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Mir directs pilot project for Saffron irrigation Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today directed formulation of a pilot project for providing adequate irrigation facilities to Saffron fields at Pampore. In this regard, he sought a project report within a week’s time for its subsequent execution. Chairing a meeting of officers to redress the problem of inadequate irrigation facility to the saffron fields here this morning, the Minister asked the concerned agencies to undertake an inspection of the area for an on the spot assessment of the problem and identify the possible sites of irrigation schemes. He also directed taking up immediately a pilot project for the purpose. Mir asked all the related agencies to prepare a project report for the purpose and submit the same to him within a week’s time. He said on the receipt of the project report he would like the execution of the same so that farmers get relief at the earliest. The Minister asked the officers and engineers to take all irrigation o…

Comprehensive Wullar restoration project in pipeline The Jammu and Kashmir government is vigorously following the proposal furnished to the Centre for funding Wullar development project involving an expenditure of over Rs. 350 crore. This is a Rs 350 comprehensive project furnished for the revival and restoration of the world’s famous fresh water LakeWullar for which Government of India has been approached to provide financial assistance for its implementation. JK government is also planning to the restore water supply to Mansbal Tourist Resort.Relevant to mention here that large scale human interference and encroachments have badly affected State’s water wealth and greenery.

Govt. contemplating to develop S.R Gunj as Heritage Market: Gul

Advisor to the Chief Minister Mr. Mubarak Gul today said that government is contemplating to develop S.R Gunj as a heritage market. The proposed project aims at restoring the glory of the bazaar by giving it a heritage look so that it emerges as favourite and a must go place for shoppers, tourists and heritage lovers. The deputation representing Beopar Mandal Downtown along with prominent citizens of Shaher-i-khas today met the Advisor and discussed issues relating to the improvement and upgradation of the bazaar and apprised him of their other demands as well. The deputation also sought sumo service from Batmalloo to Shaherikhas.Mr. Gul also received several deputations from various districts of the valley here this morning. They presented memoranda of their demands and requested for expeditous completion of ongoing infrastructure-upgradation schemes for faster benefits.The advisor gave patient hearing to all the deputations and assu…

J&K ideally suited for floriculture industry: Sham “Flower business can be very profitable, especially in J&K state where this industry has lot of potential as well as suitable climate to prosper”. This was stated by Minister for Floriculture, Horticulture and Health, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma in the inaugural session of two- day workshop on Development of Commercial Floriculture (Including Tulip) in Jammu & Kashmir in Hotel Le Meridian here today. The workshop has been collectively organized by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce, GOI, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Department of Floriculture, Govt. of J&K. He said that this is the right time for the Floriculture department along with the subject related agencies in the country to come forward and work in the state, as under the present leadership in the state and the centre the budgetary constraint is no more a matter of concern for the growth in Flori…

Omar stresses on preserving State’s tourist places


Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah Friday called for a coordinated approach to preserve and protect the State’s eco-balance adding that conservation of its scenic splendour and natural beauty is imperative to salvage future. “God has bestowed upon us His blessings in the shape of beautiful valleys, transparent water bodies, murmuring springs, dancing brooks, enchanting and marvelous mountains with forest wealth and flora and fauna of vast varieties”, he said and emphasized on mass awareness about the importance of protection of these natural treasures. The Chief Minister who is also the Chairman of Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) was chairing the 4th meeting of the PDA at Pahalgam. The Minister for Tourism, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister of State for Tourism, Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani, Commissioner Secretary Planning and Development, Mr. B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Mr. Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary Tourism, Ms Tanveer …

JK Govt determined to revive old tourist glory of State: Omar


*Eastern and Central Asian countries emerging as new tourist catchment areas for the state
*Role of lacks of people associated with tourism pivotal to rebuild the infrastructure
“Tourism is the back bone of the economy of the Jammu and Kashmir State and the glorious historical role of people of Kashmir to give new dimension to world tourism is hard reality and same cannot be erased by few adverse incidents which crippled this industry during last two decades”, said Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah while interacting with representatives associated with tourism sector at an impressive function held at Grand Palace organized by Travel Agents Society of Kashmir.Omar Abdullah agreed with the representative of tourist trade that rumours spread and exaggerated through international media regarding presence of Taliban in Kashmir has affected tourist arrivals to some extent but at the same time he complimented Tourism Minister Mr. Rigzin Jora …

Custodian land worth 100 cr retrieved from encroachers

Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Mr. Raman Bhalla accompanied by Custodian General Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan and other functionaries of the Custodian department conducted an extensive tour of various areas in and around Srinagar to take stock of working of the Custodian department today.During the course of visit, the Minister visited commercial as well as residential and shopping complexes, flats and marriage halls of the department at Hyderpora, Rawalpora, Sanat Nagar, Barzulla, Batmaloo, Kathidarwaza, Hazratbal, Nishat and Gupkar locations.During the visit of shopping complex at Hyderpora, the Minister was informed that against the expenditure of Rs. 4.85 crore booked on the complex comprising on 70 shops and 40 halls, a revenue of Rs. 7 crore has so far been realized from the tenants. The Minister visited Dr. Sir Mohammad Iqbal Convention Centre/Marriage Hall at Rawalpora constructed by the department at a cost of Rs. …

