With increasing demand in the local market, mushroom cultivation is picking up fast in Kashmir. Thousands of quintals of high quality mushroom are now being grown across the Valley.

A 5.6 magnitude medium-intensity quake with its epicentre along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border was felt in the Kashmir Valley Thursday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property. “A 5.6 magnitude tremor rocked the Kashmir Valley at 1.07 p.m. Today (Thursday)," a met department official said. The epicentre was located at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border at Latitude 36.1 degrees North and Longitude 73.1 degrees east, he said. People in Srinagar and other towns of the Valley came out of their homes and offices when they felt the tremors.

Srinagar: Governor NN Vohra here today reviewed the enforcement of the cleanliness and sanitation arrangements put in place at all camps and on both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes for the ongoing A

Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah approved a Rs 59.80 crore annual plan for Srinagar district for 2012-13 today.

Says govt wants review of Central power-sharing arrangement

Targets generation of over 8,000 MW hydropower in 12 years

SRINAGAR: Additional Secretary of Union Ministry of Power Davinder Choudhary convened a high level meeting of officers of NHPC, JKPDC and civil administration of the State here today to discuss execution of Hydro Electric Projects planned during 12th Plan and taken up by various agencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

Principal Secretary Power Development Department Sudanshu Panday, Managing Director JKPDC Basharat Ahmad Dhar, Secretary in Power Development Department, Secretary Technical Education, Chief Engineer PDD and Senior Officers of NHPC, JKPDC attended the meeting.

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday ordered a probe following reports that as many as 358 children had died in Srinagar’s premier children’s hospital since January 2012. It admitted to 35 deaths having occurred in the last fortnight alone.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “The Cabinet (which met here Wednesday) has taken a serious note of the situation in G.B. Pant Hospital.” He said Sher-i-Kashmir Instit-ute of Medical Sciences director Showkat Zargar has been asked to review functioning and report back to the Cabinet in one week.

SRINAGAR: Minister for Forest and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad today asked the executing agencies to gear up men and machinery for effective implementation of prestigious Wullar Conservation Plan, for which Centre has already released the first installment of Rs 56 crore out of a total project cost of Rs 120 crore sanctioned under 13th Financial Commission.

Gujarat State Petronet Ltd (GSPL) and three public sector oil companies — Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) — have entered into joint venture agreements for setting up three cross-country natural gas transmission pipelines.

According to a statement filed with the Bombay Stock Exchange, the GSPL-led consortium executed the agreements on April 30 for developing the pipelines of 3,995 km.