CHENANI: The Environment Committee of Legislative Assembly visited Chenani to inspect the measures taken by the executing agency at the construction site of the upcoming tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

Led by the Committee Chairman, Mohammad Yousf Tarigami, the committee members went around the construction site and took stock of the construction activities and environment protection measures taken by the construction agency.

34 more deaths in Uttar Pradesh; season’s toll goes up to 233

At least 34 more deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday as cold wave conditions continued unabated in North, East and Central parts of the country even as temperatures went up slightly at some places. The Capital witnessed a chilly but sunny morning with the mercury rising a bit during the early hours. There was a shallow fog in the morning hours and the minimum temperature was 4.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal and up from Tuesday’s 3.3 degrees.

The Valley is witnessing severe cold wave conditions with the temperature continuing to remain several degrees below the freezing point.

In Srinagar city, the mercury fell overnight to minus 5.5°C, which is nearly three degrees below the average normal and lowest temperature of the season so far, an official of the Meteorological Department said. Srinagar witnessed minus 4.9°C on Sunday night, minus 4.6°C on Saturday night and minus 5.4°C on Friday night.

Twenty-nine people succumbed to the intense cold wave in North India on Tuesday as temperatures dropped to sub-zero levels at many places in the region.

Delhiites froze under chilly winds and the biting cold with the minimum temperature plunging to 3.3 degrees Celsius. Though Tuesday’s minimum was up by almost a degree from the previous day, icy winds forced many people to stay indoors during morning hours. Tuesday’s minimum was four degrees below normal level at this time of the season, said the weatherman. The maximum temperature was 15.5.

Night soil of over 60 thousand latrines is disposed into open drains without any sewage treatment in Jammu and Kashmir, according to figures released by state's Directorate of Census Operation.

Lack of due diligence and proper planning by the Railways has caused a massive cost escalation in the rail-link project to Kashmir, with the cost overrun at an estimated Rs 16,488 crore, the Comptr

The Comptroller and Auditor General has slammed the railways for the long delay and cost escalation in the strategically important Kashmir rail link.

Already way behind schedule, the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla-Rail Link (USBRL), aimed at connecting the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country with an all-weather route, is likely to run into further complexities and higher cost overruns, says the Comptroller and Auditor General.

In its performance audit, the CAG observed that the national project, scheduled to be completed in 2007 at an estimated cost of Rs. 3,077 crore, was now expected to be completed only in 2017-18 at a cost of Rs. 19,565 crore.

Court responds to PIL on ‘misuse’ of agrarian land

NH closed, freak weather till Dec 17

Srinagar, Dec 14: Heavy snowfall in parts of Kashmir and along the Jammu-Srinagar National highway has closed the highway for traffic and disrupted the air-traffic to Kashmir valley today. Inspector General of Police, Traffic, Munir Ahmad Khan, told Excelsior that heavy snowfall has forced them to close the Jammu-Srinagar national highway for traffic. He said that it was snowing heavily in Jawahar Tunnel and Patnitop areas forcing the closure of the National Highway, the life line for Kashmir valley.