Budgam village bristles at ‘cashless’ tag, hates the very word

Budgam village bristles at ‘cashless’ tag, hates the very word

Lanura (BUDGAM): Past a vast field of orchards, about 30 kilometers from Srinagar, a dilapidated road leads to Lanura, a village unknown to most Kashmiris until the state government announced it as the “first cashless village”. A day after Budgam district, in which Lanura lies, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Excellence Award for promoting […]

Hurriyat activist killed by ‘one of the politicians’, says son

Hurriyat activist killed by ‘one of the politicians’, says son

SANDIPORA (BUDGAM): Sandipora is located at an idyll stop atop a hillock, which offers a panoramic view to the Budgam town. On Tuesday, the people here huddled in the chilling cold to mourn the killing of 60-year-old Hurriyat activist Yousuf Nadeem. Nadeem was killed by unknown gunman while travelling in a vehicle at Chahrangam Beerwah […]

Unknown gunman shot dead Hurriyat activist

Unknown gunman shot dead Hurriyat activist

BUDGAM: A Hurriyat activist, Mohammad Yousuf Rather, was shot dead after an unknown gunman fired at him in Chahrangam, Beerwah, on Monday when he was travelling in a passenger vehicle, police said. Mohammad Yousuf Rather, known as Yousuf Nadeem, was on his way to his home in Sandipora, Budgam, when the unknown assailant shot at […]

CASO in Budgam ends ‘peacefully’

CASO in Budgam ends ‘peacefully’

BUDGAM: Government forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Arwah-Beerwah area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday, sources said. The CASO according to police sources was launched in the late hours after inputs regarding presence of militants in the village. A local source said that searches were held from house to house […]

Khag springs dying due to apathy

Khag springs dying due to apathy

BUDGAM: Once attracting people from far off places with their “curative waters”, the springs of the Khag town of central Kashmir’s Budgam have been losing their glory due to public indifference and official apathy. The famous springs at Nara-nag, Mahdi-nag, Pahel-nag, Koreg-nag, and Chondar-nag in Khag and Bate-nag, Zaem-nag at Poshker are polluted nowadays, presenting […]

Stray dogs roam in frightening numbers in Budgam

Stray dogs roam in frightening numbers in Budgam

BUDGAM: The menace of stray dogs is assuming an alarming proportion in various localities of Budgam, with an Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme report citing 3000 cases of dog bites from the district in 2017. Local residents say the presence of too many stray canines on the roads, streets, parks, playgrounds and around water bodies presents […]

Police pick up several youths in night raids after clashes in Soibug

Police pick up several youths in night raids after clashes in Soibug

BUDGAM: A dozen youths were detained in night raids in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday at different localities of Soibug in Budgam district, police said. Police sources said that some “miscreants” had been detained who were involved in disruption of peace and in stone-pelting. Local sources told Kashmir Reader that clashes erupted between […]

Dark and cold nights at Magam hospital leave patients fuming

Dark and cold nights at Magam hospital leave patients fuming

BUDGAM: In the post-maternity ward of Community Health Centre Magam, Shubu (name changed) has given birth to her child and is recovering on a bed beneath several layers of warm bedding brought from her home. Her husband, Manzoor Ahmad, is sitting on the bed with folded arms. “I am shivering with cold in this ward. […]

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