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Heritage library faces neglect
Jammu, December 9
Built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 19th century and having the heritage status, Ranbir Library, situated in the heart of the city, is in bad shape. The library has 308 rare manuscripts, over 70,000 books, periodicals and magazines. It also contains books and documents of great historical and literary importance.

Providing yeoman service to thalassaemia patients
Jammu, December 9
Despite constraints, the paediatrics department at the SMGS Hospital is doing yeoman service for children suffering from thalassaemia. In 1995, department head Ashok Gupta took the initiative to set up a daycare unit and since then thalassemic children have been regularly undergoing blood transfusion.

Pheran in great demand
Jammu, December 9
Come winter and the traditional Kashmiri pheran is in high demand, both in Kashmir and Jammu divisions. But this season, there appears to be a `political reason' for the robe to be used as an `electioneering tool'.  While the commoners have been using this typical dress for centuries to protect themselves from the harsh winter, the pheran has, of late, become a collector's item.


Bag-e-Bahu garden
Poor upkeep lets down visitors
Defunct fountains in Jammu‘s famous Bag-e-Bahu garden. Photo: Inderjeet Singh Jammu, December 9
Even as the famous Bag-e-Bahu garden is probably the only getaway from the city's maddening traffic and pollution for its residents, its poor upkeep leaves visitors disappointed. Situated on the banks of the Tawi, the garden has a beautiful landscape. However, stagnant fungus-laden water of fountains with stench emanating out of them, mosquitoes, monkey menace and beggars at its main entrance spoil what otherwise could be a wonderful experience.

Defunct fountains in Jammu‘s famous Bag-e-Bahu garden. Photo: Inderjeet Singh

FIL’s Juice Plant
Hallmark of technological excellence

Srinagar, December 9
The government may not have invested much in industry in the valley but some private players have made their mark.

Candidates’ educational qualifications
No tool to influence voters

Jammu, December 9
Educational qualifications of candidates contesting elections are not a tool to influence voters. Had it been the case then Qazi Mohd. Afzal, who has passed eighth standard, would have not defeated National Conference Chief Omar Abdullah, who holds a B.Com degree from the Ganderbal constituency, in 2002. The two are pitted against each other again in the current elections.




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