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50 Days of Kashmir Clampdown: Fear of Unknown Grips Apple Growers

50 Days of Kashmir Clampdown: Fear of Unknown Grips Apple Growers

SRINAGAR – With virtually no business being transacted for 50 days, small-scale entrepreneurs and apple traders on Monday said they were desperately hoping for an end to the clampdown in the Kashmir Valley and are unable to cope with threats from various groups. The Valley, which was brought under a virtual curfew with communication networks snapped […]

Scientists, Academics Flay Communication Blockade in Kashmir

Scientists, Academics Flay Communication Blockade in Kashmir

KO Monitoring Desk SRINAGAR – Over 500 Indian academics and scientists have issued a statement demanding an end to the restriction on telecommunications and the internet in Kashmir, calling the move “deeply undemocratic”. “We are writing to express our deep concern about the crisis in Kashmir that has now persisted for over a month, and […]

#LetKashmirSpeak: AI Campaign Highlights Human Cost of Lockdown

#LetKashmirSpeak: AI Campaign Highlights Human Cost of Lockdown

The draconian communication blackout in Kashmir is an outrageous protracted assault on the civil liberties of the people of Kashmir, said Amnesty International India as it launched a campaign on Thursday in a bid to highlight the human cost of the lockdown.

Tibetan Muslims: Kashmir’s Eternal Refugees

Tibetan Muslims: Kashmir’s Eternal Refugees

Experts argue that Tibetan Muslims, who formed a minority in Tibet, trace their origins to four main regions surrounding Tibet: Kashmir, Ladakh, China, and Nepal.

I Offered My Namaz At Jamia-Masjid And There Was No Stone Pelting

I Offered My Namaz At Jamia-Masjid And There Was No Stone Pelting

By Ismat Ara SRINAGAR — Despite every second person advising me against visiting Jamia Masjid on a Friday for Jumma prayers, I decided to take a plunge and offer namaz in Srinagar’s iconic Grand Mosque last week. Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta, Srinagar is a majestic mosque unfortunately not known as much for its grandeur as the stone pelting outside Kashmir. One often reads about the clashes between young men and the armed police in the newspapers. […]

Climate Change Eats Output of Top Food Crops in J&K

Climate Change Eats Output of Top Food Crops in J&K

By Bilal Bashir Bhat Agriculture production has always been at the mercy of unpredictable weather, but a rapidly changing climate is making agriculture production an even more vulnerable enterprise. With changes in rainfall patterns, farmers face dual threats from flooding and drought. Both extremes can destroy food crops. Flooding washes away fertile topsoil that farmers depend on […]

Tobacco Problem:JK Pays Rs 210 Crore To Treat Chronic Lung Disease

Tobacco Problem:JK Pays Rs 210 Crore To Treat Chronic Lung Disease

By Athar Parvaiz Jammu and Kashmir is among the four Indian states with the highest prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The state recorded tobacco sales worth Rs 5,530 crore over seven years up to 2017-’18, according to state sales tax data accessed by IndiaSpend. This is the equivalent of the funds needed to construct […]

Papier Mâché: Fading Art and Dying Artists

Papier Mâché: Fading Art and Dying Artists

By Riyaz Ahmad Dar The decade of 80’s was the golden era for the papier mâché trade. The artisans were par excellence and represented the epitome of glory. It always fascinates, to observe, how an artist brings to life to an object with the motifs of Chinar in soulful colour combinations and breathtaking symmetry. The […]

Police To Get Pepper Ball Launching Guns, Remotely Operated Vehicles

Police To Get Pepper Ball Launching Guns, Remotely Operated Vehicles

JAMMU — The Jammu and Kashmir police will procure pepper ball launching guns (PBLGs) and remotely operated vehicles (RoVs) to deal with the law and order situation in Kashmir Valley, an official said. The state police recently floated tenders for purchasing 50 PBLGs and two RoVs with water jet disruptors and weapon mounts for their use […]

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