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Gulmarg market craves for up-gradation

Not authorised to carry any repair work: Shopkeepers

Jahangir Sofi

(Asian News Hub) – Though the Gulmarg is called “Switzerland of Asia”, the market of the world-famous destination is craving for an up-gradation.

Set up in 2004, the only market in Gulmarg comprises around 160 shops are mainly owned by Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA).

The shopkeeper Association said that despite repeated deputations and submission of memorandums to the concerned authorities for the beautification and infrastructural development of their shops and business establishments, “the authorities have failed to act.”

“Successive governments have failed to address our concerns. We have been only exploited all these years,” said a shopkeeper.

Speaking with the news agency—KNO, President of Trade Association Ghulam Nabi highlighted the plights of the shopkeepers in the area.

Nabi said the Government in its beautification programme shifted the earlier market from Gondola area to present location on a trial basis, after which they were assured that the market will be made permanent with concrete structures, “but from 2004 till now nothing has happened and our shops are completely in shambles.”

“Though the Gulmarg is known for its natural beauty and beautiful meadows and tourists from all over the world visit this beautiful place, but when visitors see the market there is a complete paradigm shift,” Nabi said.

“The shop is both working as well as a habitat for us, in the harsh winters it becomes more difficult for us to spend nights in our shops,” said Nabi. “We are not authorised to carry any repair work to their shops.”

Abdul Aziz, another shopkeeper in the market said, the place is perfect to be called Switzerland of Asia for its natural beauty, “but with the market we have gives a bad impression”.

“Other than the Children’s Park which is around 1.5 Km away from this market, there should have been a park in the market where tourists can sit, eat and enjoy,” he said.

With summers ahead and the Kashmir Tourism department busy with different tourism activities and programs to attract more and more tourism in the valley, Nabi  said they have pinned hope on the LG led administration Manoj Sinha, for early infrastructural up-gradation of their business establishments in the area.

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In absence of family, Muslim neighbours perform last rites of elderly Pandit in Pulwama

(Asian News Hub) – The Muslim neighbours in Tahab locality of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district performed the last rites of an elderly Kashmiri Pandit on Saturday.

According to the news agency—KNO, Pandit Makhan Lal (70) breathed his last at his home in Tahab on Friday late night, plunging the whole locality in mourning.

Soon after the news of his death spread, the local Muslims made special arrangements to perform his last rites. They also ferried firewood to cremate the deceased.

“It is in our Islam to take care of our neighbours irrespective of their religion,” Zubair, a local resident said.

He said that his family members were in Jammu and it is their duty to perform his last rites.

Makhan Lal was a retired employee in BSNL and died after brief illness. He is survived by three daughters and two sons.

Notably, Makhan Lal was the maternal uncle of chief medical officer Pulwama, Dr Ramesh Mall.

Pandit families who are residing in Tahab locality did not migrate from Kashmir valley during the early 1990’s and instead decided to stay put. Since then the two communities have lived in the locality in harmony and have always shown compassion to each other.


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CRPF man among six die of Covid-19 in Kashmir, toll 2,678 in J&K

(Asian News Hub) – At least six persons including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who were tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday evening in Kashmir, taking the toll of deaths to 2,678 in Jammu and Kashmir.

An official told that six patients who died include 50-year-old CRPF man of 96 BN posted in Anantnag, 45-year-old man from Rajbagh, 58-year-old woman from Harwan, 55-year-old man from Chadoora, 50-year-old man from Iddgha and 85-year-old woman from Chadoora.

He said that three deaths were reported at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura while one death was reported at SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

He further added that one each death was reported at JVC Bemina and CD Hospital Dalgate.

With six fresh fatalities, the death toll related to Covid-19 in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir mounted to 2,678.


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CRPF man dies of Covid-19 at SKIMS Soura

(Asian News Hub) – A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) man, who was tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar.

An official told that a CRPF man identified as Abhimaniya Sahu of 96 BN CRPF posted at Mattan area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district died at SKIMS Soura days after testing positive for COVID-19.

He said that the CRPF man was admitted in the hospital on Saturday morning where as, breathed his last this evening.


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