives in the form of houses and household goods. While government does not compensate […]

Massive CASO in Shopian orchards yields nothing

Massive CASO in Shopian orchards yields nothing

Shopian: A massive cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) was launched in the orchards and paddy fields in this south Kashmir district on Sunday. The operation was conducted jointly by army’s 44 RR, police, and paramilitary CRPF early in the morning at Heff-Shirmal village and adjoining orchards. Government forces suspected the presence of hideouts of militants in the area. […]

Villages craving for water as Safnagri, Losedenow water schemes incomplete

Villages craving for water as Safnagri, Losedenow water schemes incomplete

SHOPIAN: Several villages in Shopain district are facing immense problems due to incompletion of two long pending water supply schemes of Safnagri and Losedenow. The schemes are pending despite work started on them long ago. Residents of Safnagri and adjoining villages in Wachi belt of the district are now up in arms against the Public […]