Ufaq Fatima

Women resent lack of space for them in city mosques

Women resent lack of space for them in city mosques

Srinagar, Jun 03: In a city where mosques are present in every nook and corner, very few have facilities for women to pray. Take Lal Chowk for instance — being the commercial and busiest hub of the city,  no mosque here provides space for women to pray. “Whenever I visit Lal Chowk I have to […]

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Budding artist

Budding artist

As a child, she would be fascinated by artworks.  Questions like who does these artworks and how would pop up in her mind quite often and her curiosity grew by the passing of time. Slowly and gradually she became aware of various nuances of this field and found herself in search of her own medium. […]

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Its Ramazan, Kashmir’s date with dates

Its Ramazan, Kashmir’s date with dates

Srinagar, May 24: Come Ramazan, like elsewhere, the demand for dates picks up considerably in the Valley too, and thanks to globalization, there is obviously a huge variety to choose from. According to the dealers, date from diffident West Asian countries – the “Arabian dates” are in huge demand. “My shop has witnessed a huge […]

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Vox Populi: Exemption of women from stamp duty : Women empowerment?

Vox Populi: Exemption of women from stamp duty : Women empowerment?

 Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on May, 11 abolished the stamp duty on the transfer of property for the women in Jammu & Kashmir. Mehbooba Mufti, who is the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, took to twitter announcing the measure for women’s welfare and empowerment. “Pleased to announce that we have abolished stamp duty […]

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Srinagar’s SPSCL, a library only in name!

Srinagar’s SPSCL, a library only in name!

Srinagar: Almost four years have passed since the Shri Pratap Singh Central Library (SPSCL) at Srinagar’s Lal Mandi was hit by floods, but the deluge-ravaged library is yet to get a makeover and remains functional only partially. The massive deluge in Kashmir in September 2014 wreaked havoc with the SPSCL too, with thousands of important […]

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After cracking CS exam, Fazal says, my father is my inspiration

After cracking CS exam, Fazal says, my father is my inspiration

Srinagar, Apr 28: For Fazal ul Haseeb, a native of Sopore town who qualified the prestigious civil services 2017 examination, results of which were declared on Friday, it was his father’s life  which became major motivation. Fazal ul Haseeb was successful in bagging 36th position in the country’s qualifying exam for top-notch civil services. Taking […]

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‘A photographer par excellence’

‘A photographer par excellence’

The journey of a Kashmiri photographer to click the ‘award winning movement’ that earned him MCC cricket photograph of the Year Award’ in 2017 As a child, Saqib always aspired to be a cricketer. Although, Saqib did not become a cricketer, but he made his mark on ‘International Cricket’ by capturing the most iconic cricket […]

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Facing decline in demand, potters see their business dying steady death

Facing decline in demand, potters see their business dying steady death

Srinagar, Apr 26: While the modern metal and ceramic utensils have replaced the traditional clay utensils in the kitchens of Kashmir long back, now those in pottery business are claiming that the pottery items are likely to disappear from the markets altogether. Ali Muhammad Kumhar, 60, who has been associated with the clay pottery business […]

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Sordid ordeal of a mother whose son disappeared in thin air

Sordid ordeal of a mother whose son disappeared in thin air

  Srinagar, Apr 22: Political conflicts often reduce women to being the “symbols of suffering”, and in Kashmir too the situation is no different. Here too thousands of women have lost their dear ones –fathers,  brothers, husbands and sons — to the conflict that has been raging for nearly three decades now. While the trauma […]

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The man who holds on to a dying art of fabric printing in Kashmir

The man who holds on to a dying art of fabric printing in Kashmir

Srinagar: In an age of computer controlled mechanized fabric printing, certain people still continue to hold on to the traditional printing using wooden blocks. Mohammad Yusuf is one such artisan, locally known as Naqash here. Picking up different types of hand-carved wooden printing blocks, Yusuf is busy putting different designs on a piece of fabric. […]