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In the backwaters of Srinagar’s Dal Lake, a floating vegetable market adds to the pristine beauty of this city. Several boats, locally called as Shikaras, are filled with different kinds of vegetables, grown by the residents of these areas. They float at morning to sell their produce. But it doesn’t only remain a market, like any other, it also adds color and music to this otherwise quiet lake. Shahid Tantray brings these images from one such morning.

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Despite the fact that state authorities here are spending more than crore rupees every month for protection of Dal Lake, its area is shrinking everyday becoming a cause of concern. According to KNS correspondent, MH 3435, under Central Sector scheme Rs 191 lakhs have been spent on Dal.  The breakup of the expenditure informs that 34 lakhs have been spent on sewerage treatment works while as 115 lakhs on catchment management works. Further Rs 27 lakh, the authorities claim to have spent on the infrastructure. Under another scheme under the umbrella of the state sector called MH4217 and the amount

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Accusing a few sections of Indian electronic and print media of biased reporting with regard to tourism industry in Kashmir Valley, the Kashmir Hotel And Restaurant Owners Federation (KHAROF) and Pahalgam Hotel And Restaurant Owners Association (PHAROA) Wednesday said that they were shocked after going through some biased reports that have appeared in some newspapers in Gujarat and Mumbai. “These newspaper reports made it amply clear that they are hell-bent to mislead the tourists about Kashmir situation and their only motive is to stop the Indian and world tourists from visiting Kashmir,” said President of KHAROF, Ghulam Muhammad Dag, during

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He looked into the sky and realized that its blue colour had resigned to red. The sun was setting. He turned his face to the reflection of sun forming a line in the waters of Dal Lake and followed it down. There, he saw his grandchildren playing, trying to catch tiny fishes in a bottle. “Shhhhh… Keep quiet. You are frightening the fish. Let them come,” said one of his grandchildren to the other. He was sitting on a platform that extended a little into the lake. It had stairs on one side that landed on the water’s surface where

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By Muhammad Faysal It was a beautiful day- Sunday. Everything looks magical in the spring of Kashmir. The winter has left for the arrival of spring. The mountains are gleaming like the newly wed bride. The lakes are sparkling like diamonds during the morning sunlight. The grass with the hint of green looks soothing to the eyes with the morning dew. After a week with the same old political rhetoric and new schemes invented by the King of Gupkar, the occasional skeletons stepping out of the closet (like mummies). The stories of corruption and scams on the newspapers is such

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“No, they won’t let me out of winter, and I’ve promised myself, even if I’m the last snowman, that I’ll ride into spring on their melting shoulders.” – Agha Shahid Ali The winter of Kashmir brings many things to life in the valley. From Harrisa shops to Kangri sellers and buying dried vegetables, all comes to life during harsh winter days. People stay indoors mostly and go out only with proper clothing and keep themselves warm by Kangri or electric heaters. Electricity remains just for a few hours a day. The only connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir gets closed due

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