Charisma & splendor surround festival of lights in Jammu

Many Deepavali festivals have come and gone. Yet the hearts of the vast majority are as dark as the night of the new moon. The house is lit with lamps, but the heart is full of the darkness of ignorance. O man! Wake-up from the slumber of ignorance. Realize the constant and eternal light of the soul which neither rises nor sets, through meditation and deep enquiry.

JK Government mulling ropeway system to connect hilly areas
160 culverts, 4 bridges on Mughal road to be completed December end
As many as 160 culverts, presently under execution, out of total 450 and 4 minor bridges out of 21 coming up on prestigious Mughal road would be completed within next three months., besides applying South African Easy Blasting and Defusing Technology.This was disclosed by the Minister for R&B G.M Saroori while briefing to media persons here today.He said the work has been accelerated on the project from both the sides to ensure its completion by March 2011, adding that WBM has been completed on 25 kms from Shopian side while the same from Buffliaz side has been completed for 15 Kms.The Minister said Government is contemplating to introduce a Ropeway system to connect hilly areas, having less possibilities of road connectivity, which not only save forest degradation but would also be economical besides reducing the travel distance. The Project will help in beau…

Need a Master Plan for environment protection: Governor

Workshop on climate changes
‘Time to reverse damage done to the environment’

In a bid to preserve its fragile ecosystem, the Jammu and Kashmir Governor, NN Vohra, on Wednesday asserted that the state needed a Master Plan to address the issue. “Time has come to protect the environment by way of having a full-fledged Master Plan in hand for the whole state from Ladakh downwards. The Master Plan should address the issue of environment protection by suggesting where to go for development and constructions keeping in view the fragile ecology of J&K,” he said while addressing delegates and officials at the valedictory function of the 3-day International Workshop on Climate Change at the University of Kashmir. He said the Master Plan should be statutory in nature and the one whose provisions won’t be violated. “In J&K we have a very fragile ecosystem. We need to preserve its environment,” Vohra said, adding that “…

Escalating air, noise pollution causing environmental degradation in J&K


*2 years gone; no Air Quality Monitoring in ‘gray areas’ *Despite warnings music systems reinstalled by operators *Survival of habitations in low lying areas threatened *ComprehensiveCity Transport Plan for Srinagar, Jammu on anvil

The pollution in varied forms has been causing environmental degradation in Jammu and Kashmir state and consequently glaciers in the state are now melting at a faster pace, threatening the survival of habitations in low lying areas. Environmental degradation in different forms of air, water, and noise pollution goes on unchecked in the state Jammu and Kashmir with concerned authorities including State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and other agencies sleeping over what environmentalists say ‘a ticking time bomb’.The problem can be attributed to rapid deforestation and rampant use of fossil fuels. The number of green trees has come under the axe for widening the Jammu-Pathankote bypass road and countless tree…

JK's main glacier 'Kolahoi glacier' melting at alarming pace'


Jammu & Kashmir's biggest glacier, which feeds the region's main river, is melting faster than other Himalayas glaciers, threatening the water supply of tens of thousands of people, a new report warned on Monday. Experts say rising temperatures are rapidly shrinking Himalayan glaciers, underscoring the effects of climate change that has caused temperatures in the mountainous region to rise by about 1.1 degrees Celsius in the past 100 years. The biggest glacier in Indian Kashmir, the Kolahoi glacier spread over just a little above 11 sq km (4.25 sq mile), has shrunk 2.63 sq km in the past three decades, a new study said. "Kolahoi glacier is shrinking 0.08 square kilometres a year, which is an alarming speed," said the study, presented at a workshop on "Climate Change, Glacial Retreat and Livelihoods," in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's summer capital. The three year-long study was led by glaciologist Shak…

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Forest Minister inaugurates International Workshop on Glacial Retreat

The KashmirUniversity vice-chancellor, Prof Riyaz Punjabi on Monday called for a coordinated effort between different governmental and non-governmental agencies to address the issue of climate change in Jammu and Kashmir.Addressing delegates at the inaugural function of the 3-day International Workshop on Climate Change, he said, “The need of the hour is to have a coordinated effort to address the issue of climate change at the regional and local levels in Jammu and Kashmir.”The Workshop titled “Climate Change, Glacial Retreat and Livelihoods” is organised jointly by the University of Kashmir, Government of J&K, and The Energy And Resources Institute (TERI).“It would be a big contribution if the different agencies like KU, TERI and State Forest Research Institute, Government of J&K are able to pool up the data regarding the status of climate change in the s…