Srinagar, September 22
Union minister for chemicals and fertilizers Ram Vilas Paswan and Governor N.N. Vohra laid the foundation stone of a steel-processing unit at Lassipora in Pulwama district today.

The steel plant will have an annual capacity to produce 1.60 lakh tonnes of steel and will be completed by the end of next year. Production at the unit will start in 2010.

Solid waste management is proving to be a major problem for authorities in Kashmir. Total quantity of waste generated within the municipal area is reported to be about 467 tons a day.

SRINAGAR, Sep 11: As many as, 415 Poultry Cooperatives involving the membership of more than 8500 individuals have been established in the state to help creation of self employment with the government assistance. This would also give boost to local production of poultry birds.

A mild earthquake that rocked the entire Kashmir valley early morning caused panic among the people. The earthquake was followed by heavy torrential rains during the day.

According to Director Metrological (DM) department Kashmir, Sonam Lotus, the magnitude of the quake was 5.5 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was stated to be Afghanistan and Pakistan border with a longitude of 36.1 degrees North and latitude 70.5 Degrees. The tremor occurred at 10.28 ISD.

Govrnor sets March 09 deadline for
Srinagar sewerage project

SRINAGAR, July 21: Governor, N N Vohra, today set a deadline of March 2009 for completion of the mega Drainage and Sewerage Project for the Srinagar City and called for establishing a Task Force to ensure round the clock work on the scheme.

BY YUSUF JAMEEL Srinagar,July 16: A shutdown was observed in Jammu and some other towns in the region on Wednesday as part of a renewed agitation seeking restoration of about 40 hectares of forestland in Singh range near here to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB). During the strike, slogan-chanting crowds held protest demonstrations along the streets of the winter capital and elsewhere.

The Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, an organisation working for tribes and nomadic communities, has launched a fourfold programme to spread awareness among these groups regarding deadly diseases and sexually transmitted infections.

Though the tribal Gujjars constitute 20 to 25 per cent population of the state, they have negligible access to modern health-care facilities, said Dr Javaid Rahi, national secretary of the Tribal Foundation.

Lashing out at the former Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha for his constant diatribe against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), senior PDP leader Tariq Hameed Qarra has accused Gen Sinha of having gone astray following his unceremonious exit from the State's gubernatorial post.

Jammuites heaved a sigh of relief from the hot and humid weather after heavy rains lashed several parts of the region this morning. The rains also brought relief for curfew-hit city residents, who were facing unscheduled long power curtailments after the mother Grid Station Gladni was damaged in a fire here on Wednesday night. Heavy rains lashed almost all the parts of the region, reports here said. "The downpour in Jammu city was measured 20.5 mm in the morning," Met department said.

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir cabinet is likely to revoke the order to transfer land to the Amarnath shrine board besides allocating key portfolios that fell vacant after resignations by PDP ministers. A meeting of the cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is scheduled for Tuesday during which a discussion will be held on the order to hand over 39.88 hectares of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) and a decision taken on it, official sources said here.