01KT01A.qxd 10/31/2013 10:19 PM Page 1 BARKHA ON BOARD friday | november | 1| 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE EVENT: ANNUAL CULTURAL FEST BEGINS Þ PAGE 2 AT KASHMIR UNIVERSITY AID: FREE MEDICAL CAMP FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN Þ PAGE 2 Saurabh Tewari's new show Rang Rasiya on Colors has Sanaya Irani and Ashish Sharma and now buzz is that Barkha Bisht Sengupta has been approached for a negative role in the show. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY 11°C 1°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM Snow in Gulmarg brings cheers to tourists ■ Night temperature dips below freezing point; sky clears after rain, weatherman forecasts wet spell next week Demand for woollen wear goes up as mercury plummets Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 31 Demand for woollen and winter wears has picked up in the Valley markets with winters making an early arrival. Of lately, the Valley markets were abuzz with summer clearance sales but now the winter wears have flooded the showrooms. Various flea markets, highend shops and shopping malls have the latest winter collection on display and the sales have also gone high abruptly. “We were expecting winter shopping by the mid- << A father with his child enjoys the snowfall; and (right) tourists click photographs in Gulmarg on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: AMIN WAR M Aamir Khan Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 31 Even as the MeT office has forecast improvement in weather conditions from tomorrow, another round of wet spell is likely from November 6. However, weather is expected to remain dry in the meantime. After light showers in the morning here, sun came out in the afternoon even as the conditions remained overcast most of the time amid a drizzle late in the afternoon. The MeT had earlier forecast rain in the plains and light snowfall in the upper reaches for yesterday and today. The Director, MeT office, Sonum Lotus, said dry weather conditions were likely to prevail till November 5 while rain was expected on Wednesday and Thursday next week. Qazigund, the gateway First snowfall ■ While the plains received a rainfall, the higher reaches along the LoC in the Valley received the first snowfall of the season on Wednesday. The higher reaches of the Pir Panjal range also received light snowfall. ❝ I am seeing a snowfall for the first time. My family and I will never forget this lovely experience❞ — A TOURIST today morning. While the plains received a rainfall, the higher reaches along the LoC in the Valley received the first snowfall of the season on Wednesday. The higher reaches of the Pir Panjal range also received light snowfall. A snowfall was also witnessed in Gulmarg in north Kashmir yesterday. Reports said the snowfall, though light, brought cheers to the tourists, who especially visit Kashmir in winters with a hope of seeing the snow fall. “I am seeing a snowfall for the first time. My family and I will never forget this lovely experience,” a tourist from Ajmer said. After the snowfall, Gulmarg, as per an official of the MeT office, recorded 0.2 degree Celsius last night. Pahalgam and Srinagar recorded minimum 1.4 and 4.8 degree Celsius, respectively. Office, school timings rescheduled Srinagar, October 31 According to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, the working hours in all government offices and institutions in the Valley, except educational institutions, in the Srinagar municipal limits, will be from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm with effect from November 1. These timings will remain operational till October 31, town to Kashmir, received 16.8 mm rainfall from last night till the morning as per an official of the MeT Department. Similarly, Srinagar city and south Kashmir tourist resort Pahalgam received 3.8 mm and 28.6 mm rainfall, respectively, till In Anantnag villages, erratic power supply is order of the day Power disruptions likely on Nov 3, 4 Valley to get its first old age home in Srinagar Srinagar, October 31 In order to carry out branch cuttings and stabilisations of the 33kv lines, power supply from the Badampora-Duderhama, Kangan-Kangan line and Kangan-Wussan line will be affected on November 3. The Power Controller of the Power Development Department, Kashmir, said the 33kv lines of the Badampora-Kurhama and Nihalpora-Markundal lines would remain affected on November 4. “Meanwhile, the 33kv Badampora-Bandipora (HCC line), NihalporaMarkundal and Kangan Surfraw lines will remain affectedk on November 17 and 33kv Surfraw-Gagangeer, Bandipora-Watlab, Shadipora-HMT, besides Habak-Ganderbal lines, on November 19. The Habak-Ganderbal lines will be affected on November 24,” an official spokesperson said —TNS Bismah Malik ■ Some villages in the area still await electrification Suhail A Shah Anantnag, October 31 While people across the Valley continue to be troubled due to pesky power supply, some villages in the Kokernag area of Anantnag district are yet to be electrified properly. Besides, trees and residential houses are being used as electric poles. Reports said villages in the far-flung areas of the Kokernag belt of the district, which were recently electrified, are devoid of electric poles and in many cases transformers as well. The villages ironically consist of some model villages also which were supposed to be the most developed of all. The list includes Dramdalaw, Ahlan Bala, Kathanpora Gadole, Chree, Gujjar Basti, Achu, Gugnar, Gorankhal, Darun, Urnarar, Razikang, Bessu, Matigabran and Arinar villages. Some of these villages have recently had the privilege of power supply after almost two decades of remaining in complete darkness. “The callousness of the department has become a nightmare for the people with high voltage power supply lines running low through the village,” said Sartaj Ahmad, a resident of Achu village. He said the residents of the village had been pleading the authorities to take cognisance of the matter but to no avail. “We were better off without power supply. The scarce power supply that we get has become a major cause of concern for the villagers,” said Ghulam Mohiuddin of Gujjar Basti. The residents of these villages allege the government has been indifferent to their woes even as plans are in the pipeline to develop the area into a major tourist destination. Moreover, the rundown transformers installed in the area develop snags every now and then, following which they remain defunct for months. Officials of the Power