‘We are victims of media propaganda’: Hotels go empty and workers jobless as Kashmir tourism is hit

‘We are victims of media propaganda’: Hotels go empty and workers jobless as Kashmir tourism is hit

At Dal Lake in Srinagar, Rizwan Ahmad Bhat is located next to its shikhara (traditional boat), called Do Badan Ek Ene (two body, soul), waiting for tourists. Last year this time, the lake was full of visitors exploring its waters and views of the surrounding hills of Zabarwan.

This summer, the lake and its shores are empty and biker skillfully dressed is annoying. “Look at the empty containers,” Bhat said, 31. “We do not have anyone to take a walk.”

Half a dozen sailors, dressed in T-shirts and jeans, standing, listening to the conversation. They complained that the media scared tourists away from Kashmir. “When people watch TV, they think that Kashmir is burning and we do not have to go,” one of them said, and others agree.

Until July 2016, when the murder of the young militant Burhan Wani triggered a prolonged chain of violence in the valley, Bhat and other boatmen earned Rs 1 000-1500 per day. Now they are lucky if they say Rs 400 per day.

It is the same story on Ali Shah carpets on Saida Kadal Road, 7 km from Srinagar city center. Rugs and blankets sold for tens of rupees are accumulated to the dismay of the General Directorate Rafiq Ahmad Shah. “Tourism is a failure this year, as well as our production,” he said. Orders have been made by artisans in the winter for summer sales because no one foresaw the crisis.

Tourism is important for the economy of Jammu and Kashmir, which accounts for 8% of the state’s gross domestic product. By 2016, the State had registered 1,299 million tourists. The tourism sector employs more than 100,000 people directly and indirectly, according to rough industry estimates.

The 33-hectare tulip garden in Srinagar is the new addition to Kashmir’s tourist spots since 2008. However, in recent months, after the national media became embroiled with stories of violence in the valley, arrivals Of tourists declined. Credit: Athar Parvaiz / IndiaSpend.com

But tourism is also very sensitive to public policy issues. In recent months, national media were flooded with stories of violence in the valley, between April and early June this year, a few thousand tourists arrived, said tourism officials who would not be designated.

The valley has experienced a decline in insurgency-related violence in recent years, but there has not been an increase in street violence, largely caused by stones, as indicated by IndiaPase 30 May. Tour operators and tourism authorities argue that violence is too sporadic and localized to affect travelers.

For tourists, however, any problem, large or small, can be prevented. Resident Bangalore, Badri Raghavan, left a long vacation in Kashmir with his wife and three children in June, although the cost of cancellation has been pronounced. Family plans include a barge at the Naveen period lake in Srinagar and remain at Sonamarg.

“The tour operator has insisted it was safe, but if I had all seven days of vacation for the holidays, so I would pass the look on my shoulders all the time? ‘” Raghavan said.

The numbers of tourism to the valley were directly related to the situation of law and order. Kashmir was a favorite among national and international tourists until 1988, with more than 700,000 arrivals. But in 1989, armed violence began in the valley and numbers were reduced by 200 000. This year, there were 1,500 violent incidents that included bombings and shots.

In 1990 and 1991, there were 4211 and 3780 violent incidents, which allowed the arrival of tourists to be in a meager 6287 tourists, a reduction of 98% compared to the arrival of tourists since 1989.

North Korea ‘considering’ missile strike after Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ warning

North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering plans for a missile strike in the US Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump has said in Pyongyang that any threat to the United States would fill “fire and fury “.

The sharp rise in tensions has shaken financial markets and prompted US authorities and analysts not to participate in rhetorical games with North Korea.

Pyongyang said it “carefully examined” a plan to reach Guam, home to about 1,63,000 people and a US military base that includes a submarine squad, an air base and a Coast Guard group.

A spokesman for the Korean People’s Army in a statement issued by the state news agency KCNA that the plan was implemented at any time, once the leader Kim Jong Un made a decision.

Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, dismissed the threat from the North and said that the island was prepared for “any eventuality” with strategically placed defenses.

He said he was in contact with the White House and that there was no change in the level of threat.

“Guam is a US plant … We are not just a military facility,” said M. Calvo in an online video message.

