Added woes for apple farmers as non-local truckers moved out from south Kashmir

Added woes for apple farmers as non-local truckers moved out from south Kashmir

SHOPIAN: Apple farmers and traders here say problems for them have compounded manifold after government moved out all non-local truck drivers from the area. The farmers in Shopian and adjoining areas were already complaining of inflated freight charges this year due to a host of problems created by the lockdown post abrogation of Article 370. […]

No flowers in sight, saffron farmers brace for another dismal year

Pampore: Saffron farmers in Pampore and adjoining areas are staring at yet another bleak harvest despite hopes raised by some rain. At the onset of November, the saffron fields look barren with no signs of any flowers so far. The farmers have witnessed some desolate years in recent past given low harvest of the world’s […]

J&K Bank to continue RBI’s banking business in UTs of JK, Ladakh

J&K Bank to continue RBI’s banking business in UTs of JK, Ladakh

SRINAGAR: J&K Bank shall continue to act as an agent of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to conduct its agency banking business in the newly formed Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh, the statement issued on Tuesday said. “Acknowledging the systemic significance of the bank for the region, the RBI in its […]

Kashmir situation takes toll on Umrah packages

Kashmir situation takes toll on Umrah packages

SRINAGAR: The prevailing shutdown and communications lockdown in the Valley has taken a toll on numbers of Umrah pilgrims from Kashmir. Travel operators say that compared to 10,000 pilgrims who travelled to Makkah last year, the number is likely to hover around 5000 this year. General Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Haj Umrah Tour Organiser Association, […]

KCCI expresses concern over ‘malicious campaign’ against J&K Bank

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) on Saturday expressed concerned over the “malicious campaign” launched against the J&K Bank, and urged people not to heed to rumors. “J&K Bank is premium financial institution and has attained this status because of hardwork, sincerity, dedication and honest work force. And the management of the bank […]

ETT lab in Zakura to boost lamb production

SRINAGAR: Embryo Transfer Technology (ETT) Lab in Zakura will boost lamb production from 1-3 lambs per year to 50. Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department, Asghar Hassan SamoonSaturday inaugurated ETTLab here. He directed for deployment of additional staff with expertise in required field in the laboratory. Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir, Abdul Salam Mir was […]

‘Safe zones’ hurts growers as transport charges increase

‘Safe zones’ hurts growers as transport charges increase

Shopian: The secured zones established in Shopian after the three killings has resulted in additional costs to growers hurting the apple trade. The three killing of non-locals since October 14 comprised a Rajasthan truck driver Mohammad Sharief, Chhattisgarh labourer and apple dealer from Punjab Charanjeet Singh. Since then, the government has set up six secured […]

Internet blackout leaves smartphones useless

Internet blackout leaves smartphones useless

SRINAGAR: One such user is Muhammad Younis, whose smartphone is gathering dust at a shelf in his home. Younis cannot access his phone since he found that the password he has locked his phone with does not work anymore. “I get a message to connect to internet for unlocking it. But since internet is blocked, […]

Lockdown months see huge dip in traffic challans

Lockdown months see huge dip in traffic challans

SRINAGAR: Traffic violations, or the registering of cases pertaining to traffic violations, have seen a huge dip in the months of lockdown in Kashmir following abrogation of J&K’s special status on August 5. Data provided by the Traffic department reveals that the months of August and September have seen a decline of nearly 87 percent […]

CS clears Rs 459 Cr industrial projects in 44th APCC meet

SRINAGAR: In the 44th meeting of Apex Projects Clearance Committee (APCC) held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, BVR Subramanyam, industrial projects with an investment of Rs.459 crores were cleared. The projects cleared include setting up of a mini Food Park by M/s Nav Bharat Group at Bari Brahmana with a projected investment of Rs.78.27 […]