Muzzled Art: Kashmir’s gun industry battling for survival
Bandook Khar Mohalla in old Srinagar was once home to more than 20 gun manufacturing units. But now the gun manufacturing industry is battling for survival. Out of several gun manufacturing factories in Kashmir, only two have survived. Established in the early years of the last century, the factories would manufacture and sell their products – 12 bore Single Barrel and 12 bore Double Barrel rifles – to the foreigners, tourists and locals who had a passion for hunting birds and wild animals.Almost 100 years later, there is a ban on hunting, a stringent procedure to procure license for these guns, a government regulation which limits the number of guns manufactured from these two factories to 840 a year.
Chief Engineer, PDD on power curtailments during winters in Kashmir
With the onset of winter season frequent and unscheduled power cuts are a daily affair in Kashmir. Be it metered areas or not-metered areas, consumers are subjected to long hours of power cuts. People blame Power Development Department( PDD) for the whole mess. We talk to Chief Engineer, PDD Hashmat Qazi to know the reasons behind power curtailments during winters.
Class 12th exams amid shutdown: Parents blame admin for lack of facilities
69000 candidates appeared for the 12th standard board examination today.The students and parents faced great inconvenience in wake of the shutdown called by Joint Hurriyat. The parents blamed the authorities of being unjust as they decided to conduct the exams despite the strike. They urged the government to either provide them with transport facilities or defer the exams in future.
Precautions to take during winters in Kashmir
As winter nears, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah, HoD Chest Medicine at Chest Diseases Hospital in Srinagar speaks about precautions to be taken to avoid common respiratory problems this season.