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.
Migratory birds in Kashmir have started to make their yearly journey to Kashmir
Hokersar wetland is abound with such birds these days
The authorities claim they are making all efforts to stop poaching of these precious creatures
Flights of different species of birds are seen in various other wetlands of the valley
The ongoing Internet blockade that began on August 5 has drastically reduced the sales of smartphones in Kashmir
Several businessmen cry huge drop in sales
People prefer budget phones considering that only calling facility is available in Kashmir.
Lack of buyers is also triggering job losses in this sector, as companies don’t want to keep employees if they are not able to generate sales.
People say there is nothing smart about smartphones without Internet
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.
As Kashmir closure completes over 80 days, businesses in the valley have faced huge losses running in thousands of crores.
The two sectors that have been impacted the most include transport and tourism
Public transport remains off the roads while houseboats and hotels are empty since August 5 when Centre revoked Article 370
As per recent reports, the total business losses have crossed Rs 10,000 crores
Transporters and houseboat owners claim they are at the brink of bankruptcy
With winters approaching, the two sectors fear the losses would further increase.
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.