Drabu should come clean on Kashmir remark: JKCC

Even as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today sacked Haseeb Drabu as a Cabinet minister, the Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC) said the PDP leader should still come clean on his remark that “Kashmir should not be seen as a political problem.” “Drabu should clarify his stand when he says that Kashmir should not be seen as a conflict zone…he looks to be eying for some higher position by behaving as a new ambassador of New Delhi. This appears to be a failed attempt to hoodwink the international community…

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Free Wifi, other facilities at Tulip Garden this year

Visitors to Asia’s largest Tulip Garden on the banks of Dal Lake here can enjoy free wi-fi access, in addition to many other new facilities, when the garden opens to public later this month. The Tulip garden will be thrown open to public on March 25. “With the need of staying connected increasing by the day, the floriculture department, in collaboration with the BSNL, is providing free wi-fi connectivity to visitors,” Floriculture Director Mathoora Masoom told PTI. Masoom said several other initiatives have been taken to make the visitors, a…

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Hyacinth terrace, fountain new attractions at Tulip Garden

Even as Tulip Garden is all set to open its doors to the public later this month, a new hyacinth terrace and fountain channel will be the added attractions at the famed tourist spot this spring season. The garden, which is located in the foothills of the Zabarwan range overlooking the Dal Lake, may also open ahead of schedule with around 1.2 million different flower varieties. “This year’s added attraction will be the new hyacinth terrace having five to six varieties of the flower. Visitors will also see a fountain…

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NHAI awards Rs 939 Cr contract to Ramky Infrastructure for ring road around Srinagar

The National Highways Authority of India has awarded a Rs 939-crore project for the construction of the proposed Srinagar ring road to Ramky Infrastructure, the government said today. “The NHAI has issued the letter of award for construction of the proposed ring road/ bypass from Galander to Crossing of the Sumbel Road on the Jammu-Srinagar highway (NH-IA),” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement. The 42.10-km project with a cost of Rs 939.41 crore has been awarded to Ramky Infrastructure and would be implemented on engineering,…

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Kashmir Calling: Hoteliers slash rates by 30% across Kashmir Valley

The hoteliers of the Kashmir valley have announced 30 per cent discount for the intending tourists for the coming spring and summer seasons. A Tourism Department official today said the announcement was made during a seminar organised jointly by the department and the Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Owners’ Federation (KHAROF) in Kolkata. KHAROF president Abdul Wahid Malik said their body had 600 members and the discount was being offered in an effort to boost tourist arrivals to the Valley. “We are announcing 30 per cent rebate on our tariffs so…

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Despite growing demand J&K exploits just 16% of hydro-power potential: Survey

Jammu and Kashmir has exploited only about 16 per cent of the estimated 20,000 MW of hydro-power potential even as the energy demand has been growing gradually creating a wider demand-supply gap, the state economic survey 2017 said. The estimated hydro-power potential of Jammu and Kashmir is 20,000 Megawatts (MW), of which about 16,475 MW have been identified. “This comprises 11,283 MW in Chenab basin, 3,084 MW in Jhelum basin, 500 MW in Ravi Basin and 1608 MW in Indus basin. Only 3,263.46 MW, about 20 per cent of the…

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Traders body in Mussoorie asks Kashmiri Traders to leave town

So far the association has not given the Kashmiris any written notice, only telling them verbally about the deadline. However, Rajat Aggarwal, the association president, said there were no two ways about it, hinting at “communal disharmony”. A LOCAL traders’ body in Mussoorie has asked Kashmiris who sell garments from rented shops in the city to leave. Most of the shops have been rented out to them on an 11-month contract that ends on February 28, after which the Mussoorie Traders & Welfare Association wants the Kashmiris out. So far…

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J&K Bank’s top brass goes into huddle as bad loans increase

Since the Rs 11,400-crore scam of Nirav Modi involving Punjab National Bank (PNB) has come to the fore, the J&K Bank management has gone into a huddle to rectify the mistakes which have led to the accumulation of huge non-performing assets (NPAs). According to sources, the gross NPA of J&K Bank at present could be over Rs 6,000 crore while the net NPA is over Rs 2,000 crore. Gross NPA means the overall NPA with the bank, including NPA against which the bank has taken guarantee from companies who have…

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First Glass-Roofed AC train to make journeys fun-frolic in Kashmir

In its endeavor to make train journeys in Kashmir more fun-frolic and comfortable, Northern Railways has decided to run soon the Valley’s first air-conditioned train fitted with a glass-rooftop and bigger windowpanes for sightseeing. The trial run of the train was successfully held on Thursday with Railway Department claiming the newly introduced train will give fillip to the tourism in the region. The trial of the coach was held from Srinagar to Sadura in Anantnag. The railway official said the special AC train will run between Baramulla to Banihal from…

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CVPP awards Pakul Dhul Power Project civil works to Afcon JAL JV

Chenab Valley Power Project Ltd (CVPP) has awarded the civil works constructions of power house of 1000-MW Pakul Dul Hydro Electric Power Project being built on Chenab River in Kishtwar to a Afcons Infrastructure of Mumbai based Shapoorji Pallonji Group, along with its joint venture partner Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) at a cost of Rs 1,051 crore, a spokesperson of CVPP said today. JVCC is a public sector undertaking formed as a joint venture by J&K Government and Centre Government for execution of power projects on Chenab River Basin. Letter…

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