No response in two years to tenders for de-weeding machines

No response in two years to tenders for de-weeding machines

Srinagar: Two years have passed since the Lakes and Water Development Authority (LAWDA) invited tenders for purchase of de-weeding machines, but not one tender has come. The tenders were floated after then Governor NN Vohra in a meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) in 2018 cleared the hiring and purchase of new machines. But […]

A bittersweet Eid this year in Srinagar

A bittersweet Eid this year in Srinagar

Srinagar: Eid ul-Fitr this year is without the public festivity and general excitement associated with it. There is no rush for shopping, no long queues outside bakeries, no mehndi (henna) stalls on the streets, no customers at beauty salons. Nor are people gathering at local mosques or visiting family and friends. Due to the Covid-19 […]

Jumat-ul-Vida sees no collective farewell prayers

Jumat-ul-Vida sees no collective farewell prayers

Srinagar: The Jumat-ul-Vida prayers with which Ramadan is given farewell on the last Friday of the month were not held in any mosque of Kashmir due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. This was also the 9th straight Friday without any congregational prayers held in the valley due to Covid-19. Ahead of Eid-ul- Fitr, the […]

Strawberries selling at half the prices as last year

Strawberries selling at half the prices as last year

Srinagar: Strawberries, one of the first fruits of the summer season in Kashmir, have hit the market but the reception has been poor. Several traders and vendors said that the price of strawberries has dropped by nearly 50% compared to last year. Mohmmad Yaseen, who runs Bhat Trading Company, told Kashmir Reader that last year […]

Srinagar houses not letting in SMC staff to collect garbage

Srinagar houses not letting in SMC staff to collect garbage

Srinagar: Even after so much of focus on hygiene and cleanliness, people in many areas of Srinagar have shut their doors to sanitation workers, fearing transmission of Covid-19. Sanitation workers say they are not being allowed to go door-to-door to collect garbage. People throw their garbage in the open at various places and the sanitation […]

Ludo, carrom, monopoly all go online in lockdown

Ludo, carrom, monopoly all go online in lockdown

Srinagar: PUBG is facing competition from traditional games like ludo, carrom and monopoly which have taken on a cool new online avatar. With people staying at home and unable to meet due to “social distancing”, online games have become a popular way to spend time together from a distance. The young generation was mostly into […]

Casual labourers of PHE still waiting for four years’ wages

Casual labourers of PHE still waiting for four years’ wages

Srinagar: On World Labour Day, casual labourers employed by the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department demanded payment of their daily wages which are pending for a four-year period from 2015 to 2018. As per official records, more than 10,000 registered casual labourers work for the PHE department. They are not entitled to any leaves or […]

No plantation drive this year in Kashmir’s schools and colleges

No plantation drive this year in Kashmir’s schools and colleges

Srinagar: The annual plantation drive carried out by the Social Forestry department in schools and colleges will not take place this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The department, however, will carry on the work of sowing trees and plants in gardens, parks, along roads, etc. Regional Director of the Social Forestry department, Mehraj, told […]

SMC’s new sanitation drive in all wards of Srinagar

SMC’s new sanitation drive in all wards of Srinagar

Srinagar: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has started a fresh sanitation drive in all wards of Srinagar city as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. In a tweet on Tuesday, SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu wrote that “City-wide General Sanitization being conducted in all 74 wards of the city is an ADDITIONAL, […]

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