With fruit production in Kashmir static, the Kashmiri growers have asked the state and central government not to acquire horticulture land for any official purposes. They are also not satisfied with recent rent hike by the defence ministry. The growers fear that acquiring of the horticulture land for official purposes will reduce the fruit production in the state. Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in India that has around 2.75 lakh hectares of land under the horticulture. The major portion of this land is used for the cultivation of fresh fruits especially apples.

The Jammu and Kashmir Government's proposal to set up two special economic zones in the state has hit a road block with the Centre rejecting its request to modify its policy on land requirement for

The Indian Government has decided to throw its weight behind the controversial Sethusamudram project. The Government will now ask the Supreme Court to lift its stay on the controversial project to dredge a shipping channel between India and Sri Lanka and dismiss petitions challenging the project. The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) met for the second time this week to arrive at a consensus on a 90-page draft affidavit stating its position on the project. The Centre will submit the affidavit in court today. The petitions had opposed the project saying it will damage the Ram Sethu, a cluster of sand formations that many Hindus believe was the bridge built by Lord Ram. The Centre's last affidavit had landed it in trouble as it questioned the existence of Ram. But under pressure from its southern allies, the Centre has decided to tell the court that it wants the project to continue on its original route. The CCPA seems to have taken everyone's point of view in the UPA coalition and managed to harmonise them. There have been differences between Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni and Shipping Minister DMK's T R Baalu over the affidavit. The culture minister has written a two-page note raising certain objections, and wanted these incorporated in the draft affidavit. The project was approved by the Government in May 2005. However, soon after its approval, the project had run into trouble, and dredging work had to be suspended. NDTV

Following an intensified campaign launched by health department Kashmir 9.96 lakh children below 5 years age were administered Pulse Polio drops today in Kashmir division. For this purpose, an was launched across Kashmir division . In all, 5046 Pulse Polio booths were established with manpower of 20204 belonging to Health, Social Welfare, Education and Non-Governmental Organization besides Aashas. MLA Bandipora Usman Majid took off the pulse polio campaign by giving pulse polio drops to a newly born baby. The District Development Commissioner of Budgam Farooq Ahmad Renzu launched Pulse Polio campaign by administering pulse polio drops to the children early morning. The District Development Commissioner, Kupwara took off the campaign at Sub District Hospital Kupwara by giving pulse polio drops to the children. On this occasion, he said 1.24 lakh children of the district will be covered under the programme at 560 pulse polio centres for which 2240 officials were detailed on duty. In Srinagar and Ganderbal districts, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad launched the campaign by administering pulse polio drops at Government Gousia Hospital Khanyar and Sub District Hospital, Ganderbal. He said 2928 officials of various departments were deployed on duty for 727 pulse polio centres established in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts. He said 35 mobile teams were also put into service to achieve the target. Director Health Services was accompanied by senior officers of Health and Family Welfare departments. In Pulwama and Shopian districts, 612 pulse polio centres with a manpower of 2448 officials were deployed to achieve the target of 1.12 lakh children under pulse polio campaign. Similarly, the pulse polio campaign was going apace in Anantnag, Kulgam, Baramulla, Bandipora, Leh and Kargil districts. In addition the department of Health Services had also made adequate arrangements in far-flung and border areas like Karnah, Keran, Matchil, Gurez and Uri. The Director Health said that 256 supervisory and mobile teams were monitoring the campaign across the division.

with the conclusion of national winter games in February, Jammu and Kashmir's (j&k) winter hotspot Gulmarg is now gearing up to host the Commonwealth Winter Games in 2010. But even as the state

On the Brink? A Report on Climate Change and Its Impact in Kashmir documents the disappearance of many small glaciers from the region's mountains, the western Himalayas. The report warns that receding Himalayan glaciers could jeopardize water supplies for hundreds of millions of people. Other climate-related changes include rising sea levels that could threaten Indian cities such as Mumbai and Kolkata, more floods and droughts, more disease, and lower crop yields.

all summer, tankers supply water to upmarket Srinagar, but they don't meet safety norms. They are filled at Iqbal Park filling station with the help of pressure filters, which don't meet norms set by

At least 80 per cent of solid waste generated by the Dal Lake dwellers is being disposed off safely due to the efforts of hope

The Dal lake is shrinking. It s waters are weed ridden. Untreated waste finds its way into the water. People continue to build land on the lake area. An ambitious project to save the lake was launched in 1997, but hardly any headway has been made

Call them the lakers . Some 10,000 of them. Parts of the Dal land and water belong to them. And when they feel the need to make a floating garden or land on the lake, they simply do it. Especially since the militancy problem in the Valley began, there

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