Born and brought up in Delhi, 18-year-old Anita Kaul never thought that her trip to Kashmir will change her life-long perception about the Valley from where Kashmiri Pandits were hounded out during the insurgency two decades ago.
The opening of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has come as a ray of hope for flood-affected population in Kashmir Valley which is battling with shortage of essentials including life-saving drugs and baby food.
Haj flights from the state will resume from Saturday and around 3,750 people are expected to fly to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage, Jammu and Kashmir's Minister for Hajj and Auqaf Peerzada Mohammad Sayed said on Wednesday.
Stepping up efforts to re-establish normalcy in the flood ravaged state, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said 60 per cent power supply has been restored in Kashmir Valley so far.
All necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the flood-affected people in Jammu and Kashmir do not suffer further miseries during winter which is going to set in less than two months, the state government has said.
J&K floods has many tragic stories under its shade, the untimely death of a groom adds to the list. After 2 yrs of courtship the couple was about to get married the day when this unfortunate event happened.