Exorbitant fee leaves parents dismayed with new school

Exorbitant fee leaves parents dismayed with new school

SRINAGAR: Residents of Pampore and adjoining areas in Pulwam district say they have been left disappointed by the exorbitant fee structure of a newly opened private school in the area. A delegation of parents from Pampore told Kashmir Reader that they were delighted to hear that ‘Birla Open Minds International School’ had come up in […]

Amid ‘normalcy’, roads, bridges in Srinagar still barricaded

Amid ‘normalcy’, roads, bridges in Srinagar still barricaded

SRINAGAR: As streets are slowly returning to life in Kashmir, a number of road stretches and bridges, however, continue to be out of bounds for people affecting public movement. Government forces had barricaded several roads and crossings, partly or wholly, after August 5, when Government of India revoked special constitutional status of J&K. The Jogi […]

After 2 months, SMC starts issuing birth, death certificates

After 2 months, SMC starts issuing birth, death certificates

SRINAGAR: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has resumed issuing permanent date of birth and death certificates to the applicants, which was affected by internet blackout from the past two months. After the internet was shut on August 5 by the government, Srinagar Municipal corporation has issued 450 temporary death and date of birth certificates to the […]

Internet at DC office not solving students’ woes

Internet at DC office not solving students’ woes

SRINAGAR: The students filling online scholarship forms at DC office here say that they are unable to register due to mobile services blackout and cannot get one time password (OTP) on their phones to compete the process. Last month, Social Welfare department has invited online application from students belonging to the minority communities notified by […]

Monetary aid scheme for widows in limbo due to lack of funds

SRINAGAR: The one-time monetary assistance scheme for widows under National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBA) is yearning for government’s attention since its launch in the State owing to the lack of funds. The scheme was started by the government of India with an aim to provide immediate succour to below poverty line families. As per the […]

3 Kashmir politicians released after ‘signing bonds’

Many refused to sign bond, claims Mehbooba’s daughter

Srinagar: The J&K government Thursday released three political leaders from preventive detention after they signed a bond for “not disrupting peace” in the Valley. The three politicians were detained along with scores of other political leaders and functionaries hours before Government of India announced abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. Yawar Dilawar Mir, former […]

Internet shutdown cripples postal services in Kashmir

Internet shutdown cripples postal services in Kashmir

Srinagar: The internet blockade has badly impacted the working of postal services in the valley, with the postal department unable to process several essential services. Officials say the services, nowadays, dependent on internet for processing include money order, cash certificates, insurance, speed post, booking of registered letters and parcel deliveries. The services have been nearly […]

Ten years on, maternity hospital at Noor Bagh awaits completion

Ten years on, maternity hospital at Noor Bagh awaits completion

SRINAGAR: Haba Khatoon maternity and Children’s hospital in Noor Bagh locality of Downtown Srinagar is awaiting completion from the last ten years, aimed to reduce burden on Soura and Lal Ded hospital. The locals slam administration over lack of interest in this project, and say that they have to spend hefty money on tests and […]

Instil confidence in people, NC tells government

SRINAGAR: Describing the lifting of an advisory which had dissuaded tourists from visiting Kashmir valley as “half hearted initiative”, the National Conference on Tuesday asked how holiday makers can venture into the Valley, reeling under a communication blockade and breakdown of economic activity. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday directed lifting of […]

Grease mechanics slip into losses as public transport shut

Grease mechanics slip into losses as public transport shut

SRINAGAR: While public transport has remained off the roads for nearly two months, the regular maintenance of vehicles for constant lubrication by professional mechanics has declined drastically, who say they are slipping into huge debts. Grease wale – as they are known locally – were a common sight in the bus stands and are the […]