Govt may reconsider market closure roster

Buckling under pressure from traders, the government is mulling to keep in abeyance the reverently issued weekly market closure roster. As per the roster, the authorities had fixed different week days as “close days” for traders operating in Srinagar. The roster was issued by the government under SRO-472 on November 16 through the Labour and Employment Department. Before it was implemented, prominent trade and business bodies of Srinagar opposed it on the ground that the “business fraternity” of the city was not taken on board while issuing the new holiday…

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GST on carpet will be slashed from 12% to 5%: Haseeb Drabu

Admitting that the carpet industry is passing through difficult times, the minister for finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu assured that Goods and Services tax charged on carpets will be slashed from 12 to 5 percent in coming days to give a breather to people affiliated with this indigenous craft. “State government has fulfilled all the commitments it had made after implementation of GST except one that is carpet industry. Every segment of trade is in distress, but carpet artisans and dealers are more worried, although it has nothing to do with…

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Business Leaders suggest measures on revival of ‘Shattered’ economy

Kashmir’s business associations on Sunday participated enthusiastically in the first-ever business conclave here to put forth their problems and suggestions on revival of the Valley’s economy. At the conclave organised by the Kashmir Inc, the J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was the chief guest while finance minister Haseeb Drabu was the guest of honour. In his opening remarks, president, Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Muhammad Ashraf Mir spoke about the present position of businesses in Kashmir. He said that businesses in Valley have been suffering from nineties till date,…

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How a bureaucrat ‘Sabotaged’ two major power schemes to allow outside agencies take over

Tendering of two projects that would have strengthened power distribution system in Kashmir was cleared thrice by power department’s own committees. However, commissioner secretary power Dheeraj Gupta got an outside agency to scrutinise the tendering once again, which eventually landed the project in the kitty of a central public sector undertaking. Official data accessed by Kashmir Post show that power department’s contract committee, which has all chief engineers concerned as members and development commissioner power its head, had cleared the tenders for the Rs 598-crore Prime Minister’s Development Plan (PMDP-Rural)…

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Only businessmen doing ‘Jihad’ in Kashmir: Haseeb Drabu

Acknowledging that economic scenario in Kashmir is “distressing”, the finance minister Haseeb Drabu said on Sunday that businessmen in Kashmir are “the only ones doing ‘jihad’ as they are fighting against all odds.” Speaking at the first business conclave held here, he said: “I have being stating this that businessmen in Kashmir are the only ones doing ‘jihad’ as they are fighting with the government for getting basic services; they fight against the situation. I have nothing but respect, admiration for anybody who is even investing Rs 100 in his…

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Explore the culture of the Shina-speaking Dards, Gurez and Tulail (Talial) Valleys, where the Dards Live

Explore the culture of the Shina-speaking Dards, one of Kashmir’s oldest tribes The flight from Delhi is on time and I’m soon speeding to the Tourist Reception Centre in Srinagar to collect the precious permit which will grant me access to Kashmir’s legendary Gurez Valley. Here, the likes of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Franklin D Roosevelt went riding and trekking, before the troubles closed the valley off to us mere mortals. But no longer, with tourists increasingly making their way across the Razdan Pass to remote Gurez. Dr…

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Tourism body blame media for negative publicity as tourism industry continues to suffer

“We are not how the media portrays us” is an expression common in the Valley. Kashmir’s tourism sector doesn’t just struggle in front of a disruptive militancy, there are primetime debates to counter. Chinar leaves are falling in Srinagar after long summer days, anticipation and peace. Yet the Valley’s natural and historical sites, its houseboats and shikaras, its tourism sector altogether have been missing the people they’re meant for: tourists. “Let me explain it this way, even if we offer hotel rooms for free, people won’t come,” says Wahid Malik,…

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Business leaders want Dineshwar Sharma to meet resistance camp

Kashmir’s business fraternity on Tuesday advised interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, who is on a maiden visit to Srinagar, to meet separatist leaders to achieve any forward movement on talks. Chairman, Kashmir Economic Alliance, Muhammad Yaseen Khan said that the interlocutor’s meeting with traders and businessmen won’t serve any purpose. “It is a futile exercise,” he said. The interlocutor, he said, should meet separatists to achieve a breakthrough. “Otherwise, we have seen in the past how these envoys meet people and do nothing.” Khan said that Kashmir needs a political solution and…

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Projecting Gulmarg festival, efforts on to woo tourists from South

State Tourism Department takes part in ‘Discover India Travel Expo’ in Chennai Ahead of the snow fest in north Kashmir’s Gulmarg ski resort, the Tourism Department has upped its promotional campaign and is particularly focusing on the markets in South India. Even as the department participated in the ‘Discover India Travel Expo’ in Chennai today, the authorities also have several other plans to woo tourists from South India. Deputy Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Peerzada Zahoor, who inaugurated the event in Chennai, said they promoted the state’s tourism products, including food, art…

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Valley’s tourism sector pins hope on winter

Kashmir’s tourism industry, which faced a tepid response from holidaymakers during the summer, is now pinning hope on the winter for revival of the sector. The state government was working to make Gulmarg in north Kashmir act as the “main attraction” for tourists during the winter months, a senior official said. The events being planned at Gulmarg include ski and snowboarding championships, ice-staking camps and a snow festival, said Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah. “We are also focusing on autumn but we have no other option other than promoting…

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