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Khushal Sar and Gil Sar were once pristine lakes, today they are dumping grounds Srinagar: After Jammu and Kashmir government completely failed to save two lakes of Srinagar, Khushal Sar and Gil Sar, locas have taken initiatives to restore the two lakes. Khushal Sar Lake rests in Srinagar city and once extended between Zoonimar and Aali Masjid but now it has been considerably reduced. It is connected to Gil Sar, a small lake in comparison…

Srinagar: It was around 7 in the evening of March 20, when 17-year-old Saima (name changed) was returning home from pastures of Samba to feed her livestock. She was accompanied by her father, mother and her elder brother. The family was enjoying the evening ride along with their livestock until Saima was stopped by three unknown people who allegedly molested her and used racial slurs against her. After the intervention of her father and brother,…

Srinagar: Thousands of people have been left in lurch after traffic police authorities Monday stopped entry and exit of Tata Sumo and other taxi services coming from other districts into Srinagar and vice versa. This was followed by 2017 order of High Court and as per the order, “The traffic authorities have been told not to allow Tata Sumos and taxis coming from south and north Kashmir beyond the Pantha Chowk and Parimpora bus stands.”…

Visuals of pregnant women taken out on wooden stretchers from the tribal belts of the valley resurfaced on social media this winter. Behind the petrifying picture is the futile and equally fatal healthcare infrastructure of Kashmir’s countryside.  Caressing her baby bump and cherishing her impending motherhood turned dark for Afroza on a cold December night in 2020, when a sudden shooting labour pain ended her sleep. In a painful state, the 25-year-old realized that it…

Srinagar: More than 15 kanals of state land have been under encroachment in Vecharnag area of Nowshera for the last many years forcing the residents of the area to write to the government for its retrieval. Just five kilometers away from the Srinagar City, Nowshera is one of the old and notified residential areas not far from the famous Khushal Sar Lake. After abrogation of article 370, Jammu and Kashmir administration made tough rules against…

Srinagar: A 38-year-old man landed at Srinagar airport along with six other family members including two children. They had just flown in from Delhi. After arriving at the airport, all the members went through the mandatory Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). Health officials at the airport took their contact number and told them to go home without even informing them about the reports. After reaching home, they got a call from officials that the test of…

Behind the current tourism façade, the unaddressed issue of fading boats is distressing Dal Lake dwellers. Part of the problem is said to be last year’s draft and decree of years — pushing the ‘anchorless’ community to obscurity now. On the deck of his floating house, Yaqoob Duno laments over his tribe’s identity loss in the ‘water graveyard’. Ever since the pandemic created another phase of pathos in the “world-famous Dal Lake”, it has consumed…

Srinagar: Parents are in constant dilemma about sending their children to schools as the Jammu and Kashmir Admin decided to reopen educational institutes from March 1, after 19 months, due to two consecutive lockdowns. On February 4, Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) announced to throw schools open from March for offline class work. Educational Institution worldwide have been closed for the last one year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, but in Kashmir, children…

SMC fails to open dog sterilization center at Tengpora after two years Srinagar: Canine terror looms large across Kashmir as more than 30,000 dog bite cases have been reported in Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS) alone, for the last five years. Official data of anti-rabies clinic SMHS hospital accessed by Free Press Kashmir reveals that more than 3,700 dog bite cases were reported in SMHS hospital in the current fiscal year which indicates the…

Recent Indian parliament showdown on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill of 2021 once again undid the pre-August 5, 2019 reality of the land and ended up only wasting law books of the erstwhile state. Inside the dusky warehouse of National Law Agency in Srinagar, cartons of Kashmir Law books are piling up as waste. Mournful proprietor of this oldest law book store in the valley is junking the books which once sold like…