Tulip garden thrown open in Kashmir
Asia’s largest tulip garden was thrown open to the public, marking the beginning of new tourism season in Kashmir. The garden witnessed an impressive footfall of locals and tourists on the first day of its opening this year. Formerly known as Siraj Bagh, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden was opened in 2008 by then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. The idea of the garden, spread over 30 hectares in the foothills of snow-clad Zabarwan range, was conceived to advance the tourism season in the valley by two months. The average life span of tulip flower is three to four weeks, but heavy rains or too much of heat can destroy them. This year the department has planted nearly 12 lakh bulbs of different varieties.
Kashmir’s own `Padman’
Civil engineer sets up organic sanitary pad unit to promote safety alongside menstrual hygiene
Pained by this phenomenon, Aaqib, a 27-year-old youth decided to embark on a mission to manufacture organic and eco-friendly napkins to promote safety alongside the menstrual hygiene among women.
After a year of research, his efforts shaped into reality. He started his own sanitary napkin unit under the brand name ‘SEHA’ (An Arabic word for health) in April.
Achan giving up
Achan landfill site on Srinagar outskirts is running out of dumping space. In the next few months, as the final landfill site will be filled, a major issue is going to arise People living around Achan are breathing stench 24X7, as SMC looks the other way.
Construction of 500-bedded Children hospital in full swing
The state government has accorded sanction to conversion of 200 bedded maternity and 300 bedded pediatrics hospital at Bemina into a 500 bedded pediatric hospital. The 70-Cr project will improve the existing tertiary healthcare infrastructure. Once completed, the hospital will reduce patient rush at GB Pant.