At -1.5, Srinagar records season’s lowest temperature

Srinagar city has witnessed the lowest maximum temperature of the season so far, while the ski resort of Gulmarg was the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday at minus 9.8 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature in Srinagar on Wednesday was 4.2, while the minimum was recorded at minus 1.5 on Thursday, an official of the Met Department said. Slippery roads and frozen water taps marked the morning in the city here as very few vehicles were seen on the roads. People were seen lighting small fires around the frozen…

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National Green Tribunal clarifies, Amarnath not being declared a silent zone

NGT clarified that it had only said that any devotee or any individual should maintain silence while standing in front of the “Amarnath Ji Maha Shivling”. Responding to reports which suggested that Amarnath will be made a silent zone, the National Green Tribunal on Thursday clarified the restrictions that it is imposing. The NGT said there is no bar on the chanting of mantras and singing of bhajans inside the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. The panel clarified that it had only said any devotee or any individual…

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Govt flouts norms approves road construction in interiors Dal Lake

Despite Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti’s directions over restoring the pristine glory of world famous Dal Lake, the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) in a recent case has failed to stop the construction of link road into the Dal interiors, throwing its own norms to wind. Kashmir Post has learnt that the construction is on from last 20 days and it would take some more weeks to connect this area with Nishat but on another side. The construction works of link road from Kani-Kachi to Moti Mohalla falls in Rainawari…

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Snow, Rain end Valley’s long dry spell

A four-month-long dry spell came to an end today as snowfall and rain lashed the Kashmir valley. Though all major highways were blocked, the precipitation revived hopes of the tourism industry of increase in footfall. The region’s tourism industry, which faced a rough year so far, had been waiting eagerly for the snow to attract holidaymakers and adventure tourists seeking thrill on the skiing slopes of Gulmarg. The rain and snow began overnight across the Valley and continued with a few pauses for almost 20 hours. The forecast issued by…

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Have mantris taken kickbacks in the name of Muftis for allowing this illegal construction?

In brazen violation of High Court directives and Master Plan for Srinagar, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party led Govt has allowed construction of a mega commercial building on the virgin banks of river Jhelum near busy Abdullah Bridge in Srinagar. The construction started at the “disputed site” only after the ruling PDP came to power. Earlier, in 2006, the then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had outrightly disallowed proposed construction and notified the site for construction of a public park. But the Dracula has returned from the grave. While the man…

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Saving Wular Lake is must for survival of Kashmir: Forest Minister Lal Singh

Forest Minister Lal Singh is alarmed by the environmental degradation and shrinking of the Wular lake in north Kashmir and believes that saving Asia’s largest fresh water lake is must for the survival of Kashmir. Lal Singh has visited the lake several times and assessed the causes that have led to the shrinking of the lake from astonishing 130 sq km to 24 sq km and the flaws that continue to contribute to its deterioration. This, he underscores, is a serious situation for the Valley. He has embarked on an…

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Dwindling Wular Lake hits livelihood of fishermen

Kolhama, a peninsular hamlet with a population of over 2,400 people and 350 households of fishermen, is dependent on the Wular lake for its produce of fish, water chestnut and nadroo (lotus stem). Abdul Rashid, sarpanch of the village, says the receding water level of the lake is affecting their livelihood. “Dredging by the Wular Conservation and Management Authority (WUCMA) has been completed in some stretches of the lake,” says Rashid, lamenting that the main body of the Wular has gone dry. He says dredging work needs to be extended…

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Wullar !!!! Water Level drops, lake’s future in jeopardy

Wular, Asia’s largest fresh water lake, has been witnessing degradation due to decline in water level, fish, water chestnuts and ‘nadroo’ (lotus stem). It is endangering its life and adversely affecting the economy of over 3.52 lakh people. The 130-sq km lake, designated as a Wetland of International Importance in 1986 and as a Ramsar Site in 1990, falls in Bandipora and Baramulla districts. The growth of over 21.84 lakh trees in its vast expanse in the foothills of Harmukh has transformed its shape. Earlier, the state government had envisaged…

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Authorities construct road, allow camping site in restricted area at Pahalgam

The Authorities have allowed the construction in the restricted area at Pahalgam for which the trees have been cut and a road is being built at Aru Valley. A camping site is now being raised next to the river Lidder and the construction activity is going on close to Sarshaar park. Excavators and other heavy machinery has been pressed into service which have left the area ravaged and raised the environmental concerns. Governmnet has built an approach road and dug a large area which passes adjacent to river Lidder thereby…

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Srinagar, Jammu witness season’s coldest night

Continuing its free fall on Thursday, the minimum temperature dropped to minus 2.3 degrees in Srinagar and 7.9 in Jammu, the lowest recorded at both places this season. While Leh was the coldest town in Jammu and Kashmir at minus 11.6, Kargil recorded minus 9 as the night’s lowest temperature, the Met department said. Night temperatures fell below the freezing point through the valley. Pahalgam recorded minus 5.7 while Gulmarg recorded minus 5.4 as the minimum temperature. Katra recorded 9.5, Batote 6.5, Bannihal 6 and Bhaderwah was at 2 degrees…

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