Kashmir artisans, especially carpet weavers, are facing a tough time. The craft of carpet weaving is witnessing the worst slump ever. Kashmiri handmade carpets are famous all over the world, however, with the introduction of machines, this craft is dying a slow death. Weavers say that they are hardly able to meet ends. They say they won’t allow their kids to follow their ancestral business, as the returns are nearly zero.
The 25 foreign diplomats today reached Srinagar to witness the ground situation after the abrogation of Article 370.The group includes envoys from European Union, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands and Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Envoys from Canada, New Zealand, Poland Uganda, Namibia, Rawanda Guinea, Dominican Republic, Afghanistan and Mexico are also part of the delegation.
Soon after arriving at Srinagar International Airport, the envoys were taken to famed Dal Lake for Shikara ride.
Key junctions in Srinagar city are witnessing heavy traffic jams each day.
At peak hours, motorists are usually seen stuck in long queues.Journeys that take minutes usually end in over an hour on the road.Lack of parking space and disregard to traffic rules are key reasons for this mess.The situation is aggravated by the poor state of roads in Srinagar and other areas.
The two month communication clampdown in Kashmir had a drastic impact on business associated with weddings. While thousands of marriage functions were called off, many more were carried out with utmost simplicity.
Phones service was finally restored in Kashmir on Monday.All postpaid mobile phone numbers started working at noon as was announced by the administration on Saturday. Monday afternoon, people in Kashmir were seen happily dialing their loved ones congratulating each other on being able to communicate finally.It was after 70 days that people were able to use their phones to talk to their kin and friends.Authorities had suspended mobile telephony and Internet service in Kashmir on August 5 after Centre abrogated Art 370 and divided the state into two union territories.
While Internet continues to remain suspended, the restoration of mobile telephony brought much relief to people.
As the ongoing situation in Kashmir completes two months, the continuous closure of educational institutes has badly hampered the academic cycle. Amidst this, many in Srinagar and other districts have started the initiative of community learning centres where kids assemble each day to study a bit and meet their friends from the neighbourhood.
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