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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Kashmir’s cricket bats industry received booster, by its maiden product appearance in T20 World Cup

Kashmir's cricket bats industry received booster, by its maiden product appearance in T20 World Cup

The Kashmir Willow bats have finally arrived in the international cricketing world. For the first time in the last 75 years, two international cricket players used the Kashmir willow bats in the T-20 world cup, which was held in Dubai. This development has changed the fate of Kashmir’s Willow bat industry. The demand for Kashmir Willow bats has increased and orders are pouring in from across the World. Bat importers from around 12 cricket-playing nations have placed orders with several bat factories in Kashmir. The Kashmir bat industry was established…

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Prioritising hospitality over health needs; Blanket ban on holidaymakers not possible: Div Com Kashmir

Prioritising hospitality over health needs; Blanket ban on holidaymakers not possible - Div Com Kashmir

Allowing tourism with the surge in cases fatal, say health experts; A blanket ban on holidaymakers not possible: Div Com Kashmir Leading epidemiologists and members of the trade fraternity, besides hundreds of common people, feel it is time for Kashmir tourism to take a brief pause before holidaymakers- leisure and adventure tourists- can flock to the Valley once again. However, the administration in the UT is keen that the tourism sector is left untouched and allowed to be functional while following the COVID guidelines is ensured. The experts in the…

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Latest surge in Covid-19 cases giving big blow to Kashmir tourism industry

Latest surge in Covid-19 cases giving big blow to Kashmir tourism industry

Just when the tourism season in Kashmir was picking up, the surge in Covid-19 cases has again hit the tourism sector. Tourists are cancelling their bookings. Just when the tourism season in Kashmir was picking up, the surge in Covid-19 cases has again hit the tourism sector. Tourists are cancelling their bookings. Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Owners Federation (KHAROF) president Abdul Wahid Malik told this daily hotel occupancy has declined. He said tourists are cancelling bookings and they were receiving scores of calls in this regard. According to Wahid, there…

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Citing huge losses, Kashmir apple growers demand ban on imports from Iran

Citing huge losses, Kashmir apple growers demand ban on imports from Iran

Iranian apples had been reaching India via Dubai Apple growers in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prevent the huge losses they have incurred due to the import of Iranian apples to India. Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, President of Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers and Dealers Association and New Kashmir Fruit Association Bashir Ahmad Bashir said traders outside Kashmir have imported huge quantities of apples from Iran at cheap rates due to the sanctions on Iran. “Iranian apples are selling cheap,…

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Once famed Kashmiri woodcarving a legacy in its last throes

Once famed Kashmiri woodcarving a legacy in its last throes

By: Mukeet Akmali Carving out marvel after marvel, septuagenarian Mehraj U Din has a blurred vision, yet the desperation to feed his family keeps him going. With fewer returns and low demand for intrinsic wood-carved items, he finds it difficult to keep going. His lone son is not willing to carry forward his legacy either. Amid all ailments, Mehraj does not give up. He sits daily for a day’s rigorous work to feed his family comprising a daughter and son, and his wife. With the loss of vision and old…

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Kani Shawl: Revisiting Kashmir’s Precious Craft

Kani Shawl: Revisiting Kashmir's Precious Craft

By: Basharat Bashir In the age of digitalization and high technologies, many traditional art forms are fading away with time. But in the small village of Kashmir, the vigorous efforts of a man named Ghulam Mohammad Kanihami from the Wani family revived the old age craft of loom-woven called ‘Kani’ and became successful to maintain its legacy. Now, this art of handloom marks India’s one of the most precious cultures. The art of weaving Kani shawls was first brought to Kashmir in the 15th century by Persian and Turkish weavers,…

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‘Come, Visit Kashmir’: LG Manoj Sinha plays down fear after recent killing in J&K

‘Come, Visit Kashmir’: LG Manoj Sinha plays down fear after recent killing in J&K

Our TV show, Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha played down the sense of fear among people following a series of targeted killings of migrants. He said, “I am assuring the nation that you come here. You are welcome here. Your security is our responsibility.” Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has played down the sense of fear among people from other states staying in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir following a series of targeted killings of migrant workers. Responding to a question on the prevailing security…

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J&K traders struggling with growing losses, highlighted the issue before the finance department

j&k traders struggling with growing losses, highlighted the issue before the finance department

Jammu and Kashmir’s trading community on Friday flagged the issue of growing losses before the Finance Department of the Union Territory, weeks after Union Home Minister Amit Shah took a tough position on fresh hand-holding in terms of packages to the local industry. An official spokesman said representatives of 12 delegations from Jammu and 12 delegations from Kashmir held a pre-Budget discussion with Finance Commissioner Atal Dulloo in Jammu and highlighted the shrinking businesses in the Union Territory, especially after reading down of Article 370 in 2019. The spokesman said…

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5000 Pax traveled on Srinagar-Sharjah sector during last one month, witnessing 90% occupancy

5000 Pax traveled on Srinagar-Sharjah sector during last one month, witnessing 90% occupancy

The Srinagar-Sharjah direct flight, which completes one month of operations on Tuesday, has been a runaway success as the flight is presently witnessing 90 percent passenger occupancy. The flight was flagged-off by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on October 23 and despite witnessing initial hiccups, the flight operating from a longer route now has gained popularity among the Kashmiri travelers. An official told Kashmir Post that as many as 5000 passengers have traveled to and fro on the Srinagar-Sharjah flight during the last month. “We have been operating 4 flights…

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