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Long queue of voters waiting outside the polling stations in Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency to cast their votes on Thursday.

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"Govt fails to resolve water crises in J&K"

The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) has plans of highlighting the problems being faced by people in the state through demonstrations and rallies. Stating this the leader of the Panthers Party in the Assembly, Harsh Dev Singh, said that the ruling coalition of the National Conference and the Congress has been hit by inertia with the result basic problems of people were not being looked into. 
Harsh Dev said that the Government has not taken any immediate step for increasing drinking water supply to people in the Jammu region. He said it is amazing that successive state Governments had failed in resolving the drinking water scarcity even in the state's winter capital. He said that the state Government has equally failed in persuading the union Ministry of Urban Development in giving sanction to the two ambitious projects which could reduce the water scarcity problem in Jammu and Srinagar cities. He said that several months ago the state Government had submitted two…

People’s involvement in conservation of water bodies emphasizesd

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Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Tara Chand has called for involving people in the conservation of water bodies and other natural resources in the state adding that this would help supplement the efforts already being made to achieve this objective. He said Jammu and Kashmir has been blessed with umpteen natural resources and beauty and there is dire need to preserve these for posterity.
Chairing a high-level meeting at Srinagar today, the Deputy Chief Minister said that water bodies and other resources give Jammu and Kashmir a place of pride in the world and “all of us should strive to maintain the beauty and grandeur of these gifts from nature”. He stressed for launching an awareness campaign among the masses to educate them about the conservative measures as also about improving sanitation. Mr. Tara Chand called for greater coordination among the concerned departments for improving the civic amenities in Srinagar and Jammu cities as also other towns in the State. He said that an exercise …

Abdullah invites tourists to Kashmir

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National Conference (NC) President and former Chief Minister (CM) Dr. Farooq has reiterated that his party will facilitate talks between pro-freedom leaders and the centre.
Kicking start his election campaign from Srinagar’s Dal Lake on Tuesday, Dr Abdullah said, that soon after the elections NC will facilitate talks between separatists and the Centre so that a way is paved for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
Abdullah said that he decided to kick start his election campaign from world famous Dal Lake to clear the confusion created by some miscreants that Kashmir was not a safe place to visit.
“Tourist season is low because of propaganda unleashed by some miscreants. There was a strong need to tell people that Kashmir is a safe place and we’re ready to welcome them,” Abdullah said.
“My message to the people of the world is come and enjoy the scenic beauty of Kashmir,” he added.
When asked if Rahul Gandhi’s rally at Islamabad district of South Kashmir will help NC candidates in the ongoing …

Conserving endangered Pir Panjal mountain goat

Markhor conservation gets fresh lease of life
Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife Protection Department has decided to develop Markhor Recovery Project at a cost of Rs. 10.72 cr. The said amount was received from the Public Works department, Mughal road project as 5% of the project cost on account of the construction of Mughal Road passing through the Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary. 
Launching of the Markhor Project will go a long way in conserving this rare species and preserving its habitat spread over the Pir Panjal Range of the Valley.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests, supporting the State’s demand of utilisation of funds deposited under Compensatory Afforestration Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) of the Government of India, has given approval to the Markhor Recovery Plan formulated by the Wildlife Department for development of the Markhor Habitat in the Hirpora Limber, Lachipora Wildlife Sanctuaries and Kazinag National Park.
The State government has already extended the area…

Gujjars are of Turk Origin: Study

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TRCF writes Turkey Embassy for joint study
A latest study revealed that the word “Gujjar” has been originated in Turkey and initially used by Turks of Central Asia in third millennium BC. In Turkish language the word “Gujjar” was spelled as “Göçer” which stand for a dominant ethnic group who were later turned into a seasonal pastoralist nomad , said a report based on the study conducted by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation a National Organization working on Gujjars of Indian States.
Releasing the study , Dr. Javaid Rahi, National Secretary of Tribal Foundation said that new research has proved that the Gujjar race had remained a most vibrant identity of Central Asia in BC era and later ruled over many princely states in northern India for hundred of years and left their imprints in the Himalayan ranges and inscribed them in such a way that they could not be destroyed even after thousand of years.
The study further revealed that the 5000 year history Gujjars unexpectedly resembles w…

