Kashmir Chamber to Jammu Chamber, Reconsider Strike Call

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Sunday urged its Jammu counterpart to reconsider its strike call for Monday. The JCCI on Saturday gave a Jammu bandh call to press for its various demands, including abolition of toll tax. “We would urge you to reconsider your call for a shutdown as we believe that being apex trade bodies we should seek to promote the resolution of problems through dialogue and not be seen as promoters of business interruptions,” KCCI president Javed Ahmed Tenga told reporters at a press…

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Time for Private players & Tourism Deptt to launch joint promotion campaign: Dir Tourism

TAAK elects Ashfaq as its new President Calling the tourism stakeholder to launch aggressive marketing campaigns, the Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah Saturday said the department is trying to counter negative perception and media publicity through a multi-pronged strategy He was speaking as a chief guest at 9th Annual General Meeting of the Travel Agents Association of Kashmir here at Hotel New Park. In the AGM, TAAK elected Ashfaq Siddiq Dug as its new President. Director Tourism Kashmir while welcoming the new TAAK body appreciated the role of the…

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Contractors threaten boycott of developmental works: GST Fallout

While threatening to stop ongoing developmental works, Jammu and Kashmir Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC) Tuesday demanded release of outstanding Rs 350 crore from the state government. JKCCCC has also opposed the “cumbersome process” of filing of returns under Goods and Services Tax and demanded annual payment of tax rather than multiple filing of returns. An emergency meeting of JKCCCC was held here on Tuesday, in which these issues were discussed. Farooq Ahmad Dar, general secretary, JKCCCC told Kashmir Post that the new tax regime will make payment process for…

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Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini promote oneness for Kashmir

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and veteran actress-politician Hema Malini have featured in “Vaadi-e-Kashmir”, a short film aimed at spreading the message of oneness. “As an Indian, this film is my attempt to reach out to Kashmir and touch the hearts of our brothers and sisters in the valley,” Hema, who has also curated the film, said in a statement. “Vaadi-e-Kashmir”, which captures the valley’s beauty and people, is supported by KENT RO Systems Ltd, and has music and lyrics by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Gulzar. It is directed by filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar…

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Transporters call 2 Day ‘Wheel Jam’ for shifting of batamaloo bus stand from today

To protest the shifting of Batamaloo General Bus Stand to Parimpora on city outskirts, Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association (KTWA) has called for a two-day strike of buses and mini-buses from Wednesday, 6th September. Spokesperson KTWA Mukhtar Ahmad on Tuesday said shifting of Batamaloo bus stand has “adversely affected” livelihood of thousands of people associated with commercial vehicles and businesses operating around the erstwhile bus stand. “The government should stop playing around with lives of transporters and traders. It has been decided that a Chakka Jam of buses and minibuses will…

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GST ‘Troubles’ keep Eid shoppers away from Kashmir markets

Traders say still adapting to new tax regime; Import of goods witnesses a decline With just three days left for Eid-ul-Adha or the festival of sacrifice, markets in Kashmir are yet to be fully abuzz with shoppers as factors like the recent implementation of Goods and Services Tax that has led to less import of goods to the Valley have proved to be a dampener. While traders and businessmen are hoping for footfalls to increase in next couple of days, they say an average rush of shoppers is doing no…

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Night flights from Srinagar to start soon: Govt

The state government is all set to start night flights from Srinagar Airport after the Airport Authority of India and Indian Air Force gave security clearance and approval for the 24×7 flights. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today convened a meeting to review the modalities for starting round-the-clock flights from the airport. The operations of night flights from Srinagar Airport have been a long-pending demand of Kashmiri people. The process to start night flights picked up in May 2013 when the AAI and IAF gave the permission to the…

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Trader Bodies extend support to hurriyat’s bandh call for August 29

Several traders’ bodies, including Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), Kashmir Economic Alliance and Kashmir Traders Federation (KTF) today extended support to the strike call given by the separatists for August 29. The call had been given to “resist attempts to abrogate Article 35A” that confers special rights and privileges to the state subjects. In a statement, KTMF president Mohammad Yaseen Khan said they were “ready to face bullets in order to protect the special status of Jammu and Kashmir”. “It will be an all-out war if the Centre scrapped…

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Kashmir tourism videos take Internet by storm

Present aerial shots of Valley’s scenic spots; the videos get lakhs of views The promotional campaign of the Tourism Department using drone cameras has taken the Internet by storm. Presenting aerial shots of Kashmir valley’s tourist spots, the videos are getting lakhs of views besides being widely shared. A video showcasing the bridges of Srinagar city on the Jhelum has so far got over 2,18,500 views plus nearly 5,000 shares. Other videos, especially the one on Dal Lake and another on Gulmarg, too, are breaking the Internet. Even though Valley’s…

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KEA extends support to Hurriyat Conference on Article 35A row

Kashmir Economic Alliance, an umbrella trade body, on Tuesday extended its complete support to Hurriyat Conference for fighting the proposed abrogation of Article 35-A. Addressing a press conference at a local hotel here, Farooq Ahmad Dar, co-chairperson, Kashmir Economic Alliance said the proposed “Kashmir bandh” call given by KEA on Monday has been withdrawn in view of forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha. Dar said KEA is ready to follow whatever action plan is announced by Hurriyat Conference. “We appeal Hurriyat Conference to play their role with regard to Article 35-A. Our faction will…

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