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Lal Chowk most polluted in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Nov 19: Lal Chowk has been recorded as most polluted while Raj Bagh is least polluted in Srinagar.
As per the official document of Pollution Control Board, Jahangir Chowk, which is the most traffic-congested areas near Lal Chowk, is termed as most polluted area of the Srinagar city.
As per the official figures, winter season has been witnessing increased pollution levels in the various areas of Srinagar.
The data reveals that in 2018 January, February, March and April, Jahangir Chowk area has recorded 69.43pm, 63.00pm, 69.66pm, and 60.45pm (particular matter) respectively.
However, from May to July, it recorded less than 55pm.
Similarly from Boulevard area the date reveals that in the month of January the pollution has took evaluation to 70.92pm but in February, March and April the pollution was recorded 61.30pm, 59.67pm, 50.94pm, respectively.
However, from the month of May to July, the trend has decreased to 45.85pm.
Likewise the pollution from Soura near the SKIMS hospital this year has been recorded as 51.76pm, 52.61pm, 50.84pm and 45.50pm in the month of January, February, March and April respectively, where as in the summer month from May to June the trend has fallen to 55.68pm.
As compared to the other area, Raj Bagh this year recorded less pollution.
The trend goes like 57.91pm, 49.41pm, 45.55pm, 39.65pm in the month of January, February, March and April respectively where as from the month of May to July it has decreased.
Director Pollution Control Board, Syed Nadeem Hussain, told The Kashmir Monitor that the percentage of pollution is seen higher in winter months as there is no dispersion of particular matter (pm) in the winter days.
“Because of the variation in temperature and the pressure in the atmosphere, there is high pollution recorded in winter season.”
In May this year, the World Health Organization released a report ranking Srinagar as one of the most polluted cities in the world.
The WHO findings placed Srinagar at serial No 10 among 15 worst polluted cities.
These findings were based on the quality of air and respirable suspended particulate matter in the air that enter lungs.


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War never an option, give peace a chance: Farooq to Indo-Pak

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday asserted that war unleashes countless miseries on people urging India and Pakistan to end hostiles.

Farooq Abdullah while addressing a gathering at Banihal said, “War with it brings destruction and it does not determine who is right, it only determines who is left. We have seen four wars in our state. If the war takes places, the matters will escalate and invite international notice. Is India ready to see the issue of Kashmir being racked up in the United Nations Security Council?”

Party president maintained that any misadventure aimed at fiddling with the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir will have serious far-reaching consequences for the state and the country.

 

“I pray that sanity prevails over the people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi. The situation demands de-escalation.

The hostility between the two nations has held the development of both countries hostage, our state in particular always comes in the line of fire,” he added.

Farooq while appreciating the efforts of the people of Banihal in ensuring the stranded Kashmir bound passengers all help, said, “The resoluteness and unity with the people of Banihal who carried out relief operation for stranded Kashmir bound passengers is worth appreciation. I also congratulate the local wing of NC led by District President Ramban Sajad Shaheen which left no stone unturned to ensure all possible help to the stranded Kashmir bound passengers.”

Farooq while censuring the Government of India for failing to meet the developmental demands of the people of the state said, “We see how China is coming up with infrastructure along the border areas. People may question what the incumbent government was able to achieve during its stint in power. We all know nothing substantial was achieved during the past few years, no infrastructure augmentation. On the contrary, joblessness has increased. This government is only good at rhetoric and slogan mongering,” he said.

Party President later took stock of the arrangements made by local wing of NC for stranded passengers.Farooq also appreciated the people of Ramban for maintaining communal bonhomie and urged them to continue to kindle the flame of brotherhood and communal amity amongst them.

Among others district president Ramban Sajad Shaheen accompanied the party president.

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Govt playing with fire by unleashing terror on unarmed people: PDP

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday condemned the fresh wave of arrests in Kashmir Valley, questioning the government strategy to turn the already perturbed situation more chaotic and violent.
In a statement issued here, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that the uncalled for, unjustified and undemocratic means are being adopted in Kashmir by the government with a sole motive to silence the peoples’ voice.
He added that reign of terror is being unleashed with people as old as 80 years being bundled in jails by the governor administration without any reason.
He also condemned the nocturnal raids launched last night in Kashmir’s different parts and terror reminiscent of Ikhwan period being uncashed upon the people.
“It is nothing but a clear war hysteria being created in Kashmir wherein things were subtly returning to equanimity. People are being unnecessarily harassed and intimated with fear being manufactured across Kashmir. We condemn such a state action and demand immediate rollback of such muscular policies,” said Hanjura.
He also cautioned the central government over fiddling with the state’s special status, saying that protection of Article 35-A is a matter of life and death for the people of the state and they can render immense sacrifices for the protection of their unique identity.
Hanjura said that instead of a confrontational approach, the central government should understand the gravity of the situation and take reconciliatory measures which is not only beneficent for the people of Kashmir alone but for entire south Asia.

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‘Force and intimidation’ will only worsen situation: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik’s detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leadership, saying “force and intimidation” would only “worsen” the situation.
Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night.
“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of Yasin Malik. Such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground. Force and intimidation will only worsen the situation,” Mirwaiz posted on Twitter.
The action comes days after an attack on a convoy in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives on February 14.

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