No 'Jehad' in Kashmir, I was misled in Pak: HM militant

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Plan disclosed, India can face another attack 
56 militants infiltrated in Valley, 32 killed: Army  
Pak militant, arrested on Saturday from Gurez sector warned the army of another Mumbai-like terror attack which can be launched by the terror operatives anytime.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from his possession, Army spokesperson Brig Gurmeet Singh said at a press conference on Saturday. 
According to the sources, as many as 120 militants have entered Indian borders. Out of these, 31 militants have been neutralized so far. About 89 militants are continuing with the mission to conduct another Mumbai-like blast in India.
The Hizbul Mujahideen militant, identified as Syed Moin-ul Shah, hails from Pakistan's North West Frontier Province and underwent training in Mansera. He was caught while trying to return to Pakistan. Moin-ul Shah said, ‘We had a huge cache of arms and ammunition with us. We intend to conduct more attacks in India. We were all trained in Pak.'…

World famous Dal Lake cleaning operation begins

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Calls for restoring its originality 
Continuing with its efforts to restore grandeur and originality of the world famous Dal Lake, the Jammu and Kashmir Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) has launched a massive manual de-weeding of the lake alongside mechanical process with increased number of labourers.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Mr. Masuad Samoon inaugurated the manual de-weeding operation, Spring-2009 at Oberai Ghat of the Dal Lake today in presence of Vice-Chairman, LAWDA, Irfan Yaseen and other officers besides media persons.
Highlighting the significance of the traditional de-weeding operation of the Dal and Nigeen Lakes, the Divisional Commissioner said that restoring the pristine glory of the Dal is a top priority with the present government. He said, the Dal is our heritage which we have to preserve for our posterity. He called for coordinated efforts by all of us to keep the Dal free from pollution and extending cooperation to LAWDA in preserving and con…

Chinar Heritage Park at KU soon

To develop a Chinar heritage park at Naseem Bagh Campus, Kashmir University has shifted 30 families of administrative staff to other quarters of the varsity. 
At the same time some structures in Naseem Bagh have been demolished to open up the space. In addition 400 new Chinars have been planted in KU campus. It may be mentioned that Vice Chancellor has already banned new constructions at the Naseem Bagh campus. The nature lovers and civil society have highly appreciated this initiative.

'False reports' of Taliban presence hurting tourism: J&K Govt

Recent media reports suggesting presence of the Taliban in Jammu and Kashmir has triggered worries in the state government which on Friday said the "mis-reporting" has hit the tourism industry, particularly when the peak tourist season is set to begin. 
Officials of the state's Tourism Department emphasised that the situation in Kashmir has improved after two decades of militancy and tourists in the valley are "as safe as anywhere else" in the country. 
The "mis-reporting" about the presence of the Taliban has already resulted in some cancellations of bookings by tourists, Tourism Secretary Tanvir Jahan told reporters in New Delhi on the sidelines of the 16th Annual South Asian Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE). 
She said sections of media had wrongly reported about presence of Taliban in Jammu and Kashmir even though the army, state government as well as the Centre have denied such reports. 
"The recent reports in certain section of media, particu…

DIVE TO COOL: As the level of mercury continues to rise in Jammu, people started looking for different ways to cool down themselves.

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Ever largest eco-friendly rally of citizens, Scouts march through Srinagar

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World Earth Day celebrated in Valley

In connection with celebration of World Earth Day, the Jammu and Kashmir State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) organized 2 mega events in Srinagar today. 
To mark the day, a green march was organized by the school children drawn from a large number of Eco-Clubs and members of J&K Scouts and Guides from Nishat to Habbak. The march was flagged off by Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Khawaja Farooq Ahmad Renzu in presence of Regional Director SPCB, Mian Javeed Hussain and senior officers of various departments.
More than 2500 students, Scouts and Guides participated in the Green March, displaying play cards and banners with catchy slogans for protection of natural resources of the Valley, particularly lakes, rivers, water bodies, mountains, meadows and forests.
The Commissioner SMC urged the youth in particular and public in general to work for the protection and conservation of environment by making active contribution in this noble cause…

Internet can boost tourism potential of J&K: Jora

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Minister for Tourism and Culture Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora has said that tourism is the backbone of State’s economy, adding that this sector has tremendous employment potential linked with its handicrafts, handlooms and carpet weaving, which have carved out a niche at the international level. He said State government has initiated various measures for promotion of tourism sector for attracting global tourists at a large scale.
The Minister said this while launching FLYWITHKRRISH, a Jammu-based travel portal, here today.
The portal will provide online booking for air and rail travel and car rentals as well as instant e-bookings of hotel rooms, which will greatly facilitate tourists visiting the State. The portal also offers other features like easy payment system, tour packages, insurance cover and foreign exchange to the domestic and foreign tourists.  
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jora said that J&K has now emerged as a hot tourist destination for overseas tourists by opening of inter…

