Dal Lake partially freezes, Srinagar records coldest night in 30 years
Thursday, 14 January 2021 Srinagar recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, which was the coldest temperature recorded in the city in 30 years, an official of the MET department said. The official said while Srinagar had recorded minus 8.3 degrees Celsius in 1995, the temperature has fallen to minus 11.3 degrees Celsius in 1991.
Continuous snowfall and rains in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir have escalated the demand of warm clothes. Srinagar's Dal Lake also froze on Thursday as the city recorded coldest night since 1991. With severe cold wave throwing the normal life out of gear, people in the valley are keeping hosiery...
Wrapped up among the busy lanes of Srinagar city lies the Dargah of Sheikh Dawood Sahib. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims throng this Dargah every day to bring forth the spirit of humanity and brotherhood among them. Recently, the Urs or death anniversary of the Sufi Saint was commemorated which was attended by devotees of all faiths who offered their prayers to the Sufi saint. Enlightening the atmosphere of Dargah during the Urs, prayers and hymns were sung in praise of Allah. As the saint used to serve food to the needy as his contribution to the society, devotees especially those living near to the shrine cook vegetables, eggs, sweets and other dishes on the day of Urs and invite their relatives for a feast. This feasting atmosphere can also be witnessed outside the shrine, where a number of people could be seen selling various eatables. The Dargah of Sheikh Dawood Sahib holds great significance as it welcomes people of all faiths to seek oneness with God and has been acting as a symbol of communal harmony for ages.
The Jammu and Kashmir Handicrafts Department organised handicrafts and handloom exhibition in Srinagar. The exhibition is being organised to provide marketing support to artisans and weavers of the Valley. Various products were displayed during the exhibition. Altogether 25 stalls have been set up to display the rich handloom and handicrafts products of the Valley. The exhibition began on March 25 which also coincides with the Tulip festival.
A calligraphy competition themed 'Your Hand Drawn Charm'was organized in Srinagar. The art competition was organized by a local NGO "Shama" to promote talented young calligraphers."Calligraphy is losing its sheen. However, post coronavirus outbreak, the art is coming back to life. The competition was organized at Kashmir University and other places too. This creates an interest and it makes us contemplate that there is something special about this art. The Quaran is also written with calligraphy," said a participant.
Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department organised 'Shikara rally' in Dal Lake in Srinagar on the occasion of 130th birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar on April 14. "Tourism organizes such rally as we are concerned about income of Shikara owners. There are approx 60 Shikaras here and we promote Shikara ride so that people come to Kashmir and enjoy the ride," said Abdul Razak, Shikara Owner. Director Tourism Kashmir, G N Itoo said, "Today 'Shikara Rally' has been organised in Dal Lake on the occasion of 130th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar in context of historical importance and also a message to the people as Dal Lake is a hub of tourism, people should come here and enjoy the ride."
Union Minister of State for Sports Kiren Rijiju along with Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha inaugurated Khelo India State Centre of Excellence for rowing in Srinagar. Built at renowned Dal Lake, the centre will provide an opportunity to water sports enthusiasts in the region. Local residents and authorities believe that this centre will also play a key role in boosting adventure tourism. This is the second such centre with one in the fencing discipline already operating for a significant time now.
A national-level water sports coaching camp to promote canoeing and kayaking is being held at Dal Lake. The camp is being organized to hone the players for the upcoming Olympics. 24 players from different states of the country including Madhya Pradesh., Manipur, Kerala, Bhopal, and others participated in the camp. The players are hopeful that this camp will help them perform better for the upcoming pre-Olympic round to be held in Pattaya, Thailand.
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Continuous snowfall and rains in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir have escalated the demand of warm clothes. Srinagar's Dal Lake also froze on Thursday as the city recorded coldest night since 1991...