90% Dip in precipitation, January 2018 decade’s driest period

90% Dip in precipitation, January 2018 decade’s driest period

Kashmir witnessed the driest January in a decade with nearly 90 per cent deficiency in precipitation. It has also risked the survival of the region’s water bodies. The Indian Meteorological Department listed the state as having “largely deficient” rain and...
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As the Chillai Kalan ends in Kashmir; temperature appreciates in some areas

As the Chillai Kalan ends in Kashmir; temperature appreciates in some areas

The Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day period of harsh winter, on Wednesday ended without a major snow in Kashmir as the night temperature rose across the Valley. During Chillai-Kalan, the possibility of snow is maximum. While there was downpour when the period...
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Sunny days with Chilly nights a grave concern ahead

Sunny days with Chilly nights a grave concern ahead

The unusual weather pattern continued in Kashmir with sunny and warmer days while nights are extremely chilly. Cold wave continued with mercury at degrees below the freezing point. Meteorological department continues to predict light rains and snowfall in next...
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No relief from freezing cold in Kashmir, Prolonged dry spell triggers worries

No relief from freezing cold in Kashmir, Prolonged dry spell triggers worries

There was no relief from cold wave conditions in Kashmir as mercury stayed several degrees below freezing point in most parts of the valley. Kargil town in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir saw the mercury rise by three degrees...
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NGT refuses to review order on maintaining silence inside Amarnath Cave

NGT refuses to review order on maintaining silence inside Amarnath Cave

The National Green Tribunal has refused to review its order directing devotees to maintain silence while standing in front of the Amarnath ‘shivling’ in the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. The green panel said there was no patent error...
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Glacial lakes make J&K vulnerable to flash floods

Glacial lakes make J&K vulnerable to flash floods

With rapid melting of glaciers creating glacial lakes in various mountain ranges of Jammu and Kashmir, state government has failed to devise a mechanism to avert disasters even as environmentalists have warned of flash floods due to outburst of these...
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Kashmir reels under biting cold conditions, Kargil at -19 deg C

Kashmir reels under biting cold conditions, Kargil at -19 deg C

Cold wave conditions persisted in the Kashmir division, including the Ladakh region, as the minimum temperature remained several degrees below the freezing point. Kargil continued to be the coldest recorded place in the state as the mercury there settled at...
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PDP MLA joins opposition in cornering govt on Jehlum dredging

PDP MLA joins opposition in cornering govt on Jehlum dredging

The Legislative Assembly Wednesday witnessed bonhomie between ruling party and opposition legislators on demand for constitution of a house committee to monitor dredging in river Jhelum. As the Minister for Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC), Sham Lal Cho...
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Nallah Maar: Story of heritage lost to urbanisation, apathy

Nallah Maar: Story of heritage lost to urbanisation, apathy

A wooden boat glides through placid waters against a setting sun as fishermen row close to waterfront houses with gardens that burst with colours. It’s an idyllic picture of a Srinagar that once was, a visual recall of a waterway...
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Srinagar, Jammu record season’s lowest temperatures; Leh at -16.8 degrees Celsius

Srinagar, Jammu record season’s lowest temperatures; Leh at -16.8 degrees Celsius

Pahalgam recorded minus 8.9 and Gulmarg minus 9.4 degrees Celsius as their minimum temperatures while Leh recorded a minus 16.8 and Kargil minus 18.8 degrees Celsius. The cities of Srinagar and Jammu on Sunday recorded the season’s lowest minimum tempera...
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