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COVID 2.0 | Tulip Garden experiences steep decline, daily visitors hover around 2000

(Asian News Hub) – With the recent spike in Covid-19 Positive cases in Kashmir, the highly promoted Tulip Garden is seeing a sharp drop in visitors, with only about 2000 people visiting the garden in a day, said an official.

A top official from the Floriculture department said that after the garden was thrown open for the public on 25 March this year, the number of visitors was increasing and this year department had planted around 1.5 million Tulip bulbs, but the recent spurt in Covid-19 positive cases is playing a spoilsport.

Hoteliers associated with the Tourism Industry said the majority of the hotels were sold out till May end, “but the recent spurt in the Covid-19 Positive and imposition of Covid-19 lockdown in different parts of the Country, the footfall of tourists in the valley witnessed a steep decline.”

“Many tourists have cancelled their bookings due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation,” they said.

Notably the beauty of the Tulip Garden was showcased in different programs and events by the Directorate of Tourism Kashmir in different parts of the country, which eventually became a success in attracting the Tourists towards the valley. 

Officials in the Floriculture department said that after the garden was thrown open for the visitors on 25 March this year, more than 2.20 lakh visitors visited the garden so far which was expected to increase.

“With Summers ahead, we were expecting the increase in the number of visitors, but due to the spurt in the Covid-19 positive cases, the footfall has gone considerably down, around two thousand visitors visit the park these days, and from 15th April to 19th April, around 7165 visitors have visited the garden”, an official said.

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Disengaged ICDS helpers have no appointment orders, were accommodated through backdoor entries: Advisor Farooq Khan

Says govt has devised scheme through which lot of qualifying helpers will be back to department; Kashmir was never peaceful as today in past 31 years

(Asian News Hub) – Farooq Ahmad Khan, Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha Wednesday said that all the ICDS helpers who were engaged in the department have no appointment order, however, the government tried hard to accommodate them, which could not happen.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Khan as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that all these helpers were brought into the department through backdoor entries as none of them have any appointment order.

“We have been trying hard for the last one year to somehow accommodate them, but it did not happen as nobody has any appointment order. Now we have devised a new scheme, where we are creating several posts for these helpers and those who will be qualifying for the post, we will give them extra marks in the interview for their experience,” Khan said.

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He said that through this mechanism lot of these helpers will be back to the department and urged the helpers no to choose agitation as a way as government is trying to ensure that nobody remains unemployed in Jammu and Kashmir.

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He also said that there has been nothing wrong done to anybody especially after August 05, 2019 and if there wrong happening it is because of the mistakes done in the past by those who befooled the people of Jammu and Kashmir was never so peaceful as today in the past 31 years,” he said.

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Youth injured in firing incident in Baramulla

(Asian News Hub) – A youth was injured in firing incident at Azad Gunj area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.

Reports reaching GNS said that youth identified as Mohsin Solih of Iqbal Colony Baramulla was injured in firing allegedly by security forces.

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While circumstances leading to firing were not known immediately, the youth has been shifted to Srinagar hospital. He has reported suffered injury in leg.

More details will follow.

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Dozen sheep killed in cloudburst in Ganderbal

(Asian News Hub) – At least a dozen sheep died after a cloudburst hit Laman Wangath Naranag area in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said here.

Officials told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the cloudburst hit Laman Wangath Naranag area and left around a dozen sheep dead and several others injured.

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They said that the livestock belonged to Bakarwal of Ganderbal, while a police party has been deputed to the spot to access the loss.

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