The southern tip of India is in for a special treat, an annular solar eclipse, on the afternoon of January 15, 2010.

High court shuts down houseboats on Dal lake Come summer, tourists visiting Srinagar may not be able to rent a houseboat on the famous Dal lake. The Jammu and Kashmir high court, on February 25, ordered the government to close down all houseboats. The owners will be allowed to resume operations if they instal sewage disposal units in the houseboats. Dal lake has about 1,000 houseboats and in

The large quantity of sewage that flows into Dal lake from Srinagar requires two additional sewage treatment plants (STPs). Current STPs are working at 50-60 per cent capacity, according to data. All households must be connected to sewage systems which will transport the sewage to the treatment plants. Decentralized technologies, like the STUs, can help treat sewage directly discharged

Mounting garbage looks for a site in Srinagar as people oppose the existing landfill Srinagar is stinking again. The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (smc) estimates that over 4,000 tonnes of solid waste is lying undisposed in Srinagar. On October 10, people living around Achen

SRINAGAR : The residents of Kralgund, Batchi, Ashpora, Harwat and Muqam in Handwara held a strong protest demonstration against the Public Health Engineering (PHE) authorities for non-availability of water supply in these villages for past two weeks. They maintained that the non-availability of drinking water in the villages has forced them to consume contaminated water from Nallah Mawar due to which, at least 25 persons have already become victims of dehydration and other intestinal infections.

: The October 8, 2005 earthquake wrecked havoc on life and property in the bordering area of Karnah. Three years after the natural disaster hit Karnah villages, at least 99 children rendered orphans are still awaiting cash relief compensation announced by the union government under National Calamity Scheme for Victims (NCSV) scheme.

In the study, geospatial tools were employed for quantifying changes in the spatial extent of fragile ecosystems of some of the world's most famous lakes and wetlands located in the suburbs of Srinagar.

When Dr Marc Stollreiter, a first-time German visitor to Kashmir, went on a shikara ride on the picturesque Dal lake recently, he was shocked by what he saw beneath its tranquil waters. "We found huge quantities of syringes and needles. We saw mounds of rotting garbage. We saw tourists throwing empty chips packets, plastic bags and the like from shikaras into the lake."

The CDP aims at developing Srinagar as major tourist city by addressing the issues of ecological preservation, economic growth, poverty, good governance, development of infrastructure, improve traffic and transportation and delivery of basic services to the urban poor through a consultative process of strategizing and visioning.

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