Stopgap Arrangement Leaves SKIMS Vulnerable To MCI De-recognition

Srinagar: While subsequent to the recent superannuation of Dr Showkat Ali Zargar as Director, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, here, the government assigned the charge to Secretary Health & Medical Education Department, Dr MK Bhandari, the development has only left SKIMS vulnerable to de-recognition from the prestigious Medical Council of India(MCI), experts cautioned.As per […]

Naqvi’s Linking Kashmiri Youth With ISIS Flayed

SRINAGAR: The Congress party today joined several other political outfits in criticising Union Minister of State for Parliamentary and Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abas Naqvi for his comments linking Kashmiri youth with the ISIS. “Youths in Kashmir earlier joined ISIS. They have now started joining the IAS (Indian Administrative Service). The second-ranker in this year’s civil services […]

Stone Pelting: ‘119 youth arrested in Palhalan Since 2008’

The Government Tuesday said that 119 youth from north Kashmir’s Palhallan were arrested on charges of stone pelting in the last nine years.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds Home Ministry portfolio in a written reply to PDP MLA from Zadibal, Abid Hussain Ansari, said that no person has been arrested “unwarrantedly” in the state […]

Vegetarian Jammu Has More Slaughterhouses Than Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir valley, where majority of population is non-vegetarian, there are 10 slaughter houses against 13 in Jammu where majority people are vegetarian.However, the Jammu and Kashmir government has sought Rs 2452.36 lakh from the Centre for construction of a modern Abattoir in the city which would have a large facility for animals. This […]

Mental Health Infrastructure Creaks As Cases Rise In Troubled Kashmir

SRINAGAR: On any given day, hundreds of people, many of them hiding their faces, overcrowd this dilapidated psychiatric hospital in Srinagar to seek treatment for stress and other psychology-related disorders.The numbers of patients suffering from mental health issues is on the rise in the conflict-ridden Kashmir Valley.Colloquially it is still referred to as the “pagal […]

Mehbooba and Media

In her speech in Assembly on Monday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti came down hard on the newspapers for printing what she thought were the unsubstantiated reports on the alleged construction of a Sainik Colony in Kashmir. “Do you want to put the state on fire?” she questioned the  media. She also offered a handy explanation […]

When State wears you down through its clerks

 Citizen – bureaucratic-government interface in Kashmir is attritive.  The word attritive is derived from attrition which means wearing down someone by the process of reducing effectiveness, determination and strength through omissions and commissions.  An example may suffice here.  Person A, to seek remedy, redressal or action over an issue goes to a Government department. His/her […]

On the art of dialogue

Dear Editor, In our society we have a paradox: on one hand , the prevailing individualism that weakens the development and stability of the links between people, including family ties, and on the other, the presence of the dialogue as a ‘solution’ to all evils in public life. Only that in this case it is […]

A Happy Life May Not Be a Meaningful Life

Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl once wrote, “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” For most people, feeling happy and finding life meaningful are both important and related goals. But do happiness and meaning always go together? It seems unlikely, given that many of the things […]

2 Simple Tricks To Remove Pesticides From Fruits And Vegetables!

FRUITS and vegetables are the catalysts to maintain and improve our health. Most of them are rich in nutrients like minerals and vitamins that help us fight against various health diseases and heart-related disorders. But with the advancement in organic farming, the usage of chemicals in the form of weed killers and pesticides has increased. […]

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