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As the cold continues to linger and shiver life, the winter-induced skin ailments have once again reared their ugly heads in the valley. To ward off these cold demons, many are resorting to good old methods to save their skin. The comforting click of the knitting needles can be heard in Syeda Begum’s room after many years. The octogenarian from Srinagar’s Bemina locality is interweaving a small pair of woolen socks from bright colored yarn…

As the valley continues to freeze, breaking records of sub-zero temperatures, people are battling harsh life conditions As the free fall in temperatures continue beyond Chillia Kalan, a forty day period of harsh chill, water bodies across Kashmir have turned into frozen turf. With the mercury plummeting to levels as low as minus 8.8 Degree Celsius, chill of the ongoing winter has tumbled records. Last time, it was during 1995, when Srinagar had recorded minus…

Srinagar: Cold wave conditions intensified in Kashmir on Friday with mercury tumbling to minus 7.7°C in Srinagar, the weatherman said. A meteorological department official said that the minimum temperature fell more than two degrees Celsius from minus 5.6°C on the previous night in Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K. The minimum temperatures have consistently remained far below normal this season. On January 14, Srinagar witnessed the season’s coldest night at minus 8.4°C which was the chilliest…

Srinagar: Barring Kokernag and Srinagar, the mercury dropped slightly across Kashmir, the weatherman said on Wednesday. A meteorological department official said that Srinagar, the summer capital of JK, recorded a low of minus 2.0°C against minus 2.4°C on the previous night. The minimum temperatures have consistently remained far below normal this season. On January 14, Srinagar witnessed the season’s coldest night at minus 8.4°C which was the chilliest one in more than 25 years. In…

Bijbehara: A 37-year-old woman died on Monday due to ‘asphyxiation’ caused by coal bukhari (heater) at her house in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. An official said that a 37-year-old lady identified as Masooda Akhter, wife of Late Abdul Rashid Dobi and her daughter were found unconscious at their home at Karewa Colony, Bijbehara. They said both were shifted to a hospital where Masooda was declared brought dead by doctors, while her daughter…

Authorities at the DH Handwara allegedly denied Ambulance to them Kupwara: Braving the bone-chilling cold, people in Hangnikoot village of Villgam Handwara on Sunday morning carried a pregnant lady and a 90-year-old man on stretchers to a hospital, some seven kilometres from their residences. A woman (30) Reshma Begum developed some pregnancy-related complications in the morning after which her husband, Muneer Ahmad Daded sought help from neighbours and relatives in order take her to the…

Srinagar: Authorities in Srinagar on Thursday advised people not to walk on the frozen surface of water bodies, especially the Dal Lake, underlining that it could be dangerous. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that SDRF teams have been deployed to dissuade locals from taking to such risky adventures. “Walking on frozen #DalLake could be dangerous. Pl avoid it. (SDRF teams deployed for safety),” he said in a tweet. Replying to him, a…

Srinagar: Kashmir’s harshest winter period, known as Chilai Kalan, began on Monday and will last through the end of January. With overnight cloud cover, the night temperatures rose a little across the Valley but remained below the normal for this time of the year. Srinagar, where people endured a second coldest night in a decade last weekend, recorded a low of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius, two degrees below the normal for this time of the…

Srinagar: Days ahead of the “Chillai Kalan”, a 40-day long period of extreme cold in Kashmir, Srinagar endured its coldest night of the winter so far with temperatures plummeting to minus 4.8 degrees Celsius, officials said on Wednesday. The mercury also recorded a plunge overnight in other parts of the Valley with Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recording a low of minus 11.0 degrees Celsius. A meteorological department official told a local news agency GNS…