Fuel prices continue northward march, Soaring prices set commuters pockets on fire

The soaring prices of diesel and petrol is proving to be a burden for commuters and transporters in Kashmir, many of whom say their monthly expenses have shot up due to the fuel price hike. Several commuters who spoke to Kashmir Post said they are spending almost double of what they used to shell out for petrol and diesel and are now looking for ways to save some money. Petrol which was priced at around Rs 75 per litre last month in Srinagar has witnessed a spike and is now…

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Kashmir Tourism goes in for fresh marketing

As Kashmir tourism sector is on a revival path, the government and private stakeholders on Thursday embarked on a fresh countrywide promotional campaign. The tourism department will focus on wooing south Indian tourists in the first phase. “We will be making a presentation and have also set up a stall at the three-day 34th Indian Association of Tour Operators’ (IATO) Convention that started at Vishakapatnam on Thursday. We have started a fresh promotional campaign and we will go to all major cities across the country. However, we will concentrate on…

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Spike in fuel price continues, Petrol price goes up 30 paise, Diesel rises 40 paise

Petrol prices in Delhi breached Rs 79 a litre on Monday, continuing a rising streak in prices across metros. At Rs 79.15 a litre in the national capital, the price of petrol hit a fresh record high on Monday, more than 31 paise over Sunday’s price of Rs 78.84. Under the dynamic pricing system for transport fuels, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) revises fuel prices based on global crude oil prices every day at 6 am. In Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, petrol prices went up by in the range of…

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Why J&K Tourism lags far behind Kerala and Gujarat?

In 2017, a record 10 million foreign tourists visited India. As many as 103 million domestic tourists visited the picnic spots and health resorts within India, the same year. The hospitality sector contributes 6.88 percent to India’s GDP and is estimated to earn 27 billion dollars, the next year. It was the Incredible India campaign launched by Government of India in 2002 that helped India pitch itself as a high-end destination. In fiscal 2017-198, Ministry of Tourism spent Rs 300 crore to promote the campaign on various media. Central Tourism…

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Post test run, night flights to operate at Srinagar airport from today

In the run up to commencement of night flights at Srinagar airport, the authorities on Thursday conducted its test. Director Srinagar International Airport Akash Deep Mathur said they would take off a test flight. “Around 8 pm the IAF (Indian Air Force) will conduct a trial run of the night flight. And Go Air airline is operating its first commercial night flight to Srinagar,” he said. Mathur said currently the last flight from the Srinagar International Airport takes off at 5.45 pm. “Once night flying operations begin, this will be…

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Valley based traders body to chalk out plan to safeguard Article 35A

Valley-based traders’ organisations, which remained at the forefront of the recent protests, are now on the job to form a fresh strategy to oppose the attempts towards the abrogation of Article 35A. After taking out a series of protests, the traders will chalk out a fresh plan of action to “safeguard” Article 35A, which was added to the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954, and accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of the state. “We are having a meeting on August 9 and will discuss the way…

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Trader’s Body ready to follow Joint Resistance Leadership on Article 35A Row

Representatives of traders and businesses Monday said they will consult the Joint Resistance Leadership for a future strategy to thwart efforts for abrogation of Article 35A. Several representatives of Kashmir-based trade bodies who hit the streets protesting the “assault” on the special constitutional provision said they were ready to adhere to any programme announced by the JRL to protect special status of the state. A group of traders representing a faction of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) who held a press conference here said they will be “consulting the…

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Kashmir Inc begins protests in Srinagar against attacks on Article 35A

The business community of Kashmir on Wednesday launched its week-long protest programme with a silent protest march to “protect” Article 35-A from any onslaughts. Several business bodies took part in the silent protest march from Residency Road to Press Enclave here. Speaking on the occasion, president Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Javid Ahmad Tenga said the people of Jammu and Kashmir are ready to sacrifice everything and will shed their last drop of blood to defend the Article 35-A. Mubeen Ahmed Shah, a senior member of KCCI said that…

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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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