North Korea accused the United States of designing a “preemptive war”. In another statement, he said any plan to execute it would be filled with a “total war that would wipe out all enemy strongholds, including the United States.”

Washington has warned that it is willing to use force if necessary to stop North Korea’s nuclear and nuclear programs, but prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

M. Trump however, has made every possible warning to North Korea in comments to the press in New Jersey on Tuesday.

“North Korea is more threatening to the United States, they will be welcomed with fire and fury as the world has never seen,” he said.

North Korea did not hide its plans to develop a nuclear missile capable of attacking the United States and ignored international calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

Pyongyang says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defense against perceived hostility from the United States, including joint military exercises with South Korea.

US stocks declined slightly after Mr. Trump made no comment, while a measure of general compliance with stock market anxiety ended at its highest level in nearly a month.

The dollar index fell and the yen shelter strengthened against the US currency after North Korea’s response.

Asian stock markets tumbled, South Korea’s benchmark index fell 0.9% and the Nikkei in Japan, down 1.6%.

“Tensions continue to rise and eventually could become a black swan event that markets do not carefully consider”

Steve Hanke, a professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University, told Reuters Markets Forum.

Sound of Lollywood: When ghazal king Ghulam Ali gave over his glorious voice to a love song

Sound of Lollywood: When ghazal king Ghulam Ali gave over his glorious voice to a love song

Bigri Naslein (Generations Rotten) was published in 1983 with a heavy cast directed by Mohammad Ali and Rani. Received a Silver Jubilee status.

Wadah Tum Karo (Promise Me), a song from the soundtrack, is one of the Pakistani movie songs that are like a ball that fell from the Christmas tree and rolled under the sofa. He had hidden himself, completely disconnected from his source and his reason for being. But when it takes a long time after Christmas Day, you will discover a little foundation and shine under the dust.

This is a nice song and the closest thing to real chewing gum I had heard in the music of the Pakistani movie. In this cheesy love song full of heartfelt confessions and urgent requests, fans dig under the blue evening sky and birds chirp in the branches. All the while, an atmosphere of intoxicating sound turns around. You can almost see unicorns and rainbows in the distant PRAI.

The song is the creation of Kemal Ahmed, a Bengali who took advantage of the rich popular culture of his country and chose a soft and sweet approach to musical composition. An approach focused on melody and texture in the lively rhythm and percussion espoused by colleagues like Punjabi Nazir Ali who also contributed to Bigri Naslein.

Ahmed creates a six-minute world in which love is spoken of soft melodies, guitars torn gently and the sound of Santoor sandy scales down like a waterfall splashing on a mountainside. In this perfect little world Teenage love Ahmed injects a layered female choir resembling a band of medium angels of anger. The voice wrapped the entire room with its non-syllabic song, but also turn several times to the brink of approval of raw and crushed tears. At first it was a bit disconcerting, but in fact, this is the perfect antidote for the making of such saccharin.

None of this is unusual or unique. South Asian music directors of the Golden Age were best creative geniuses, mastery of various musical languages and supported by talented musicians who could play any number of Eastern and Western instruments. What makes Tum Wadah Karo a truly remarkable piece of hype is the singer.

Less than 40 seconds into the song, the first two letter syllables and dh – emerge from the background, whole, complete and polished. As if they had always existed from and to the vortex of the sky. There is something familiar in that voice from the other world, but we try to determine it.
It is only the first stanza, sung in a slightly lower register, the coin falls: it is nothing less than the great teacher Ghulam Ali Ghazal.

Ali, who has been rigorously trained in classical music by some of the luminaries of the tradition, has spent his entire career with the interpretation of the Ghazal. Unlike most of his companions, including possibly the best Ghazal singer of the last 50 years, Mehdi Hassan, who recorded hundreds of movie songs, Ghulam Ali film production is relatively minor. In fact, his most beloved theme, Chupke Chupke Raat Din appeared in the Nikaah Indian film (1982).

To listen to Ali in a Pakistani movie, singing a special piece of the film is similar to finding a small diamond in the bottom of biryani. Although the lyrics are intimate, Ali becomes a decent performer.