Akeel Rashid

 ‘I did it!’

 ‘I did it!’

The excitement of ‘riding solo’ from Kashmir to Kanyakumari

The excitement filled Facebook post of Sameer reads, “Finally after around 4875 kms of drive in 8 days (excluding rest days), KASHMIR to KANYAKUMARI (K2K) SOLO trip completed.” Sameer Ahmad, who hails from North Kashmir’s Sopore, claims to be the first Kashmiri to have achieved the feat of riding solo from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. “I […]

 Akeel Rashid

Horticulture dept fails to keep synthetic colours, ripening agents in check

Horticulture dept fails to keep synthetic colours, ripening agents in check

‘90% apple stock at Sopore Mandi colour-sprayed’

Sopore: The much-hyped drive by the Horticulture department to check the use of synthetic colour-sprays for early variety apples has fallen flat as almost ninety percent of apple reaching Sopore Mandi in the month of July has been sprayed with the synthetic colours and ripening agents. According to the data provided by the merchants in […]

 Akeel Rashid

Tral boy making a mark in ‘English Club Cricket’

Tral boy making a mark in ‘English Club Cricket’

Srinagar, July 29: There is no dearth of cricketers in Kashmir and this passion for the game of cricket among the youngsters can be gauged from the fact that every year a good number of cricket tournaments are being organized at each district level which sees the participation of players from all across the Kashmir. […]

 Akeel Rashid

First-ever camping and trekking venture for girls in Kashmir is here

First-ever camping and trekking venture for girls in Kashmir is here

Srinagar, July 28: In a first-of-its kind initiative, Team Mountaineers, a Srinagar based camping and trekking venture, which is registered with JandK Tourism, is organizing summer camps and trekking for girls in Sonamarg. Team Mountaineers is a camping and trekking venture started by Abdul Basit, a management graduate, in 2017. The venture has previously held […]

 Akeel Rashid

Use of colours, ripening agents on apple continues unchecked in Kashmir

Use of colours, ripening agents on apple continues unchecked in Kashmir

Srinagar, July 03: Like other famed Valley products, different varieties of Kashmiri apple too are falling victim to trade malpractices, with growers and traders using artificial colours and ripening agents to market the early-season yield. The early season varieties include Hazratbali,  Candition, Red Delicious and Shimla. But besides these, even the late ripening variety  — […]

 Akeel Rashid

Rescue management disguised as flood management

Rescue management disguised as flood management

As Kashmir received an incessant spell of rainfall in June weekend, the flood scare loomed large over the region for the second time since September-2014 disastrous flood that had thrown life out of gear for more than one month in the valley. The last time when the flood scare loomed in Kashmir was in April […]

 Akeel Rashid

Lessons on ceasefire and dialogue process in Kashmir

Lessons on ceasefire and dialogue process in Kashmir

Musings

The unilateral ceasefire has been successful in influencing the situation in Kashmir, so far, as it has put an end to the cycle of killings and gunfights that had become a new norm here. By shutting out all the negative noises, the ceasefire has once again rekindled the hope for a dialogue process in Kashmir. […]

 Akeel Rashid

The economy of conflict and the conflict of economy!

The economy of conflict and the conflict of economy!

  All the discussions and debates in Kashmir tend to unanimously focus on the political crisis and the conflict which has been raging on here for several decades now. While there is no denying of the fact that politics has predominantly remained the subject matter here, the issues concerning our economics have tragically either found no […]

 Akeel Rashid

Leading by example!

Leading by example!

A teacher who inspires students for experiential learning

Anjum Ara, a teacher by profession, who successfully led her students into the realms of experiential learning, is setting new standards for teachers. Her innovative work along with her students has already earned commendations from education department as she continues to inspire young children to think innovatively and try and resolve some burning issues that […]

 Akeel Rashid

Every killing is regrettable

Every killing is regrettable

Whatever ‘terrible’ is happening in Kashmir, technically it cannot be attributed to a ‘war’ but the egregious circumstances unfolding (read: gunfortunate events) in Kashmir are not less horrifying, if not equal to that of war. Killings have become a new norm in Kashmir and an accepted reality. If one picks up a human-centered yardstick and […]