Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is all set to scrap an MoU signed in 2007 between the JK Power Development Corporation (JKPDC), which is executing the Baglihar power project, and an international consultancy firm.

Jammu: The National Highway NH1A that had been envisaged to be an all-weather freeway between Jammu-Srinagar by 2010 under the North-South Corridor Connectivity Project has missed its deadline.

A blanket ban has been imposed on the cutting of chinars in the valley. DC, Kashmir, Masaud Samoon stated this in view of the complaints from ecologists, environmentalists, NGOs and the media. The DC said chinar was the heritage of the valley unparallel in beauty, strength and size amongst the trees of Kashmir.

Srinagar: After more than a decade of hectic efforts and numerous trials, scientists at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture, Science and Technology (SKAUST) have developed country's first scab-resistant varieties of apples: Shireen, Akbar, Shalimar I and Shalimar II.

BY YUSUF JAMEEL
SRINAGAR

A recent decision of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) to set up a high-profile panel for ensuring the preservation of environment along the route to the 12, 729-foothigh cave-shrine in Kashmiri Himalayas has been widely welcomed by conservationists in Jammu and Kashmir.

To over come scarcity of drinking water in the Kashmir valley, 661 water supply schemes are under execution at an estimated cost of Rs 1,438.85 crore, Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and Flood Control Taj Mohiuddin said today.

Former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has expressed concern over the arbitrary exploitation of water resources of the state that has landed it in a financial mess and caused severe power shortage.

Shabir Ibn Yusuf
SRINAGAR, Jan 6: Power Development Department's lackadaisical approach has delayed Rs 30 cr drainage project from Rawalapora to Tengpora bridge.

As a consequence, the bypass road at present is in dilapidated condition.

Srinagar: Even as Kashmir loses thousands of hectares of its agricultural land to urbanisation, there is, yet, a silver lining. Paddy production has hit a record-breaking high due to the use of high-quality seeds and fertilisers.

Srinagar received close to six-inch snowfall today throwing normal life out of gear as offices and commercial establishments were closed and power supply conked out.

There was hardly any traffic on the roads as snowfall continued till afternoon and conditions remained overcast and rather cold.

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