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Srinagar: There will be no night-long prayers on the eve of Shab-e-Meraj on March 11 this year at the revered shrine of Hazratbal Srinagar, the shrine management officials said on Sunday. They said that the second round of deliberations took place on Saturday in which it was decided that in view of the COVID pandemic, it would not be feasible to allow night-long prayers at the shrine on the eve of Shab-e-Meraj (Prophet Muhammad’s journey…

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…

Srinagar: Kashmir’s Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam Saturday said that divorces, marital feuds and domestic violence cases are all time high in Kashmir and the situation going from bad to worse with a series of reasons responsible for the “growing menace.” He said the surge in domestic violence, marital feuds, and divorces first surfaced six years ago when the court—“Muslim Personal Law Board or Islamic Shariah Court” registered a series of cases pertaining to these issues. “It…

Coming from a place where Saadut Hasan Manto bled his pen dog in the hinterland games of the two hostile neighbours, one of the ‘inmates’ of Kashmir deplored colony decries the social stigma associated with leprosy despite the disease being controlled and effectively curable. Engrossed in storytelling, Parvez Alam used his bare fingers to level the hot embers in Kangri, a traditional firepot to battle Kashmir’s harsh winter. Matter of fact, he did not even…

After losing her ‘fruitful’ home to war, an Iranian woman landed in a conflict zone as a bride of a Kashmiri medico. Although the move proved proverbial—out of the frying pan into the fire—years later, her fruits of labour have become her brand new identity. Quince apple boughs and grape vines exuded a sweet fragrance when Parvin Mojabari took a trip down memory lane. It was a late summer day of 2020 and she was…

Srinagar: More than 100 wild boars have been sighted over the year in the north Kashmir’s Baramulla district with wildlife officials receiving complaints from the farmers that they are damaging their crops. Wild boars, or pig, which is not a native species of the valley made a comeback in Kashmir in 2010 after it was wiped out with the end of Dogra rule. For a long time it was believed that the non-native species has…

Despite ongoing games fleetingly shifting focus in Kashmir’s winter wonderland, the administration is adamant to clear “encroachers”, even as it’s sitting on the native hoteliers’ land lease cases from last two years. When one of the oldest hotels in Gulmarg became a burning house in the spring of 2014, not many anticipated that they would soon feel the heat of the mysterious flames. That cindered hotel of circa 1947 was owned by a Kashmiri Pandit,…

The protesting Pandits say that the government has been providing jobs and opportunities to migrant Pandits, but they have been left to fend for themselves The Pandits have sat on a ‘fast-unto-death’ strike untill their demands are fulfilled Srinagar: As the sun sets in Haba Kadal, Vasundhara, a 26-year-old non-migrant Kashmiri Pandit packs her bag at Ganesh Mandir and leaves for her home, only to return again the morning, to join the Fast-Unto-Death. Vasundhara, along…

In the searing summer of 2018 when the “unholy alliance” disintegrated and ushered in an era of New Delhi’s direct control in Jammu and Kashmir, a 12-year-old arrived in Srinagar’s Press Colony with a poetic campaign for her captive father. Her wait ended when Sarjan Barkati, the ‘Azadi Chacha’ and ‘pied piper’ of 2016 civilian protests recently returned home after four years of incarceration. Beaming over the festive footfall in her tiny home—a dusky dwelling…

‘Have already booked butchers for overcharging’ Use our helpline number, Div Com tells consumers Srinagar: After Divisional Administration Kashmir fixed the retail price of mutton at Rs 480 per kilogram, the traders associated with mutton business Thursday said that mutton rates fixed by the government are not ‘genuine’ and that it should reconsider the rates. General public has hailed the government decision, hoping it will be implemented in letter and spirit and those who violate…