New proposed bypass will hit our business: Pattan traders

BARAMULLA: The traders of Pattan are upset over new proposed bypass in their area, saying it is going hit their business which is on strategic Srinagar-Baramulla highway. They said that the government should shelve this plan and make a new proposal and carry the road widening along the strategic route so that the market cannot […]

Internet blockade: MHRD extends date for valley students selected for scholarship

SRINAGAR: In a major relief to over two hundred Kashmiri students, who qualified last year’s National Merit-cum Means Scholarship (NMMS), the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has extended the last date for the online registration for the scholarship in view of internet blockade and suspension of messaging services in the valley. The ministry has […]

Advisor Khan urges Bollywood to revive its romance with Kashmir

MUMBAI: Farooq Khan, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor has urged the Bollywood to revive its decades’ old romance with Kashmir to promote it as a cherished tourist destination globally. He was speaking at a function organised by ‘Spandan Arts’ in connection with presentation of 11th Mohammed Rafi awards here last evening. Addressing the jam-packed gathering including […]

Tourism promotion events hit, as stakeholders seek internet restoration

SRINAGAR: Tourism promotional activities in India and elsewhere has not picked at all as the government has not restored internet for tourism players-a pre condition set by stakeholders for making the activity possible. Nasir Shah, the chairman of JK Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum, told Kashmir Reader that the events could not take place […]

JK seeks Rs 104.96 Cr form GoI for fisheries development

NEW DELHI Jammu and Kashmir has sought funds worth Rs 104.96 crore from GoI under the Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF) that has a corpus of Rs 7,522 crore. Under the FIDF, Nabard will provide fund to the tune of about Rs 2,600 crore through state governments for developing only public infrastructure like […]

Kashmir economy crippled: Rs 18,000 crore economic losses in 4 months, says KCCI report

Kashmir economy crippled: Rs 18,000 crore economic losses in 4 months, says KCCI report

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has pegged the losses suffered in Kashmir during the four months of lockdown post abrogation of Article 370 between Rs 14,000 to Rs 18,000 crores. In a preliminary KCCI loss assessment report which is the first document in the last four months, the economy as per the […]

JAKEDA cancels recruitment process as recruiting agency hired in ‘non-transparent’ manner

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) has cancelled recruitment of 77 technical and engineering posts after the private recruiting agency meant for conducting examination was selected in ‘non-transparent’ manner. The posts in various categories were advertised by the JAKEDA in September 2017 while as the written test was held in March 2018. […]

Rates of essential item skyrocket with closure of highway

SRINAGAR: With the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway from last three days, the rates of the essential commodities has skyrocketed in the markets especially vegetables. The consumers blame government’s failure for checking rising prices. “The government set rates are not implemented in the market,” said Sumiya Jan. She purchased 1 kg of tomato from Rs 50, […]

Researcher rebuts wildlife department’s claim of sighting Bar-headed geese first time in Valley

Says the avian visitor spotted in wetlands in 2017

Srinagar: Is J&K wildlife department’s claim of sighting Bar-headed geese in Kashmir wetlands for first time correct? No, says an ornithologist and ecologist, Dr Sajjad Ul Akbar Wani, whose research two years ago highlighted the ecology of the avian visitor around Chandhara-Kranchu wetland in the Valley. Last week, the department claimed they sighted the Bar-headed […]

JK employees to get 7th Pay Commission allowances

New Delhi: An amount of Rs 4,800 crore has been approved for 4.5 lakh employees of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir for certain allowances under the 7th Pay Commission, Lok Sabha was informed today. In a written reply, Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the government of India has been fully committed to […]