Swati Joshi - June 22, 2022
Those who witnessed the din over a land scheme-turned-scam, say that it all started in 2011 when an academician, Prof. SK Bhalla, then Principal Government Degree College, Mendhar, filed a writ petition against “land grabbing” by some “influential” people in Jammu. The alleged list included police officers, politicians and bureaucrats from the erstwhile state of […]
Swati Joshi - May 24, 2022
The scent glands of musk deer are considered more valuable than gold. A recent rare picture of Kashmiri stag called Hangul might’ve left sundry awestruck, but the population of this critically-endangered species is decreasing at an alarming rate in the valley. According to the findings of Wildlife Trust India, Hanguls, markhors and the Himalayan musk […]
Swati Joshi - March 16, 2022
Resting on the laps of the Himalayas, Kashmir is not only famous for its perennial rivers and snowcapped mountains but also for the sportspersons that have emerged out of the valley. A place with a myriad of talent, the valley is not confined to cricket. From basketball to rugby the union territory is filled with […]
Swati Joshi - March 14, 2022
The rapid conversion is also one of the causes of the Kashmir floods. The paddy fields along the Jhelum acted as a temporary reservoir during the flooding which prevented the sudden overflow of floodwater.
Swati Joshi - February 27, 2022
There is an “intense competition” for mushroom gathering, especially for the morels because of their high commercial value. A substitute of meat with high nutritious and medicinal value, the morel mushroom, locally known as ‘Kanegeich’ in Kashmir is the world’s costliest mushroom. Kashmir lies in the north-west Himalaya range that has a rich repository of unexplored macrofungal wealth. […]
Swati Joshi - February 23, 2022
‘Women in J&K are liberal to join other fields like medical, engineering, media but when it comes to politics there is a stigma.’ In the Lok Sabha elections 2019, only four women from Jammu & Kashmir filed nominations out of which one woman withdrew her nomination and another woman contestant didn’t pay the security deposit. […]
Swati Joshi - January 15, 2022
Kashmir houses a plethora of rivers, lakes, and fast running streams. An angler’s paradise, the valley is gifted with the alluring water bodies like Dal Lake, Wular Lake, Nageen Lake, Indus, Jhelum and snow-fed streams like the Sindh, Hipora, Aripal. Kashmir provides ample opportunities for the development of fisheries. Fishing is a big business in […]
Swati Joshi - January 10, 2022
When the authorities were busy implementing the pandemic lockdown in 2020-21, poachers made their way into the wild and started their illegal activities. Much of this hunting pursuit was attributed to the tumbling economy making people jobless. Amid that confined situation, many turned into poaching to support themselves. In fact, the lockdown years saw an […]
Swati Joshi - May 24, 2021
Among the things that pandemic has redefined is the mother-infant relation. Amid the second viral wave, the bond is only witnessing stress due to separation.
Swati Joshi - April 6, 2021
Be it Amchies of Ladakh, Hakeems of Kashmir and Vaidyas of Jammu, the valley’s rich medicinal plant species remained at the heart of the traditional treatment system in the erstwhile state. But with time, the treasure is only waning.