Pending payments, Lock-downs wreaking havoc on businesses, Economy: Kashmir Chamber

Pending payments, Lock-downs wreaking havoc on businesses, Economy: Kashmir Chamber

The business community in Kashmir has urged the J&K administration to pay the overdue payments of the businessmen and entrepreneurs pending for over four years now and rethink the recent decision of imposing lockdown on the weekends. They stated that the weekend lockdowns have once again adversely impacted the livelihood of daily wagers and the larger business community. The business representatives urged the Lieutenant Governor of J&K Manoj Sinha to pay heed to the demands of the business community, allow the opening of businesses promising to ensure implementation of Covid19…

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26 Weeks and ON; Jamia Masjid remained closed for Friday Prayers

26 Weeks and ON; Jamia Masjid remained closed for Friday Prayers

Srinagar Jan, 28, (KIF): Authorities today, once again for the 26th consecutive Friday, did not allow Muslims to perform mandatory Friday prayers at Jama Masjid Srinagar, the largest place of worship in Kashmir and the great centre of da’wah and preaching. By doing so, the administration continues to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar said in a statement. The Anjuman also termed it extremely painful and distressing that its head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, continues to be under house arrest since August 5, 2019, incapacitating him…

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Mercury plunges as ‘Chillai Kalan’ nears end in Kashmir; Minus 11.8°C In Pahalgam

Mercury plunges as ‘Chillai Kalan’ nears end in Kashmir; Minus 11.8°C In Pahalgam

With ‘Chillai Kalan’, the 40-day long harshest period of winter ending in a couple of days, the minimum temperature plunged across Kashmir Valley as the world-famous Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 11.8°C on Friday. An official of the meteorological department here told GNS that Srinagar, the summer capital of the J&K recorded a low of minus 3.6°C against last night’s minus 1.3°C. Kashmir is presently under the grip of a 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan’, which started from December 21. Its exit does…

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Aspirants cry foul as Kashmir varsity goes ahead with recruitment process of lapsed assistant registrar posts

Aspirants cry foul as Kashmir varsity goes ahead with recruitment process of lapsed assistant registrar posts

In a clear violation of its own recruitment rules, Kashmir University is going ahead with the hiring process for assistant registrar posts that had lapsed in October last year, eliciting allegations of nepotism by prospective aspirants. The university advertised seven positions of assistant registrar/assistant controller of examination on October 24, 2019, and as per the varsity statutes, the posts should have been filed within two years of the date or else re-advertised. Interestingly, when the posts were advertised in 2019, the varsity had asked those candidates who had already applied…

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How Kashmir’s Half-Widows are denied their basic property rights

How Kashmir’s Half-Widows are denied their basic property rights

By: Safina Nabi Thirty winters have passed since Atiqa Begum, 59, last held her husband’s hand. Married at the young age of 19, Atiqa spent the next eight years of her life happily with her husband, who worked as a contractual employee in Kashmir’s power development department. The couple lived in Zogiyar village in Baramulla district with their four children. The youngest was four months old when a knock on their front door on a cold February night in 1990 changed the course of their life. “We were woken up…

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National highway closed due to landslide; Intense cold in parts of Kashmir

National highway closed due to landslide; Intense cold in parts of Kashmir

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for vehicular traffic due to a landslide in the Ramban district on Wednesday, news agency PTI reported. The 270-kilometer stretch is the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country. The landslide took place at Duggi Pulli near Chanderkote, the PTI report said. Many heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) and light motor vehicles (LMVs) are stranded at different points on the highway, it added. The local officials PTI spoke to said that men and machinery have been deployed to clear the debris…

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Ahead of Republic Day multi-level security grid put in place across Kashmir Valley

Ahead of Republic Day multi-level security grid put in place across Kashmir Valley

Ahead of the Republic Day function, high-level security arrangements have been made across Kashmir, especially in Srinagar, where the main function of the Valley will be held on Wednesday The UT’s Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha, will unfurl the Tricolour at MA Stadium in Jammu, while one of the advisers, RR Bhatnagar will be unfurling the Tricolour at SK Stadium, Srinagar. DDC chairpersons will be chief guests at district headquarters. On Monday, a full-dress rehearsal parade was held at different district headquarters and in Srinagar. To avert any possible militant attack…

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Cloth masks are useless: US health experts

Cloth masks are useless: US health experts

Prominent public health officials in the US have increasingly highlighted the limitations of cloth face masks, pushing for more effective respirator masks such as N95s as the Omicron variant is rapidly spreading across the country, a shift in messaging from earlier in the pandemic, the Washington Examiner reported. Officials encouraged the use of cloth masks in the spring of 2020 as a desperate measure to slow the spread of Covid-19 after previously recommending against masks and continued to boost them in the months after. Now, though, more experts are saying…

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Amid Covid surge, sharpest month on month dip in tourist arrivals to Kashmir

Amid Covid surge, sharpest month on month dip in tourist arrivals to Kashmir

The surge in cases of COVID19 across the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, has proved to be a damp squib for the tourism sector in the Valley. What was looking like a promising winter tourism season on the eve of New Year’s, has lost momentum, with a sharp decrease of more than 1 lakh tourists registered in January so far. As per official figures collected by this newspaper, 1.42 lakh tourists visited Kashmir in December 2021. However, as the Omicron-led Third Wave started to peak from the first week of January,…

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J&K logs 6568 Covid cases; Highest active infections in Srinagar

J&K logs 6568 Covid cases; Highest active infections in Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday reported the highest-ever daily Covid-19 spike witnessing 6,568 infections, again breaching all records since the pandemic began in 2020. Seven persons died due to the Covid-19 induced illness. The day’s surge is more than the monthly total cases of the past six months(In the past six months, July had recorded a highest of 5,800 overall cases during the month while October had seen 2,819 infections). For the past four days, the union territory has recorded above 5,700 cases daily. Before this week’s surge, the highest…

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