Much awaited night flights to operate at Srinagar Airport from Aug 10

In a significant development, the Srinagar International Airport would operate night flights from August 10. “The much awaited night flights will operate from Srinagar airport from August 10,” Director Srinagar International Airport, Aakash Deep Mathur told reporters while addressing a press conference here. He said all the required night landing equipment has been installed at the Srinagar airport by Airport Authority of India (AAI). Mathur said two airlines — Indigo and Go Air — have agreed to operate night flights. “After installation of night-landing equipment, the decision to make night…

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Govt tendering favours outside contractors in Projects, Works: FCIK

Federation Chambers of Industries Kashmir (FCIK) on Monday said that state government is inviting tenders on different projects and works in such a manner that for the majority of works only outside state contractors qualify. It said the promises made by the J&K Government regarding the price and purchase preference in the state industrial policy are flouted by the government itself by ‘deliberately’ issuing contracts on turnkey basis putting local manufactures and industrialists to disadvantage. “On one hand the state government by virtue of industrial policies reserves 20 percent of…

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KEA calls for UN Chalo on August 6 over Article 35A Row

A faction of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) has given Kashmir Bandh and UN Chalo call on August 6 against the hearing on Article 35A. KEA chairman Mohammed Yousef Chapri while addressing the media here in Srinagar said they would fight tooth and nail to protect the special status of the J&K. He said Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) would submit memorandum in UNMOGIP against proposed abrogation of special status (Article 35A) in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) co-chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar said abrogation of special status (Article 35A)…

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Srinagar airport gets IAF approval night flights to start soon

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has given the permission to start night-landing operations at the Srinagar airport while the installation of runway lights by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is in its advanced stage of completion. This information was given to Governor NN Vohra at a high-level meeting of the civil, police and security forces officers at the civil secretariat here on Tuesday. Advisers to Governor K Vijay Kumar and BB Vyas; Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam; administrative secretaries; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Deputy Commissioner, Budgam; and other senior officers concerned…

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Poland couple remarries in Srinagar: “Love Everything About Kashmir”

Inspired by the rich culture of Kashmir Valley, a couple from Poland, hosted their wedding reception at banks of river Jhelum in Srinagar. The ceremony, that took place on Saturday, was held according to Kashmiri customs. The couple, Bata and Wlodek, chose to dress up in traditional attire for the occasion. “We were inspired by the culture and the cuisine of the Valley,” said Bata, the bride. She also added that she has been visiting Kashmir for the past three years and loves the culture of the place. The couple…

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Handcarts of street vendors ablaze in Soura by security forces

Police and paramilitary forces Wednesday set the handcarts of five vendors of Soura ablaze along with their merchandise and cash boxes, locals and eyewitnesses said. They said youth were engaging Police and paramilitary forces in stone-throwing ding-dong battle in front of the maternity hospital and when the government forces tried to catch hold of the stone-throwing youth, they ran away. Locals and eyewitnesses said failing to catch the stone-throwing youth, the government forces took vented their anger on the roadside vendors selling fruit and other merchandise. “This is probably for…

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Mission Impossible or Mission Kashmir? Tom Cruise visits the Valley in MI 6

Hollywood icon Tom Cruise along with his Mission Impossible team lands in Kashmir to stop a sinister plot. Before you jump the gun, that’s how India finds a place in the narrative of the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout. From the start to the thrilling climax scene, there are many points in the upcoming sixth part of the franchise with a ‘desi’ twist. And they bring Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt, essayed by Cruise, to India to save the world. There might be several references to India in the…

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‘Valley Weekends’ set to return from tomorrow

The Tourism Department will be resuming ‘Valley Weekends’, which will have cultural and sports activities for tourists and locals from the wee hours to the evenings, from Saturday. An official of the Tourism Department said ‘Valley Weekends’ will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. “Tourists have been missing entertainment activities in the Valley. During ‘Valley Weekends’, we will be organising musical and theatre events in addition to sports and adventure activities, so that the visitors enjoy not only the beauty of the Valley, but its culture also,” he said. ‘Valley…

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Centre must step in to check rising airfares: PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday asked the state and the Central governments to take immediate measures for addressing the skyrocketing air fares to Kashmir during peak tourist season. In a statement issued here, PDP general secretary Mansoor Hussain said the people of the Kashmir valley in general and those associated with the tourism sector in particular were hopeful that the Central government would address the concerns already expressed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over the hike in air fares to Srinagar. “The people of Kashmir are hopeful that…

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GST roll-out hit industrial production, forced employee layoffs: FCIK

Appalled by ‘callous’ performance of government departments, the Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir claimed that rollout of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime has hit Kashmir industry badly resulting in huge employee layoffs and compounding employment crisis in the state. “Industrial sector of Jammu and Kashmir is badly hit by the rollout of GST and the industrial production has almost come to a standstill resulting in the employee layoffs. The situation is very grim and is compounding the problem of unemployment of the state,” reads a communiqué addressed by FCIK…

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