Environmental and human ecology

Currently, there is much talk about ecology and protection of the environment, especially after revelation of government plans to set up Amarnath Nagar in Himalayas. We might say that ecology studies the relationship between living organisms and their environment. We can make a clear distinction between natural and human ecology. Environmental ecology leads us to […]

Are we wearing bones, shells and whole dead creatures?

So many vegetarians use dead animals unwittingly in their adornments. Since it is your pocket that decides who is to live and which species dies you need information. In this piece let me tell you about the jewellery you wear. Abalone is a mollusk with a shell that is iridescent on the inside. The creature […]

Confusing Times!

“If the jug falls upon the stone, the jug is unfortunate. If the stone falls upon the jug, the jug is unfortunate. The jug is always unfortunate” – Old Proverb These are confusing times. What you see is not necessarily what it is; what you hear may not be what is being said and what […]

Challenging the Traditional Hierarchies

The State machinery of Pakistan though after a considerable and unfortunate delay has been ordered by the Supreme Court to return to the commands of the Constitution of Pakistan, prescribing that, “it is the will of the people of Pakistan to establish an order wherein the State shall exercise its powers and authority through the […]


If chief minister Omar Abdullah regrets having committed himself to getting the AFSPA revoked in Kashmir, he hides it well. Blessed with a facility with words, he can wriggle out of tight situations with talk of earnest intent carrying seriousness and conviction, and easily persuade questioners that he is for real. Surprisingly, his powers of […]

CAG Indicts JK Govt On Divesting 1883 Forest-Land

“No Payments Realized, No Compensatory Afforestation Done” Srinagar – In an alarming report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has said that the Jammu and Kashmir government had assigned 1883 hectares of forest land in the Jammu district for non-forest purposes in violation of rules, and failed to recover the costs from the […]

1 Killed 2 Injured In Army’s ‘Exchange Of Fire’

Srinagar – One army personnel was killed and two others injured here Monday evening after an army ambush party tried to stop a vehicle, which they (army) suspected as militants in central Kashmir’s district Budgam, police said. “Army had laid an ambush in the area and when a Sumo entered the ambush party tried to […]

Forces Oppose AFSPA Withdrawal Or Dilution

Srinagar – Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Omar Abdullah’s “Revoke AFSPA Mission” seems to be heading nowhere if the sound bites emanating from the union home ministry were to be believed. The security agencies are understood to have strongly opposed the revocation or even any dilution of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the […]

Geelani’s Stir Threat Will Be Ineffective: IGP

“Militancy Transforming Into Crime”   Srinagar – Asserting that the Jammu and Kashmir police was ready to tackle any law and order problem, the inspector general of police (IGP) for Kashmir, SM Sahai, on Monday said that Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s threat to launch an agitation after Eid  “would prove ineffective.” “The facts with regard […]

HC Freezes PHE Bank Accounts

Employees’ Salaries Won’t Be Affected: CE Srinagar – Taking a serious view of the continued defiance of its orders to square up the outstanding compensation of a petitioner whose land had been acquired for Rangil water supply scheme, Jammu and Kashmir High Court has sealed the bank accounts of Public Health Engineering Department Kashmir. In view […]

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