Cold wave sweeping north India continued unabated on Monday as snowfall in higher reaches and rains in most parts led to chilly conditions even as heavy fog at some places affected rail, road and air services.
Light to heavy rains lashed several parts of north India intensifying cold wave conditions in the region as snowfall in higher reaches brought down day temperature considreably in Delhi and neighbouring states.
Srinagar and Leh witnessed the coldest night of the season so far as the cold wave tightened its grip further in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region with the minimum temperatures remaining several degrees below the freezing point.
Cold wave tightened its grip over Kashmir division after a day's respite as the minimum temperature across the Valley dipped below the freezing point, with Leh, in Ladakh region, being the coldest place in the state at minus 9.9 degrees Celsius.
Srinagar: The night temperature continued its free fall below the freezing point in Srinagar Monday, reaching the lowest this season so far, while Leh slipped to a bone-chilling minus 12 degrees Celsius.
In an initiative to encourage Army personnel to use postal ballots error-free, Leh administration has launched voters education camps to avoid large scale rejection of their votes in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.
With polls in Jammu and Kashmir round the corner, district election commission officials have come out with a novel idea of educating Army men about how to cast vote with postal ballots in the forthcoming elections.
In a challenging rescue operation involving a medical emergency, an IAF helicopter successfully evacuated a mother and her new born baby from a remote and inhospitable region of Ladakh at a height of over 16,000 feet.
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently made a two-pronged simultaneous incursion by sending its troops into Indian waters in the Pangong lake as well as five kms deep into Indian territory through the land route in the same area, according to reports.
In April, Leh district's last village of Kanji in the western Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir received electricity for the first time. It was only last year that a tarred road was built to connect this remotest hamlet to the world. But a school has been operating here since 1960 - giving students wings to dream!
Indian carriers participating in the evacuation of stranded people in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir may formally urge the government to exempt them from paying aeronautical charges and also seek lower fuel costs for these operations, airline sources said on Sunday.