JUMP TO BEAT THE HEAT: A Kashmiri swimmer boy jumps into the world famous Dal Lake on Sunday as the level of mercury rises

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Wildlife census shows increase in Hangul population

There has been an increase in the population of Hangul deer, according to a latest census conducted by the Wildlife Department. The census has been conducted in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi. 
The Census was initiated on the Hangul to identify threats to the species and formulate a strategy to save them. The Hangul is characterized by impressive spreading antlers of the adult male and its rich brownish red coat. Female Hangul does not have horns.
The estimated population is now between 201 and 234, compared to 117-199 in March 2008. The male-female ratio and female-fawn ratio have also shown an upward swing in the current census.
The increase in population is being attributed to the effective measures which include protection and control on poaching taken by the Department, besides involvement of independent volunteers, researchers, students and the NGOs.
Hangul or Kashmir stag is a critically-endangered species found i…

Systemic approach to promote Kashmir tourism

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Secretary Mr. S. S. Kapur today said the government is following a systemic approach for the promotion of tourism in the State. He said the approach has yielded results and trade enquiries are coming from a number of areas.In an informal chat with the electronic media, here today, the Chief Secretary said though due to elections in the country, the tourist arrivals have been slightly lower than the previous year, the last few days have shown increased arrivals. He said a high-level official team headed by Secretary Tourism is going to Jaipur to attend an interactive meet for boosting tourism in the State.On the improvement of Dal Lake, Mr. Kapur said the project will receive attention from the State government and would welcome positive and constructive suggestions from people including media. He urged the media persons to report things correctly and in proper context. He said the Dal Lake and houseboats are interconnected and hoped soon the houseboats would put in place necessary sa…

Tourists enjoying a ride in Kashmir's famous Dal Lake on Wednesday

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Thank God, No Taliban in Kashmir

Thank God. People of Jammu and Kashmir desiring peace would have a sigh of relief after the Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor on Tuesday said that there are no traces of the Taliban in the trouble torn state which is returning towards normalcy. The Valley of Kashmir has already seen bloodshed and suffered badly in the past due to violence and now the peace is returning fast in the sate and a common man is feeling secure now.
However, he indicated that forces are alert to protect the citizens by keeping check on the expected surge in infiltration in the run-up to the elections.
Another good thing, which Indian army has done, is having put a three-tier defence system in place to check infiltration.
Indian Army expects that during the run-up to the elections there would be certain amount of calibrations from the other side but the Indian forces are able to beat the situation and ensure that the Lok Sabha elections will be as peaceful as the assembly elections in state were held.

Kashmir Festival in June: 7-Days Tulip festival concludes

The 7-Days Tulip Festival concluded here today amid great fan fare with beating of drums and display of music by JK Armed Police Pipe Band at the foot hills of Zabarwan, 7 kms away from the summer capital. The festival was organized by the Tourism and Floriculture Departments.

  Director Floriculture, Dr. Ghulam Sarwar Naqash, Director Tourism Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah, senior officers of Information, JKTDC and other department besides media persons and tourists from country and abroad were present on the occasion. Representatives of Tour and Travel agencies, House Boat Owners and Hotel and Restaurant Associations were also present. 

  The Director Floriculture while welcoming the guests said that 80,000 tourists visited the garden last year and about 15000 tourists visited the garden during the seven day festival. Of these, about 95 per cent were tourists from country and abroad.

  Director Tourism in his speech said that the department has taken host of measur…

First Kashmiri separatist declares to contest Lok Sabha polls

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Senior separatist leader Sajjad Lone has decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections. He is the first separatist leader of his stature to join the democratic process since the outbreak of militancy over two decades ago.
Separatists in Jammu and Kashmir have previously rejected the democratic process. But now, the younger son of slain separatist leader and chairman of the People's Conference Abdul Gani Lone is garnering support for his election bid from Baramullah constituency in north Kashmir thus Indian democracy another breakthrough in Jammu and Kashmir.
Gulam Mohiuddin Sofi, a former minister and a confidant of Sajjad's father, is come out in support of Sajjad Lone.
Sofi won an election from Handwara assembly constituency in 2002 and later became a minister in the coalition government of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
But he lost to the National Conference candidate Chowdhary Muhammad Ramzan in Handwara in the December 2008 assembly elections.
"Sajjad Lone has a lot of goodwill …