Work on Baramulla highway at snail’s pace

Even as the High Court has sought fortnightly periodical progress reports from Beacon, the work on the widening of the 7.5-km stretch of the Srinagar-Baramulla highway is going on at a snail’s pace. Though the executing agency has set the deadline of May 31 this year to complete the works and open the highway stretch for vehicular traffic, the Beacon authorities said blacktopping of the stretch would commence from the second week of March. The work on the four-laning of the 7.5-km-long stretch from Parimpora to Narbal was allotted to…

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Ration card roasted in Bollywood masala goes undetected

A fictitious consumer has filed popular phrases and songs from Bollywood movies in the details for his ration card for getting subsidised ration under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). “Allah Duhai Hai”, a father of five, is named the head of a family in Baramulla town of the north Kashmir district, which, surprisingly, has four members over 100 years of age. The 120-year-old head of the family is the son of “A Karle Pyaar Ve” and has three children — two daughters and a son, all aged 100 years.…

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Anti-NFSA protests in Baramulla, protesters demanding opening of LOC to fetch rice from PoK

Massive protests were held against the recently-implemented National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on Monday with the protesters calling for opening of a border outlet with Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Coodination Committee Baramulla, which was recently formed to spearhead the protests against the NFSA, had called for a demonstration today. The committee comprises traders federation, Gurdwara Prabandhak Committtee and Auqaf committee. “If India is unable to provide even 400 grams of ration a day (as per WHO)  then let them open the border and allow us to…

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Key Kashmir town faces neglect for its ‘pro- freedom stance’

Once Chota London , now Sopore stinks Once a jostling and prosperous town, North Kashmir’s Sopore now narrates a sordid tale of “ deliberate” official neglect. From bad roads to shabby infrastructure, the apple- town of Jammu and Kashmir is a classic example of underdevelopment. While other parts of the state have witnessed some growth in terms of infrastructure, this place has faced neglect for its “ pro- freedom stance,” locals say. Sopore was once known as Chota London for its prosperity. But now the town which houses Asia’s second…

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Govt defers NFSA implementation in 4 districts after ration card irregularities

People of Srinagar, Baramulla, Leh, Kargil to get ration at old rates The Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department has deferred the implementation of National Food Safety Act (NFSA) in areas, where large scale irregularities have come to the notice of the government in updation of consumer data. Sources said ration will be provided at old rates in the districts of Srinagar, Baramulla  Leh and Kargil due to large scale irregularities in the updation of data. As per the NFSA rates, the BPL families will get rice and atta…

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Endangered snow leopard chases foreign tourists in Gulmarg

The five-member tourist group comprising of three women and two men along with a guide, have been in Gulmarg since January 31 and hail from Australia, Holland and the US.  An endangered snow leopard on Thursday chased a group of foreign tourists, while they were skiing in the snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg, Kashmir. A video of this encounter posted on Facebook by a member of the group has gone viral. The five-member tourist group comprising of three women and two men along with a guide, has been in Gulmarg since January…

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Three pharmaceutical companies in dock

‘Criminal complaint filed for supplying spurious drugs’ Drug Department Friday filed a criminal complaint against 7 accused including three big pharmaceutical companies of India in the court of law after drug laboratory analysis report confirmed that drugs produced and supplied by these companies in Kashmir are not of standard quality and are spurious. Standing Council for Drug Department Baramulla Advocate Saleem Yousuf told CNS that Drug Inspector Sopore and Baramulla after receiving multiple complaints from attendants and medicos had lifted the samples of three injections namely, Dicoliv, Phenegram B, and…

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Boy battles for life after being mauled by stray dogs

A six-year-old boy is battling for life in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, after stray dogs mauled him while he was walking through a street in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The multiple canine bites have badly torn his face, head and neck. His face and scalp were badly mutilated. The attack has broken his facial bone and elbow as well. The doctors, who conducted emergency surgery on the boy, have put him on ventilator. His condition is said to be critical.…

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North Kashmir — from days of glory to story of neglect

North Kashmir — once synonymous with prosperity, booming trade, horticulture and other allied industries — is now a story of neglect and political apathy. Anger is brewing up in north Kashmir comprising Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora districts. It has a population of over 2.27 million, accounting for 33 per cent of the total population of Kashmir. The clamour for development, better health care and educational facilities is growing with each passing day. Before Partition, mention of north Kashmir immediately attracted attention to its bustling markets, booming horticulture and agriculture and…

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Soz may join PDP

Eyes Parliament seat from Baramulla In a development that may have far reaching consequences for the state unit of the Congress, former JKPCC president Saif-ud-Din Soz is likely to join the PDP. First time in 18 years a stalwart from J&K Congress, Soz is seriously weighing options to cross the floor. Sources in JKPCC said he is in touch with Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti who heads the ruling PDP. Soz represented Congress in Rajya Saba for a long time and was a minister in Union…

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