Development Department (PDD) said erecting electric poles was at the top of their priority list. “The areas have been brought on the power supply map. That having been done, we are working on the second phase of the process,” said a PDD official said. He further said there had been some delay in the funding process. However, he hoped the projects would be completed soon. ■ Construction work finally expedited after four years of delay Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 31 The first-ever old age home is likely to come up in the Eidgah area of the downtown Srinagar. Although the construction work on the old age home started four years ago, it suffered various setbacks mainly because of the delays in tendering process. After many hiccups, the construction work of the old age home building was expedited earlier this month and it is nearing completion. The Tribune had carried a news story on October 10 on the eve of World Health Mental Day highlighting the need for establishing an old age home in the Valley. Sources said Eidgah constituency MLA and Speak- PREVENTING ISOLATION — DR ARIF MAGHRIBI, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST young people have been moving out of their homes for better career opportunities for decades now. Their parents obviously cannot go along. What has been observed is that these young people rarely return to their homes and their parents feel lonely. The old age home will try to eliminate the isolation of these people and form a cooperative atmosphere for their development,” Dr Maghribi said. CM's private office received 412 deputations in Oct Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 31 The Chief Minister’s private office has received 412 deputations and 2,329 individuals from different parts of the Valley in the month of October projecting their demands about ensuring the availability of essentials in their respective areas. The demands were subsequently forwarded to the departments concerned for their redressal, an official spokesperson said. He said the major problems and issues were concerned with the completion of development works across the state, MAJOR ISSUES ❙ Completion of development work across the state before the onset of winter ❙ Adequate supply of essential commodities in the Valley ❙ Advance arrangements in place by the civil as well as the police administration for the smooth culmination of the forthcoming month of Muharram especially in the valley before the onset of winter, adequate supply of essential commodities in the Valley, adequate advance arrangements in place by the civil as well as the police administration for the smooth culmination of the forthcoming month of Muharram, extreme poverty cases and other day-to-day issues and problems. The CM’s Private Office also provided counselling to the people seeking financial assistance for setting up of their income generating units, besides poverty alleviation, welfare and rehabilitation programmes launched by the government for the benefit of the people. 2014. Meanwhile, the Director, School Education, Kashmir, also issued orders pertaining to the school timings. Schools within the municipal limits of Srinagar city will be functional from 10 am to 3 pm while the timings outside the Srinagar municipal limits will be from 11 am to 4 pm with effect from November 1, 2013. —TNS No clues to whereabouts of missing Lolab boy Our Correspondent ❝ We have to come to terms with the fact that young people have been moving out of their homes for better career opportunities for decades now. Their parents obviously cannot go along. What has been observed is that these young people rarely return to their homes and their parents feel lonely. The old age home will try to eliminate the isolation of these people and form a cooperative atmosphere for their development❞ er of the state Legislative Assembly Mubarak Gul had ordered the authorities to expedite work of the multi-storeyed building. Dr Arif Maghribi, a clinical psychologist, who had led an awareness rally on World Mental Health Day, said the establishment of the old age home was much needed as the isolation of old people in the Valley had become a societal concern. “We have to come to terms with the fact that November. But with cold weather approaching, the demand for these garments has already shot high. People are buying winter school uniformsfor their children,” Maqsood Ahmad, owner of a store in Lal Chowk in Srinagar, said. The temperature has plunged several notches below normal. “Jackets, sweaters and pullovers are much in demand during the winter season. As it gets colder, the demand for long Kashmiri cloak (pheran) and shawls will also rise,” Muhammad Ali, an owner of a garments shop, said. CULTURALLY INCLINED: Schoolchildren give a performance during the concluding day of the Samanbal cultural festival at the Islamic University of Science and Technology at Awantipora in Pulwama district on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Kupwara, October 31 Seventeen-year-old Tufail Aslam Ganie of Sevar Thandipora in the Lolab valley of Kupwara district is missing since October 27. His family members have expressed serious concern over his whereabouts. Tufail went missing from Darul Aloom Mehrajpora, Sopore, after in the afternoon. He had taken admission in a religious school in August. His family members said after taking lunch at Darul Aloom, the boy went missing. “We searched for him at all our relatives’ places but to no avail. His teachers told us that Tufail went missing mysteriously after taking lunch. We visited the Sopore police station to register a complaint but officials there denied to register an FIR saying it was the job of CIK wing of the police to trace the boy,” said Tajamul Islam, brother of the missing boy. The family members said his mobile was switched off since the day he went missing “His mobile is switched off since October 27. His mother is in extreme depression and refuses to eat. Despite an extensive search, we haven’t been able to trace him. We are so concerned about him and appeal to the police to launch a search at the earliest,” said Irshad Ahmad, his brother. The family members said the boy had happily sought admission in a religious school and was satisfied staying there. “A few days before Eid, he came for celebrations. He said he was happy pursuing Islamic education and would work hard. He offered prayers five times a day and was keen to complete a degree in Islamic education,” said one of his relatives.
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