Kashmir farmers suffer as rivers illegally mined under supervision by the people at the helm

Start of the apple season hampered by unabated mining of rivers, hitting thousands of farmers as government officials admit lapses. Ghulam Mohammad Mir, 62, looks grudgingly at the canal that usually brings water year-round to his and many other fruit orchards in Kashmir’s Shopian district, home to some of the finest apples grown in the lap of the Himalayas. Mir’s anger has a reason. The canal is dry these days, hampering the start of the apple season when farmers prepare the trees with minerals and fertilisers. “It is time to…

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J&K ties up with National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP) for flood forecast

Jammu and Kashmir has joined hands with a UK-based space agency for a collaborative project on impact-based flood forecasting, an official spokesman said on Friday. The national space innovation programme (NSIP), undertaken by HR Wallingford in collaboration with Oxford University, Sayers & Partners (SPL) and D-Orbit, is an initiative that supports collaborative projects between UK-based organisations and international partners, he said. It is a big step taken by the Lt-Governor administration, which will help to predict fluvial flood risks in terms of expected loss to life, injuries to people, building…

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Zojila Tunnel: FO attached after more than 300 trees chopped without permission

A day after Hyderabad-based major infrastructure company, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited which is responsible for the construction of the 14.5-kilometre Zojila Tunnel, chopped down over 300 ‘trees’ without seeking permission from Forest Department, the Department attached Forest Officer Sonmarg to DFO’s office Ganderbal for not informing the higher-ups. Quoting sources, news agency KNT reported that the Forest Officer Sonmarg, Abdul Gani was attached to the office of Divisional Forest Officer Ganderbal while the additional charge was given to Forest Officer Gund Habibullah. Earlier on January 21, the company had…

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Kashmir Shivers as the temperature dips below zero degrees across the Valley

Most of the Kashmir valley witnessed sub-zero temperatures on Wednesday night after the wet weather conditions improved and the sky cleared. The weather office said that the coldest place in the valley on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday was the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir where the mercury plunged to -11 degrees Celsius, around five notches below normal. The tourist resort of Pahalgam in north Kashmir recorded -9 degrees Celsius while the temperature went to -6.5 degrees Celsius in Kokernag. “The summer capital Srinagar witnessed -2.1…

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Kashmir Valley braces for chilly winter, the Chillai-Kalan

Although temperatures of Jammu and Kashmir starts dropping in the beginning of December, but the harshest winters commence by the third week of December and last until the end of January. The minimum temperatures of Jammu and Kashmir are already heading south. Anantnag, Banihal, Batote, Gulmarg, Kukernag, Kupwara and Qazigund are witnessing minimum temperatures in the range of -3 and -5 degree, Srinagar and Gulmarg are recording minimum temperature around -6 degrees. Most of the districts of Jammu and Kashmir are witnessing freezing morning and nights. The 40-day period of…

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Jammu records season’s chilliest day, Cold wave grips Kashmir & Ladakh

Drass freezes at minus 24.6 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg shivers at minus 9, Srinagar-Leh Highway, Mughal Road closed for 6th day While a cold wave has gripped Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, Drass froze at minus 24.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday night, making it the coldest recorded temperature of the season in the region so far. As per Meteorological Department, Leh recorded minus 13.2 degrees and Kargil minus 11.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday night.The ski-resort Gulmarg in Baramulla also recorded the coldest night of the season so far at minus 9…

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Cold wave conditions to prevail across Jammu & Kashmir

On Tuesday, plains in Kashmir received their first snowfall, three weeks after the high altitude regions. This week, parts of North India—in particular, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu Kashmir—are likely to continue experiencing colder weather conditions. These regions are expected to witness isolated heavy rains, snow, and thunderstorms for the next two days, starting Tuesday. As per The Weather Channel met team, a western disturbance affects the Western Himalayan Region and the Trans-Himalayas with fairly widespread moderate snow or rain until Thursday. In addition, heavy snow up to 100 cm…

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Kashmir Valley likely to receive fresh Rain, Snowfall: India Meteorological Department

The Kashmir Valley is expected to receive fresh rain and snowfall in the upper reaches as temperatures are likely to go below the freezing point, India Meteorological Department said . It received rain and the snowfall last week as well. Also read | Snowfall strands Adityanath, Trivendra Singh Rawat in Kedarnath for hours The resort town of Gulmarg recorded the lowest minimum temperature of minus 6 degrees Celsius. Jammu and Srinagar recorded minimum temperatures of 9.5 degrees Celsius and 0.8 degrees Celsius. Kashmir received first heavy snowfall in the beginning…

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Heavy Snow, Rain across J&K and Ladakh from Nov 13 to 15, Predicts IMD

The IMD said that an active western disturbance is most likely to affect J&K and Ladakh as well as its surroundings from the evening of November 13 to 15 The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy snow and rain in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and has issued a warning for air/surface traffic including all highways connecting Kashmir with the country. In the Kashmir Valley, where people are already facing freezing cold, there is a forecast of heavy snowfall and rain in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from Friday. The…

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Light rain, Snowfall at higher reaches today: MeT

• Gradual decrease in day, night temperatures in next two weeks : Lotus• Traffic to ply from Jammu to Srinagar today on the highway The Meteorological Department has forecast light rains and snow at higher reaches in the Valley for Wednesday.The Kashmir Valley will witness a gradual dip in day and night temperatures during the next few weeks, officials said. Director Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Centre Sonam Lotus told Kashmir Post that weather in Kashmir will likely remain cloudy with the possibility of light snow and rains at isolated places…

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